Concordia University Chicago Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month: P.I.E.C.E.S
January 10 - February 13, 2011
7400 Augusta St., River Forest, Il 60305
Front: Easy Riders – II
Machine pieced/quilted 32 x 46 inches
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Curated by Christa C. Mayer Thurman
The Art Institute of Chicago and The Textile Society present 11 tapestries by June Wayne, a multifaceted Chicago-born artist who founded Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960. This exhibition presents the artist's fascination with the tapestry medium between 1970 and 1974.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room,
The Art Institute
Reception with Christa Thurman and June Wayne followed by a viewing of and remarks in the textile galleries
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June will also speak on Friday, November 5th
CHICAGO IN THE '30S - THE WPA, MARSHALL FIELD'S, AND
THE LAUNCH OF MY ZANY CAREER
Morton Auditorium, The Art Institute
Friday, November 5th
12 - 1 p.m.
Free with admission
(no need to RSVP)
Visual artist June Claire Wayne was born on March 7, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised asJune Claire Kline by her divorced mother, Dorothy Alice Kline, a traveling saleswoman in the corset business. At age fifteen, June dropped out of high school, wanting to become an artist. Avoiding the last names of both her parents, she used her first and middle names, June Claire, for her first solo exhibition in 1935 in Chicago, followed in 1936, by a second one at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. By 1938, June Claire was on the WPA Easel Project in Chicago - and had become a 'regular' in a cutting-edge culture of writers, actors, artists, and scientists, some of whom were becoming world famous (Richard Wright, James T. Farrell, Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, Irene Rice-Pereira and many others).
Circa 1939, she moved to New York, working as a designer of costume jewelry in the garment industry while continuing to paint at night and on weekends. In mid-1941, she married an Air Force Flight Surgeon and substituted his name, Wayne, for Claire. From then on her identity remained June Wayne even though that marriage did not endure. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, she left New York for Los Angeles, intending to work in the aircraft industry. To that end, she became certified in Production Illustration at Cal Tech/Art Center School but a job opened in radio writing at WGN in Chicago which she took, scripting several programs a day of music continuity and interviews with war heroes and movie stars on War Bond shows. Nonetheless production illustration was infiltrating her aesthetic imagination resulting in signature works of optical art ("The Tunnel" and the Kafka series) starting in the mid 1940s. As for the WGN experience, it honed her literary talent and eventually she would write influential essays on artist's rights, art criticism, and feminism.
When WWII ended, June Wayne returned to Los Angeles to stay and became an integral part of the California art scene. She took up lithography at Lynton Kistler's facility, meanwhile painting and exhibiting intensively. By 1957, she also had become a familiar artist in Paris, collaborating with Marcel Durassier, the great master printer with whom, in 1958, she did a livre d'artiste on the love sonnets of John Donne. In 1959, W. MacNeil Lowry of the Ford Foundation suggested to Wayne that she write a plan to revitalize the art of lithography which was floundering in the USA. The result was the Tamarind Lithography Workshop (named for her street) which opened in 1960; Wayne as its director and the Ford Foundation as its financial support. By the late 1960s, Tamarind had become an international force in the printmaking arts so Wayne transformed the Workshop into a permanent format as the TAMARIND INSTITUTE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO where it thrives to this day. Her own lithographs are widely recognized as masterpieces of the medium.
In 1970, Wayne turned to designing tapestries in France. In them as in the rest of her art, she expressed her avant-garde linkage of art and science to issues of the times. In many media, optics, the genetic code, stellar winds, magnetic fields, tsunamis and temblors appeared in her work, often linked to metaphors for the human condition such as the lemmings series, fables, justice and love. On a feminist level, her "The Dorothy Series" (twenty multi-color lithos that she described as a "documentary film in twenty freeze frames") includes her much praised video which together with the suite, recently shown in Tokyo.
"Sects In The City" is the first political artwork ever made by June Wayne who, in principle, avoided topical content in her art until now. "Sects" makes you aware of the burgeoning of "faith-based" religious groups within five miles of her Tamarind Avenue studio in Hollywood. Some sects are well-established in expensive churches, temples and mosques; others are itinerant parishes in bungalows, store fronts, abandoned movie theatres, trucks and station wagons.
June Wayne's art is represented in many museum collections in the USA and abroad. She has received dozens of awards as well as honorary doctorates. She also is a Visiting Professor of Research at the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper but she still spends much of the year at her Tamarind Avenue studio in Hollywood, California. THE ART OF EVERYTHING, a catalog raisonné of her art (1935 to the present day) was just published by Rutgers University Press. The book is authored by Robert P. Conway with essays by Arthur Danto and Judith K. Brodsky.
This ongoing struggle of Drew - an artist guy who simply recorded his arrest on his cellphone - is so important!why was he arrested? Because he was trying to sell his little $1.00 art patches on State Street (and has in fact been working on the issue of free speech for a long while now) but the prosecution is trying to get him on the grounds that he had no right to record his arrest.
Hearing on Motion to Suppress Audio Evidence
The outcome of this motion will determine if I go to trial on a 1st class felony, one step below attempted murder, 4-15 years in prison, for audio recording my own arrest for selling art for $1 on State Street in Chicago.In his opening arguments the prosecutor began around 12:30pm by claiming that he should be allowed to bring in evidence from our Youtube video postings and my blog to prove I intended to be arrested for selling art in public. He had a huge digital TV standing ready. He contended somehow that if I intended to be arrested that this would allow the police to violate my real privacy rights to review the contents of my audio recorder without my permission.If they arrest you for selling art on the train while you have a laptop in your possession, they are not allowed to search your files and e-mails on your laptop for incriminating evidence of other crimes without a search warrant from a judge.My lawyer, Josh Kutnick, brought the arresting officer to the stand and questioned him. The prosecutor cross examined him. The objections flew back and forth from each in turn and the hearing dragged on. At 2:30 the judge called recess for lunch. During this portion of the hearing it came out that the prosecution not only had the two officers my lawyer wanted to question waiting in another room but three of the four female officers who ticketed me on November 13th. We have the answer from Anita Alvarez to the ACLU suit. The State is making every effort to apply the eavesdropping charge against me. Why does Anita Alvarez and the State hate art in public to this extent? Or is it they want to keep you from attaining your basic rights? It is your First Amendment right to use your cell phone to protect yourself with audio evidence that she is attacking.Then Josh Kutnick took over. His stated the obvious. The State needs a warrant before searching the recorder or they must forfeited the evidence they found when they violated my privacy rights. He contradicted the points made by the prosecution. He summarized our case and tossed it up to the judge to decide by pointing out that there are unique and interesting aspects to this case to be considered seriously. The Judge smiled and agreed it was interesting and worthy of his study. He gave himself until November 22nd to rule and our hearing was over around 4:00 in the afternoon.This is more about you than it is about me. It is about your rights. No one came to this hearing in my support. However, it is better that you are watching from the sidelines than not watching at all. Although my lawyer performed to an empty court room we will buy the transcript and post it for the world to read. This case has national implications and international interest.What can you do? Forward this message or the link to my blog or to my facebook page (facebook.com/FreeSAM) to your friends and tell them about this struggle for their rights. Stay tuned to hear what Judge Stanley Sacks decides on November 22nd. Prepare to attend my trial. That is when I will need your support. Talk with your state reps and senators about changing this eavesdropping law. Everyone should be able to use their cell phones to record what police say to them in public. Contact your US congressman and your senators about H.Con.Res.298 – the sense of Congress resolution that waits in committee for their support. Donate to the Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center which supports the Art Patch Project that helps to educate the public about First Amendment rights. We are the artists who are fighting for your rights. Help us. Thanks again if you have read this far for continuing to make yourself aware. Your voices are powerful.
Moscow Treats its artists better than Chicago. There is not one free open-air art market in Chicago.http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travelblogs/534/61491/Top+Photography+Sites+in+Moscow+%E2%80%93+Part+13+%E2%80%93+Izhmailovsky+Park?destId=360429EDUCATE YOURSELF WITH THESE LINKSThe Accidental Poster Child - Courting arrest to protest street-art laws, Chris Drew stumbled into a more serious fight.http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chris-drew-art-peddling-law-arrest-illinois-eavesdropping-act-aclu/Content?oid=2448923Jerry Mead-Lucerno reports for Free Speech Radio NewsPress Release: Comment on audio-recording police in public at the T-shirt Art Harvest Fest “Party for Freedom” http://www.art-teez.org/pr/harvest_fest-10.htmNPR Strikes: You can Film Cops, just don't record them!
Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center Website with links to court documents for C Drew's felony casehttp://www.art-teez.org/free-speech.htm
In These Times: Free Speech, for Art’s Sake
http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/5325/free_speech_for_arts_sake/Chicago Tribune on the ACLU suing Cook County State's Attorney, Anita AlvarezTribune editorial by their editorial board in support of our view of the audio-recording of police issue.Michael Stephen reports on C Drew on 1/6/10 at
The Urban Coaster - Rogers Park Community Newspaper - prints my response to 1st class felony charge.
Nancy Bechtol video: C Drew Answers Eavesdropping Charges
Chicago's Thick Blue Wall - Radley Balko writes for Reason.com on C Drew's arrest
SunTimes: Felony Charges Charges filed against Artist Activist
Comments published below - e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (for coming exhibit)
Video by Nancy Bechtol showing the arrest of C Drew on 12/2/09. You judge if a felony was committed.
Nancy Bechtol video from Friday November 13th when I challenged
the City and received a ticket to Federal Court
Video: C Drew on Chicago cable TV explaining artists' speech rights with a screen printing demo
* Streetwise article - October 28, 2009
Streetwise Article Goes International
The article appearing in Streetwise October 28th was reprinted on a website with an international audience that serves street newspapers from around the world - the Street News Service.
http://www.streetnewsservice.org/index.php?page=archive_detail&articleID=4636*The San Francisco Examiner wrote about Chris and the FreeSAMhttp://www.examiner.com/x-16859-Chicago-Performing-Arts-Examiner~y2009m7d29-Chris-Drew-Fights-for-Artists-rights-one-patch-at-a-time
*We made it in the Reader.* View the article (link below)
*Good site for artists' rights overview *
http://www.ncac.org/art-law/index.cfmMoscow Treats its artists better than Chicago.http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travelblogs/534/61491/Top+Photography+Sites+in+Moscow+%E2%80%93+Part+13+%E2%80%93+Izhmailovsky+Park?destId=360429
Which leads you to New York's precedent setting case - Artists win.
*East Coast Case:* BERY v. CITY OF NEW YORK, 97 F.3d 689 (2nd Cir. 1996)
*West Coast Case:* Perry v. Los Angles Police Dept,, 121 F3d 1368 (9th Cir 1997)
http://www.buskersadvocates.org/saalegalCtPerryappeal.html Artist wins.
*Nevada Case:* Steven White v. City of Sparks (Nevada) Artist wins.
In /White v. City of Sparks/, painter Steven White challenged the
constitutionality of a city ordinance that required him to obtain a permit
before selling his paintings in public parks.
*Florida law suit won by artist* - Celli v. City of St. Augustine, Florida - decided 2000.
Since this time artists in St. Augustine have continued to fight for their rights against stiff government opposition from big-money interests.http://artinthemarket.blogspot.com/2009/04/artists-vs-st-augustine.html
*Weinberg v. City of Chicago* (when all the National Sports Leagues joined with the City to appeal and lost when the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal.) Weinberg - the Chicago author - won.
*Berger v. City of Seattle* A federal judge in Seattle ruled in 2005 in favor of a balloon-artist that the Seattle regulations violated the First Amendment, considering that Seattle Center's outdoor space is a public park. A 12-member panel of the appeals court agreed 8-3.
* Santa Monica, California modifies its street performer ordinances to allow the activity to take place on public sidewalks without a permit.
* ACLU sues the City of Fort Lauderdale for a street artist. (more to come)
*NY Artist and Organizer* - Robert Lederman, president of A.R.T.I.S.T.,
or Artists’ Response to Illegal State Tactics – This Yahoo Groups page links to ten years of messages about all the New York City actions and court cases over the years.
* NYC Street Artist Freedom Videos
Check out these videos about how NYC artists won our rights in NYC see:
* “Free Speech in an Open Society” by Rodney A. Smolla is a great primer toward understanding First Amendment case law. Google it for a great read on the topic.
Exciting New Product Oil Painting Workshop– October 21– 6:30-8:30 PM
Join Andrea Harris, Chicago Artist, Gamblin Artist-Representative and CWCA member for a hands-on workshop that will explore Gamblin’s new FastMatte artists’ colors and Gamblin mediums.
FastMatte is a fast-drying oil color for underpainting and achieving matte surfaces. It is also ideal for Plein Air painting. There is no need to add Galkyd mediums to accelerate the drying time of FastMatte colors.
All materials will be provided, including artists colors, mediums, panels and samples. Artists should plan on bringing brushes appropriate for small panels and will have the opportunity to paint on Ampersand panels.
The workshop will include:
• An overview of Gamblin mediums
• Hands-on with each medium
• Introduction of FastMatte artists’ colors
• Hands-on with FastMatte colors as underpainting
• Hands-on with FastMatte for direct painting
2416 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
DATE: Thursday, October 21, 2010
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM
Pre-registration is required
Fee: $20 for Chicago Women’s Caucus for Arts members & all students
$25 for non-CWCA members and non-students
847.830.4084 or email@example.com
Date: Oct. 16,2010
Gritty grounds, luscious layers, seductive surfaces. . . this hands on workshop will sample a variety of our most fascinating products: micaceous iron oxide, acrylic ground for pastels, glass bead gel, coarse molding paste. . . and more!!!!!!
Tom Robinson Gallery
2416 W. North Ave.
Contact: sandie Bacon, (847)735-1503,firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Website: http://chicagocwca.com
Event Open to Public
Here is the slide show of the opening reception at Tom Robinson Gallery of Urban Pulse for Chicago Artists Month. Enjoy.
|Thursday, August 12, 4-8 p.m. (pdt)|
|Saturday, August 14, 8 a.m - Noon (pdt)|
Beth Shadur will be teaching a beginning watercolor workshop at the Peninsula Art Center in Fish Creek WI (beautiful Door County) on August 23-25. It is a gorgeous place to paint, and a lovely place to study. The class is geared toward teaching a creative approach to watercolor while studying intensive technique.
Rochleigh Wholfe, founded our newest chapter Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts.
Please, welcome our newest Chapter Pioneer Valley!
Rochleigh's email is email@example.com
I'm starting a new session of my linoprint workshop this Sunday, July 11th, from 1-4 p.m. at the North Shore Art League in Winnetka. Second class is the following Sunday, the 18th. Suitable for the beginning and the accomplished printer.
This workshop teaches not only the basics of lino printing, but also many new skills,quirky little tricks and the inspiration to improve your technique and composition. Spread the word!
Hope to see you there- call me if you have any questions. Register @ North Shore Art League by calling 847.446-2870.
June RAWednesday will be an artist salon at Images Gallery located at 1823 West Wilson Avenue from 7 to 9 p.m. All artists are welcome to submit up to five JPEGS of their work for an informal critique. Please send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Images Gallery is a group of artists that meet to discuss, critique, and support the process of making art. Their storefront exhibition space is continually refreshed with rotating exhibitions and events. To learn more about Images Gallery and see upcoming shows, visit them online at images8.com.
Refreshments for the salon will be donated by City Provisions, a new deli located at 1818 Wilson Avenue.
And be sure to drop by Ann Ponce Studio & Gallery at 1819 Wilson to see some of our RAW artists on display.
RAWednesdays are FREE and open to the public to develop a network for artists and businesses located in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor. Refreshments will be served. We recommend a $5.00 suggested donation at the door to cover our expenses. Our goal is to bring people together to foster dialogs, exchange information, and to create a greater sense of community. Most importantly, the goal is to inform the general public of the unique diversity of the arts and industry that exists in Ravenswood.
If your business or studio would like to sponsor an upcoming RAWednesday event, please contact Bill Moran at email@example.com.
FREE SPEECH: CINDY SHEEHAN & BILL AYERS
Speak Out Against Censorship
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave.
7:00pm, Thursday, June 15
ANDREA HARRIS RECENT PAINTINGS
BART HARRIS A SELECTION of LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
Friday, May 21, 2010
Artists Reception & Book Signing
Hors d'oeuvres and wine served.
RSVP before May 18, 2010
3656 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Preview the collection and learn more about the artistic process.
RSVP before May 18, 2010
May 28th, 8pm-12am, Roberta Miles Sings! with the Andy Meacham Trio at CityGate Grill, Naperville, IL
Monday May 3, 2010
7:00 p. m.
Lake Bluff Park District
355 W.Washington Ave
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Info: 847-668-1503 (Sandie)
as she shares with you her painting process and oral history project that is the foundation for the “Portraits of American Veterans Project” that she began in August 2009 and exhibited in November 2009 in the Sage Gallery in Crystal Lake, and will exhibit again in November 2010 in the Sage Gallery when she plans to exhibit 20 new portraits with the veteran’s stories.. born in Quantico, VA, Algonquin Jeanine Hill-Soldner she began painting as a child and started acrylic classes at age 15 in an artist’s studio, she then went on to earn a BA in Art Ed. from the University of Florida and MA in Art Ed from University of Illinois. Her work has exhibit regionally and nationally and won a number of awards and has appeared in more than 100 juried exhibits and solo shows. The artist’s exhibits include the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Art Florida State University. The Artist’s Profile featuring “Memories of an Era”, her studio, and family history during the Vietnam War was featured on PBS nationally and on WTTW Artbeat Chicago, Fox News Chicago and many feature press articles.
Soldner Fine Art Studio
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
For more information contact Jeanine: firstname.lastname@example.org: www.soldnerfineart.com
http://soldnerfineart.blogspot.com/ where you can view her videos with more information about
the “Portraits of American Veterans Project” and the “Vet Art Project”
directions: 176 East to Greenbay Road turn left, turn at first left (Lake Bluff Elementary School will be on your right) follow road as it veers left,park in lot. through front door, left at hallway, past door, first room on right
In Collaboration with Lisa Rosenthal and the Vet Art Project
Learn about the Vet Art Project : http://ww.vetartproject.com
Sandra Holubow won First Prize at the SAN (Senior Artists Network) Members' Show 2010, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive, Chicago, March 8-April 8. Jurors were Arlene Rakoncay, Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, and Leslie Wolfe. info. 773-256-0149
"Created by Tara Fadenrecht, the installation Divulgence references both positive and negative attributes of security. In addition to video and sound components, three unique tubes, constructed of hand-woven polypropylene and steel strapping, grow into the Pop-Up Art Loop space. Although the tubes carry similar features, each takes its own path and ultimately comes to its individual ending. Divulgence presents the viewer with reflections of three separate states of awareness regarding believed security--denial, angst and healing.
This exhibition is part of the Chicago Loop Alliance Pop-Up Art Loop initiative. www.popupartloop.com"
Located at 220 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Divulgence runs from March 9-April 10, 2010