Studio//Perspectives

Perspectives is an expansion of the Studio//Shift arts collaborative and initiative created to encourage the pursuit of creative growth beyond the office. Whether it be a trip to the MCA, visiting a new gallery exhibition or documenting fun sketchbook illustrations, the everyday encounters with art in our short and sweet posts are sure to delight and inspire.

Members Night at the Museum

Members Night at the Museum

The Field Museum had special displays of anthropology, technology and puppetry at their annual Members' Night.

Her Shoes, by artist Ruti Modlin

Her Shoes, by artist Ruti Modlin

I am participating in DIALOGUE-CHICAGO-a Studio Interdisciplinary Critique/Seminar led by artist/educator Sarah Krepp. Artists from a variety of disciplines—including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation, performance, and mixed media—come together to discuss the expansive possibilities of our work. Through group critiques, field trips, lectures, and artist studio visits, artists acquire knowledge, skills and methods of developing our work and transforming our ideas. Some of the NeigerDesign team recently visited ARC Gallery to see the current exhibit where Ruti Modlin, (one of my fellow Dialoguers) has an exhibition called ROUND THE BLOCK: Prints and Paintings. Gallery Hours: http://www.arcgallery.org/ Thursday – Saturday: 12 – 6 pm Sunday: 12 – 4 pm

Field Work III Gallery showing at Co-Prosperity Sphere

Field Work III Gallery showing at Co-Prosperity Sphere

Field Work III features the work of over 25 emerging Chicago artists that are in some way connected to the Field Museum. Selected works explore themes related to natural history and the diverse breadth of scientific research that happens behind the scenes and in the collections at the museum.

Visit to ARC Gallery

Visit to ARC Gallery

Carol, John and Jonathan stopped by the ARC Gallery in Wicker Park after a morning meeting for some inspiration.

Lillstreet Art Center Gallery Openings

Lillstreet Art Center Gallery Openings

The first weekend of March was eventful for Lillstreet Art Center. They had two exhibition openings as well as a relaunch party for their event space, Lillstreet Loft. Being a big fan of Lillstreet, I attended all of them! I particularly liked the annex exhibition, "Flourish," because it showcases the ceramics of Lillstreet faculty and I always find it especially fun to see what the instructors are up to, and because they used a lovely variety of flowers to show off the different pieces. The exhibition is up until April 9th, along with the main exhibition, "Sculpture | Shaping Ideas," and I recommend visiting, especially during times when the adjacent (and very delicious) First Slice Cafe is open.

DIY Postcards for a Month of Letters Challenge

DIY Postcards for a Month of Letters Challenge

You may have read about the Month of Letters Challenge that I participate in annually, but I don't always want to write a full letter. Over the weekend I discovered that watercolor paper makes for a great DIY postcard! I did some painting and then cut down the paper to a more postcard-like size and proceeded as usual. USPS has surprisingly view requirements when it comes to postcards.

To pay the postcard rate, they must be:

  • Rectangular
  • At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick (as a guide, an index card is thick enough)
  • No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick
Open Studio: Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

Open Studio: Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

The process of creating art involves technical skill, inspiration, and lots of hard work. I participated in the Open Studio on December 18, where people could visit and see the creative process in action with members of the inaugural Chicago cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab. I worked on two paintings in progress and other artists demonstrated weaving, woodblock printing, and other art forms. It was one of the coldest days of the year but we still had a group of loyal art enthusiasts show up!

Having Fun with a Modular Display at Holiday Showcase

Having Fun with a Modular Display at Holiday Showcase

For the Association Forum Holiday Showcase conference we brought a custom-made display that was as fun to put together as it looks. Each of the squares has vibrantly printed images or words on both sides and are slotted to fit together just like the original Charles and Ray Eames “House of Cards” from the 1950s.

Making Marks

Making Marks

Today we are refreshing our mark-making skills in the last bespoke books session of the year. It's a great time to remember the techniques we learned years ago and utilize them in our sketchbooks for the sketchbook project! This is a detail from Carol's book that was brought to life through stippling.

Holiday (Coloring) Cards!

Holiday (Coloring) Cards!

This year's holiday cards were especially fun to design. Inspired by my trip to visit Iggesund this fall, I knew it would have to be a pop up! We hope everyone takes the chance to relax and spend some time coloring this holiday season.

Bespoke Books

Bespoke Books

Bespoke Books is a series of creative sessions which evolved from our journeys through The Sketchbook Project. The sessions are meant to help keep the team creatively refreshed and inspired throughout the year. For our November session, the Neiger team created block prints together to serve as designs for our sketchbook covers and they turned out amazing!

US Premiere of 'dirty butterfly'

US Premiere of 'dirty butterfly'

John visited the US Premiere of 'dirty butterfly', at Halcyon Theater.

Neiger Visits the Adler Planetarium

Neiger Visits the Adler Planetarium

Part of this year's annual Summer Fun Day was visiting the Adler Planetarium. We were struck by the beauty of Henry Moore's sundial sculpture "Man Enters the Cosmos" against the city skyline. It was a beautiful day full of insight and inspiration.