2012 Special Events - 11th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk
September 29 & 30, 2012

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 11th 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 - Forms, Weapons, Application
Chris Zalek - Forms, Weapons, Application
Sas Stark - Forms, Weapons, Application
Don Tomei & Sharon Fierro - Wellness Qigong
Tracy Von Kaenel - Yoga and Aerial Yoga

Special Event:
Paint Your Own Dragon with Tipsy Paint

Exhibiting artist:
Christine Wallers (Artist in Residence)
Steven Leavitt - Painting
Paul Dickinson - Nature Soundscapes

This years schedule of events.
    Saturday - 9:30am - 6:00pm
      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 - Tai Chi forms, weapons and application lead by master instructors, along with members of the TC3
      1:30pm - 2:15pm - Qigong with Don Tomei and Sharon Fierro - (Participation welcome and FREE)
      2:15pm - 6:00pm - School Open House - Art Viewing

    Sunday - 11:00am - 6:00pm
      11:00pm - 11:30am - Yoga & Aerial Yoga Performance by program director and instructor Tracy Von Kaenel and her students
    • 12:00pm - 3:00pm - Paint Your Own Dragon with Tipsy Paint! (Open to all $20.00 RSVP!)
      3:00pm - 6:00pm - School Open House - Art Viewing

Special Event

    Paint Your Own Dragon
    Sunday September 30th
    Noon - 3PM

    Celebrate the Year of the Dragon and RAW by letting the talented artists from Tipsy Paint guide you through painting your own Dragon stroke by stroke. You will be amazed at the masterpiece you create with a little professional guidance.

    Each session will be an hour long and cost $20 (cash or check only). All materials will be provided, so come ready to paint. We mean it when we say no experience is necessary. Select one of the Dragon paintings that have been carefully designed to be user-friendly for all skill levels, and give free reign to your inner artist.

    Register at Tai Chi Center Chicago or by calling 312.927.5959. Arrive Sunday at the Tai Chi School, and surprise yourself!

    SAS Stark
    mobile: 312.927.5959

    The Artists

    Christine Wallers (Artist in Residence)

    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 of a work in progress called the Luminous / Shadow Project.

      Christine Wallers is originally from the Chicago area but has lived, exhibited and curated shows in Seattle, New Mexico, France and Germany. Her work has referenced her interest in natural phenomena, most notably light and water phenomena in the Northwest, the Southwest and the Midwest. She 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. Within this she attempts to create an experience of the ephemeral, the just emerging and the barely visible from the interplay between object and space. Time and its shifts are key to understanding her process. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, featured in Dwell magazine and she has been a visiting artist at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. In collaboration with sound artist Steve Peters, she will be showing a new work, Hover, opening September 16 at Audible Gallery in Chicago.
    For more on Christine Wallers visit http://christinewallers.typepad.com/

    Steven Leavitt

    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 peices of Stevens work go to http://taichicenter-chicago.com/stevenleavitt.html To see a large collection of Steven's work friend him on on Facebook

    Paul Dickinson
    Nature Soundscapes

    Soundscape compiled from recordings collected in Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Wisconsin Kickapoo Nature Reserve Crex Meadows, and Michigan Seney National Wildlife Refuge Hiawatha National Forest Brighton Woods, recorded during May 2009 - June 2011

      Paul Dickinson is a sound artist and Zen Shiatsu practitioner. He is particularly interested in the physical and psychic spaces where these two diverse practices overlap: how the body 'listens' to environments both immediate and reconstructed, and how that act of listening can affect the healing process. His recent sound activities are acoustical investigations of wild natural spaces in a variety of habitats, primarily in the midwest. His previous works have included "Sleep Talk", a collection of his sleep talk utterances collected over 20 years; and "Music for Worms and Compost", a sound installation based on amplified sounds from worm composting bins. Paul's work has been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and many galleries and institutions in the US and Europe. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and has been awarded artist's fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and Artadia. He studied Shiatsu at Zen Shiatsu in Evanston, where he practices.

      For more on Paul Dickinson visit http://goshyes.com.

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