Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Collaborative painting and weekend art openings!

We hope you had a chance to check out the Colorboration Project last week! For 10 days the empty storefront at 2515 N. Milwaukee was a lively space - full of painting and music - that culminated in a truly spectacular collection of pieces produced by artists Tali Farchi of the Netherlands and Royce Deans of Michigan. 

Tali Farchi and Royce Deans, Photo by Brooke Herbert
We had the pleasure of checking out the project on Wednesday night, while Jim Cooper was playing the vibraphone. The large, vacant space was transformed into a giant studio where Farchi and Deans collaborated with local musicians by painting live in front of a rotating audience each night. By Wednesday evening, the venue had been nearly covered from floor to ceiling with abstract and figurative paintings, each one influenced by the Logan Square neighborhood, the audience and the music being played. Deans and Farchi get together regularly on works that engage communities in multi-cultural and collaborative ways.  Check out Farchi and Deans' website Paint in Action to learn about their upcoming collaborations. 

Jordan Martin
If you did not get a chance to check out Colorboration, fret not! There are plenty of captivating art openings and events popping up in the Square everyday.  On Sat., April 2 from 7-10 PMThe Comfort Station at 2579 N. Milwaukee will be hosting an artist's reception for Jordan Martin's solo exhibition, "Jaguar Headband Twins". The new collage works by Martin will be accompanied by music performances throughout April.  The show runs through April 30, check the site for a list of the performances and times.

This weekend also marks the opening for "Repsychled Records, Vol. 1" by Matthew Ginsberg at Saki. The exhibition is a showcase of Ginsberg's paintings on discarded vinyl. Ginsberg's psychedelic band, Dark Fog, will be performing at the opening at 8 PM.  Stop by Sat., April 2, from 6-9 PM for the opening; the show will be up through April.  Saki is located at 3716 W. Fullerton Ave.

Matthew Ginsberg

-Brooke Herbert

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Artists & Neighbors Mingle and Swap Art!

Artists and art aficionados, bring a piece of original art and get ready to dig out your pocket book in support of the arts in Logan Square! Join us for Art. Swap. Meet, the first in a series of 'fun-raisers' that will fund the arts-related activities for the 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF), on Thursday, April 7th from 6 PM to 9 PM at I Am Logan Square, located at 2648 N. Milwaukee Avenue. In addition to Art. Swap. Meet, a new presentation of works by artists Lauren Feece, Lindsey Meyers, Chris Silva, and Robert Stevenson will be unveiled in an exhibition entitled April Showers.

Event Summary
What: Art. Swap. Meet.
  a benefit for the 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Art Galleries
When: April 7, 2011, 6pm-9pm
Where: I Am Logan Square Gallery
, 2648 North Milwaukee Ave.
How:  1. Bring a Piece of Art (under 16” x 20”)
           2. Grab a Number

           3. Meet Artists & Swap Art (swap begins at 7:30pm)
           4. Take Home New Art
Admission:  $3 suggested donation with piece of art/ $10 without. 
(Includes complimentary food and beverages and opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for first 5 picks. Only those who bring art can participate in swap for picks #6 and up.)
Info: Email the MAAF Art Committee at or visit  

How to Art. Swap. Meet.? When you bring a piece of art, grab a number at random out of the bowl at the door. Then, wait to hear your number called so you can pick out a piece of artwork from the pool of art (swap begins at 7:30pm). Feel free to trade numbers as you mingle. If you see that piece you must have, all will have the opportunity to snatch it up by buying a raffle ticket in order win one of the first five selections of the night.
Join us for a fun-filled night with friends and complimentary food and beverages. A $3 suggested donation with a piece of art ($10 without art) gets you in the door! Tasty hors d’oeuvres will be provided courtesy of Café con Leche and Paper Moon Pastry as well as craft brews by Revolution Brewing. Music by DJ Kusi will accompany the festivities. All proceeds will benefit the arts-related programming at the 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival.

“April Showers” will run through the end of April and all works will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the artist(s) and to support I Am Logan Square. IALS hosts monthly exhibitions of works by local artists. Participating artists must either live or work in Logan Square to exhibit their work at the IALS gallery. The gallery is open to the public by appointment Tuesday through Saturday.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Friends in the Neighborhood!

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Planning Begins
First Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Community Planning Meeting
Thanks to all who attended our first community-planning meeting of the year for the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) on Tuesday evening. We were pleased to see so many new faces and happy to see familiar ones as well! We need as many volunteers as possible during the upcoming months, so please let us know if you are interested in helping out. We'll be hosting an informational meeting for anyone interested in curating and exhibition opportunities this Saturday, March 19th from 2-4 at IALS’s Gallery located at 2648 N. Milwaukee Ave. 

Logan Square at the Creative Expo
Logan Square Represents at the Creative Expo
Last weekend, we were joined by organizations from Logan Square at the The Creative Chicago Expo. It was great fun being in our little cluster, joined by friends from the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, Hairpin Lofts, ArtHouse Chicago and the MAAF Art Committee. Together we helped spread awareness about all the art and cultural activities happening in the neighborhood. We met lots of new faces and seem to generate a lot of interest in what’s happening in our neighborhood.

Rewster's Co-Owners
Welcome to the Neighborhood Rewster's
Speaking of new friends, be sure to visit our new neighbors at Rewster’s Café!  Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about Rewster's delectable food offerings conceived by Frenchman Frederic Zahm. We had a blast when we stopped by recently for an art, music and BYO brunch.  The new space is warm and welcoming and the food is divine!  The owners, Heather Christie, Justin Kohout and Tom Cirnigliaro are incredibly gracious hosts. The cafe will be featuring rotating art exhibits along with live music from local musicians.
Art, Music, BYO Brunch  March 13

Stop in soon to see photographs by Jason Bax and to try chef Zahm’s amazing food. Welcome to the neighborhood Rewster’s! 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Come see us at the Creative Chicago Expo!

Check out our booth at the 2011 Creative Chicago Expo tomorrow, Saturday March 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center. We will be giving out information on volunteer and exhibition opportunities for this year’s Milwaukee Ave. Arts Festival as well as snacks and buttons (while they last!)  We’ll be together with our neighborhood friends:  the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, ArtHouse Chicago and the Hairpin Lofts.  There will also be over 130 other Chicago-based vendors and 25 workshops focused on connecting and assisting Chicago artists.  Be sure to stop by, say hello and get your dose of all the amazing creativity this city has to offer!

Also, thank you so much to everyone who came out to I Am Logan Square’s first official gallery opening! We are overwhelmed by the turnout and had a blast meeting you all.  Thanks to Café Con Leche for providing
the superb hors d’ouevres (best guacamole around, might we add) and to Paper Moon for the delicious desserts.  If you missed it, the exhibition, “Word to the Mother”, featuring works by Lauren Feece, Lindsey Meyers, Chris Silva and Robert Stevenson, runs through March 31.  And save the date for our next opening on April 7th!  Details coming soon. 
Finally, a big congratulations to our Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival poster contest winner, local photographer Dan Zamudio!  Thank you to everyone who submitted a design; it was truly a tough decision.  The talent in this neighborhood awes us!