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Meet Rebecca George of The Art House Studio Gallery in Old Irving Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca George.

Rebecca, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The Art House in Chicago is a studio workshop and gallery offering innovative courses for adult artists at every stage of experience. Adult art classes in color, painting, drawing, printmaking and open studio are open for registration on a semester schedule and feature in-depth demonstrations on material and technique, small class sizes and makeup options for missed sessions. Individual instruction is available to expedite a self-directed momentum and build a body of work/portfolio, as well as in professional development for the business of being an artist. Artist in Residence positions with studio space and gallery representation are also options for artists seeking deeper involvement.

Has it been a smooth road?
We’ve relocated three times in the past eight years– each time to a larger space that better-supported artists wanting to work on large scale and exhibit their work regularly.

Finding a neighborhood that was welcoming didn’t happen until we arrived at Six Corners/Portage Park. Every day someone comes in to introduce themselves– whether a business or residential neighbor. Our gallery openings have been well-attended and even Alderman John Arena honored us with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Art House Studio Gallery story. Tell us more about the business.
Being an artist is a different thing for each individual—there is a journey of steps each one takes, a sequence that transforms one from wanting to be an artist to naming one’s self as an artist. Inherent in this evolution is the process of participating in the act of creation enough times until the idea of ‘ARTIST AS SELF’ shifts from theory into being, Internal obstacles such as fear of failure, beliefs about talent and using comparisons with those we admire to gauge our abilities often cover up the main desire: to be truly one’s self—to create the art that comes only from within you—to experience the satisfaction of being truly yourself.

As an artist-run gallery and art school/studio, The Art House Studio Gallery values community and collaboration. In our eight years, we’ve never taken a commission of artist artwork sales and we never will.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The international online original fine art market has been evolving rapidly. We partner with high-quality venues such as Artsy.net to share the incredible work being created by the prolific and dedicated artists studying at The Art House Studio Gallery. Soon, we’ll be offering auction and customized art staging services through our website in order to better meet the needs of both the collector and the artist.

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Image Credit:
Photos taken at The Art House Studio Gallery by Founder/Director, Rebecca George

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