THE RIVER NORTH DESIGN DISTRICT HOSTS
5th ANNUAL FALL GALLERY WALK SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
This year the River North Design District (RNDD) partners with The River North Arts District Galleries to feature artists paired with designers. Highlights include a full lineup of openings and events on Friday, September 6th from 5-9pm and open house on Saturday, September 7th from 11am to 4pm.
The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to announce this year’s annual River North Fall Gallery Walk on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th, 2019. The walk is comprised of 33 locations with special events throughout River North featuring 35 artists and 23 designer vignettes. This year’s walk philanthropic partner is buildOn and a portion of the proceeds will provide the experience of equal and safe education for the children of a community in a developing country; as well as provide the opportunity for service and leadership for the youth within our own community.
The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 6th until 9pm. The vignettes will be exhibited until October 7th. The event’s host committee includes art enthusiasts and collectors Tony Karman, Carrie Lannon, Daniel Kinkade, Janet Owen, Shannon Sharpe and Rochelle Trotter. This year the committee will also present an award for best vignette.
RNDD is grateful for their partnerships and this year those include:
Theodore Alexander, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, SOFA, EXPO Chicago, The Other Art Fair, Art Encounter, The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago Gallery News, Luxe Interiors + Design, Dering Hall, Freeze & Float and a curated beer selection by Oct.co.
Participants for this year’s walk include:
- PROjECT.interiors featuring Amanda Morrison at Transceramica
- Amy Kartheiser Design featuring Sarah Raskey at Chicago Luxury Beds
- Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Jamie Tubbs with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at TOTO
- Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Cleveland Dean at bulthaup
- JOLIE ID featuring Meg Cowell with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Christopher Guy
- Yamini Designs featuring David Gamble and Julian Wasser of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery at Casa Spazio
- Victoria Hardy Interiors featuring Bruno Surdo and Michael Van Zeyl of Victor Armendariz Gallery at eggersmann usa
- Robin Thomas Design featuring Randy O’Brien of Vale Craft Gallery at Lightology
- Wike LaFrey featuring Linc Thelen at Orizzonti
- Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Glenn Wexler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery at Oscar Isberian Rugs
- JamesThomas Interiors featuring Ramona Russu with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Oscar Isberian Rugs
- Jessica Lagrange Interiors featuring Janet McGreal of Gruen Galleries at Oscar Isberian Rugs
- Brianne Bishop Design featuring Philippe Vignal with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at Ligne Roset
- Vincere featuring Vladimir Bachorik of Echt Gallery at O’Brien Harris
- Bruce Fox Interior Architecture + Design featuring James Iska of Shashi Caudill Fine Art at Theodore Alexander
- Kelly Hurliman Design featuring John Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery at Renaissance Tile & Bath
- Room & Board featuring Steven Ciezki and Kazuki Takizawa of Echt Gallery at Materials Marketing
- Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors featuring Cat Tesla of Chicago Art Source at Artists Frame Service
- Sarah Dippold Design featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery at Organic Looms
- Steve + Filip Design featuring Christophe Gausparro at Studio41
- Alan Design Studio featuring Jennifer Webster with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at 210 Design House
- Alida Coury Interiors featuring Colt Seager at Calia Stone Boutique
- dSPACE Studio featuring TJ O’Keefe at Molteni&C
- Centaur Interiors featuring Tyler Shields at Samuel Lynne Galleries
- Victor Armendariz Gallery is exhibiting Jan Pieter Fokkens
- Gruen Galleries is exhibiting Meredith Pardue
- Vale Craft Gallery is exhibiting Randy O’Brien
- Zolla Lieberman Gallery is exhibiting Dennis Lee Mitchell, Phyllis Bramson and Lorraine Peltz
- Echt Gallery is exhibiting Jay Strommen
- Addington Gallery is exhibiting Rebecca Crowell and Robin Denevan
- Ken Saunders Gallery is exhibiting Thomas Scoon
- Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is exhibiting David Gamble and Julian Wasser
- The Anti-Cruelty Society featuring “Art from the Heart”, special POP UP with Dresner Design
This year’s lineup begins with a VIP kickoff party featuring new works by nationally collected artist Sarah Raskey at Chicago Luxury Beds and a vignette created by Amy Kartheiser Design. The walk concludes with an after party hosted by Transceramica, celebrating community and creativity created by PROjECT.interiors in partnership with Theodore Alexander featuring artist Amanda Morrison.
The gallery walk is free and open to the public; the VIP Kickoff party and after party are $35 each or both for $60. Proceeds benefit the not-for-profit River North Design District, and proceeds will go towards yearly programming. A portion of proceeds will also benefit our philanthropic partner, buildOn. Tickets are on sale here.
“buildOn is extremely proud and honored to partner with RNDD. Their Gallery Walk is powerful, vibrant, one-of-a-kind, and makes a global and local impact in Chicago. Through the RNDD and buildOn partnership, we are able to continue to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. RNDD is empowering high school students on the south and west sides of Chicago to elevate their own communities through service AND providing education for those in the developing world who so desperately need it.”—Ryan Nishimoto of buildOn
Opening Night: Friday, September 6th
All showroom events are FREE (with the exception of the Kickoff and After Parties) and open to the public from 5pm-9pm with special programming listed below.
Chicago Luxury Beds 5-6:30pm
440 N. Wells St. #100n
Tickets available here.
314 W. Superior St. #100
Tickets available here.
Open House: Saturday, September 7th
All showrooms are free and open to the public from 11am-4pm
Saturday’s Special Events
Wells and Hubbard
Saturday, September 7th 11am and 3pm
Meet the adoptable dogs of The Anti-Cruelty Society as they embark on a Puppy Parade through River North. These joyful neighborhood walks bring the love of dogs beyond the shelter walls and directly into the community. Join art and animal lovers as they convene at the corner of Wells and Hubbard where dogs will be available for snuggles and selfies. Learn more about adoptable dogs and The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 120-year legacy of putting compassion to action at www.anticruelty.org.
The Anti-Cruelty Society (ACS) featuring “Art from the Heart” with special “KIDDY KITCHEN POP UP” Scott Dresner of Dresner Design
157 W. Grand Avenue, Education & Training Center
Open House 11am-4pm with special awards ceremony and Ice Cream Social from 12-2pm sponsored by Dresner Design
Join The Anti-Cruelty Society as we celebrate the work of young artists at the annual Art from the Heart juried exhibition. Visual works will be on display as youth share their passion for animals, advocacy and the community. Stop by to be inspired by how these young artists are putting their compassion to action. Special “Kiddy Kitchen” by Scott Dresner of Dresner Design will be raffled off to benefit ACS. Learn more about the Art from the Heart exhibition and contest at www.anticruelty.org.
Full schedule of events for Opening Night:
Amy Kartheiser Design featuring Sarah Raskey on exhibit at Chicago Luxury Beds
440 N. Wells St. #100n
Vibrant colors, bespoke beds, natural stones. These are just three of the things to expect when joining us for the exclusive River North Design District Gallery Walk. Amy Kartheiser Design and Sarah Raskey Fine Art collaborate to create a truly revolutionary party inside Chicago Luxury Beds. Works of art and curated vignettes work together to tell a story and create the mood for the rest of the night. A portion of the proceeds will change the lives of children in a developing country via buildOn.
PROjECT.interiors featuring Amanda Morrison on exhibit at Transceramica with a special installation from Theodore Alexander:
314 W. Superior St. #100
MATTER: [noun] physical substance: earth, fire, crystal, water; distinct from mind and spirit.
[verb] be of importance; have significance.
PROjECT. interiors, Transceramica and Theodore Alexander present an after party that matters. Celebrate community, creativity and our collective power to inspire change all while getting our groove on. Vibe high with spinning beats, tribal rhythms and singing bowls; ground yourself in sculptural installations by Amanda Morrison and Sarah Raskey; get mystified, shake it down and make design matter. A portion of the proceeds will change the lives of children in a developing country via buildOn.
Yamini Designs featuring Julian Wasser and David Gamble of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery on exhibit at Casa Spazio:
222 West Hubbard St.
Wig Out! Swing through Casa Spazio and wig out in the wild and carefree glam of ‘60s Hollywood. Inspired by the photography of Julian Wasser and David Gamble at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, Yamini Designs has envisioned a hip and swanky lounge where Wasser would have entertained the celebrities he photographed in the City of Angels—and collected works like Gamble’s bold and vibrant silkscreen prints. Look for a young Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Dennis Hopper and Andy Warhol among the Wasser prints as you vibe with the sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Then grab a dirty martini and a retro appetizer, sink into an Italian sofa and take in Gamble’s limited edition “Wig” series featuring Warhol’s own iconic silver-white hairpiece and glasses.
Steve + Filip Design featuring Christophe Gausparro on exhibit at Studio41
225 W. Hubbard St.
Christophe Gausparro’s triptych represents three major bodily systems: skeletal and organ (left), the circulatory and glandular (right), and the sexual and reproductive (middle). Each piece has the ability to compositionally stand on its own, but stands truest when combined. The campy fun vignette created by Steve + Filip Design will be a cool space to enjoy a signature cocktail and dessert inspired by Christophe’s installation.
Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Glenn Wexler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery
JamesThomas Interiors featuring Ramona Russu with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art
Jessica Lagrange Interiors featuring Janet McGreal of Gruen Galleries
on exhibit at Oscar Isberian Rugs:
120 W. Kinzie St.
A romp through London’s Carnaby Street during its swinging ‘60s heyday. Music, fashion, art and cocktails collide to create a feast for the senses.
Pull on your go-go boots, pull back the palms and discover who the woman in black is by artist Ramona Russu.
Jessica Lagrage Interiors:
A mod Maison inspired by the visionary style of the West End girls showcasing a piece by artist Janet McGreal. Can ya dig it?
Kadlec Architecture + Design:
One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. Join us for a colorful, trippy scene featuring Chicago artist Glenn Wexler and Zolla Lieberman Gallery.
Room & Board featuring Steven Ciezki and Kazuki Takizawa of Echt Gallery on exhibit at Materials Marketing:
212 W. Kinzie St.
Join us for a vignette featuring the works of U.S.-based glass artists Kazuki Takizawa and Steven Ciezki. Light bites and drinks will be served.
Vincere featuring Vladimir Bachorik of Echt Gallery on exhibit at O’Brien Harris:
501 N. Wells St.
This installation highlights a glass-scape, integrating shape, scale and color. Some transparent, some translucent, and some in combination, the elemental nature of his work is both visual and tactile. Stunning as individual works, the grouping creates a dialogue and references a cityscape, or perhaps even an other-wordly terrain. The sublime and stunning surroundings of O’Brien Harris further elevate this work. Please join us for light bites and libations.
Sarah Dippold Design featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery on Exhibit at Organic Looms:
401 N. Wells St.
Follow your senses on a journey through nature. Robin’s works elicit a sense of calm while reminiscent of natural horizons. Engage with various earthly scents and indulge in mini cocktails and candies while relaxing to the music of Pink Floyd.
Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors featuring Cat Tesla of Chicago Art Source on exhibit at Artists Frame Service:
433 N. Wells St.
Life can be captured in a moment creating a timeless reflection: through color, through art, through us. Capture a moment with us with color-changing cocktails, light bites, and a night that will reveal your true colors.
Wike LaFrey featuring Linc Thelen on exhibit at Orizzonti:
329 W. Grand Ave.
A fanciful evening inspired by the imagination of artist Linc Thelen, whose large-scale oil on canvas abstract creations will be on display. Romantic music and a signature cocktail “Italian Nights” will help create the mood. An original piece of artwork, created just for this event, will be raffled for charity. Prepare to be amused.
Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Jamie Tubbs with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on exhibit at TOTO:
500 N. Wells St.
Get away and join us for a luau complete with signature cocktail and small bites. Peruse exotic textures from artist Jamie Tubbs.
Robin Thomas Design featuring Randy O’Brien of Vale Craft Gallery on exhibit at Lightology:
215 W. Chicago Ave.
“The Four Elements – Nature’s Connection to Art” – join us to explore the inspiration behind the forces of nature – earth, water, air, and fire – and how they influence works of art and light design. Stop by for a chance to win a special gift, and enjoy a carefully crafted selection of cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.
Bruce Fox Interior Architecture + Design featuring James Iska of Shashi Caudill Fine Art on exhibit at Theodore Alexander located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre:
371 W. Ontario St.
Theodore Alexander invites you to embrace and celebrate the elegant glamour of 1930s Shanghai with a modern sensibility, as interpreted by Bruce Fox, along with the alluring nature photography of James Iska. As we recognize the beauty and romance of this period, we also pay homage to the tradition and celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy champagne, mooncakes, and traditional Chinese teas as you admire the beautiful work of our featured partners. The Mid-Autumn Festival blesses you with six warm wishes: that you will have happiness in your life, satisfaction at your work, true love, a happy family, caring friends, and our wish for a wonderful year.
JOLIE ID featuring Meg Cowell with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on exhibit at Christopher Guy located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre:
371 W. Ontario St.
Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular at the Moulin Rouge! Enter a miraculous world of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory. Join us for an evening of forever flowing champagne and jaw-dropping entertainment designed to take you back to Montmartre in 1899.
Brianne Bishop Design featuring Philippe Vignal with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art on exhibit at Ligne Roset:
440 N. Wells St. #100s
Experience the sensual, moody art by Philippe Vignal hanging from the ceiling with thick black rope evoking drama over the iconic Togo seating arrangement. Join us for a night of undeniable sexy French style with French rap beats- enjoy spicy French martinis, nibbles of sweet macaroons, and create your own lavender sachets as a memento.
Victoria Hardy Interiors featuring Bruno Surdo and Michael Van Zeyl of Victor Armendariz Gallery on exhibit at eggersmann usa:
300 W. Hubbard St., 4th floor
Goddess Gala of Fine Arts – eggersmann will be celebrating the essence of all women through the eyes of Bruno Surdo & Michael Van Zeyl with unique designs by Victoria Hardy. Take part in a real life work of art, sip rosé and enjoy light bites.
Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Cleveland Dean on exhibit at bulthaup
313 W. Superior St.
Dichotomy of the dirty line at bulthaup with Nora Schneider Interior Design and Cleveland Dean. Stop by to experience our urban vibe, where we will be serving up dirty martinis and sexy bites while our DJ sets the mood with beats that will make you want to groove.
Kelly Hurliman Design featuring John Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery on exhibit at Renaissance Tile & Bath
555 N. Franklin St.
Electrify the night at Renaissance Tile & Bath’s newly curated showroom. Sip on a signature ‘Blue Tile-tini’ while listening to the sweet melodies of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy & Howlin’ Wolf. Get inspired with an eclectic vignette by Kelly Hurliman Design featuring the illuminated “Lingering Kiss” by Chicago artist John E. Bannon of Ken Saunders Gallery.
Alan Design Studio featuring Jennifer Webster with Daniel Kinkade Fine Art at 210 Design House
210 W. Illinois St.
‘Hanky Panky’ at 210 Design House as all are invited to ‘lounge’ at the vignette created by Ruthie Alan of Alan Design Studio while you are Razzle Dazzle’d’ In Bad Form by the art of Jennifer Webster. Bring your imagination and be ready to transcend through the centuries as you imbibe on chef driven libations and sweet treats.
Alida Coury Interiors featuring Colt Seager at Calia Stone Boutique
154 W. Hubbard St.
Lift the veil between heaven and earth as Colt Seager reveals his latest art series in the serene setting of Calia Stone Boutique. The rich tones of marble and quartz act as a backdrop to the form, balance, and rhythm of Seager’s abstract works. A romantic Bohemian setting that connects you to the peace and love of art, embraced by a live set of Latin acoustic guitars strumming. We invite you to take a sip of comfort and warm your soul on a soothing sojourn from the conscious dreams of Alida Coury Interiors.
Centaur Interiors featuring Tyler Shields on exhibit at Samuel Lynne Galleries
215 W. Huron St. Suite # 1
Chicago and Centaur Interiors bring you the newest collection of avant-garde photography from Tyler Shields – named the Andy Warhol of our generation, and making headlines at Sotheby’s Erotic: Passion & Desire sale for his impressive auction success. Shields is known for his unique brand of volatile photography, representative of his trademark edgy, provocative, and daring style. Join us to view the power of Shields’ photos from his latest Fairytale, Provocateur, Paint, Indulgence, and Decadence series, and enjoy complimentary cocktails with the artist.
dSPACE Studio featuring TJ O’Keefe at Molteni&C
311 W. Superior St.
Join Molteni&C and dSPACE Studio for an evening that embraces cutting edge craft and well executed minimalism. The contemporary Italian design and detailed artistry of Molteni&C furniture sets the stage for the powerful work of TJ O’Keefe, a Chicago-based artist and industrial designer. Savor fine Italian wines and bites from acclaimed local restaurant Tocco as you enjoy and reflect on O’Keefe’s form-driven works that are at once streamlined and complex.
The Anti-Cruelty Society (ACS) featuring “Art from the Heart”, special “KIDDY KITCHEN POP UP” Scott Dresner of Dresner Design
157 W. Grand Avenue, Education & Training Center
Join The Anti-Cruelty Society as we celebrate the work of young artists at the annual Art from the Heart juried exhibition. Visual works will be on display as youth share their passion for animals, advocacy and the community. Stop by to be inspired by how these young artists are putting their compassion to action. Special “Kiddy Kitchen” by Scott Dresner of Dresner Design will be raffled off to benefit ACS. Learn more about the Art from the Heart exhibition and contest at www.anticruelty.org.
“The River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk is our most popular event of the year! This year we are featuring brilliant and collected artists from all over the world paired with some of the most coveted Chicago designers. We’re really solidifying our presence not just as design centers, but as partners supporting the rich, vibrant art community of the River North neighborhood.” —Mike Cao, president, River North Design District
“This collaboration between the River North Design District and the River North Gallery District underscores the deep connections between design and fine Art and the veritable riches of Chicago’s offerings within one of the city’s most vital neighborhoods. Contemporary design and designers innovate in the spirit of responsible and sustainable engagement with social and environmental challenges while fine artists and the galleries that promote them aspire to focus our attention on what is possible and what needs to be changed in the spirit of inspiration and aspiration.” —Ken Saunders of Ken Saunders Gallery
Glass surrounds us everywhere. It is one of the most widely used materials invented by humans. We drink from glasses and we look through all kinds of windows; windows of airplanes, cars and abodes. It seems that glass is substantial for life, and it is necessary and useful. However it can also be useless. Just for the shape of a glass object, simply for beauty. In Bachorik’s recent collection, sometimes they resemble a vase that could easily be as spacious as Richard Serra’s elliptic compositions with inner spaces. Although if that were the case, they could not be made of glass and this defines not only the scale but also certain qualities of Bachorik’s work. His work is transparent—up to certain extent or at particular places. Transparency enables us to permeate through the shape and to be brought to a standstill by another, inserted shape. Transparency seems to be similar if not identical to translucency. These adjectives are often confused, but each represents opposing movement. Transparency begins in the eye and continues on while translucency suggests shining from a source towards us. Both of these aspects connect in Bachorik’s work, which filters and multiplies thus becoming a fundamental idea of composition and expression. How many shapes are inserted in each other? Sometimes it is only a shifted segment cut that halts the light. Sometimes it is just a lightly recognizable diagonal. These relations, changing under various angles of light, hidden and outlined, are transforming the glass matter to such extent that it creates dominance over the outside form. -Stanislav Kolibal
Bannon, an artist working in Chicago, works in multiple media but for this exhibition, he is contributing two works in neon. In a material that is enjoying a resurgence critically as well as in the marketplace, Bannon has created an unusual body of work that is generally image- rather than text-based. The artist often takes advantage of the optical qualities of his forms and colors playing up the visual pyrotechnics.
Steven grew up in Calumet City, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago. His artistic journey is represented by 23 years of drawing and 11 years of glassblowing, painting, and photography. He received his BFA in glass at Illinois State University in 2012. Glass has taken Steven to all corners of the country as a student, teacher, and professional glass artist. In 2016, he worked with two visiting international artists from the UK and Japan to lead the 4th International Glass Symposium in Turkey. Teaching opportunities in Arizona resulted in a book project about glassblowing technique. His book “Life on the Rails” was published in May of 2017. The title describes both his nomadic lifestyle as well as the rails at the bench where hot glass is shaped by hand. In 2018, Steven returned to the States from a six-month stay in Australia. He was the first international artist to receive the Art Group Creative Fellowship at Canberra Glassworks. Recently after his return, he travelled to Japan to teach and research in Tokyo and Osaka. Steven resides in Phoenix, Arizona where he is a practicing glass artist.
Whil e her work has always dealt with moments of transition, there is something particularly dark hiding among the folds of Cowell ’s latest project s . In these new works a real sense of spiritual energy is at play, expressed through her use of cloudy, opalescent waters suggestive of things in a state of vaporous disintegration, and via her still life vanitas’ of faded flowers and human skulls . She says of her aims for this series: “I am wanting to capture the hopeful, beautiful, vulnerable flower blooming in harsh uncertain times and terrain. They are almost hysterically romantic . ” Both beautiful and unsettling, Cowell’s aesthetic channels a filmic sensibility, recalling characters like Margaret Mitchell’ s embattled Scarlett O’Hara or Daphne du Maurier’s confused and lonely Mrs. De Winter. In perfect Hitchcockian style one starts to wonder if these seemingly perfect images of womanly transformation might in fact be more akin to a dark tragedy. Not quite the grim figure th at is Dickens’ Ms . Havisham, all faded and torn, or the terrifying spectre of the Wilis that inhabit Giselle’s hau nting ballet, Cowell has none theless choreographed a ghostly performance that pays homage to the Victorian Gothic fascination with the afterlife, the sup ernatural, and the plight of the vulnerable heroine . Cowell’s Night Bloom is telling a story of m elancholic romance, in all its dark, succulent allure. It’s a story about youth and beauty, of losing oneself and of falling away from the corporeal. Unlike the majestic hues of her earlier images, the decision to restrict her palette to muted tones and opaque waters suggests ideas of purity, fragility, and the ethereal, and recalls the finely detailed allegorical paintings of the Northern Renaissance. “I am influenced by those Renaissance-era pictures wherein figures are borne up to heaven by clouds. These puffs of celestial vapor communicate a remarkable sense of the supernatural and a tangible expression of divinity.” Where her drapery and cloudy fluids merge, airy space is rendered visible, indicating a slippage between the worlds of the real and the spectral. Dresses defy gravity and fall away into immateriality, as do the objects within her broody still lives. Using artificial flowers, skulls adorned with floral arrangements coalesce with vaporous clouds, suggesting a spirit disembarking or some poisonous gas rising. Reminiscent of the allegorical paintings of the 16th century Dutch School, these images aim to demonstrate the fleeting nature of life, and the inescapable nearness of death.
The work of multidisciplined, self-taught visual artist Cleveland Dean exists to address internally personal and societal quandaries in abstract and conceptual ways. Cleveland Dean pulls from elements and life experiences and has formed an individual style that reflects his vision and his studies of philosophy, sociology, psychology, history as well as acting as a voyeur of humanity. The centered ideology is to evoke individual thought for the viewer, as opposed to being conditioned to what one should think and see, and how such resonates into other aspects of their lives. “My goal is to simply recondition people to think, adhere to knowledge and broaden their experience. The time to awaken from this degradation of intellect is now.” Primarily Cleveland’s work finds creation via painting, mixed media, installation, video, sculpture and photography. He is a visual artist, creative entrepreneur, philanthropist and mentor. His art has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions at The Chicago Cultural Center, Scope International Contemporary Art Show, Prizm Fair, The Union League Club of Chicago, N’Namdi Contemporary (Miami), Matthew Rachman Gallery, Bridgeport Arts Center, Gallery 220, Chicago Loop Alliance, Flatfile Gallery, ZhouB Art Center, One After 909 Gallery, University of Chicago, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Union Street Gallery, Phaiz Gallery, Chicago Art Department, Espacino Imagen Alternativa -Mexico City, Mexico, Espacio El Galeron Mexico City, Mexico to name a few. Giving back to the community is paramount to Dean’s mission. He has served as a mentor and artist in residence for the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs initiative Know Peace (formally Painting for Peace ). Cleveland has also served as a working artist on the Board of Directors for both the Chicago Artists Coalition and Graffiti Zone.
Robin’s work iis about process, with an emphasis on the organic properties of the materials he uses and how they mimic nature and landscape. With his encaustic paintings he uses a vocabulary of techniques to create a space. Ink and acrylic stain and bleed on the canvas creating a sketch. The splatters and glazes of oil fluidly represent the effects of water and reflection. Lines and gouges in the wax form trees. Beeswax blends and diffuses creating atmosphere. He does not render a landscape as much as he allows the materials to naturally create one.
David Gamble is a multidisciplinary artist from London, now based in New Orleans. His body of work consists of paintings, works on paper, and photographs, all of which have been exhibited globally. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s,Gamble worked as one of the foremost international editorial photographers for publications such as The Observer, the Independent, LIFE, Fortune, the New Yorker, the Sunday Times, and more. Over his decades-long career spanning the commercial, journalistic, and fine art realms, Gamble has photographed such illustrious figures as Stephen Hawking and the Dalai Lama with several of his portraits included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In 1988 Sotheby’s New York hosted one of the most talked-about auctions of the decade, the sale of the Estate of Andy Warhol. In addition to paintings and sculpture, some of the most hotly sought-after items were Warhol’s personal effects, including, décor, clothing, and even his 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The goal of the sale was to raise funds for the then fledgling Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Soon after Warhol’s death photographer David Gamble was permitted access to Warhol’s East 66thstreet House, Factory and Warehouse. There, he captured the placement of Warhol’s belongings as the artist had lived with them over the years. Rather than simply documenting the space, Gamble’s careful still-lifes capture the humanity and fierce individuality of the artist.
As an architect-turned-artist, Christophe Gausparro works in a variety of mediums with a focus on site-specific, architecturally-integrated installations. Interjecting subtle narratives into layered creations, his work is fueled by the concept of ‘bio-mimicry’ often using salvaged materials. Christophe explores the ever-changing dialogue between rustic and modern, striving to find balance between the two. Within his current design studio, he creates unique interiors, window displays, public art, and commissioned work for personal and corporate clients.
Since the 1980s James Isla has been documenting the urban scene with a camera.
Following an early passion for architecture, he began his career in earnest in the early eighties photographing the vernacular architecture of the moribund steel industry of Southeast Chicago and Northwest Indiana. The linchpin of James’ work documenting the Chicago River in the northwest corner of the city, has been a magnificent Bur Oak tree that by estimation is at least 400 years old. Trees such as this one are survivors, few and far between. It has survived to this day where many of its offspring have not, in part because of circumstance, and in part because it has now become a cherished part of the human community that has developed around it. For James this particular tree and the river ecosystem of which it is a part are powerful symbols of the tenuous and complicated relationship with the environment in which we have inherited and the one in which we have built.
In McGreal’s work, she wants the viewer to feel a need to touch the canvas. The work beckons an intimacy with the viewer lending a subtle sense of familiarity. At the nucleus of each work is a source of energy that is generated from me and transitioned through the brush strokes and scrapings. If you were to peel away each layer of paint, you would see multiple transformations in the life of each painting. It is through this layering process that she creates the foundation from which the figures and forms emerge. The imagery is driven by the strokes of the palette knife and the tools she uses to cut across the canvas. The heavy textured surface represents strength, the circles are the continuity of life, and the linear pattern is a reminder that all things connect. She calls these etchings and scrapings ‘signatures,’ a language that distinguishes one painting from another. The play of dark and light, and the use of color illustrate a sophisticated balance of strength and quiet dignity. The work offers a sense of permanence—the knowledge gained from experience and fragility—the excitement of moving toward the unknown.
Driven by the drumbeat of life. Inspired by global travel and human interactions, Amanda Morrison has been known as the mix master. Originally debuting as COLOR.blind after creating a collaborative one of a kind jewelry line for charity, Amanda has since been fostering her talents by pushing the parameters of her identity as a creative. Stepping onto a path that took risks outside her norm and exploring endless materials and techniques, allowed for many opportunities of growth as an artist, sparking the fire for this new chapter known as
AM c r e a t iv e… paying homage to all her crafts under one identity. Amanda’s collections have been adorning the walls of high end residences around Chicago and the Midwest since 2010, and highlighted in design features from local and national publications such as Chicago Magazine, Robb Report, Modern Luxury, Elle Decor and Interiors. Whether it be canvas work or a woven sculpture, Amanda’s compositions are a play on textural contrasts, placing emphasis on monochromatic execution and the layering of materials such as frayed canvas, chain, leather, rubber and found objects. Each piece is created to engage the senses, to tell abstract stories and spark our imagination.
Inspired by the mineral formations, mudflats and lichens of southern Arizona, Randy developed a three-dimensional glaze surface that mimics the aesthetic of a naturally occurring material. For each piece, gray stoneware clay is made into the desired shape and then sprayed with his secret recipe. A gesso-like material, it gives the clay ‘tooth’ so he can later build up layers and layers of an obsidian glaze made from volcanic rock. The vessel is then fired at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Over a two-week period, the artist sprays on thin layers of thisobsidian glaze called crawl glaze, as it crawls across the surface of the clay during the firing process. Once the glaze is on, the artist sprays on more layers of color made with metallic oxides. The work is fired and pulled from the kiln after 12 hours of cooling. This time-intensive process takes O’Brien about six weeks. It took over 15 years for him to develop this glaze. “Essentially, I create form with glaze. Crawl glazes are fairly common in ceramics. The problem is that the glaze shrinks so dramatically in the firing that it loses its grip and gravity takes over. I’ve figured out a way to make the glaze stick while it crawls.” A full-time potter for almost 20 years, Randy O’Brien began working with clay while he was pursuing a degree in geology at the University of California at Berkeley. He moved to Santa Cruz, California in 1984 to study with ceramic artist and educator Al Johnsen. Randy’s love for the wilderness and adventure led him to move to Alaska in the late 1980’s. He established a pottery studio in Homer creating and selling functional, stoneware pottery with glazes inspired by the glacial fields and mountains of Kachemak Bay.
TJ O’Keefe is a sculptural furniture and lighting designer based in Chicago. He is a clinical assistant professor of industrial design at UIC and runs his eponymous furniture and lighting design practice, TJOKEEFE which he started in 2010. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1982, O’Keefe received a BFA in industrial design and graphic design from the University of Michigan in 2004, followed by a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. His work has been featured in Details, Frame, Wallpaper, Elle Decor, and the New York Times, and is represented in showrooms in both Chicago and New York. He has exhibited in Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, and Basel. O’Keefe’s work centers on visceral effect by exploring the minimal extents of form, space, and light. By creating inclusive, simple objects, free of connotation, he allows the viewer a personal, singular moment of stillness and reflection. He aims to connect us to our most primitive selves through minimalism. For more information please visit tjokeefe.com or on instagram- @tjokeefestudio.
Sarah Raskey, MA LCPC ATR, is a visionary artist and art therapist who is at the forefront of all things mixed media. By using transformative art techniques in a fashion similar to that of an alchemist, she is able to capture complex concepts and orchestrate unique combinations of mediums such as light, natural crystals, textiles, glass, metal, stone in anything but traditional applications. This process often leads to her work presenting as part painting, part sculpture and entirely unique one of a kind statement pieces. Sarah is the owner of Sarah Raskey Fine Art Gallery in the West Loop where she exclusively exhibits her work spanning across genres including painting, sculpture, fashion and photography. She has exhibited nationally as well as internationally since 2000, and has created a prolific volume of work in both residential, commercial and hospitality settings. Sarah is the resident artist at Loews Miami Beach Hotel where she designed and created a number of pieces including a 11ft x 36ft curved and illuminated sculpture wall encrusted with natural crystals, custom carpeting throughout all of the hallway corridors and textile headboard walls in all 750+ guest rooms. She has several pieces at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro in Chicago, which includes an 8ft x 6ft three-dimensional self portrait adorned with vintage jewelry and 90ft of custom carpeting. She continues to collaborate with designers and art directors to provide projects with her unique vision and site specific custom art.
Ramona Russu is a Romanian independent artist and a graduate from The Royal Academy of Arts in Brussels. After several years of globetrotting during her time in Brussels, Dubai and Paris, she decided to settle down in Corsica and build her own creative universe. Ramona’s artwork has been featured in Forbes, Elle, Burda, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and in a series of online articles. Ramona is continuously trying out new techniques to breathe even more life into her work. She now focuses on combining digital art and classical art techniques. Her works feature digital collage with ink added manually, watercolor or acrylic interventions. Her world is situated at the borderline of art and fashion. A very graphic style of drawing and sometimes surrealistic is the way in which she chooses to illustrate her voyage in today’s society. “Recreating emotions on canvas and cotton” is the way she describes her big eyed fashionable drawings that sometimes become wearable art through her unique hand-made pret-a-porter collections. Through her work Ramona tells a personal story about “The girl with black hair.”
Colt Seager is an abstract painter and multidisciplinary artist who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where he currently lives, works, and creates. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College where he integrated the disciplines of Art & Theology—primarily exploring the relationship between abstract art and faith through the mediums of painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. His art strives to invite others into a holy space, encouraging them to explore their identity, faith, passions, and all that make them human.
Tyler Shields is known for his unique brand of volatile and off - handed photography, representative of his trademark edgy, and often risqué, style. Shields has spent the last few decades making a name for himself as a photographer, writer, and director in Los Angeles . Often wo rking with celebrities, models, and trending young Hollywood stars for his projects, he has become a creative tour de force in the photography and film industries. Daring and suggestive, Shields’ photographs push the envelope to create a thought - provoking experience for each viewer. His work contains its own unique dialogue, with subjects ranging from historical figures to representations of modern materialism. Shields ’ work move s through the complexes and layers of the “celebrity” sphere, into an inherently tangible vision of the portrait in the 21st century. What does it mean to b e alive in the 21st century? How does it look? How will it look in the future? No stranger to controversy, he is not afraid to shock his viewers in his artistic attempt to convey his answers to such questions. His photographs are iconic, and are making their mark in the history of photography. With international acclaim as a photographer cemented, Shields has stretched his artistic endeavors even further to write and publish several books, collaborated on a limited-edition merchandise collection with Urban Outfitters, created an evocative documentary with YouTube Red, and had multiple works go to auction at Sotheby’s.
Cat Tesla’s work includes both ethereal landscapes and abstract designs. The subjects are organic, either originating from Mother Nature, or inspired by her. She loves building layers using painting and drawing, scraping back, then adding more, pooling juicy paint, and pouring glossy translucent glazes over the surface. Her artwork provides the viewer with a bold graphic element from a distance, but up close they’re rewarded with rich organic details and texture.
Painting for over two decades, Linc Thelen is an award-winning artist whose work is coveted in both private and public collections. Linc captures the classical principles of painting; composition, texture, form and light and transforms those prolific techniques to canvas. Linc Thelen’s paintings fuse his classical training with a modern perspective. Linc has been featured in esteemed media outlets and graced dozens of covers including Luxe Interiors + Design, Archilovers, Curbed, Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Details, Arch Daily, Dering Hall, Contemporist, Architectural Digest Russia, Michigan Avenue, Chicago Home + Garden’s Domestica, Lonny, LXTV, HGTV’s Front Door, Rue, The Examiner, Chicago Weekly, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago and dozens of international publications in Israel, Greece, Italy, France, Germany and China. His paintings are available through Kahn Gallery in London and in NYC at Michele Muriaud’s Soho Gallery. For more information please visit www.lincthelenart.com.
Jamie Tubbs uses fiber and textile waste in traditional, sculptural, intuitive and sometimes automatic (stream of consciousness/free-flowing) techniques to create 2D and 3D forms. She is interested in mental health as it relates to dominant cultural philosophies, especially theology, religious teaching and practices. She is also interested in feminism as it relates to parenting, marriage, work and religious practices. Jamie uses materials she grew up around with a seamstress mother and multi-generation crafter heritage to question assumptions about mental health, womanhood, and spirituality.
Philippe Vignal is an acrylic artist painter. Born in Mozambique in 1970. After 17 years in Morocco between Essaouira and Marrakech, Vignal now lives and works in the South of France. He is inspired by his childhood memories imbued with the faces of women and men, powerful, wild and proud. On a raw cotton canvas the black color covers the entire frame. Then, the white brush brings shapes and light, strength and sensuality. His work is that of a perfectionist’s highlighting details, shadows and light. The faces and bodies seem almost alive, revealed by their aesthetics and techniques that bring you into their personal universe. an area to comment on
After starting his career at the age of 14 as a copy boy in the Washington bureau of the Associated Press news service, Julian Wasser went on to create some of the most memorable images of the past century. While at the Associated Press he met Weegee and rode with the famous news photographer as he shot photos of crime scenes in Washington. Weegee was a major influence on Wasser’s style of photography. After serving in the Navy in San Diego, he became a contract photographer for Time magazine in Los Angeles doing assignments for Time, Life and Fortune. His photographs have appeared in and been used as covers of Time, Newsweek and People Magazines in the United States; and on cover assignments for The Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times in London. His photos have also appeared in US Magazine, Vanity Fair, TV Guide, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Oggi, Hello, Playboy, Elle, Vogue, GQ along with exhibitions in galleries and museums. Wasser’s most notorious photo session was of groundbreaking artist Marcel Duchamp playing chess with a naked Eve Babitz in 1963 at the Pasadena Museum of Art during Duchamp’s first retrospective. Organized by Walter Hopps, then director of the museum (now the Norton Simon Museum), the exhibition was the first comprehensive survey of Duchamp’s storied career, which began in 1911 at the legendary Armory show in New York. By this time, Duchamp was the most influential artist in the world, having revolutionized the modern art world with his unconventional concepts. At the time, he had retired from being an artist to pursue his passion for chess. As the story goes, news photographer Julian Wasser was sent on assignment by Time to cover what anyone from the press would have classified as “just another art event.” At first, he was unaware of the relevance of the exhibition, but once Wasser arrived at the museum, he quickly assessed its importance. Perhaps it was a question of importance of the event. Perhaps it was a question of fate—being at the right place at the right time —but the fact that the opening reception attracted renowned artists of that day would be the impetus that put Wasser on the map. Well-known artists such as Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Larry Bell, Dennis Hopper, and a young Andy Warhol all attended the opening reception. These cutting-edge artists were Wasser’s subjects. He captured the most authentic and compelling photos of revered artists of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Jennifer Webster’s work investigates disruption, loss, trauma and reparation, and the intertwining of pain and pleasure, vulnerability and ferocity. Inspiration comes from the turkey vulture and the handkerchief. The Vulture, is the harbinger, a “ breath of fresh air ” as its Greek name “ Catharsis Aura ” translates clearly. Metaphorically in Jennifer’s work they are the paradox … the necessary destruction before creation, beauty in ugliness, the pain in the pleasure, the end and the beginning. The handkerchief conceals and reveals , both a decorative fashion accessory and intended for personal hygiene. Used during moments of emotional breakdown or physical crisis, to hold mucus, tears, sweat and blood. The paintings incorporate personal narrative, social and political experience within the corporeal and philosophical. There are Surrealist underpinnings driving the work. Distinctions are blurr ed between the natural, the vegetal and animal world, and the manufactured and designed. This describes the untethered -ness, the sense of being unmoored in the intertwining, folding, and undulating imagery, which speaks to the unconscious, and ideas of fl uid identity. Jennifer paints on cotton batiste, which is used to make handkerchiefs. These paintings break away from the tradition of stretched canvas and are free to move, waft, and float across the surface of the wall. The wo rk is both abstract and representational. Abstracted patterns taken from the handkerchief are re - read as elements of nature. The use of catastrophic marks, pattern and camouflage, and stains work with and against each other to speak to patterns in nature, life cycles and the creative process. Images and painting qualities are superimposed, and often conflict. Marks are construed as flesh, pigment stains read as bodily fluids. Pattern and pressure is employed conceptually, metaphorically and literally. Jennifer’s works are conceived as reflections on the ways in which she perceives her experience as a contemporary artist, and as a human being experiencing life, discovering new ways of making meaning.
Glenn Wexler is a Chicago-based artist whose work is primarily photo based. Often site specific, he engages interior architecture and varied imagery in backlit installations that can read as wallpaper or film strips of urban life.
THE RIVER NORTH DESIGN DISTRICT HOSTS 4th ANNUAL FALL GALLERY WALK SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
This year the River North Design District (RNDD) partners with The River North Arts District Galleries featuring artists paired with designers all curated by Jill Maremont. This year’s highlights include a full lineup of openings and events on Friday September 7th from 5-9pm and special pop ups including a Stosa Cucine kitchen with Dresner Design in collaboration with celebrity artist Tubs in collaboration with Mauricio Ramirez. Expose your kids to the visual arts with family day on Saturday, September 8th where showrooms are open between 11am and 4pm. Special family events will include sidewalk chalk art, face painting, henna tattoos, story time with milk and cookies, and an ice cream social.
The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to announce their participation in this year’s annual River North Fall Gallery Walk on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th, 2018. Each participating showroom will be exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event on September 7th until 9pm. The vignettes will be exhibited until October 9th. The event’s host committee includes art enthusiasts and collectors Carrie Lannon, Ken and Gina Saunders, Donna Davies, Amy Lusher, Karla Krengle Hood and Millie Rosenbloom.
Participants for this year’s walk include: PROjECT.interiors featuring Eric Gushee & Amanda Morrison, Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Keysook Geum of Andrew Bae Gallery, Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Terry O’Neill of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, JOLIE ID featuring Arthur Meyerson of The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera, Stephen Young Design featuring Rose Freymuth Frazier of Gallery Victor Armendariz, London Walder Interior Design and Devon Grace Interiors featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery, Robin Thomas Design featuring Rene Romero Schuler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Adam Siegel of The Golden Triangle, Blutter Shiff Design Associates featuring Linc Thelen, Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Dylan Martinez of Echt Gallery, MOOD Design + Build featuring Daniel Jacob of Echt Gallery, Stone | Kent featuring Xiaofei Yue of Galerie Waterton, Jasmin Reese Interiors featuring Wendy Franklin of Vale Craft Gallery, Mitchell Channon Design featuring David Yarrow of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery, Mia Rao Design featuring Anna Pales of Gruen Gallery, Sarah Dippold Interior Design featuring Gregory Block of Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Steve + Filip Design featuring Mary Ann Papanek-Miller of Jean Albano Gallery, Wike | LaFrey featuring Ryan McDonald, and Rick Beck at Ken Saunders Gallery.
“The River North Design District Gallery Walk is our most popular event of the year! This year we are engaging our community by partnering with the River North art galleries- we’re featuring brilliant and collected artists from all over the world paired with some of the most coveted Chicago designers, we’re really solidifying our presence not just as design centers, but as partners supporting the rich, vibrant art community of the River North neighborhood,” says Mike Cao president of the River North Design District.
This year’s line up begins with a VIP kickoff party featuring new works by nationally collected artist Linc Thelen at Jesse Chicago / Home Element at 5:00pm featuring a vignette created by designers from Blutter Shiff Design Associates. The walk concludes with an after party hosted by Studio41 with dramatic disco themed interiors created by PROjECT.interiors featuring artist Eric Gushee & Amanda Morrison and live performance art from Dornbracht, open from 5:00-9:00pm with special ticketed after party from 8:00-10:00pm.
The gallery walk is free and open to the public however the VIP Kickoff party and After Party are $35 each or both for $60. Proceeds benefit River North Design District, a not for profit and proceeds will go towards yearly programming.
“This collaboration between the River North Design District and the River North Gallery District underscores the deep connections between Design and Fine Art and the veritable riches of Chicago’s offerings within one of the City’s most vital neighborhoods. Contemporary design and designers innovate in the spirit of responsible and sustainable engagement with social and environmental challenges while fine artists and the galleries that promote them aspire to focus our attention on what is possible and what needs to be changed in the spirit of inspiration and aspiration,” says Ken Saunders of Ken Saunders Gallery.
Friday, September 7th
All Showroom events are FREE (with the exception of the Kickoff and After Parties) and open to the public from 5:00pm-9:00pm with special programming listed below.
Jesse Chicago/Home Element 5:00-6:30pm
745 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets available here.
225 West Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets available here.
Saturday, September 8th, Family Day
All Showrooms are free and open to the public from 11:00am-4:00pm
Full schedule of events:
Blutter Shiff Design Associates featuring Linc Thelen on Exhibit at Jesse Chicago / Home Element
745 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
“Make your Mark,” the Official Kickoff Party. Chicago artist Linc Thelen will be doing live art on site and inviting attendees to participate in this one-of-a-kind piece of art. The final piece will be donated to Designs for Dignity after the event.
PROjECT.interiors featuring Eric Gushee & Amanda Morrison on Exhibit at Studio41:
225 West Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654
The official RNDD Fall Gallery Walk After-Party: PROjECT .interiors + Studio41 presents Not All That Glitters… an after-party that matters. Transport back to the Studio 54 “daze” with sultry sounds, liquid enhancements + revelry at every turn. Matte, luster, glitter, gold — adorn + flow into the night with a special guest performance you won’t want to miss. Experiential art installations by Eric Gushee + Amanda Morrison. DJ Sadie woods on deck. Come sway with us. Featured partners include Cambria, Keuco and Dornbracht.
Stone | Kent featuring Xiaofei Yue of Galerie Waterton on Exhibit at Oscar Isberian:
120 West Kinzie St. Chicago, IL 60654
Xiaofei’s work, using Chinese paint and pencil on rice paper, speaks about both the fragility and the strength of the relationship between women, emphasizing the ephemerality of relationships. Join us at 7pm on Friday for a glass of wine and a viewing of contemporary dancers by candlelight.
Wike | LaFrey featuring Ryan McDonald at Materials Marketing:
212 West Kinzie St. Chicago, IL 60654
Visit the showroom Friday evening for light bites and drinks and see some of Ryan McDonald’s ceramic pieces that are hand-thrown from white stoneware and smoke fired for several days to achieve the textures, colors, and scents of the final product. Saturday we will be enjoying fresh juices and mimosas with donuts and brunch bites.
Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Dylan Martinez of Echt Gallery on Exhibit at O’Brien Harris:
501 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
Join us Friday night for wine and cheese at O’Brien Harris while viewing the work of Dylan Martinez in a living setting designed by Kadlec Architecture + Design.
MOOD Design + Build featuring Daniel Jacob of Echt Gallery on Exhibit at Organic Looms:
401 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
Featuring a henna artist in the showroom on Friday night. If you can’t make it Friday, bring your family by on Saturday and enjoy snacks while viewing Daniel Jacob’s work.
Steve + Filip Design featuring Mary Ann Papanek-Miller of Jean Albano Gallery on Exhibit at Artists Frame Service:
433 N Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654
Friday night we will be offering a signature cocktail, inspired by the work of our featured artist, Mary Ann Papanek-Miller. Our cocktail will combine layer flavor that harken to her love of nature, with a name that nods to the nursery rhymes that guide her work. Bring the family by on Saturday for a kid-friendly mocktail, inspired by the cocktail the night before.
JOLIE ID featuring Arthur Meyerson of The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera at Orizzonti:
329 West Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60654
Arthur Meyerson’s “Water Wall, Tokyo (2016)” photograph will be on display at Orizzonti’s River North Showroom. Capture and celebrate how people, water and light co-exist by designing a vignette that compels RNDD visitors to photograph themselves with the art and the bathroom fixtures. Friday will feature cocktails + hors d’oeuvres starting at 6pm, and enter to win a signed copy of Arthur Meyerson’s book! Music and dancing from 8-9pm. Saturday will feature a virtual reality design presentation and mini spa treatments from 11am-4pm while enjoying mimosas and brunch bites. And be sure to visit The Rangefinder Gallery September-October where Arthur Meyerson will be showing an exhibition of his photographs.
Mia Rao Design featuring Anna Pales of Gruen Galleries on Exhibit at Transceramica:
314 West Superior St. #100 Chicago, IL 60654
The SurreaLounge at Transceramica: Escape reality for an evening, and be captivated by Mia Rao Design’s “Interpretation of Nature,” a groovy, modern lounge. Inspired by Anna Pales’ surrealist paintings and Transceramica’s re-invention of the stone surface, let us play with your perception of reality. Friday evening’s lounge vibe will be driven by the DJ. Enjoy a tantalizing mix of Martinis and skewered meats as you feast your eyes. Saturday’s family friendly, lighter vibe will feature skewered fruit and mini muffins.
Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Keysook Geum of Andrew Bae Gallery on Exhibit at TOTO:
500 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
Join us for a night of Asian-inspired bites and specialty cocktails inspired by Keysook Geum’s work and don’t miss our raffle.
Robin Thomas Design featuring René Romero Schuler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery on Exhibit at Chicago Luxury Beds:
440 North Wells St. #100n Chicago, IL 60654
Robin Thomas Design, artist René Romero Schuler and Chicago Luxury Beds present HAVEN: Creating soulful spaces through art + design. Join us Friday night for discussions on design, art, and rejuvenation while enjoying sparkling wine and hor d’oeurves.
Stephen Young Design featuring Rose Freymuth Frazier of Gallery Victor Armendariz at Christopher Guy Chicago, London Walder Interior Design and Devon Grace Interiors featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery at Atelier Cabinetry located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre:
371 West Ontario St. Chicago, Illinois 60654
Stop by The Network Next Gen House to see the work of three fabulous Next Gen Designers. The Network Next Gen House will include a multiple floor experience within the Christopher Guy and Atelier Cabinetry showrooms, a selfie station inspired by the art featured, a house DJ, and specialty cocktails inspired by the three artists featured.
Adam Siegel on Exhibit at The Golden Triangle:
330 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654
Four of Chicago’s most talented design firms – Kelley Audrain & Cookie Weber of Inside Job, Brian Snow of SemelSnow Interior Design, Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design, and John Cialone for Tom Stringer Design Partners – will each select a piece from Adam Siegel’s considerable body of work to pair with a specific interior design scheme. The paintings will be arranged to show how artworks can be used to bring unique atmospheric and emotional qualities to a space and work with technical limitations like the size of walls, location of doors and etc. During the Gallery Walk, our DJ will provide a deep and complex musical soundtrack inspired by Adam Siegel’s art and other cultures including original compositions Adam has created on the piano. Specialty cocktails and food selections will also be provided and inspired by the artist’s work.
Mitchell Channon Design featuring David Yarrow of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery at Casa Spazio:
222 West Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654
UBUNTU — I AM BECAUSE WE ARE “Ubuntu” means finding our humanity in our connection with others. Come celebrate our connection to the world community at Casa Spazio. A vignette by Mitchell Channon Design features the photographic art of David Yarrow of Hilton Asmus Contemporary, enhanced by the live sounds of traditional African music.
Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Terry O’Neill of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery on exhibit at Ligne Roset:
440 North Wells St. #100s, Chicago, IL 60654
Glam & Jam: Join us at Ligne Roset for an evening of Old Hollywood Glam. Swoon to the music and enjoy light bites and sparkling cocktails while viewing the photographic works of artist Terry O’Neill.
Sarah Dippold Interior Design featuring Gregory Block of Zolla Lieberman Gallery on Exhibit at eggersmann USA:
300 West Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654
Designer Sarah Dippold and Eggersmann Kitchens l Home Living bring to life a juxtaposition of Modern and Classical inspired by the masterful work of artist Gregory Block represented by Zolla Lieberman Gallery. An orchestrated event featuring carefully crafted cocktails with lite bites accompanied by a live String duo.
Jasmin Reese Interiors featuring Wendy Franklin of Vale Craft Gallery on Exhibit at Lightology:
215 West Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Visit Lightology Friday evening to explore the art of layering texture, color, and light using natural fibers as your canvas. Stop by for a chance to win a special gift, and to enjoy a wine and cheese pairing from Pastoral.
Rick Beck on Exhibit at Ken Saunders Gallery:
230 West Superior St. Chicago, IL 60654
Painting for over two decades, Linc Thelen is an award-winning artist whose work is coveted in both private and public collections. Linc captures the classical principals of painting; composition, texture, form and light and transforms those prolific techniques to canvas. Linc Thelen’s paintings fuse his classical training with a modern perspective. Linc has been featured in esteemed media outlets and graced dozens of covers including Luxe Interiors + Design, Archilovers, Curbed, Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Details, Arch Daily, Dering Hall, Contemporist, Architectural Digest Russia, Michigan Avenue, Chicago Home + Garden’s Domestica, Lonny, LXTV, HGTV’s Front Door, Rue, The Examiner, Chicago Weekly, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago and dozens of international publications in Israel, Greece, Italy, France, Germany and China. His paintings are available in New York City at Michele Mariaud Gallery, North Carolina at Stella G Contemporary and in Chicago at the Matthew Rachman Gallery. For more information please visit http://www.lincthelenart.com.
A fresh and exuberant presence in the contemporary art scene, artist Wendy Franklin is redefining and reestablishing the role of fiber art through the finest galleries in the country. Using centuries-old techniques, which involve intricate layering of individual fibers, she transforms raw materials into yards of luminous color. Rooted in the global tradition of textile art with a pursuit to elevate the medium to new levels, Franklin’s tactile creations speak to both the strengths and fragilities of the human condition. Her dedication to natural materials and processes paired with an innovative application of compelling color and design has placed her solidly within the fine art realm. Wendy Franklin is perhaps most well known for her celebrated Bar Collective Series. These innovative installations of fiber wrapped wooden/steel bars offer an exciting alternative to the rectangle confines of the wall painting. Inspired by the vertical motif of fence posts these sculptural forms symbolically represent the barriers, which simultaneously keep us confined and protected from the outside. Franklin’s work is exhibited in several galleries across the country and has been included in multiple individual and corporate collections including Barnes and Thornburg, Bedel Financial and Community North Hospitals.
McDonald’s ceramic pieces are hand-thrown from white stoneware and smoke fired for several days to achieve the textures, colors, and scents of the final product. This 30,000-year-old process consists of a fire built from wood shavings, sawdust, and salt. All are combined with the ceramic pieces in a kiln, ignited, and left to smolder. Patterns of trapped carbon and fumes from the smoke impart subtle color variations and mark each vessel in a way that cannot be reproduced. View more of Ryan’s work here, find it at Studio 6F, and make sure to stop by Materials Marketing to see this special installation, on view until October 8th.
“I am a painter. I believe art is the most forceful and clear way to communicate; even cavemen had art on their walls.”
Anna Pales was awarded full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago and simultaneously attended the University of Chicago. She solely founded the “Expression through Art” division of the “Artist in Residence Program” in Chicago land’s public and private schools. Her work has been exhibited in museums and recognized throughout the United States as well as England, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. She has had numerous group and individual showings nationwide. Trained in mixed medias including acrylic, oil, encaustic and resin, her focus is on contemporary still life. Anna exhibits her great love for nature through her timeless landscapes. “Art is simply the language of the soul, a forceful way to communicate,” says Pales.
Arthur Meyerson is recognized as one of America’s finest color photographers. Since 1974, he has produced award-winning work for magazines, advertising agencies and major corporations. Articles and exhibitions of Meyerson’s photographs have been featured in books, magazines, museums and galleries. A photographer with a strong commitment to his profession, Arthur conducts workshops and leads photo tours throughout the U.S and abroad. Besides his commercial work, Arthur’s fascination with light, color and the moment continues and in 2012 culminated into his widely acclaimed book, The Color of Light. In 2017 Arthur’s highly anticipated second book, The Journey, a photography autobiography was published.
Rose Freymuth Frazier:
I am particularly sensitive to color. As a little girl I agonized over the decision to spray paint my bike hot-pink or cherry-red. I chose cherry-red only to repaint it hot-pink within hours. I remember the struggle between the perceived strength of red and the femininity of pink. Pink won, but with the caveat that “hot” still gave it “balls”. I was six. Around the same time, I went to the county fair and wanted very much to have my face painted. When the face painter lady held up the hand mirror for my inspection, I was so disgusted with the mediocre results I ran screaming into the nearby river and violently scrubbed the offending, imperfect butterfly from my face.
My work still deals with issues of “hot pink” and “perfection”. Gender roles, sexuality and societal conditioning have all found their way into my paintings. Early training in theatre, where I studied Shakespeare and Greek Drama, gave me a template for a stylized and theatrical exploration of the human condition, which in my case is done from an American woman’s perspective, through paint.
I paint in oil because of its superior ability to represent flesh and blood. Through painstaking application my leading ladies, theatrically lit and often engaged in some sort of mini-drama, are brought to life. They tell a story that the viewer may recognize, or depict a point of view that may be new to them. Whatever the case, I intend to hold up a mirror in which the viewer finds relevance to their own experience, but I hope not to send them screaming into the river. I’ve come to accept my obsession with detail and pursuit of unattainable perfection in my work, and I have to admit the words “hot pink” still give me a thrill.
Robin’s is about process with an emphasis on the organic properties of the materials he uses and how they mimic nature and landscape. With his encaustic paintings he uses a vocabulary of techniques to create a space. Ink and acrylic stain and bleed on the canvas creating a sketch. The splatters and glazes of oil fluidly represent the effects of water and reflection. Lines and gouges in the wax form trees. Beeswax blends and diffuses creating atmosphere. He does not render a landscape as much as he allows the materials to naturally create one.
Gregory was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1986 and moved to Colorado at an early age. During his childhood, he attended a Waldorf school where he discovered a love of painting, sculpture, music, and the natural world. He continued to develop his skills as an artist and musician throughout high school, and painted whenever he could while earning his BA in biology at Colorado College. As a student, he made a conscious decision not to take any painting courses or adopt a mentor, opting instead to learn through experimentation and close scrutiny of paintings by artists he admired. After graduating in 2009, he devoted his studies to painting and has since gained recognition as “one of the most promising young artists in the representational art world” (Fine Art Today). He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Gushee’s large, metal sculptures are created through weaving and textile techniques to convey ideas of ecology and social design. Using common construction and engineering materials, these original sources are wholly transformed – emerging into a more ephemeral organism while maintaining industrial qualities. His most recent series employ a conceptual and researched based methodology. The sculptures integrate and reflect themes found in architectural design and the natural and social sciences. The Emergence Series is a rigorous dedication to the complex systems that arrive through the repetition of a single act or gesture. The work resides in both the micro and macro realms – acknowledging that the smallest compositional elements are capable of profound gesture. Gushee’s work encourages the viewer to acknowledge the shared experience of interacting within a space – made possible by the demonstration of continuity among our surroundings, our ideas, and our inventions.
David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966. He took up photography at an early age and as a 20 year old, he found himself working as a photographer for The London Times on the pitch at the World Cup Final in Mexico City. On that day, David took the famous picture of Diego Maradona holding the World Cup and as a result, he was subsequently asked to cover the Olympics and numerous other sporting events. But he refused to be pigeonholed and his interests expanded as he grew into himself. It was only many years later, which he found his true comfort zone in documenting the natural world and the last eight years have been career defining.
Yarrow’s evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is most distinctive and it has earned him an ever-growing following amongst art collectors. His large monochrome images made in Los Angeles are on display in many leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America and his work is also a regular feature at established art fairs. By the spring of 2017, he had firmly established himself as one of the bestselling fine art photographers in the world, with the limited edition prints (just 12 in an edition) regularly selling at over $40,000 a piece and his well-received recent work is now priced even higher. At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London in May – Yarrow’s iconic image from South Sudan – Mankind -was sold for $75,000 – the highest of the 100 lots in the show. In April the following year David’s image “The Wolf of Main Street” sold for $100,000 and was the highest bid for piece by a living photographer.
In 2016, Rizzoli New York published his latest book – Wild Encounters – with a foreword written by HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William). The book was awarded “Art Book of 2017” by Amazon and has already sold out a second print run. All Yarrow’s royalties from the book continue to be donated to Tusk, the leading British NGO, which focuses on animal conservation in Africa. Philanthropy and conservation are indeed central to David Yarrow’s passion to document the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way. In 2017, charitable donations from the sale of David’s images exceeded $1.2 million, with four of David’s pieces raising $186,000 in just a few minutes at the Tusk Gala dinner in New York City in April 2017.
Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades. O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realized that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.
No other living photographer has embraced the span of fame, capturing the icons of our age from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Amy Winehouse, from Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Kidman, as well as every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig. He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.
René Romero Schuler:
My work tackles emotions that speak to and break down the human condition into the most basic components: faith, love, sorrow, solitude, and heartbreak. Through these depictions of difficult subjects, I become inspired with hope, fortitude, and ultimately enduring strength. The figures I capture are equal parts self-portraiture and portraits of the full spectrum of human emotions that I have both observed and experienced, and my approach is to channel these energies into the works I create. My technique is very sculptural, with a constant push and pull of surface layering with oil paint using only a palate knife. By adding and scraping the paint, the figure emerges and recedes until the painting reaches a point that speaks to me viscerally and connects with my heart. Texture is my vehicle to convey all of the complexities of human existence, and my mark-making is how I depict the inherent flaws of being human, as well as the actual scars and traumas we all have experienced in our lives. I am only limited to one message: our inner beauty transcends the physical, emotional, and mental state.
René has a solo show at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery titled “Connections” opening Friday, September 7th from 5-8pm. René will also be featured on the cover of the fall issue of Sheridan Road Magazine.
Mary Ann Papanek-Miller:
Mary Ann Papanek-Miller is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University in Chicago. She was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, and currently lives and works between Chicago and the woods/lake country of rural northern Minnesota. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art from the University of Houston, Texas with a dual emphasis in drawing and in metals. Currently her work is shown by Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago.
Her artwork bombards the viewer with a layered collection of visual images meant to be read as a narrative, and often addresses her deep concern for the environment. Images often remain as an after image, layered over the next image and the next image and the next; provoking chance, seasoned with reflections from stories, songs and rhymes of childhood. Toys feature prominently in her work.
Dr. Keysook Geum’s dramatic sculptures of elegantly posed forms embody the fusion of timeless Asian aesthetics and philosophy with contemporary flair. They are constructed of paper-wrapped wire, gems or beads, and sometimes silk. Starting with a central focal point, Geum works outwardly in a concentric manner reminiscent of a spider. As the artist weaves, twists and bends wire two-dimensionally, intricate forms and unintentional patterns emerge. The natural tensions of interlacing wire pushes and pulls out until figurative shapes begin to take form. With a background in designing costumes for large-scale dance and theater productions, Geum’s sculptural works are imbued with her delight in movement, energy and gesture. Geum likens the works to the Buddhist lotus flower, a recurrent symbol in and inspiration for her work. She is an author and professor of Textile Art and Fashion Design at Hong Ik University in Seoul, Korea. Since 2007, she has also been serving as the president of the Korean Society of Costume.
“Our vision has the greatest effect on our understanding of the world. Through my artwork, I create scenarios in which the viewer must question their capacity to navigate between reality and illusion. My curiosity of perception is driven by the fact that I am red-green colorblind. Having a deficit in my color vision is an alternative way of seeing. Inspired by Trompe-L’oeil, ‘H20/Si02’ is entirely hot sculpted glass, which appear as bags of water. The trapped movement of the rising bubbles and the gesture of the forms convince the eye that the sculptures are just as they seem. What is fascinating is that our desires often override our perception of reality and you believe what you think is visible as the truth”.
Daniel Jacob’s artistic practice began in Chicago in the early 1990s – a prime time to come of age in any American city. Always sculpting, painting and drawing as a child, the city and its surroundings proved to be an ideal atmosphere for creativity. As the child of Russian immigrants and an observer of those around him achieving the so-called “American Dream,” Jacob always strived for something more, something bigger, and something that could allow him to make his mark on the world. He did this by working hard. He started his first retail store at 15 years old, which was just the beginning of his entrepreneurial pursuits. Before he entered his twenties, Jacob was at the helm of a thriving business. But over the years, as his business acumen developed into a sharp tool – his artistic creativity was always right under the surface, pulsing, waiting to emerge and take shape. Before long, his artistic development was evolving in parallel with his business acumen. Jacob traveled the world, slowly cultivating a deeper understanding of humanity, allowing him to better see the interconnectedness of everything. Always experimenting with crystals, stones and other natural materials, Jacob honed his craft into what it is today. Leaving the business world behind, Jacob intends to focus mainly on his artistic craft.
Xiaofei investigates the conflict in human nature between external appearance and internal feelings. Her work, using Chinese paint and pencil on rice paper, speaks about both the fragility and the strength of the relationship between women, implying that such relationship is in a dangerous and turbulent state, and creating a dynamic and unstable atmosphere to emphasize the ephemerality of relationships. Xiaofei was born in 1986 in Jinan, China. She has been the recipient of the China National Scholarship (2011), received a first place award at China Central Academy of Fine Arts MA Graduation Exhibition (2013), and a nomination award at the 12th China National Exhibition of Fine Arts (2014). She became the youngest member of the Chinese Artist Association at 25. She currently works and live in Beijing, China.
Chicago artist Adam Siegel is nationally recognized for his breadth of work as an abstract painter and photographer collaborating with museums and large-scale corporate installations. Fusing iconic forms with texturally rich color, Siegel constructs his large paintings and photographs in multiple layers that immerse the viewer into a meditative space. Inspired by his personal collections of 17th and 18th century works including Japanese kimono designs, natural history illustrations, and quixotic manuscripts he uses new technology alongside collected imagery. His works bridge new to old, high to low, reverie to the achingly simple. Receiving both a fellowship and grant from the Illinois Art Council, Siegel has exhibited in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. His work has been featured in esteemed local and national media outlets including Wallpaper* Magazine, Food & Wine, Art in America, New York Times, Antiques & Arts Weekly, Private Air, CS, Luxe Interiors + Design, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, New Art Examiner, CBS, WGN and NBC. For more information please visit, http://www.adamsiegel.com.
In these small figurative sculptures Rick Beck explores volume, color and gesture; with a modernist’s view of the world the artist reduces the physical characteristics of the human form to their essence. Beck pares down and streamlines as he suggests a concentration of meaning based on movement or posture. Nodding to Brancusi, Braque and Picasso Beck digs for the soul of the matter. The blue angel is bowed, exhausted but not broken, by her burden. The large spoon-ish figure sprints across the gallery, limbs kinetic. Several figures are in various reclining yogic poses; the green reclining figure impossibly bent back above itself is nonetheless the very image of calm, inside and out.
3RD ANNUAL RIVER NORTH DESIGN DISTRICT FALL GALLERY WALK
SEPTEMBER 8th, 2017
Due to great success, the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk will return on Friday September 8th, 2017. The RNDD Fall Gallery Walk is open to the public and free with the exception of two special events, more information listed below. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Chicago Gallery News, Dering Hall, and Luxe Interiors + Design. Participating RNDD showrooms will host special hours, and remain open until 9 PM. Design enthusiasts and art connoisseurs alike will enjoy this special evening. The exhibit will be open until October 8th!
Each participating showroom will be exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings with artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event until 9pm. The works will be exhibited until October 13th. The event’s host committee includes art enthusiasts and collectors Carrie Lannon, Nina Mariano, Alison Victoria, Janet Owen, Steve Kadlec, Donna Bliss and Lauren Buxbaum.
All Showrooms are open from 4:00-9:00pm with special programming below.
There will be a free trolley running from 5:45 – 8:45pm to shuttle attendees from Lightology to Moderne Living, Glenview Haus, and Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre, then to Wells and Illinois where the majority of the other showrooms are located.
1.) 5:00pm– VIP Kickoff Party at Lightology: 215 W. Chicago
Avenue with featured artist curated by Kasia Kay Art Projects. Rubem Robierb
creates multi-media artworks that involve photography, silkscreen, painting and
sculpture. Tickets are $25/ea, space is limited.
2.) Mitchell Channon Design featuring Sebastian Domino on Exhibit at
Moderne Living: 230 W. Huron Street, A Taste of La Dolce Vita – Indulge in
the best of Italy: music, drink, and light bites from Coco Pazzo!
5.) Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Doug Frohman who will be exhibiting selected works from his “EQUATIONS” series at Christopher Guy at Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre: 371 West Ontario Street. From 6PM on, Doug will be painting live, demonstrating the unique genealogy of his approach – combining bold color, intuitively layered forms in ambient space which open an experiential dialogue with each viewer
7.) PROjECT. interiors featuring Jill King and Sheila Ganch on Exhibit at TOTO:
500 North Wells Street. Join TOTO for cocktails and appetizers and enter to
win an S350e Washlet and a Drake II toilet! Drawing will take place at 7:30pm
8.) 6:30–8pm Sweet Peas Design featuring Casey Matthews on Exhibit at Chicago Luxury Beds: 440 N Wells Street #100n. Chicago Luxury Beds will host a panel of experts – including designer Susan Brunstrum of Sweet Peas Design, artist Casey Matthews, Nicole Wagner of Nicole Wagner Art and Design, and Kyle Bretland of Armand Leeamong – to discuss ‘How to Curate Art in Your Home.’
10.) Blutter Shiff Design Associates Haiku themed vignettes featuring Pamela Staker on Exhibit at O’Brien Harris: 501 North Wells Street. Small bites will be presented by Erling Wu-Bower, of Pacific Standard Time Restaurant, California-inspired Hearth Cuisine.
13.) Gray | Walter featuring artist Rory Scott on Exhibit at Organic Looms: 401 North Wells Street. Join OL for an interactive weaving demonstration led by local textile designer and OL team member Sarah Geraci. Learn to weave!
15.) Michael Del Piero Good Design featuring artist Greg Dickerson on Exhibit at Oscar Isberian: 120 W Kinzie Street. Minneapolis based artist Greg Dickerson will be creating drawings onsite and objects from Michael Del Piero’s travels will be on display as well. Live raffle drawings throughout the evening. Win art, handwoven rugs and dining gift certificates. Light fare will be served & provided by Sayat Nova Armenian Restaurant. Also featuring live music.
16.) 8-10:00pm– Artist Adam Siegel presents his new series Wabi-Sabi in
collaboration with Vosges for the After-Party at The Golden Triangle 330 N. Clark Street. Adam Siegel takes guests through a special artistic journey of the senses with
art, chocolate pairings and live music. Tickets are $25/ea, space is limited.
The River North Design District is delighted to partner with Daniel Kinkade of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art. Daniel is curating the exhibition pairing designers with artists and RNDD’s showrooms. Daniel’s keen visual instincts and extraordinary service has been recognized in both local and national publications and his clients include national brands such as Nordstrom and Starbucks and top designers such as Nate Berkus, Tom Stringer, James Thomas, Frank Ponterio and Simeone-Deary.
“This is my third year curating the RNDD Gallery Walk and I’m honored to be involved with this amazing event. Art and design go hand-in-hand and it’s helpful for the public to see how these two worlds work together in a physical setting. This year we have designers and artists working in collaboration which just adds to the excitement”, says Daniel Kinkade.
The exposition is comprised of both emerging and established artists.
“The River North Design District Gallery Walk is one of our most popular events and we’re thrilled to see it grow even bigger and better! This year we are doing something a little different- we’re featuring bold, brilliant artists paired with some of our favorite Chicago designers, we’re really solidifying our presence not just as design centers, but as partners supporting the rich, vibrant art community of the River North neighborhood,” says Lisa Bell chair of this collaborative event.
This year’s line up begins with a VIP kickoff featuring new works by artist Rubem Robierb curated by Kasia Kay Art Projects at Lightology at 5:00pm. A trolley will be running from 5:45 to 8:45 from Lightology to Glenview Haus and Christopher Guy at Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre. Pedi cabs will be available from Wells to The Golden Triangle from 5:00- 9pm. The walk concludes with an after party hosted by The Golden Triangle with Adam Siegel and Vosges Chocolates, open from 4:00-10pm with special program and after party from 8:00-10pm.
The event is free and open to the public however the VIP Kickoff party and After Party are $25 each or both for $40. Proceeds benefit River North Design District, a not for profit and proceeds will go towards yearly programming.
Rubem Robierb on Exhibit at Lightology for VIP Kickoff Party
215 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Rubem Robierb creates multi-media artworks that involve photography, silkscreen, painting and sculpture. This recent work explores the fragility of life by contrasting the innocence and beauty of butterflies and flowers with symbols of violence. This contrast serves as a metaphor on fragility of life, and at the same time invites criticism of war and destruction. His work has shown internationally in solo and group gallery exhibitions, as well as at various international art fairs, either with Kasia Kay Art Projects or his other dealers in Europe. Robierb is represented by Kasia Kay Art Projects www.kasiakayartprojects.com
VIP Kickoff Party will be held at Lightology. Tickets are $25/ea, space is limited.
Working primarily with acrylic, Sebastian Domino emphasizes imaginative organic shapes. Born in Rzeszow, Poland, he studied linguistics at Cracow’s Jagiellonian University. As a part of scholarship, he spent a year in Budapest, Hungary, the most beautiful, decadent city full of artists. He currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.
Sebastian Domino’s paintings are primitive, energetic and violent pictures, the sheer force of his markings and scrapings creating an intense power on the canvas as if he’s exorcising his demons, seeking to express an uncontainable rage, a primordial force through which painting is a mere conduit, a release. These are immediate paintings, there is no room for quiet reflection or meditation rather they grab you and transfix you with their deep earthly colors and primitive motifs, his simple geometric shapes evoking cave wall paintings, sculptures of fertility gods from ancient civilizations, a message from an ancient alien life form that once visited our planet and predicated a future of perpetual war, revolt and discord.
Janet Trierweiler: The unfolding of this work records the intervals of both artistic and spiritual growth. It articulates a symbolic understanding and reflection on the relationship between material and immaterial. The process is initiated through a series of intentional steps. These steps maintain intense focus creating conscious awareness, thus the paintings are not depictions but rather physical manifestations of spiritual energy harnessed through practice and discipline within the realm of nature makes visible the moment, it’s many aspects and beautiful subtleties.
Matthew Lew Paints Live with Wine along with Exhibition at Glenview Haus:
520 West Erie St. Chicago, IL 60654
Matthew Lew: Painter, photographer, mixed media artist, Matthew Lew creates original artwork that is marked by bold individuality with subtle references to the fluidity of life. His diverse body of work suggests that art is life itself and ultimately contributes to one’s place in the world. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Lew completed his art education in San Sebastian, Spain and since has relocated to Chicago.
While his heart is rooted firmly in Chicago, Lew possesses a traveler’s spirit. He is inspired by influences from all corners of the globe and translates them into a mixed media approach that features photography, oil, acrylic and, at times, unique sources from around the world including water, wine and champagne – integrating these elements into his original work. Lew’s multifaceted visual language speaks to the constant change that he sees in an ever-evolving contemporary world. His diverse body of work supports his belief that art comes in many forms and should be accessible to all.
Collectors include: Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Lance Bass and Tina Majorino. Matthew has also been featured on, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, FX’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”, Warner Brother’s “Vacation”, HGTV’s “Divine Design”, BRAVO TV’S “Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis”, “The Real Housewives on New York City” and CBS’s “The Early Show.” Lew’s talent also extends to art and design in home products as seen in his work for CB2.
Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Doug Frohman on Exhibit at Christopher Guy at Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre
371 West Ontario Chicago, Illinois 60654
Doug Frohman: Utilizing the language of abstraction, my work draws upon an amalgam of minimalism, color-field and aspects of architecture. I tend to work thematically drawing upon a series of concepts while engaging with different materials, surface and themes. Since 2007, I switched from painting with brushes to using cement trowels of different sizes, experimenting extensively with different mediums and painting on hard wood panels instead of stretched canvas. The thicker, richer volume of paint and its application via the trowels multiplied my options, suggesting new ways of creating and “treating” the surface. From selectively-scraped passages revealing the work’s back-story and layered development to open fields of seductively smooth, glossy color, the added variety of paint handling and new surface treatments opened the way to more sophisticated and nuanced compositions. My past three series have been based around the square. From the series of four sequential panels and squares in “Abstract Narratives”, to the boldly-colored, large geometric squares of “Equations” to the small, individual panels of “Particles”, the square and its combinations has remained a constant in the work.
LIVE ART: Phillip Schalekamp on Exhibit at The Tile Gallery
555 North Franklin Chicago, IL 60654
Phillip Schalekamp is a Chicago-based artist and industrial designer. He earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, during which time he founded his present-day business SPDI. Schalekamp weaves aesthetic elements into functional creations to achieve a level of surprise and unexpected beauty. Schalekamp’s unique cultural heritage (Dutch/Indonesian), his outdoor adventures in landscape, his fondness for mechanical devices combined with his training as an artist reveal his broad spectrum of perception and interpretation. His work has a precise yet loose quality and an inherent sense of depth and dimensionality.
Jill King: King’s sculptures take the viewer on a journey from the smallest elements of creation, such as a seed under a microscope and into vast galaxies light years away. Her artworks are constructed out of a wide range of materials such as soldered or welded steel, sewn fabrics impregnated with acrylic gel, LED lights and painted pigments. Formed by stretching an opaque fabric over a linear steel construction, her sculptures look like fantastical botanical drawings, flying kites or lit up celestial cloud formations that have come to life in three dimensions. King often weaves ancient symbols and formulas from Alchemy and Mysticism onto the surface of her fabric. She does this as a means to strip away the layers of the past, to reexamine and transform patterns and structures that no longer serve or even have the possibility to serve our present culture. Her organic artworks highlight the glory and intricacy of the natural world and represent the cycles of life through the power of growth and transformation. King has been exhibited in private and public places such as The Harris Theater-Millennium Park-Chicago, The Garfield Park Conservatory, The Convention Center-Grand Rapids Michigan (voted into top 100 out of 1500 as part of the 2013 Art Prize Competition), Expo Chicago, SOFA Chicago, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago and many galleries throughout the Midwest. Her work is in several private and public collections throughout the country, including the Loyola Medical Center in Burr Ridge, IL. and the Evanston Civic Center. King currently serves as Education Chair on the Board of Directors of Chicago Sculpture International, where she assists in creating educational workshop opportunities and events to promote the organizations members composed of 150 professional sculptors.
Sheila Ganch: My sculptures deal with our relationship with the planet and our mission to connect. Our connections are vital. As a starting point, the sculptures are made of elements from the earth: clay, metal, stone, and pigments. The human form is my subject. Using form, emotion, abstraction, texture, and hue, I strive to show earth and humanity seeking common ground–as one–connections. The final connection in my process is with the viewer. The sculpture is viewed, inducing emotion and introspection; the response being an integral part of the artistic experience.
Casey Matthews creates rich paintings with multi-media surfaces that are both visually intriguing and full of energy. They incorporate expressive color, fluid movement, and strong elements of design. The work combines emotional content, observation, technique, exploration, and reinvention. Casey has developed a series of gestures and marks that make up a unique visual language. It is a vague form of communication in an attempt to achieve balance and beauty. From a distance, her works impose a singular statement of color, composition and tone; viewed closely, they suggest a complex narrative that is multi-hued and textured. “My creativity begins with a constant state of awareness and appreciation for everything around me. I am always noticing patterns in nature and the way inanimate objects and shapes harmonize with each other. I’m inspired by color, how colors interact and react with each other, motion, flow, and organic repetition. My work is intuitive and process driven. I enjoy the drips and splatters – and the journey they inspire.” Casey lives and works on Amelia Island, Florida.
Magdalena Krzak was born in Tarnow, Poland. After graduating from Art School in Tarnow she continued her education at the University in Rzeszow. Her paintings present a unique combination of an abstract, figurative forms and drawing. She focuses mainly on human nature, woman nature in particular. Her pieces are created spontaneously; she is led by emotions and everyday observation. Images of women are subtle and feminine and her subjects are often nude and vulnerable. Created only with an outline, filled with colors and texture they blend with the background, yet they speak to us with incredible power. The combination of illustrative and abstract styles gives her work a dreamy quality and transports our imagination into a whole other world. Currently, Magdalena Krzak lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Magdalena received an Honorable Mention for her works in an exhibition at the Starline Gallery in Harvard, Illinois. She has also participated in several shows in the Chicago area, including the Polish Museum of America and HQ Gallery.
Pamela Staker: At their core, Pamela Staker’s paintings and works on paper are about a search for beauty and joy in process. They are a performance of sorts – spontaneously choreographed – playful and sensitive – free flowing within the bounds of carefully constructed compositions. Using landscape, nature, and architecture to underpin her imagery, Staker advances the work by allowing herself a great deal of freedom in her paint handling – applying her marks quickly and with a confidence that is intuitive and decidedly unfussy. Staker’s “Haiku Series” in particular has an urban/rural duality. These works are based on themes of nature –always within the context of her urban environment. She notices moments that are easily passed over and finds beauty in the unexpected.
Linc Thelen on Exhibit at Farrow & Ball
449 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654
Linc Thelen’s passion in art and design began at an early age while following alongside his father who owned a design-build company. As his fervor for the arts grew his father shared his vision. Supporting the importance of art and creativity has been a perpetual theme in his life. Linc received his BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. He continued his studies by traveling abroad to Italy and France focused on mastering the chiaroscuro techniques of the Renaissance Masters.
Linc has resided in Chicago for twenty years. He has an entrepreneurial spirit with a thirteen year celebrated career combining interior architecture, design-build and the visual arts. Referred to as a “triple threat” by writer Barri Leiner Grant in Modern Luxury’s Interiors Chicago, Linc seamlessly blends his talents in architecture and the arts to create a classic and unique design vision. Known for well-choreographed interiors, Linc masters the art of creating spaces that are timeless and eclectic, fusing a bit of the unexpected. Linc’s designs extend far beyond the composition of the room’s interior. Every choice is carefully considered, every detail weighed. His artistic vision and practical sense of space yield environments with a distinct architectural vernacular. Linc takes the “master builder” approach to his projects, one of the oldest forms of construction procedure. The end result is a turnkey project where Linc takes on the roles of artist, designer and general contractor and masters each with great proficiency.
Jacque Kent: Jacque is a classically trained dancer that found her love of expression through art early in life. As the years progressed, a new artistic path took hold, curating interiors. She went on to study and work in San Francisco, London, and Chicago. Her keen eye and love of form, line, and sculpture are evident in the spaces she designs. Jacque holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
Angela Stone: Angela was born into design. As the daughter of a developer, she was curiously studying floor plans as a toddler and sketching furniture layouts before elementary school. From the start, she loved the untold story of found objects. The more age, the more soulful. She found her place in design, and her love of imperfect beauty, working alongside an antique collector and designer while completing her Bachelor of Fine Art in Design.
Rory Scott: My acute awareness of time, memories, space and the universe are at the core of my work. Examining the past and coming to terms with impermanence and letting go. Centered on personal diary entries made between 2010-2012, my work focuses on a period of significant personal growth and transition in my worldview. Confronting and reconciling the passage of time, by juxtaposing the old and the new, is a theme in both the style and presentation of the art. The nostalgia of the past is conjured up with a new digital reinterpretation of retro futurist designs. Visually inspired by the universe, retro sci-fi films, and my enduring love of glitter, I create art that combines computer graphics with a hint of handmade production.
Robert Porazinski: My work is inspired by natural and manufactured forms – the juxtaposition of gestural, painterly strokes and bold, defined compositions. The borders of the painting are the confines in which these forces are constantly being negotiated. The underlying painting is an accumulation of marks made from squeegees, trowels, sponges and brushes and in some cases, written text – all contributing to a visually rich surface. Shapes made from cut paper create the silhouettes that serve as a stencil for the composition. These forms give purpose and context to the underlying chaos. The fluctuation between abstraction and representation create ambiguities that invite a dialogue for interpretation. These characteristics are inherent in the work of early and mid 20th century artists for whom I have an affinity for and am continually referencing in my paintings.
Nationally recognized interior designer and globetrotter Michael Del Piero will be curating a selection of fine art by Greg Dickerson along with ancient pottery acquired from her recent travels. The exhibition will be installed through the end of October.
Fine artist, Greg Dickerson received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Two decades of work has led Greg to focus on using tactile materials combined with paint on both canvas and wood panels. His vision is realized by working with the idea that immediacy allows for the conceptual process between elements and materials to interact. His work is best known for its’ playful abstraction and his exploration of color and form.
Adam Siegel’s Wabi-Sabi on Exhibit at The Golden Triangle After-Party
330 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets for the After-Party are $25/ea, space is limited.
The Wabi-Sabi series embraces a Japanese philosophical aesthetic, which focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life in acceptance of the natural cycle of growth and decay. The series pays homage to our collective vulnerability and the transient nature of life creating a palimpsest with rich organic materials.
Chicago artist Adam Siegel is nationally recognized for his breadth of work as an abstract painter and photographer collaborating with museums and large-scale corporate installations. Fusing iconic forms with texturally rich color, Siegel constructs his large paintings and photographs in multiple layers that immerse the viewer into a meditative space. Inspired by his personal collections of 17th and 18thcentury works including Japanese kimono designs, natural history illustrations, and quixotic manuscripts he uses new technology alongside collected imagery. His works bridge new to old, high to low, reverie to the achingly simple.
For almost four decades private collectors and noteworthy institutions have invested in Siegel’s work. In his recent collaboration with The Alinea Group Siegel unveiled an entirely new body of work attracting national attention. Siegel has also partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art to create a memorial piece titled “Path of Remembrance”. Additional large-scale painting installations include the 600 North Michigan Avenue building, Everest Restaurant, Westin Hotel, and a spirited Bank of America project.
Receiving both a fellowship and grant from the Illinois Art Council, Siegel has exhibited in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. His work has been featured in esteemed local and national media outlets including Wallpaper* Magazine, Food & Wine, Art in America, New York Times, Antiques & Arts Weekly, Private Air, CS, Luxe Interiors + Design, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, New Art Examiner, CBS, WGN and NBC.
Anne Abueva on Exhibit at The Rug Company
320 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
Anne Abueva has worked in the visual arts and interior design for over 15 years. Her studio practice has steadily become a larger and larger part of her life, especially in the past 2 years. This collection of paintings is a visual expression of Anne’s life experiences, including grief and loss. Her process is unabashedly on display with layers of colour, texture and an appreciation for the spontaneous and unexpected.
Due to great success, the River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk returned on Friday September 9th, 2016. With a continued partnership with Chicago Gallery News and Luxe Interiors + Design, participating showrooms exhibited artwork from both emerging and established artists curated by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art. Showrooms hosted special hours, and remained open until 9 PM. Design enthusiasts and art connoisseurs alike enjoyed this special evening. This exhibit will be available until December 9th!
Our partners included: Cambria, Peterson Picture Company, Chicago Gallery News and Luxe Interior + Design Magazine
The Schedule of Events:
5:30pm– VIP Champagne Kickoff Party at Golden Triangle featuring artist Adam Siegel. RSVP is required, space in limited. RSVP HERE. SOLD OUT
5-9pm – River North Design District Gallery Walk (showroom addresses and artist details listed below) sponsored by Petersen Picture Company
6-7pm– Live Art: Phillip Schalekamp will be creating charcoal drawings on paper at The Tile Gallery
8-10pm – After party hosted by Cambria at The Chopping Block. RSVP is required, space in limited. RSVP HERE. SOLD OUT
Artists and Locations:
Adam Siegel On Exhibit at The Golden Triangle:
330 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654
Lynn Basa & Gale Gand On Exhibit at Jesse Home Element:
745 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60654
Phillip Schalekamp On Exhibit at The Tile Gallery- LIVE ART:
555 North Franklin Chicago, IL 60654
Melissa Herrington and Jaime Foster On Exhibit at Chicago Luxury Beds:
440 N Wells St #100n Chicago, IL 60654
Marketa Sivek On Exhibit at Studio 41:
225 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60654
Darren Jones On Exhibit at Oscar Isberian:
120 W Kinzie St Chicago, IL 60654
Natasha Kohli On Exhibit at Organic Looms:
401 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
Adam Thomas and Debra Balchen On Exhibit at Montauk Sofa:
401 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
Sally Ko (sculpture) On Exhibit at TOTO:
500 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654
Lisa Caccioppoli On Exhibit at Lightology:
215 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Michael Del Piero Good Design POP-UP featuring Greg Dickerson at Lignet Roset:
440 N. Wells St #100s, Chicago, IL 6065
Sally Ko (works on paper) On Exhibit at Farrow & Ball:
449 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654
Francine Gourguechon And Robert Carlos Childress On Exhibit at Moderne Living:
230 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654