Creative Minds Coming to Chicago Festival
A wide range of artists and multimedia specialists have found their way onto the 2018 Edgewater Arts Festival roster. Many hail from the city and have been part of the artistic heritage in the city throughout their careers.
- Elizabeth Chin: Born and raised in Chicagoland, Elizabeth is currently coordinating the Multi-Racial & Ethnic Collective Public Art project, aimed at fending off gentrification and inspiring communities to nurture multi-ethnic, -racial, and -cultural backgrounds.
- John Cooper: John is an award-winning third-generation artist from Chicago who approaches art from an impressionistic style to guide his realist creations. His art has been exhibited in a number of local galleries, including at the Granville Picture Gallery and the Lincoln Square Art Walks.
- Rob Hogan: A native Chicago resident who paints pop culture characters using classical methods and techniques tied to Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, Hogan has hosted more than 750 local social painting events. He is also an instructor at the Oak Park Art League.
Unique Visions, Uniquely Edgewater
A myriad of approaches to artistic expression are on display this year.
- Don Widmer: Don combines handmade paper, bookbinding, and printing to create inspired stories and imagined histories.
- Liliana Bilbao: Liliana mixes oils on canvas with sculpture elements to accentuate her poetry.
- Justin Miller: A graphic designer and self-taught painter, Justin uses Magic Realism to portray built environments and altered landscapes.
- Therese Burton: Therese brings her project, “Of Art and Socks” to the festival, sharing her experience in leading an art group for people with mental health conditions.
- David Kogan: Since his first photograph at age 10, David has been working in commercial and location photography in Chicagoland his entire career.
- Susan Abelson: Susan takes a conservationist approach in creating her hats, reusing materials to make her wearable artwork both affordable and eco-friendly.
- Steve Connell: Using the Chicago nightlife and entertainment scene scene as a backdrop to explore urban isolation, Steve explores how night can transform the city through digital finger painting.
More than a celebration of Chicago’s rich artistic community, the Edgewater Arts Festival will feature stage performances, musical acts, and craft beers, as well as activities for children of all ages. Visit Edgewater Artists’ Arts Festival page to learn which artists will be on display and performing, how your business or organization can sponsor the event, or for opportunities to volunteer at the event.