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Art Thu Jan 14 2010

RIP Flo McGarrell (or Give to the Haiti Relief Effort and Get Some Art in Return)

flo.jpg Photograph via Art21

I do not normally do this but this one is from the heart, as they say. I found out less than an hour ago that someone I know died in Haiti. I have never been, nor did I have any inclination to travel to Haiti, but many people that I know have done just that. Two in particular were in Haiti during the recent earthquake.

sue.jpgSue Frame, who I had lived and worked with for a number of years, thankfully survived although Flo McGarrell did not. I did not know Flo well enough to feel comfortable speaking about him too much, but I will say he was one of the strongest people I knew, and although I may not have spent long hours getting to know Flo, I do know there is an absence in the world without him.

Sue and Flo were in Jacmel, Haiti, building an artist's center. The last I heard was that there was trouble getting the container of tools they had collected past customs. That school has fallen down the priority list, now that things like fresh water have been added to the list of needs of the Haitian people.

In response to this loss of a Chicago Area artist, there is a small group of Chicagoans starting an art raffle to help give back to those giving to Haiti. If you are an artist, artisan or anyone willing to donate items to this raffle, please upload images and descriptions to this flickr page. Every $5 donated to Doctors Without Borders between Wednesday the 13th and Thursday the 21st will buy you one raffle ticket; just send your confirmation letter to For more information, visit Thank you.

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Flickr Feature Fri Sep 11 2009

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Flickr Feature Fri Jul 31 2009

Photo Feature: Dan Rybicky


Dan Rybicky took this picture of Katrina by Mark McGinnis at the "Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture" group show currently up in the Hyde Park Arts Center.

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Flickr Feature Fri Jul 10 2009

Friday Flickr Feature

floozefactor snapped this photo of an unidentified object on the site of a former factory. To read the discussion about what it might be, see the original flickr page.

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Flickr Feature Fri Jul 03 2009

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Watercolor by Vaughnda Johnson. Join the A/C Flickr Pool!

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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