Portraits of the Northwest Side

Portraits of the Northwest Side

Poster for art exhibit Portraits of the Northwest Side

“An expression of our area’s identity as defined by talented artists who call it home”–this is how Frank Styburski, a Northwest Side professional artist, describes Portraits of the Northwest Side. This juried art exhibit offers people portraits and place portraits of the Northwest Side area of Chicago.

The exhibit is part of the A Shot of Art series featuring artists with a connection to the Northwest Side. The space is provided by Perkolator Coffee. This particular exhibit is so big it spills over into a second venue.

Portraits of the NW Side some work at Perkolator

Part 1—at Perkolator Coffee, 6032 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago

Features art by Ted Burkhardt, Susan B. Clark, Alex Gregory, Rebecca Hellyer, Andrew Krueger, Peter Schulz, Curtis Staiger, and Julia Weegar. Most of the works show everyday life in the area.

Perkolator offers a bright and friendly atmosphere, coffee, and treats. Maybe not everybody knows your name, but chances are the owner knows, and he will give you a big hello and a smile.

The show Part 1 will be up through May 2nd. You have an opportunity to meet the artists at Perkolator on Sunday, April 17th between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Grace Pisula photo--moon with streaks

Photo by Grace Pisula
“Blood Moon as seen from Portage Park” also known as “Retromoon”

Part 2—at the Austin-Irving branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (just one block west of Perkolator)

Part 2 of the exhibit is in the library’s upper gallery on the second floor. It shows the work of nine photographers: Gerald Greenwood; Rebecca Hellyer; Anita Olivia Koester; Jody Magrady; Grace Pisula; Teresa Reid; Delia Seeberg; Susia Smith; and Lisa Wieczorek.

Grace Pisula has three photographs in the show. She is a member of the Northwest Arts Connection’s (NAC’s) Inner Circle and does a lot of work for NAC. Here is a chance to see her photographs and cheer her on.

Grace’s photo shown above “was taken in the middle of the night last summer from my back yard. I used a long exposure technique to achieve the light trail effect of a nearby plane crossing the frame. A lot of time was spent waiting and watching for the perfect timing.”

To see more of Grace’s work go to

Part 2 will be up through June 29th. Meet the artists at the library on Saturday, April 16th between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

While you’re there, check out the witty collages of Diana Nielsen in the display cases near the entrance. More about these later.

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