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Don and Jackie Open House Update

Don and Jackie Open House Update

Jackie’s recent art installation was far too large to bring indoors, but her largest piece of work is the house itself – the ultimate container for Don and Jackie’s possessions, memories, art and lives.  For some people, houses are strictly utilitarian; and for some people, they’re more about the Joneses – neighborhood jewelry.  But some […]

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Open House: Jackie Seiden’s new art installation

Open House: Jackie Seiden’s new art installation

When I met artists Don and Jackie Seiden last year, Jackie was thinking about selling or giving away her SUV, which was on its last legs.  She seemed resigned to the fact that she wasn’t going to own it anymore, and it seemed like she was trying to find something purposeful to do with it.  […]

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Studio Tour: James McNeill Mesple, Artist

Studio Tour: James McNeill Mesple, Artist

Record-breaking cold temperatures marked the day I visited artist James McNeill Mesple’s Logan Square studio last week.  Not cold.  Cold – an exotic cold many people go their entire lives without feeling but which Chicagoans are well acquainted.  It was the kind of cold that causes the much reviled new credit card parking meters to […]

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Human target decor: Bad mojo, very cool or just plain ugly?

Human target decor: Bad mojo, very cool or just plain ugly?

For much of the sixties, seventies and eighties, Batman’s costume had a big yellow logo around the bat.  Stylish?  Debatable, but I think most of us would say no.  Plus, the bright yellow circle made a pretty good target.  As comics took a so-called grim and gritty turn in the 80’s, the emblem also seemed […]

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Open House: So long Andrew Hollingsworth

Open House: So long Andrew Hollingsworth

Well there’s no easy way to say it, is there?  Danish Modern furniture authority and dealer Andrew Hollingsworth has decided to leave Chicago for California’s sunny shores, specifically San Fransisco, a kind of fairy tale city in my mind where it’s bright every day and foggy every night and the streetcar bells echo through the […]

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Artist Spotlight: Brian Riggenbach

Artist Spotlight: Brian Riggenbach

If artist Brian Riggenbach and his partner Mikey Corona’s recent Open House was dinner, think of this as dessert. When Riggenbach isn’t whipping up scrumptious Asian-Mexican fusion cuisine for he and Corona’s awesome catering company Yo Soy, the uber-creative gent keeps himself busy painting in his second bedroom studio.  While I really dug Riggenbach’s portraits, […]

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This Week at: Maclund Gallery

This Week at: Maclund Gallery

Ro McLaughlin and her sister Barb Lund’s Winnetka shop the Maclund Gallery specializes in 19th century British antiques and art and is quite befitting of its charming but less than provocative Winnetka downtown location.  But like a rebellious teenage girl winking at the hunky bad boy behind her strict father’s back, the Maclund Gallery offers […]

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