The way of the Creative works through change and transformation,
so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny
and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony:
this is what furthers and what perseveres.

The sage learns how best to develop himself so that his influence may endure. He must make himself strong in every way, by consciously casting out all that is inferior and degrading. Thus he attains that tirelessness which depends upon consciously limiting the fields of his activity.

I Ching, 1. The Creative

2008 Special Events - 7th Annual ArtWalkRavenswood
ArtWalk Ravenswood is two days event dedicated to honoring and celebrating artists and industry in the Ravenswood Corridor. The event included 30 venues highlighting over 100 local artists! For the 7th A.W.R. the Tai Chi Center of Chicago (TC3) featured 6 artists in conjunction with various performances made by the instructors and the student body at large.

    Demonstrating Master Tai Chi Instructors of the Tai Chi Center of Chicago:
    Elizabeth Wenscott - Tai Chi Chuan
    Chris Zalek - Tung Bei Chuan, Tai Chi Sword, Tai Chi Knife, Hsing I.
    Sas Stark - Hsing I, Tai Chi Sword, Tai Chi Knife
    Robin Manesky - Jen Shen Chuan, Man Chiang Hung Sword and Chuan
    Don Tomei - Qigong

    Artist members of the Tai Chi Center of Chicago on display:
    Steven Leavitt - Painting
    Vicious - Sculpture
    Rob Wittig - Archival Giclée Prints
    Kipling Swehla - Photography
    Christine Wallers - Projected Video
    Evie Evil from the Evil Beavers - Music
This years schedule of events.
    11:00am - 6:00pm - Art Viewing
    11:00am - 6:00pm - School Demonstrations Schedule
      11:00am - 12:00pm - Tai Chi Introductory with Chris Zalek - (Participation welcome and FREE)
      12:30pm - 1:30pm - Ongoing Tai Chi with Elizabeth Wenscott - Viewing Only
      2:00pm - 2:30pm - Qigong - Instructor Don Tomei - (Participation welcome and FREE)
      3:00pm - 4:30pm - Demonstrations lead by master instructors, along with members of the TC3.
      5:00pm - 6:00pm - Evie Evil electric lead bassist, vocalist, and founder of Evil Beaver will perform an live acousic show!!!
    11:00am - 6:00pm - Art Viewing
    11:00am - 6:00pm - School Open House No Classes or demonstrations

The Artists

Steven Leavitt
My work involves listening.
When my mind is quiet and still, listening becomes more profound.
I exercise everyday before I begin to work. Tai Chi and Yoga help me to clear and quiet my mind. Because the execution of tasks is not necessarily a physically therapeutic act, it is absolutely necessary to carefully care for my body and mind. Some tasks may take several months to complete. If I did not take proper care of myself, it would be impossible to complete these tasks. Warming up and proper conditioning are an integral part of my process.
    Since the mid 1980's Steven's work has been non-representational. His work has been developed both in miniature drawing and oil painting. His work has been strongly influenced by ethnic art and crafts from around the world both past and present. Steven's art education started in grammar school, by the fourth grade he could identify all the impressionists and create Mondrian design. Steven received a BFA from the school of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981.

    Steven L. Leavitt was born in Chicago in 1956 and has been practicing tai chi since 1981. To see more of Stevens work go to


LEFT - Detail of "Orange", oil on canvas. RIGHT - Ink on bristol board.

Vicious and the Universe is what it is all about. Vicious is everything, and so is the Universe. "When one tries to compare, there is nothing there, and that is why we are here." -Vicious 2008

For more on Vicious visit Vicious has been practicing tai chi since 2003.

Rob Wittig

For the past few years I've been playing with the horizontal and vertical formats of traditional Chinese scroll paintings. I've been asking: what would be a contemporary way of dealing with the classical elements --- painting, poetry, calligraphy --- using Western typography and a Western sensibility.

I've done a number of kinds of scrolls, including ones that are explicitly about Tai Chi, a practice I love. Traditional Chinese training halls often have mottos and encouragements in lovely calligraphy up on the walls as inspirations and reminders. My Tai Chi scrolls are intended, ultimately as messages of fellowship for my fellow Tai Chi students at Tai Chi Center, Chicago.

For more on Rob Wittig visit Rob has been practicing tai chi since 1996.

Kipling Swehla

Kipling Swehla is a Chicago-based commercial photographer specializing in shooting food and product. His work can be seen in popular magazines, cookbooks, and websites for celebrity chefs such as Charlie Trotter and Art Smith, long time personal chef to Oprah Winfrey.

After studying Tai Chi for 14 years, Kipling incorporates into shooting what he has learned from this martial art. "Photography isn't just about seeing. It is about listening, feeling, and responding." From the moment you are born, you are bombarded by visual stimuli. It is only through quiet breath and stillness of mind that you become aware of subtle beauty. While most are dazzled by brightness, there is also wonder in the depths of shadows.

For more on Kipling Swehla visit Kipling has been practicing Tai Chi since 1994.


Christine Wallers

per seconds of sun, 2004
Projected video, 5:58


per seconds of sun
Originally created along with a series of short projected video pieces, per seconds of sun explores transitioning mass and incremental shifts in time, and has since become a reference for recent sculptural installations. Shot during Wallers' time in the Northwest, (where the sun can sometimes be scarce and water abundant) per seconds of sun consists entirely of still imagery taken while traveling north by ferry through the Puget Sound.
    Christine Wallers, received her BFA from Columbia College, Chicago, and also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of New Mexico. Wallers is a cross- disciplinary artist whose work uses formal procedures of minimal and post-minimal art to craft installations that are site-specific, experientially based, and often fleeting. Wallers attempts to create an experience of the ephemeral, the just emerging and the barely visible, from the interplay between object and space. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, the Whelan, and Klaudia Marr galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Musee Denys Peuch in Rodez, France, and Bellevue Saal in Wiesbaden, Germany. She has curated a number of exhibitions including "Organizing the World: Sculptural Interventions" (Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, 2002) and "Broadening the Definition of Land-based Art"(The Land/an Art Site, Mountainair, New Mexico, 1999). She has been a Visiting Artist at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX, and a recipient of a Friends of Contemporary Art Monetary Award. Wallers received an Artist Trust Gap Grant in 2005 for her installation Sea Level at Suyama Space in Seattle WA. In 2006 Wallers completed first light, last (video and multi-channel sound installation with sound artist Steve Peters) a meditation on the cusps of darkness and light, sound and silence. First light, last projected at Caro d'Offay gallery in Chicago April 08. Wallers lives and works in Chicago.
For more on Christine Wallers visit

Evie Evil

Tai Chi and music are a lot about balance. With my music I always try to keep my songz balanced." - Evie Evil/Evil Beaver
    By playing music, Evie Evil has become a figurehead for rock & roll. Evil Beaver's brand of rock & roll is loud and soft, with overpowering hooks, and dynamic vocal melodies. The band is led by Evie Evil, who adheres both to rock tradition and break it. From the first release "Lick It" (2000), to the most recently released "Enlightening Without Dazzling"/"2 Berne Live" (2007), Evil Beaver continues to push the boundaries of kick ass rock & roll.

    Founded in Chicago by Evil Evil in 1999, EB soon after quickly connected with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Trumfio, to record the first two full-length releases, Lick It (2000) and Pleased to Eat You (2003). This lead to future releases by Evil Beaver with E. Lago Entertainment Group International.

    In March of 2006 the follow up E.P., "Models of Virtue" featured a significant lineup change that garnered much attention. Drumming for Evie was former Queens of The Stone Age drummer Gene "Honey B" Trautmann, who in 2007 was hired as full-time touring drummer for The Eagles of Death Metal.

    2007 was yet another prolific year for Evil Beaver, along with the addition of rock metal drummer John "Jojo Beav" Jones, 2007 saw the release of "In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism" in January, as well as the November release of double album, "Enlightening Without Dazzling"/ "2 Berne Live". Lookout for new recordings, music videos and other releases by Evil Beaver in 2008!

    With its uniquely beautiful sound and showmanship, Evil Beaver has forged into a not-2-miss live experience. Evil Beaver has shared the stage with a diversity of musical groups including; Bel-Rays, Chevelle, Fu Manchu, The Gossip, Imperial Teen, Lightning Bolt, Millionaire, Nina Hagen, Peg Boy, Rasputina, Shellac, The White Stripes.
For more on Evie Evil visit Evie has been practicing Tai Chi since 2003.