Archive for October, 2007

Ragdale: An Appointment with the Muse

Ragdale House

I have just returned from the most amazing 2 weeks at Ragdale in Lake Forest, an artist's retreat. Never having participated in an artist residency, I did not know what to expect. This blog is an attempt to share some small part of the experience. (I say this because 3/4 of the artists I befriended at the residency were writers and poets, and I don't pretend to be one.)
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Chicago Artists’ Coalition Joins ArtStyle Blog

We are pleased to announce that Chicago Artists’ Coalition (CAC) will be joining ArtStyle Blog as a contributing blogger. CAC is a non-profit service organization open to artists and non-artists. Their blog will feature a roster of artists, critics, and other art world experts. Jeremy Biles, CAC’s Publications Manager, will be facilitating the blog.

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Interview with Karen Schulz-Harmon: Ossia Fine Arts Space

Karen Schulz Harmon
Photo Credit:
Claude-Aline Nazaire

Karen Schulz-Harmon opened Ossia Fine Arts Space in the Fine Arts Building in December 2006. Located on the 5th floor, with nearly floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a balcony and courtyard, the space has been host to 6 shows by various artists, primarily Chicago based. As a professional cellist and music teacher, she uses the space as a combination art gallery and performance space for the Chicago community to showcase talented artists, musicians and performance artists. (All images are courtesy of Karen Schulz-Harmon, except where noted.)
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The Art of Fragrance: Aromatherapy


For centuries, the art of fragrance has been practiced from the Temples of Luxor in Egypt with milk and honey baths of the pharaohs and queens to the spas of today with massages and herbal wraps. Aromatherapy has been used throughout the ages to heal the body, awaken the mind, and soothe the spirit. Practitioners also consider aromatherapy to be the art of using fragrances to affect or alter a person’s mood or behavior for the better.
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Chicago Cultural Center: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project is on view at the [tag]Chicago Cultural
Center [/tag]until December 16th. This show is a stunning use of craft to make a wondrous work of art. Created as a collaborative crochet piece, the long coral-like re-creations explode with color, form, and texture that are tantalizing to the eyes. As you walk into the room displaying the coral reef project, you are met with two long stunning colorful replications of the Great Barrier Reef, which lies off the cost of Australia. Hanging on the walls are splendid dynamic colorful forms of the reef that are just majestic. In the second room is a display of jelly fish hanging from the walls and an example of a collaborative piece made by Chicagoland contributors.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef. NASA Satellite Photo.

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