Archive | January 2010

Chicago Tribune’s 10 Hottest Winter Events in Chicago

Our auction was chosen as one of the ten hottest winter events in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune.

10 hottest winter events in Chicago –

It’s only hours away, so bundle up and head over to Johalla Projects tonight.

Participating artists are Zach Abubeker, Esteban Alcozer, Caitlin Arnold, Alis Atwell, Nathan Baker, Cindy Bernhard, Lucas Blair, Bridey Bowen, Bridgette Buckley, Elijah Burgher, Erik de Bat, Charlie Deets, Philip Dembinski, Craig Doty, Jack Edinger, Sara Fagala, Heather Gabel, Aron Gent, Jon Gitelson, Jourdon Gullett, Kyle Harter, Anni Holm, Courtney Howell, James Jankowiak, Chad Kouri, Claudia Isabelle Lara, Ashley Rae Mathias, Colin Matthes, Joseph Miller, Jessica Munguia, Maureen Peabody, Ben Russell, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Justin Schmitz, Daniel Shea, Montgomery Perry Smith, Myles Smutney-Hyde, David Snedden, Ben Speckmann, Brian Sorg, Christopher Starbody, Julia Stotz, Laurent Varlet, Max Weber, and Nick Wylie.

Auction Viewing: 7-11pm
Bidding will close at 10pm
Winners announced at 10:30pm

How to Bid:

1. Auction tickets may be purchased one (1) ticket for 5 dollars or five (5) tickets for 20 dollars from a Johalla Projects staff member.

2. Fill in your auction ticket(s) with name, phone number, and email address.

3. Place the completed ticket(s) in the envelope; each exhibited work has a designated envelope nearby labeled with the artist’s name, title of the work, medium, and size.

4. There is no limit on how many times one may bid during the evening. One may bid on a single work of art multiple times if desired.

5. Certain pieces will have a “buy it now” option. Please be aware that if you bid on a work with “buy it now” on the envelope, it may be purchased before the drawing occurs. If you would like to “buy it now”, please see a Johalla Projects staff member.

6. At 10pm we will collect the envelopes and randomly draw one (1) ticket from each envelope. At 10:30pm we will announce the winners of the drawing.

7. If you leave before the drawing at 10:30pm, we will contact you via telephone or email.You will have 30 days from the date of the auction to claim your winnings.


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Johalla Projects Art Auction Fundraiser, 1.29.10

Aron Gent, Jennifer (Maxim), from the series Jennifer, 2008
image courtesy of Aron Gent

It is no secret that 2009 was a difficult year for arts programming in Chicago. We witnessed exhibition spaces close, admission prices sky rocket, and charitable donations evaporate. Many were lucky and persevered into 2010, but not unscathed. While institutions suffered, so did artists and their patrons. Though many artists do not live solely off their commissions, losing benefactors and exhibition opportunities can be devastating. On the opposite end of the spectrum, collectors saw their budgets for art buying dry up. Ultimately, this situation has trickled down to affect the public, who are losing the arts in their communities.

Johalla Projects and their curators aspire to offer you thought-provoking exhibitions and provide support for emerging and mid-career artists. Because of the economic state of affairs, we decided to try something different. We have organized our first Art Auction Fundraiser. Proceeds from the auction will go towards improving our exhibition space and continuing to support artists in Chicago. This is an event fit for the collector on a budget. Whether you are a seasoned art investor fixing your eyes on a steal or a budding enthusiast looking for that first piece of art to kick start your collection, our auction has something for everyone. Over 50 artists have donated original work. Participating artists are Nathan Baker, Bridgette Buckley, Elijah Burgher, Philip Dembinski, Anni Holm, Aron Gent, Jon Gitelson, Chad Kouri, Daniel Shea, Montgomery Perry Smith, Myles Smutney-Hyde, and many, many others.

Johalla Projects Art Auction Fundraiser

Friday, January 29, 2010
Auction Viewing: 7-11pm
Bidding will close at 10pm
Winners announced at 10:30pm

Tickets may be purchased to bid on art.
1 ticket: $5
5 tickets: $20

There is no limit on how many times one may bid during the evening.

Johalla Projects
1561 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60622

Please contact for full list of participating artists or additional auction details

“Getting Acquainted” open until 1.24.10

Kristin Freeman

Shane Lavalette

Jason Polan

The Listening Project

Daniel Shea

In b Flat

Photos courtesy of Joseph Rynkiewicz

“Getting Acquainted” in Bad at Sports Top 10 Picks

“Getting Acquainted” at Johalla Projects was chosen as one of this weeks top ten picks by Bad at Sports.

Check out what they had to say:

“Getting Acquainted”, 1.8.10

An exhibition curated by Joseph Rynkiewicz

Daniel Shea, Bocek Park II from the series Baltimore, 2009
Image courtesy of Daniel Shea

We spend our lives surrounded by strangers. They’re sitting at bars, shopping in malls, and working in offices all around us. And while strangers are everywhere, we’re rarely given the chance to explore their circumstances. Conversely, the artists in Getting Acquainted have chosen to spend time with strangers. Anonymously working after the fact, they turn brief encounters into deep, careful records. Through collaborative video work, drawing, photography, and simply listening, these works celebrate the process and products of getting to know a stranger.

Featuring new work by:

In b Flat
Kristin Freeman
Shane Lavalette
Jason Polan
The Listening Project
Daniel Shea

Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 7-10pm

Exhibition runs from January 8-24

Gallery hours are Saturday 1-5pm and by appointment during the week

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