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!
ACREÂ invites you to join us for an escape to the Country onÂ December 9thÂ atÂ 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 aÂ silent and live auctionÂ hosted by Brandon Alvendia and Lil’ Elote. Get into the country-spirit and whet your whistle at theopen barÂ stocked with a selection of Lagunitas beers, wine and hard cider and compete for a special prize in the edibleÂ cornucopia eating contest. Swing your pardner along to the sounds ofÂ The Golden Horse Ranch Band, warm-up to the sweet murder ballads ofÂ Eileen, and cut a rug whenÂ Chances DancesÂ break out their country dance tunes. Be sure to dress in your country finest and get your one-of-a-kindÂ live portraitÂ by anÂ ACREÂ resident.Â ACREÂ is raising funds for it’s Exhibitions program and 2012 Residency Program.Â ACREÂ 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 andÂ ACREÂ 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. TheÂ cornucopiasÂ are fair game too- they’re made of bread! Prizes will be awarded for total amount of food eaten, and crowd pleasing-est groups.
ACREÂ (Artistsâ€™ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions)Â 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.Â ACREÂ 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,ACREÂ 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,ACREÂ provides opportunities for all of its residents to exhibit at eitherÂ ACREProjects, a storefront gallery in Pilsen, or one of over 10 partner spaces.
More information aboutÂ ACREÂ can be found atÂ acreresidency.org.
Heaven GalleryÂ is a non-profit gallery and multi-disciplinary artsÂ space in Chicagoâ€™s Wicker Park neighborhood that encourages, mentors,Â and presents new and emerging artists, musicians, and filmmakers to audiencesÂ throughout Chicagoland and beyond. In order to encourage submissions from theÂ widest diversity of artists, regardless of their financial situation, HeavenÂ Gallery widely promotes our open proposal process, and does not charge submissionÂ or exhibition fees. All of our programs are open to the public.