Act Art local
While I’ve covered a variety of store comings and goings and vacancies along Milwaukee Avenue, as Logan Square artist and one of the festival organizers, Victor Montañez, says, “We do not need to look beyond our community to reinvent our economy,” and this year’s bigger, better Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival should put that idea to the test.
Centered at Logan Square’s square, the festival runs for three days, Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, from noon to 11:00 p.m. each day, and runs for miles up and down Milwaukee Avenue from California Avenue to Ridgeway Avenue (larger pdf map available for download) with a free trolley to take festival goers from one end to the other.
Those vacancies? Many will be converted to storefront art galleries during the festival (see preview below, and a full list of art exhibitions and galleries). Additional galleries will be housed at existing, new, and perhaps new to you, businesses. It will be interesting to see the transformation of these spaces, to see them become what you (and potential businesses and real estate brokers) might never have imagined.
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In addition to the exhibitions and galleries, there will be artists’ open studios, an art market with handmade crafts and fine art for sale, and a silent auction of the 5-hour masterpieces (yes, even the kids’ ones) created at the Live Art Events (like Planting peace at Paseo Prairie Garden) earlier this summer.
And in addition to the art events, there will be several stages of music with a variety of genres for your listening pleasure (listen to a preview below, see the live music schedule and watch for program updates). There will be activities for all — kids and seniors, sidewalk sales and sidewalk cafés, active and passive (see map and program schedule). Even more so than last year, You never have to leave Milwaukee Avenue this weekend.
Preview of Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival:
N.A.I.L.S. exhibition: “A Few Favorite Things” of Neighborhood Artists in Logan Square (image left), at New Wave Coffee, 2557 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir plays The Whistler stage at the Logan Square monument on Friday at 9:30 p.m.
“No Borders/No Walls” exhibition of emerging and established artists and their interpretation of the subject (image right), at 2725 N. Milwaukee Ave.
See additional preview here.