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Sun Spots: Artistically Linked


Get Linked! 

If you ever feel like your artistic juices are running low, or you need to find the proper inspiration to nurture your inner child, or you’re looking for someone to provide you or your organization with creative services, Artistically Linked may be just the To-Do for you!  Artistically Linked, the brainchild of Onjalee LaShay and John Swain, is a creative arts networking series that occurs on the third Tuesday of each month and caters to all artists: visual artists, fashion & jewelry designers, photographers, models, musicians, vocalists, dj’s, graphic designers, poets, videographers, actors, writers and comedians throughout the Chicagoland area.   

Each month, Artistically Linked features five people from a variety of artistic backgrounds.  During the program segment, each featured artist shares information about their creative endeavors and their personal journey.  You are equally likely to find yourself moved to tears, laughter and/or creative action!  Vendors are present to sell or share their creative and/or artistic wares, cocktails flow, food is available keep the grumpies at bay and Swank Society keeps the music right. 

Artistically Linked roams from one artistic venue to another.  On July 27th, Jennifer Bridgeforth (one of the featured artists) welcomed us to her lovely exhibition space – the Phoenix Gallery.  The gallery, which is also available for special events, occupies two levels in the Halsted art gallery district, at 1829 South Halsted Street.  The white walls and light hardwood floors gives the main level a very open, airy feeling.  This open feeling is punctuated by the wall of glass at the back of the gallery that opens onto an unexpected and unbelievably lush, beautiful courtyard!  It is truly an oasis!  Be sure to stop by for a visit during the next Second Friday Gallery Walkaround!  July also featured William Kurk, musical performer and songwriter, Iccha Devi Rah (a/k/a – The Reluctant Vegetarian), culinary artist; Tonya Patton, author; and, yours truly! 

As with the majority of the events posted on the Soleil’s To-Dos calendar, Artistically Linked draws a mature audience.  There is no VIP bottle service, no lines around the block and no need to tell grown folk to dress appropriately.  Artistically Linked rides that perfect balance between well-attended and not overly-crowded; is attended generally by ages between mid-20s and late-50s; and, while predominately African-American, is definitely diverse.  Artistically Linked is a free To-Do and the next installment will be on Tuesday, August 31st from 6-9pm.  Now, that you’ve got an idea what to expect, you’ve got no excuse not To-Do it! 





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