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Pick Up Your RAW Guidebook at These Neighborhood Spots

Can’t wait for the weekend? Pick up a copy of the 2016 Ravenswood ArtWalk Guidebook before the festival by visiting one of the locations below. Guides are stored inside our colorful distribution boxes, all of which were painted and designed by local artists. Guides will also be available at various RAW venues throughout the weekend, as well as the entrances…


Teresa James

Teresa James has been making prints for over 20 years. She works in her Logan Square studio where guest artists are invited periodically to collaborate on projects. She specializes in etching, photogravures and cyanotype prints. Teresa also works on large scale graphite and colored pencil drawings. She combines many techniques and processes in her figurative and surreal imagery.


Lisa Zschunke

Lisa Zschunke is a Chicago artist based in West Rogers Park. She has an English degree from the University of Illinois and worked in publishing before alighting on visual pursuits. Zschunke followed a self-taught path in fashion design before pursuing art foundation classes at the Evanston Art Center. From artists Patrick Micelli, Riva Lehrer, Jeff Krantz, and Sheila Oettinger, she learned to draw and sculpt, and then went on to study painting with Janis Pozzi-Johnson and Ken Minami. Zschunke currently focuses on both portraiture and still life.
(Portrait commissions are welcomed)


Marissa Neuman

Marissa Chris Zain Neuman is a Chicago based visual artists. Her work manifests in the form of ceramics, fiber, wood and sound. She spends her practice considering the ontology of objects and creating installations that provide space for contemplation and reflection. Marissa is a graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Loyola University where she received her BA in art history. Her work can be found at her upcoming solo shows at For the Thundercloud Generation and Roman Susan Gallery.


Monika Lozinska

Monika Lozinska is a documentary photographer from Krakow, Poland. Her work usually focuses on documenting the lives and worlds of people. The work shown here turns to nature as a kind of quiet meditation that allows her to slow down and escape into a different world.


Freddy Fabris

New York, 1970, Freddy Fabris was born into an artistic aristocracy as the progeny of two dancers and choreographers at the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center, his father from Argentina and his mother from France. From an early age he was exposed to the most dynamic period of post modern artistic development in modern history to include de Kooning, Warhol, and Rothko.

Fabris later moved to Buenos Aires, where he developed his voice as a visual artist, becoming one of the most recognized and sought after commercial artists, his work was consistently pursued by collectors as well as international commercial brands.

His latest conceptual work , The Renaissance series, incorporates the fusing together of the contemporary everyman with some of the greatest works of art history has ever seen, dating back to the 1400s. Bringing a wonderfully unique perspective to his craft and composition, Fabris breathes life into every one of his photographs, creating modern day masterpieces. There is a polished elegance and nobility present among so many of his subjects, bringing about the virtue in each individual captured.
The Renaissance series has been awarded the APA Conceptual photography award, 1st Place International Color awards & the One Eyeland Silver award.


Alexandra Stevenson

Alexandra Stevenson’s paintings are semi-abstract explorations of architecture and nature. She lives in Chicago and teaches Art and English at a northwest suburban high school. Her work is in the permanent collections of the College of Lake County and Deloitte Consulting.


Bit Space (RAW Children’s Corner)

Bit Space, a youth only maker lab, is excited to host the live construction of “Exquisite Cadavre #1″. A collaborative construction in wood framing, constructed on site by youth visitors to the Art Walk. Starting from a simple wooden framework, Bit Space guides will provide safety training and guidance to young makers who will creatively and collectively construct, limited only by the reach of their 2×4’s and the endurance of their sawing arms. Hands-on fun with Bit Space for ages 6 and up.


Christine Watkins

I started painting in 1995 after years of looking at and thinking about paintings, but never really thinking about being a painter myself. Somehow I signed up for an oil painting class, and the first session was three hours long in an un-air-conditioned studio with temps over 100 degrees. By the end of the three hours, I was hooked. I continued to paint in that classroom studio for a few years, then rented space with another artist and have had a studio in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood since 2005. My current work, both oil on canvas and mixed media on paper, is influenced by time spent in Italy—the look and feel of the place, the language, the food, the wine and the people who grow it. Images and juxtapositions come from a word or phrase that I can’t get out of my head, from objects that catch my eye and won’t let go. I’m endlessly fascinated by the way the world flattens out and reshapes itself on the canvas, the way light and dark play tag, the figures that somehow take form on their own and finally decide to stay still.


KOVAL Distillery

Visit the KOVAL tent in the Begyle Beer Garden at Ravenswood and Berteau for tastings of some of their organic, made-in-Ravenswood whiskies, liqueurs and gins, then walk a block north to 4241 N Ravenswood and get a peek inside their production distillery and pick up some swag, including tour passes, branded flasks and liqueur scented candles!


Lincoln Square Pottery Studio – Learning Center

Lincoln Square Pottery Studio- Learning Center is a not for profit that specializes in ceramics classes for children and adults of all skill levels. Opened in May of 2003, our storefront space has grown to include 13 wheels, an extruder, a slab roller, an ever expanding palette of glazes, several field trips to raku and wood firings, and many display shelves to show off the work being made here. LSPS members and students will be showing their work for admiration and sale in the 2nd floor atrium of the historic industrial building at 4043 N Ravenswood Ave.


Didier Nolet

For many years my paintings and pastels reflected a blending of my childhood memories. This became more and more a transcription of my personal inner feelings, state of mind, and moods. The paintings can go from serene to stormy, depending on what’s happening in my life and around me at the time of creation. They are images straight out of my mind; imaginary landscapes and seascapes that transcribe the different stages of my life and personality.

Landscapes are a mirror of myself; the land where I grew up and the land where I am presently living. Landscapes are also a reflection on human civilization. The character of the land is a direct echo of the people who live on it. The opposite is also true. The rough and mysterious mountain people live among the sharp, tall peaks and the well-organized Dutch live on flat land squared off into farms. We are a direct issue of the terrain.


Kathy Blankley Roman

Kathy’s intuitive paintings are process driven and reflect a connection to the world around her. Most recently they tend to evoke a strong sense of place. Pleased to be returning to the ArtWalk this year, Kathy will be showing paintings that, as they developed strongly suggested landscapes, emerging as impressions of real and beloved places that have been imprinted on her memory. This year for the first time, she will be offering prints of some of her oil and cold wax paintings, along with originals: oil and cold wax, acrylics and encaustic paintings.


To turn trash into treasure, to create beautiful music out of nothing; that is what is all about. We create handcrafted instruments for the soul, with no two instruments being the same.


Kali Butterfly

I make aluminum jewelry and wearable art by cold-connecting anodized aluminum rings and die-cut components. I love creating sculptural, unexpected pieces that are lightweight and easy to wear.


Drawn With Fire

Drawn With Fire offers wood burned and blacklight art, occult oddments (including rune sets and ouija boards), and Tarot card readings.

Ravenswood has always had a special place in this pyrographer’s heart since long before he entered the world of visual art. As a younger man, he worked as a barista at Spoken Cafe (long before it went by that name) and busked in front of Laurie’s Planet of Sound after learning to play guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music.


Elfrida Designs

My works consists mostly of handmade Jewelry, oil paintings, rhinestones, and some painted glass.
Inspired by history, European monarchy and glamour.


Maggie Joyce Recycling

I’m a recycling artist, I repurpose a common everyday object into a colorful wearable object that hardly anyone who looks at can believe it came from just optical lenses.


Delia Jean

Delia Jean is a published illustrator with a passion for portraiture. Her colorful, energetic and entirely hand drawn compositions have appeared on gig posters, book covers, and custom commissions. She often uses her artistic gifts to create presents for others, offering pint-sized portraits for purchase as well as realistic sketches from life (in under ten minutes!). You may recognize Delia Jean and her artwork from their active presence in the neighborhood.


Sarah E. Wain & Liana Faletto

We are two Chicago-based artists who are excited to share our fun and funky collection of real and imaginary animal-themed art. Liana is a printmaker who specializes in screen printing and relief printing processes. Sarah creates prints of original wildlife watercolor paintings. We can’t wait to meet you at RAW to show you our fresh and modern prints!