Thursday, October 25, 2012

October is Illinois Arts & Humanities Month!

"Art is Business"

October is Illinois Arts & Humanities Month!
The Illinois Humanities Council and the Illinois Arts Council are proud to present Illinois Arts & Humanities Month (AH!). Throughout October 2012, we encourage all Illinoisans to establish, deepen, and expand their relationships with the arts and humanities. Together, we can make the arts and humanities a visible and vital part of everyday life in the Land of Lincoln.

Alan Emerson Hicks, Michelle Stone, at  Prak Sis Gallery

Artist Salon Series- 2nd Monday of each month:4161 N. Damen

Creative Conversation- at the International Arts Group Phantom Gallery

Guest Curators, Visiting Artists, Exchange Conversation become part of the national dialogue.
October 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (closing of the gallery)
2 - 4pm

Renee Baker, Alan Emerson Hicks, and Alpha Bruton in Berlin

Creative Currency "Words to Live By"

Curator Gabriel Patti, and Caryl Henry Alexander install "Yard Signs"

This project was executed during the  Chicago Calling Arts Festival, at Squared in Logan Square, outdoor installation bringing "Creative Currency Words to Live By, to people on the streets. Workshops were also conducted at 2328 N. Milwaukee at the AnySquared artists studio.


Rants were produced by Nicholas Conlon of the Pink Guns Project, on Saturday October 13th, 2012

... My name is Nick Conlon..

Yeah Yeah... But what exactly do I say really.  It's all in the rant.  This rant thing is all washed up.  Got rained on.  Not much of a parade.  But we did.  We did on I mean.  I was going to rant something for this art show  this art walk.  I had an idea and then I lost it. I didn't want to be the mayor of Chicago.  I mean it's supposed to say I AM NOT the mayor.  Yet.  Seems torn, useless, button push less mind boggled.  couldn't try it if I wanted to.  Not even if I was the star of Brewster's Millions.  prior luck rendered me helpless so I did something outrageous.  Had fun.  Was up and at em well before the starting gate.  Painted the meth clinic yellow and the town read.  Had to I guess it was huge and omnipresent.  Still is, thank God.  Can see it from the moving train.  It was mourning noon and night.  Pictures and stopping them in their tracks.  It ain't dead it breathes life.  "I have to be exposed... My name is Nick Conlon... Everything's Nicholas'... This world is all digital now.  I still want to feel like film..."  Thanks for being there, glad you came, miss you.  Tell them this is my response...

"when I'm back I'll feed them."- Nicholas "Dosh" (pronounced dough shhhh)
p.s.  a time lapsed video of my painting is on my facebook page I think...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

3-D 12 presents "Sculpture Where It's At!

Contact Peter N. Gray,,312-925-4905,

An Exhibition by 3-D 12 Sculptors
"Tear Up, Tear Down"
3-D 12 Sculptors present "Sculpture, Where It's At!", a big-impact exhibition of innovative work including performance, sculpture, painting and drawing relating to the design culture of three-dimensional art.  This collective body of work revolves around Material, the show's theme.  By design, pieces with a natural or industrial context happily co-mingle with vibrant reconfigured plastic and paper works. 
DATES: October 1st through October 15th
LOCATION:  4161 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60613   Phantom Gallery, 773-501-7730
RECEPTION & PERFORMANCE: Saturday, October 13       7-11pm with performance at 8:30pm
GALLERY HOURS: Monday - Friday 6-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm; Saturday October 13th continuous 5-11pm, reception starting at 7pm & performance at 8:30pm.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 7:00pm  Live Performance at 8:30pm

Through a variety of sculpture 3-D 12 offers a full range of color, texture, and style to its audience. Following a successful series of collaborations (2008-2012), artists Peter N. Gray, Alan Emerson Hicks, Mimi Peterson, and Eric Steele continue to explore the metaphysical process of recycling found materials and objects. Shelley Gilchrist, Ruyell Ho, Beth Kamhi, Jim MacRoberts, and Michelle Stone offer a softer interpretation of the theme in personal landscape. The works of 3-D 12 make a clear statement that sculpture can be a way of interfacing between language, lifestyle and emotion in order to join the socially conscious dialog between community and art as prompted by the 2012 Chicago Artist Month theme "Art, Block by Block". 
GALLERY HOURS: Monday - Friday 6-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm; Saturday October 13th continuous 5-11pm, reception starting at 7pm & performance at 8:30pm.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Featured Artist - Liz Tuckwell

 Liz Tuckwell is a painter currently living in Chicago, Illinois.

Bio and Artist Statement 2012
  Shortly after graduating with a BA in Spanish from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, she relocated to Amsterdam, The Netherlands where she dedicated herself to her artwork and her love of travel. After nearly ten years of creating art abroad, she returned to her hometown of Chicago in 2005.
Tuckwell, Liz
Trio of Green Part III
Oil on Panel
The main focus of her work is painting, which can most accurately be described as Abstract Expressionism.
“My work is a visual collage of colors. Marrying the color elements and the composition of the painting I am effectively able to translate my inner dialogues with an outside audience. I believe that art is an investigation into being, and that my art is an investigation into my own being. Through the examination of colors, forms, composition, and textures in oil painting I am able to deconstruct emotional concepts and present them visually. My work explores the fragility of the internal condition and strives to create a visual conversation and connection with my viewers.”
"Cocoon Revealing Itself"
Recent exhibitions include the Chicago Art Department in May of 2012. She currently lives, works and teaches in Chicago, Illinois. She is available for studio visits by appointment. She can be contacted either by email at, or by telephone at 773 480 5669.
Her work can be viewed online at and information on private classes can be seen at