AnySquared is planning to host a special reception at Cole’s Bar (2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 7 pm until 10:30 pm for its 23rd [email protected]’s exhibit. The exhibit is set to feature artwork from the Peanut Gallery (1000 N. California Ave.). In the back room of the bar, visitors will be treated with the Sweater Kittens Variety Hour beginning at 8 pm.
Peanut Gallery’s exhibition space and artists’ studio is run by five members: Charlie Megna, Kelly Reaves, Brandon Howe, Traci Hercher and Dana Elliot. The show at Cole’s will be their first time presenting their own art as a group.
“We all have different backgrounds and disciplines,” Megna says, “so it’s nice to be able to show people what we do.”
The group plans to display works spanning many mediums, including photography, painting, drawing and mixed media visual art. The artist statements for the event promise a dynamic thematic range that reflects the Peanut Gallery’s vibrant community of experimenters and mischief-makers. While Howe focuses on that which “cannot be consciously defined” through spontaneity, Reaves tries “to elicit lewd thoughts with only paint strokes.”
Patrons can also expect photography from Hercher and paintings from Megna, drawing upon influences ranging from Eastern philosophy to American skate culture.
AnySquared and Cole’s: A Good Fit
Patrons at Cole’s Bar know musicians, comedians, poets and artists present their work at the bar on a regular basis. AnySquared, an art collaborative that produces art exhibits and events, is a natural fit to host exhibits in the art-friendly bar.
Cole’s owner, Coleman Brice, has been working with AnySquared co-organizers Tracy Kostenbader and Brett Swinney for years. The first [email protected]’s event took place in March of 2010. Since then, AnySquared has hosted 23 exhibits and started a monthly short film series, Cinema Minima, at Cole’s.
ArtSquared’s AnyWhere Space is just four doors south of Cole’s. Artists can drop by on studio days to work on art.
“[Cole] has always been very supportive of our many projects. He has regularly allowed us to have benefits at his bar and does this for many other groups,” Kostenbader says.
The works featured at the [email protected]’s exhibits hang on the walls and rotate every couple of months, sometimes leaving an indelible mark. The Lincoln-themed artwork in the back room of the bar came from the 16th exhibit, when local artists and bar patrons were called upon to help replace a stolen velvet Lincoln painting.
Adding a Little Variety for Number 23
AnySquared is teaming up with Sweater Kittens Variety Hour, which will add its own eclectic offerings into the mix. Hosts Paul Nixon, Morgan Lord and Kelly Reynolds invite local performers in music, stand-up, improv and performance art to present during the Variety Hour. No two shows are the same, largely due to the “vibe of hilarious uncertainty” Nixon considers to be the Variety Hour’s hallmark. Past shows have featured talent such as Adam Burke, Cameron Esposito, Junior Stopka and Ever Mainard.
The Peanut Gallery artwork will be on display at Cole’s through Nov. 15, and the Sweater Kittens Variety Hour takes place on the third Sunday of every month at Cole’s.
Photo: Max Morris