Villarte Little Village Arts Festival returns

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[dropcap]V[/dropcap]illarte is celebrating its 10th Annual Little Village Arts Festival (LVAF). For one weekend only from Oct. 2-4, artists will transform empty storefronts, existing businesses and other Little Village spaces into vibrant art galleries filled with local art.

Little Village is best known as the cultural and economic hub of Chicago’s growing Mexican population. As a community, LVAF organizers work alongside volunteer artists, Las Artelitas, The EGG, the YMCA, OPEN Center for the Arts and students to add to the liveliness of this neighborhood, while fulfilling the need for art spaces which provide exhibition and performance opportunities to novice and professional artists alike.

This year, LVAF is opening seven free galleries with various themes as well as free workshops for all ages.

Opening Night: FREE night of performances, art and music.
Friday, Oct. 2
2407 S. Kedzie Ave.
7-10 p.m.
Opening night will feature local street artist JASSO and local artists with an American Super Hero Día de los Muertos exhibit.

Gallery Exhibits: FREE various galleries off of 26th and 25th streets
Saturday, Oct. 3
Sunday, Oct. 4
(times and dates are attached with map)
Please visit the VillArte Facebook Page for updates on gallery locations and times at
www.facebook.com/VillArte-Chicago-La-Villita
Bitly: http://on.fb.me/1NKDhBg
Event page: http://on.fb.me/1KCbSMq

VILLARTE is an emerging arts coalition in Little Village and its mission is to promote and appreciate local artists and arts/cultural organizations in Little Village and Chicago by coordinating arts programming and creating neighborhood exhibit and performance spaces.

For further information, please call or email:
Villartechicago@gmail.com
Laura Vergara: 773-322-2512
Laura Nuñez 312-972-3808

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Below is a list of galleries and workshops

Galleries

Day of the Dead exhibit: “Los Super Muertos”
2407 S. Kedzie Ave. | Ageless Arts Tattoo Studios | Friday, Opening night 7-10 p.m. | Sat & Sun noon-5 p.m.
Street and local artists collaborate on a group show with a Día de los Muertos theme and American Pop Culture super hero exhibit curated by JASSO called “Los Super Muertos”.

“Hood Surreal: A Magical Vision of Neighborhood Life”
2320 S. Kedzie Ave. | Las Artelitas | Sat, 5-11 p.m., Sun noon-5p.m.
Chicago artists interpret life through magic realism. This exhibit will include visual arts, music and poetry.
*Community potluck and Loteria, Sunday, Oct. 4, noon-5 p.m.| Play Loteria on Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.

Sketchbook Exhibit
2311 S. Kedzie, Little Village Public Library Branch | Saturday ONLY noon-5 p.m.
Graffiti and local artists showcase their sketchbooks on their creative process.

Organic Expressionism
2500 S. Christiana Ave. | Cathedral Café, 2nd Floor | Sat & Sun noon -5 p.m.
Artwork with a surrealist and abstract approach to nature.

Puppets
2214 S. Sawyer Ave., 1st garage on the left | The EGG | Sat & Sun noon-5 p.m.
Create your own puppets/plush dolls in a gallery displaying puppets.

Domestic Violence International Poster Contest Exhibition
2214 S. Sacramento, OPEN Center for the Arts | Sat & Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
An exhibition of International posters about domestic or inter-family violence that won an international contest.

Retratos- Portraits of Little Village
2700 S. Western Ave., Rauner Family YMCA | Sat & Sun 1-4 p.m.
Portraits of families in Little Village by photographer William Estrada, along with works of students from Farragut High School.

Workshops

Little Village Photo Walk
Oct. 3, 1 p.m. | Meet on the corner of 26th & Lawndale
Meet photographer and artist Israel Reza who will be facilitating a photo art walk photographing local landmarks and murals around the neighborhood.

Learn the graffiti styles of “Xaust”
Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m. | 2311 S. Kedzie, Little Village Public Library Branch
Graffiti artist “Xaust” will be teaching teenagers and adults his style of graffiti along with learning how to letter their names.

Mini-Plush dolls
Oct. 4, 2 p.m. | 2214 S. Sawyer Ave.
Children and teenagers can come and learn how to craft their own plush dolls and puppets by the artist Naomi Martinez also known as “Monstrochika.”

Sit & Paint
Oct. 4, 12:30-3 p.m. | 2700 S. Western Ave., Rauner Family YMCA | Free Parking | Limited space. RSVP by calling 773-847-3115
The Rauner Family YMCA is offering a free sit and paint class lead by artist Kira Aguirre.

 

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