Chicago has a thriving art scene, complete with painters, sculptors, jewelry-makers and so much more. Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to see the works of local artists, as many artists display their collections in exhibits and galleries throughout the city and suburbs. If you’d like to broaden your horizons regarding what you know about the recent art made in Chicago, then take a look at these artists with ties to the area. Information on where to find each artist’s works is included.
Not all art needs to hang on a wall. Deana Rose, a Chicago-based artist who creates handmade jewelry, has a selection of pendants, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Rose uses an assortment of gemstones, as well as glass, sterling silver, gold, pearls and other materials to create unique items. Rose’s items have been displayed in festivals throughout the city and can also be found nationwide in select shops. If you want to stick to the Chicago area, consider looking for Rose’s works in The Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago; 312-922-9410) and Vibrato Boutique (1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette; 847-853-1434); a full list of shops where you can purchase Rose’s jewelry is posted on the artist’s website.
From everyday scenes in neighborhoods to the “L” tracks, Chicago-based artist Emily Rapport gives the viewer a glimpse into the Chicago that’s not typically seen on postcards. Rapport’s works also include portraits, animals and even fast food restaurants. Here’s something that is worth a look too: Rapport’s Facebook page includes updates regarding her upcoming shows, as well as glimpses of her works in progress. You can also take a look at Rapport’s website for details regarding studio appointments, as well as information regarding her current and upcoming exhibits.
See Chicago with a new perspective through the works of Hiroshi Ariyama. The Chicago-based painter’s art includes interesting and unique takes on some of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the skyline, Wrigley Field and glimpses of Michigan Avenue. You may have seen Ariyama’s works at the Wells Street Art Festival in Chicago earlier this summer, and if you’d like to see his creations in upcoming festivals, then take a look at his website. His works are also available for sale via his Etsy shop, and in shops and galleries in Chicago that include the Andersonville Galleria (5247 N. Clark St., 773-878-8570) and Paperish Mess (1955 W. Chicago Ave., 312-265-1497).
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Jeffrey Filo Sculpture
Art doesn’t have to be confined to the indoors, and that’s certainly true of the works of Jeffrey Filo Sculpture. The Oak Park-based sculptor works with metals to create outdoor sculptures that can complement nature or even a backyard. Filo’s sculptures have included trellises and even garden sculptures. In addition to Filo’s Etsy store, you can make plans to see his works at the West End Art Festival, held September 17 and 18 in the western suburb of LaGrange.
If it’s photography you’re looking for, then consider taking a look at the works of Rossana Reformado. Famous landmarks and nature take center stage in Re4mado Photography’s works, with the photographer offering works on coasters, blocks, prints and even ornaments. Chicago’s beloved landmarks, bucolic scenes and so much more are available for purchase. In addition to upcoming arts and crafts fairs in the Chicago area, Re4mado Photography’s products are available for purchase via the Etsy store, as well as in galleries and shops that include the Andersonville Galleria.
Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.