WHO?: PROJECT ONWARD, a group of talented artists on-site in an open studio, creating original artwork on ornaments.
WHEN?: There until December 19, 2009 but year-round for general artwork
WHERE?: The Chicago Cultural Center – 1st floor, phone (312) 742-1445
WHY?: Beauty, special, Christmas, unique!
I picked up my ornaments and was fortunate enough to meet one of the artists: Fernando Ramirez:
Fernando told me that he can even “paint to order.” (Time permitting, of course, as the studio closes December 19 so if you want him to do a custom piece for Christmas, I’d contact him Monday!) I asked him if he could even do a portrait on an ornament and he said that he could! Otherwise, regular portraits are available by Fernando (as well as the other artists, based on availability):
Back to the ornaments though…Fernando’s had caught my eye because he was painting nudes. There’s a long story behind this for me, but suffice to say that someone was encouraging me to pose nude for artists this past year! I appreciate the human body, the study of it and artistic development, but I’m a bit shy for this kind of gig! Anyway, I thought it would tickle this person if I got him a nude on an ornament. I thought Fernando’s work was impressive:
Here are the close-ups:
Here’s one by Winnie:
Here’s another ornament, not sure of the artist as it wasn’t indicated:
(Gee, I mean, that’s just one ornament!)
And if you’re waxing more traditional:
The candy-cane artist is “J.H.” I’m thinking it’s James Hall (as he’s the only J.H. from the website, but I shall find out for certain!)
And we round out the group with a trip back to Fernando:
Remember, even if you miss out on holiday art, there’s the all-season artwork and I did see MANY works in progress!
There’s one artist, James Allen, who specializes in trains (I really like trains). I believe the kitties above were done by George Zuniga. Here again is the main link because you can click on artist’s names on the page.
“The mission of Project Onward is to support the creative growth of visual artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Project Onward provides studio space, art supplies, and professional guidance to emerging artists in a communal workshop environment…”
Excerpt from “Mission” on pamphlet
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