This spring, the walls in West Town are about to bloom! The West Town Chamber is pleased to present a new large-scale mural by Detroit-based artist, Louise Jones, also known as Ouizi.
Ouizi’s work is celebrated on an international scale. Her delicate and sweeping floral murals flourish across buildings tall and wide, surprising city dwellers wherever they pop up. Her upcoming murals will be painted at 1914 W. Chicago Avenue in West Town set to be complete by mid April.
With this piece, rather than completely covering the wall, Ouizi plans to keep the natural brick exposed allowing the architectural structure that permeates this neighborhood to shine through. Her custom design will feature blooming flowers, including camellias, daisies, apple blossoms, and a peony delicately and intentionally painted across the brick backdrop – reaching approximately 40 feet high. Ouizi’s addition to the blossoming Chicago Avenue Arts District is funded by the West Town SSA’s Public Art Program. Since 2015, the program has sponsored the creation of more than 30 murals and art installations throughout the West Town neighborhood, with more planned in the coming year.
In addition to the mural, Ouizi will also be making her first Chicago gallery debut this month. Located just steps away from her West Town mural, Chicago Truborn is hosting a duo exhibition featuring Ouizi and local artist, Emmy Star Brown. Titled “Ulterior Motifs,” the opening reception takes place Saturday, April 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The show features a robust body of original works from both artists and will boast two in-store murals on view through Saturday, May 18. Patrons attending the opening reception will enjoy the artists’ original creations, as well as a complimentary “Ulterior Motifs” cocktail, created around the theme of the show, by the mixologists at Bar Biscay. The “Ulterior Motif” cocktail will be listed on Bar Biscay’s menu for the duration of the show. More information on the show can be found at www.chicagotruborn.com.
The Mural Celebration will start with a Ribbon Cutting at the mural site (1914 W. Chicago Ave) starting at 6:30pm. By 7:15 we will be moving the celebration to Homestead on the Roof for some additional mingling. All are encouraged to attend, and to snap photos of (and with) the new mural! Please make sure to tag West Town Chicago, Chicago Truborn Homestead and of course, our amazing artist Ouizi. Don’t forget to use the hashtag: #WestTownMurals
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