Sunday, January 30, 2011

Copyright- The Changing Face of Creativity

Are the copyright laws out of touch in the new reality of digital on-line media?
With the expanding reach of the internet and social media, it is becoming less clear who is the author of new visual and written works.
A panel discussion on the topic: “Copyright-The Changing Face of Creativity” will be held on Feb. 7, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Drinker, Biddle and Reath LLP 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL.
The panel consists of:
David Frey, J.D, Partner, Drinker, Biddle and Reath LLP
Ed Lee, J. D., Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Daliah Saper, J.D., Saper Law
With Moderation by Tim McCarthy, J.D., Senior Counsel of Clark Hill.
This is the first installment in a new educational series on Intellectual Property in the 21st Century sponsored by Heartland Angels, aChicago based, early-stage private equity capital investment network.
Attendance sign-in will begin at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will include a question and answer period.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration and inquiries by e-mail only to: There will be a $10 charge (payable by cash or check only) at the door.

For Further information
Ronald L. Kirschner

Joy Horwich, ft. Judith Roth : Pop Up Gallery

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Monday Feb. 14th
The fun begins with a Valentines Day Brunch from 10-11:30 and will continue until Presidents day on Feb. 21st

Mon.-Thurs. 10am-6pm
Thurs. - After P"art"y 7pm-9pm
Fri.- 10am-4pm
Sat. -1pm-6pm
Sun.- 10am-5pm
Presidents Day- 10am-6pm

2055 Greenbay Road, Highland Park (parking adjacent)

For more information contact

Friday, January 28, 2011

Help Support the Arts!

Chicagoans will soon elect a new mayor for the first time in 22 years. The next mayor will make decisions that will impact Chicago's arts industry for generations.

Chicago is home to a powerful arts industry that generates more than $2 billion in economic activity and employs more than 150,000 people annually. Yet, the arts infrastructure in Chicago is vulnerable. Recently, there have been lay-offs at the Department of Cultural Affairs, cuts to the CityArts grant program, and proposals to privatize the Blues and Jazz Festivals among others.

To tell the candidates that the arts matter, sign this petition!

To learn more about how arts affect the economy and for more information on this campaign visit :

Supported by Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Woman's Caucus for Art

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let it Shine Flyer!

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Tell your friends, and anyone you meet to come to this great informational and social networking event to learn about self publication and to make a few friends and contacts!

Smart Phones and Dumb Laws

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An event sponsored by Woman's Caucus for Art!

Read the New York Times Article for more information!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heads Up!

This event is co-sponsored by Woman's Caucus for Art!

Smart Phones and Dumb Laws:

Will Your Cell Phone Make You A Criminal?

The Rising Wave of Repression Against Documenting Dissent and Police Misconduct

Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7pm

Tom Robinson Gallery

2416 W. North Ave., Chicago

As cellphone video recording becomes easier and more popular, police and prosecutors are taking increasingly repressive steps to counteract the ability of everyday people - as well as independent and citizen journalists - to document police misconduct, political protest, and newsworthy events. Are you in danger of arrest, even a felony conviction, for pulling your cellphone out in public places to record the police, acts of political protest, or newsworthy events?

Come and learn how you can take a stand for our rights — and help make law enforcement accountable. Join us for a forum with Gregory Koger, Chris Drew and their attorneys, Jed Stone and Mark Weinberg. Both Gregory and Chris have been arrested for recording public acts of political protest.

Gregory Koger was arrested and sentenced to 300 days in jail for recording a speaker making a political statement with his cellphone before a public event at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. He is currently out of jail on appeal bond after serving nearly 2 months of his sentence and continuing the legal battle by appealing his conviction. (

Chris Drew has been accused of a felony crime for using an audio-recorder while being arrested for selling art for $1 on a public street. His story was featured in the New York Times on Jan 23 ( He faces up to 14 years in jail and is set to go to trial on in early April. See his website at for more information.

Sponsored by the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art, The Ad Hoc Committee for Reason, World Can't Wait - Chicago & Evanston Chapters

Endorsed by the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lois Weisberg Leaves post as Cultural Affairs Commissioner

Lois Weisberg, the last remaining member of Mayor Richard M. Daley's origional cabinet is leaving her post.

An article from Greg H, from Chicago Business states:

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg -- who has served as City
Hall's cultural czarina since the Harold Washington days -- has
submitted her resignation, effective Feb. 1.

She's not going quietly.

In an interview and a statement, Ms. Weisberg made it clear she
strongly opposes recent moves to charge admission to Taste of Chicago
and other downtown festivals, privatize festival operations and merge
her department with the Mayor's Office of Special Events.

And she's equally upset that, in her account, Mayor Richard M. Daley
didn't really seek her input on any of this.

"I am not on the same wavelength as these other people," Ms. Weisberg
said. "That's why I'm leaving. I felt bad that the mayor never asked,
never talked to me about how to fix Taste of Chicago. I don't believe
in privatization."

Ms. Weisberg, 85, came to City Hall in 1983, when Mr. Washington named
her head of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The daughter of a
prominent family, who to a large degree had her own political base,
Ms. Weisberg apparently impressed. When Mr. Daley was elected in 1989,
he brought her along, making her head of the new Department of
Cultural Affairs.

An arts maven who, as a New Yorker profile once put it "seems to know
everybody," Ms. Weisberg was a founder of Friends of the Parks and led
the stunningly successful renovation of the old central public library
at Michigan and Washington into the city's Cultural Center, where she
kept her office.

As commissioner, she not only expanded and nurtured festivals but
created the Cows on Parade public art display of a few years ago,
which went viral worldwide. Her department helped program Millennium
as well as numerous other venues.

More recently, as reports came out that the festivals have lost money
in recent years, Mr. Daley ordered changes. The city already has ended
Venetian Night, the only firm bidding to run Taste and other fests
wants to charge a $20 admission fee, and the new city budget merges
the department and the special events office.

Ms. Weisberg says the latter won't work because the two city units
have different DNA: One belongs to the politicians, the other to the
fine-arts set.

Ms. Weisberg reminded me that Richard J. Daley's special events chief,
Col. Jack Riley, once famously turned down Time magazine when it
asked for tickets to an event honoring Queen Elizabeth of the United
Kingdom during her visit here. "He said, 'How many votes do they
have?' " she recalled.

More seriously, Ms. Weisberg said charging admission to the big
downtown festivals will change their very nature.

"The festivals have given the city an image of being a place where the
people of Chicago can be together and be uplifted, all the different
races and religions," she said. "You can't do that if it's not free."

Beyond that, she continued, there already is an admission fee of
sorts: a surcharge on Taste food tickets. Some city departments may be
charging too much for their services, she added, and either way, "I
looked at the festivals as a city expense, just like picking up

Ms. Weisberg says she's now going to work on writing a book -- "about
my experiences." If she's candid, it could be a good read.

Friday, January 14, 2011

European Landscape Workshops with Nina Weiss

Now open for enrollment!

A great way to travel and work with a wonderful artist!

ENGLAND June 18th - 28th
Eleven Days & Ten Nights
Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden & Stratford-on-Avon
With a three-day narrowboat tour on the Ashby Canal

IRELAND June 30th - July 9th
Ten Days & Nine Nights
Clifden, Roundstone, Leenane & Bunratty
With day trips to The Aran Islands & Galway

Discounts offered for Returning Students and Early Enrollment!

For more information and to download a 2011 Catalogue; please visit:>

Please click here to download an application:>

Hexagon- Six Chicago Artists


January 10th to March 18th

Located at the Harold Washington Library Center

8th floor, exhibit case


Saturday, March 5th at 2 PM

Marvel at this vibrant exhibit of paintings, collage, sculpture and multimedia works by the women of Hexagon.

Carol Brookes, Sheila Ganch, Myrna Knepler, Judy Petacque, Susan Redeker and Maureen Warren are teachers, writers, world travelers, but most of all artists. Like the sides of a hexagon, these six artists have unique viewpoints but are connected and united through creative collaboration. In this exhibit the artists share the complexity of their individual experiences through the exploration of textured surfaces and layered space.

or more information about Hexagon's show:

Contact the Harold Washington Library Center at 312-747-4800, email or Carol Brookes at 312-560-3064, email


Sheila Ganch - Website> , Chicago Artists Coalition> .
Judy Petacque -> , Vale Craft Gallery> , Urban Gateways>
Myrna Knepler - Chicago Artist Coalition>
Susan Redeker - Woman Made Gallery> , You Tube>
Maureen Warren - Website> , LinkedIn>