Weekend Arts Guide (1/3-1/6 2019)
Image Credit: Power Lines (2), 2017 by Kevin Demery on view now in Oh, Maker at Heaven Gallery.
It's the first weekend of January and our first Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Arts Guide of 2019! That also means its the neighborhood First Friday, with open studios at the Flat Iron Arts Building and numerous art events and happenings around the neighborhood. We've got your list of openings, closings, and happenings to make sure you know what's going on in the arts in the neighborhood as we start a new year.
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Join us for twenty-five year old School of the Art Institute of Chicago student Max Unterhaslberger’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, showing calligraphic and deceptive abstract paintings on glass. Free drinks and pet friendly.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Wine and Unwind
Unwind with us at the end of the week for a BYOB night of making!
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Flat Iron Arts
First Friday at the Flat Iron
The Flat Iron Arts building and Flat Iron Artist Association hold a monthly First Friday event where artists and galleries throughout the building open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. The event has also partnered with The Hall at The Robey to keep the party going with drinks, music, and even more artwork just down the street. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm + The Hall Happenings 7:00pm to 11:00pm
MLA Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum: David Carlson and Landis Blair present The Hunting Accident
The MLA Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum is delighted to sponsor a presentation and social event at Quimby's with the creators of The Hunting Accident, David Carlson and Landis Blair. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. "In The Hunting Accident, light comes from darkness, crime leads to redemption, and killers save lives. It’ll probably be a movie or Netflix show in a couple years, but for now, it’s a damn great comic book.” —GQ
Spellcraft: Moon Wisdom
Join Sarah Schwartz, herbalist and green witch, for a night of moon and earth wisdom. The night will begin, as always, with a delectable herbal infusion. We will then discuss, in depth, the cycles of the moon, our cycles as women, and what is happening scientifically and magickally during each phase. We will then layer it all like a delicious cake, learning how it all spirals together. Lastly, we will discuss different types and ways to use a moon phase calendar. Go home with a mini 2019 moon phase calendar, plus the tools and knowledge to create one of your own!
7:00pm to 9:00pm with advanced registration
Michael Berube - Life as Jamie Knows It
In Life as Jamie Knows It, Michael Bérubé chronicles his son’s journey to adulthood and his growing curiosity and engagement with the world. Writing as both a disability studies scholar and a father, he follows Jamie through his social and academic experiences in school, his evolving relationships with his parents and brother, Nick, his encounters with illness, and the complexities of entering the workforce with a disability. As Jamie matures, his parents acknowledge his entitlement to a personal sense of independence, whether that means riding the bus home from work on his own, taking himself to a Yankees game, or deciding which parts of his story are solely his to share.
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Holiday Fundraiser Closing Event
Help Agitator Gallery make a strong start to 2019! Artwork by new Agitator members Sarah Bell, Jen Lau and Danielle Owensby will be featured. This show offers artwork made by Agitator Gallery member artists for sale whose proceeds go to cover gallery operation costs, and artwork for direct sale made by Agitator members — Michelle Graves, Gretchen Hasse, Larry Kamphausen, Andrea Kaspryk, Emilio Nadales, Luna Rail.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Live Poetry Series
Live poetry readings and discussions on the second floor. This week features Alexander Dickow and Chris Mattingly.
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market has begun our first ever indoor market this season at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. This week includes a musical performance by Leanna Brown & Jake from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Sip a cup of tea and eat treats before we start the week with this relaxing makers afternoon.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
Reality Bytes + Sounds of Music + Holiday Sale and Market (continued)
Reatlity Bytes is an exhibition of work by artists Jason Bruek and Kate Harrold.
Music and fine art have a long history of exchange and harmony. In this Sounds of Music, the Jackson Junge Gallery features artwork with a wide veriety of interpretations of music and sound in art.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day
Little Broken Things
For the next month, the side gallery at Little Broken Things will feature artwork from Sam Nigrosh.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Tim Anderson: Stamps
Since 1982, Tim Anderson has made images of postage stamps that would never be printed. His infatuation with stamps as pieces of art started in childhood. It went along with making handmade postcards. The possibilities were exciting, partly because of the prospect of communicating with people in foreign lands. These paintings are examples of this fascination.
Chicago has a new artist in town and we’re excited to showcase her style and visual creativity. A resurgence of tropicalismo interpretation with a bold curiosity in the art of anthropology.
gallery no one
I can't even
I can't even is an online exhibition made up of work from seven artists touching on the characteristics of the Internet in varying degrees, providing new modes of thinking for the new media and the contemporary Internet language.
Within the current social and political climate we’re found looking backward as a way to find answers for today's problems in America. Oh, Maker explores the work of seven artists who through the act of re-appropriating materials are looking at that history of trauma on American Soil, the act of rebellion, as well the narrative of black women, and families. These artists are building on these conversations in their work. Using mix materials, visual language, and archives as a starting source to re-appropriate materials used to aid conversations about America today. Artists inclkude Kevin Demery, Andrea Coleman, Mark Allen Blanchard, Shanna Merola, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Sadie Woods, and Michael Curtis Asbil. Oh, Maker was conceived and curated by Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
Toy de Jour
New! from Kenner
The brand that filled everyone's homes with amazing toys for decades now gets the highest accolades, a group art show at the world's best trash store! From Strawberry Shortcake to Star Wars, Centurions to Super Powers, Kenner had the brands we all knew and loved and still hold a special place in our old, shriveled hearts. So come check out some new artwork of classic toy lines - just in time for the holidays. We got your gift ideas covered.
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Unterhaslberger II - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Wine and Unwind - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Flat Iron Arts: First Friday at the Flat Iron - open studios 6:00pm to 10:00pm + happenings at The Hall at The Robey 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: MLA Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum: David Carlson and Landis Blair present The Hunting Accident - 7:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Spellcraft: Moon Wisdom - 7:00pm to 9:00pm with registration
Volumes Bookcafe: Michael Berube - Life as Jamie Knows It - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Holiday Fundraiser Closing Event - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Myopic Books: Live Poetry Series - 7:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Reality Bites + Sounds of Music - exhibitions close
Little Broken Things: Sam Nigrosh - exhibition closes
Firecat Projects: Tim Anderson: Stamps
Gallery Cafe: Ariana Goitia
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Oh, Maker
Toy de Jour: New! from Kenner