8th Annual Pilsen Open Studios

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th & 17th, 2010

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This year marks the largest 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios yet, with over 55 spaces and 80+ artists from Western Ave. to Halsted (16th St. to 24th St.) – extending its reach for the first time to include more artists’ studios, galleries, cafes, and restaurants.

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios is an artist run art walk that takes place during the third weekend in October to celebrate Chicago Artist Month. For the last 7 years, artists, galleries, cultural spaces and cafes open their doors during special hours to exhibit some of the most diverse works by artists from all over the world. Galleries include those such as Oxalá Fine Arts, Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, and Colby Gallery.

This year will also include a special presentation of local artists from the Little Village art community, which will be on exhibit at Roxaboxen Exibitions and No Coast Collective, located at 2130 West 21st Street (815-575-2072 or roxaboxenminicastle.com).
Many of the Artists reside in the Pilsen area (the major requirement for participation), a few artists are selected from outside of Pilsen – some of which are local, national, and international artists, who are invited to exhibit at select galleries. This year, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Colibri Studio/Gallery and Pros Arts Studio (a community arts organization active in the development of youth for the past 32 years) are collaborating for the first time by co-hosting a free community workshop for the Day of the Dead. Joining Pilsen residents, Pros Arts Studio artists, Pepon Osorio (Puerto Rico) and Angel Nava (California) will be creating on site at Colibri Gallery large-scale puppets and procession props.

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios also includes a number of community organizations and alternative spaces, such as Chicago Urban Art Society, Casa Michoacan, APO Community Arts, Tonantzin, and Calles y Suenos. Some of the restaurants who have supported as along our journey are: Mundial Cocina Meztiza, Ciao Amore Ristoranti, DeColores and Fogata Village showing local artists from the community.

This year’s artists include: Salvador Jimenez, Alejandro Medina, Angel Silva, Diana Solis, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Guillermo Delgado, Rhamaan Barnes, Patricia Peixoto, Gerry Lang, Roberto Ferreyra, Mark Nelson, Hector Duarte, Omar Valencia, John Pitman Weber, Pablo Serrano, Angela Scalisi, and many more. Furthermore, for the first time, there will be a mural walk tour, on Sunday, October 17th (see website for time/details). Also well-known artist Georgina Valverde will guide an intimate tour of certain studios on Saturday, October 16th (see website for time/details).

There will be four buses (free of charge) taking visitors to the different sites, and maps will be available at local places. For more information, visit pilsenopenstudios.org or call 312/733-8431.

Montserrat Alsina serves as Director of 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios – she also is an established artist and owner of Colibri Studio Gallery, 2032 W. 18th Street, which will be the boarding and departing point of all buses.

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Contact: Montserrat Alsina
Tel. 312-733-8431 Cell 312/545-8579