Monday, September 22, 2008

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios

60 artists featured during 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios

Art walk event is part of the Chicago Artists Month celebration in October

Held as part of the Chicago Artists Month celebration, 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios is an artist-run art walk that will take place Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th, 2008, from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the heart of the historic Pilsen neighborhood. Since 2003, during the third weekend in October, Pilsen artists, galleries, spaces, and caf├ęs have opened their doors during special hours to the general public. This year, more than 30 spaces will participate, featuring the work of more than 60 artists who live and work between Western Avenue to May St. and from 16th St. to 26th St.

Free trolleys will run frequently each hour to take visitors to each gallery stop along a set route, with the starting point at Colibri Studio/Gallery at 2032 W. 18th Street. Maps will be available at different sites along the routes.

More than 25 artists will be showing their work during the Grand Opening Night kickoff event on Friday, October 17th from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Prospectus Art Gallery, 1210 W. 18th St.

Home to Chicago’s largest Latino community, Pilsen has long been a vibrant center for the arts in our city. The 2008 18th Street Pilsen Open studios event will feature artists from numerous countries, including the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Brazil, Iran, Colombia, and Panama. Participating artists include Robert Valadez, Salvador Jimenez, Alejandro Jimenez, Gabriel Villa, Angel Silva, Diana Solis, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Guillermo Delgado, Magda Dejose, Patricia Peixoto, Magali Almada, Roberto Ferreyra, Cesar Casas, Mark Nelson, Montserrat Alsina, Hector Duarte, Omar Valencia, Miguel Cortez, John Pitman Weber, Alejandro Romero, Gamaliel Ramirez, Baltazar Castillo, Roman Villarreal, Patricia Northway, Christopher Wood, Eufemio Pulido, Felipe Figueroa, Alexy Lanza, Victoria Cervantes, Christine Olson, Philippe Gibson, Marivi Ortiz, Maria Gaspar, Pablo Serrano, Mariko Ventura, Amir Normandi, Jennifer Hall, Giselle Mercier, Allen Teske, Miguel Angel Ramirez, Mario Jimenez, Expresiones-Artisticas and more.

For more information, visit or call 312/733-8431.

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