Five art openings not to be missed this weekend (May 22-23)

Angela Swan at at The Starline Gallery

Hi friends, not that many openings this weekend but there is enough to keep us busy and excited. Check out my list of the ones not to missed this weekend. All information was taken from the Facebook Events pages. See you around town!


Salvaged Beauty – Group Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

SALVAGED BEAUTY is a group exhibition featuring local and national artists at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park. The exhibition opens to the public with an artists’ reception on Friday, May 22 from 6-10PM.

SALVAGED BEAUTY is inspired by the increasing interest in green practices and sustainability as our society begins to moderate the negative impact we have on our environment and surroundings. Repurposed, recycled, and reclaimed materials are quickly becoming the hottest trend in home living. Repurposing and recycling have immeasurable benefits that not only reduce the waste we create but also add a history, texture, and significance into a space. SALVAGED BEAUTY is about reinvention. Artists were challe See More

“4th Fridays” at The Starline Gallery – May 22nd Event

The Starline Factory
306 W Front St, Harvard, Illinois 60033

If you haven’t attended yet, you’ll want to make this the month… simply because once you’ve experienced a “4th Fridays”, you’ll want to come back for every event! May 22nd’s “4th Fridays” at The Starline Gallery promises to be yet another fresh+fun art event that delves into the unique culture of the arts and the artists that create. Juried art exhibit, phenomenal photo contest and the featured artist solo exhibit, Angela Swan, are just the beginning of this incredible night out. And the “4th Fridays” Creative Team’s fresh art installation is always exciting.

People’s Choice Voting, cash bar for wine+beer, mixed beverages, open artist studios, incredible interaction+community with regional artists, art enthusiasts, gallery owners, curators, collectors and simply awesome people… all in a renovated historic factory that will knock your socks off.

Meditative Surfaces at The Art Center-Highland Park

The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, Illinois 60035

There are four wonderful exhibitions opening this weekend at The Art Center-Highland Park. Although the exhibitions are on view, the reception is scheduled for Friday, May 22 from 6:30-9pm. The shows include: Meditative Surfaces, Aftereffect; a solo exhibition by Teresa Hofheimer, From Nature; a national juried exhibition and a presentation of public sculpture by Eric H. Steele.

This latest version of the always-evolving fine art exhibition, Meditative Surfaces, brings together the work of six very different artists—with a visually reoccurring theme that explores the meditative influences of variations on repetition. The show is comprised of two painters; Charles Gniech [myself] and Rebecca Moy, a mixed media artist; Deanna Krueger, two photographers; Maggie Meiners and Doug Fogelson, as well as sculptor; Josh Garber. The work produced by this group of artists, is assembled to encourage audience introspection.

Opening Reception : An Invisible Hand

David Weinberg Photography
300 West Superior, Suite 203, Chicago, Illinois 60654

We are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition in partnership with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

The Sargent Shriver Nation Center on Poverty Law and David Weinberg Photography invite you to our upcoming exhibition, An Invisible Hand. Curated in collaboration with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, An Invisible Hand attempts to unpack the many diverse experiences of poverty. In presenting an eclectic collection of photographs, sculpture, moving image and sound, this group show looks to study the topic of poverty through the many different lenses that the Shriver Center addresses the issue in their advocacy and policy work. While the artist’s hand may not always be apparent in each artwork in a traditional sense, the marks they make on culture and society are quite clear. These artists are mark makers by way of documentation, protest, and radical community engagement, forever working to dismantle the stereotypes, myths and clichés of the media’s image of poverty.

An Invisible Hand features the work of Chicago-based artists 96 Acres, Patricia Evans, Lisa Lindvay, Jeremiah Jones, Dave Jordano, Billy McGuinness, John Preus, David Schalliol and Lisa Vinebaum.

For more information and exhibition programming please visit:


The Break Age, reception at slow

2153 W 21st St, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Benjamin Zellmer Bellas has unexpectedly turned to art processes. He cast bronze and silver. Hammered gold; put a patina on cast iron. He refers to craft history through ceramics, hand dyed fabrics, and glass. Still in a Benjamin kind of way. Art and not art at the same time. Domestic object and esoteric museum artifact.

Started with a christening cup, a family heirloom, melted it down and cast the source of a spring. The casting becomes an idiosyncratic gesture developed from what the cup is designed to do: include a newborn child in a legacy that looks to history and lineage and looks forward to the child’s place in familial progression. Benjamin shifts christening away from church community in favor those who embrace science, art, technology and humanist connection. Lets us encounter a spring’s source transmogrified into an object whether the child or her birth means anything to us. Lets us boggle at birth, at the beginning, at the source. Makes really good use of a Courbet reference to the origins of life (how do you keep that subtle, and yet it is). The resultant objects can live comfortably back in the same quaint living room that formerly displayed the cup before the meltdown. He’s transgressed the religious implication of naming but respected every nuance. He’s secularized in a manner that keeps mysterious wonder, and he’s updated in a mode that invites and invokes the old and traditional ways.

Each piece has its own complex journey of transformation. The sense of thingness is fragile. Can break for a host of reasons. The paradoxical opposite is that after every component of a thing has lost its challenge, has changed, there it is. The remnant is still itself. Benjamin uses keepsakes and otherwise significant objects as his art materials. He does things to transform–re-cast, ferment, translate, move, consume. The thing is surely touched by its journey, the phase change. Good in the way a perfect Armagnac is good, aged to the very best stage of development. The strong stuff. A huge bump of heat, but nuanced with fruity sweetness and bitter spice. Not for everyone because it demands focus and more than a bit of experience, but for the connoisseur it hits the depth and complexity that nothing else can satisfy.

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