Sunday, May 10, 2009

Rogers Park Art Walk

Opening May 16th, at Hotei Art Center, part of Rogers Park Art Walk Chicago, works by:

Ben Bertin
(among others)

Opening night cover charge of $20. Here is a more detailed description of the event, hope to see you there!:

Rogers Park Art Walk

Chicago, IL, May 6th, 2009 – With the cold winter winds now but a chilly memory, Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood is throwing a party the best way it knows how – with great local art, music, food, drinks, and plenty of reasons to get reacquainted with neighbors in this unique community. Hundreds of works of art produced by local artists will be offered up for sale at multiple locations along Morse and Glenwood Avenues, at local galleries, restaurants and bars, and even vacant storefronts festively decorated and accompanied by DJs, bands and other local performers. The Rogers Park Art Walk – the first gathering of its kind in a neighborhood thriving with creativity and expression – kicks off Saturday, May 16th at 7 p.m. till 12am and will be repeated once each month through August.

“Our goal is to get people in the community to come out and see the many places we’ll be featuring, some of which are otherwise vacant storefronts. This is a great way to help local businesses, building owners and artists all at the same time, while also getting people from outside the neighborhood to come and see all the good things that are going on here despite the economy,” says Walk coordinator and Hoteí cofounder Omar Farah. “We want to build this event up so that it’s considered a major art walk on par with many of the other better-known Chicago neighborhood art walks and festivals.”

Farah hopes to enlist up to 60 artists to exhibit their work in one of the many locations along the walk. Besides Hotei Gallery and Art Center (1445 W. Morse Ave.), he will have use of two additional otherwise vacant store fronts at 1409 W. Morse Ave.& 1412 W. Morse Ave. and other local businesses like The Glenwood Tap and live music at Duke’s, among other venues. B1E Gallery will open their doors and their patio for fire dancing performers. Artwork will then be on display throughout the month at Hoteí.

Admission to the event is $20, which includes access to all sites, entertainment and open bar and drink tickets good at local establishments. Free parking at the corner of Morse and clark.

To buy tickets in advance and to see the entire lineup of artists, go to

Artists and musicians interested in participating in this unique night are encouraged to contact Omar Farah at Hoteí Gallery & Art Center (


Hoteí Art Center is an art and wellness center located at 1445 W. Morse Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Hoteí’s mission is to create a gallery and center for the exhibition, sale, creation and expression of all art forms, from traditional visual arts to the esoteric and healing arts. By placing an emphasis on local artists and instructors, Hoteí aims to provide its community with a greater exposure to art as well as activities that educate, empower and lift the spirit of its community. For more information, including class and yoga schedules, visit: or call 773-