Monthly Archives: October 2015

Beyond Color Exhibit at the HARLEM FINE ARTS SHOW in Chicago

The Beyond Color Exhibit & Soulful Artistry will be at the HARLEM FINE ARTS SHOW in Chicago

Beyond Color
October 29 – November 1
The Harlem Fine Arts Show – Chicago
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago IL 60654

“I never had an occasion to question color.  Therefore, I only saw myself as what I was – a human being.” ~ Sidney Portier

Chicago is a beautifully diverse city, and possibly the most segregated in the United States.  Galleryna19 invited artists of AllUsWe + Collaborative Mavericks, Inc. – Art Collectives to create works of art looking beyond race and color to tell stories in bold black, white, and grey tones.  The Beyond Color exhibit displays a figurative, literal, and thematic inspiration of transcending color.  Beyond Color is beyond NOW, ushering in an era of artists who challenge everything!

The message is clear, contemporary and fresh.  This presentation features original expressive artistic interpretations of 27 artists living and working in a city of neighborhoods.  The artists reveal light, shadows, and changing tones.  Beyond Color tells the story of common ground, culture and heritage.  It is a visual representation of the wonder and complexity of the ­human experience.

Can you see beyond color?

Featured Artists
Brian Dovie Golden
Dana Todd Pope
Darren Pollard
David Anthony Geary
Dayo Laoye
Fanta Celah
Fred Bridges
Janice Bond
James Nelson
Jen Furlong
Kudzai B. Mutasa
Martha A. Wade
Max Sansing
Minnie Watkins
Oscar Lester
Preston Thomas
Pearlie Taylor
Paul Branton
Phillip Scott
Reynaldo Ferdinand
Rhonda Grey
Robert Lewis Clark
Roger Carter
Tia Etu
Walter Lobyn Hamilton
Yemonja Smalls

Exhibit Curators
David Anthony Geary
Martha A. Wade
Reisha Williams

Artist Outreach
Dana Todd Pope


Thursday, October 29th
6PM – 10PM Opening Night Cocktail Reception benefiting North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links Incorporated
Live Jazz will be provided

Friday October 29th
9AM – Art Exhibition Opens
9AM – 3PM Youth Empowerment Day (Closed to the Public)
6PM – 10PM HFAS Salutes African American Business Leaders
Live Jazz will be provided

Saturday 10AM – 10PM
10AM – Until Close Art Exhibition Opens
1PM – 4PM Author’s Pavilion
2PM – 4PM Art Lecture Series
4PM – 6PM Discussion on the “Lake” – Panel discussion on Social Justice and Race in America
7p – Until Close Masquerade Ball Steppin’ Show competition

Sunday 12PM – 6PM
12PM – 6PM HFAS Sale and Exhibition with A Gospel and JazzBrunch


To create a platform for artists of all genres as well as non-artists to empower themselves through culture, ideas, and the arts around the world.

A future where the arts and sciences are equally valued and professionals in both fields are given the necessary resources to succeed.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Since its inception in 2009, HFAS has had over 60,000+ visitors, traveled to 10+ cities as well as showcased 100+ artists and galleries.

As the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States, HFAS prides itself on its uncanny ability to bring people of all different backgrounds together to celebrate fine arts of the African Diaspora. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic visionaries as well as American visual artists to exhibit and sell their artwork. The Harlem Fine Arts Show has also created economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and professional recognition within the multicultural community.

As the Harlem Fine Arts Show honors its past and embraces the history of now, HFAS will continue to impact communities and shape the future of the fine art world.



Art NXT Level: Sergio and Yanina Gomez

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This excellent program offers professional development courses for artists at all levels in their art career. From learning effective strategies to maintaining a successful studio practice to creating killer exhibition proposals to move your art forward. Art NXT (Next) Level courses will help you design a practical and well balanced plan to grow your art practice efficiently. Here, you will also find marketing ideas, coaching, strategic sessions and practical advice to live a healthier and fulfilling lifestyle. Taking Your Art Career to the Next Level offers tools, resources, business strategies, marketing ideas, coaching, and practical advice to help contemporary artists manage and advance their art careers. It consists of webinars, podcasts, on-site workshops, speaking engagements, technology applications, online resources, eBooks, blogs, and affiliate programs.

These webinars and podcast has been tremendously useful and enlightening. You get to hear other artist and their experiences related to becoming a successful artist. I personally love this program and Sergio and Yanina has done a great job capturing what artist need in becoming a successful artist entrepreneur.


Artist Month Continues…

OCTOBER 9, 2015


The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series is a national search to find the next big name in visual arts. Created in partnership with Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the Artisan Series offers underrepresented artists a national platform to showcase their work. During the search, thousands submit their artwork, and some will go on to exhibit at local galleries during the regional finals. Ultimately, twelve artists are chosen to showcase at the grand finale event during SCOPE Miami Beach, but just one will receive a grand prize solo exhibit at SCOPE NYC. The top three winning artists from the finale will receive a stipend to help create a mural in their hometown and give back to their communities. Last year’s top three artists from the grand finale are creating murals in their hometowns this summer, visit the calender to learn more.

Join Us for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Chicago Regional Semifinalist Exhibition at Gallery Guichard. Friday, October 9, 2015 7 to 9 PM Exhibition Runs Through November 1, 2015. RSVP required at Must be 21 and over to attend.

45th Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House


“ORIGAMI” by P.Scott

Friday, October 9th, 2015 from 6-10pm
Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from 11am-7pm

Artist Statement
The subtly twisting geometric shapes and evocative colors conveyed in Phillip Scott’s paintings are inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami. Sharp lines and nostalgic folds reminiscent of paper airplanes and writing in fortunetellers provide a glimpse into P. Scott’s childhood craft. The images are playful in their seeming ability to contract, expand, and bend. They are also highly and inherently structural designs that blend iconic origami forms with urban street art and graffiti. Scott’s youthful occupation with the paper folding form began with instructional books that detailed folds and revealed the secrets of origami. His paintings incorporate some of these early instructional impressions and imagery. They also move beyond the conventional form of origami and explore a freedom of structure that exists outside the folds of paper.

Born April 1, 1976 as a Rochester New York Native, Phillip Scott Sinclair also known as P.Scott takes art and entrepreneurship to another level. A man constantly seeking a canvas for his artistic expression, with multi talents in the arts such as visual art, graphic, fashion, and sculptural design, Scott considers himself a Visual Art Designer. Influenced by artist such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali and his mothers love and desire for fashion, and interior design. With his art which he likes to call urban contemporary expressionism Scott plans to stay on the forefront of the art scene by always pushing the envelope, always finding a unique canvas, and by being creative with mind-blowing concepts that make you think beyond the surface.

Open for public viewing: October 9th – November 8th, 2015

NYCH Art Gallery
643 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60616











1833 S Halsted, Chicago, Illinois 60608

By Melodye and Harmony Royals

UFAT PRESENTS This Friday and Saturday!!! Free and Open To The Public. Please Join Mother and Daughter, Melodye and Harmonia Rosales present their new works!

As mother daughter, we share more than a special bond… but as artists we are forever boundless creatively, especially living in the color of every moment.

Who would have known that little girl would sit under my drafting table jumping up from underneath every time my pencils would drop, “Here Mommy!, I’m helping, right Mommy” would turn out to become be the person whose creative talents inspire my own. How I flourish each time I watch her capture a life moment through the portal of paint, and I realize how we’ve come full circle and find myself answering those same questions years later.

“Yes, you’ve helped Mommy. With every brush stroke, you gave me life… and a reason to paint the world anew.


Cermak Art Center Open Studio
Chicago Artist Month
Group Exhibition

Sam Kirk, Rahmaan Statik, Karla Olvera, Andy Bellemo, Terrence Byas, Bunny XLV, and Sandra Antongiorgi.

Live performances by: Pugs Atoms, Werm One, Sandra Antonglorgi and Band
Friday October 9th

Kirk Statik Studio
629 w Cermak, studio 407
Chicago 60616
Doors open at 6pm

OCTOBER 10, 2015


Collectors’ Home Tour: @ Check in: Logan Center for the Arts

Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tours start at 9:00a.m. and 1:00p.m. from the Logan Center for the Arts.

All Guests must check in at the registration desk located in the lobby of the Logan Center for the Arts; 915 East 60th St., Chicago 60637




A group exhibition celebrating the creative and impressive artwork of emerging or unknown artists throughout the Chicago land area!

Created by Angie Redmond Artist

Opening Reception is…
Saturday October 10th, 2015
6pm – 9pm
One Stop Productions
340 North Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60607
(on the corner of Ogden and Carroll)

Chicago Artist Month

CAM Every year throughout October, you are invited to meet hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, and neighborhood art walks at venues throughout the city. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with more than 200 program partners, Chicago Artists Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community.

Also, discover art and artists while you explore the Chicago neighborhoods where they live, work and exhibit. Visit private studios and see a range of artwork in galleries, storefronts and businesses.

I guarantee you if you’re searching for inspiration or you want to enjoy the art scene of Chicago. Visit the for more information and locations of the different neighborhoods that’s participating in the art walk.

Migrations In Black And White

Calao 22 Space Art and Interiors
2320 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 6064

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM11898515_10207896673554257_1448580830992151520_n

Artists Talk: Sunday, November 1, 2015,
Noon until 3:00 PM
Closing Reception: November 6, 2015,
6:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Featured Collaborative Mavericks Artists Include:

Marcus Sterling Alleyne, Lindsey E. Bates, Janice Bond, Paul Branton, Michael Burton, Fanta Celah, Robert Lewis Clark, Reynaldo Ferdinand, David Anthony Geary, Rhonda Gray, Liz LaRue, Makeba Kedem-DuBose, N. Masani Landfair, Oscar Lester, James Nelson, Dana Tod,  Pope, Adrienne Powers, Cheryl Toles, Max Sansing, Yemonjah Smalls, Patricia A. Stewart, Martha A. Wade, Minnie R. Watkins

From 1910 to 1970 an estimated six million Black Americans ventured from the southern regions of the US to cities like New York, Detroit and Chicago. They wanted to escape the social and economic deficiencies of a slave system that once ended, was replaced with the deplorable racial caste of Jim Crow.

The exhibition Migrations in Black and White takes its cue in part from that movement and specifically speaks to the lack of visibility South side Chicago-based Black artists have in the northern stretch of the city. The establishment of the Calao 22 Space art gallery in Bucktown freely crosses that divide. The brainchild of artist, curator and (now) third time gallerist Makeba Kedem-DuBose, the space fits into the algorithm of a community that’s referred to as Chicago’s ìcreative epicenter.î

Migrations In Black And White, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition flips the script on the racial and artistic implications of the term black and white. Its usage in the show’s title is not a reference to race, but a description of the graphic appearance of the works: black and white are the only colors in the pictorial (or structural) plain.

The exhibition features the work of 22 Black artists selected out of 110 total members, uniformly known as Collaborative Mavericks. Collaborative Mavericks was named by Makeba Kedem-DuBose, and is the creation of co-founders, artists Makeba Kedem-DuBose and Dana Todd Pope. The artists collective formed as a result of a group of visual artists who bonded during the Farragosto Beach Umbrella projectHOSTED by Lacuna Artists Lofts, and Peroni Beer of Italy in 2013. The artists painted umbrellas were subsequently featured at a VIP attended reception at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach, though ironically, most artists in the group maintain a studio practice in communities pretty much under-the-radar of Chicago art denizens.

Surprisingly, Migrations in Black and White is not a show about race. It’s an appropriate assumption given the fact that it showcases black artists who live in black communities of Chicago, a city with an ugly racial past. Migrations transcends that past by focusing on a broad spectrum of aesthetic and compositional concerns.

More information can be found at Migrations to Black and White Event

Night of Illumination: Opening Celebration

6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago Il 60649

Please join us to celebrate the opening of the Stony Island Arts

On October 3, 2015, we open our doors in celebration of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and our first exhibition,
an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga.

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a new kind of cultural amenity, a repository of African American culture and history, and a laboratory for the next generation of artists and cultural leaders. Free and open to the public; please RSVP at  Please note that an RSVP on eventbrite or facebook will not guarantee access if the building has reached capacity

Dangerous Lullabies – 1st Friday Opening Night

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

Dangerous Lullabies is a group fine art exhibition that explores the curious allure of things that frighten us. Artists from across the country have conspired to fill a historic mansion with paintings, sculptures and fine art creations which examine the beauty found in the ashes of terror and the magnetic pull things of that are disturbing, on-edge or dark.

The exhibit will be in Crystal Lake’s Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, in the Dole Mansion, an intricately detailed 1800’s building and is rumored to be haunted by previous owner, Eliza, widow of the circus magnate, Al Ringling.

The exhibition is open October 2 – 29.
Opening night for the show will be Friday, October 2, 5:00 -8:00 pm
Admission is free, but any donations to the Arts Park are appreciated.
Complimentary food will be served and a cash bar will be available to purchase drinks.

This show is curated by J + K Isacson in partnership with the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park. Find out details about the Dangerous Lullabies show and other exhibitions at:

Unfolding Matter

Fulton Street Collective Gallery at
1821 W. Hubbard St Lofts, 3rd Fl., Chicago, IL 60642

Tanya Gill
Gunjan Kumar
Marzena Ziejka

Opening – October 2nd at 6pm

Music to Unfolding Matter – October 10th at 7:00pm
by Cameron Pfiffner, Joshua Abrams, Tim Mulvenna

Artist Q&A / Closing – October 14th at 6:30 pm

Unfolding Matter brings together three independent voices united through their interests. Each artist touches on the idea of matter through their material use, imagery or both. What has emerged is a body of works inspired by essential elements – primarily earth, soil and water. With materials such as crushed earth minerals, plant extracts, soil and Landsat satellite images, these artists explore their vastly diverse artistic practices rooted in age-old knowledge. The artists work independently and produce a deeply personal yet integrating voice. Each artist strives to achieve simplicity and a quiet balance between self and nature through their practice. Their sensibility, backgrounds, experiences and research create a diverse but converging body of work.

In addition, we are honored to announce a collaborative event by Cameron Pfiffner with bassist Joshua Abrams and percussionist Tim Mulvenna on October 10th at 7pm. Piffner will play an improvisational score in response to the works in “Unfolding Matter”.

“Escape” – the City as Studio – Cydney M. Lewis & Sara Dehghan

Elephant Room, Inc.
704 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605

In conjunction with Chicago Artist’s Month, Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “Escape” with artists Cydney M. Lewis and Sara Dehghan. “Escape” embraces the theme of “The City as Studio” as these artists repurpose found materials in order to create inspiring, sculptural works. The opening reception is on Friday, October 2nd from 6pm to 9pm and runs through November 7th.

For this exhibition, the gallery is transformed into a new environment through the abstract repurposing of the discarded. By plumbing the city for material and inspiration, Lewis & Dehghan change our experience of the everyday, giving the mundane a new reality. “Escape” is a reflection on the condition of waste: physical, social and emotional, we are asked to reconsider beauty in what is often ignored. Through the evolution of materials, the artists create a new environment, an imaginary place of hope.

“The materials used inhabit our streets as waste and are man made and contradictory. Useful, yet difficult to replace. Harmful, flexible, durable, and destructible, yet difficult to destroy. I want my work to help people think and reflect on their relationships with themselves, each other, the environment and their attitudes toward waste.” – Cydney M. Lewis

Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Hours are Saturdays 11am to 5pm or by appointment. More information can be found on the gallery’s website:

3rd Annual International Shortcut 100 Film Festival 2015 (The Red Carpet)

Shortcut 100 Screening Room, 1629 N Halsted, Chicago, IL

Third time is a charm. Shortcut 100’s partners (Nebula Creatives, Key Concept, Lure Izakaya, and Macku Sushi) invite everyone to join us at this year’s festival reception (conveniently located right above Strings Ramen Shop in Lincoln Park) with COMPLIMENTARY Japanese tasting menu, wine and beer. The selected films have been announced.

The Program:
3 – 4pm : Red Carpet Reception with Tasting Menu and Wine
4:15 – 5:15pm : Film Screenings Part 1
Frankie (US/Italy) by Francesco Mazza
Lamby’s Day Out (US) by Jon Silver
Summer Triangle (Hong Kong) by Ng Mei Yu
The Two Rickies (US) by Juan Remirez
Comic Potential (IRELAND) by Ross Carey

5:15 – 5:30pm : Break

5:30 – 6:30pm : Film Screenings Part 2
Rabbitland (Serbia) by Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr.
Behind the Veil (Italy) by Niccolò Scavo
Nowhere (US) by I-Cheng Lee
The Stranger (Hong Kong) by Wong Ka-Ki
1440 and Counting (US) by Tony Gapastione

7 – 9pm : After party at LURE Izakaya (2925 N HALSTED)

Suggested Attire: Dress To Impress
Space is limited so please RSVP by email

CAM Kickoff and Open House

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center
6433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60626

As part of Chicago Artists Month schedule of events, the Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center willHOST the Rogers Park Arts Alliance Art Round Trip Kickoff Party and Open House!

The afternoon will feature artist talks by members of the Chicago Sculpture International, demonstrations in our Metalworking, Woodworking, Casting, and Technology Departments, live music by The New Switcheroo, and the Opening Reception to our Members Gallery exhibit, Architecture: Form and Feature, featuring works by Janet Austin, David Curry, Victoria Fuller, Emily McCormick, and Victor Nelson.


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