Join Project Onward for
A Special Third Friday Show!
Fernando Ramirez and Bill Douglas
Will be Featured for the May Edition of 3rd Friday
Friday, May 19 – 6:00 to 9:30 pm
1200 W. 35th St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL (enter on Racine)
Fernando Ramirez, whose art is above is from Guanajuato, Mexico and moved at the age of three to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Perhaps the most important and popular artist at Chicago’s celebrated youth arts program, Gallery 37, Ramirez completed numerous commissioned art projects including portraits of Mayor and Mrs. Daley, as well as many visiting dignitaries from around the world. More than a decade later, he continues to paint colorful scenes of Chicago’s famous locales, enjoys a unique niche in painting three-dimensional objects, and is now a popular commission artist at Project Onward.
When Ramirez isn’t completing commissions and special projects for the public, he enjoys painting and drawing images from mythology, fantasy and pan-religious themes. This more personal body of work makes use of skull and skeleton motifs, and hidden signs and symbols. He joined the studio in 2006 and lives in Back of the Yards, Chicago.
Bill Douglas, below, hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and specializes in local artwork based on folk and craft techniques. Personal, spiritual stories have a special resonance in the artist’s extensive array of objects and images. His compositional strength comes not only from drawing, but also from collecting and fusing objects and materials. Through woodcarving, bone painting, assemblage, collage, and on canvas and paper, Douglas masterfully mixes melancholy with humor. He reminds us frequently of the fragility of our lives, the elusiveness of memory and the beauty of nature.
Be sure to join friends and art lovers for this extraordinary exhibition of works by Fernando Ramirez and Bill Douglas.
Wine, beer and other beverages will be available for a donation.