Dec 9th 2011

ACRE Country Fair

@ Heaven Gallery

1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, December 9th, from 7PM - 11PM

On view through Friday, December 9th

Its ACRE’s annual escape to the Country! Cowboys and cowgirls, shine up your spurs, polish your boots and pick out your best plaid for a night of art, music, and dancing! The night will feature a silent and live auction hosted by Brandon Alvendia and Lil’ Elote. Get into the country-spirit and whet your whistle at the open bar stocked with a selection of Lagunitas beers, wine, and hard cider and compete for a special prize in the edible cornucopia eating contest. Swing your pardner along to the sounds of The Golden Horse Ranch Band, warm-up to the sweet murder ballads of Eileen, and cut a rug when Chances Dances break out their country dance tunes. Be sure to dress in your country finest and get your one-of-a-kind portrait by an ACRE resident. ACRE is raising funds for it’s Exhibitions Program and 2012 Residency Program. As a non-profit, ACRE is dedicated to providing support to emerging artists and fostering an ever expanding community of cultural producers.

$40 ($20 for students and acre alumni)

The Golden Horse Ranch Band
Chances Dances goes Country

ART AUCTION (Silent Auction ends and Live Auction begins at 9:30.)
Bid on new art works by Chicago artists and ACRE alumni! Featuring work by Adam Grossi, Alex Chitty, Alyse Ronayne, Aron Gent,, Ben Driggs, Brandon Anschultz, Bryan Lear, Caitlin Arnold, Caroline Picard, Chris Meerdo, Dan Bradica, Daniel Shea, Jacob Chris Hammes, Jan Tichy, Jennifer Ray, Jeremy Bolen, Jessica Taylor, Julia Klein, Kelly Kaczynski, Kristina Paabus, Laurie Palmer, Leo Kaplan, Matt Austin, Michelle Grabner, Olivia Valentine, Steve Reinke, Tara Hills, Thad Kelstadt, Todd Diederich, Young Joon Kwak, Zak Arctander, and more!

Contestants compete in teams of two to gobble the most produce, chocolate and other goodies spilling out of five large cornucopias. The cornucopias are fair game too- they’re made of bread! Prizes will be awarded for total amount of food eaten, and crowd-pleasingest groups.

Get a one-of-a-kind portrait by a talented emerging artist. Participating artists include Betsy Odom, Caroline Carlsmith, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Chiara Keeling-Gonzalez, Lauren Beck, Leo Kaplan, Liz McCarthy, Michael Hunter, Michael Kloss, Nick Wylie, Ron Ewert, and Virginia Aberle.

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