Oak Park Farmer’s Market 2016

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Today was the first day of the Oak Park Farmer’s Market. I have been eagerly anticipating this market all spring. For one, I love farmer’s markets. Secondly, this is a particularly good one. Thirdly, and most importantly, in my new home I can look out my window and watch the market unfold below me. I woke up before 6 am this morning and looked out my front window to see the farmers buzzing around below like so many busy bees setting up their tents. I took my dog out for his morning walk and, true to form, he wanted to bolt over to the middle of the action, but alas, dogs are not allowed in the market. After our walk I came up for a quick breakfast (so as to not shop hungry) and then I went down to the market as it was opening. I came back with hothouse tomatoes, a San Marzano tomato plant, lettuce, onions, rhubarb, green and purple asparagus, radishes, cucumbers, and this really tasty balsamic herbal vinegar (pictured on the left). My  grocery budget for this week didn’t allow for much more, but that’s enough to whet my appetite for the goodness to come this summer. I’ll be able to spend  more cash at the market next week and I’ve already noted several things I want to buy, like blueberry jam, hot sauce, granola and trail mix, and a plethora of spring veggies from every booth. I might also get some bread, homemade soap, and beeswax candles. Even though I have honey coming to me from my own hive in Michigan (alas, the bees didn’t make it through the winter but the bequeathed their honey to me in their will) I may break down and buy a small jar next week because who can resist those jars of local honey?

I’m looking forward to shopping the market all season and volunteering at the information booth about every other week. I’m hoping to get to know some of the farmers and try out all of the amazing local, organic and artisan foods for sale.

What little girls are made of…

This can be seen live tomorrow at A.R.C. gallery in Chicago, in the show “You Lookin’ at Me?” The theme of the show, as stated on the website, is this: “This exhibition will celebrate what we honor and admire and/or what we fear and disdain about ourselves. We are seeking images that deal with these issues. We seek to present a cast of characters. We want to feature various kinds of depictions, stylizations, comic book portrayals, straight portraits, abstractions, or however else you imagine yourself.”

It should be a great show. I’ll be at the opening tomorrow night, I hope to see you there!

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ARC 40th Anniversary Video

Here’s a video from the ARC Gallery 40th Anniversary Exhibition. It was great to reconnect with women from the gallery! I also attended a panel discussion the day after the opening. Past and current presidents were there to answer questions about the history, present and future of the gallery.

My piece is at 1:46-1:51 in the video, bottom right corner of the frame.The show is up for the next month so if you are in the Chicago area looking for something to do, stop by and see it!

ARC Gallery 40th Anniversary

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ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is a women’s art gallery in Chicago, IL that has been going strong for the past 40 years. I have had the privilege to be a member and associate member back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I think I was an associate member at the time of their 30th Anniversary. Although I haven’t been an active member in several years, this galley holds a special place in my heart. I was thrilled to be invited to be part of their 40th anniversary member’s show. The opening night is Friday, September 27. The photo doesn’t do the piece justice, so you’ll just have to come out and see it in person, along with the work of about 100 diverse women artists of all ages and walks of life. I am looking forward to seeing some folks I haven’t seen in a long time!

Winter Bike Art Show

Hey everyone! I’ll be in the Winter Bike Art Show, opening on February 22. I’d love to see you all there!

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Of  course the show will have amazing bike themed art of all kinds, and you can go to the Critical Mass website to find out more about the show and anything else about biking in Chicago!

Four Star Brass Band

These guys were amazing! I couldn’t stop my feet from moving. They were called Four Star Brass Band.

These guys played at Ravenswood Art Walk toward the end of the day on Sunday. I took a bunch of pictures of them in my Flickr stream. They are called Four Star Brass Band and they rocked. If you want to feel like you are celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orléans, check these guys out. I thought they were particularly photogenic, too ; )

 

Inja Cho-kinetic and emotional paintings

Inja Cho’s booth was on the other side of me at the Ravenswood Art Walk. Her paintings were passionate, full of life and vitality, and the full of rich colors, texture and movement. Each painting was like a dance. She also had greeting cards made of many of the paintings. I wanted to upload an example of the paintings but I can’t find the ones I took of her booth! But check out the link above, you’ll see what I mean.