Artrageous is back, and you can vote!

Last year the Lincoln Park Champer of Commerce held its first Artrageous event. My Swift Swallowtails were selected to participate, and it was lovely to be part of the activities surrounding the inaugural event. I was thrilled to see Artrageous listed among calls for art earlier this year, signaling its success. Of course I wanted to enter again, and I am thrilled to be part of the line-up again this year.

The grand opening of the event is tomorrow, with trolleys available to shuttle visitors between art locations. You can download a map here. Between 2 and 5 p.m. on April 20, some artists will be available at their art locations for a Meet and Greet.


The trolley will be available between 2 and 5 on Saturday and stops at: Diversey and Hampden, Clark and Diversey, Clark and Wrightwood, Clark and Arlington, Clark and Webster; trolley picks up on the east side of Clark and the south side of Diversey.

My pieces will be at Vapiano Restaurant, 2577 N. Clark Street. I admired the trees on the table last year and look forward to dining there this time around. Vapiano’s is open between 11 am and 10 pm every day, so pop in for lunch or dinner and peruse my pieces.


If you cannot make it to the Clark street corridor in person, you can still vote for your favorite pieces. My entries are Dragonfly – Damselfly Diptych (pair) (Encaustic photo collage on board), Maike van Wijk – CSLP 14; Piano Scrolls Diptych (pair) (Encaustic painting on cradled art board), Maike van Wijk – CSLP 15; and Ruby Meadowhawk (Encaustic photo collage on board), Maike van Wijk – CSLP 16.

However, since the votes are by art work and not by artist, if you want to focus the vote, pick #14, the Dragonfly-Damselfly Diptych. I believe you can vote daily.


12-spotted Skimmer encaustic collage by Maike's Marvels

Dragonfly – Damselfly Diptych encaustic collage by Maike’s Marvels

A few of my FUSEDChicago peers were accepted into the contest as well:

Katsy Johnson’s Little School on the Prairie, Retreat of the Farmer’s Daughter, and Woodland Worship is at Potbelly Sandwich Works, 565 W. Diversey. She does large scale photographs with encaustic wax and oil on cradled panel, which I admire since it is really hard to get the photos to adhere well without bubbles.

Gina Van der Reyden’s encaustic wax painting Heart of the Matter is at Ravens, located at 2326 N. Clark Street, which looks to be a perfect place for cocktail hour.

Jenny Leaner’s encaustic painting Emerald is at Langford Market, 621 West Diversey.

Photographer Doug Boehm, who was in the PerficalSense Salon show with me, has Room with a View at BankFinancial, 2424 N. Clark Street.

Ruby Meadowhawk encaustic collage by Maike's Marvels

Ruby Meadowhawk encaustic collage by Maike’s Marvels

Not only will your vote for people’s choice support the 39 selected artists, but you can win prizes too!  Present the Punch Card on the reverse side of the map at each business where you visit and view the art on display. Note that a lot of art is available for sale (including mine), and you can contact the artists directly to inquire about their pieces.

Visit 25 of 33 participating businesses for a chance to win a $1,000 Clark Street Prize Package. Visit 15 of 33 participating businesses and you will be entered to win a $500 Clark Street Prize Package. Visit 5 of 33 participating businesses and you will be entered to win a Clark Street Door Prize.


After viewing the art and having your card punched at the various businesses, complete the information on the form and detach from the map. Please deliver your completed Punch Card to the drop-off locations listed on the map no later than 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, to be entered into the drawings.


Meetup organizer Jennifer Yang and I at last year’s Artrageous opening

The Chicago Painters and Artists Meetup Group will gather for an Artrageous Art walk at Hanig’s Footwear on Saturday April 27, at 11 am. You can RSVP here.

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