12/14/09


Private Studio Visits
Stop by this month for your own private studio tour to see my latest work.
Special holiday gifts are still available at collector's special prices.
Feel free to call to schedule your visit; (773)255-0993,
day and early evening hours are available.

Thanks for your continued support, and happy holidays!

Jason Messinger

12/10/09

THIS FRIDAY!



House or Home for the Holidays 
at August House 
2113 W Roscoe, Chicago 
Opening reception:
Friday Dec. 11th, 6 – 9 pm 
Show runs Dec. 11 – 20th
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sun, Noon – 6 pm 
Featuring the work of: Jason Messinger , Marya Veeck, Robert Rudd, Theresa Kier, Peter Hurley, Karin Moore, John Kurtz, Cyd Smilie, Francine Petro, Tom James, Jill Arena, Nick Bridge, Tim Anderson, Rebecca Wolfram, and Dirk Wales

12/6/09



TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!

Cornelia Arts Holiday Show
Sun. Dec. 6, 11 am – 5pm
Cornelia Arts Building
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
Entrance on Ravenswood
CorneliaArts.com

Featuring over 40 area artists showcasing their painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, glass, holidays items, and great gifts – everything handmade!
 
Jason Messinger will be offering special discounts for this event and premiering new work

11/24/09

Cornelia Arts Holiday Show


Cornelia Arts Holiday Show
Featuring over 40 area artists showcasing their painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, glass, holidays items, and great gifts – everything handmade!
Friday Dec. 4 , 6 – 9 pm
Sat. Dec. 5, 11 am – 5 pm
Sun. Dec. 6, 11 am – 5pm
Cornelia Arts Building
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
Entrance on Ravenswood
CorneliaArts.com



Shown - from top:
'Hong Kong', Jason Messinger, 2009
'Japan', Jason Messinger, 2009

11/20/09

11/4/09

November Open House @ Cornelia Arts Building


November Open House @ the Cornelia Arts Building
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 13, 6-9 pm
Open House: Saturday, Nov. 14, 12-5 pm
Sunday, Nov. 15, 12-5 pm

1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
Entrance on Ravenswood

November Open House showcasing over twenty of Chicago's
most interesting artists and artisans in their working art studios.

Attendance is free.

Jason Messinger offers special discounts at this event.

Artists and artisans open include:
JASON MESSINGER,
SCOTT SIMONS,
NANCY CHARAK,
TRACY SYPERSKI,
EMILY ROYNESDAL,
ALLEY MARANTO,
DARRELL ROBERTS,
JEFF BRYNER,
BASIA KROL,
EDWARD LINES,
JAMES PARENTI,
SUSANNE SIEGEL,
KEVIN SWALLOW,
BAHAR PARTOW,
GUILLERMO CARRILLO,
TANYA STIPPICH,
JUDY SCHUMACHER
JAVIER A LARA,
BETH KAMHI,
JOHANNAH SILVA,
JUDY LICHTENSTEIN,


10/17/09

10/5/09

Solo Show at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts



Jason Messinger has been scheduled for a Solo Show at the Goggle Works Center for the Arts
Tentative Dates: March 4 – April 18, 2010.
Reception date to be determined.

This solo show of signature ceramic tile murals and ceramic sculpture by Jason Messinger is scheduled to coincide with the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts 44th Annual Conference held in nearby Philadelphia, PA

NCECA 2010, 44TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

March 31-April 3, 2010 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
http://nceca.net/





Image list: 
Top - "Sympathies", 28 12"x12" tiles, dimensions variable, ceramic, glaze, wood frame backers
Bottom - "December", 20"x16"x13", ceramic, glazes

10/2/09

This Weekend- Cornelia Arts Open House

THIS WEEKEND
Cornelia Arts Open House
part of the Ravenswood Art Walk
Saturday, Oct. 3, 12- 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 4, 12-6 pm
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago

Two blocks south of Addison Brown Line CTA stop (and Addison Street)
One block west of Lincoln Ave.
Entrance on Ravenswood.
Free parking in front of building and in surrounding residential neighborhood.

The Cornelia Arts Building celebrates is annual Open House. Join Jason Messinger and over 40 other resident artists and artisans on two floors for their premier annual event. Attendance is FREE.

Premiering NEW ARTWORK, Jason Messinger also offers special discounts off the regular gallery price for all original artwork sold at this event, with some special SUPER SALE items on small scale artworks.


9/26/09

Cornelia Arts OPEN HOUSE - Oct 3 & 4


CORNELIA ARTS OPEN HOUSE

Cornelia Arts Open House
part of the 
Ravenswood Corridor Art Walk
Saturday, Oct. 3, 12- 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 4, 12-6 pm

1800 West Cornelia, Chicago
Entrance on Ravenswood

In Conjunction with the Ravenswood Corridor Art & Industry Walk, the Cornelia Arts Building celebrates is annual Open House.

Kick off the art season and help celebrate Chicago Artist's Month, by joining Jason Messinger and over 30 other resident artists and artisans for their premier open house event.

Showcasing new works n many mediums, Jason Messinger will be offering special discounts off the regular gallery price for all original artwork sold at this event.

ARTISTS and ARTISANS in the Cornelia Arts Building Include:
JASON MESSINGER,
SCOTT SIMONS,
NANCY CHARAK,
DARRELL ROBERTS,
KEVIN SWALLOW,
JAVIER A LARA,
JOHANNAH SILVA,
TIFFANY STRONSKY,
JEFF BRYNER,
EMILY ROYNESDAL,
TRACY SYPERSKI,
GUILLERMO CARRILLO,
ALLEY MARANTO,
DOUG BIRKENHEUER,
BETH KAMHI,
BASIA KROL,
BAHAR PARTOW,
NORBERT MARSZALEK,
SUSANNE SIEGEL,
KATHERINE DRAKE CHIAL,
GREG MILNE,
HEATHER AND QUENTIN MC QUEEN,
FRASER TAYLOR ,
DOUG FROHMAN , ,
VANESSA HIRSCHOWITZ,
JODI RAE BROWNSTEIN
JUDY ZEDDIES,
DREW KATES,
JAMES PARENTI,
TOR DETWILLER,
JOSH GARBER,
REED KIRST,
EDWARD LINES,
ERIC STEELE,
PAM ROBINSON,
ERIC WEINSTEIN,
BRENDA HESSELBERG,
JUDY LICHTENSTEIN,
FIRE ARTS,
FRIENDS OF THE ARTS,
GLORIA RUSSELL,
JUDY SCHUMACHER

9/4/09

Art at Auction for Emberwood Center

Jason Messinger's work featured at Benefit for the Emberwood Center in Indianapolis

FRIDAY Sept 4: Two big shows and more Sept. 4 at the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis. Including a one-night-only art sale / silent auction to benefit EmberWood Center in the Underground and new work by Maren Bell in Hank & Dolly's Gallery, not to mention open studios throughout the building. The opening reception is from 6-10 p.m. and the artwork will be up through Sept. 26. Info: www.harrisoncenter.org, 317-396-3886.
In the Underground – One night only “Underground” art sale benefitting EmberWood Center, featuring a dozen artists - including nationally recognized artists (collectible) Greg Seagrave, Jason Messinger and Alan Emerson Hicks at special benefit (door buster) sale prices. See why we’ve received so much buzz about this special one night “Underground” show! Normally you have to go to Chicago or beyond to see the work of Jason or Alan, but tonight you can see it at the Harrison:
JasonMessingerArt.com
Alan Emerson Hicks on crazy8art.com

Top: "Initimate Equations", watercolor and ink on paper, 22"x30"

Right - "One Life", 8"x8" tile

9/3/09

European Tour



New Combined mural of several smaller murals:
"European Tour"
24 - 8"x8" ceramic glazed tiles
with hidden backer frames and wall cleats.

See more work on line at
JasonMessingerArt.com

8/31/09

Legacies II



New Mural "Legacies II"
16 8"x8" cermaic tiles with backer frames and wall cleats.

See more work on line at
JasonMessingerArt.com

8/25/09

US Postage with Jason Messinger Art



JASON MESSINGER ART ON ACTUAL US POSTAGE STAMPS

15 designs by Jason Messinger now available as actual US Postage.
Sheet of 20 stamps start at $19.95 for the 44-cent First Class Stamp.
Other stamp denominations are available.
Perfect for framing, or making a unique letter!

Jason Messinger Zazzle Gift Shop for Stamps

8/17/09

Shoe design wins Todays Best at Zazzle.com


Thursday August 17, 2009
Shoe Design by Jason Messinger wins TODAYS BEST award at Zazzle.com

Today's Best on Zazzle Aug 17,2009

Review all my shoes designs and order on line at
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8/15/09

NEW SHOES



New SHOES designed by JasonMessingerArt!
THIRTY DESIGNS now available!
Available in all women's sizes
Genuine Ked's canvas shoes in Lace-up and Slip-on styles.

Review and order on line at
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8/8/09

NOTE CARDS by Jason Messinger








Note/Greeting Cards available in two sizes, with envelopes.
Personalize cards with your own custom message inside, or make it blank!

Review and order on line at
Jason Messinger Art Zazzle Store

7/23/09

Books now available on Amazon



Maui Love Letters
A romantic collection of poems and artwork
inspired by the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii.

Eating the Child Within
An entertaining collection based on classic children's fairy tales
reworked into adult poems of violence, lust, and betrayal.

Order books ON-LINE at Amazon
Or download PDF version Jason Messinger Bookstore

7/18/09

Other Sites by Jason Messinger

If you enjoy Jason Messinger Art,
you might also enjoy these sites

JasonMessingerArt.com
- the main site for Jason Messinger;
including full gallery of artwork both sold and available,
links to other sites, CV/bio, and more

JasonMessingerWrites.blogspot.com
- short fantasy fiction, poetry, and biographical essays
by writer and artist Jason Messinger

ArtistsOfChicago.blogspot.com
- reviews of artists and artisans living and working in Chicago,
written by artist, writer, and curator Jason Messinger

Crazy8Art.com
- a virtual Gallery of several Chicago area artists

Thanks for following!

7/14/09

New Egypt



"New Egypt" design available on several affordable gifts:
T-shirts in Men and Women's styles and all sizes,
Greeting Cards in two sizes with custom message or blank,
Mugs in several styles, and US Postage stamps.

Review and order on line at
Jason Messinger Art Zazzle Store

Want this image on other merchandise?
Contact the artist directly and he will custom make it for you!

7/1/09

Over There



"Over There" original artwork drawing in metallic ink on black paper available at gallery website:
Jason Messinger Art

"Over There" design available on several affordable gifts:
Greeting Cards in two sizes with custom message or blank,
Posters - choose size and paper quality,
T-shirts for men, women, kids, and a Mousepad!

Review and order on line at
Jason Messinger Art Zazzle Store

Want this image on other merchandise?
Contact the artist directly and he will custom make it for you!

6/25/09

Bromance With Benefits




"BROMANCE WITH BENEFITS"
In honor of Gay Pride Month-

T-shirt Available through Zazzle.com/JasonMessingerArt
Available in every size
with Black letters on white or pastel shirts,
or White letters on black or dark colored shirts,
and in 20 different styles - including short sleeve, long sleeve, sweatshirts, muscle and singlets.


Review and order on line at
Jason Messinger Art Zazzle Store


Want this image on other merchandise?
Contact the artist directly and he will custom make it for you!

6/20/09

Grrrr....Animals! - a Group Exhibition of Creature Art

Grrr...Animals!
Eyeporium Gallery
1543 N Milwaukee
(Inside Eyewant store)
(773)782-1744
June 12 - July 3, 2009
Gallery Hours Mon-Fr 12 - 7, Sat 12 -5
Closing Party Friday July 3rd

Features work from over a dozen artists,
including a couple pieces by me.


6/10/09

Writ on Water IV




"Writ on Water IV",
22"x30" painting in watercolor and ink on cold-pressed heavyweight water color paper with deckled edge.
(top - detail, bottom - full view)

6/6/09

OPEN STUDIO EVENT - 14 artists - This Monday

Monday, June 8, 6 PM:

Behind the scenes at the Cornelia Arts Building

On behalf of the Hyde Park Art Center's 70 days for 70 years anniversary, Darrell Roberts will be leading people through the Cornelia Arts Building studios. Fourteen of the forty artist will have their studios open just for you on Monday June 8th, 2009 at 6pm. Meet on the steps of Cornelia Arts building located at 1800 W. Cornelia and we will start on the first floor and guide you through the building's first and second floor studios. We will be viewing the spaces artist work in while seeing how they work and what their latest creative creations are.

This event is FREE and open to the public. You may bring guests.

6/1/09

This Friday! Closing Party 7-9 pm


"The Travel Blooms"

Solo show of work by Jason Messinger
Eyeporium Gallery (gallery inside 'Eyewant' shop)
1543 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Closing Party: Fri, June 5 , 7-9 pm

Show runs now through through June 6th.
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 12-7 pm, Sat 12 - 5 pm
Gallery phone: (773)782-1744

On display are colorful new Tile Murals of the beauty of travel and a series of large watercolor and ink paintings inspired by Sumi-ink painting traditions and the organic exuberance of gardens.

5/14/09

ARTIST RECEPTION - Fri May 22


"The Travel Blooms"
Artist Reception: Friday, May 22, 7-10 PM

Solo show of work by Jason Messinger
Eyeporium Gallery
(gallery located through 'Eyewant' shop entrance)
1543 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
773.782.1744

Show runs through June 6th.
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 12-7 pm, Sat 12 - 5 pm
Gallery phone: (773)782-1744

Please join us for wine, desserts, and refreshments
to celebrate a new show of artwork by Jason Messinger
in his first Wicker Park solo show.

On display are colorful new Tile Murals of the beauty of travel
and a series of large watercolor and ink paintings
inspired by Sumi-ink painting traditions
and the organic exuberance of gardens.


Artist Jason Messinger and Gallery owner Annette Sollars at Preview Party

5/10/09

4Culture Artist Registry


Jason Messinger has selected to be part of a new venture by 4Culture.org, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, dedicated to public arts, heritage, and preservation.
The 4Culture ARTIST REGISTRY is a comprehensive source of pre-qualified artists prepared to realize both public and private commissions. Juried by a panel of peer professionals, each artist's work meets rigorous standards of quality and expertise.

"Artists bring unique skills to the process of building and help us create vibrant, inviting places that resonate with meaning. Just as your building projects are diverse and wide-ranging, so are the processes by which different artists work. To reflect this, the REGISTRY is organized into three categories: PARTS, SITES and PLANS.
Rely on PARTS to implement small-scale projects, SITES for large-scale, wholly integrated works, and PLANS when you require art integration services. Each category presents artists who apply creative problem solving in ways that immediately enrich, challenge, and excite. With over 3,000 images, ARTIST REGISTRY VOLUME VI is one of the only web publications of such magnitude in the industry. Think of it as a collective, user-friendly portfolio that you can access whenever you wish. Here, you will find the right artist to help you to transform space into an authentic and fully realized artistic vision."

Jason Messinger was selected and curated into the PARTS section.
See his page here, where six of his projects are detailed:
Jason Messinger on 4Culture Artist Registry

5/5/09

SOLO SHOW in WICKER PARK, CHICAGO



"The Travel Blooms"
Solo show of work by Jason Messinger

Eyeporium Gallery
(gallery located behind 'Eyewant' shop)
1543 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
773.782.1744

Preview reception:
Friday, May 8, 7-9 PM

Please come see new tile murals
and watercolor and ink paintings
by Jason Messinger
in his first Wicker Park solo show

4/22/09

Cornelia Arts Open House


THIS WEEKEND !
ART OPEN HOUSE & BOOK SIGNING
Friday April 24 - 6-9pm
Saturday April 25, 11am - 5pm

Cornelia Arts Open House
1800 West Cornelia, entrance on Ravenswood
Chicago, IL.

See two floors of artists and artisans in this seasonal Open House Event! Painting, sculpture, prints, clothing, jewelry, ceramic tile, woman's apparel, inexpensive gifts and major art pieces.

Writer and Artist Jason Messinger's second-floor studio/showroom
will be open for a book release celebration of
EATING THE CHILD WITHIN
& MAUI LOVE LETTERS
Both books available at 40% off retail price!
Visitors can also save a 40% off the listed gallery prices on
Jason Messinger's original artwork
when they buy directly from his studio.

Major credit cards accepted.
Parking in front of building and nearby in neighborhood.
Two blocks south of the Addison Brown line stop,
one block west of Lincoln Avenue, two blocks south of Addison.

CorneliaArtsBuilding.com

Artists Include:
JASON MESSINGER, SCOTT SIMONS, NANCY CHARAK, DARRELL ROBERTS, KEVIN SWALLOW, JAVIER A LARA, JOHANNAH SILVA, TIFFANY STRONSKY, JEFF BRYNER, EMILY ROYNESDAL, TRACY SYPERSKI, GUILLERMO CARRILLO, ALLEY MARANTO, DOUG BIRKENHEUER, BETH KAMHI, BASIA KROL, BAHAR PARTOW, NORBERT MARSZALEK, SUSANNE SIEGEL, JACKIE FIELDS, KATHERINE DRAKE CHIAL, GREG MILNE, HEATHER AND QUENTIN MC QUEEN.

4/15/09

PORTUGAL

"Portugal" new tile mural.
Designed to be modular, mural can be rearranged in any sequence and any configuration. Each tile 8"x8", with hidden floating wooden backer-frame and wall cleat (included).
See more work on line at
JasonMessingerArt.com

4/4/09

DENMARK



"Denmark" new tile mural. Designed to be modular, mural can be rearranged in any sequence and any configuration. Each tile 8"x8", with hidden floating wooden backer-frame & wall cleat.

See more work on line at
JasonMessingerArt.com

4/1/09

SPAIN



"Spain" new tile mural. Designed to be modular, mural can be rearranged in any sequence and any configuration. Each tile 8"x8", with hidden floating wooden backer-frame and wall cleat (included). See more work on line at
JasonMessingerArt.com

3/29/09

Interview about role of art in teenager life

Recently I had was interviewed by Taylor Conklin, who writes for his school newspaper, The Prep News, of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He is putting together a story for their next edition about the role of art in a teenager's life. Here are Taylor's questions and my commments:

1. It may sound broad, but please describe the role of art in our culture, especially when pertaining to teenagers. Honestly speaking, how important is it for teenagers to establish a deep interest in fine arts?
Almost everything we see, whether its a film, tv show, piece of clothing, internet site, or box of cereal, has a creative person somehow involved in the design and execution of that thing. Art is bigger than the Museum show, the 'wine and cheese' gallery event, the 'literary' novel, or the local symphony. Art is a part of everything that we as human beings produce, and there are creative jobs in every part of the economy. Teenagers, like everyone else, already have an interest in 'the arts'. It sometimes takes just a broader understanding of what the arts encompass to recognize that interest.

2. How would you rate the value of fine arts to a teenager on a scale of one to 10, with one being worthless and 10 being crucially valuable. Why?
Oh 10, for sure. Because without the arts their would be no cultural life as we know it. A good way of thinking about it is reflected in some recent Public Service Announcements for the importance of the arts in education. What would the world be like without the arts? We would all have identical clothing, eat food out of identical boxes, live in identical homes with blank walls, have no forms of entertainment AT ALL - no music, no television, no internet, no movies. Sport teams would have identical jerseys! How could you even follow that! You begin to see how important the arts are in everyday life when you recognize how important the creative stimulation of our minds is to every aspect of our lives.

3. Although there are some teens who take a deep interest in fine arts, a majority of them hardly acknowledge and consider fine arts? Why do you think this is so?
This is a mistake on the 'fine art' world, for fostering this idea that Art is somehow an elitist area, where only experts can tell you what is valuable or not, where certain art forms are important and others not. Excuse my French, but that is a crock of something best left unsaid. Art is all around us in everything that human beings do. Cooks who present a beautiful plate of food? That is art. That great song you just downloaded? That is art. The commercial that makes you laugh every time you see it? That is art. Art is the paintings and sculptures that we expect as art, but it also is the furniture design and the architectural building design and the feature length film. Art is the story you can't put down and the rap lyric you can't get out of your head, art is the dress that makes heads turns at the prom and the t-shirt that everyone wants. Understanding that there are creative jobs in a larger arena than making paintings and sculptures gives people who have that creative 'itch' more options to express themselves.

4. In what ways can fine arts help fully form and develop a teenager? How can teens benefit from learning and experiencing fine arts?

Even though art surrounds us all the time, from the package design for a pack of gum to the graffiti tag on the side of the vacant building, the 'best' art is that that stirs something inside of us; sometimes an emotion, sometimes an idea, sometimes both. All forms of art are reflections of the culture that produced them, and looking/listening/experiencing any art form not only can give you a better understand of what it means to be alive, what it means to be human, but what it means to be those things now - or 'then' if the art is older Anything that can help a teen understand what the world is about can only be an advantage for that teen! Life is hard enough to figure out when you are also figuring out who you are, and art can give you a place to to find out both.

5. How do the majority of teens express their interest in fine arts? What things in society distract teens from seeing the legitimacy of fine arts(i.e. technology)?
Technology has changed the traditional roles of fine art, and for the better! Now, if you want others to see your work, you don't need a gallery or museum to approve of it first, anyone with an internet connection can look or listen! Technology has 'leveled' the playing field, and allows so many more people to act creatively. This will prove to be a positive thing for society in the long run; more voices can get heard, more ideas can be spread, more people can be touched by each other. Now making money in this new world can be tricky, but it always has been in the 'art' world. The truth is, if you are willing to open your mind to what art really is, you will see many more opportunities to make some sort of living out of it than you might have seen before.


Read the full article (only part of my answers were in it) here:
PrepNews.org - "Fine arts crucial in cultivating cultural growth of teens"

3/27/09

GREECE


"Greece"new tile mural. Designed to be modular, mural can be rearranged in any sequence and any configuration. Each tile 8"x8", with hidden floating wooden backer-frame and wall cleat (included). See more work on line at
JasonMessingerArt.com

3/23/09

FRANCE

"France" new tile mural. Designed to be modular, mural can be rearranged in any sequence and any configuration. Each tile 8"x8", with hidden floating wooden backer-frame and wall cleat (included). See more work on line at
JasonMessingerArt.com

3/20/09

Congrats to artist selected for Belmont CTA Station Public Art Commission

Congratulations to David Csicsko, who was selected as the winner of the Public Art Commission for the Belmont CTA Station Renovation. David Csicsko's work adorned the Belmont CTA station in the past, and he is highly regarded in the community. You should be able to see his completed mosiac some time before fall 2009, when renovations of the station are complete.

A special thanks to those who were able to come out and support my proposal for this project. It was quite an honor to be a finalist for this project (as well as a finalist for the Howard Station).

Now that the selection has been made, I am free to publicly identify my proposal - a tile mural fantasy tribute to the Belmont lakefront, with embossed fish making up the lake water, embossed leaves making up the park line, hi-rise buildings composed of gears (as a tribute to both the 'city that works' and the industrial nature of the CTA itself) and blue sky composed of butterflies and gears. The mural was to be visually experienced from a distance, and a tactile surprise once up close. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to make something similar in the future. Here are 'mock ups' of my proposal (which also included 'gear' tiles on large interior columns) and details of the 12" x 12" tiles I had proposed.

Click on the images to see a larger version of the pictures.

WALL:

DETAILS:


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