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1046 W. Fulton Market Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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Director: D."Scott" Patria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE____________________________( 090/12/03)

CHICAGO, IL- Function + Art Announces its participation in SOFA - Chicago '03 and related Special Events.

Function + Art is proud to once again participate in the definitive Exposition of sculpture and fine craft - now in it's tenth year, SOFA-Chicago, in Chicago this October 16-19.

Function + Art specializes in contemporary studio furniture, fine craft and the decorative arts, and relocated to Chicago's West Loop Gate neighborhood from the Detroit market in May of 2002. Our booth at SOFA (#524) will feature works by furniture maker Christopher J Martin, new glass sculptures by Toland Sand, and blown glass chandeliers by Ed Pennebaker.

At the gallery, our exhibition "Vessels, Boxes, and Baskets" will be installed and open for viewing from 10am - 7 pm each day. VBB is a survey of finely-crafted works in all major disciplines (ceramic, glass, wood, metals, and fiber) by more than 20 established and mid-career artisans - including White House Collection artists Kari Lonning, Thomas Hoadley, and Peter Petrochko. VBB celebrates the Object ... works that transcend their utilitarian origins to achieve greater identity, meaning, and significance. More...

SPECIAL "Meet the Artists" RECEPTIONS at the gallery
in conjunction with SOFA-Chicago:

Saturday, October 18
7-10 pm

Sunday, October 27
10:00 am - 2:00 pm.


Saturday, 10/18:

"2 a Tea" is special exhibition of teapots large and small, precious and whimsical. Included are new works by "The Artful Teapot" artisans such as Michael & Maureen Banner, Ismael Gonzalez, and Jared Jaffe, among nearly two dozen others.

SPECIAL RECEPTION: Sat. October 18, 7-10pm

Sunday 10/19:

Meet the Artists Breakfast/Brunch 10am - 2pm


10:30 am Toland Sand (Laminated Optical Crystal sculptures)
Precise, striking, elegant, all are insufficient to describe the deftness with which Toland captures and plays with light. Crystal isn't so much his medium as is light. In his latest works, he has expanded upon his expertise with optic and dichroic glass to create a stunning new series of architecturally-inspired sculptures. By juxtaposing stone and glass, opacity and translucence, he makes solid materials seem to float, each suspended within the other.

11:45 am Susan kavicky (Fiber/Basketry)
Susan finds sanity in the precision of weaving her brown-ash sculptural baskets. Her deceptively complex works have been exhibited nationally - we are proud to introduce her wroks here in Chicago.

1:00 pm Chris Martin (Studio Furniture)
Chris' furniture is an elegant, graceful combination of wood and metal, informed by influences ranging from Iowa landscapes to ancient Samurai. His passion for exploration of material... and process, is apparent in texture and finish; finely crafted, yet revealing the maker's hand


This is the gallery's second incarnation; it had operated as Gallery: FunctionArt in Pontiac MI, for nearly a decade. Prior to its move to Chicago, Function+Art gained national respect for its focus on high-quality studio furniture. ["Studio Furniture" is defined as furniture crafted by a single artisan or small shop; the works are often highly sculptural and are generally one of a kind creations.] Since then, the gallery's specialization has grown to include glass, ceramics, fiber, wood and jewelry - the "fine craft" media. The gallery spotlights not just established artists, but is committed to furthering fresh new talent - as a result, the gallery has built relationships with nearly 400 artists and craftspersons nationwide. In a 12-month Exhibition/programming cycle, we will feature thoroughly contemporary, high quality works by as many as 100 established and mid-career artists. Custom commissions, especially furniture, are a specialty, as are large-scale outdoor sculptures.

No one else in Chicago does what we do. For more information, hours and directions, please visit us online at: The gallery will be open to the public during SOFA from 10am - 7pm, with receptions from 7-10 PM. No reservations are necessary.