On March 9, Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space celebrated its one-year anniversary by presenting the opening reception of “Urban Landscapes,” featuring the work of photographer Andrew Steiner and painter Emily Rapport.
Beauty and Brawn (3501 W. Fullerton) opened March 17, 2012 as the brainchild of Lindsey Meyers, a photographer and mixed media artist and Logan Square resident. With a mission to combine community service with arts education, Meyers hopes to partner with other businesses and organizations to provide a welcoming place for young talent to exchange ideas and get involved with art.
Celebrating a Year
The opening reception was a celebration of art, music and neighbors, featuring music by DJ Marlon Montez and eats by 4 Suyos (@4suyoschicago, 2727 W. Fullerton Ave.).
Urban Landscapes recalls the daily life of Chicago’s neighborhoods related to the broader human experience. The exhibit featuring the work of these two talented artists, who have enjoyed a collaborative partnership spanning 19 years, juxtaposes Steiner’s unexpected drama and human interaction with Rapport’s mundane scene of daily life that identify the sublime.
As a figurative painter, Rapport creates oil paintings that depict fast-food restaurants, empty malls at night and dilapidated houses, transforming these scenes of otherwise daily occurrences into something special. Rapport’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Amsterdam and Germany, and will be featured in the 2013 edition of The Labletter, an art and literature journal.
Complementing these scenes are the compositions of humanity created by documentary photographer Steiner. Capturing downtown immigration rallies, street festivals and candid photos of passersby, Steiner’s photographic work showcases humanity in its rawest form. His work has been featured in the online magazine burn, the Bauhaus Gallery in Baltimore, the New Orleans Cultural Center, Light Impressions Gallery in New York and recently in Austin, Texas in an exhibition for burn.
The exhibit is open now through April 27, 2013.
In April, Beauty and Brawn will host a number of unique events. On Saturday, April 13, check out the kids fair in collaboration with Macaroni Kids from 10 am to 3 pm. Then on Sunday, April 14, meet author Peter David at a book signing, lecture and gallery fundraiser. David, author of “Mother Nature’s Son,” will read excerpts and sign books from 5 pm to 8 pm. A portion of the proceeds will go to Beauty and Brawn.
On Saturday, April 20, attend the Spring Into Action Fundraiser benefiting the Leila Grace Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides sexual assault prevention programs for campus safety to colleges. From 6 pm to 10 pm, enjoy art, wine and Spanish Tapas and support this great organization. To register, sign up on EventBrite.
Kids and Adult Classes
In addition to the exhibit, Beauty and Brawn hosts a number of classes for kids and adults alike. From Kids Hip Hop and Individual Guitar Lessons to Adult Yoga, classes run for six weeks and materials are included in the class registration fee. The next class session starts Monday, April 8 and runs through Friday, May 17. You can register for classes on the website.
During Kids Open Studios, kids ages 2 and up gather for a weekend of art making. At $5 a kid, it’s a great opportunity for your child to get creative for two hours. The next Kids Open Studios day is Sunday, April 7 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Check the website for the event schedule.
This summer, enroll your 5- to 12-year-old in Beauty and Brawn’s B & B Summer Camp 2013. Kids will engage in child-centered projects and activities that challenge and entertain them throughout the summer break. Activities include mixed media, free drawing and sketching, painting, storytelling, clay work, guitar, hip-hop dance, photography, city adventures, music, outdoor park time and more. Camp days even begin with a walk around the neighborhood to keep students active. Camp is scheduled from June 24 through Aug. 9 and costs $65 a day or $300 a week with a full five-day sign up. Half-day camp also is available for 4- and 5-year-olds at $35 per day. Visit the website for schedule details and to register.
Interested in a unique gallery space for your next party or private event? Beauty and Brawn is also available for kids’ parties and special events. Whether you need the space for a few hours or the entire evening, Meyers can assist you in planning your event. Rental packages include the full use of gallery space, tables and chairs, outdoor space (if applicable), and the use of gallery washroom and kitchen.
To learn more about its events, classes and other offerings, visit www.beautyandbrawngallery.com for more information.