2013 Special Events - 12th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk
October 5th & 6th

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 12th 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 forms, weapons, application
Chris Zalek - Tai Chi forms, weapons, application
Sas Stark - Tai Chi forms, weapons, application and TaijiFit™
Don Tomei & Sharon Fierro - Wellness Qigong

Exhibiting artist:
Christine Wallers (Artist in Residence) - Projected Video
Steven Leavitt - Painting
Paul Dickinson - Nature Soundscapes
Sara Zalek and Aurora Tabar - Performance Art - HUG
Musical Guest - Cellist, William Jason Raynovich

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 - 1:00pm - TaijiFit™ - (Participation welcome and FREE)
      1:15pm -2:00pm - Demonstrations lead by master instructors, along with members of the TC3
      2:00pm - 2:30pm - Qigong with Don Tomei and Sharon Fierro - (Participation welcome and FREE)
    • 3:00pm - 6:00pm - Musical Guest - William Jason Raynovich on cello & Art Viewing

    Sunday - 11:00am - 6:00pm
      11:00am - 12:00pm - School Open House - Art Viewing
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - The Hug - Performance (Participation welcome and FREE)
      1:00pm - 6:00pm - School Open House - Art Viewing

The Artists

Christine Wallers (Artist in Residence)
Projected Video
ghost bees

I was living in New Mexico in 1998 when I started collecting honeycomb from a beekeeper friend who was cleaning out their hive. At the time I was using beeswax to sculpt small spheres for a project and thought it would be great to use local comb to extract the wax.

I vaguely remember her talking about a mite wiping out her entire hive that year.

ghost bees is a video projection, originally shot in 16mm film and edited into a series of vignettes. It is a work in progress.
    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.
For more on Christine Wallers visit http://christinewallers.com/

Steven Leavitt
Black and White

54" x 54"
Vinyl paint 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 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, Michigan Seney National Wildlife Refuge Hiawatha National Forest Brighton Woods, and Platte River Nebraska. Recorded 2013
    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.

William Jason Raynovich
Saturday October 5th, 3-6pm

William Jason Raynovich is co-founder, Artistic Director, and cellist of the MAVerick Ensemble. Involved in the performance of contemporary music for fifteen years, he has premiered over fifty works. Specializing in experimental contemporary music, he presents lectures on the performance practice of the composers of the New York School, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff, focusing on the relationship between composition, aleatory, and improvisation.

As a composer, Mr. Raynovich has been performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has written works for electronics, solo works, chamber, orchestral, and vocal, focusing on setting the poetry of E. E. Cummings to music throughout his compositional career.


Sara Zalek and Aurora Tabar
Sunday October 6th, 12-1pm

    HUG is an ongoing project by Aurora Tabar and Sara Zalek that encourages love and healing through touch. In 2011, they hugged in public place over 52 times! They've worn red. They've worn yellow. They have a sign. It says "HUG". And there are flyers hanging from in on each side saying, "please take one." The flyer is 2-sided and says:


      Reaching out to touch someone is a lasting symbol of what it means to be human and a universal sign of healing.

      So take a moment, today, any day, to stop, to breathe, to reach out, to hug someone!

      by doing so you will cultivate compassion, peace, joy, friendliness, and happiness in yourself and all around!

      Every week we hug in a different location downtown. While we hug we converse with people about what we are doing and why. Sometimes people hug one another and sometimes they hug us. Some people are intrigued and excited while others are confused or put-off. We stand in peace and love, offering ourselves and others this respite, this reminder, this feeling.

      Our hugs thus far have been edifying and inspirational. This blog is an attempt to record and share our experiences as well as our interactions with passersby through writing, drawings, and photographs. Most importantly, this is just one more way for us to spread the word about the power of hugging.

      Share the Hugs

    More on The Hug Project can be found at: http://hugproject.wordpress.com
    For a sample of what a hour long hug looks like, check out this video filmed at Ravenswood Artwalk, 2011.

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