Pop Up Galleries Have Become the Norm in Kenosha
06/10/2013 3 Comments
One-night-only Pop-Up Art Galleries are becoming the norm in Kenosha, another indicator that the arts are alive and well in this Chicago-land city. For years I have watched ExposeKenosha coordinate the “Windows of Downtown” exhibitions in abandoned or unoccupied commercial storefront windows with ephemral exhibitions of photography, student art work, artists projects, guest gallery showcases. After three years of windows exhibitions the Kenosha Art Association is now part of the ephemeral art team and the program has expanded to produce pop-up galleries – one-night-only exhibition/ party / events which are bringing out artists and audiences this summer.
This month the gallery popped-up in the old Wallgreens store on 7th Avenue, which has long served as the anchor window of storefront window exhibitions.
As is often the case in Kenosha arts, Francisco Loyola was the backbone and mastermind of the project coordinating many artists and volunteers. Loyola brings the pop-up style of exhibition from the Chicago where artists have been staging these for years.
Margaret Heller of “Ready for Bed Quilts” (a new Kenosha Business) mobilized the quilting community who exhibited their work. Many quilt artists from the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild exhibited their work.
Erik R. Sosa was one of the featured artist with fun colorful canvases that reflected the quilt theme of the evening.
Artist Josie Rodriguez painted a mural for this event on the boards that cover the vacant building’s windows while it is under construction. During the event the boards came down to shown party and the art.
Jason Besier, a featured artist showed flowers made of welded recycled glass in the windows for this event.
Sylvester Costabile’s Cy’s Piano Jam Band” and also Nelson Snyder provided music – Pop-up events by ExposeKenosha always have music.
Mary Pat Andrea set up a Kenosha themed boutique.
As always Pat Kosser from Kenosha Art Association brings her organizational abilities and hard work to these events which could not happen without her.
It is hard to believe that the Kenosha Art Association ran the Good Old Summertime Art Fair last weekend and now this. With so much going on in Kenosha arts, it’s honestly hard to keep up. This is indeed a high compliment.