Chicago Art Girls represent at American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD

It is well known that Chicago Art Girls hit the road for the summer shows, traveling far and wide to show their work.  They are called the people of the tent and a more intrepid band of gypsies would be hard to find.  What is not so well known is that the circuit is not shut down in the winter and that some shows are actually inside a building.  A very large building in the case of the American Craft Council show in Baltimore at the Baltimore Convention Center.  For five days, which includes two days of wholesale, the convention center is home to hundreds of craft artists from all over the country and representing all media, from traditional ceramics, textiles, jewelry and wood to all kinds of new expressions, mixing of materials and methods and lately, the advent of 3-D printing.  Four Chicago Art Girls made the trip east, braving the entire spectrum of winter weather.
Kiku Handmade was there after returning a week earlier from New York Now, the premier wholesale market in the country.  After doing two wholesale shows, her work will be seen in museum shops and gift stores across throughout these United States.  


The generally terrible weather is a good thing for Strong Wear since it takes a very strong hat to stay warm this year, and the people out east are just not prepared for this.  Chicago Art Girls know all about weather and many hats found new heads to protect last week.

Nancy Gardner Ceramics brought her version of spring to Baltimore, cheering up the people and spreading the word that it can always be spring inside your house.  Just don't go outside and ruin your delusions.


Michelle Friedman's jewelry has been featured by the ACC in many of their publications and publicity materials, and she has a strong following in the area.  Her work suits the sophisticated buyers that come to ACC shows.

Chicago Art Girls are aware that some good artists live in other places and are always happy to make friends and add to their own collections.  Here are a few artists that we loved and hopefully will be seeing again as we do shows in the future.  Jenny Mendes (below, left) a Cleveland ceramic artists, makes intensely personal vessels and sculpture that seem to come out of a dream.  Christine Kaiser (below, center) makes wood constructions with a minimal surface treatment, that exist between drawing and sculpture and have an ethereal presence.  Elizabeth Frank (below, right)  makes sculpture from aspen trees that she collects and dries in her studio.  She adds found objects, and combines them with drawing and painting on the surface.  A strong sense of the narrative, along with spirituality and a folk art sensibility gives the work strength and power. 

Back for a 4th year, the Chicago Art Girls Spring Pop-Up brings their unique, handmade market to Bell School, featuring the works of over 40 artists. Shoppers will find a variety of wares, including jewelry, wearables, ceramics, home goods, paper arts, sculpture, and much more, in all styles and price ranges. Guest artists, like Nicole Hollander, keep the line-up fresh. It’s a great way to see what your favorite Chicago Art Girl is up to, and to meet some new ones. Artists are present and happy to talk about their work. The Chicago Art Girls is a non-profit group of Chicago area female artists dedicated to mutual support while bringing their best creative work to the public.
FUNDRAISER for SARAH'S CIRCLE: This show will be fundraising for Sarah's Circle, an organization that provides support, shelter and counseling for homeless and abused women.  More info on how to help coming soon.


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