Thursday, December 16, 2010

The StatiCCreep Exhibition of Sequential Art

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The StatiCCreep Exhibition of Sequential Art

More than twenty Chicago comic book artists
will take part in January's StatiCCreep
Exhibition of Sequential Art at Las Manos

The opening is Friday, January 14th 2011 @ 6pm.

Artists include: Tony Akins, Chris Burnham,
Corinne Mucha, Jill Thompson, Gary Gianni,
Andrew Pepoy, Alex Wald, Mike Norton,
Hilary Barta, Dave Dorman, Jeffrey Brown,
Jenny Frison, Sarah Becan, Nicole Hollander,
Mitch O'Connell, Douglas Klauba,
Heather McAdams, Lucy Knisley, Tim Seeley
and Bill Reinhold.

The show runs January 14th-February 6th

more info at:

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Holidays at Las Manos!

Late Night with the Artists!
Friday, December 17th - 6-10pm
Show December 2010 - January 9, 2011

Las Manos Gallery presents a multitude of new work for the month of December. Gallery Artist Chuck Meyers has created a variety of intensely moody Chicago cityscapes while photographer Michael McGuire presents a grouping of smaller images. Owner and artist Michelle Peterson-Albandoz created more warm-toned wood panel pieces while gallery newcomer John Mosher continues to astound with his abstracted mixed-media drawings. Also featured for the month are painters Matthew Best, E.C. Rolwing and Michael Manni, mixed-media artist Mark DeBernardi and Ben Rosecrans, collage artist Doug Stapleton, photographers Paul Clark, Mieke Zuiderweg and Anthony Martinez, ceramicist Doug Reyes, poster artist Eric Garcia, print makers Mark Pease and Lindsey Clark-Ryan and drawings by Steven Green, Jeffrey Janson, Tricia Rumbolz and Ginny Sykes.

Please join us for "Late Night with the Artists" on Friday, December 17th, from 6-10pm. A large variety of businesses in Andersonville extend their hours on this evening so everyone has a chance to eat, stroll and do some late-night holiday shopping!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Architectural Anarchy!

Friends of Las Manos, Architectural Anarchy, will be holding a Holiday Open House!
Saturday, December 11th from 6-10pm.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Las Manos in Living Section of Tribune

Pick up the 12/03/10 issue of the Chicago Tribune!
Las Manos Gallery Owner Michelle Peterson-Albandoz
talks about the gallery and Andersonville in the
Living Section. Scout is also featured!

Click HERE for a link!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tricia Rumbolz's incredible piece

Artist Tricia Rumbolz, left, stopped by Las Manos Gallery recently to have her work photographed. Her piece "Excerpts from Personal Inquiries " consists of thousands of hand-written quotes on transparency paper, cut and pasted over each other. The piece, which is a work-in-progress, continues to grow in phrases and sentences after she reads or hears daily curiosities.

A detail of "Excerpts"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Current Artist Also Featured In New York!

One of Las Manos Gallery's featured artists, Blinn Jacobs, to show work in New York.

The Painting Center at 547 West 27th Street in New York, NY, has announced a benefit exhibition under the title: "Artists Invite Artists; Small Works Invitational."
Blinn Jacobs will join more than 100 artists in support of the Center.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A little insight into Geometrically Composed

Michael McGuire

McGuire's eye picks out buildings that already
have a longer sense of repetition than most.
He elongates the illusion by doubling, sometimes
tripling the images in PhotoShop. The results are
endless lines punctuated by inconsistencies created
by windows, ledges, boards. The finished image
reads like notes on a page- a complicated song of
shapes and colors.

Robert Burnier

At first glance, Burnier's grid pieces
stun in terms of their meticulous geometric
intensity. Upon further inspection, you
move through his process and start to
see the images that appear in the
brushstrokes. Fragmented views of a
bomber airplane's engine, an extreme
close-up of smoke from an explosion-
all examples of destructive human
activity. The viewer is then left to
their own emotional response to the

Detail of Burnier's "Recursion 7"

Michelle Peterson-Albandoz

Peterson-Albandoz's body of work partially consists
of wood constructions created from disregarded
planks of Chicago's porches, fences and windowsills.
For the Geometrically Composed show she switched
gears and sculpted concrete. Adding an ebony stain
enhanced the ridges framing the stark squares. The
piece is organic and architectural in the same
moment that it's geometric.

Doug Reyes

Reyes creates these incredible vessels on
the wheel. That in itself is not unremarkable,
what is is that they are one solid block of
clay. The pieces are slowly worked from
several angles. Reye's process and technique
make this body of work exquisite.

A detail of Reye's "#179"

Blinn Jacobs

Jacobs' series of "counterpoise" paintings
consist of a light balance of canvas and
gatorboard in polygonal shapes. The
rectangles of color hang precariously
between opposing angles, giving the
viewer an impression of suspense.
The pieces play with stability, opacity
and a sense of fun.

The nine-canvas "counterpoise"
piece by Blinn Jacobs at right,
Bill Zuehike's "Fantasy Rope" at

Bill Zuehike

A detail of Zuehike's "Fantasy Rope,"
an amazing creation of cut pages
threaded together to create a
Rapunzel-like strand of confined
thoughts. Each square-cut page
is from an old harlequin novel. Read
into what you would like...

Mark DeBernardi

DeBernardi's work is an amalgamation of
photography, pastels and graphite. When
looking more deeply into the pieces you can
spot bits of plastic tucked masterfully though
out the compositions. Titles like "Warning"
and "Choppy Waters" tell the possible ending
to our clean water supplies through pollution
and neglect.

A detail of DeBernardi's "Choppy Waters"

Las Manos is now on!

Las Manos Gallery is now listed on
Our exhibitions, events, openings and artists
will now be featured on the site. Check it out!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Celebrate Griffin Theatre Company this Saturday!

Griffin Theatre Company is
moving back to the

Come celebrate with them
at Las Manos Gallery this
Saturday, November 13th,
from 7:30-11:30pm.

Order tickets online:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Geometrically Composed Opening at Las Manos Gallery

Work on canvas and gator board by Blinn

Artist Mark DeBernardi, left, looks over a
piece by friend Bill Zuehike.

A wood construction piece by Gallery owner
Michelle Peterson-Albandoz.

The show attracted a variety of people
interested in the aesthetics of lines and
having a good time...

Artist Ben Rosecrans and one of his pieces
made of vellum and balsa wood...

Artist Doug Reyes stands with a few of
his wheel-thrown vessels.

Artist Mark Pease and his wife Jessica enjoy
the opening. Pease was also part of the
ReModernist Show at the gallery in August.

Artist Mark DeBernardi stands with one of his
mixed-media photographic pieces of Lake Michigan.

Artist Robert Burnier stands with his piece
"Recursion 7."

Artist Blinn Jacobs of Connecticut stands with
her "Counterpoise" series. Jacobs traveled
from Connecticut to be part of the show!

The incredible piece "Fantasy
Rope" by Artist Bill Zuehike.

Zuehike's piece consists of thousands of
pages of old harlequin novels strung

Monday, November 1, 2010

Great site launches today!

Long-time friend of Las Manos Gallery, Nicole
Hollander, creator of Sylvia, has launched a new

"Do you miss Sylvia? Yearn no longer! Visit four days a week and
stay connected. We're launching Monday,
November 1st, the day before the mid-term
elections. Uh-oh, get your smiles before it's
too late! " -Nicole

Contact Nicole at:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Las Manos in the New York Times...

Andersonville was featured in the New York
Times recently. Owner/Artist Michelle
Peterson-Albandoz was featured creating one
of her wood constructions in the workshop.
Check out the Travel Slideshows section of
the Times' website for more information!

Photographer Paul Clark stops by...

Paul Clark and Michelle Peterson-Albandoz
look through a few of Paul's polaroid images
of color/texture variations of brick walls at
Las Manos Gallery on Sunday.

A single image of a brick-wall corner.

Clark's work will be in the Color Photography
show at the Gallery in February of 2011.

A triptych of a vertical brick abnormality in
a wall...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Artist Robert Burnier Stops by

Artist Robert Burnier, who has shown
at Las Manos Gallery before, shows
owner Michelle Peterson-Albandoz
a panel of his piece "Recursion 7"
which will be part of November's
"Geometrically Composed" show.

A detail from "Lattice 1" oil on panel on plywood

"Lattice 1" sits nestled in a custom made box.
Work for the November show goes up this
coming week...

Trick-Or-Treating in Andersonville

Hundreds of children in costume stopped by
the gallery as part of the annual Andersonville
celebration of Halloween and sugary candy.

Our favorite? Muhammad Ali and his
brother- a fully functioning pianist
on a grand piano. Genius!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Geometrically Composed in November

Las Manos Gallery Presents:

Geometrically Composed

Opening: Friday, November 5th, 7-10pm
Show: November 5th-December 6th, 2010

Las Manos takes the month of November to explore

the visual interpretations of Geometry.

The visual

impact is steeped in lines, curves and spaced

based in strains of abstraction.

This month's artists are Mark DeBernardi,

Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, Michael McGuire,

Blinn Jacobs, Mark Pease,

Bill Zuehike, Ben Rosecrans and

Robert Burnier.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gen Silent LGBT Documentary at Las Manos!

Award-winning director and filmmaker Stu Maddux
will be at Las Manos Gallery today as part of the
"Gen Silent" film screening.

The film asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their
lives to survive...

Cocktails from 6:30-8pm
Film clips from 7-7:30pm
Screening 8-9pm ($25 donation asked)

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Little Artsy Action at the Gallery...

Gallery Artist Chuck Meyers paints
a city-scene through the front windows
of Las Manos Gallery. Lindsey Clark-
Ryan's prints appear behind Meyers.

Meyers, Michael McGuire, Michelle
Peterson-Albandoz, John Mosher,
Dominic Sansone, Matthew Best,
E.C. Rolwing, Doug Stapleton
and Jeremy Tubbs are all on display
at the Gallery this month.

The finished piece in oils runs 9" x 1'.

Saturday, October 9, 2010