Ravenswood ArtWalk Shrinks Its Footprint, Expands Its Scope

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 28, 2012

This weekend’s 11th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk Tour of Arts & Industry is bigger and smaller than ever.

Set for Sept. 29-30, the ArtWalk has managed to both shrink its footprint while expanding its scope. To put the “walk” back in ArtWalk, organizers limited the physical length of the event to the stretch of Ravenswood between Lawrence Avenue and Irving Park Road. At the same time, the definition of “art” was expanded to include short filmmakers, who will display their work for the first time.

As always, visitors can expect to view a wide range of artistic endeavors: painting, sculpture, illustration, metalsmithing, glass making, photography, ceramics and glittered record album art (a personal favorite, if just for the whimsy of it). For a sneak preview, visit the “Meet the Artist” section on the RAW website.

A map of the event is available online for those who’d like to plan their route in advance. A few locations of particular interest:

  • The Central Gallery, 1807 W. Sunnyside. A representative piece from each participating artist will be displayed here; film competition entries will be screened here.
  • 4021 N. Ravenswood. Check out art from local students, including a group from Amundsen High School.
  • Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler. Take a tour and be among the first to sample Begyle’s brews. The guys also carved out room for artist studios in their space and will display their tenants’ work.
  • Wilson and Ravenswood. RAW’s music hub; food trucks will also gather here.

While strolling along, be sure to pay special attention to the Deagan Building, 1770 W. Berteau. Julie Lynch,the librarian who oversees Sulzer Library’s Northside Neighborhood History Collection, dug deep into the archives and unearthed some fascinating information about the former home of the J.C. Deagan Musical Bell company. Not surprisingly, in 1921 neighbors took Deagan to court, asking a judge to halt the perpetual clanging of chimes after 10 p.m. But by 1945, according to the Chicago Daily Tribune, the relationship between Deagan and residents had warmed to the point where the company’s carillon arranger took personal requests: “Will you please play ‘Happy Birthday’ at 11 a.m. for my Aunt Minnie?” Seriously, how amazing would “Call Me Maybe” sound on chimes.

The Ravenswood ArtWalk runs Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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