The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (ECC) presents Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience from September 28 – October 31, a series of outdoor art installations with more than 20 works that can be seen on Broadway, Bryn Mawr, Clark, Granville and Thorndale.
A detailed map for self-guided tours is available HERE. QR codes can be found near each art installation, which when scanned, will link viewers to information about the art, artists, and participating locations. There are no admission fees to Reflections, but online donation options are available.
Reflections features local street artists, professional muralists, mosaic world masters, fine artists and others displayed on storefronts, theatres, businesses and walls throughout Edgewater. To create this immersive Edgewater art experience, ECC has partnered with existing art initiatives supported by the Lytle House, Urban Art Restart, Paint the City, the Chicago Mosaic School, and the 48th Ward.
“Without the ability to produce events for the neighborhood as in past years, we wanted to create a program that brought people outdoors to explore Edgewater in a new way,” says Christina Pfitzinger, Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. “The power of art is that it brings together the unique voices of the community as evident in these pieces which range from solemn to celebratory. We hope that participants will discover places they may have overlooked and take a moment to reflect.”
This program highlights small businesses, theatres, available properties and the Edgewater neighborhood at a time when travel around the city is limited. Reflections allows residents the opportunity to explore the art already present in the neighborhood, seek out new places and spaces, and connect to communities as reflected through art.
When exploring the Reflections art map, participants can expect to see art from the following sources: Temporary Exhibit through October 31: As a special feature of Reflections, many small businesses will exhibit painted windows created by Ryan Tova Katz, Make & Co., and Barrett Brand. Taking inspiration from the business owners and the vibrancy of the area, these windows showcase temporary works that deliver messages of hope and empowerment and highlight often overlooked Edgewater retail locations. These creations will remain up through the month of October.
Temporary Exhibit through October 31: Earlier this year, an art alliance was formed to create works of art on the board-up of buildings throughout the city as a form of protest for the Black Lives Matter movement. That initiative is called Paint the City (PTC). With the hopes of using art as a way to respond to how the world is currently understanding systemic racism, PTC states, “The city will never be the same. There is now an experience we all share from this point moving forward. An experience that is rooted in pain but is sprouting with hope and unity.”
Urban Art Restart was created to support the work of PTC and many other Chicagoland artists by preserving the peaceful messages of solidarity on board-ups, while also shedding light on the artists andtheir stories. By archiving the art created throughout Chicago, their mission is to raise public awareness of racial and social injustices: “When these boards come down, the message must live on. These artist’s have utilized this platform to spread hopeful messages to reflect and fully recognize our obligation to make a change.” – Urban Art Restart
Reflections brings together the goals of Paint the City and Urban Art Restart to provide space for these artists and organizations to exhibit their work in the Edgewater neighborhood, particularly at vacant storefronts and temporarily closed theatres. Several of these murals, painted on board-up window plywood, will now be featured inside the glass, honoring their historical significance in Chicago’s Black Lives Matter movement and protests, while also asking residents to reflect on this time in our country’s history. .
Permanent Art: The Lytle House Art Initiative began in 2019 with one simple goal; to install as much public art as they possibly can. In support of their mission, the ECC is proud to highlight the work they have done to create intriguing and inspiring murals and images throughttps://www.thelytlehouse.com/hout the neighborhood. The map will come in handy, as many of their works are tucked away, waiting for you to discover them.
Permanent Art: Created by Chicago Mosaic School artists and funded by SSA#26 through the ECC, The Edgewater Garden Project is a series of flower mosaic murals installed on building facades throughout the neighborhood Edgewater as part of an annual public art investment in the commercial district. The first Installation was installed at the corner of Glenwood and Devon at Uncommon Ground and will continue with four subsequent installations throughout the remainder of the year.
ECC is excited to present this opportunity for residents to explore Edgewater in a new way and invite all Chicagoans to experience what our neighborhood has to offer. While you are on your tour, dine at one of our amazing restaurants and check out our variety of retail shops. There is something for everyone in Edgewater, and we are proud to show how we are a multi-cultural and eclectic part of Chicago.
Be sure to take plenty of selfies as you explore and tag us in your social media posts at: @edgechamber on Instagram or use hashtags #EdgewaterArtTour #EdgewaterReflections #edgewaterchicago
Escuchela, la ciudad respirando. (Listen, the city breathes) – Mural artist Mauricio Ramirez pulls inspiration by listening to conversations with locals in the community. Respiration features local business owners and community members that represent the diverse ethnic background that make up Edgewater. Mauricio presents the artwork in a technique called “lo-poly” which gives the illusion of a 3D portrait through meticulously placed and colored geometric shapes. The mural works well when viewing from a distance but can also translate to abstract imagery up-close.
Artist Molly Z set out to weave together multiple narratives in her mural. In thinking about the Edgewater Community and what is already at work, she wanted to align with the mission of making the neighborhood more “living” using nature-inspired imagery. The idea of creating a mural that represented a sense of “nurturing” seemed fitting because both the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Green Element Resale provide and care for their community in unique ways.