Hey B@S readers in Chicago!

I wanted to remind you about Threewalls big event and auction! It is this Friday!

Works available by many past guests and “friends of the site,” including…  Stephanie Brooks,  Industry of the Ordinary, Mike Andrews, Andreas Fischer, Carol Jackson, Kelly Kaczynski, Chad Kouri, Eric May, Claire Pentecost, and a piece by Christian Kuras and myself. So get over there and get yourself some art… 

Following text from our friend Iain.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please join me on July 8 in material support of threewalls annual summer gala: “The New Gotham Ballroom” at Stan Mansion. The threewalls staff, together with our board of directors, have put together what promises to be an unforgettable event. We have a live and silent auction with first rate artwork and artist-lead experiences. We have 50 dinners by Longman & Eagle Michelin star awarded chef Jared Wentworth. We have bottomless cocktails all night long. We have a fabulous entertainment program with dancing, comedy, and new music, featuring The Chandeliers and Frank Rosaly.

As this year’s Gala Chair and Board Treasurer, I understand that this event is critical in raising funds to secure our budget for 2012/2013. That money goes to artist fees, exhibition costs, grants, publications, public programs, commissions, residencies and of course, our general operations.

So what do I mean when I say material support?

Essentially, we want the gala full of people having fun, buying art, and pledging their support to threewalls. If you have not already, please buy tickets at the link below. If you have bought them, please attend the event and buy artworks from the live or silent auction. If you cannot attend the event, there are still many ways to support us. You could buy tickets and give them to someone who would love threewalls. You could make a tax deductible donation. You could bid absentee on auction works after previewing them at the link below. The point is that there are a lot of ways to help us make this year’s event spectacular whether you can attend or not. Of course, we would love to see you at the event having a good time.

What has your support resulted in the past year?

We hosted our first national conference this year: Hand-in -Glove, attracting over 200 artists working as grass-roots organizers from throughout the US and beyond. We published the third edition of PHONEBOOK – the only guide to artist run activity in the United States. We gave away $50,000 to artists working in the Chicago region as producers of public culture through The Propeller Fund, a program we administrate with Gallery 400. We are in our third edition of the CSA: the only kind in our region that commissions new work by local, contemporary artists to be distributed to subscribers – an affordable way to support and market strong work being made in Chicago and encourage new collectors. And of course our programs and exhibitions continue to be reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, New City, Timeout, Art Forum Print/Online, ArtSlant, WBEZ, Huffington Post and other publications in print and online.

We are an important resource for artists in Chicago – in terms of professional development, support and opportunities for exposure and audience development.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.three-walls.org/support/fundraisers/

Artwork can be previewed at http://newgothamballroom.tumblr.com/

I hope that you can join me in supporting this event.

Thank you!

Iain Muirhead Chair, threewalls 2012 Gala


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