Monday, October 26, 2009

Greater Garfield Park Chamber Host Reception for Artists/Artistians

Art and Business mixer, "VIP Reception,  at Murphy Hill Gallery was a success this year.  It was well attended by artist, art supporters, business owners, and politicians. The event was catered, and had live music; people meandered throughout the block long gallery. An "Artists Talk" by local Curators: William Hill of Murphy Gallery, Gaberial Patti of the Phantom Gallery, Everett Williams of Creative Arts Alliance, Frederic Owens Art Museum of Chicago, and Dan Godston curator of Synesthetic Plan of Chicago, talked about "Problems and Considerations Exhibiting in Alternative Exhibition Spaces. We also connected to Phantom Gallery LA; they were hosting an art walk in 15 galleries in the LA area, where each artists/curator gave a talk about their installation through their cell phone.

An Art and Business discussion also took place later in the evening where featured artists and their guest talked about the need to support the artists and well as the gallery, committees were developed to explore ways to develop art markets, bringing in collectors, and attracting corporate support.
Become a member contact  Erni King

Greater Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce
3439 W. Madison
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 722-6650 ,(773) 722-6651 Fax

Murphy Hill Gallery

3333 West Arthington - 3rd Flr. (in the Historic Sears Building)
Enjoy the Murphy Hill Gallery Exhibit
"Art Media and Unique Gifts"

November 18 to December 23, 2009
Reception: Saturday, November 21, 2009 6PM - 10PM

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Artist At Work Forum

If you missed a recent Artist at Work Forum, you can see it on CAN-TV
Artists at Work Forum: Art in Your Ward - Making it Work

Meet three aldermen (Colon, Daley and Flores), a chamber of commerce representative, and an independent curator who have found a way to make it work for artists in their neighborhoods.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2:30 PM, Channel 21

Sunday, October 25th, 5:00 PM, Channel 19

Wednesday, October 28th, 8:30 AM, Channel 19

Artists at Work Forum: Beyond the Walls

Opportunities outside of traditional galleries that many artists are using to make a full-time living.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2:30 PM, Channel 21

or watch online on CAN-TV

Long Time Arts Activist Runs For Cook COunty Board President

Long time cultural activist, organizer and educator Tom Tresser is running for the office of President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners (to replace Todd Stroger). He needs help to get on the ballot. He is running as a Green Party candidate. If you would like to circulate petitions for Tom, please call 312-276-5432, email The deadline for turning petitions in is November 3. You can download a petition from his web site.

Tom Tresser was the managing director at Pegasus Players from 1985 to 1990 and created the Chicago Young Playwrights Festival there (now in its 23rd season!). He organized an innovative community arts program at Peoples Housing in the mid-1990s that combined culture, training and micro-enterprise. He did cultural programming for the Chicago Park District in the late-1990s and led the effort that established community arts programming at Douglas Park.
He established Greater Chicago Citizens for the Arts in 1990 to elect candidates who supported the arts and freedome of expression. In 2004 he developed the Creative America Project to inspire and prepare creative workers to run for local office. He wrote a book based on his work, "America Needs You! Why You Should Become a Creativity Champion" [download text for free].

Phantom Gallery CAM 2009 2.0 Virtual Studio

Friday, October 16, 2009 Phantom Gallery Opening Reception, 2827 N. Milwaukee Ave,  Chicago.                                      Gabe Patti, had about 70 friends, and family, come to check out his first installation as  Phantom Gallery Curator for Chicago Artists Month 2.0. 2009

Artist Chris Pappan,, sold a piece.


Watercolor on Paper, by artist Janina A. Ciezadlo, ,

Janet Sampson, showed off her prize winning quilt, and craft work, along side her son Brandon.

Phillip Cotton's pieces contrast black and white, next to the work of Everett Williams.

Everett Williams, uses his graphic art background in design to supper impose images of Black in different walks of life during the New York Worlds Fair. Listen to him discuss his process at the Murphy Hill Gallery this Saturday October 24th, at 5pm.

Finally Gabe and Everett call it a wrap on Sunday afternoon, at the close of the exhibition. We give a special thanks to owners of Crown Liquors, for allowing the Phantom Gallery into their empty storefront, on Milwaukee, and the Logan Square Chamber of Arts.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Caught in the Critical Crossfire.

When is enough,enough? Is it the sign of our times? I don't know.  This evening I looked out of my third story window, here at the Switching Station Artist Lofts, into a scene from a homicide trailer. An Emergency Response Team, of Police cars, Fire Trucks, and an Ambulance was in the alley way between Madison/Adams off Homan picking up a DOA body from the alley. African American Male, age unknown, drug over dose, bullet (I didn't hear gun shots at the time), he was just lying there in a fetal position.
I don't know how to respond to watching dead body's being removed from alley ways, bus stops, parks, playgrounds, and buildings. Not only that, but the apartments next door, I watched as children playing, stopped to watch a body being (short of kicked), shaked and probed to see if it had life. I watch over head from my third story window as the ERT, rolled up a gurney, and a sheet, strap him in, cover him up, and roll him down the alley back to the truck, rolled his lifeless body into it. I didn't wait to see them disipate. I was too stunned, I watched as another African American male came outside to shoo the kids away, and he him self turn up an Old Eight.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

VIP Reception for Local Artists

You are Cordially Invited to A VIP Reception for Local Artists


Saturday, October 24, 2009                          from 6pm to 9pm


Murphy Hill Gallery
3333 West Arthington - 3rd Flr.
(in the Historic Sears Building)

Enjoy the Murphy Hill Gallery Exhibit

"Arts Across Cultures"

Featuring Live Music and Refreshments

Free Admission

Sponsored by
Greater Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce in Collaboration with
Murphy Hill Gallery
Alpha Bruton, Phantom Gallery Chicago
Nancy Vachon, Local Artists, Switching Station Artist Lofts

Please RSVP to (773) 722-6650.

Erni King
Greater Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce
3439 W. Madison
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 722-6650
(773) 722-6651 Fax

Monday, October 12, 2009

Albany Carroll Arts Building Open Studio

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Albany Carroll Arts Building Open Studio once again opens their studio doors to the public to share and showcase their talents. Inside you will find a myriad of works in a diversity of disciplines including sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, furniture design and fabrication, stained glass, ceramics, multi-media and much more.

Artists include Sharon Bladholm, Michael Thompson, Philip Livingston, Lucy Slivinski, Laura Junge, Peter Gray, Latimer Line, Tracy Ostmann, Celia Grainer, and many more.

Admission is free, there is ample parking and at 5:00 p.m. studio member and world renowned percussionist Kahil El Zabar will perform.

Don't miss this opportunity to explore and discover! We are an exciting resource for homeowners, designers, architects and collectors.

Contact Email:

Event Location

Venue: Albany-Carroll Arts Building

Contact Phone Number: 773-638-3500

Address:  319 N. Albany

October 2009 Volunteer Update

Hello Garfield Park Conservatory Volunteers!
Volunteer Orientation - October 14 – this week!
As many of you know, we have been holding monthly volunteer orientations for new volunteers, possible volunteers, and old volunteers who just want an update of what’s going on around the Conservatory. We will continue to hold these sessions monthly on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings. The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 6:00-7:30pm. Please RSVP to me if you plan to attend.

3rd Friday Work Day – October 16 – this week!

Are you someone who wants to get your hands dirty, but you just don’t have a lot of time to donate? If so, you might want to try coming to one of the new 3rd Friday Work Days. We might have you working on an indoor project, an outdoor cleanup, a greenhouse, a garden…whatever is needed. Volunteers should pre-register for this work day by e-mailing or calling me at least 2 days before the shift, so I can let the horticulturists know how many people to expect. Unless there is a need for a larger group of volunteers, we will cap the team at 15 volunteers. First come, first serve – so sign up with me as soon as you can. You don’t have to commit to working every month. This is an open work day. Any cancellations or changes will be posted through my e-mail updates.

Need One More Volunteer for This Month’s Wild Wednesday – October 28

In honor of Halloween and our nocturnal animal friends, this month’s live animals are bats! We need one more volunteer to assist the animal presenter and to help with family activities. The shift is 2:30-6:30pm on Wednesday, October 28. Let me know if you’d like to help out and I’ll get you in touch with the staff person who coordinates this monthly mini-event.
Still Looking for Several Volunteers for Creatures of the Night – October 31

Some of you have already jumped on board for this fantastically fun event, but we could still use a few more volunteers to help out. Our annual Creatures of the Night event is happening on Halloween this year. For those of you who haven’t participated before, the Conservatory will be filled with “learn a trick, get a treat” stations, where families can visit up-close with live nocturnal animals and learn something about how they survive the night. We need volunteers in a variety of roles, but mostly to help the animal handlers by talking with visitors about the adaptations of these special nocturnal creatures and handing out treats to the kids. It’s like an educational trick-or-treat! There is just one volunteer shift for this event: 11:00am – 3:30pm on Saturday, October 31.

To help volunteers prepare, we are also hosting a special volunteer training on Saturday, October 24, 10:30am – Noon. We’ll review the logistics of the event, get you information about each of the animals on display, and get people assigned to their stations so they can be prepared for event day. This training is not mandatory, but is highly recommended.

Nominate Someone You Know for Greener of the Year!

I’m sure all of you know one or two folks who do their share of the smiling lion's work in your community greening spaces around Chicago . Please take the time to honor their efforts by going to GreenNet’s webpage and nominating them for this year’s Greener of the Year Award: If you have trouble finding the nomination form on-line, please contact Robin Cline at (773)638-1766 x18 or e-mail her at Nominations are due by October 23.

Help is on the way!

As some of you know, we are in the process of hiring a part-time Volunteer Coordinator here at the Conservatory. We should have someone on board in the next few weeks and will be sure to introduce you to our new team member just as soon as they start. I will still be managing the overall program, its continued improvement and growth. We’ll just have a second voice, more resources, and another creative brain to make things happen! More to come in the next couple of weeks…

Melanie Harding
School, Teacher & Volunteer Programs Manager
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
773.638.1766 (x16)