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

2009 Special Events - 8th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk
October 3rd & 4th

Ravenswood ArtWalk (formerly 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 8th RAW, the Tai Chi Center of Chicago (TC3) featured several artists in conjunction with various performances made by the instructors and the student body at large.

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    Demonstrating Master Instructors of the Tai Chi Center of Chicago:
    Elizabeth Wenscott - Tai Chi Sword, Tai Chi Knife
    Chris Zalek - Tong Bei Chuan, Xing Yi, San Shou.
    Sas Stark - Tong Bei Chuan, Xing Yi, San Shou
    Don Tomei & Sharon Fierro - Qigong
    Tracy Von Kaenel - Yoga

    Exhibiting artist:
    Artist in Residence, Christine Wallers - Projected Video and Installations
    Steven Leavitt - Painting
    Kipling Swehla - Photography
    Stephen C. Walker - Guqin (ancient stringed Chinese instrument)
    Sangeet Gupta - Ceramics
This years schedule of events.
    11:00am - 3:00pm - School Demonstrations Schedule
      11:00am - 12:00pm - Tai Chi Introductory with Chris Zalek - (Participation welcome and FREE)
    • 12:30pm - 1:00pm - Stephen C. Walker - Guqin Musical Performance
      1:15pm - 2:00pm - Qigong - Instructor Don Tomei - (Participation welcome and FREE)
      2:00pm - 3:00pm - Demonstrations lead by master instructors, along with members of the TC3
    3:00pm - 6:00pm - Art Opening

      11:00am - 12:00pm - School Open House - Art Viewing
      12:00pm - 1:00pm - Yoga Performance with Tracy Von Kaenel - Om Mani Padme Hum
      1:00pm - 6:00pm - School Open House - Art Viewing

The Artists

Christine Wallers (Artist in Residence)
First light, last
projected video time 20 min


First light, last is a meditation on the cusps of darkness and light, dreaming and waking, sound and silence, and a hopeful reminder of light in the midst of winter's darkness. The visual component consists of hundreds of digital photo sequences of cloudless sky patches in the moments just before nightfall and dawn. These still images have been strung together as animated video vignettes, allowing the viewer to visibly perceive slow transitional cycles as they move through various shades of rich, saturated blue, from azure, to deep indigo, to nearly black; this "blueness" becomes a form or quality of light in and of itself. The result is at once abstract and hyper-real. The sound component is derived from a single 40-minute field recording made on the beach at Kalaloch, Washington while watching night visibly descend. This recording was radically filtered to extract twelve individual frequency bands that fade slowly in and out, hovering on the threshold of audibility, a shimmering presence that suggests a sense of anticipation or becoming. Collaboration with composer/sound artist Steve Peters.

    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

Steven Leavitt

5.5 x 5.5
Oil on canvas

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

Kipling Swehla
Pigment ink on photo rag paper

Game Show is a collection of photographs of board games and toys I played with as a child in the 60's and 70's which are part of an upcoming book title, Playbook. Some of the classic games included in this series consist of Aggravation, Battleship, Battling Tops, Clue, Connect Four, Electic, Football (the vibrating board as well as the mattel hand held), Gnip Gnop, Hungry Hippo, Kerplunk, Life, Merlin, Mousetrap, Spirograph, Stratego,Trouble and many many more.

Although the entire collection is mostly in color for this exhibit I have chosen three white images that śrepresent the innocence of the child playing games that are often using archetype symbols from the adult world.

    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.

Stephen C. Walker
Performs on the Guqin (one time only!)

Saturday October 3rd. 2009
12:30pm - 1:00pm

About the Guqin
    The guqin, a seven-stringed zither, is China's oldest stringed instrument, with a history of some 3000 years. Chinese music has a long history, and its essence is best expressed on the guqin. In Imperial China, a well educated scholar was expected to be skilled in four arts:

  • Qin (the guqin),
  • Qi (the game of Go),
  • Shu (calligraphy) and
  • Hua (painting).

    Historically, the guqin has been viewed as a symbol of Chinese high culture and the instrument most expressive of the essence of Chinese music. More than 100 harmonics can be played on the guqin, which probably is the largest number of harmonics of any instrument. The guqin has its own notation, which itself has a history of at least 1500 years. There are over 150 guqin handbooks in existence, which contain in excess of 3,000 pieces of music as well as essays on the theoretical aspects of the guqin and its music.

    The Guqin is a part of our world's heritage, but today fewer than two thousand people can play it, and it is rarely seen in China . Music that was written over a period of many centuries is unknown to most people. In recognition of its supreme importance to Chinese culture, UNESCO in 2003 declared the art of the guqin a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The purpose of this UNESCO programme is to ensure that the best of every country's traditions is preserved, developed and made known to the outside world.

    In Chinese, "gu" means old and qin means "musical instrument". Historically, guqin was rendered as "Qin" in most ancient texts. Because its long history, it has during the last 100 years been widely called guqin.

    There is much symbology surrounding the instrument. For example, it measures 3' 6.5" (Chinese feet and inches), to symbolise the 365 days of the year; the upper surface is rounded, representing the sky, the bottom is flat and represents the earth. The five strings of the earliest qins symbolise the five elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. When Bo Yikao, son of King Wen, first ruler of the Zhou Dynasty around the 11th century BC, died the Emperor added a sixth string to mourn his son; the sound of the sixth string is sorrowful. The seventh string was added by the second Zhou ruler, King Wu to inspire his soldiers when his country went to war; the sound of this string is very strong. Finally, the 13 mother-of-pearl inlays along the outer edge represent the 13 months of the lunar year.

About Stephen C. Walker
    Stephen C. Walker began learning guqin with Shin-Yi Yang in 2003. His performances combine dedication to traditional qin aesthetics with interests in improvisation, musical dialogue, and the technological possibilities of a not-quite-traditional world.

About Sangeet Gupta
    Sangeet Gupta was born in 1976 in New York City. At the age of two his family moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he resided until moving to Champaign, Illinois to attend the University of Illinois to study mechanical engineering.

    In 2000, Sangeet moved to Chicago (where he currently lives) and not feeling he was able to express himself creatively through his work as an engineer, he began studying photography at Truman College.

    Although Sangeet still has a great love for photography, he felt the need to be able to work more with his hands in a three-dimensional medium. He has been studying ceramics at Lincoln Square Pottery Studio and Learning Center since 2003. Sangeet creates both functional and non-functional ceramic pieces using raku firing, electric firing and pit firing techniques. For the last several years he has focused on wood firing and salt firing techniques, which comprise the majority of his work current work.

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