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Crusade for Art Chicago Mixes Pork and Photography

Reposted from the Crusade for Art Chicago blog (original post, October 15, 2015)

The members of the Crusade for Art Chicago Chapter held their first-ever Art-B-Q event on Sunday October 4, 2015. Taking over Heritage Bicycle General Store’s picnic area, the chapter’s members hosted a well-attended outing that included food, drinks, prizes and art photography.

The lot across the alley from Heritage was transformed into an outdoor installation of 34” vinyl prints from each of the chapter’s members. Artist and Crusade for Art Chicago member, Garrett Baumer dedicated nearly the entire 48-hour period before the event reducing more than 40 pounds of pork into about 15 pounds of pure barbeque gold.  The pork was served with sauce and homemade seasoned potato chips. When asked about the quality of the food, invited guest Nolan Narut, executive chef for the Windsor Restaurant summed it up in one word, “awesome!”

The Art-B-Q attendees purchased raffle tickets which also granted them free food and beverages. Each ticket was placed into a box next to editioned prints, yearlong postcard subscriptions and a bottle of Brand X, Baumer’s delectable barbecue sauce. Many of the guests stayed to see crusade member, Joseph Wilcox use his “teacher’s voice” to announce the winners. Matthew Crowther, who leads the Crusade for Art Chicago chapter remarked that the first Art-B-Q was a success and “it was so fantastic to see so many people getting together on a Sunday to have a good time and talk about art."

Crusade for Art's mission is to engage new audiences with art. Our work is about developing and supporting innovative initiatives that create demand for art and opportunities to collect it. The members of Crusade for Art Chicago include Garrett Baumer, Matt Crowther, Barbara Deiner, Jonathan Lurie, Julie Weber and Joseph Wilcox.

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Chicago Crusade for Art Local Chapter is Rolling!

Last week I was in Chicago for the Filter Photo Festival, which also gave me an opportunity to meet with the five artist members of the Crusade for Art local chapter. The local chapters are very important to our mission. While Crusade for Art provides resources and inspiration, the goal is to empower photographers to activate and begin implementing ideas and programs at a local level to create demand for their work.

Independent, volunteer Crusade for Art chapters around the country are the ground force of the movement. The chapters are provided with the program guidelines, best practices, support, logo, and brand of Crusade for Art, as well as use local resources and creative talent to develop new programs. Local chapters create and implement programs and events that both create exposure opportunities for their artist members and cultivate new collectors within their communities.

They are like fine art photography collectives. With some extra awesomeness.

photograph that will be available for purchase in the print sale, by Chicago artist member, Barbara Diener

photograph that will be available for purchase in the print sale, by Chicago artist member, Barbara Diener

The Chicago chapter is the first to really get up and running. We have a few others that are still in the organizing phase, but Matthew Crowther (the director of the Chicago chapter), just happens to be a dynamo. The five artist members (each chapter can have up to ten, and the members serve two-year terms) have met several times, and their kick-off event is Friday, October 10. It is a print sale, but Crusade-style (that means unique, exciting and super fun).

They will be offering work from each of their members for sale at great prices in editions of 5, but the twist is that with each print sold from an edition, the price increases $10. So if you are in Chicago, get there early, because each edition starts at $10, but ends at $50. I predict a photographic frenzy! More info here.

photograph that will be available for purchase in the print sale, by Chicago artist member, Jonathan Lurie

photograph that will be available for purchase in the print sale, by Chicago artist member, Jonathan Lurie

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