Chicago Artists Month 2010 Event: The Loop Art Crawl.


This piece, “Books and Bricks” by artist Karen Becker is a metaphor for the power of books. Both books and bricks can incite violence, change and both can be foundations. The glove represents chivalry and refers to the artist, the writer, and the person who may lay or throw the brick. Can be viewed at Hard Rock Hotel.

Get in the Loop.

Hope by Artist Richard Jordon Maltz, 48″x36″ Acrylic on Cotton Canvas. Can be viewed at Block 37. Maltz was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 13, 1944.

The First Annual Chicago Art Loop Open kicks off Friday, October 15 with 191 local artists, working in a broad range of media from site-specific installation and interactive video to sculpture and painting.

For this occasion, the Loop will be transformed into an interactive,
multi-venue public art showcase. Works created by local artists in a
wide range of media will be on display, and in competition, in ten
downtown venues. This art competition will be judged by the public, who
will vote for their favorites.

The pieces in the competition were selected by a
professional jury from over 750 entries. The artists will be competing for
more than $60,000 in prizes, with $25,000 going to the top winner.

During the opening walk (5p.m. to 8p.m.) the public is encouraged to visit each venue (listed below) and begin voting for their
favorite artwork, while enjoying specialty “Artini” cocktails and other

Many of the artists will be on hand that evening to discuss
their works.
Works will be shown at the following venues:
    * Block 37 – 108 N. State Street
    * Chicago French Market/MetraMarket – 131 N. Clinton
    * Hard Rock Hotel Chicago – 230 N. Michigan
    * Hotel Allegro – 171 N. Randolph
    * Hotel Burnham – 1 W. Washington
    * Macy’s – 111 N. State
    * Merchandise Mart – 222 W. Merchandise Mart
    * Palmer House – 17 E. Monroe
    * theWit Hotel – 201 N. State
    * W Chicago-City Center – 172 W. Adams

Round 1 (October 15-21): The public is urged to participate in the first round of voting, where they can vote once in support of as many pieces as they’d like utilizing smart phone applications and texting.
Round 2 (October 22-28): Following the announcement of the top ten vote recipients on Friday, October 22, the public will be invited to vote for their top selection. The three winners with the most votes will be announced awards ceremony, Friday, October 29, and will receive $25,000 (1st), $15,000 (2nd) and $10,000 (3rd).

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  • Hello, Ms. Brewer. I was told this would be the best way to contact you. I wanted to thank you for using my painting (above). I was curious, too, on how you found it and what made you choose it. Thank you very much. I appreciate the exposure. Best, Karen

  • In reply to KarenBecker:

    Hi Karen,
    I found it on the Art Open website and thought it excellent and also appropriate for this time of year.

  • In reply to clk2000:

    Sorry for the delayed response. Happy to tell you that this painting was sold. Buyer happened upon it on his way to work. But I've had some web exposure and a friend said he saw a review of my painting (somewhere he can't remember). So, I am grateful and thrilled that you responded to this piece. Best wishes! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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