Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Chicago Artists Month!

If you thought the "night of a thousand openings" was crazy, Chicago Artists Month will blow your mind with more than 200 events! These events include "exhibitions of emerging and established artists, openings, demonstrations, tours, open studios and neighborhood art walks," according to the website. A full list of all the events can be found here.

These are a few that I'm particularly interested in:

At the 22 in a Million show, several artists I've featured on here before, including Jeff Stevenson, Erin Waser, and Vanessa Vargas, will be exhibiting their work. The show runs from October 2 - 31, with an opening reception tomorrow night from 5:30 to 8:30pm. The Coalition gallery is located at 2010 W. Pierce in Wicker Park.

I also liked this ad on the back of the Chicago Artists Month brochure:

While Lunch With An Artist does not appear to be an official Artists Month event, I think it's a fabulous idea. And having it at a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant sounds even better! FYI: I'd be glad to discuss my art with you over lunch, especially if it includes some mashed potatoes from Wildfire or some sesame shrimp from Ben Pao.

And while it is not officially a part of Chicago Artists Month, The Chicago International Film Festival is another cultural event in October that has something for everyone, even moviegoers who want a chance to meet directors and actors. It will be held from October 8th to October 22nd at the AMC River East 21 theater. There are so many great films this year, and they make it convenient by allowing you to create a schedule of all the movies you want to see. But don't be surprised if you end up double-booking yourself!

All of the events for this month give me a great excuse to get out and enjoy the weather before Chicago starts to freeze over for the winter.

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