Friday, October 05, 2007


18th St: Pilsen Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday Oct 13-14, 2007
from 11am-7pm

37 Spaces, 60 plus artists, 18th Street to Cermak Rd., Western to Racine

18th STREET, PILSEN – On October 13th and 14th artists from the Heart of Pilsen will open their doors to the public in the 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios, the largest opening of Latino/a International artists’ studios in the city of Chicago.

The weekend event features 37 spaces-most of them private studios-and more than 60 artists. Dozen of artists who grew up in the area or have lived and worked for years in the community will participate. Neighborhood cafes and community art spaces are also showing work from artists who have connection and participate in the neighborhood.

Participating artists include well-known painters, muralists, sculptors, performers, installation artists and printmakers as well as emerging artists.

Pilsen has long been known for its murals and culture and dozens of artists’ studios and homes are scattered throughout the Latin American and Mexican/Mexican–American neighborhood. This is the sixth year Pilsen artists have opened their studios.

The weekend represents an opportunity to get insight into the art, the artists and a closer glimpse to the process of creating works of art. During the weekend of the 13th and 14th interested individuals will have the opportunity to share a unique experience with the artist(s), ask questions and discuss ideas. The space where art is created has a doorway to the past while the artists create in present time. To Gabriel Villa, an oil painter and participating artist, “You get to see how an artist really works-you’re in the environment. You get to see how an artist think”.

There will be a free bus provided by LATINO EXPRESS between studios all day Saturday and Sunday.

Participating Artists Include:

POLVO shows cutting-edge and contemporary art, run. This year artists participating are Harold Mendez, Brandon Alvendia, and Derek Chan. 773.344-1940.

Visual artist, MARK NELSON, will exhibit a workshop of mysterious political-parody paintings, sculpture and artifacts dealing with current events. He has received several Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council. This past summer the State Department purchased a mural from Nelson which was installed at the new U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Panama as part of their permanent collection..

MONTSERRAT ALSINA born in Venezuela and has been making art in Chicago since 1985 when she came to the School of the Art institute of Chicago where she attended the Masters program in Performance. She is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works include drawings, paintings, prints, installations and performance. The Aztec Culture and traditions of the native people of the earth in all the Americas and around the world play a big role in her life. She has practice the Aztec tradition for the last 15 years. She also explores the role of woman throughout the ages in her series called “The Re-awakening of the Goddess”, and her earth installations express her concerns with socio-political issues in the world. She will be showing her surrealistic expressionistic landscapes and a new series of paintings based on endangered species at her studio/gallery Colibri. 312.733-8431

ROBERTO FERREYRA He studied at the School of Fine Arts “La Esmeralda”, in Mexico City. He has a long list of solo and group exhibits in Mexico, Canada, Cuba, U.S.A., and other countries. He has been a professional artist since 1978. Ferreyra came to Chicago in 1993 for the first time invited by Urban Gateways and later in 1995 through the Sister Cities International Program when he decides to make Chicago his permanent residence. His works are like life codexes, images influence by his Mexican heritage with strong colors, characters, stories, almost taken from a dream. He prefers watercolors but his draftsmanship is outstanding, and is an accomplished printmaker.

FRANCISCO MENDOZA has been the lead artist on many of the neighborhood mosaic murals including the Virgin of Guadalupe mural outside the 18th Street train stop and the murals outside the new Orozco School on 18th and Damen. He has been working on a mosaic for the Irving Art Center. Showing in his studio at APO and at Café Duvall. 773.890.1433

JEFF ABBEY MALDONADO will present a series of paintings that “combine contemporary female figures in an interior or exterior settings with hints of magic, mystery and menace.” 312.498.2669

ANTONIO MARTINEZ will exhibit at the Yollocalli Arts Reach his narrative style paintings that are inspired from various human relationships, commonly rooted in the world of everyday, where beauty plays an important role.733.501.6298

GABRIEL VILLA a painter and printmaker presents works of art that isolate an idea giving each painting an individual object, challenging the viewer to participate. 312.829.

Recognized Chicago spray-paint artist RAHMAAN “STATIK” BARNES has a number of murals in the area and shows his oil paintings and spray works. 773-454.0233


TRANSPORTATION: CTA 54/CERMAK BLUE LINE, exit at 18th street, Damen and Western.


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