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.
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.
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 : )