Sunday, January 31, 2010

Johalla Projects, Auction Show. 1.29.10

This is the piece that I donated to the Johalla Projects Auction show, Acrylic Ink and Collage on Wood.

Johalla Projects Art Auction Fundraiser

Aron Gent, Jennifer (Maxim), from the series Jennifer, 2008
image courtesy of Aron Gent
It is no secret that 2009 was a difficult year for arts programming in Chicago. We witnessed exhibition spaces close, admission prices sky rocket, and charitable donations evaporate. Many were lucky and persevered into 2010, but not unscathed.  While institutions suffered, so did artists and their patrons. Though many artists do not live solely off their commissions, losing benefactors and exhibition opportunities can be devastating. On the opposite end of the spectrum, collectors saw their budgets for art buying dry up.  Ultimately, this situation has trickled down to affect the public, who are losing the arts in their communities.

We at Johalla Projects aspire to offer you thought-provoking exhibitions and provide support for emerging and mid-career artists.  Because of the economic state of affairs, we decided to try something different.  We have organized our first Art Auction Fundraiser.  Proceeds from the auction will go towards improving our exhibition space and continuing to support artists in Chicago.  This is an event fit for the collector on a budget. Whether you are a seasoned art investor fixing your eyes on a steal or a budding enthusiast looking for that first piece to kick start your collection, our auction has something for everyone. Over 50 artists have donated original work. Plus a street writer wall, special thanks to vegan for making this possible.

  • Zach Abubeker, Esteban Alcozer, Caitlin Arnold, Alis Atwell, Nathan Baker, Cindy Bernhard, Lucas Blair, Bridey Bowen, Bridgette Buckley, Elijah Burgher, Erik de Bat, Charlie Deets, Philip Dembinski, Craig Doty, Jack Edinger, Sara Fagala, Heather Gabel, Aron Gent, Jon Gitelson, Jourdon Gullett, Kyle Harter, Anni Holm, Courtney Howell, Chad Kouri, Claudia Isabelle Lara, Ashley Rae Mathias, Colin Matthes, Joseph Miller, Jessica Munguia, Maureen Peabody, Ben Russell, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Justin Schmitz, Daniel Shea, Montgomery Perry Smith, Myles Smutney-Hyde, David Snedden, Ben Speckmann, Brian Sorg, Christopher Starbody, Julia Stotz, Laurent Varlet, Max Weber, and Nick Wylie.
  • Graffiti wall:
  • Nite Moves, Preston, Kepha, Aleks, Vegan, Cero, Saga, Revoe, Sael, Three, Gee, Knowles, and Skame

strawberry-rhubarb-basil-balsamic mojito

Friday, January 29, 2010
Auction Viewing: 7-11pm
Bidding will close at 10pm
Winners will be announced at 10:30pm

Tickets may be purchased to bid on art.
1 ticket: $5
5 tickets: $20
There is no limit on how many times one may bid during the evening.

Johalla Projects
1561 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL  60622

Hopefully soon I will be able to get photos of the space... but, here is a photo of the auction...

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