<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Function+Art - START - objects as Art...a primer

“START”. This will be the first shared exhibition between Function + Art and its sister gallery, PRISM Contemporary Glass. START is geared toward a new audience, one perhaps not as familiar with craft objects as art. Accordingly, the exhibit will feature more-accessible (read: relatively inexpensive) works in furniture, metal, wood, ceramics, and glass. Prices will range from just under $100 for small pewter vases to $2000 for a custom-made metal and wood bench. An “After-Work Wednesdays” series of presentations and discussions will address some of the basics of: What is Craft? Why should I consider it?, gallery etiquette, building a collection, insurance issues, and even the investment potential of three-dimensional objects. Glass, in particular, has seen sharp increases in price, with some artists work selling for more than 10 times that charged just a few years ago, rendering much of the “name” artists’ works unattainable for most people, particularly young professionals.

What Is Fine Craft

START will be held at Function + Art (1048 W. Fulton) and PRISM Contemporary (1048 W Fulton) simultaneously, with each gallery exhibiting their speciality. It is expected that we will have 100+ works by more than 25 artists.

After-Work Wednesdays:

Programming for this series will be in two parts, with each part presented twice. Each session will run from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, in a mixed format:
Mixer, Presentation, open Q & A, artist Demo.
Light refreshments will be served.

Part I
The Basics:
Objects as Art

Amy Lemaire
local artist
who works in glass

will give a
flame-working demo!



Wednesday, March 1
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Wednesday, March 8
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Part II
Assembly, C
are and Feeding…
What makes a Collection...

Clint Stevens

local artist will give a Wood Turning Demonstration!

Wednesday, March 15
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Wednesday, March 22
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Seating is Limited: please RSVP (312)243-2780 or email

Confirmed participants to date include:
GLASS: Ellen Abbott/Marc Leva, Alex Bernstein, Andrew Wu,; Bridget Boss, Paul Runde, Greg Fidler, Marc Vandenberg,Doug Randall, Amy Lemaire (our demo person!)Ethan Stern, Jeremy Newman/Allison Ciancibelli, Amy Schleif-Mohr, Michael O'Keefe, Eric Bladholm (and a Chicagoan) FURNITURE: Isaac Arms, Cameron VanDyke, David Lasker, David Fobes, Chris Bowman, Chris Martin, Dean Pulver CERAMIC: Fong Choo, Sandra Byers, Elizabeth Lurie,Lisa Harris POLYMER CLAY: Jeffrey Lloyd Dever FIBER: Mike Rollins, SangJo Lee PAINTING:
Jill Henry WOOD: Floyd Gompf METAL: Lisa Slovis and more to come.

Exhibit runs thru April 30

1046 w. fulton market - Chicago IL 60607
312.243.2885 / www.functionart.com