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The Top Ten Things To Experience At The Other Art Fair

| April 29, 2019 | Calendar National

The Other Art Fair returns to Mana Contemporary in Pilsen May 16-19 to entice collectors, artists, and art lovers with original, handmade works of art from 120+ emerging Artists. The Fair, now in its second edition, will kick off with an Opening Night Preview on Thursday, May 16 and will feature a Special Exhibit by Little Black Pearl, Interactive Workshops, Guest Artists, Illustration Corner and much more.
Enjoy special Bombay Sapphire cocktails, complimentary
parking and access to The Other Art Fair all weekend.

Please RSVP to:

Here are the top TEN must do’s on the list:

1. Meet the Artists and SHOP
Showcasing works by over 120 talented artists, all of whom have been specially selected by an expert-led selection committee, The Other Art Fair provides art lovers with the opportunity to discover and buy art directly from the very best emerging artists. For a full list of artists, visit

• Alexander Wtges: Panama based mural painter

• Keelan McMorrow: Chicago based artist whose paintings blend detailed, anatomical drawing with expressive abstraction

• Emily Shopp: Chicago-based artist and printmaker who uses shaped copper plates, collage, and paper layering to create unique, organic etchings.

• Jen Rogers
• Alexander Korzer-Robinson

2. Little Black Pearl Underwater Exhibit
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Little Black Pearl will be creating a mini-exhibition at The Other Art Fair showcasing artwork by their students, based on an underwater theme. Guest artist, Sandra Antongiorgi, will be selling a limited edition print of her famed Pilsen Street Mural to benefit Little Black Pearl.

3. Art Upcyle: Create a NEW Masterpiece
Visitors can revive their old, unwanted artwork with the help of some special creative talent! Bring in unloved artwork to the Fair and have it transformed into a new one of a kind original work of art! Artists include Sam Kirk, Badass Cross Stitch and Chicago resident, Whit Forrester, among others.
The cost is $95. To book an appointment, visit

4. Art Tours
Experience The Other Art Fair through a curator's eyes. Join the Saatchi Art curators on free guided tours of the fair, featuring highlight artists with distinct styles and key art investment opportunities with price points under $1,000. Head to the Saatchi Art booth to begin your tour.

5. Say Cheese!
Bombay Sapphire will be ”stirring creativity” with an interactive feature giving visitors the opportunity to doodle a polaroid picture of themselves. Create your own “doodlebomb” and draw over your photo in response to a question: “e.g. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?” to be displayed on a wall in the Fair!

6. Friday Late with AMFM
Join The Other Art Fair and AMFM on Friday May 17th, 5pm-10pm for Friday Late, open to all Private View + Friday-Sunday ticket holders. Enjoy a curated program of music, performances and special events from leading artists, DJs and emerging musicians from AMFM. Plus complimentary cocktails from the gin experts at Bombay Sapphire.

7. Illustration Corner with Society 6
Each day of the Fair, the Illustration Corner will feature a series of talented illustration artists from across Chicago presenting an interactive drop-in project. Take home a free, custom original art work!

Tyler Feder -
Thursday, May 16 5-7pm; 7.30 - 9.30pm

Vivian Le -
Friday, May 17 4-5pm ; 6-9pm ‘Friday Late’

I Make Girls (Audrey Rae) -
Saturday, May 18 1-3pm; 4-6pm

Chetna Mehta -
Sunday, May 19 12pm - 2pm; 3pm - 5pm

8. Greener Future by Kate Bryan
Curator of Greener Future, Kate Bryan, Broadcaster and Head of Collections for Soho House Globally, has programmed a year-long series of events, initiatives and exhibitions within the fair context to highlight climate change and put forward environmentally friendly art and ideas.

9. Bombay Sapphire Canvas Lab
The concept of the Bombay Sapphire Canvas Labs is to ‘Stir Creativity’ and ‘create acts of creativity’ with our visitors. Workshops will be free for visitors - advanced booking via our website is strongly recommended. Booking slots will be $5 each but this cost will be refunded to the ticket holder upon arrival at the fair. To book an appointment, visit

10. Kids LOVE Art
All children under 16 gain free entry to the Fair. Let kids unleash their artistic flair and participate in creative art activities and crafty challenges suitable for all ages including a coloring wall created by artist Jeff Pak


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