Humans. Our friends at ACRE lent us a radio station so we could play “Pirates” in Miami. It only seems right that we thank them by reminding you that their funding auction is happening this Friday night at Heaven Gallery! Let get out there and show them the love.
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To that end I have pulled a sort of random set of images from their auction catalog and reposted their text below.
Howdy Cowboys & Cowgirls!
ACRE invites you to join us for an escape to the Country on December 9th at Heaven Gallery! Shine up your spurs, polish your boots and pick out your best plaid for a night of art, music and dancing! The night will feature a silent and live auction hosted by Brandon Alvendia and Lil’ Elote. Get into the country-spirit and whet your whistle at theopen bar stocked with a selection of Lagunitas beers, wine and hard cider and compete for a special prize in the edible cornucopia eating contest. Swing your pardner along to the sounds of The Golden Horse Ranch Band, warm-up to the sweet murder ballads of Eileen, and cut a rug when Chances Dances break out their country dance tunes. Be sure to dress in your country finest and get your one-of-a-kind live portrait by an ACRE resident. ACRE is raising funds for it’s Exhibitions program and 2012 Residency Program. ACRE is dedicated to providing support to emerging artists and fostering an ever expanding community of cultural producers.
Bid on new art works by Chicago artists and ACRE alumni in both a silent and live auction! Featuring work by Adam Grossi, Alex Chitty, Alyse Ronayne, Aron Gent, Ben Driggs, Brandon Anschultz, Bryan Lear, Caitlin Arnold, Caroline Picard, Chris Meerdo, Dan Bradica, Daniel Shea, Jacob Chris Hammes, Jan Tichy, Jennifer Ray, Jeremy Bolen, Jessica Taylor Caponigro, Julia Klein, Kelly Kaczynski, Kristina Paabus, Laurie Palmer, Leo Kaplan, Matt Austin, Michelle Grabner, Olivia Valentine, Steve Reinke, Tara Hilss, Thad Kellstadt, Todd Diederich, Young Joon Kwak, Zak Arctander, and more! The silent auction will end and live auction will begin at 9:30. Cash, check and most major credit cards are accepted. Art work will be available to be taken home that night.
LIVE PORTRAIT DRAWING
Get a unique portrait solo or with a friend by a talented emerging artist. Participating artists include Betsy Odom, Caroline Carlsmith, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Chiara Keeling-Gonzalez, Lauren Beck, Leo Kaplan, Liz McCarthy, Michael Hunter, Michael Kloss, Nick Wylie, Ron Ewert, and Virginia Aberle.
CORNUCOPIA EATING CONTEST
Contestants compete in teams of two to gobble the most produce, chocolate and other goodies spilling out of five large cornucopias. The cornucopias are fair game too- they’re made of bread! Prizes will be awarded for total amount of food eaten, and crowd pleasing-est groups.
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a regenerating community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects. Each year,ACRE conducts a summer residency program in rural Steuben, Wisconsin, bringing together over 100 artists, musicians, and thinkers to make and discuss their work. Back in Chicago,ACRE provides opportunities for all of its residents to exhibit at either ACREProjects, a storefront gallery in Pilsen, or one of over 10 partner spaces.
More information about ACRE can be found at acreresidency.org.
Heaven Gallery is a non-profit gallery and multi-disciplinary arts space in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood that encourages, mentors, and presents new and emerging artists, musicians, and filmmakers to audiences throughout Chicagoland and beyond. In order to encourage submissions from the widest diversity of artists, regardless of their financial situation, Heaven Gallery widely promotes our open proposal process, and does not charge submission or exhibition fees. All of our programs are open to the public.