Friday, October 21, 2011

Chicago Artists Month, Day 21: Bridgeport

Those of you who have been following this blog may remember that I've had two events in Bridgeport before, both at the Bridgeport Art Center. Both times I wondered what the artists there were working on. Tonight I finally had a chance to take a look at some of their studios and see.

Julian Williams

Deborah Ervin

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Jens Brasch

Eunice Carson is a photographer who is doing a really interesting installation piece about social media as a constructed identity.  When you visit her studio, you can experience all the things she "Likes" on Facebook in person.  So she has her favorite books on display and her favorite movies playing.  Here is the wall outside her studio:


And that's not all.  I went down into the basement and discovered a trio of intrepid entrepreneurs.  I had a great time talking with Hal Link of Halldoor Woodworking.  He has an extensive knowledge of woodworking and can take on projects from the rustic to the refined.

Then I met Tony from Spatial Alterations, another talented carpenter with a great portfolio of custom casegoods and built-in work.

While I was there, I met Relana from Good Gyrrl, which looks like a great place to host the bachelorette party for the Wedding that is Probably Never Going to Happen.  But I digress...  Good Gyrrl offers fitness classes for women who want to embrace their sensual sides.  They sound like a lot of fun.  The space looks great and I feel bad I didn't get any pictures of it last night. But here is their logo:

Ladies, check them out if you want a fun, new way of exercising.  I personally recommend bellydance.

After that, I went over to the open studios at Zhou B.  I just love their cafe. 


Then I went to check out the JAWAchic (Jewelry and Wearable Art Chicago) Show.


Scarves from Alice Berry Studio

I only had about an hour to look around, so I went to as many studios as I could. I'm sorry I didn't get the names of all the artists whose work is featured below, but I've linked to as many of them as I could.

Sally Ko

Brigitte Wolf





Dagmar Bruehmueller

Keiko Nemeth

Yva Neal





Clarisse Perrette

And in the 33 Contemporary Gallery on the first floor, I was pleased to see that my former professor Javier Chavira, former classmate Hector Hernandez, and Fine Arts Building neighbor Jennifer Cronin all had paintings on display in the InFusion Show.

I just love Javier's new painting in this show!  It's so striking.

The Bridgeport Art Walk continues through the weekend and is free and open to the public.

Zhou B Art Center open studios:
1029 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609
Saturday, October 22: 12-6 p.m.
Sunday, October 23: 12-5 p.m.

Bridgeport Art Center open studios:
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Saturday, October 22: 1-6 p.m.
Sunday, October 23: 1-5 p.m

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