Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ice Artist/Millenium Park Chicago-60601

A very unique type of art will be in Chicago soon. "An installation by artist Gordon Halloran features an ice wall made of multiple panels of vertical sheets of ice (located on the Chase Promenade) and abstract ice paintings on the skating surface of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink.Thirty-minute guided tours of the installation take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24.Part of Chicago's Museum of Modern Ice."

"A colored ice wall and an ice painting you can skate on will be installed in Chicago's Millennium Park as part of a new winter celebration in February.
The "Museum of Modern Ice" installation will be on view Feb. 1-29. Both works will be created by Canadian artist Gordon Halloran. The ice wall, called "Paintings Below Zero," will be 95 feet long and nearly 12 feet tall and will be located on Chase Promenade behind the popular "Cloud Gate" sculpture. The work will be composed of brightly colored vertical sheets of ice."metromix

Friday, January 11, 2008

Artist in Bucktown/Chicago-60647

Another friend of mine who has a business in Bucktown is Tony Fitzpatrick tonyfitzpatrick.com. Tony is somewhat of a pioneer in Bucktown having opened his studio, Big Cat Press yelp.com/biz/big-cat-press-chicago twelve years ago at 2124 N. Damen. Tony is a great artist and print maker who spends most of his time in the studio/showroom creating his fabulous prints, drawings and collages where he has a staff of artists helping him produce his works.
In addition to being a fine artist, Fitzpatrick is also a published writer and poet as well as a radio personality, film actor, stage actor and all 'round Chicago persona.
You can catch Tony in his studio in Bucktown http://yochicago.com/neighborhoods/index.php or go to one of his exhibits around town.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Going Green in Bucktown/Chicago

Everyone needs to be 'eco-friendly' now. One of my friends, Michele Fitzpatrick, decided to take action a few years ago by opening a furniture showroom in Bucktown in Chicago. Verde verdedesignstudio.net is located at 2100 W. Armitage 60647. Verde means green in Italian and Verde's furnishings are designed to be eco-friendly or Green. Michele designs and has manufactured products that are 'developed in a manner that does the least amount of harm to the environment. Every component of the pieces are recyclable or biodegradable.' Her sustainable furnishings have non-toxic finishes and glues, natural rubber latex foam cushions, certified tropical hardwoods, reclaimed woods and construction techniques.

Kennedy Dining Chairs24w x 26d x 38h, seat 19h - arm 20w x 25.5d x 38h, seat 19h - side
Solid hardwood kiln dried frame Natural rubber latex seat cushioning Custom sizes and finishes available Hand built in Chicago COM - 3.5 yards (arm chair) COM - 3 yards (side chair)

Verde also features fabulous vintage pieces and custom design.

2100 West Armitage Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60647 773.486.7750 Telephone