Open Wall: Faces and Spaces Round Up

The scenery in Chicago, from landmarks like Lake Michigan and Willis Tower to the local bar and barber, are endless inspiration for artists and painters alike. The results of that inspiration were on display at the 47th Ward office of newly sworn in Alderman Ameya Pawar last evening at Pawar’s office at 4243 North Lincoln.

The curator for the evening, Patricia Larkin-Green, explained that the event entitled, Open Wall: Faces and Spaces, was geographically themed. Artists, both painters and photographers, displayed work from representations of a mini mart on the Northwest Side by Mary Phelan to paintings of Lake Michigan. Larkin was doing double duty as she also had several of her paintings on display as well.

Bill Bartlett displayed a painting of a dark alley on a snowy night.  Bartlett explained that he took several photos of this alley one evening. After, he went home and drew several small sketches from those photos. Laying all those out, Bartlett then drew the final product an acrylic on canvas representation of that alley.

Phelan described a similar process with her oil on linen. “It’s representational,” said Phelan of her work. Phelan and  Bartlett explained that a representational painting interprets real landscapes rather than attempts to copy them wholesale. The two artists then proceeded into an esoteric debate about the differences in styles.

Andrew Steiner displayed some interesting black and white’s in the back and Welles Park Bulldog’s own Jane Rickard also had some of her work featured. Phil Ponce, host of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, made an appearance to admire some of the work that included canvas paintings by his wife Ann.

The price for some of this work ranges from slow of $200 all the way to $5,500.

Ms. Green says that Pawar’s office is looking to put on three more shows over the next year each with a different theme. Th artists included: Hiroshi Ariyama,  Bill Bartelt,  Nico Carmargo, Meredith Dytch, Patricia Larkin Green, Bill Moran, Mary Phelan, Ann Ponce, Emily Rapport, Hugh Spector, Larry Zgoda, Andrew Steiner,and  Bulldog photographer Jane Rickard.

Artists of the 47th OpenWall: Faces and Spaces

This Friday June 24th from 4-9  there will be an opening artists reception at the Office of Alderman Ameya Pawar, 4243 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL  60618 celebrating the art and artists of the ward. Alderman Pwayr has opened his doors and walls to artists of multiple medias and visions.  The 12 artists exhibiting are  Hiroshi Ariyama,  Bill Bartelt,  Nico Carmargo, Meredith Dytch, Patricia Larkin Green, Bill Moran, Mary Phelan, Ann Ponce, Emily Rapport, Hugh Spector, Larry Zgoda, Andrew Steiner,and  Bulldog photographer Jane Rickard.

These artists all employ various  materials and visions in their art ,watercolors, acrylics, oil, stained glass, digital photography, shadowboxes and print making. Each carefully curated by Bill Moran Patricia Larkin Green. Every artist wrangled by Patricia Larkin Green they have managed to pull together the group of  voices into a well tuned choir. The exhibition will remain “open” during all office hours and for dedicated viewing of the art during several open houses yet to be announced.  Faces and Spaces is scheduled to be up until September, when a new vision of Chicago and the artists who create it will rule the walls.