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I’m surprised by how few people that I talk to know about the amazing Woman Made Gallery.  It is hands-down my favorite gallery in Chicago.  The space itself is gorgeous (and available to rent seriously cheap), the art curation is brilliant, the artisan shop is where I do all of my birthday and holiday shopping and most importantly the people are the most friendly, welcoming and informative bunch around.  
I try to attend every opening there because it is always a good time and I meet the most interesting people.  
The gallery has been around for nearly 20 years and show the work of over 6,000 women!  It’s a beautiful place where everyone is welcome and appreciated…everyone.
This Friday is their annual art auction + gala at Salvage One.  There will be incredible art deals, live music, great food and libations.  I’ll be there to support this amazing gallery and all of the work that they do.  Here’s the details:  http://womanmade.org/auctions.html 
They are on Facebook + Twitter too (so you can quietly stalk until you are ready to commit)
The print above is the one I lost in the last few seconds of last years silent auction.  It made me sad and so I immortalize my loss here now.

I’m surprised by how few people that I talk to know about the amazing Woman Made Gallery.  It is hands-down my favorite gallery in Chicago.  The space itself is gorgeous (and available to rent seriously cheap), the art curation is brilliant, the artisan shop is where I do all of my birthday and holiday shopping and most importantly the people are the most friendly, welcoming and informative bunch around.  

I try to attend every opening there because it is always a good time and I meet the most interesting people.  

The gallery has been around for nearly 20 years and show the work of over 6,000 women!  It’s a beautiful place where everyone is welcome and appreciated…everyone.

This Friday is their annual art auction + gala at Salvage One.  There will be incredible art deals, live music, great food and libations.  I’ll be there to support this amazing gallery and all of the work that they do.  Here’s the details:  http://womanmade.org/auctions.html

They are on Facebook + Twitter too (so you can quietly stalk until you are ready to commit)

The print above is the one I lost in the last few seconds of last years silent auction.  It made me sad and so I immortalize my loss here now.

The Victory Project

Friday, August 26, 8PM and Saturday, August 27, 8PM
Woman Made Gallery
, 685 N Milwaukeee, Chicago, IL 60642

The Victory Project will be performing a series of performance installations, solos and trios developed during their research/movement development period. These studies will focus on the female body as a representation of the nation state and victory in art and literature from the 17th century to present day. Movement by Erica Mott, Silvia Diaz-Brown, Joy Davis, and Karen Faith.

The Victory Project is a multi-year inquiry and thematic umbrella for multi-disciplinary artistic responses to women’s bodies and notions of victory. This year is focused on an evening length work that incorporates image, text, movement and elements of puppetry to dismantle body parts and allegories that confuse and conflate patriotism and perversity.

It is presented as a series of delicate and intimate duets between mundane objects and the human body awkwardly juxtaposed with visually arresting and sometimes disturbing chorus pieces creating darkly humorous shifts in tone and rhythm.

The Victory Project is supported by a generous grant from Chicago Dance Makers Forum through their Lab Artist Fellowship Program, The Illinois Arts Council Individual Projects Grant and the Richard H. Driehuas Foundation.

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Woman Made Gallery on Facebook + Twitter

Reason #5,673,210 that I love the Woman Made Art Gallery.
They set up a booth at the Milwaukee Avenue Art Festival and instead of just showing off some fancy art they turned it into an interactive art station + karma fest.
Everyone who stopped in had to create a piece of art and then leave it for someone to take. Once you left a piece as a gift to some yet-unknown friend, you got to take a piece that someone has left behind for you! Karma Fest.
Then they took pictures of everyone with their before and afters. So creative, so fun and so very Woman Made.
You should visit Woman Made Gallery. It’s Free and It’s Amazing + Oh so friendly. Plus they have a great little gift shop area. And, you can rent their space out for private events for a ridiculously reasonable price! (around 100 people max).
685 N Milwaukee Ave (You can hit up Intuit while you are over there!)
Woman Made on Facebook + Twitter

Reason #5,673,210 that I love the Woman Made Art Gallery.

They set up a booth at the Milwaukee Avenue Art Festival and instead of just showing off some fancy art they turned it into an interactive art station + karma fest.

Everyone who stopped in had to create a piece of art and then leave it for someone to take. Once you left a piece as a gift to some yet-unknown friend, you got to take a piece that someone has left behind for you! Karma Fest.

Then they took pictures of everyone with their before and afters. So creative, so fun and so very Woman Made.

You should visit Woman Made Gallery. It’s Free and It’s Amazing + Oh so friendly. Plus they have a great little gift shop area. And, you can rent their space out for private events for a ridiculously reasonable price! (around 100 people max).

685 N Milwaukee Ave (You can hit up Intuit while you are over there!)

Woman Made on Facebook + Twitter

Single Most Important Blog Post From Me Ever

Hey Chicago!

I need your help. Perhaps you know that for the past 2 years I have sat on the Board of Directors for the Woman Made Gallery.

Well, I also chair the Marketing Committee and in honor of our 20th Anniversary in 2012 (YUP 20 Years and over 7,000 artists shown!) we have created an innovative and badass marketing campaign to honor our artists and community members while getting the word out about our work and the importance of supporting women in the arts.

In order to make this happen we are doing a Helpers Unite campaign to fund it.

(click below)

Don’t you think this would make an incredible holiday gift in someones honor? If you donate at a $25 level or higher you even get presents!!! Best Gift Ever.

Or maybe you are looking for an end of the year tax write off? Perfect!

Or maybe you just love Chicago and want to support good work in this glorious city!

No cash? No worries, you can just help us spread the word right?

So much gratitude Friends!!!

Woman Made Gallery has a pretty badass awareness campaign going on in honor of their 20th Anniversary of supporting women in the arts. Around the city you will see posters of wonderful women artists from Chicago that have been involved with Woman Made. These stunning photo’s have a QR code that, when scanned, brings you to a short video of that artist talking about their thoughts on the gallery and women in the arts in general. 20 women are featured, one for each year of service to Chicago and the world.

Keep your eye out for them!

@WomanMade