Chicago’s Wells Street Art Festival has been named a “Top 10 Art Fest in the Country,” as well received multiple “Best Community Festival” honors. Taking place in the Old Town neighborhood the festival features a juried art competition where visitors can also browse and purchase the pieces. But beyond just the art, guests can also visit the numerous food and drink booths, take part in a silent auction or listen to the bands on the main state the will be providing non stop entertainment for the entire festival.
Cost: FREE; Suggested Donation: $7 before 5 pm, $10 after 5 pm
Firecat Projects presents “Contemporary Combines: Art Out of the Ordinary,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of Mixed Media and Portrait Artist ken WILSON. Juxtaposing bygone pinups with classic advertisements of popular culture and found imagery, only then does a more complex worldview come into focus. Mining from both cultural and personal terrain, the artist’s work combines nostalgic found photos often assembled with painted portraits and abstract color combinations to create multi-dimensional dreamscapes. Whether interpretations of friends, lost celebrities or dead rock stars, doors and windows are unlocked and isolated thoughts are reworked in a variety of mediums. These collages at first may appear sprawling and chaotic, but upon closer inspection reveal closely controlled and intricate compositions. Ordinary elements meant to be enjoyed and viewed as a complex puzzle…. like a long lost pulp paperback. A new history is slowly unraveling…
Exhibition runs August 26 - September 17 during regular gallery hours (Monday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm).
Join me for the opening night reception on Friday, August 25 from 7pm - 10pm.
Beer by Temperance Beer Company
Wines by Red and White Wines in Chicago
About Firecat Projects:
Opened in the Fall of 2010 after Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick converted his longtime studio into an exhibition space along with the help of his partner Stan Klein.
Today, Stan runs the gallery with his dog Ella.
I AM Logan Square will be taking portraits of local community members to help them capture a moment with their children, grandparents, friends and even pets.
Ken will be supplying a portrait of a community member.
I am Logan Square will reveal these works during our opening reception on Friday, December 4th from 7:00pm-9:00pm at I AM Logan Square Gallery where the one of a kind art pieces will be auctioned off to support the efforts of Missio Dei Logan Square church, who for the past seven years have partnered with Help-Portrait to offer local Logan Square residents who may not otherwise be able to afford photography the opportunity to have portraits taken for free. We hope to raise enough support that Missio Dei Logan Square and I AM Logan Square can expand the Help-Portrait Art Exhibition and Charity Event efforts in the neighborhood for years to come.
More details about the event can be found on the I AM Logan Square Facebook page: www.facebook.com/IAMLoganSquare