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.

Sam Florio photography of Italy and more

Sam Florio sat next to me at The Ravenswood Art Walk in September. It was his first show, he’d spent the previous 3 years sifting through a ton of photos he took while in Italy. I think he said he had in the neighborhood of 2,000 photos and he pared it down to a few hundred of the best, which he printed and matted.What I loved about his work was that it brought me back to my own Italy trip. Also, how some of his best photos could have been shot anywhere, not just in Italy. That and each photo told a story. The prints were gorgeous. If you ever see him at another art show, check out his work.

Tasty RAW Art

I last posted to this blog very early on Saturday morning, and now I am writing fairly late at night after the Ravenswood Art Walk is over. I am exhausted and happy. All I can say is, it was a wonderful event and I definitely want to do this one again next year. There was a great crowd, amazing artists, music and yummy food. I was able to take a good look at the other vendors in the big main tent. I do wish I’d had a chance to walk through some of the artists’ studios in the neighborhood. There are some wonderful artists’ work spaces nearby and I want to see more of them.  Over the next several posts I’ll be showcasing some of the different artists I met including pictures of their work, but I’m way too beat to delve into that tonight! I will, however, leave you with a bunch of photos in my flickr stream so you can get a peek at the visual feast from this weekend. If you are in the Chicago area, plan on visiting RAW next year, it is well worth it to take an afternoon stroll through the art spaces of Ravenswood.

Our display

This the booth I shared with Rose Bachi from 13 Moons Designs

RAW big tent

On my way to RAW

It is 5:30 am (yes, 5:30 am) and I’ve already eaten breakfast. Breakfast of Champions: Two eggs, scrambled (Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, where eggs actually have color in them), and Victor’s favorite bread (not mine but it makes good toast), Beefsteak soft seedless rye bread. I mean, what’s the point of rye bread without the seeds or the dark color? But when that’s what your 5 year old reliably eats, then hey, that’s what you eat with your eggs, ’cause we just don’t eat more than one loaf of bread a week around here. But I digress. Coffee, with goat milk and a drop of honey. My favorite, although the chiropractor just admonished me for my coffee intake, so  I only had one cup. Coffee, good. Migraines, very bad.

My art is neatly packed and ready to go into the car and has been for a week, but my clothes for crashing at Rose’s tonight (she lives in Ravenswood) are in a heap on my bed. I’m not the fashion maven, I’m good at picking outfits for other people but can’t seem to pick a decent outfit for myself. I’d love to wear one of the necklaces I made but they are all packed away already, so I’ll go sans jewelry. Yeah, the jewelry maker wears no jewelry. I guess I’ll stick with the basic black dress and pack some different layers for changing temps throughout the day.

Speaking of weather, it couldn’t be more perfect this weekend! So everyone should come out and join the fun at the Ravenswood Artwalk. Besides art there will be food, drink, music and general merriment. 

RAW is a pretty big event; nearly a mile of arts and entertainment in one of my favorite Chicago neighborhoods. Actually, it is tied with my current Chicago neighborhood, Galewood, as my favorite place in Chicago to live. The thing is, this is probably the largest arts event I’ve ever participated in. That thought just occurred to me this morning, as in “Hey, this is a pretty big event I’m participating in. There might be lots of people there. Does my butt look big in this black dress? Well, there’s only so much the color black can do for you.” When in fact, hopefully all they are really looking at is the art, which I am actually pretty pleased with! 

I don’t know how musicians and performers do it, when your art IS your body, your movement, your voice. It is hard enough to put your work out there when you can wear black and stand off to the side while people look at what you’ve made. Speaking of RAW, displaying your work to the public can be a somewhat raw feeling, with layers of emotional facade peeled away. But then raw food is supposed to be good for you, and I’m guessing that fresh, raw art is too. We should all make and share our raw art with the world, I think we’d all be healthier and happier for it! 

I know I’m always feeling a little bit shy right at the beginning when my art goes up on display, but once those initial jitters go away there are few things more fun to me than getting the chance to connect and hang out with so many creative types, the people who make art and the people who love art. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to do so for a whole weekend! 

I know this has been a long rambling blog post, but that’s what you get when a night owl tries to write coherently at 5:30 am. 5:30 am!!!

Ravenswood Artwalk is in 6 Days!


I am in my studio packing everything up for the Ravenswood Artwalk next week. Everything looks great and I can’t wait! Rose and I have been busily preparing for this for the past few months. Everyone cross your fingers and hope I get my car back by then…or at least a vehicle that can carry a lot of stuff…since my car died about 10 miles south of Fond du Lac, WI. My husband and son were stranded for a bit on the way back from Mike’s half marathon but fortunately a family member rescued them. Victor gets to miss a day of school tomorrow ’cause they won’t be able to get the car looked at by a mechanic until tomorrow morning (Monday).

So what will I have at RAW, you ask? 40 + magnets, 16 handmade paper collage/assemblage pieces, 28 necklaces,  and 75 bracelets. For more info about this event that will have almost a mile of vendors set up in the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago, check out their website and facebook page.