Wicker Park Fest Weekend Arts Guide 2019

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: July 25, 2019 - July 28, 2019

Image Credit: Claire Ashley's interactive, inflatable artwork will make an appearance at Wicker Park Fest this weekend as part of the SSA #33 sponsored Arts Area.

It's Wicker Park Fest weekend!!! That mean's we've got plenty to cover in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide - The Wicker Park Fest Edition. Be sure to stop by the festival and show support to all the different vendors as well as experiencing the festival's designated Arts Areas and the phenomenal artwork that will be showcased there. While you're between sets and bands, explore the neighborhood and the many art offerings scheduled over the next few days. There's definitely something for everyone this weekend, so read up and get out there!


Thursday (7/25/2019)


Neighborly
Candles & Cocktails with Milton & Margie's
Join us to transform your favorite mug into an adorable soy wax candle in an interactive candle-making class. The class, led by Chicago candle-maker Jessica Snively, creator of Milton and Margie’s Soy Wax Candles, teaches you everything you need to know to make a soy wax candle in a reused or vintage container. Throughout the process, you’ll create your own signature fragrance from a blend of scented soy-based oils. Jess will supply a bunch of eclectic oils with options from floral (e.g., Lavender and Juniper) to natural (e.g., Cedar and Eucalyptus) and sweet (e.g., Buttercream and Fudge Brownie) to rugged (e.g., Leather). Bring one or two vessels (mug, teacup, tin can) to fill with wax or choose a vintage piece from Jess' collection. Workshop tickets [$40] include 16oz of soy wax (enough for 1-2 candles depending on container size), fragrance oils to concoct your own custom blend, guidance from Jess on scent mixing and candlemaking, batch cocktails to get the creativity flowing; and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop. 
6:30pm to 8:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Lit & Luz Book Club: Empty Set by Verónica Gerber Bicecci
Lit & Luz invites you to read their summer book club selections and meet the authors in the fall! The first book club selection is Empty Set by Mexican "visual artist that writes," Verónica Gerber Bicecci. The novel begins: “...it became clear that when someone says, 'You're not like you used to be,' they actually mean, 'I'm in love with someone else.'” And from there, Bicecci takes us along for a one-of-a-kind narrative that makes sense of heartbreak with beautiful prose, drawings and diagrams! Read the book, join the book club discussion at Volumes Bookcafe, and meet Bicecci in October at the Lit & Luz Festival! Spanish and English language readers are welcome. Discussions will be in both languages with interpretation as requested.
7:00pm to 8:00pm


Wicker Park - Movies in the Park
The Summer of Claire Danes: The Rainmaker
Join us for The Wicker Park Summer of Claire Danes, a community designed, funded, and produced series presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks, presented by T-Mobile. These events are part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks–arts programming in neighborhoods across the city aimed at advancing the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. This week's movie is The Rainmaker (1997) and is sponsored by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. 
8:30pm to 10:30pm


Friday (7/26/2019)


David Leonardis Galleries
Sizzling Hot Summer Group Show
There are new Donald Topp Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls in. Marge Simpson and Belle are the new arrivals. Aly Jados has done an vibrant and inthralling series of Monster paintings. Matt Geer continues to produce strong hand painted works with his Henchman series. Dave Alton has new Pop Crayola crayon drawings. Paul Kostabi sent a giant new mixed media painting. Larry Singer is new to the gallery and his photos of Rock and Roll legends the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and many more are a wonderful new addition to the gallery. Artist Aly Jados will be playing Wicker Park Fest with Blood People the same evening and is expected to make an appearance at the reception.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show
Come in to see the beautiful and natural yarn from Ovis et Cetera. All the way from Germany, Ovis et Cetera sources all their wool from local European farms. Her natural and jewel toned yarn is perfect for color work knits and textural patterns.
1:30pm


Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Ava Grey & Czr Prz + Wicker Park Fest Summer Sale
The popular ONE WALL rotating exhibition returns for its fifth season, as four different artists over the course of eight weeks create four unique installations that transform the gallery's front window and space occupied by a single wall. The second round features Ava Grey and Czr Prz. Ava Grey is an artist duo comprised of Caesar Perez and Nick Glazebrook – a partnership that seamlessly weaves their individual visions and talents. Nick has a background in architecture and had a computer animation company for 11 years before following his passion to create with his hands and become a sculptor. Caesar is a multi-faceted urban contemporary street artist, illustrator and go-to taskmaster for the imagination. Although born and raised in Chicago, his stories have touched countless locations from America to Europe through works like large-scale murals, interior and exterior installations, paintings and sculptures as well as events and photo/video shoots in which he served as a creative director. Fueled by a mutual desire to create larger, more intricate works of art, Caesar and Nick started working together 6 years ago and have evolved their crafts and techniques to create art iconic to their own combined styles.
Enjoy 10% OFF all artwork during the days of Wicker Park Fest! Visit the famed "dinged, dented, and drastically discounted" table for some one-of-a-kind deals!
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Line Dot Editions
OakOak Pop Up
Line Dot is thrilled to have the world-renowned street artist OakOak in for an exclusive pop-up event! OakOak's urban interventions play upon existing elements of their environments, drawing our attention to oft-overlooked details and enlivening city streets with his wit and humor. Come meet the legend and check out a new collection of paintings, prints, and three-dimensional works. 
Artist Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Speak: All Ages Open Mic
We want to create a safe space for Chicago's youth to perform and share their stories, poems, music and more! Join us for the last Friday each month as we open the store to Chicago's young talent. Adults can join the fun as well, but we ask that any work shared be appropriate for young audiences (i.e. No racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist language. No sex, drugs or violence.) We're excited to get this started. Teachers, spread the word!
6:30pm to 8:30pm


Wicker Park Fest 2019
Wicker Park Fest Arts Area
WPB Special Service Area #33 is proud to sponsor a dedicated Wicker Park Fest Arts Area to showcase unique and inspired works from some of the most talented local artists and arts organizations. Located in the heart of the festival footprint, the WPF Arts Area features visually-compelling performance and installation artworks. This year's area is spread across two sections showcasing interactive inflatable artwork by Clair Ashley, Audioreolae by Kandero & O'Neill, a series of performance art from Out of Site, and the return of last year's installation from SuperFine Studios. The work presented is largely meant for festival attendees to engage with and interact with, often becoming part of the work themselves. Aside from the Arts Area, Wicker Park Fest offers three days of quality music, street vendors, food and drinks, and community organizations, and even a kid's area! The festival has gained notoriety as "Chicago's Best Street Festival of the Summer" and represents on of the largest street festival events in the city.
Festival Open 5:00pm to 10:00pm


Saturday (7/27/2019)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Kirk Kerndl: American Pastoral
AdventureLand Gallery is ready to kick off the post-4th of July with the beautiful paintings by Kirk Kerndl!
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


The Dime
Through the Curtain
Dru Batte is a multidisciplinary artist who employs a variety of analog and digital photographic processes and materials in her work. In Through the Curtain Batte seeks to answer the question of how to make a portrait without the person being in front of the camera. To make that happen, Batte conducts series of interviews with the subjects that inform each photograph. As a result, the photographs investigate depictions of the human subjects embodied in the spaces they occupy and the works they make within, delivering a visual discourse on formed relationships between artists and their workspace.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Heaven Gallery + The Silver Room
Alternative Fest
Heaven Gallery and The Silver Room, who both established community art spaces in 1997 in Wicker Park, are partnering during Wicker Park Fest to bring to back some of the culture and diversity of the old neighborhood. The Silver Room Pop Up is located at 1302 N Milwaukee Ave and Heaven Gallery is located at 1550 N Milwaukee Ave on the second floor. Visit both of these locations to celebrate the longevity of these institutions in building community through culture! Heaven Gallery will feature its closing reception for Alternative Space Art Fair as well as begin Heaven's sizzling Hot Summer SALE with 20% off on vintage clothing during gallery hours Friday/Saturday (1-6pm) and Sunday (1-5pm). The Silver Room will be bringing the vibes with Hip Hop and House Music DJ's sets, along with the closing of 100 canvases art exhibit. 
1:00pm to 8:00pm


Jackson Junge Gallery
Wicker Park Fest Summer Sale
Enjoy 10% OFF all artwork during the days of Wicker Park Fest! Visit the famed "dinged, dented, and drastically discounted" table for some one-of-a-kind deals!
11:00am to 10:00pm


Wicker Park Fest 2019
Wicker Park Fest Arts Area
WPB Special Service Area #33 is proud to sponsor a dedicated Wicker Park Fest Arts Area to showcase unique and inspired works from some of the most talented local artists and arts organizations. Located in the heart of the festival footprint, the WPF Arts Area features visually-compelling performance and installation artworks. This year's area is spread across two sections showcasing interactive inflatable artwork by Clair Ashley, Audioreolae by Kandero & O'Neill, a series of performance art from Out of Site, and the return of last year's installation from SuperFine Studios. The work presented is largely meant for festival attendees to engage with and interact with, often becoming part of the work themselves. Aside from the Arts Area, Wicker Park Fest offers three days of quality music, street vendors, food and drinks, and community organizations, and even a kid's area! The festival has gained notoriety as "Chicago's Best Street Festival of the Summer" and represents on of the largest street festival events in the city.
Festival Open Noon to 10:00pm


Sunday (7/28/2019)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Texas Two-Step Dance Class & Workshop
Put on your boots and come get a refresher on the basic Texas Two-Step with Caitlin and JB. Then learn to waltz and triple-step, add a new spin, tuck and stroll with variations. Good for beginners to moderate dancers. This is a ticketed event at $13 per ticket and space limited to 30 participants.
6:00pm to 8:00pm


Heaven Gallery + The Silver Room
Alternative Fest Alternative Space Art Fair
Heaven Gallery and The Silver Room, who both established community art spaces in 1997 in Wicker Park, are partnering during Wicker Park Fest to bring to back some of the culture and diversity of the old neighborhood. The Silver Room Pop Up is located at 1302 N Milwaukee Ave and Heaven Gallery is located at 1550 N Milwaukee Ave on the second floor. Visit both of these locations to celebrate the longevity of these institutions in building community through culture! Heaven Gallery will feature its closing reception for Alternative Space Art Fair as well as begin Heaven's sizzling Hot Summer SALE with 20% off on vintage clothing during gallery hours Friday/Saturday (1-6pm) and Sunday (1-5pm). The Silver Room will be bringing the vibes with Hip Hop and House Music DJ's sets, along with the closing of 100 canvases art exhibit. 
1:00pm to 8:00pm with Exhibition Closing - Final Day


Jackson Junge Gallery
Wicker Park Fest Summer Sale
Enjoy 10% OFF all artwork during the days of Wicker Park Fest! Visit the famed "dinged, dented, and drastically discounted" table for some one-of-a-kind deals!
11:00am to 10:00pm


Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by Emilia from 8:00am to 10:00am and Jay Hawrylak from 10:00am to noon. Juice+ will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm


Wicker Park Fest 2019
Wicker Park Fest Arts Area
WPB Special Service Area #33 is proud to sponsor a dedicated Wicker Park Fest Arts Area to showcase unique and inspired works from some of the most talented local artists and arts organizations. Located in the heart of the festival footprint, the WPF Arts Area features visually-compelling performance and installation artworks. This year's area is spread across two sections showcasing interactive inflatable artwork by Clair Ashley, Audioreolae by Kandero & O'Neill, a series of performance art from Out of Site, and the return of last year's installation from SuperFine Studios. The work presented is largely meant for festival attendees to engage with and interact with, often becoming part of the work themselves. Aside from the Arts Area, Wicker Park Fest offers three days of quality music, street vendors, food and drinks, and community organizations, and even a kid's area! The festival has gained notoriety as "Chicago's Best Street Festival of the Summer" and represents on of the largest street festival events in the city.
Festival Open Noon to 10:00pm


Ongoing Exhibitions


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Hard to Kill: Artwork by Survivors of Sexual Violence
Hard to Kill features the work of artists from all over the country who are sharing their experience of the world as a survivor of sexual violence. Exhibiting artists include Katina Bitsicas, Jessica Brackett, Myah Brimmer, Sara Peak Convery, Yvette Cummings, Bill Davis, Jana Dean, Kaiden Dunn, Nicole Foran, Ashley Giles, Geordi Helmick, Anneasha Hogan, Tacie Jones, Rachel Korotkin, Carole McCurdy, Ty Merton, Megumi Naganoma, Azul Nogueron, Jenna Jo Pawlicki, Steve Smith, Deva Suckerman, Rabia Tayyabi, and Oaklee Thiele.


Eskell
Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Full Bloom is an exploration into floral painting, a tradition that has been practiced by female artists and hobbyists for generations. This series has allowed the artist to feel connected to a lineage of female artists that have worked for centuries with floral subject matter. It stands as a contemporary take on a conventional topic. It has encouraged Collins to embrace a more saturated color palette and has led her to find new ways to engage an audience. The paintings come at a time in her practice when she is eager to see what the future holds. Full Bloom becomes a celebration of renewal and regrowth.


Firecat Projects
William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Please join Firecat Projects in welcoming Chicago native William Horberg back home along with his artwork. The exhibition itself consists of William's many watercolors of various Chicago jazz venues and portraits of the performers. They share his love and respect for the musicians in his favorite music form. The sensitivity and warmth towards the subject are clearly apparent in the work.


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Asylum Fibers Trunk Show
excited to be hosting a trunk show of Asylum Fibers from Queens, NY! Asylum Fibers is made with colorful, fun, and bold color ways. You’ll fall in love with these exciting skeins!


Gallery Cafe
Jenny Vyas
You’ve seen her murals all over Chicago and now at Gallery Cafe. Featuring Jenny Vyas the contemporary fine artists capturing the beauty and complexity of human emotion.


Langer Over Dickie
Highly Illogical 
Langer/Dickie presents as its inaugural exhibition, Highly Illogical, a hybrid two-person show and collaborative installation by Chicago-based artists Jason Dunda and Erin Washington. The two artists come together to transform the gallery space into one of tangential thinking, humor, and improvisation. In addition to selections from their individual studio practices, Dunda and Washington will present collaborative works that draw connections between disparate images and materials from the history of art, design, and popular culture. The audience will likely recognize references to Star Trek, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Buckminster Fuller, and other cultural iconography.


LVL3 Gallery
Where is the Reward
LVL3 presents, Where is the Reward, a two-person exhibition featuring Chicago based Jessie Darnell and Columbus based Morgan Rose Free. Free is breathing new life into objects found through anthropomorphic transformations creating alternative narrative structures and contexts. Darnell is also rewriting narratives by framing sourced imagery of call girls, plumbing books, and fetish letters in combination with materials associated with dominance and desire. The new bodies of work within Where is the Reward examine how Darnell and Free make material connections through assemblage and mixed media collage to discuss ideas around agency. Agency within the forms or figures they uncover and then establish as shiny new objects.


Little Broken Things
Created Through You: A Collection of Feelings and Colors by Clay Way
Clay Way's artwork is created not only through acrylic paints and spray paints, but also through people in his life, his feelings, the places that he's been, the songs that he's heard, the dreams that he's dreamed, and most importantly, you...


Rainbo Club
Brandon Alvendia


Roots & Culture
Mutant Dust Bunnies + No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window
Mutant Dust Bunnies is a call for the dust within sound archives to shapeshift into radical narratives for decolonial futures. The visionary ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, created an extraordinary document of American Roots and World Music that influenced the American Folk Revival of the 1950’s, and today continues to influence listeners around the globe. Materials from his accessible archive will be in active conversation with contemporary artworks examining narratives about place, culture, and methods of production within recorded and embodied histories. Artists presenting work in this exhibition include: Sonia Louise Davis, Manal Kara, Parissah Lin, Yvette Ramirez, and RaFia Santana. Through video, sculpture, text, sound installation, and archival practices, the artists carefully envision ways that cultural technologies continue to evolve rather than conform to being framed as a relic of the past. The exhibition was currated by CONNECT Curator-in-Residence Catherine Feliz. No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the window by Stephany Colunga.


Vertical Gallery
Mau Mau: Bombing walls and painting bridges
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present British urban graffiti artist Mau Mau’s first U.S. solo exhibition Bombing walls and painting bridges. Mau Mau brings to Vertical a wry, colorful approach that is both refreshingly simple and powerfully sophisticated. Often his work comments on the social and political forces shaping life in the 21st century, with a recurring focus on environmental themes, and frequently features his signature red fox character — a mischievous symbol of survival and street savvy. 


 

Locations

Thursday (7/25/2019)
Neighborly: Candles & Cocktails with Milton & Margie's - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Lit & Luz Book Club: Empty Set by Verónica Gerber Bicecci - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wicker Park - Movies in the Park: The Summer of Claire Danes: The Rainmaker - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Friday (7/26/2019)
David Leonardis Galleries: Sizzling Hot Summer Group Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show - 1:30pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Ava Grey & Czr Prz Wicker Park Fest Summer Sale - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Line Dot Editions: OakOak Pop Up - artists reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Speak: All Ages Open Mic - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wicker Park Fest: Arts Area - festival open 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (7/27/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Kirk Kerndl: American Pastoral - exhibition closes
The Dime: Through the Curtain - exhibition closes
Heaven Gallery + The Silver Room: Alternative Fest - 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Wicker Park Fest Summer Sale - 11:00am to 10:00pm
Wicker Park Fest: Arts Area - festival open noon to 10:00pm

Sunday (7/28/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Texas Two-Step Dance Class & Workshop - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Heaven Gallery + The Silver Room: Alternative Fest Alternative Space Art Fair - 1:00pm to 8:00pm with exhibition closing
Jackson Junge Gallery: Wicker Park Fest Summer Sale - 11:00am to 10:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Fest: Arts Area - festival open noon to 10:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Hard to Kill: Artwork by Survivors of Sexual Violence
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Firecat Projects: William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Asylum Fibers Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Jenny Vyas
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical
LVL3 Gallery: Where is the Reward
Little Broken Things: Created Through You: A Collection of Feelings and Colors by Clay Way
Rainbo Club: Brandon Alvendia
Roots & Culture: Mutant Dust Bunnies No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window
Vertical Gallery: Mau Mau: Bombing walls and painting bridges