When All That’s Left of Me is You

Friday, July 4th, 2014



When All That’s Left of Me is You
Paintings and Poetry by Artist/Writer Rachel Slotnick  -  inspired by the music of Ruth Margraff
Saturday, August 9th, 2014 – Saturday, September 27th, 2014


Community mural painting days:

Friday, August 29th, 2014 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Monday, September 1st, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


The exhibition features Slotnick’s images and poetry projected on 4 foot square blank canvases, angled off the wall forming wing-like objects or possibly the turning pages of a book. This form meets content project’s goal forces us to examine our conscious and unconscious memories.   As the projector blinks in and out of poetic narratives and mysterious portraits, it is the moments in between – when the canvas is blank – that we are allowed to reflect.

“My artworks combine my experiences as an inner city school teacher with the final chapter of the lives of my grandparents and their debilitating memory loss”, explains Slotnick, an adjunct teacher of  Studio Art and English at Malcolm X College and the Illinois Art Institute in Chicago.

“I enter a classroom filled with tragedies of Chicago violence, armed only with philosophy and poetry.  I am forever altered when a young woman paralyzed by gunfire wants to learn to draw cartoons for her daughter; and a bipolar, suicidal man asks me to help him with his poetry.  My paintings document the unfolding student dramas– cataloging students as tragic peacocks of wild abandon, an octopus too powerful for his own good, and a snowman melting in the desert,” reveals Slotnick.

“My work goes on to chronicle the loss of cognition, and is paired with music and poetry.” Slotnick’s Peacock and Horse paintings are in
complement to Margraff’s song lyrics, “Peacock” and “Land of the Great Horses”.


Rachel Slotnick:

Originally from Los Altos, California, Rachel Slotnick is a painter and writer.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2010.  Her work is on permanent display at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is a muralist for the 35th, 46th and 47th wards.

Her poetry was recently published in the Elimae Literary Journal, High Chair Poetry, and she was a finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards.   Look for her upcoming publications in Mad Hatters’ Review and Thrice Fiction. Rachel currently resides in Chicago where she works as Adjunct Faculty in Art Studio and English at Malcolm X College and the Illinois Art Institute.

Super Summer Camp 2014 is here!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Super Summer Camp registration will open on Monday, March 10th, 2014.

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We believe fun, freedom and creativity are summer must haves!  So, we’ve really taken summer camp to a whole new level this year!

Visual art includes: mixed media work, bookmaking, drawing & comicing, photography, painting and shadow puppet theater, music/guitar, hip hop & movement, drama, yoga & meditation, an hour of outdoor play, weekly field trips and SO much more!

And we like the big and the littles together and believe that mentorship enhances a camper’s experience.

Ages 4-12 welcome.

* All campers are required to bring lunch and something to snack on! Although we are always respectful of any/all food allergies, we have no food restrictions in the gallery.


Super Summer Camp runs from June 23rd – August 15th, 2014


9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Full and half-day camp available.

* 3 or 5 day sign-up preferred.


10% sibling discount will be honored.

$65.00 full day. $35.00 half day. (Please contact us to make payment arrangements for half-day campers.)


You can register here:


$10.00 Kids Open Studios!

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Weekend art making fun can be so simple when you hang out with us at our Kids open studios!


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Upcoming open studio dates:

(dates subject to change due to private parties & events)

* Please check our FB page on the day of for current open studio information!


No Open Studio dates this month. Please check back soon for  upcoming June dates! 


$10.00 per child.

No pre-registration necessary!