Category: Street Art

Still searching for Sheena

Still searching for Sheena
Sheena Gibbs has been missing from the Rogers Park neighborhood, where she lived, since November 2021. She was due to travel to Iowa to take care of her ill mother, but no one has heard from her since November. Damon Lamar Reed (assisted by Terrence Haymer and Vel), created this mural of her currently at... Read more »

June's art fests will get your summer rolling

June's art fests will get your summer rolling
Spring has been a display of Mother Nature toying with our emotions. Summer is around the corner (think positive), so June is a great time to welcome some excellent art festivals. Think live painting, music, vendors, food, and more. My favorite part is watching the artists in action. What do you love most? Get your... Read more »

You are beautiful (yes, you!)

You are beautiful (yes, you!)
Would you like to start each day on a positive note? If so, I recommend You Are Beautiful (YAB) products to help you feel good and ooze more confidence. The YAB project started making stickers in 2002 and opened its Chicago headquarters in 2018. Inside their headquarters, you will find a studio and retail storefront.... Read more »
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An Albany Park Experience

An Albany Park Experience
I discovered this community from attending the Albany Park World Fest when it was being held many years ago (can someone bring it back?). What a great cultural experience this was, thanks to the outstanding music lineup, ethnic food stands, and people. The festival made me fall in love with this eclectic neighborhood, so it’s a... Read more »

Rockford gets CRE8IV

Rockford gets CRE8IV
I was thrilled when I heard about an annual mural festival that Go Rockford puts on. After seeing photos on Instagram, I booked a day trip to the “City of Gardens.” Bonus points for most of the murals being within walking distance of one another. Three Chicago-based artists have contributed including Stuk One, Sam Kirk,... Read more »

Artist feature — Natalia Virafuentes

Artist feature — Natalia Virafuentes
Natalia Virafuentes is a Latinx artist born and bred in Chicago. She has a range of skills with a flair for digital illustrations, murals, and painting. She even designed an album cover!  One of the reasons I became attracted to Natalia’s work is her fascinating style, particularly the face and hand art (it’s all about... Read more »
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Chicago artists invited to Art Infusion

Chicago artists invited to Art Infusion
I love it when cities recruit artists to enrich their downtown area. Janesville, a city in southern Wisconsin, is doing just that. Janesville recently held its annual Art Infusion event, which involves mural painting, a chalk art competition, and live music. This year the call for mural artists opened up to the U.S. with artists... Read more »

Everything's fine and dandy

Everything's fine and dandy
As soon as I noticed the incredible art and patio at Dandy Crown, I had to contain my enthusiasm before going inside. I arrived the moment they opened so I could be picture happy without being intrusive. I had glimpses of what was to come from social media, so I hoped to have the place to... Read more »

Artist feature — Cecilio Garcia

Artist feature — Cecilio Garcia
Cecilio Garcia, also known as Pitiz Art, is an artist who focuses on acrylic, watercolor, murals, and custom orders.  I discovered this talent first-hand at a live painting event in Pilsen. The two things I applaud most about Cecilio’s artistic skills are his dog portraits and his ability to paint celebrities into recognizable portraits. He... Read more »
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Let's Paint the Schools!

Photo courtesy Paint the City – Artist Ahmad Lee I follow Paint the City because I admire their goals and what they stand for. They are a “feel good” organization doing wonderful things for the people utilizing art. Nothing makes me happier than walking the streets looking for murals. Paint the City’s objectives Paint the... Read more »