Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Ravenswood Art Walk: Prelude to Chicago Artists Month

Because the Ravenswood Art Walk covers so much ground, I decided to spend two days there this time around. Since I had such a great time taking pictures at Architectural Artifacts last year, I made sure I went there again this year.


bas relief frieze from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Since it is the Annual Tour of Arts and Industry, I will start with this bas relief.

 from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

salvaged tiles  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

I was once again amazed at the unusual things I found at Architectural Artifacts.

mannequins  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

mannequins  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

skeleton  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

beakers and test tubes  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


drafting tables  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

They even had antique drafting tables!

suzanis  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

As well as these gorgeous suzanis.


frieze  from Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

Then I went to the Lillstreet Art Center.

Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


There was a small sculpture show on display in the first floor gift shop.  The title of the show is “63: Small-Scale Works by Members of Chicago Sculpture International” and it will be on display until October 14th.

Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


Skull by Joshua Harker Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


I have featured Joshua Harker's work on here before.  It was so nice to see his amazing 3D Printed skull.  So intricate!


encaustic paintings Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

Student work was on display in the hallways.  These are from an encaustic painting class.

David Todd Trost Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


It was fun to see what David Todd Trost has added to his series of aliens and other whimsical sculptures.
David Todd Trost Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


These lovely functional ceramics are available in their gift shop.

gift shop Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago


I also saw work by Kate Biderbost in her studio at Lillstreet.

Kate Biderbost

Two artist friends, Meredith Dytch and Patricia Larkin Green invited me to see their work at Ponce Studios.  The building where they paint is an artistically restored home flooded with light from all directions, a great place to work.

Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Kate Tully

Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Margaret Tully Nicosia (left), Ann Ponce (right)

Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
clockwise from top: Patricia Larkin Green, Fran Mazur, Mary Barnes Gingrich, June Nichols, Fran Mazur;
Fran Mazur, and in the center, June Nichols

Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Augustina Diaz Sierra (left) and Ann Ponce (right)

paintings by Meredith Dytch at Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Meredith Dytch
  

Painting by Patricia Larkin Green at Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Patricia Larkin Green
  
There was even art on display in the coach house.



Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Patricia and Ann Ponce

Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Phil Ponce

Ponce Studios in Ravenswood, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago
Maria Ponce

I also visited the studio of another artist friend, Vesna Jovanovic.  Here is one of her new works.


Vesna Jovanovic, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

At Blackbird Gallery + Framing, I met Connie Noyes, an artist who likes working with texture as much as I do.  Here is a detail of one of the pieces she had on display.


Connie Noyes, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago



In the offices of Beyond Design, the walls were used as a gallery, perfectly combining the art walk's theme of Arts and Industry.

Beyond Design, seen during 2012 Ravenswood Art Walk 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in Chicago

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Along the way, there were indoor and outdoor art and craft fairs.  I found artists everywhere, from tents in parking lots to walls of mattress shops, to lobbies of buildings.  It was incredible!  Here are some of the artists I met in these unlikely locations.



Mary Phelan
Luni Unni Bright & Shiny Objects

Red Ava Designs

BigGirlArt
 
Inja Cho


Alapash Terrariums


SODA by amy

While I was in Ravenswood, I decided to stop by Hazel and found the perfect Orla Kiely wrapping paper to use as wallpaper in my little Neville House at my art studio.

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I had such a great time at the art walk this year and think it was a wonderful prelude to Chicago Artists Month.  Check back for more blog posts about all the art events I will be attending this month.  And if you're not in Chicago but want to support these artists, be sure to visit their websites to see and purchase more of their work, and check to see if and when they will be in a gallery or show near you.

2 comments:

  1. You have a great eye, wonderful photos. Amazing talent all over RAW.
    Spencer Vidulich

    Two Fish Gallery
    Tam Wimolvan Vidulich Carpets

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  2. Thank you, Spencer. You're right, there were a lot of very talented artists at RAW.

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