Friday, September 28, 2012

Las Manos Gallery takes part in Andersonville Arts Weekend!


Work has started on Las Manos Gallery's future home at 1515 W. Foster Ave! A back office area will be removed to create a clean and continuous space leading to an art salon for smaller works. 

If you're feeling helpful and want to lend a hand in re-establishing the gallery, please join us at the new space on either Saturday or Sunday October 13th and 14th from noon-5pm. We could always use a few extra hands to scrape, move debris and add a new coat of paint!

Thank you for the support!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Migrating Exhibition at Las Manos Gallery!

"Migrating" Exhibition
Friday, October 5th, 6-10pm

Las Manos Gallery celebrates its last 30 days at 5220 N. Clark St. in Andersonville with the exhibition "Migrating" as part of Chicago Artist's Month on Friday, October 5th at 6pm. The gallery has been pushed out of its location after 18 years in the community, but will relocate down the street into a more streamlined space.

Las Manos Gallery got its start in Andersonville in 1994 with only $495 in monthly rent. A lot has changed since then, including the gentrification of a neighborhood that once sported more empty storefronts than filled ones. Unfortunately for the gallery, the time has come to make way for bigger, more profitable business. We will take our leave from 5220 N. Clark Street at the end of October, but as with any unexpected ending, a new beginning has presented itself. A smaller storefront is opening up at 1515 W. Foster Ave., just a half block down from our current location. The space is gritty, but there is great potential to recreate the gallery's unique environment. We hope to renovate in October and November and reopen to the art-loving public soon after.

Please join us on October 5th to celebrate the Chicago Artists that have made the gallery great over the past two decades. Please keep our new location in mind when you stroll the streets of Andersonville in the future- we'll be in our space on Foster Avenue nestled between Clark and Ashland.

The Migrating Artists:
Michelle Peterson-Albandoz
Michael McGuire
Juan Fernandez
Mark Pease
Tricia Rumbolz
Jay Fernandez
Paul Clark
Mieke Zuiderweg
Matthew Best

Steven Green
Jason Hawk

Help Las Manos Gallery Transition into a new space!

Las Manos Gallery moving to a new location in November!
1515 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, Il. 60640
Although we are not ready to depart our location on Clark Street, we have decided to bow out and start over. It is hard to fight progress in the name of profit when, like many cultural touchstones around the city, we struggle to keep afloat during this recession. Fittingly enough a storefront has opened up at 1515 W. Foster Ave., a block from our current space, but more importantly it is still located in Andersonville.  The space is gritty, but there is great potential to recreate the gallery's unique environment. We will renovate in October and reopen to the public soon after. We hope that we can continue to serve artists from around Chicago and remain a vital part of this city’s cultural identity.

If you would like to help Las Manos Gallery re-establish in Andersonville please join us for our "Construction Party" on Saturday/Sunday October 13/14 from noon-5pm. Bring a paint roller, some work boots and unbridled enthusiasm!

Thank you for the support!

Las Manos