Weekend Arts Guide (12/12-12/15 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: December 12, 2019 - December 15, 2019

Image Credit: Work by Rhonda Wheatley as seen in the Petty Biennial.2 on exhibition now at Heaven Gallery.

It's officially the holiday season and the neighborhood arts are filled with pop-up markets and handmade holiday gifts to meet all of your seasonal needs! In addition, area galleries have numerous exceptional exhibitions showcases a dizzying array of artworks. So get out and support your local artists and businesses at any of the events listed in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...

Thursday (12/12/2019)

Quimby's Bookstore
Zine Club Chicago: Paper Elephant Exchange + Snack Potluck Edition
It’s almost time to flip the calendar to a brand-new decade. 2019 has been a great year for Zine Club Chicago, so Quimby's wants to celebrate together with a snack potluck and Paper Elephant zine exchange. Feel free to bring one of your favorite snacks to share (and the shop’ll also provide treats to go around, as always). The group will be playing a fun, zinecentric twist on the classic White Elephant gift swapping game, so please bring a wrapped zine if you’d like to participate. (Bonus points for amazing, unusual, or astounding zines!) Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are always welcome to join us at Zine Club Chicago, the city’s only book club-style event for people who read zines.

Sideshow Gallery
Seasonal Ethereal Wreath Making Workshop
A wreath making class perfect for late autumn and fall using fresh and dried ingredients. Anne will teach you how to create an ethereal looking seasonal wreath and also give design tips for your future projects in crafting and floristry. Each student will have a takeaway kit including a small pair of floral clippers, 1 grapevine wreath, a mix of winter greens and eucalyptus, and several stems of bleached/dried flowers and foliage. Please RSVP here.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (12/13/2019)

David Leonardis Gallery
Happy Birthday Howard Finster and Friends
David Leonardis Gallery has the privilege of hosting the Happy Birthday Howard Finster and Friends exhibits, celebrating 28 years of the organization, formed when David Leonardis purchased Finster's house and turned it into a museum filled with Finster's art. To celebrate, the gallery will be giving a free black and white, unsigned, Howard Finster print to anyone who attends a reception, as well as being included with any purchase at the DLG this month. DLG will have a selection of Howard Finster's work available and on exhibition alongside works by Pam Dietrich, Matt Geer, Marc Hauser, Peter Hurley, Aly Jados, Andy Kane, Paul Kostabi, Matt Lamb, Mike Lash, David Leonardis, Peter Mars, Chris Makos, Maximilian, Giancarlo Montuschi, Chris Peldo, Larry Singer, Jay Steensma, and Donald Topp. As always, the reception will feature complimentary PBR, red wine, and bottled!
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio @ The Robey Lounge
Handmade Holiday Gift Exchange
Join Firefly's Handmade Holiday Gift Exchange Party this year for a fun way to share your handmade items with fellow makers! The event will take place at the Robey Lounge. To participate in the Handmade Holiday Swap Party, please RSVP and agree to party rules. Handmade items for the exchange must be knit, crochet, sewn, spun, woven or any other handmade item and cannot include food items; must be 100g or equivalent to $30 or under; and must be wrapped. Please come prepared to order drinks and food, to support the establishment that will be hosting our event! No outside food or drinks will be permitted. If you do not bring a handmade gift, you may not participate in the swap, although you are welcome to enjoy the company.
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Space, In Vaders + Tots for Toys for Tots
A new group art show featuring vintage Darth Vader carrying cases painted by various artists. All pieces will be available for purchase during and after the gallery opening. If you're sick of trying to figure out a gift for that Star Wars geek in your life, this is the perfect way to get them something unique, that's also an awesome original art display piece that utilizes a piece of vintage history. The Darth Vader cases were an absolute must back in the 70s and 80s. Now, sadly these cases have lost their main purpose and tend to sit in the shop without much love. So Toy de Jour stockpiled them with help of other local collectors and have passed them out to some of their favorite artists to work with. Drinks and snacks on hand for the opening, so come meet some of the artists, browse the vintage and newer collectibles also in the shop available for purchase, and maybe take home a piece of amazing Star Wars artwork. The reception is doing double-duty, as it's now also the shop's 6th Annual Tots for Toys for Tots event! Buy or bring in a new, unwrapped toy for our donation box during the Space, In Vaders show and you will be rewarded with a bunch of tater tots from The Rocking Horse! Not only have they once again generously donated the tots for this event, but they're the location of the official after party immediately following the opening event.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Holiday Spooky Storytime
Friday the 13th falls in December this year, and what better night to have some crazy good Chicago authors read you, dear humans, some spooky holiday ghost stories? Snuggle up with some boozy coffee, some spiked cider, enjoy the lights turned low and experience a spooky night of storytelling with some of Chicago's favorite authors, including Julia Fine (What Should Be Wild), Juan Martinez (Best Worst American Stories), Michael Moreci (Black Star Renegades, Wasted Space, We are Mayhem), Audrey Niffenegger (Time Traveler's Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry), and Megan Stielstra (The Wrong Way To Save Your Life). Holiday ghost stories are an old tradition that we are 100% on board for making a comeback.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (12/14/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
1st Annual Gala
Agitator's 1st Annual Gala will display the artwork of Agitator members and features a night of comedy, performance, drinks, beats, eats, exciting raffle prizes from local businesses, and Bauhaus-themed costumes! This Bauhaus themed event represents Agitator's progressive method of provide a safe and creative space for artists and community to gather and strengthen the voices that need to be heard. All proceeds benefiting Agitator Gallery, a 501c(3) non-profit co-operative, will go towards continuing to uphold its mission and host monthly exhibits and events for the community. Entry to the gala is free with a Bauhaus costume. Tickets may be purchased online. $20 Silver Robot tickets include 2 raffle tickets, 1 beverage, and an Agitator sticker. $50 Gold Ballerina tickets include 2 raffle tickets, 2 beverages, an Agitator t-shirt, and an Agitator sticker.
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Dreambox Gallery
WOW Frequency: Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale
Dreambox invites you to join in a unique holiday gift shopping experience and a chance to recognize the value of artists in the community. Limited edition prints, photographs, drawings, small sculptures, paintings, and jewelry will be for sale, at affordable prices. Participating and exhibiting artists include Piotr Antonow, Iwona Biedermann, Ala Jaron, Boruch Lev, Irena Siwek, and Tom Robinson. 
Noon to 6:00pm

Heaven Gallery
A Petty Brunch
Join the curators, founders, and artists of The Petty Biennial.2 for a brunch conversation around the concepts and themes that inspired the conception and second iteration of the multi-site exhibition project. Courtney Cintron, Sabrina Greig, and Adia Sykes invite creatives to share a meal to celebrate diaspora, race, spirituality, healing and more. Space is limited! So be sure to confirm your attendance.
Noon to 2:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
Holiday Handmade Gift Market 
Jackson Junge Gallery is hosting their annual Holiday Handmade Gift Market this season, offering one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items for those in search of something unique. Small sculpture, art, ceramics, ornaments, holiday décor, and gifts for young and old will be available from local artists and artisans. Participating artists and vendors include Garrett Augustyn, Hannah Dickey, Tom Hill, Laura Lee Junge, On the Go Jo, The Plantier, Rebel Nell Jewelry, SKP, Jack Valentine, and Olivia Wallar. This event runs alongside the gallery's holiday frame sale. All ready-made frames are up to 70% off and custom framing will be offered at a 20% discount. Additionally, the gallery's full selection of prints and reproductions will be available for 20% off. Frame your artwork, family photos, postcards, game tickets, and other memorabilia!
Noon to 5:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
2nd Annual Holiday Pictionary
Join in the 2nd Annual Holiday Pictionary night with host Jeremy Ashley! It is a simple concept for the night. You join in the fun, drinks, and merriment. Volumes arranges an epic battle of really bad drawing skills plus fun holiday clues to use! It is a simple and fun way to kick off the evening!
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Fresh Ink Crafting Pop-Up: Holiday Cards
Join Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. and 826CHI to make pop-up holiday cards with paper engineer and artist, Shawn Sheehy! In this 90-minute workshop for teens and adults, you'll make three cards based on winter plants from around the world: the evergreen, the pomegranate, and the poinsettia. Add LED candles and turn each card into a warmly-glowing holiday lantern to light up the Chicago winter! All tools and supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer to use them. Shawn Sheehy is an artist & paper engineer who serves as the director of the Movable Book Society. His art and trade books serve to advocate for the wild world.
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Sunday (12/15/2019)

Bazaar of the Occult @ The Den Theatre
An Occult X-Mas Pop-Up Market
Bazaar of the Occult returns to the Den Theatre for An Occult X-Mas, offering an array of unique gifts for the creep in your life. Shop over 40 local artisans and energy readers at the market, which also features tarot, cocktails, games, and prizes. RSVP on Eventbrite for a chance at online giveaways before the event as well as all night during the market. You also get a chance to spin the Big Wheel for even more prizes! Giveaways may include tarot decks, crystal balls, cocktails, market cash, any of the many surprises waiting for you!
5:00pm to 11:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
Holiday Handmade Gift Market 
Jackson Junge Gallery is hosting their annual Holiday Handmade Gift Market this season, offering one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items for those in search of something unique. Small sculpture, art, ceramics, ornaments, holiday décor, and gifts for young and old will be available from local artists and artisans. Participating artists and vendors include Garrett Augustyn, Hannah Dickey, Tom Hill, Laura Lee Junge, On the Go Jo, The Plantier, Rebel Nell Jewelry, SKP, Jack Valentine, and Olivia Wallar. This event runs alongside the gallery's holiday frame sale. All ready-made frames are up to 70% off and custom framing will be offered at a 20% discount. Additionally, the gallery's full selection of prints and reproductions will be available for 20% off. Frame your artwork, family photos, postcards, game tickets, and other memorabilia!
Noon to 5:00pm

Roots & Culture
Disauders & Marorders: Julietta Cheung & Danny Floyd + Mac Do: *A Glowing Scroll Hovers In Front Of You* Do You Approach? >>Yes in the Window
In the exhibition Disauders & Marorders by Danny Floyd and Julietta Cheung, fabulated identities from the recent and distant past appear in our cultural and political present as Bart Simpson meets the mid-18th to early-20th century’s radicals, menaces, hustlers, fools, and scouts. Cheung and Floyd mediate textual sources through alternating processes of selection and redaction. While pulling from the preexisting or public-facing material, they whittle away details that make the original context fully determined, inviting mystery and contingency and becoming a performance of otherness. Floyd’s paintings navigate both a literal dark space and a space of confusion between agents enmired in emotional conflict. His printed work turns to the page as a space of potential meaning without rushing to what is sensible. The tension between control and incongruence reflects a struggle between mental polarities in a neurotypical-dominated world. Cheung’s project, The Radicals and Other Personages, likewise draws attention to ideas of identity. Using an archive of historical American newspapers from the Library of Congress, she unmakes and remakes the newswriting through prints and videos. Cheung uses her source material to examine contemporary notions of national belonging as she places her own embodied immigrant position in dialogue with American history.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
AdventureLand Gallery is closing out 2019 with new work from Tony Fitzpatrick. A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories will run concurrently with The Sky at Diversey at The Dime. 

The Dime
The Sky at Diversey: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
The Dime is closing out 2019 with new work from Tony Fitzpatrick. The Sky at Diversey will run concurrently with A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories at AdventureLand Gallery. 

Firecat Projects
Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers
Firecat Projects is excited to exhibit new work from artists Alan Lerner and Paul Somers.

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
ND Yarn Company Trunk Show
For the month of December, Firefly will host a trunk show for Austin, TX based ND Yarn Company! ND strives to put forth quality hand-dyed yarns, mostly inspired by nature, with methods that reduce our impact on the environment. The owner, Natalie Dianne Zimmerman is a trained scientist with a degree in microbiology and graduate work in immunology. Her passion for science and love of photography have instilled in her an appreciation of nature that is reflected in her work as in independent dyer and an artist.

Gallery Café
Erasing Borders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Travel and documentary photographer, Tony Menias, brings to light images of faraway lands and cultures to our doorstep for this exhibition.

Heaven Gallery
Petty Biennial.2
Founded in 2016, The Petty Biennial is not a biennial itself, but a multi-site curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. The Petty Biennial engages with pettiness as an act of seizing agency within the telling of one’s own story where one asserts themselves unapologetically and finds solidarity from a community of peers. Further expanding on the first Petty Biennial, this iteration challenges the notion of diasporic communities as a dispersion of ethnicities across the globe—understanding diaspora as a network and community of people across races, geographies, and ethnicities who are impacted and connected through the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. Channeling a heightened social consciousness and spiritual awareness, artists at Heaven Gallery engage with artworks that elucidate the significance of radical imagination as a pathway to paradigm transformation, consciousness expansion, and healing for the diasporic experience. Through practices that span media, these artists explore themes of spirituality, ancestral histories, ritual, alternative realities and re-translate their experiences into manifestations and signifiers found in our current world. Curated by Courtney Cintron, Sabrina Greig, and Adia Sykes, the exhibition features works by Alexandria Eregbu, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Jesus Hilario-Reyes, Luis Sahagun, Edra Soto, Rhonda Weatley, and Santiago X.

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
Modules and Other Nonsense
Langer Over Dickie is proud to present a series of works by artists Elliot Doughtie and Shir Ende in Modules and Other Nonsense. Utilizing silk screen schematics and a contractor’s magic wand, Doughtie and Ende leverage layering and modulation, illustrating transitional architectures of interior built spaces and constructed identities. Constructed environments and non-vernacular architecture serve as default way-finding scenarios, where persons corral through predetermined transitional territories. While adherence is not the twin of conformity, dominant culture prevails in human-designed public spaces, as it does in the structures behind their walls. Modules and Other Nonsenseilluminates these tenuous relationships without basely appealing to the target of their subtle restraints: the autonomy of human movement and the desires expressed therein. The works in the exhibition perform a surrogacy for bodies traversing transitional spaces. Doughtie and Ende reassert a choreography with an embedded means of fluidity, via layered processes of screen printing and installation interventions. Here, the artists engender unique encounters and orientations that outstrip fixed perimeters and presumed functionalities. 

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.

Line Dot Editions
4th Anniversary Show
Line Dot invites you to join them for the opening reception of their 4th Anniversary Show. Come raise a glass as they honor this milestone and the creative community that has made it possible. Featuring new work from 23 beloved artists, the show will be a celebration of the gallery’s past, present, and future. Exhibiting artists include Julia Banderas, Laura Catherwood, Kyle Cobban, DEAL, Laura English, Sergio Farfán, Fourhundred ML, Dovie Golden, Josh Grotto, Sean Hannaway, Hellbent, David Heo, Merry James, JAS, Jeremy & Farrah, Oscar Joyo, Kurt Kreissl, Kate Lewis, Cristi López, Nina Chicago Art, Alice Pasquini, Curtis William Readel, Joseph Renda Jr., Zach Schrey, and Dwight White.

Little Broken Things
Atlantian Gardens
Join Little Broken Things for our next artist event, Atlantian Gardens, collage art with prints for sale by Chace Wall. Wall says of his work, "my aim is to direct the viewer into a deeper questioning of the mind and the nature of the emergent universe around them."

Extraction leaves a hole
UGLY is pleased to present Output under a relentless duration leaves an exhaustive hollow; and other ways to say “extraction leaves a hole,” an exhibition featuring Efrat Hakimi and Madeline Gallucci. Extraction leaves a hole debases the proposed relationship between teleological and ontological endeavors in art during this contemporary moment: how does one deploy a convention to further articulate a stake? Under the multitude of strategies for the process of restating an already established idea around a situation indebted to an ideological lineage, Gallucci & Hakimi deploy site-conditioned responses.

Vertical Gallery
Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes
Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes, which commemorates the conclusion of a 13-month-long collaborative public art project celebrating the architecture of the Windy City. eatures work from Chicago’s Pizza In The Rain, who spearheaded the project, alongside efforts from Kate Lewis, Joseph Renda Jr., Matt Wojtan, Kirsten Valentine, Polly Jiménez, Danny Sobor, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Lie. The Landscapes initiative reintroduces and reinvigorates familiar and foreign buildings, urban cityscapes and natural settings. The Vertical exhibit and accompanying book preserve Landscapes for posterity.



Thursday (12/12/2019)
Quimby's Bookstore: Zine Club Chicago: Paper Elephant Exchange + Snack Potluck Edition - 6:30pm
Sideshow Gallery: Seasonal Ethereal Wreath Making Workshop - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (12/13/2019)
David Leonardis Gallery: Happy Birthday Howard Finster and Friends - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio @ The Robey Lounge: Handmade Holiday Gift Exchange - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts: Space, In Vaders Tots for Toys for Tots - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Holiday Spooky Storytime - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (12/14/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: 1st Annual Gala - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Dreambox Gallery: WOW Frequency: Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale - noon to 6:00pm
Heaven Gallery: A Petty Brunch - noon to 2:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Holiday Handmade Gift Market - noon to 5:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: 2nd Annual Holiday Pictionary - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Fresh Ink Crafting Pop-Up: Holiday Cards - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Sunday (12/15/2019)
Bazaar of the Occult @ The Den Theatre: An Occult X-Mas Pop-Up Market - 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Holiday Handmade Gift Market - noon to 5:00pm
Roots & Culture: Disaurders & Marorders: Julietta Cheung & Danny Floyd with Mac Do: *A Glowing Scroll Hovers In Front Of You* Do You Approach? >>Yes in the window - exhibitions close
VGA Gallery:  Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History - exhibition closes

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
The Dime: The Sky at Diversey: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
Firecat Projects: Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: ND Yarn Company Trunk Show
Gallery Café: Erasing Borders: A Collection of Photographers by Tony Menias
Heaven Gallery: Petty Biennial.2
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind
Langer Over Dickie: Modules and Other Nonsense
LVL3 Gallery: Lasting Impressions
Line Dot Editions: 4th Anniversary Show
Little Broken Things: Atlantian Gardens
UGLY: Extraction leaves a hole
Vertical Gallery: Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes