2010 Special Events - 9th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk
October 2nd & 3rd

(Art Opening, October 1st, 6:30-8:30pm)

Ravenswood ArtWalk is two days event dedicated to honoring and celebrating artists and industry in the Ravenswood Corridor. The event 300 artists and local businesses! For the 9th 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.

This year the theme of our show in RAW is Lineage.
A sense of Lineage is a wonderful gift. To know where you come from and to understand the challenges your predecessors faced and overcame is a symbolic map of sorts that can give you the coordinates of choice. Choices as to what direction you want to take that will lead to a story that you want to tell and pass on.

Whether it is a biological map passed on through your ancestry; a skill based map passed on from teacher to student; or even an environmental map passed down for over 4.5 billion years; all life and death tells a story.

Each of the pieces on display, or performances made tell a story of time passing and that we, the viewer, are also just passing through while history is in the making...
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    Demonstrating Master Instructors of the Tai Chi Center of Chicago:
    Elizabeth Wenscott - Man Jiang Hung Jian (Sword)
    Chris Zalek - Forms, Weapons, Application
    Sas Stark - Forms, Weapons, Application
    Don Tomei & Sharon Fierro - Wellness Qigong

    Exhibiting artist:
    Christine Wallers (Artist in Residence) - Drawings, Projected Video, and Installation Prototype
    Steven Leavitt - Painting
    Andrew & Casey Calhoun - Musical Guest
    Kipling Swehla - Photography
    Dan Menzel - Stained Glass and Foil
    Laurie Cohen - Photography
This years schedule of events.
    6:30pm - 8:30pm - Art Opening

    9:30am - 3:00pm - School Demonstrations Schedule
      9:30am - 10:30am - Qigong Introductory with Sharon Fierro (Participation welcome and FREE)
      11:00am - 12:00pm - Tai Chi Introductory with Chris Zalek - (Participation welcome and FREE)
    • 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Andrew & Casey Calhoun - Musical Performance
      1:30pm - 2:15pm - Qigong with Don Tomei and Sharon Fierro - (Participation welcome and FREE)
      2:15pm - 3:00pm - Demonstrations lead by master instructors, along with members of the TC3
    3:00pm - 6:00pm - Art Viewing

      11:00am - 6:00pm - School Open House - Art Viewing

The Artists

Christine Wallers (Artist in Residence)
Drawings, Projected Video, and a Installation Prototype


Christine Wallers will present a new series of dense and tightly knit drawings that emphasis structure, repetition and random patterning. Using different values of graphite line Wallers builds a scaffold that holds an ethereal, yet pulsating mass together.

Also on view will be a projected video documenting light in space n which time and its shifts are the central theme, along with a prototype installation for Thaw/High Water Line, a scaled down version of the behemoth that nearly brought the wall down last year.

    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 http://christinewallers.typepad.com/

Steven Leavitt

63" x 88.5"
Oil and resin on canvas

About 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 http://taichicenter-chicago.com/stevenleavitt.html

Andrew & Casey Calhoun
Saturday October 3rd. 2010
12:30pm - 1:30pm

About Andrew & Casey Calhoun
    Andrew Calhoun writes with a paradoxical combination of incandescent intellect and unstudied magic. He is both a lightning rod for "the unconscious rightness of intuitive connection" and a perpetual student of songcraft with deep respect for both tradition and innovation. In the thirty-odd years that he has been a songwriter and performer he has created an impressive collection of songs from which he draws in live performances. On stage he is disarmingly unpretentious, spontaneous, insightful and darkly witty, as he weaves a tapestry that includes not only his original songs, but Scottish ballads that he has translated from dialect, and poems and songs by such exceptional writers as Dave Carter, Mary Oliver and Robert Frost.

    At age seven, Andrew memorized W. B. Yeats' "Song of Wandering Aengus," thus earning a nickel from his mother. He got his first guitar in 1967 at the age of ten, and began writing songs at twelve. By the late seventies, he was performing in the Chicago folk scene. He has since toured internationally, performing at folk clubs and festivals, pubs and house concerts. He presents workshops on many topics: Creative Songwriting, Song Appreciation, Scottish Folk Ballads, and Music Theory for Guitarists. In 1992, Calhoun founded Waterbug Records, an artists' cooperative folk label which has grown to 70 titles, bringing some of the brightest singer-songwriters and folk musicians to an international audience. His own recordings have been released on Hogeye, Flying Fish and Waterbug Records.

    Andrew Calhoun's vivid and inspired music is a companion for anyone who has ventured off the well-paved road to forge their own path in this world. Now living in Chicago, he recently released his tenth album, Staring at the Sun (Songs 1973-1981).

    Performing with Andrew will be his extremely talented daughter Casey Calhoun. Casey's has a pure, distinctive voice that takes the lead on songs by artists from Anais Mitchell to Frank Loesser, and adds new dimensions of harmony and call-and-response to Calhoun originals, Scottish ballads and folksongs, and rare 19th century African-American spirituals.

    Andrew has been a practitioner of Tai Chi since 1987!

    More on Andrew & Casey Calhoun can be found: http://www.andrewcalhoun.com

Kipling Swehla
Pigment ink on photo rag paper


Skylines is a thematic exploration of the temporary lines in the sky known as contrails. or vapor trails.
Condensation trails are made by the exhaust of aircraft engines which prematurely create a stream of tiny crystals in moist, frigid air in the earths troposphere.
    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.

    Practicing Tai Chi and Meditation since 1992, 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 http://kiplingphoto.com.

Dan Menzel
Lineage Glass
Stained Glass and Foil

Lineage Glass is designed as a quiet transparent reflection of the long passage of the thoughtful knowledge and skill-sets that have been painstakenly shepharded by past and present Yang style Tai Chi Masters. A homage to balance between subtle patterns and the clear breath. Repetition of movement depicted by the hands, the unassuming background denotes the simplicity of its origin postmarked with the ever present Yin Yang symbol.

Depicted from left to right:
Grand Master Hsu Fuen-Yuen, Chen Man Ch'ing, Yang Cheng Fu, Lao Tzu
    Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of the ebb and floes of time itself as a methaphorical interpretation of both Richard Corben and word ballooning.

    What began as a personal journey of the internal arts and various art producing mediums that lay before me has translated into images of humanism and ideas that seem to resonate within people to question their own diverse beliefs and force them to see the 256 shades of gray that simply inhabit our lives between the colors black and white.

    My mixed media choices embody an idiosyncratic view of the malleability of images and words in the everyday, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between the heavens, self, and the earth.

    My work is in private collections, as well as seen in various advertising mediums, comic strips, self published books and of course the world wide web.

    I have also exhibited in group shows at The College of Du Page. I currently spend my time between mediums and of course the Yang style long form Tai Chi Chuan.

    More on Dan Menzel can be found: http://www.quietrivertaichi.com and http://www.allpoetry.com/crowheart


About Laurie Cohen's work
    While never receiving formal art education, Laurie Cohen has pursued a variety of art forms ranging from oil and acrylic painting to jewelry making and most recently, photography. Much of her art work has been inspired by her travels to Asia and Africa. In particular, she draws on the ancient cultures of these regions.

    The five photographs in this exhibit are part of a larger series of photos taken in India in February of 2010. The series depicts people doing everyday tasks which are totally of the moment. The facial expressions convey no emotion, neither happiness nor sadness. Each photograph is taken on a street or alley teeming with activity. However, the person being photographed is not engaged mentally in any of this activity. There appears to be a sense of emptiness of mind and a total stillness of physical being. This is the state of mind which one attempts to achieve when practicing Tai Chi.

    These people are conducting daily routines which have been practiced for centuries in India, e.g., walking to the Ganges River to obtain holy water and going for their daily puja ritual of making offerings to the Gods and receiving the tilak (red markings on the forehead between the eyebrows). Through these photos one can see certain aspects of a culture which have remained unchanged for centuries. The ancient cultural traditions of India continue to be practiced as the country emerges as an economic powerhouse in the global marketplace. In many ways, it is these strong ties to the past which provide India with a firm foundation to meet current world challenges.

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