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Friday, February 4th, 2011
6:22 pm - PAPERMAKING & BOOKMAKING classes in Chicago

Book Arts classes taught by Heather Bella:

Hey Folks!
I've got another round of (very affordable) papermaking and bookbinding at Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood coming up.
We've still got room, and we need a minimum # of students for the classes to run! 

Handmade Paper Projects
Sunday evenings 5-8pm, 5-weeks beginning February 20th.

First-Time Bookmaking
Saturday mornings 10a-1p, 5-weeks beginning February 19th.

I am also teaching a class at the new North Branch Projects space in Albany Park!
Imagery and Movement in Books
Monday nights, 6-9pm, 4 weeks beginning THIS week, February 7th.

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
5:46 pm - "Awful!" - that was the first reaction of the people who visited the presentation when they saw "The


"Awful!" - that was the first reaction of the people who visited the presentation when they saw "The Ukrainian Potential"

The sculptor stressed that he was inspired to create this work by his recent travelling around Ukraine. "I was shocked of what I saw: ruins, poverty, a total decay. However on TV the politicians tell us that everything is fine and will be even better. But Ukraine is different. Now you will see the way it looks."


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Official website of the sculptor http://www.kingofmarble-shmatko.com/engver/index_en.html

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Monday, July 12th, 2010
12:41 pm - Women in Art tour at the Art Institute

The tour will focus on women artists represented in the Art Institute of Chicago and will last for an hour, followed by an optional lunch and discussion. Beate Minkovski, Executive Director of Woman Made Gallery, will accompany the tour and join the group for lunch to discuss the current state of women in the art world, female artists in Chicago, and any other art-related topics of interest.

If you are interested in this, the ticket deadline is July 25. Price is $32, plus optional lunch. The tour date is Saturday, August 14.


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Friday, September 11th, 2009
8:16 pm - Nicolai Shmatko has presented his new sculpture "Ukrainian Aurora" - Yulia Timoshenko


Nicolai Shmatko has presented his new sculpture "Ukrainian Aurora" and a new sculpture group "Christ's Appearance to the Apostles".

Nicolai Shmatko has presented his new sculpture "Ukrainian Aurora" and a new sculpture group "Christ's Appearance to the Apostles". It has taken 15 years for him to create the project with the Twelve Apostles.

In his sculptures Nicolai Shmatko decided to deviate from the Bible apostles known to us. "In this sculpture there are our contemporaries, people who live near us. Only Jesus Christ is an imaginary person as nobody can pretend to be like him. We can also see Peter, his favourite disciple, doubting Thomas and Judas. Among the known Bible persons I have embodied myself and my sons"- Nicolai Shmatko retells. 
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http://www.kingofmarble-shmatko.com/engver/p1_project_en.html The preliminary cost of this sculpture is 1.5 mln. Euro.


The other sculpture of the Nicolai Shmatko "Ukrainian Aurora" has taken him half a year. He retells about it, "Aurora is a morning star which lights up the road of travelers and wayfarers. I decided to accent attention on this and tried to find a woman who can personify national pathos but I could not for a long time. And finally I found national Ukrainian colouring in Julia Timoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine".
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  Nicolai Shmatko estimates this sculpture in 500 thousand Euro.

The sculptor noted that he is a non-party man and has not any political sympathies to Julia Timoshenko but her image helped him to create our contemporary Aurora.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2009
6:03 pm - attn: chicago (hula) hoopers??

i'm getting interested in hooping and would love to find some fellow hoopers. i only know of one class, but hear it's a little new-agey-get-in-touch-with-your-hoop for me. it's also kind of expensive, so i figure i'll try one last thing before i give up and go to learn at least a few tricks.

anyone want to start a class?? i'd love to help start a class with hip hop, cabaret - FUN - music and focus on tricks. i took a burlesque-y hoop class years ago and would love something more along those lines.

right? how fun does this sound?

anyone interested? i will do as much as i can with the details (where we might meet, etc) if i can find someone to LEAD the class. is this you? maybe we can get enough people to even pay that it would be profitable-y.


also - if you think you'd like to get involved too, please chime in. first, hooping is cool. second, custom hoops are cool. third, 600 calories an hour burned - even while watching TV -- is cool. enough said? even if it just SOUNDS fun, please let me know. i would love to make this happen.

cranky rogalsky

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009
5:12 pm - new art - Into Pieces


DevArt link for full view.

Into Pieces
Medium: Watercolor.
Paper: 140 lb Arches Hot Press.
Size: 9 x 12 inches.

Look forward, basking in the warmth of life.
The peace and harmony seem neverending.
Ignore the light out of the corner of your eye --
Just out of sight, the world you love is falling into pieces.

YLLA.ORG :: My DevArt Gallery

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
5:52 pm - go to this!!!

One of my favorite bands called the 88 will be playing before the White Sox vs Blue Jays game this Wednesday September 10 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chi at 6:30pmish. I am so jealous that I can't be there myself but I would hate for anyone else to miss them. They're so so so good. I found out about them cos they were that band that played in the opening credits of "You, Me, and Dupree."

I'm wondering if i'll be able to watch them online when they appear earlier at 8am on WGN Morning News. Just in case, could someone DVR it and post the video on line? pretty please? i'll be your best best best friend.

Check out their video. they're so good:

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
1:18 pm - Coffee and Crochet? Lessons and Lattes?

I'm offering Crochet lessons in Rogers Park. If you're interested, check out my craigslist ad!


Crossposted, but I'm poor, so you understand? Apologies.

current mood: creative

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
2:14 pm - for sale on the Bay of e

Please clicky on the picture to take yourself to the auction page.

End date: Sunday, March 10

End date: Sunday, March 10

End date: Sunday, March 10

End date: Sunday, March 10

End date: Sunday, March 10

End date: Sunday, March 10

current mood: chipper

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Saturday, February 9th, 2008
4:27 pm

Red Flower Acupuncture Studio is starting a new stitch'n'bitch-style knitting group. It's a different type of needle than we normally use, but knitting actually ties in quite well with acupuncture- it reduces stress, encourages a meditative state, and supports a healthy lifestyle!

The first meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 25th at 7pm. There will be light refreshments (wine and cheese) provided, but feel free to bring a dish to share! We'd like these gatherings to be crafty potlucks- good food, conversation, and creativity!

Don't know how to knit? Haven't picked up a set of needles in years?
No problem! We'll have a knitting instructor on hand to get you started.
We also welcome crocheters and other crafty folk!

Red Flower Acupuncture Studio is located at 2023 W. Carroll Ave studio c200. The closest intersection is Grand & Damen.
You can find directions on our website, www.redfloweracupuncture.com

E-mail us for more information, or to RSVP. It's totally fine to just show up, but we'd like to have a general sense of how many people to expect.

Happy Knitting!

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Thursday, December 13th, 2007
6:25 pm - Spine-atomy

Hi girls, I'm new to the community and fairly new to Chicago...lost my job a few weeks ago and sadly am parting with the painting below :(

I would love some feedback!

eBay auction


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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
5:15 pm - New knit/crochet meeting

Beginning to get chilly out...
Come to KTog ("KnitTogether") in Rogers Park!

Break out the yarn stash (if you ever did put it away)!
Check out my new knitting/crochet online community and then meet up with us.
Wednesday, October 10th at 6pm will be the first meeting @ the Heartland Cafe.
Be prepared to buy something from the Cafe so they let us keep coming back!
Visit the online community for more details.




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12:49 pm

  I'm new here - on Livejournal and to this community. Wondering if there are other teens in this community (or any communities for Chicago teens) interested in goth and horror. If so, I'd love to hear from you!

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Saturday, August 25th, 2007
2:52 am - Necessity is a mother.

So, just moved here a bit ago from Madison where i founded/moderated the local knit/craft circle and it's getting to me that i haven't really found myself a new home as far as the crafting community here.

I've been crafting like crazy, a lot of felting of my wool knit and crocheted items, and stocking up my etsy (dot com) store for the holidays, and it occurred to me that it would be a lot more fun with likeminded company.

Are there any worthwhile meetings or gettogethers i should know about on the way way north side? I'm in Rogers Park.

And if not, is there a need for one? I'm good at stirring things up. My stitchnbitch was my baby.

current mood: curious

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007
8:10 pm - Sourgrapes: A zine of substance

Hi there,
My name is Sam. I help run a zine called SOURGRAPES ZINE. We're a local zine based in Lexington KY. We focus on teaching kids about D.I.Y. ethics, being posi, and why its important to support local art and music.
I wanted to write not only to introduce our zine to the livejournal zine world! But also to explain our predicament. You see, after a lot of pulling out hair and craziness we've decided to hire on a full-time zine team. We used to be submission based but it was pretty hard on our (then) small team.
So now we're looking for like minded zinesters and punks who support self publication, D.I.Y. ethics, posi beliefs, and who are interested in having some fun creating a great zine and keeping the underground press alive!

We're looking for:

- Columnists
- Interviewers
- Record reviewer **
- Zine reviewers **
- D.I.Y. guide writers **
- Survival guide writers **
- Bike Repair guide writers **
- Cover artists (for upcoming covers)
- Photographers
- Cartoonists (full-time strip)
- Proof readers **
- Printers
- + more!

If you think you could help us out or would like to become apart of our team, we'd love to have you! Write us at SOURGRAPESZINE@GMAIL.COM or through our myspace: http://myspace.com/sourgrapeszine
Once again we are looking for FULL TIME writers/artists (which means we will be interested in your submissions for each issue) were poor and cant pay you but we can offer free ad space, zine copies, zine reviews, and whatever Sam can knit you!



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Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
2:02 pm

Hello ladies. I know this community is a bit dead, BUT, I need some help.

First of all,

If you use acrylic paint, which brand/type is the best?

Secondly, I am a beginner painter, and was wondering if you usually put in the background first or the subject.

I've tried both. I usually use black for the background(stupid I know) and I tried painting around the subject, but I have shakey hands, so the outline turned out a bit wonky. Then I tried the background first but no matter how many layers I put on, the black still came through a bit. I'm frustrated!

should I just give up?
or try art school?


also, this is the painting in which I did the background last....

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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Thursday, August 10th, 2006
4:20 pm - Fashion Design Students Collaboration


I would like to seek fashion design students who are into making fetish, pin-up, retro, alternative etc. type of clothing for projects with amazing exposure to be appearing in some major alt. magazines and events.

Please contact me ASAP through lj or myspace: www.myspace.com/bsharp921


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Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
1:46 pm

So I was at the Art Institute recently and was attracted to a certain painting in the Modern collection, but I can't remember the artist, or even the proper title. It was in the room with the glass case containing those old Dali review pamphlet things, and I'm led to believe that the title had something with "Gemini" in it, as the piece's plaque described a duality of character in it, mentioned the word Gemini, and noted that the artist's zodiac sign was Gemini. I hope that wasn't too vague, but could anyone tell me more about this painting?

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
2:31 pm - First post

Does anybody know of any mixed media art workshops?
I've never really done any of that but would really love to get started.

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
7:49 am

Hello! I've been lurking for the past few weeks, so this is my first post. :)

Have any of ya'll seen the Girodet exhibit at the Art Institute yet? It has its strengths and weaknesses, but I love...lovelovelove the painting The Burial of Atala. I started this while I was looking at the painting, but the gaurds got snarky, so I bought the catalogue and drew the rest from there.


Study of Girodet's mourning Chactas in "The Burial of Atala."

current mood: crazy

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