Berwyn's Arts Blog
Friday, January 27, 2012
This Weekend
The Accidental Rapture continues at the 16th Street Theater. Tickets here.

Janet Wondra will be reading from her new book of poetry, Bad Attitude, this Saturday @ 7pm as part of the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series, 8300 W Cermak Rd., North Riverside IL.

Author of the newly released chapbook Bad Attitude, Janet Wondra has spread her mischief from her home state of California through Louisiana, Georgia, and into Chicago. Her poetry is collected in three volumes—Emerging Island Cultures, The Wandering Mother, and Long Division—and has been published in such journals as The Southern Review, Witness, Michigan Quarterly Review, Connecticut Review, and Exquisite Corpse. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction and In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland as well as in The Christian Science Monitor, Denver Quarterly, and Bellingham Review. Also an experimental filmmaker, she has screened her work at festivals and art museums from Germany to California. She teaches creative writing and American literature at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

As always, an open mic will follow after Janet reads, so if you got it bring something to read. Tamales and Tinga - this is a BYOB.

And, finally, if that is not enough, check out an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 27th 6-9 pm. at 22
6910 Cermak Rd.

22, a new design studio and multi-use creative space in Berwyn, is proud to announce its first gallery exhibit, Blank Page, on display from January 27 to February 5. The exhibit features work from nineteen artists and designers, half from within the Chicago area and half from elsewhere. The variety of work presented in the Blank Page exhibit speaks to the variety of backgrounds, experiences and points of view of the artists represented. It also speaks to the blurring of media, techniques, and identity in the contemporary art and design landscape, themes we hope to address at 22 in more depth in future exhibits and events.

As a studio and creative space, 22 has two goals: to showcase the work of emerging and established artists from within the Chicago area, and to bring innovative, informative, and challenging work to our community, through a combination of studio practice and various events and exhibits. Blank Page is the first of these exhibits. Blank Page serves as an opportunity to introduce the Berwyn and Chicago communities to 22 in general, and as an opportunity to highlight the work of a variety of artists and designers. Just as the 22 studio space presents a blank page for future events, this show presents a blank page of opportunity for our artists.

Blank Page features work from the following artists: Christian Arrecis, Jessica Calek, Erika Dely, EPYON5, Chris Gans, Leo Hanifin, Ron Hemphill, C.J. Hungerman, Nicole Killian, Erin McGuire, Jennifer Norton, Kip Pasta, Lauren Payne, Sean Patrick, Egon Selby, Aim Sirampuj, Dan Streeting, Eric Tucker, and Melissa Urbonas

Gallery dates-
Jan. 28- Feb. 5th
Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm
Or by appointment


Friday, January 20, 2012
Accidental Rapture at the 16th Street Theater. Comedy about the rapture. Can't get better than that.

Also, at the Tamale Hut Cafe, Saturday, January 21, 2012, art opening for abstract artist Stephanie Bieniek, 7 to 10 pm.

Beer and wine will be served. Examples of her work are here.

8300 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside, 708-442-0948.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
This Weekend!
Check it out.

It is now time to get your tickets for our first show in Season Five 2012: Love, Faith & the Unknown. Performances for Accidental Rapture begin this Thursday, January 12. If you are a 100 Club member or a 3-play Subscriber scroll down to link to reserve your seats.

If you have not yet subscribed, you still have time! See link at right. If you would like to renew, just email us at tell us when you want to come to Accidental Rapture, then bring your checkbook or credit card the night of the show to re-up!

Accidental Rapture is a comedy. Perfect for the cold and snow.

The Berwyn Arts Council presents Frank Rico this Friday! January 13th, 2012. They'll have a reception that starts at 5:30 and ends at 9 pm.

Frank Rico is a life-long Chicagoan, avid photographer, cyclist, and coffee drinker. He graduated from Roosevelt University, Chicago and isa n IT professional. His work focuses on capturing Chicago s unique urban landscape, industrial settings, diverse population, and natural beauty.

Located at the Route 66 Museum! (7003 W Ogden Ave, Berwyn) Bring family and friends to celebrate art from a local Artist!

22 is a new independent art/design market located in the heart of Berwyn, 6910 Cermak, just west of downtown Chicago. 22 serves as a design studio/consultancy for Jessica Calek and Dan Streeting. In addition, as a multi-use space, 22 can function as an art gallery, lecture hall, performance stage, cinema, classroom, and so on.

The first event for 2012 is Blank Page, a gallery exhibit combining work from emerging artists in the Chicago area with work from the rest of the world... They're accepting submissions until January 13. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Mural, Mural on the Wall
Happy new year!

Is everyone familiar with the new "pocket park" at the corner of Windsor and Kenilworth.

Right now, it is a big blank patch of grass. The Park District plans to add a kaboose on the park.

You will notice next door, abutting the park is a big, blank wall, which is owned by the doctors
who own the building.

Wouldn't it be great to put a mural on the blank wall? Of course it would.

We could choose amongst all the local Berwyn artists and perhaps have the community help
paint the mural onto the wall.

The only catch is that this community project would cost money. The doctors are
willing to contribute some money and are excited to go forward with the project. Yet, it can be
paid for with TIF monies, since it is part of a permanent facade.

Art for thought. Or not.

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