Weekend Arts Guide (12/20-12/23 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: December 20, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Image Credit: Artwork by Aaron Wooten, currently on display and for sale at Jackson Junge Gallery.

The holiday season is in full swing and its a prime weekend to finish up any gift shopping you need to do at any of the neighborhood's many shops or galleries carrying local, artisan products. It's also a good weekend to get out and catch a good art exhibition! Take a look at what we've gathered for you in this week's WPB Weekend Arts Guide!

Thursday (12/20/2018)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Electron Microscopy
For millennia we have looked to the stars for answers about ourselves and our place in the universe. Recent advances in Electron Microscopes now allow us to study the cellular universe that lies within us all. Professor Jotham Austin II will present the past, present, and future of Electron Microscopy, and discuss how seeing small will allow us to think big. There will be vegan snacks and a donation bar.
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Friday (12/21/2018)

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

Saturday (12/22/2018)

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Present Wrapping, Cocoa, and Cookies
What’s better than cookies and milk? How about Christmas cookies and hot cocoa!?! Challengers is offering free gift wrapping for anything you buy in-store on. And while your gifts are being wrapped, enjoy some homemade holiday cookies and hot chocolate on us! Gift wrapping is only for items you buy at Challengers. If you bought it at an earlier date, you must bring your receipt in to be eligible for free wrapping.
11:00am to 3:00pm

Firecat Projects
Firecat Winter Fundraiser
Support Firecat's mission by coming to our winter sale featuring artwork along with an extensive collection of vintage records, sports memorabilia, books, and more.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Sunday (12/23/2018)

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Crafttea Sunday
Sip a cup of tea and eat treats before we start the week with this relaxing makers afternoon.
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Tom Bachtell in Adventure Land
Join us for fun and beautiful portraits by Tom Bachtell!

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Holiday Fundraiser Show
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.

Gallery Cafe
Ariana Goitia
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.

Heaven Gallery
Oh, Maker

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.

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. 
The gallery will also be carrying a variety of local, handmade products featured in their Holiday Gift Market as well as continuing their holiday sale, which grants 20% discounts on reproduction prints and custom framing as well as sales between 50% and 70% off for ready-made frames! Sale runs through December 31, 2018.

LVL3 Gallery
messy universe
LVL3 is proud to present messy universe, a two-person show featuring Adam Milner and Erin Washington. Milner meticulously creates intimate collections as reflections of daily life, routine and personal relationships; his archival process reveal objects as active subjects. Washington’s process of mark making and materiality, symbolic to permanence and histories, demands an active presence which highlights disharmony and failures in search of meaning. messy universe investigates the artists’ processes of collecting and uncovering in order to find meaning in the things that are right in front of us.

Little Broken Things
Sam Nigrosh
For the next month, the side gallery at Little Broken Things will feature artwork from Sam Nigrosh.

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.



Thursday (12/20/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Electron Microscopy - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Friday (12/21/2018)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Wine and Unwind - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday (12/22/2018)
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Present Wrapping, Cocoa, and Cookies - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Firecat Projects: Firecat Winter Fundraiser - exhibition closes

Sunday (12/23/2018)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Tom Bachtell in Adventure Land 
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Holiday Fundraiser Show
Gallery Cafe: Ariana Goitia 
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Oh, Maker 
Jackson Junge Gallery: 
Reality Bytes Sounds of Music + continued Holiday Market Sale (through 12/31/18)
LVL3 Gallery: messy universe
Little Broken Things: Sam Nigrosh
Toy de Jour: New! from Kenner