Saturday, October 30, 2010

Press Coverage from the for AMP-CHI Oct 30, 2010

This week’s Halloween Jazz Playlist offered one way to get into the spirit(s) of the season. Another is to simply spend your dark-hallowed weekend at the night spots, where several bookings offer a mild nod to the holiday, even as they present music that would sound just as good on the 4th of July.

At Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery (2830 N. Milwaukee), the evening will throw some paint at the walls, some food coloring onto the projection system, and some well-chosen words from student poets – before and during a set from the Artet, a trio led by saxist and flutist Hanah Jon Taylor. It’s one in a welcome series of appearances that have begun to re-integrate Taylor into the Chicago jazz scene over the last two years.

Taylor, who lives and works primarily in Madison, WI, was born in Chicago, and he developed his music here in the 70s, working often with members of the AACM. He doesn’t restrict himself to stereotypically avant-garde sounds, however. While he can certainly send his saxes into the stratosphere of squawks and squeals, he also indulges a kinder and gentler sensibility – primarily on flute and wind synthesizer – marked by soulful balladry, a hard-earned cool, and even some intimations of new-age healing music.

The music begins at 8, but the doors open at 6 to accommodate some unexpected tricks and treats. Poets from Young Chicago Artists will present some of their work before the music starts; before that, audience members are invited to finish work on a “group painting” started last week at Elastic. (The gallery will provide canvas, brushes, and paint.) Which means that the night before Halloween, you can costume yourself as an artist.

Throughout the evening, artist Alpha Bruton will use projected images and water-color transparencies to produce pieces in her “Vibrational Sound Narrative” series, which she creates in response to music and poetry. Cover is $10, $5 for students – and that includes appetizers from Friendship Chinese Restaurant (one floor below the gallery space).

The entire evening is part of Chicago Artists Month, the loosely connected October-long series of events around the city, of which the recently concluded Loop Art Crawl competition has probably received the most publicity. (Other events include the anything-goes “Mischief Weekend” at the Hyde Park Art Center

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bernard Williams Featured Artist for CAM2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Murphy Hill Gallery Nominated for Black Excellence Award 2010

African American Arts Alliance of Chicago
Proudly Serving Chicago's African American Arts Community since 1997
Black Excellence Awards

The Tenth Annual Black Excellence Awards Ceremony Gala will take place on Monday, November 1, 2010 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, located 740 E. 56th Place in the Illinois Black Legislator Auditorium. The evening will begin with a delectable dinner buffet and reception at 6:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran. Tickets are $35.00.

Purchase your tickets to the Black Excellence Awards here!

Visual Arts

Ralph Murphy and Bill Hill
Murphy Hill Gallery

Multi Media
Dayo Laoye

African American Arts Alliance of Chicago
4520 North Beacon, Chicago, IL 60640

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Message from Susan Fox, Curator for Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery

I hope Chicago Artists Month has gone well for you. We've been busy at Elastic, and our last event takes place this Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. It would be wonderful to get your help to spread the word via your email lists and Facebook.

AMP-CHI Artists, Musicians, and Poets of Chicago CAM2010 at Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery, 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave

AMP- CHI Featured Artist Hanah Jon Taylor Artet

Last Saturday's event was a grand success artistically. We now have a wonderful group painting that was done just that evening, and will use our second canvas next Saturday. The poets were captivating. Their message was heart- and gut-wrenching, and the audience was completely caught up with their words. The music was even better than I had hoped. The musicians all know each other well, and have played together in various combinations and that was reflected in their music. Both the poets and the band have a recording of their performances that was taped by Elastic.

Alpha produced wonderful ephemeral paintings using transparencies, food coloring and water projected on the wall by an overhead projector.

And did I mention the food? Friendship donated a large platter of crab rangoon and another huge platter of sushi. That in addition to what Alpha and I brought.

We had also invited the neighborhood artisans who create lucha libre masks and sell them at events such as this. They were pleased to be included, as they sold some masks as well as jewelry.

We expect a similar wonderful event this week-end. Your help to get the word out will help us.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Logan Square Chamber of Arts invites you to join us in celebrating Logan Square's newest arts organization.

Benefit Event, Thursday, October 21, 6:30pm - 10:30 pm

Crown Tap Room
2821 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647

Performances By
Antongiorgi, Singer/Songwriter
Paul Giallorenzo, Compser/Improv Musician

Visual Artist on Display
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, Curator Gabriel Patti "Curb Appeal"
Alpha Bruton, Sharon Lomasney

Monday, October 18, 2010


Gutter Bunny Project is an interactive cycling exhibit accompanied by bicycle inspired original artwork and fashion show. Come take a ride and stay for the art. All artwork is available for purchase. Admission is free.

Media Note:

Time Out Chicago:

Chicago Reader:


Thursday, October 14, 2010


Due to a Professional Development Day, this workshop has been canceled.

There will be no workshop nor Phantom Gallery project at 219 E. 31st Street on Friday Ocotber 15th. Artist/teaching artist Nancy Zook, works very hard to keep her students engaged in extra-curricular projects that interface with the real world outside of her class. The Phantom Gallery supports emerging artist. These students will perform at Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery, in Logan Square on October 23rd, and or October 30,  during

AACM Tribute to Fletcher Henderson, 2007 @ bruton
AMP-CHI Artists, Musicians, and Poets of Chicago. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for students.

8pm  doors open at 6pm


Dushun Mosley (Percussion) with Yosef Ben Israel (Bass), Kirk Brown (Piano), Ed Wilkerson (Woodwinds) and Taalib-Din Ziyad (Vocals)

These events are presented in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month 2010- The City As Studio.


Jayve John Montgomery, Light and Sound Installation, at the CTA-Green Line Stop, Wabash and Roosevelt, City Parking Lot, from, 6pm - 9pm, Join the Pop Up movement in the South Loop.

 With the ever increasing ability to be anywhere and everywhere else, now remains an elusive destination.

Reconciling the past with the future, JayVe Montgomery’s work is time traveling to the pre(-)sent, the gift of now.His work reveals his adherence to improvisation and chance as a way to explore evolutionary learning and unintended subjective meaning through random being.

Of Jamaican and Louisiana Creole descent, Montgomery was born at Ft. Hood, Texas on the last day of 1979 and raised a dependent of the department of defense in Berlin, Germany, before and after the wall; Rayne, Louisiana, before the frogs left; Columbia, SC, home of the confederate flag; and Ft. Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Division. Montgomery received a double BA in Japanese Studies and Anthropology from Centre College of KY and has also studied sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is Senior Program Specialist for the Chicago Park District’s Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, a hip hop revitalization program. He is also a curator and artist-in-residence at Brown Rice, an art space for listening in Chicago, IL.

Phantom Gallery
219 E. 31st, Bronzeville Near ITT.
Jayve will be facilitating a "Performance Art Workshop" for students from the CCA Academy, on Friday Afternoon, 1pm - 4pm.
Nancy Zook, artist in her own right, and teaching artist at the CCA Academy, she has exhibit for the Phantom Gallery since 2008, and at Murphy Hill Gallery on October 2nd, with the Hip Hop Institute, she encourages her students to think outside of the box.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

N8:CHICAGO a Pop Up Gallery in the South Loop October 7th - November 2nd

1530 S. State Street
Chicago IL
N8: CHICAGo invites you to meet the artists and curators and view a temporary art installation in a raw space in the South Loop as part of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network and Chicago Artists Month.

Guest Curator: Gretchen Smith and Paul Lorenz
Curatorial Assistant: Louis Lovera
Participating Installation Artists: Char Downs, Helene Davis, Mitch Kimball, John Romang, from Paducah Kentucky.

Materials Used: Ice, Ink, Coal, Bible Pages, Bark, River Mud, Dyed Fabric, Raw Clay, and Resin.

"Humans have an innate need to create. Anyone can learn the techniques and tricks in art, but that doesn’t necessarily make them an artist. An artist has to go much deeper and reach down within themselves to access something that is greater than oneself and then attempt to share it with others."
1. existing in one from birth; inborn; native
2. inherent in the essential character of something
3. Originating in or arising from the intellect or the constitution of the mind, rather than learned through experience.
Gallery hours Friday and Saturday October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30th or by appointment: 270-243-0444.
Closing November 2, 2010.

Raw space at 1530 S. State Street

Installation Artist/Curator for N8:CHICAGO

Mitch Kimball, Towers Clay Installation, Char Downs

John Romang, Ink Resin, and Light

Helen Davis, Fabric Banner's

Paul Lorenz, Floor Installation Ink, Paper, Ice


Unveiling Ceremony took place on Saturday October 09, 2010 at the empty lot on 3100 W. Washington. The building is the work of American Architect Frank Gentry and a magnificent example of the most ground breaking architecture to have come out of the 20th century.  For more information visit . Thanks to Nick he has added East Garfield Park to the major international cultural circuits.

Program schedule included a String Ensemble: Teddy Rankin-Parker, David Keller, and guest. The Chicago Children's Choir- Off the Street Club, Robert Kilpatrick and his brother Tony Kilpatrick Classic Cars, and Students from Beidler Elementary that were the young artist working with Nick during his residency at Beidler. The children came to school during their vacation time to work on the project, and also came on Saturdays.

Acknowledgements got to: Beilder Elementary, Dr Ewing, Dr. T, Robert Perkins, and Robert Kilpatrick. Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CAM2010, Space provided by David Fleishman, Alderman Burnett, Ward 27, Tom and Ray at St. Stephen Church, and the Chicago Police Department.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Dear Friends,

Please join me, Beidler Elementary School, and many others for the unveiling of a new Frank Gehry building (replica).
It will be taking place on October 9, 4:00 pm. 3100 West Washington Blvd, Chicago. - Kedzie Green Line stop.

Bronzeville Lofts PopUp Gallery Installation "LIBERTY"

Liberty Acrylic on canvas 94 X 74” 

Helen Myers Jones

By juxtaposing the statue of liberty with the peace symbol I want to open the question of the varied factors behind the myths of peace and freedom.

Myths and symbols prevail everywhere in our environment and their strength influence us greatly. More than we realize. The Statue of Liberty symbolizes enlightenment, justice, freedom, beauty, mystery, strength and pride. However, in the midst of these grand ideas, our country is overflowing with urban violence, bad politics, and fears of war and terrorism.

Libertas; the Roman goddess of freedom has been honored and worshipped for more than two thousand years, and, who does not recognize this symbol of liberty? She is as well known abroad as she is here at home. Is she more than a beautiful paradox?

Liberty’s promise of freedom is a vision that many are still seeking. This is why I have my liberty share the stage with her twin sister who raises her clinched fist to symbolize not only freedom but the will to struggle for it.

Helen Jones Mayer

October 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

N8:CHICAGo October 7, 4-8pm Installation Art

The N8:CHICAGo Team is currently installing at 1530 South State Street, Chicago. If you would like to stop by for a sneak preview or to help out, we will be there from 10-6 Tuesday and Wednesday October 5 and 6th. On October 7th from 4-8pm we have our big opening and we are counting on you to help get the word out so please send a quick note to your friends to invite them to the reception. An artist will also be on site Friday and Saturday from 4-9pm to give tours to the public.

Can't wait to meet you. Call me with any questions directly at 270-243-0444.


Gretchen M. Smith and Paul Lorenz
Guest Curators N8:CHICAGo