April Shows with Jason Messinger

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Birds I Have Known  
The Birdhouse Show
August House Studio
2113 W Roscoe, Chicago
April 24 - May 23
Wed -Sat Noon to 5 pm
Opening Reception 
Friday April 24 6-9 pm

This returning crowd-favorite group show features artist-made birdhouses and bird-inspired artwork of over 60 local artists and artisans. 
Gossip - Jason Messinger


Spring Madrigal - Jason Messinger
Celebrating 30 Years of Craft:
 Made in Illinois
Robert Morris University
State Street Gallery
401 South State Street, Chicago 
April through June
Mon - Thu, 10 am to 6 pm 

The State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University and the Illinois Artisans Program, Illinois State Museum are pleased to announce a collaborative exhibition: "Celebrating 30 Years of Craft: Made in Illinois." The show brings together the artwork of over 30 Illinois-based Artisans showcasing the very best in traditional and contemporary craft.

The Artisans featured have mastered a multitude of medias from metal to painting, from ceramics to furniture, from jewelry to photography, and more. Each artisan was juried into the Illinois Artisans Program during its 30 years of promoting local and handcrafted. The artisans, including Jason Messinger, represent a variety of regions in Illinois.  

A closing reception will be held Thursday, June 25th. 

Sweet and Sour - Jason Messinger

Save the Date: 
Cornelia Arts Building 
May Open Studios 
Cornelia Arts Building, 
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
Friday May 29, 6 - 10 pm

The last Building-Wide event of the year until the fall, this Open Studio event features the artwork and crafts of over 40 resident artists and artisans on two full floors of working artist studios. With special guest artists, local gourmet food truck, and free flowing libations!
Jason Messinger - in Studio 204 - will feature new artwork, as well as new oil paintings by his special Guest Artist:  Joey Wozniak. 

"Flowers" Jason Messinger
Joey Wozniak

"Owl Charts" Jason Messinger

Joey Wozniak


Cornelia Arts Building March 20 Open Studio

The Cornelia Arts Building 
Where Art Works
March Open Studios Event 
Friday March 20, 6 - 10 pm 
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago 

"Flowers" Jason Messinger
"Sands Shift" Jason Messinger
Join Jason Messinger and over 40 resident and guest artists of the Cornelia Arts Building! Our March Open Studio Event opens our 2015 year - come out of the cold and into the warmth!   
"Fighting Fish" Jason Messinger
Enjoy the working art studios of our resident artists, as well as special hallway guest artist exhibitions, complimentary refreshments, and local food truck Donerman, in a no-pressure, festive, family-friendly atmosphere!
"Wild Planets" Joey Wozniak
Besides our changing roster of Guest Lobby Artists, Jason Messinger will also feature the original oil paintings of his special guest artist Joey Wozniak in studio #204. 
"Casanova" Joey Wozniak
See some of Chicago's best artists and artisans – all opening up their private working art studios to you – the viewing public. Free and open to the public! 

"Shorelines" Jason Messinger
Over 50 local artists and artisans work in this former ice-house, including sculptors, painters, photographers, ceramic artists, print-makers, jewelry designers, textile artisans, and much much more. See what they have been creating on two full floors of working artist studios! 
"Miami" Jason Messinger
Established in 1986, the Cornelia Arts Building is one of the largest All-Artist studio buildings on Chicago's Northside. The building rests at the border of three distinct Chicago Neighborhoods; Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and Ravenswood/North Center.
"Sea Life" Jason Messinger
Find the perfect artwork for your home, or a great artisan made gift for your loved ones, imbibe our complimentary refreshments, or just enjoy the beautiful artwork and hand-made crafts in actual working artist studios

"Flowers" Jason Messinger
"Celedon Gears" Jason Messinger
The Cornelia Arts Building
Where Art Works 
March Open Studio Event
Friday March 20, 6 - 10 pm  
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
Entrance on NW corner of Ravenswood and Cornelia
Close to public transportation
two blocks south of Addison Brown Line stop,
Free parking available in front lot and on nearby streets 

Slideshow Preview on Artslant


Updates from Jason Messinger Art

February Updates from Jason Messinger Art

Jason Messinger's Calligraphy series featured on the Glossom blog:
Link to "Calligraphy" page
Link to "Abstract" edition on Glossom Blog 

Jason Messinger's "Symbology" series selected to Editor's Favorites on the Glossom news:
Link to Glossom News Favorites 

Jason Messinger's mural "Alice", for the Chicago Public Library, featured on CODA Magazines February issue: "The Written Word":
Link to "Alice" page
Link to "The Written Word" edition on CODA Magazine

Cornelia Arts Buildings 
March Open Studios Event
Friday, March 20, 6 - 10 pm
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
Over 40 artists and artisans open their studio doors to the public, with guest artists, local food truck, complimentary beverages, all in a festive family-friendly atmosphere! Free admission to the public!
Link to Facebook Event
Link to Artslant slideshow
Link to Cornelia Arts Building


Artwork inspires 2nd grade art class in Zamorano Fine Arts Academy in San Diego

I was greeted today by a teacher's email from the Zamorano Fine Arts Academy in San Diego, that said my artwork was being used to inspire a second grade art class lesson! What a delight! 

Here is the entire recent blog post by the instructor, reprinted with permission from the original blog post: http://zamoranoarts.blogspot.com/2015/01/abstract-landscaping.html

Zamorano Fine Arts Academy student work and real-world collaborations. Art projects created by K-5 students in San Diego. 

abstract landscaping

And we're back!
Right before winter break, the 2nd graders started their value unit. They used value to create 3d solids and 3d space in a drawing inspired the topiaries of Pearl Fryar. They tried to make their drawings look as realistic as they could. With this week's project, inspired by the modular clay tile works of Jason Messinger, I wanted to give them a chance to play with some simple landscape shapes, while still exploring how value contrast and shape size can create space and visual interest.
Jason likes to walk the line between representation and abstraction in his work and I wanted the 2nd graders to gain some experience in this too. I've had this image pinned for a while, so was/am excited to break out a lesson inspired by it:)
Versailles, France modular clay mural by Jason Messinger

I had the students do some preliminary work before starting their final drawings. First, they created color value scales. One with just green and another with yellow and green. We talked about pressing hard and soft to create the different values. They then drew a few simple landscape elements- pine tree, cypress tree, setting sun/bush, stream/path. The 3rd step was to put them together in an interesting way in 2 sketches. They needed to overlap at least once and change sizes from big to small somewhere.

They then got an 8x8" white square to draw on. When they had their chosen composition drawn, they could color it with any of the color values they made in their scales. The one rule was that shapes that shared a side could not be the same color.

On their exit slips, students had to identify how their new landscape was different than their Pearl Fryar ones. I also had them come up with a question to ask Jason. I will be collecting these and sharing some with him later this week.

My plan is to have different classes do different color schemes. I'm thinking blues for tomorrow. When we display them, I'd like to group them like Jason does and have the students help with the placement of the individual panels.
It's great to be back working with the kiddos!


Pop Up Studio Sale At Cornelia Arts Building with Three Second-Floor Artists - Sun Dec 14

Pop Up Studio Sale 
Cornelia Arts Building
Second Floor Artists
Sunday Dec 14, 
10 am - 2 pm
Join Judy Lichtenstein, Jason Messinger, and Michelle Starbuck Designs as they open their working artist studios to the public !

Amazing hand-made textile gifts and clothing from Judy Lichtenstein, 
unique ceramic tile wall art and gift items from Jason Messinger,
floral abstract oil paintings from guest artist Joey Wozniak, 
and modern affordable jewelry from vintage findings from Michelle Starbuck Design!

Holiday Stockings, T-shirts, Yoga-Active Wear, Blankets, Pillows, 

Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets,
Oil Paintings, Drawings, Tile Wall Art, Sculptures, Decor Globes, Vases, Bowls, Platters,
and other unique and hand made items!
Cornelia Arts Building
Second Floor - Top of Stairs!
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
NW Corner of Cornelia and Ravenswood 

Judy Lichtenstein Designs
Jason Messinger Art

Michelle Starbuck Designs 

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Pop-Up Studio Sale
Sunday Dec 14, 10 am - 2 pm
Cornelia Arts Building,

Second Floor - Top of Stairs
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago

NW corner of Cornelia and Ravenswood
Parking in front and in neighborhood, 
Two blocks south of Addison Brown Line CTA stop



Private Studio Visits and On-line Sale for Blog readers thru Dec!

Private Studio Visits are now available at Jason Messinger's Studio/Showroom in the Cornelia Arts Building - throughout the Month of December. 

A no-pressure relaxed environment to review the work of Jason Messinger and new oil paintings by Guest Artist Joey Wozniak.

When in Chicago, enjoy the best available pricing by visiting Jason Messinger's studio work space - for original fine art, artist made and designed gift items, and books authored by Jason Messinger.

Contact the artist directly at JasonMessingerArt@gmail.com 
to arrange your private studio tour today: 
Cornelia Arts Building
1800 West Cornelia, Studio #204
Chicago, IL 60657

Not in Chicago? No worries! 
Readers of this Blog can enjoy a  
special discount of 25% OFF 
for the Month of December 2014 
from the internationally listed prices 
on the Artist's Web Site:  

To Take Advantage of this Special 25% offer: 
Email the artist at JasonMessingerArt@gmail.com with the words "BLOG SALE 25% OFF" in the Subject line - BEFORE Jan 1, 2015.
Include in the body of the email the following: 
  • Title of art work and listed price
  • Actual Link from web site (if you are tech savy!)
  • Your email address 
  • Your ship-too address
 The artist will then email you a private secure invoice link through SQUARE - where you can arrange your payment directly with this premier and secure merchant authorizing system. 
Once processed - artwork will ship via UPS insured to your address previously provided. 
Shipping is included with price to continental US locations, (small additional surcharge may be added for International sales, depending on items.) 
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