Monday, May 31, 2010



Opening Day on June 13, 2010

June 13th - October 24th
Every Sunday 9:00-3:00PM

Our Vendors:
- Barry’s Berries
- Beads of Hope Africa
- Bella Nor Pastries
- Bleeding Heart Bakery
- Bricia’s
- Carpenter Street
- Casa Studio/Diana Solis
- Fudgie Wudgie
- Good Together
- Kap Farms
- Knotty But Nice
- Mecca’s Finer Foods
- Madeline’s Bakeshop
- Megan Lee Designs
- Pampered Chef
- Pearls and Cake
- Senteamental Moods
- Simone’s Restaurant
- Something Beautiful
- Quezada’s Produce
- The Silver Rose
- Ristorante Al Teatro
- River Valley Ranch
- Sylvia’s Sweets
- Squasht by Les
- The Great American
- The Happy Baker
- The Silver Rose
- Tomato Mountain Farm
- Yvolina’s Tamales

Pilsen Community Market is a weekly event that takes place every Sunday from 9 to 3 in the parking lot of Chicago Community Bank at 1800 S. Halsted. It features local produce, honey, baked goods, vintage clothes, bike related t-shirts and boy shorts, jewelry, local artists, not-for-profits, and spa goods. For more info check out

MGLEZ ART TRIBUTE to the memory & life of Martha Gonzalez.

MGLEZ ART TRIBUTE to the memory & life of Martha Gonzalez.

Featuring the ARTWORK of
• Steve Seeley
• Jenny Frison
• Gene Ha
• James Jankowiak
• Andrew Kudelka
• Miguel Cortez
• Daniel Bigelow
• Solo
• Josh Lange
• Luis De La Torre

Opening Night: Friday -June 18th from 6pm-11pm

1820 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60608

For more info on Martha click here:

"SECRET LANGUAGE": New artwork by Jeff Abbey Maldonado

This is the first art exhibit by Jeff Abbey Maldonado since the tragic loss of his on, Jeff Jr., to a senseless act of gun violence last July. We celebrate his return and invite you to meet him at the opening event. There will be catered food and beverages.

For this exhibit, Jeff states, " I began making art again in December, 2009. The effort gave me purpose and direction in a time when I needed it most. Everything reminds me of Jeff Jr. In our home life, we adopted a number of jests and routines which served to cement our bond through play and creativity. I recall these memories, words, and phrases which morphed into our private jokes, sometimes far from their original source.

Graphite on paper is the most direct means of visual expression. It also requires a physical effort to achieve a proper surface. During that time, I listened to Jeff's music and it gave me the power to push on and begin creating again. Near the end of my paper supply, I was propelled into my own stratosphere, where thoughts were transformed several times into images with the faintest connection, and yet with high emotion.

Over 20 drawings resulted in the effort. The last of these, "Body Shop", marked the return of my earlier themes and symbols--Cars and Women: The rebuilding of the spirit through the eternal life-giving power of the woman, and the symbolism of the classic American automobile.

The automobile has symbolized our identity and status. I was painting a series of auto crashes, which represented our collective state as a country, up until the moment of our own loss. I felt I could never return to these works, as they belonged to another time. Yet, in the process, they have re-emerged and are re-interpreted into symbols of power and memory."

Opening Friday, June 18, 2010 from 6pm-8pm
June 18-July16, 2010

Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery
1538 W. Cullerton Street
 Pilsen, Chicago, IL 60608

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nullify SB 1070 - Todos Somos Arizona

PROTEST in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from Arizona and DEMAND Obama to nullify the racist SB 1070 law. On May 29th at noon, RALLY at the corner of 18th st. and Blue Island Ave., in Pilsen, to share political speeches and cultural performances. At 2 PM, MARCH toward the PetSmart located on 1101 S. Canal Ave., Chicago. PetSmart is an national company based in Arizona, to which we demand to denounce SB 1070, or face BOYCOTT.

Join us in demanding amnesty for all undocumented workers, building the immigrant rights movement, and in spreading the word about this action.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

El Recalentado

Host: Pros Arts Studio
When:Saturday, May 15, 7:00PM to 11:00PM   
Cost: $15 per person

Please join us for El Recalentado
$15 includes entrance, snacks, beer, and live music by TARIMA SON.  and www.myspace/
Because ART MATTERS and Pros Arts Studio makes it happen.

For your convenience you can pay
 at the door with cash/checks (sorry, no credit cards at door)

Where: Colibri Studio/Gallery
              2032 W. 18th. St
              Chicago, IL 60608

Tarima Son: is traditional/contemporary musical group that was formed in 2002. Has be contracted to perform in various venues around the Chicago area like the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Folk and Arts Fest in Evanston, The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, The Field Museum and Others, and in prestigious Festivals like the Folklife Fest of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. touring in different states.  TARIMA SON  is playing the music originating in Mexico and other Latinamerican countries. This music came about through the  mixture of African slaves,  Spanish, and principally, the indigenous people but the most important thing: from the soul.
ure of African slaves,  Spanish, and principally, the indigenous people but the most important thing: from the sou

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

John Hartley and Andrew Rigsby @ Antena

Multiplicity: John Hartley

John Hartley discovered his life’s passion while growing up in Piqua, Ohio. Encouraged to develop his talents in an academic environment, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1982 to study art at Texas Christian University. After graduation, he began building a body of work that includes paintings, prints, and sculpture.

Exhibiting throughout Texas and the United States, his work has been critically received and is included in collections across the country. In 1990, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth purchased two of his monoprints for its exhibition, Forty Texas Printmakers. His exhibitions include shows at Kidder Smith Gallery in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, the Arlington Museum of Art, The Barth Galleries in Columbus, Ohio, and galleries in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Houston, Texas.

He continues to make art today and remains active in the Fort Worth art community. He opened Gallery 414 in 1995, an alternative art gallery exhibiting local and regional contemporary artists. He has also been a teacher and a professional art handler, working with museums, private collectors, and blue chip artists from around the world.

His art reflects his many interests: the human figure, toy collecting, social issues, and more. He actively promotes art education, and encourages young people to develop creative talent and thought. And he continues to explore new mediums and push his art to its fullest potential.

Also this month's Project Wall Space: Grey Noise by Andrew Rigsby

 I was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago at the cusp of the 70’s, attended Catholic Grade school and all boys Catholic High School, things that are not so unusual growing up on the South Side of Chicago, at least at that time, actually probably the end of a certain time. After High School and a brief stint at St. Xavier University in Chicago, I moved to Peoria and attended Bradley University, where I received my BFA in Painting and Drawing. After Peoria, I moved to Seattle for 5 years prior to Graduate School at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for my MFA in Studio Art.

I am a Chicago based artist and sometimes curator. I enjoy playing with the modern psychological conundrum through the lens of popular visual semantics and contemporary archetypes in a expanded language of the landscape. Typically preferring to work in an installation format using light box photographs, shaped paintings, sculptures, found objects and video to create multifarious tableaus.

Rigsby was the founder of GARDENfresh, a gallery based out Chicago. He received his MFA from Southern Illinois University in 2000, and his BFA from Bradley University in 1992. Rigsby has shown both Nationally and Internationally, most recently with Mikes Museum in New York, What it is in Oak Park, Il, (Con)Temporary Art Space, Chicago, antena, Chicago, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Meyers, Florida, Bridge ArtFair New York, Miami and London. He has also shown in New York, Kansas City and Tokyo.

Opening Friday May 14, from 6pm-10pm
May 14 -June 12, 2010

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 257-3534
Hours: by appointment only