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Open Wall: Faces and Spaces Round Up - Chicago Bulldog
The scenery in Chicago, from landmarks like Lake Michigan and Willis Tower to the local bar and barber, are endless inspiration for artists and painters alike. The results of that inspiration were on display at the 47th Ward office of newly sworn in Alderman Ameya Pawar last evening at Pawar's office at 4243 North Lincoln. The curator for the evening, Patricia Larkin-Green, explained that the event entitled, Open Wall: Faces and Spaces, was geographically themed. Artists, both painters and photographers, displayed work from representations of a mini mart on the Northwest Side by Mary Phelan to paintings of Lake Michigan. Larkin was doing double duty as she also had several of her paintings on display as well. Bill Bartlett displayed a painting of a dark alley on a snowy night. Bartlett explained that he took several photos of this alley one evening. After, he went home and drew several small sketches from those photos. Laying all those out, Bartlett then drew the final product an acrylic on canvas representation of that alley. Phelan described a similar process with her oil on linen. "It's representational," said Phelan of her work. Phelan and Bartlett explained that a representational painting interprets real landscapes …