Weekend Arts Guide (11/7-11/10 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: November 7, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Image Credit: Work by Yunhee Min as seen in Between a Rock and a Dream at Heaven Gallery.

Our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide has all you need to know to stay busy and warm this weekend with plenty to do and see in the arts around Wicker Park and Bucktown...


Thursday (11/7/2019)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this autumn season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Fall Sweater Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Leelanau Sweater is a fun and beginner friendly knit, teaching several sweater construction techniques and beginner colorwork. Jackie will guide you through the sweater construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, sizing, and gauge swatching, then moving to colorwork techniques, creating the perfect fit, picking up stitches, and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress and the $80 package includes 4 classes ($20 additional) and all students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop.
6:00pm


Neighborly
Autumnal Cocktail Infusing and Tasting Class
Visit Neighborly to learn how to craft up an autumnal cocktail infusion from local connoisseurs Aged & Infused! Learn about infusing, how to mix cocktails using infusion flavors, and finally taste a few of Aged & Infused's creations! Each $40 ticket includes an introduction to infusing, tips and tricks on flavor pairings, samples of Aged & Infused's mixes, infusion kit to take home, batch cocktails and snacks, and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly on the day of the workshop.
6:30pm to 8:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
David Hamilton in Conversation with Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas
Join Volumes as David Hamilton, the celebrated former editor of The Iowa Review, reads from and discusses his new essay collection with author and University of Chicago professor Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas. A Certain Arc: Essays of Finding My Way follows Hamilton through a university career where he encounters and participates in the future of writers and writing. The probable centerpiece of this collection is “At the Fair,” reflections and anecdotes from three decades of editing The Iowa Review. As one would expect from such a distinguished educator and editor, the prose in this collection is beautifully turned, the intelligence luminous, and the experience and wisdom of a lifetime generously shared.
7:00pm to 8:30pm


Friday (11/8/2019)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Figure Tuesdays Art Show
Agitator is proud to present a showcase of work produced at and inspired by Figure Tuesdays, their weekly figure drawing meetup. Come support Agitator artists and see some fantastic figurative pieces!
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Saturday (11/9/2019)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Pizza Party at Dimo's
Mention Agitator Gallery when you make a purchase at Dimo's Pizza between on Saturday and 20% of your costs will be donated to the gallery. You can eat there, carry out, or get it delivered! Vegan options are available.
11:00am to 10:00pm


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this autumn season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Fall Sweater Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Leelanau Sweater is a fun and beginner friendly knit, teaching several sweater construction techniques and beginner colorwork. Jackie will guide you through the sweater construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, sizing, and gauge swatching, then moving to colorwork techniques, creating the perfect fit, picking up stitches, and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress and the $80 package includes 4 classes ($20 additional) and all students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop.
1:00pm


Heaven Gallery
Bright Sense Sound Meditation
The Bright Sense Sound Meditation is a session of 45 minutes aimed at a fresh approach to meditation and healing. Todd Mattei will host and perform live music and sound for participants. The music is aimed not only at relaxation, but at enlivening the imagination and stimulating memory. People interested in electronic, experimental, or ambient musics are encouraged to attend. There is no spiritual or secular dogma driving the event, though you may bring whatever belief or philosophy you’re currently working with. The meditation aims in an opposing direction, towards a non-dogmatic embrace of the free imagination. If you tend to recoil from the more saccharine modes of new age music, certain yoga cds, and the music your bank plays when you are on hold, this event is safe. 
7:00pm


LVL3 Gallery
Lasting Impressions
Lasting Impressions explores materiality and permanence through works by Gregory Bae, Bailey Hikawa, and Kay Hofmann. Bae addresses topics of consumption and technology through repurposed objects that indulge in his own internal compulsions. Hikawa’s sculptures treat the iPhone as a relic with designs that compliment the body. Hofmann is separating from the unknown through her laborious work of abstracted forms. Bae, Hikawa, and Hofmann’s approaches to their material reflect on the impact of human existence, be it ecological or philosophical. Lasting Impressions engages in conversations around persistence and excess while hopefully providing a sense of liberation or release from the effects of late-capitalism.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Roots & Culture
Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy + Ariolimax di: Sarah Martino & Claire Jade in the Window
Being behind and in front of a camera is a rough way to live and most of us are living it these days. In Screen Play Katy Albert and Emily Eddy explore performance between the screen, on screen, off screen, and some screens in between. Razing the standards of good taste, videos range from the grotesque to the intimate in a robust schedule of new and recent work. Objects arranged throughout the space reinforce the anguish and pleasure of living with oneself on the mind.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Sunday (11/10/2019)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Tunisian Crochet Workshop
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Leslie Wood's favorite crochet technique - Tunisian crochet! Tunisian crochet is fast and fun. She'll cover basic stitches and how to combine them into an attractive sampler scarf. $40 tickets include two hours of instruction, Tunisian hook, practice yarn, and a custom pattern for a starter scarf. You must know how to make a chain stitch to take this workshop.
2:00pm to 4:00pm


Sideshow Gallery
Sacred Sundays
Shop friends from Shaman's Dream will be doing a monthly pop up at Sideshow. Michael Whitcomb will be doing aura cleansings and astrological chart readings. Readings will last 45 minutes and be $60. Appointments must be made in advance. Mary will also be in the shop with her extensive collection of crystals. She will be able to answer any questions about crystal attributes and metaphysical properties.
12:15pm to 5:15pm


Ongoing Exhibitions


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Strong Futures by David Obermeyer
Obermeyer first met Father Pfleger while working on Spike Lee’s film Chiraq as the Production Sound Mixer. Months after the film wrapped he was approaching Father Pfleger asking how he could help through photography. Pfleger brought Obermeyer to the Strong Futures program, which seeks through mentoring and love to help and find employment for the most underserved young adults in our city. For the past couple of years Obermeyer has been photographing the Strong Futures program. His hope is that these portraits expose an invisible part of our city, the part that through racism and neglect remain unseen and forgotten. That this invisible part of our city is able to attain what all strive for; food, shelter, work that is rewarding and a chance to provide for our families.


The Dime
X-cavations by Xander Berkeley
The Dime is excited to announce X-cavations, a new solo show of paintings by Xander Berkeley. As an actor Berkeley has both the luxury and curse of time. And as a painter, time to experiment (and obsess), building up layers, creating characters in portraiture which would one day hopefully reflect the depth, dimension and the weight of time that exists in a human being. Exhibited works, primarily on board, display the process by which Berkeley built up a history of skeletal, muscular and epidermal layers and then cut or scraped back in with different tools to reveal colors, textures and angles contained within the medium. Both the paint and various mediums are applied at that "speed of life" and the processes of excavating back to reveal past layers are an attempt to collaborate with the laws of accident.


Firecat Projects
LANDED: Nina Weiss
Firecat Projects presents LANDED, a solo exhibition featuring the work Nina Weiss. Nina’s recent large-scale landscape paintings on un-stretched canvases coincide with her move to a new live/work loft space. LANDED refers to a state of being; to the solidity and permanence of landscape, and to Nina’s grounding passion for landscape painting.


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show
Brittney of BrittyRaeKnits spent most of her life in sunny Arizona until she found herself moving to Northern Michigan. To keep her desert blood warm in the Great White North, she immediately took up knitting and it quickly became an obsession! Though Brittney loved knitting, she had a hard time finding the exact colors she wanted to work with. Not one to give up, she began to create her own colors, experimenting with different techniques and fibers. Thus, BrittyRaeKnits was born! Now, Brittney creates super-saturated, speckly colorways on high quality yarn bases for makers who love color as much as she does!


Gallery Café
Gordana Draganic
Finding inspiration in love and family, Draganic has created a reflective journey of art to share with the public. Stories in each piece, along with colors, curvilinear forms, burns, and texture create an array of visual moments full of discovery. 

   
Heaven Gallery
Between a Rock and a Dream + Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit
We forge objects as a way to satisfy a lack, to fill the gap that materialises when something is both wanted and out of reach. The works of Catherine Hu and Yunhee Min in Between a Rock and a Dream are an attempt to reconcile the world as experienced and the world as desired. They work like puns, bringing two meanings together into one word or form. Existing forms and imagery are drawn from the world, then played with, to create situations that expose habits we take for granted, and allow for alternative ways of interpreting our environment.
Jacqueline Surdell’s latest solo exhibition, Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit, draws upon the tradition of storytelling as it forms personal histories and subsequent understandings of self. Through seemingly disparate objects, Surdell re-tells the tale of the first irreverent woman as “She” explains her complex journey through time. Strange, grotesque forms exist as monuments to the inexplicable — creating confusion and a sense of the unknown. Mythical masks protect the wearer and explosions of light and dark represent “Her” struggles in a world that is impossible to understand. It is here Surdell manifests architectural realms that slip between the known past and unknown futures.


Jackson Junge Gallery
A Change of Mind
A Change of Mind by Laura Lee Junge, is a retrospective of her iconic genres encompassing past and present artworks. Not only is Junge a Chicago based artist, but also co-owner of Jackson Junge Gallery which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Through years of exhibiting throughout the country, Junge has established herself as an intoxicating talent on the artistic front. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Junge has become an influential female figure in Chicago’s prominent art scene. Junge explains, “Over the past 10 years my paintings have evolved. The way I think about life and art has changed. I have grown as a painter, yes, but more importantly this exhibition shows how much my mind and way of thinking has changed.”


Langer Over Dickie
Portate Bien: Jackie Milad
Jackie Milad creates textured collage and drawing works on paper and canvas. Milad has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Milad is a three-time recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from Maryland State Arts Council. In 2019 she was honored as a finalist for the prestigious Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. Milad received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and her MFA from Towson University. Besides her active studio practice, Jackie Milad has an extensive career as a curator and educator, where she has committed many years to the education and support of emerging artists.


Line Dot Editions
Polly Jiménez: SheBody
Line Dot is thrilled to present a new collection of watercolors and mixed media paintings by Polly Jiménez that celebrate a diverse array of female forms. With SheBody, Jiménez explores the relationship between women's bodies and the natural environment as an antidote to machismo culture, creating a space to honor difference across the feminine spectrum. Polly Jiménez is a fine artist and illustrator from Mexico City known for her delicate, narrative-driven watercolors.


Little Broken Things
Oscura
Oscura features prints by painter Jeffry Dean. He is joined by Nomadic Ant with a jewelry pop up shop.


Rainbo Club
You Walk Into
An exhibition of street jokes and long phrases curated by Jesse Malmed.


Video Game Art Gallery
Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History
Based out of Chala, India, Studio Oleomingus is a two-person game studio known for their visually stunning and narrative-driven games and about the history of India, post-colonialism, and a generative approach toward blending fact and fiction. This exhibition will bring together the various parts of "Somewhere," a ongoing video game epic in several episodes. "Somewhere" is a videogame adaptation of an anthology by the Gujarati playwright Mir UmarHassan, about the search for a mythical city called Kayamgadh. Set in nineteenth century British Colonial India, it traces the lives of several people as they search for a fabled journal which charts a route to Kayamgadh. This exhibition will be Oleomingus’ first in America and will include debut work that has not been previously released to the public.


 

Locations

Thursday (11/7/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 6:00pm
Neighborly: Autumnal Cocktail Infusing and Tasting Class - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: David Hamilton in Conversation with Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Friday (11/8/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Figure Tuesdays Art Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (11/9/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Pizza Party at Dimo's - 11:00am to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 1:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Bright Sense Sound Meditation - 7:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Lasting Impressions - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Roots & Culture: Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy with  Ariolimax di: Sarah Martino & Claire Jade in the Window - exhibition closes

Sunday (11/10/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Tunisian Crochet Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Sundays - 12:15pm to 5:15pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Strong Futures by David Obermeyer
The Dime: X-cavations by Xander Berkeley
Firecat Projects: LANDED: Nina Weiss
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show
Gallery Café: Gordana Draganic
Heaven Gallery: Between a Rock and a Dream Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind
Langer Over Dickie: Portate Bien: Jackie Milad
Line Dot Editions: Polly Jiménez: SheBody
Little Broken Things: Oscura
Rainbo Club: You Walk Into
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History