Why Go to an Art Show?

So many choices of what to do on a summer weekend….We try to pack it into 3 months in Chicago. Why go to an art festival this weekend? Specifically the Southport Art Festival? Well….let me count the reasons:
1. Art enriches the soul. Nothing like a vitamin shot for the spirit. 100 artists to take in.
2. Art has been proven to be healing and calming. This means looking at art is good for your health.
3. Free. Looking at art at the Southport Art Festival is free. There is NO ADMISSION. Free is good.
4. Wheel friendly…whether you are pushing a double or triple stroller (thanks fertility docs) or are moving around on wheels or in a scooter…this fest is for you. The fest is all flat, no curbs or stairs. Come on down and enjoy. Handicap portolets too.
5. Get your steps in! Walking a fest is a great way to get your steps in..all you fit bit wearers.
6. Love life. Art Festivals are one of the top recommended destinations for dates. Move from texting to meeting..and do it at the Southport Art Festival. One day when you are married, you will look back on where you met, and might possible name your child Art.
7. Music to the ears…That is David Dallison. Accomplished and totally cool David plays guitar flanked by his oh so talented fellow musicians from the Main Stage Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 10-5. And…btw…free.
8. Learn….Talk to artists about their process…how they Made It. There’s more than paint by number here.
9. Studio to you…kind of like farm to table…but this is buying art directly from the maker. No big box art from unknown sources here. When you buy art, you are directly supporting a person who has made something by hand. Very green too.
10. Real Job, real art. Now that you have a real job, live in a real apartment/house, it is time for real art. There’s something for every budget too.
So, now that you are full of reasons to come to the Southport Art Festival, here’s what you need to know:
Saturday 10-7, Sunday 10-5. On Southport north of Waveland.
Hosted by the Southport Neighbors Association.
Produced by Amdur Productions and Star Events.
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Week of April 3, 2017       Special Edition for the Chicago Art and Design Show

This Weekend… April 8 and 9
The Chicago Art & Design Show at Navy Pier

 

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April 8 & 9
10AM – 5PM
FREE ADMISSION

Amdur Productions is proud to announce the launch of The 2017 Chicago Art & Design Show, a new indoor art show at famous Navy Pier in the spectacular Exhibit Hall. This show offers many highlights including 100 artists in all medias from painting and photography to sculpture and jewelry, painting classes, the Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation, art demonstrations, and so much more!
Keep reading below for details on all the excitement…

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Details
Date: April 8 & 9
Time: 10AM – 5PM
Admission: FREE
Parking: Parking is easy at the Navy Pier garage! Click here and enter promo code ART10 for discounted parking.

WHAT YOU’LL SEE & DO

If you’re receiving this Special Edition Brushstrokes, you’re already a member of our Art Lovers Club. Show this pass at the Chicago Art & Design Show to get into the Art Lovers Lounge!

Free Show Poster Saturday
Be one of the first 100 shoppers at the show on Saturday, April 8 and get a free show poster featuring the art work of featured show artist Jacob Sieg! (preview above)
Meet the Artist in Residence…
Michael Imes
Michael Imes, nationally renowned ceramic sculptor will be the Artist In Residence at the show. Michael will be working on his large sculptures throughout the show.
Artist Book Signing from…
Sondra Wampler
Purchase Sondra’s limited addition art book and get the book signed by Sondra at the show for a special show discount!
Regular Price: $250
Special Show Discount: $195!
$55 in Savings
See Live Art Demonstrations
Come see art being made by participating artists right in their booth!
Preview the Art Demo’s Here
Learn How to Paint with
Bottle and Botega
Grab your friends and sign up today! Click on the class name below to sign up today.
Saturday:
11-12 p  (cherry blossoms – flower 2)  – $15
1-2 p  (rainbow tree – landscape 2) – $20
3-4 p  (blue silhouette – chicago 2)  – $20
Sunday:
11-12 p (daisy – flower 1) – $15
1-2 p (black silhouette – chicago 1) – $20
3-4 p (sunset – landscape 1)– $20
Meet the Artists at the Show

Every artist has a different style, technique, and story. See contemporary paintings to abstract sculptures to fashionable handmade and designed accessories!

Preview the Artists Here!
Free Show Poster Sunday
Be one of the first 100 shoppers at the show on Sunday, April 9 and get a free show poster featuring the art work of featured show artist Karina Llergo! (preview above)
Presentation of the Steven L Amdur Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award
Join us at the show to congratulate Val Mazzenga with the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award for his amazing work as a photojournalist. Presentation will start at 1PM on Saturday, April 8 with a talk from Val to follow. RSVP to info@amdurproductions.com.
Artist Book Signing from…
Robin Samiljan
Purchase Robin’s limited addition art book and get the book signed by Robin at the show.
Get the Full Chicago Art & Design Show Experience! 
Purchase an Event Package through Groupon and get the full experience.
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Affordable Art is Everywhere!

You don’t have to be rich to have great art. Paintings, photographs, cool 3d pieces in glass, wood, metal, and mixed media pieces (think collage) are all there waiting for you at the closest juried art festival. Juried art festivals are events where artists had to apply and only the best are invited to show and sell their work.

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Real Apartment, Real Art

Thanks to Live the Glamour, we are reaching out to the art lovers that are getting their real apartments and decorating them with real art!

Posters were great in college dorm rooms. Department store art was fine in our college apartments.  Now, you are a grown up (or so people tell you) and you have a real apartment. Your real apartment is where you sleep (most of the time) where you go after your real job, where you have your real friends over for real drinks. You have real furniture, and it is time for REAL ART.
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Real Apartment, Real Art

Real Apartment, Real Art

By: Amy Amdur 
Posters were great in college dorm rooms. Department store art was fine in our college apartments.  Now, you are a grown up (or so people tell you) and you have a real apartment. Your real apartment is where you sleep (most of the time) where you go after your real job, where you have your real friends over for real drinks. You have real furniture, and it is time for REAL ART.
So, where do you find real art?
One of the best places to find real art is at summer art festivals. There you can meet REAL artists, talk to them about their art, have a great experience, and make your real dollars go further. Amdur Productions does the heavy lifting for you. They screen artists who want to be in festivals so that you end up seeing a great diverse array of good REAL ART.
What is REAL ART?
Real art is made by people. Each piece, whether it is a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, piece of jewelry, a piece of furniture (think Chris Knight) has been made with love, passion and care by a person who is committed to (and  gets off on)  being an artist.
What are the kinds of real art?
There are a bunch of different categories of REAL ART. There is a broad category called painting…and the subject matter is endless. From super-realistic that looks like a photograph, to abstract flowing colors and everything in between.
There is a huge category called photography, which can be color, black and white, manipulated and more. (Think Shawn Kiefer)
 Shawn Kiefer 
 
There is REAL jewelry…which is made with LOVE and care by artists who design and fabricate (make) the pieces one at a time. 3D art covers furniture, glass (vases, paperweights, sculptures) sculptures out of all materials. 3D is the art that you can fill your real apartment with. Handmade tables (think Jeff Easley)
Jeff Easley 
cool vintage repurposed lights (think Mick Whitcomb)
Mick Whitcomb 

and amazing wood pieces (think Salem Barker).
 Salem Barker
How do I know what Real Art to get?
Walk an art show, see what turns your head and see what interests you. If the price is right (and think “I’m going to have this for a really long time”) then buy it and love it so that when you come home from your real job tomorrow, you can have a real drink, sit back on your real sofa and enjoy your real art.
-Amy Amdur, CEO of Amdur Productions








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