Gallery Walk

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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.

Event Recap:
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.

Kickoff Party 
Jesse Chicago/Home Element 5:00-6:30pm
745 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets available here.

After Party
Studio41 8:00pm-10:00pm
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

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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

Artist Information:

Linc Thelen:
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.

Wendy Franklin:
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.

Ryan McDonald:
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.

Anna Pales:
“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:
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 Denevan:
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 Block:
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.

Eric Gushee:
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:
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:
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.

Keysook Geum:
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.

Dylan Martinez:
“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:
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 Yue:
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.

Adam Siegel:
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.

Rick Beck:
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.


ARCHIVE: 2017

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.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

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!

3.) Randy Heller Pure & Simple Interior Design featuring Janet Trierweiler on Exhibit at Jesse Chicago/Home Element: 745 N Wells St. Drinks and hor d’oeuvres will be served along with a live DJ!

4.) 6-7pm Matthew Lew paints live with wine along with Exhibition at Glenview
Haus: 520 West Erie Street, Enjoy special wine and cheese pairings.

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

6.) 7-8pm Art Class: The Tile Gallery will have an interactive drawing lesson led by
artist Phillip Schalekamp: 555 North Franklin Street.

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.) 6:308pm 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.’

9.) Nicholas Moriarty Interiors featuring Magdalena Krzak on exhibit at Ligne Roset: 440 N. Wells Street #100s

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.

11.) Linc Thelen on exhibit at Farrow & Ball: 449 North Wells Street.

12.) Jacque Kent and Angela Stone of STONE | Kent featuring a Mystery Celebrity Artist on Exhibit at Montauk Sofa: 401 N Wells Street #2, featuring live music.

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!

14.) MOOD | Design + Build by Candy Scott featuring Robert Porazinski on Exhibit at Studio41: 225 West Hubbard Street

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.

17.) Anne Abueva on exhibit at The Rug Company: 320 N. Clark Street, featuring a full bar.

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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.

Mitchell Channon Design featuring Sebastian Domino on Exhibit at Moderne Living
230 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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.

Randy Heller Pure & Simple Interior Design featuring Janet Trierweiler on Exhibit at Jesse Chicago/Home Element
745 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60654

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.

PROjECT. interiors featuring Jill King and Sheila Ganch on Exhibit at TOTO
500 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654

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.

Sweet Peas Design featuring Casey Matthews on Exhibit at Chicago Luxury Beds
440 N Wells St #100n Chicago, IL 60654

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.

Nicholas Moriarty Interiors featuring Magdalena Krzak on exhibit at Ligne Roset
440 N. Wells St #100s, Chicago, IL 60654

 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.

Blutter Shiff Design Associates featuring Pamela Staker on Exhibit at O’Brien Harris
501 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654

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 and Angela Stone of STONE | Kent featuring a Mystery Celebrity Artist on Exhibit at Montauk Sofa
401 N Wells #2, Chicago, IL 60654

Jacque KentJacque 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 StoneAngela 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.

Gray | Walter featuring Rory Scott on Exhibit at Organic Looms
401 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654

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.

MOOD | Design + Build by Candy Scott featuring Robert Porazinski on Exhibit at Studio41
225 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60654

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.

Michael Del Piero Good Design featuring Greg Dickerson on Exhibit at Oscar Isberian
120 W Kinzie St Chicago, IL 60654

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.


ARCHIVE: 2016

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

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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