Tunes With Tim has arrived at Beauty & Brawn!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

We are pleased to welcome Tim Bredrup to Beauty & Brawn!

He will bringing his music and his magic to our littlest gallery kiddos this Fall. We can’t wait!

Please see class schedule for class days and times.
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TUNES WITH TIM  (for newborns through 5 years old)

Tim uses his wide repertoire of classic songs – from nursery rhymes to Beatles tunes – to inspire dancing and singing while teaching the basics of music including rhythm and tempo, melody and harmony.  This interactive music class is not only fun, it’s an essential component to young children’s development of social, physical, creative, and cognitive skills.

Tim Bredrup has a music degree from Valparaiso University.  A true renaissance musician – he began classical piano training at the young age of three and has since become a whiz on the guitar and bass, a mandolin aficionado and also a guy who loves to just bang on his drums. Hey, he even sings barbershop quartet!  But most of all, Tim loves inspiring others to love music as much as he does and that’s his focus in every session.

Mural Ribbon Cutting Reception & Celebration!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014




Beauty & Brawn friends!

We are beyond thrilled to invite you to a very special happening- here are the details:

We are hosting our FIRST EVER Mural Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Reception!

Please join us as we unveil our mural to the public. The work coincides with Rachel’s show“When All That’s Left of Me is You”- now on exhibit at the gallery through Saturday, September 27th, 2014.


* COMMUNITY RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: Saturday, September 13th, 2014  –  4:00 pm

Logan Square Blue Line Stop mural wall (next to the Paseo Garden)

Milwaukee Avenue & Kedzie (Logan Blvd.)



Beauty & Brawn Gallery Art Gallery and Think Space

35o1 W. Fullerton Avenue (@ St. Louis)


It will be a very special evening for us at Beauty & Brawn and for Logan Square. Please join us.

*All are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public.  No RSVP required.


CHICAGO – Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood is collaborating with artist Rachel Slotnick to create a 200 foot long mural on the CTA’s Blue Line/Logan Square stop, located at 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

“It is a location that I have wanted to tackle for almost 8 years,” reveals gallery owner Lindsey Meyers. “I was getting discouraged by the lack of creative collaborations in the neighborhood which promoted cohesiveness, while also including and honoring every cultural group.  I had basically given up on adopting the wall until recently when Rachel and I discussed doing a mural that would truly embrace the color and flavor of my neighborhood, and that would properly welcome the world to Logan Square.”   She continues, “My gallery is proud to be sponsoring the mural, as well as fostering Rachel’s talent.”

Artist Rachel Slotnick explains, “The large scale mural will feature a tiger and a peacock incorporating elements of collage, gemstones and mirrors; so that it glimmers and changes with the altering light,” describes Slotnick.  “I am interested in walls as living space.   I want the wall to keep growing and changing as the world does.”




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.

$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!


Saturday, September 20th, 2014

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 5th, 2014

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Saturday, October 18th, 2014

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


$10.00 per child.

No pre-registration necessary!