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A Brayzillian Savannah

A Brayzillian Savannah

When makeup artist Brayzill Stevenson, 33, was just eight-years-old, he decided that painting the half-renovated basement of his family’s Joliet home would be his first creative solo project. Without his mother’s permission, he purchased the paint himself, and threw the contents from their cans, leaving vibrant splatters all over the walls and floors. “I didn’t […]

ART WORKS brings social justice art to River North

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ART WORKS brings social justice art to River North

Outside, quotes of justice from Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln line the walls. Inside, pictures of farmers, protests and poverty fill a lengthy gallery space. Local nonprofit ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights has worked to spread global awareness of human rights violations in its own unique way since 2006. Occupying […]

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Lincoln Square printmakers make, display, educate on art

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Lincoln Square printmakers make, display, educate on art

As patrons enter the doors of Lincoln Square’s Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, they are welcomed by shelves stacked with materials used in printmaking—like brushes, inks, and different types of paper. A handmade sign reading “Keep it tidy!” guards jars of ink stacked on top of each other. Across the shelves of supplies, art created by the […]

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

  Terry Evans still remembers the day when she saw a woman’s hand turning “greasy black” after wiping her car. Evans, a photographer and visual artist, reflected on that day from two years ago and how it changed her personally. She became an activist fighting pollution and petcoke, a grimy byproduct of steel-making that’s still […]

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Local artist brings ‘Paradise’ back to Chicago with latest showcase

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Local artist brings ‘Paradise’ back to Chicago with latest showcase

Chicago artist King Rello brought his “Late Nights in Paradise” art show to the city, showcasing his pop art renditions of modern nude portraiture and clothing designs filled with palm trees and hotels. A local venue called Canvas hosted the event in April. Guests were allowed to drop their coats and pick up a complimentary […]

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Historic Maxwell Street Market shifts focus toward becoming food mecca

For over 100 years Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market in Little Italy has been showcasing the city’s most prominent ethnic cultures. Today, the market once known to the locals as a place where anyone could find and buy anything, is quickly shifting its focus to becoming a multi-cultural “food destination.” “We try to coin ourselves as […]

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‘Raw Artists’ showcase coming to Chicago May 18

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‘Raw Artists’ showcase coming to Chicago May 18

Walking into a Raw Artists: Indianapolis event was like diving into another world. Models with strange makeup seemed to float across the floor. A girl with a neon lighted hula-hoop that changed colors to the music astounded the audience. Each artist’s presentation booth promised something different–sometimes serene, sometimes bizarre–to the viewers. Raw Artists hosts a […]

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