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Exciting Art Events in and Around Chicago

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exhibit in the Chicago Art Institute

For aspiring artists in the Chicagoland area, there are several events to look forward to this Fall. Even if you simply enjoy looking at art, these events will cater to the spectator as much as the artist looking for inspiration.

The Lincoln Square Art Walk

On Friday, October 16-18, the Lincoln Square Art Walk will take place. This event will feature a juried showcase, an exhibition of individual artists, and a group show featuring prize awards with a gala artist reception as well. There is plenty to enjoy here, and it will be at the Lincoln Square Venues in Chicago.

Foursided’s Presentation of Artist Adie Janci

This event will take place on Friday, October 9 from 6-10pm, and will feature new work from artist Adie Janci, as well as some live painting. Food and drinks will be available at the event, and should be a great time for all of those attending.

Adie Janci graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has produced artwork in a variety of mediums. She currently both lives and works out of her studio in Avondale. The event will be held at the Foursided venue in Chicago.

Opening of “Environment of Concern” Gallery

For who share a concern about the environment, the opening of the “Environment of Concern” gallery should be an interesting event. Taking place on October 9, from 6-8pm, this gallery will feature the photography of Allison Grant, Michelle Keim, Judy Natal, Alison Carey and Terry Evans.

Reception will begin at 6, and attendees will hear remarks from the artists at 6:30. It will take place at the Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Free parking is available at this location.

The Artists at 3150 Open House

On October 17 from 3-8pm, you can view the open house for The Artists at 3150, featuring work from artists Nina Weiss, Daniel Weinstock, Robert Tolchin, Pamela Lee, William Goldman and Suzanne Horwitz. It will take place at The Artists at 3150 in Highland Park.

These are simply a few of the many art events you’re likely to see this season, leading us into winter with something to remember the fall by. We’ll also update with more activities later in the winter to keep artists occupied throughout that notoriously miserable season.

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If you are thinking “I’m soooo bored of winter” and want to see some awesome artwork to liven things up and take your mind off this dreary weather, the Art Institute of Chicago is, as always, an affordable and entertaining way to spend a day. Here are a few cool exhibits to check out this season.

Holiday Thorne Rooms

Holiday Thorne Rooms exhibit at the Art Institute

Open from November 22, 2014 to January 6, 2015, this exhibit features miniature historical rooms that are decorated for the holiday season, meticulously detailed to feature all of those little things that make the holidays special, from Christmas trees to miniature stair railings fitted with miniature green garnishes and mistletoe hanging from chandeliers.

Some of the mini rooms include the English Great Hall of the Tudor, Virginia Entrance Hall, California Hallway and the 1930s French Library.

The City Lost and Found

City Lost and Found exhibition photograph of NYC

The City Lost and Found is open from October 26, 2014 to January 11, 2015 and features photography and cinema to showcase the alterations made to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles from 1960 to 1980. Although this might seem like a relatively short time period to explore, you can see how drastic the changes are between these two decades alone. You’ll learn about the cities’ different cultures and follow each as their landscapes change along with their pedestrians, all through different lenses. It may even help explain how the people in these cities and even America in general have evolved up through today.

Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints

woman ghost in well painting by Hokusai

For a taste of the bizarre and not entirely holiday-themed world of art, visit Temptation: the Demons of James Ensor up through January 4, 2015. This exhibition displays many prints featured in the Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints. One unique artist in this series is Katsushika Hokusai, whose paintings often feature depictions of ghouls placed against bright blue backgrounds. Through these artists’ renditions, you’ll also learn about the many Japanese legends that have frightened children and adults for centuries.

2 Upcoming Art Shows in Chicago You Shouldn’t Miss

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Summer is quickly approaching, which means more agitated Chicagoans used to gray skies and tiring cold weather will hopefully lighten up, finding more inspiration to get out and explore the city once again. As an artist, you should do what you can to absorb the artistic works of others and harness inspiration from them. Here are two Chicago art shows that you’ll want to check out for a glimpse of some unique talent.

35 Years of Public Art

This art show is currently going on and will close on May 4th. It features over 500 creations of over 300 artists, and is taking place in over 140 public locations all over Chicago. This event presents commissioned proposal as well as examples of art appearing in police stations, libraries and other surprising facilities around the city. For more information about this Chicago art event, visit the Chicago Cultural Center’s website.

The Lost Artists Show

Taking place in the Art Colony Studio Building, located in Logan Square on Fletcher St., The Lost Artists Show on May 10th will present the work of studio artists Walter Fydryck, Frank Mascenic, Kirk Rohrbaugh, James Vellner and Adam Helman, as well as those of visiting artists Eric Dinse, Joe Mazzone, John Tyszko and others. Live music will also be performed after 7pm, and the art show is free admission. Learn more about this Chicago art show here.

Bottle & Bottega: A Relaxing Way to Paint the Day Away

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What better to go with that urge of artistic expression of yours than a nice glass of wine? Apparently I’m not the only person who thought they were the perfect pairing, as a little studio called Bottle & Bottega in Evanston provides aspiring artists with the environment that allows them to learn great techniques while offering them a nice elegant beverage on the side. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or an evening and really develops you as an artist. I saw the place on a drive down Davis St. in Evanston and wondered what it was, and with a quick search I found a great party location for ainters.

Truly Hands-On

Bottle & Bottega got its start in Chicago, but has since begun expanding nationally, with 5 locations in the Chicagoland area including La Grange and Glen Ellyn. I’m planning on attending one of their parties myself, but it looks like they really provide hands-on instruction to help you grow artistically. It also seems like a great way to meet new people, have some great conversation, and make friends in the area.

If you have kids, you can still enjoy the studios with them because Bottle & Bottega has children’s parties in addition to adult public, private and corporate parties. You can attend the adult parties if you’re 18, but no wine for you unless you meet the 21+ criteria. The process of signing up for a party is also simple. You simply pick a location, look at the calendar of scheduled events and pick the one that works best for you. Each event has the price listed—which is a reasonable $35 for the most part—and all you have to do is click the register button and sign up.

Want to have a painting party outside the studio with a group of friends or co-workers who share your artistic sensibilities? Well guess what, they cater too! Certain venues in Skokie, Evanston and orthbrook, including the Bar Louie in Skokie, will allow you to have painting lessons and beverage packages catered for special events.

I’ve scheduled a 6-9pm Public Painting Party event for next month, so I’m excited to try this place out for myself. Here’s one of the more Van Gogh-esque (ish) paintings done there, as a nice example of what you can accomplish within a few hours of sipping and painting:

bottle & bottega painting evanston

Welcome to Arts Appeal: The Blog for True Artistes

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As a starving artist (well…not quite starving) I’ve always wanted to share my interests about the world of art, as well as the passions of others endlessly struggling to make it. On my journey to improve my own painting skills and expand my knowledge of artists and techniques, I’ve discovered many experiences that can bring artists together along with some great local Chicago artists who have loads of talent to share with the world.

What I Wish to Accomplish

In this blog I will focus on showcasing the work of artists I’ve found, and reveal some great locations and groups for artists to gather. I was amazed at the amount of inspirational stuff I found just by obsessively searching on Google and taking walks around the Chicagoland area. I even realized my undying love for Ultrecht paint brushes because of my strenuous search sessions—I swear I’m on the verge of carpal tunnel because of them, it’s ridiculous. It’s incredible what all is in Chicago to help artists not only promote their beautiful work, but also to help them develop into flourishing mpressionists, realists, or whatever types they fancy themselves to be; artistry is far from a dying hobby.

Hopefully this blog provides artists with a wealth of information they can use, and I’ll talk about some local artists that are so good in many ways that I envy them. Hey, maybe I’ll be able to learn from you! Unlike a lot of other more pretentious artists, I don’t like to view fellow painters, sculptors or sketch artists as competition, but rather as part of a unique community of which I’m happy to be a part. This blog is meant to be a resource for both its visitors and myself in many ways, helping to improve your confidence and meet others in your area with the same interests.

I Appreciate All the Help I’ve Received

Of course I’m not really tech savvy, being a person with more expertise in paint brushes and color schemes, so I needed some hands in the actual layout and development of the blog itself. I may possess all of the imagery and ideas, but the web design team at in Chicago really had me covered in the communication department. I wouldn’t be able to bring my passion and discoveries to anybody without those guys. With this website, I hope to be able to communicate with other infinitely interesting artistic personalities.