Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Opening Reception of Collective Conversations in Clay: Merging Media

The opening reception of Collective Conversations in Clay: Merging Media was really beautiful. People of all walks of life attended, a steady flow most of the evening.

There is still a chance to see the show and I highly recommend it. The collaborations are incredibly unique. Joanna Kramer (clay) and her husband Andrew Kerr (concrete/construction) created a wall installation that screams clever. Kramer's wood fired pillow vases also sit on concrete tables designed by Kerr that I want in my home. Cathi Bouzide (clay) and Danny Mansmith (textiles) created a mold of a silo wrapped in fabric and repeated over and over again as an installation. The colors and textures are amazing. Shane Grimes (clay) and Anni Betts (illustration) sold one of their wall pieces. Her scrolly, intricate patterns are hand drawn and fired on Grimes' large gorgeous, soda-fired platters and silos. Gina Hutchings (clay) and Tom Lucas (printmaking) continue Hutching's signature geisha women giving them a new dimension. Gina also sold her solo piece opening night. Emily Murphy (clay) and Sarah Chapman's piece is an oblong soda fired piece that is wrapped in metal and sits on a stand. Chapman's side has gems and stones embedded in little pods - such talent.
My collaboration "Daphne Adorned" ~ Nancy Pirri (clay) with Veronica Riley Martens (jewelry design) caused people to stare, walk around, read her story and inspired interesting conversations. I loved watching this. She stands with a very curvy piece of birchwood behind her with chains falling from the branches with Tagua/Babacu nuts placed in random sections. Please visit for story of daphne.
Friday, October 16 (eastbank studio artists open house)

Saturday/Sunday, October 17-18
also by appointment:

Thanks for reading and hope you can stop by and see the show.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Collective Conversations in Clay: Merging Media

In this third annual exhibition, ten ceramic artists collaborate with an artist of a different medium including printmaking, film, tattoo artistry, textiles, metalsmithing, garment design, painting, graphic arts, jewelry design, crafts and concrete design. Twenty-one artists in total will present both their own individual and collaborative works. These unique collaborative artworks exhibit a creative alliance between artists while still providing the classic individuality of each artist’s own design and vision.

Artists Include:

Nancy Pirri ( and Veronica Riley Martens (
Sarah Hicks ( and Isaac Facio
Emily Chapman and Sara Wright

Saturday ~ October 10, 2009: 6pm-10pm
Friday ~ October 16, 6pm-10pm
Saturday ~ October 17, 1pm-5pm
And by appointment
Artists of Eastbank Building
1200 W. 35th, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60609

Visit our web site for more information and previous exhibitions:

Collective Conversations in Clay: Merging Media is part of Chicago Artists Month 2009, the fourteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and made possible through Support Provided by Bank of America. For more information, visit

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Enter on North Side of Building

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

6th Annual Lillstreet Member Show

Please join us at Lillstreet Gallery for the 6th Annual Lillstreet Member Show!
Featuring 60 artists from Lillstreet.

This is a great show - I have been involved for 3 years in a row and it is wonderful every year!

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 ~ 10am-6pm
Sunday, August 30th, 2009 ~ 10am-5pm

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood (Montrose & Ravenswood)
Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Serene La Femme
This collection of work is a contemporary twist on the timeless beauty of the female form as a muse, featuring innovative techniques in platinum photography by Ted Preuss, ceramic methods and figurative sculpture by Audry Cramblit and Nancy Pirri, and paintings by Mary Qian. Show will exhibit for 10 days.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 29, 2009 • 6 to 10pm
Open House: Saturday, May 30, 2009 • 1 to 6pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, June 7, 2009 • 2 to 6pm
Un-Twelve Concert: Saturday, June 6, 2009 • 8pm featuring special guest Dante Rosati

the ceramic print...
The Ceramic Print is an exhibition of work by artists who integrate traditional printmaking techniques like etching and silkscreen printing into ceramics. Exhibiting artists include Eric Jensen, Matt Harris, Nancy Pirri, Paul Wandless, Thomas Lucas, Marcia Adler and Nancy Anderson. Paul is also the author of Image Transfer on Clay, published by Lark Books. A lecture and discussion on ceramics and printmaking take place during the opening reception in the Lillstreet Gallery.
When: March 7 - 30, 2009
Where: Lillstreet Gallery • 4401 N. Ravenswood • Chicago
Reception: Saturday, March 28, 5 - 8 pm
Open House: March 28, Noon -5 pm (workshops and demonstrations!)
Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 7:30 pm, Friday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

The 2009 Global Implications Conference affiliated with Southern Graphics Council features exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, private collection viewings, and special events at over 40 locations around Chicago. March 25 - 29, 2009 ~ Hosted by Columbia College

art against aids...
An evening of food, fun, and fine art! Bring health, hope, and opportunity to the frontlines of an epidemic. Donation of ‘The Arts’ will be up for auction. Please visit: for further information and to purchase tickets. When: Thursday, February 26 • 6:00pm Where: River East Art Center • 435 East Illinois Street • Chicago