Weekend Arts Guide (7/11-7/14 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: July 11, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Image Credit: Detail of painting by Solomon Adufah, on view now in the AMFM booth at Heaven Gallery's Alternative Space.

You won't run out of things to see and do in the arts around Wicker Park Bucktown this weekend! The next few days are packed with opening receptions, continuing exhibitions, readings and signings, happenings, and special events. Check out the latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide to read up on everything going down in the neighborhood!

Thursday (7/11/2019)

Terrarium Workshop with Plant Shop
Bring a mini ecosystem into your home! You bring the vessel (vase, fishbowl, or get creative; or alternatively purchase one on-site) and the green thumbs of Plant Shop Chicago will supply everything else to make a one-of-a-kind sculptural modern terrarium. Sign up is required for this event ($45). Ticket includes: a variety of plants and succulents; sand, soil, rocks, and other filler; hands-on planting assistance and care info; beverages and snacks; and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop.
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Juliet Escoria, Amanda Goldblatt, Mary Miller, and Elizabeth Ellen
We're so excited for this collection of talent we can barely contain ourselves! Juliet Escoria is the author of the novel Juliet the Maniac, the poetry collection Witch Hunt, and the story collection Black Cloud, which were listed in various best of the year roundups. Amanda Goldblatt is a writer and teacher living in Chicago. She was a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, and her fiction and essays have appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, Noon, Fence, Diagram, Hobart, and American Short Fiction. Hard Mouth, her debut novel, is forthcoming in August. Mary Miller is the author of two novels, Biloxi and The Last Days of California, and two collections of short stories, Always Happy Hour and Big World. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Norton's Seagull Book of Stories, The Best of McSweeney’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, and many others. Elizabeth Ellen is the author of the novel Person/a, chosen by Lithub as a 'best work of experimental literature' for 2017. Her writing has been featured in such places as American Short Fiction, Salon, Bennington Review, BOMB, Joyland and Catapult.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (7/12/2019)

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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Teen Titans: Raven Signing with Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo
Challengers is crazy excited to announce a DC Ink signing for Teen Titans Raven with #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo! Teen Titans Raven is part of the DC Ink line and appropriate for readers 13-and up. When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth's foster mom--and Raven's memory--she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can't remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before. But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she's ready to face what's buried in the past...and the darkness building inside her.
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Handmade Birthday Bash Swap
Come celebrate the birthdays of Leslie, Jackie, and Sarah, with a Handmade Birthday Bash Swap! We’ll be swapping handmade items in honor of the shop’s July birthdays as well as celebrating with a picnic at Wicker Park! Bring your favorite drink, grab tacos at Big Start and join the group for a fun swap! To participate in the Handmade Birthday Bash Swap, please read our party rules and Handmade guidelines. You must RSVP to participate. Handmade items must be knit, crochet, sewn, spun, woven, or handmade by you; should be 100g or equivalent to $30 or under; and must be wrapped. Party Rules: Please bring your own blanket or chair for this picnic; If you do not bring a handmade gift, you can not participate in the swap although you are welcome to enjoy our company.
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: David Krzeminski
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 first exhibitor, David Krzeminski, is an artist/graphic designer living in Chicago. Krzeminski graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication in 2009 and is currently working as a full time graphic layout specialist and part time abstract artist. Krzeminski's piece for ONE WALL will be his largest composition to date and creates an optical illusion effect as your eye moves across the canvas. Although the piece's composition is created using a square grid, the squares can appear to wave or look uneven. Simple bright colors contrasting against each other in this specific pattern can cause your brain to become confused as it keeps trying to simplify or "correct" what your eyes are seeing.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (7/13/2019)

Bucktown Community Organization
Bucktown Garden Walk and Block Party
Neighbors and visitors of all ages can explore hidden gems that make Bucktown one of Chicago’s most charming neighborhoods during the annual Bucktown Garden Walk & Block Party, returning for its 15th year on July 13th & 14th. In addition to curated self-guided gardens tours, attendees can ride the trolley looping throughout the neighborhood, amuse kids for hours at the popular children’s fest, check out the renowned petting zoo, and socialize at the block party along Churchill Park that will offer with food trucks, beer & wine gardens and entertainment all weekend long. This is a can’t miss weekend in Bucktown and we are excited to celebrate with you!
10:00am to 6:00pm

Heaven Gallery
Gentrification Without Art Displacement Talk
Join us for a panel discussion about gentrifying neighborhoods and the importance of Alternative Space. The discussion will be moderated by Teresa Silva from Chicago Artists Coalition and Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Panelists include Alma Wieser from Heaven Gallery, Edra Soto and Gina Hunt from The Franklin, Oscar Gonzalez Diaz, Gareth Kaye from Apparatus Projects, Lynn Basa of Corner Project, Tempestt Hazel and more TBA. The discussion seeks to find permanent solutions for art displacement. The conversation will outline art inequities such as predatory practices of speculators who use the arts and culture to line their pockets only to push artists out.

Myopic Bookstore
Myopic Poetry Series: Kristi Maxwell & Kerri Sonnenberg
Occasional readings and poet talks happen on the shop's second floor. Admission is free. This week's reading features Kristi Maxwell and Kerri Sonnenberg.

Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
6th Annual G.I. Joe Day
*TEN-HUT!!* Toy de Jour’s 6th Annual G.I. Joe Day is fast approaching and they’re excited to have a Joe-filled nerd day with all of you! Stop on by and bring your own G.I. Joes to sell and trade with other collectors. Weather permitting, there will be space outside like previous years for folks to set up shop. There will be a couple tables but feel free to bring your own. Also feel free to BOYB. Yo Joe!
Noon to 5:00pm

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. 
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Shannon Watts: Fight Like a Mother
Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Watts started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. That online conversation has grown into a nationwide grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office. In 2018, she was named one of InStyle Magazine’s Badass Women, one of People Magazine’s 25 Women Changing the World and a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 Honoree. Watts’ writing has appeared in Vogue, Refinery 29, Time, The Washington Post, The Hill, and other media outlets.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Young Chicago Authors
Teaching Artist Corps Showcase
Join Young Chicago Authors for their annual Teaching Artist Corps Showcase featuring work from T.A.C. members Luis Carranza, Dominique, Patrica Frazier, E'mon Lauren, Matt Muse, and Toaster. Sounds will be provided by DJ Ca$h Era!
Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (7/14/2019)

Bucktown Community Organization
Bucktown Garden Walk and Block Party
Neighbors and visitors of all ages can explore hidden gems that make Bucktown one of Chicago’s most charming neighborhoods during the annual Bucktown Garden Walk & Block Party, returning for its 15th year on July 13th & 14th. In addition to curated self-guided gardens tours, attendees can ride the trolley looping throughout the neighborhood, amuse kids for hours at the popular children’s fest, check out the renowned petting zoo, and socialize at the block party along Churchill Park that will offer with food trucks, beer & wine gardens and entertainment all weekend long. This is a can’t miss weekend in Bucktown and we are excited to celebrate with you!
10:00am to 6:00pm

Firecat Projects
Truth or Lie Reading Series
A wholly unique storytelling show, blending fact and fiction with you to tell the difference. Fun stuff! Truth or Lie is a Live Lit event featuring five to six story tellers spinning true or fictive tales and leaving the audience to wonder, truth or lie? 
7:00pm to 9:30pm

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 Menage a Trio 10:00am to noon and Joe & the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. Kambs Jenning Group will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

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!

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.

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
Bear Champ: JC Rivera
For this month, Gallery Cafe is featuring the one and only Bear Champ: J.C. Rivera.

Heaven Gallery 
Alternative Space: A simulated art fair
As Heaven Gallery fights to keep space, we asked ourselves: what better way to show the power of Chicago artists than to throw a last minute art fair to celebrate Chicago’s long tradition of alternative spaces? From apartment galleries to artists collectives, our city has always found creative ways to show outsider art. Slow, The Franklin, LVL3, AMFM, Apparatus, Baby Blue, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Heaven Gallery, Adds Donna and curator Oscar Gonzalez Diaz come together for a show that treads the line of art fair and exhibition. They represent alternative inclusive space for women, LGBTQ, and ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists. Alternative Space is named after the book Alternative Spaces written by art historian and MCA Curator Lynne Warren in 1984. Warren defines alternative space as “a nonprofit or noncommercial organization originated by and for artists (and assuring them a primary role in policy development and programming) that primarily shows Chicago-area artist and has had a fixed location, and operated on a continuous basis.” Heaven aims to begin a conversation about the importance of showing outsider art and being a hub for inclusion, while addressing predatory theories of gentrification which indicate that capital follows culture and identifies artists as the main agents for gentrifying working-class neighborhoods. As we celebrate Pride in Chicago, Alternative Space provides a platform to celebrate artists and spaces who take pride in being different with no apologies. Heaven Gallery exhibitors include Marzena Abrahamik, Alexandra Antoine, Yesiena Bello, Andrea Coleman, Lauren Dacy, Meg Duguid, Ellen Hanson, Haerim Lee, Carla Fisher Schwartz, Yasmin Spiro, Sadie Woods, and Gwendolyn Zabicki. LVL3 exhibitors are David Heo, Jenn Smith, Allison Wade, Susan Pasowicz, and Erin Washington.

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.

Line Dot Editions
Third Annual Juried Show
Line Dot is thrilled to present our Third Annual Juried Show featuring original work from 25 selected local artists, including Aidan Hercules, Ann Weinheimer, Antonio Beniquez, Barry Callahan, Blake Jones, Caroline Liu, Cristi López, Dale Paracuelles, Dovie Golden, Elaine Boby, Emmett Merrill, Eric Weatherford, Frank Quintero, Gary Schechner, Isamar Medina, Joseph Renda Jr., Kurt Kreissl, Laura Catherwood, Lily Cozzens, Merry James, Moises Salazar, Mosher, Oscar Joyo, Sean Hannaway, and Zachary Mory.

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...



Thursday (7/11/2019)
Neighborly: Terrarium Workshop with Plant Shop - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Juliet Escoria, Amanda Goldblatt, Mary Miller, and Elizabeth Ellen - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (7/12/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Hard to Kill: Artwork by Survivors of Sexual Violence - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Teen Titans: Raven Signing with Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Handmade Birthday Bash Swap - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: David Krzeminski - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (7/13/2019)
Bucktown Community Organizatin: Bucktown Garden Walk and Block Party - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Gentrification Without Art Displacement Talk - 1:00pm
Myopic Bookstore: Myopic Poetry Series: Kristi Maxwell & Kerri Sonnenberg - 7:00pm
Toy de Jour: 6th Annual G.I. Joe Day - noon to 5:00pm
Vertical Gallery: Mau Mau: Bombing walls and painting bridges - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Shannon Watts: Fight Like a Mother - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Teaching Artist Corps Showcase - reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (7/14/2019)
Bucktown Community Organization: 
Bucktown Garden Walk and Block Party - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Firecat Projects: Truth or Lie Reading Series - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Kirk Kerndl: American Pastoral
The Dime: Through the Curtain
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom 
Firecat Projects: William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Asylum Fibers Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Bear Champ: JC Rivera
Heaven Gallery: Alternative Space: A simulated art fair
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical
LVL3 Gallery: Where is the Reward
Line Dot Editions: Third Annual Juried Show
Little Broken Things: Created Through You: A Collection of Feelings and Colors by Clay Way