A couple weekends ago Dale and I went to the Old Town Art Fair. It’s a very busy art fair and one of the oldest in the Midwest. And it’s big but not annoyingly so. Best of all? They have some really great artists.
Lewis Tardy does unusual (and expensive) metal sculpture. We thought the sculptures were amazing and you can check out his website here.
My favorite again this year is Nicario Jimenez–a retablos artist with works featured in the Smithsonian! He makes incredible dioramas from potato paste and gypsum powder!
I love these and can’t wait to buy one! Anyway, the retablos feature traditional and everyday behaviors as well as political statements. The above feature “day of the dead” figures drinking and singing. Click on the pictures to get a better view!
A traditional retablo
A spectacular three-story retablo tells the story of immigration to America today. The folks on the bottom are just trying to get into the country, the second floor shows police harassment of immigrants and the top floor shows dueling demonstrations of immigrants protesting and Americans response–with the police caught in the middle.
A spectacular detail of the larger work above.
Another tradition retablo.
More drunk skeletons!
You can check out Nicario Jimenez’s site here.
Ultimately, we only bought one piece of art. Some girls at a nearby house were selling “affordable
” art–this lovely drawing set us back $3 but I think it was worth it. Dale is a big fan of meerkats
and this is a faithful representation of the little creatures.
We met up with some pals for a happy hour a few days back. This is our friend Anne. I worked with her at my last job.
This is Tara, our dear downstairs neighbor, and Stephanie–both former coworkers of Rebecca’s!
And a bonus of picture of Tara!
This is the view from my (Rebecca’s) office window. The building in the foreground is the famous Marshall Fields headquarters (that top floor is where Frango mints were made for many years).
The tall buildings in back on the left are the corncob towers. The middle tall building with blue-ish windows is the new Joffrey Tower (once the Modern Momentum building). It’s not as big as it looks; it’s just two blocks away from my building.
The really big one that’s under construction is the Trump tower. The one in front of Trump is 35 East Wacker Dr., I think. And that Batman-like black building in the back on the right is the Hancock.