Ravenswood is a neighborhood on the North side of Chicago. I lived there when I was in my 20’s and I have to say it might be my favorite Chicago neighborhood. Ravenswood Remix is an art festival dedicated to artists that use recycled, re-purposed materials. I am definitely interested in participating in this next year. We got there early while people were still setting up, and we didn’t stay too long since my son was feeling a bit under the weather, but I did see some cool art. Here’s a sample of my favs:
Jesy Grose had these fantastic paintings utilizing old windows. She paints directly on the back side of the glass, giving a depth and gloss to the image. Her business cards were these hand-painted watercolors with one of her whimsical creatures on them and her email address hand written on back. I didn’t find an online portfolio for Jesy, but I did find this profile on ArtSlant and her LinkedIn profile. If you see her name in a gallery somewhere, be sure to check her out.
My son who is five learned what records are from Michel Rosenthal of mmm designs. She creates artwork from old album covers. You can find her on Etsy. Victor was amazed at the artwork that people used to put on album covers. To him, music is downloaded right from iTunes or maybe on a cd.
Simply Wood Rings is worth checking out too. Nice pretty rings (and other things) made from wood, they were unique.
And, last but not least, Back to the Root is not art, but food. They created oyster mushroom growing kits from recycled Peet’s Coffee grounds. I got one of the kits and am trying to grow mushrooms for the first time! Check back here in a couple of weeks to see how they turned out : )