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Matthew Lew Gallery

Matthew Lew Gallery

Last week I visited Matthew Lew Gallery to catch his show, Chicago Pop, before it ends at the end-of-March. Lew’s vibrant paintings are a nice reminder that there’s plenty to love about Chicago, which can feel kind of gray and especially punishing at this time of year. Lew’s paintings might also change the way you […]

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Studio Tour: Epoch Floral

Studio Tour: Epoch Floral

Epoch Floral has about as much in common with a neighborhood flower shop as Charlie Trotter’s has with Charlie’s Ale House. While you might enjoy a burger at the latter, the former takes dining to another level altogether. “I don’t go by flower rules,” says co-owner and master designer Mike Hines, who fell into the […]

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Studio Tour: Alessio Tasca

Studio Tour: Alessio Tasca

Famed Italian artist and potter Alessio Tasca’s studio is located on a busy two-lane highway in the countryside outside Vicenza, but despite the fast-going traffic, people visiting Tasca or one of the neighboring shops simply pull off and park on the soft gravel side of the road. By contrast, its quiet and cool inside the […]

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Studio Tour: Abstract painter Ted Stanuga

Studio Tour: Abstract painter Ted Stanuga

Abstract painter Ted Stanuga grew up in Chula Vista, CA where he fell asleep at night to the muffled roar of the crowds at the bull ring less than two miles away in Tijuana. In contrast to the conservative Chula Vista environment, the nearby Mexican city was a different world – one where artists created […]

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Studio Tour: Glass artist Heather Hancock

Studio Tour: Glass artist Heather Hancock

Art is cognitive exercise; it’s maybe the adult form of play,” says Evanston-based glass artist Heather Hancock. “I think our brain needs these hyper-normal inputs.” Heather needed them so much that she left her career as a speech language pathologist specializing in traumatic brain injuries to pursue her passion for art. But she hasn’t left […]

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Behind the scenes at Renata Bonfanti (carpets and textiles)

Behind the scenes at Renata Bonfanti (carpets and textiles)

Carpet and textile company Renata Bonfanti was the final stop arranged by the Vicenza Chamber of Commerce during my recent trip to Italy. The business was started by Mrs. Bonfanti herself in 1954, and she and several family members still work at their facility outside Vicenza. The building is just large enough to house every […]

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Studio Tour: Jay Strommen

Studio Tour: Jay Strommen

Thanks to Dave Hopkins (aka Decorator Dave) for organizing a group to visit his good friend, the very talented artist Jay Strommen‘s nearly 8000 square feet south side loft. A potter and painter, Jay earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught classes in various locales, most recently Lill […]

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