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Thought-Provokers: Northwest Side

Chicago has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the Northwest Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Tamara Cialabrini (Jaros)

It was always my dream to one day be able to photograph families and couples full-time. To truly live out my life doing what I love. I’m happy to say that I’ve been living out my life doing what I love now, full-time, for almost two years! Read more>>

Roy Kinsey

His professional development in librarianship has fueled his desire for self-examination and then reporting his findings, in rhyme. He intends and believes the success of his present and future creative works will touch the hearts of many because it comes from the heart. Read more>>

Matt Marks

Photography has always been a part of my life. It all started with my obsession with storms when I was a little kid. My friend and I shared this passion and would always run outside with our point-and-shoot film cameras and try to capture pictures of the lightning. Read more>>

Daniel JJ Vasquez

Surrounding myself with peers with similar interest allowed me to delve into my creativity and soon I became fascinated with tattoos. I started reading up on it and at 16, began tattooing myself and soon my friends, all out of the comfort of my grandmother’s house. Read more>>

Ashkon Haidari

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I’d sit at the bar of my parent’s restaurant, Corosh, and draw. Throughout school, I’d draw in every class (except art class). When I was 17 or so after school, I went to my friend Max Fitzpatrick’s house, a talented filmmaker and actor. Read more>>

Sally Marvel

I began performing maybe seven years ago through happenstance. I moved to Chicago and was couch surfing with a then friend. They told their friends that I was a burlesque dancer in an attempt to help me build community. I didn’t want to make them out to be a liar, so I rolled with it. I was not a burlesque dancer at the time; I was terrible! Read more>>

Oscar Sobolewski

Growing up, skateboarding played a big part in changing my perspective on the environment; it forced me to be creative. A few years of that, and I got into riding BMX. Having a bike to pedal around only expanded my possibilities of traveling further away from home, searching for new locations and spots. Read more>>

Cornelius Martin

To be at the mercy of nature, painting the catastrophic metamorphosis of an apocalyptic sunset, the orange barren soul, a Terra Nullius red desert hurricane, the golden dawn of an in-between world with light moving from sheer to blinding, the viridian greens of a spellbound forest… it all evokes a drastic experience. Read more>>

Jayson Lawfer

I was an active Board Member of the Ravenswood Community Council and Committee Chair of the Ravenswood ArtWalk. My talents of being an artist and holding positions of directorship have granted me the opportunity to present lectures and lead workshops in Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Italy and in the USA. Read more>>

Marco Chavarry

I found a passion for creating beautiful and interesting environments a few years ago. My terrariums were my first creative adventure, they were the foundation of my shop. It was my work in design that led me to begin to explore my talents in visual art. Read more>>

Brittany Dunlap

My art journey has been LONG, probably similar to many artists I was exposed and drawn to creativity since I can remember. When I was growing up, my family encouraged me to explore all art mediums and continue to work with my art teachers who were so passionate about the subject! Read more>>

Domenic Migliore

After film school, I took up photography. I met my screenwriting mentor, Tom Malloy, who helped me produce my first feature script. I continue to constantly write and create. I am now 28. Read more>>

Kathie Shaw

I don’t know if you could say I have been obsessed with art throughout my entire life, but my life has always been centered around art and art making. These days, when I travel, it is almost always centered around visiting museums and galleries. Otherwise, I am in my studio as often as possible. Read more>>

Kels Knies

I love to travel and I live to eat great meals. Luxurious vacations? Sure, but I prefer exploring a city those don’t frequent often such as Havana. Great meal? That does not mean having to spend a weeks’ pay. The finer things in life are those enjoyed less simple. Read more>>

Kelsey Ramire

I have worked extremely hard, my art skills have improved drastically. I finished my apprenticeship, and began tattooing in a sterile and professional environment. This has been both a great and terrifying experience, but I’m glad to be here and to share my story. For those fighting addiction, you can do it. Read more>>

Christine Anderson

I’ve always had an artistic bent. I took as many art classes as I could in my schooling, but didn’t major in it in college. A few years after I graduated from college, I was looking for a new hobby and calligraphy and hand lettering was something I was always interested. Read more>>

Jennifer Erin Cooper

I like to design graphics that are eye-catching and sometimes unpredictable. Each and every shape and work is thoughtfully planned out. I set my work ethic to the highest standard and never rush through anything a client has asked for or imagined for themselves. Read more>>

Langford Barksdale

I have been creative since early childhood. At age three, while my dad was napping, I climbed up on the washer and grabbed my mom’s oil paint box. I painted the entire living room from drapes, walls to rugs. My mom as an Interior Designer had a grand excuse to redo the Living Room. Read more>>

Kasia Zajac

My little brand has gained many loyal fans and clients. I offer genuine gemstones handmade jewelry, mostly bracelets at a very fair price. Mad Hare Creations is very personal and unique. I design jewelry for people who play with trends and express themselves through fashion. Read more>>

Olivia Kohler

I learned how to see the world through the eyes of my father, who is an architect. He was always looking at something about a building or a home while we would be in the car or out and about. That instinct transferred to me once I got a camera in my hands. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Danny Diaz

    August 22, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Thank you So much for being listed among these fine individuals, artists and thought provokers! Truly honored…

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