Friday May 3rd, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Saturday May 4th, 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join The Plagiarists for our annual art show and celebration, featuring a delicious selection of art. Enjoy delectable prints, scrumptious paintings, and tasty ceramics. There'll be sweet music, tarot readings, reiki, play readings, libations, a jewelry-making workshop, and, of course, CAKE!! Let EVERYONE eat cake!!
We are excited to share the amazing talents of the following artists. Read more about the artists below!
Jani Bodell Janeane Bowlware Kaitlin Byrd Gerri Alger Brunner Anne Carnavale Marge Kelly Coughlin Ellen DeSitter DEX Ryan Dickerson Gaby FeBland Thom Frerk Gina Geraci Dan Grzeca Elizabeth Kline Kristina Lebedeva E. Robin Magsino Mathias (Spider) Hillary Miles Courtney Nzeribe Ronda Ruby Payne Gary Dale Saxvik Jessica Saxvik Nathan Vernau Charity Noel Weishar
Cultures have always had a strong relationship to jewelry and body adornment. Families rich and poor historically have passed jewelry down through generations. Unfortunately, in today's world we have become obsessed with mass-produced "throw away" accessories and fashion.
My work seeks to reclaim jewelry as meaningful by incorporating non-traditional materials found in nature and an organic design esthetic. By creating a completely handmade piece, I am hoping that the wearer has a deeper connection with what they are wearing. I am exploring the wearer's relationship with nature, the organic flow of metal and its inherent beauty.
I have been lucky enough to study with great teachers in Chicago, as well as around the world. In 2015 I participated in the PECAH residency – an art residency located in Manila, India at the foot of the Himalayan mountains. There I studied with other visual artists from around the world as well as with traditional Indian artists. This experience fueled my desire to continue to create jewelry totally by hand – no computers or auto-cad involved.
Redbud Jewelry Studio and Shop is my personal jewelry studio where I create custom work and is also a shop where my jewelry is for sale along with handmade work by other local artists.
"My work is inspired by functional objects that have been present throughout history. i create unique art pieces that are made to be held and used, aesthetically enhancing the everyday moments of life. the imperfect line + the off-centered object is the art.
Marge Coughlin has been painting and teaching fine art for close to 50 years now. She is affiliated with various organizations such as; Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Town & Country Art League, and Mount Greenwood Art Club. Her paintings have been in the Vogt Visual Art Center, DiCaprio Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College and McCord Gallery.
Her education began at Moraine Valley Community College and continued at the American Academy of Art. She keeps striving to improve her technique by taking classes and workshops. By teaching both in private and classroom situations, her students have learned much in oil, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil and charcoal. Marge states that personal satisfaction comes from helping each student develop their own style.
Ellen DeSitter -
Ellen DeSitter is a stage/film/voice over actor, movement performer, and visual artist based in Chicago. Her art often reflects her backgrounds in costume building, puppetry, and scenic painting. Performance-wise, she is currently in the Comedy Dance Collective show at iO and will also be in the next Black Button Eyes Production going up mid August. Her podcast group Starlight Radio Dreams has regular performances and posts every month (starlightradiodreams.com). You will also find her at various festivals and parades - usually on stilts. This 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of July she will be stilt walking at Six Flags and in August you will find her in the Kidzapolooza section of Lolla! To see more of her art and other artistic endeavors, follow her on instagram under EllEntertainment and check out her web page ellendesitter.com .
Ryan Dickerson -
Self-proclaimed mixed-media master of tiny trinkets has been creating transient pieces on various mediums ranging from rusty buttons to Bic lighters since 2009; generally sticking to what will never last. Three years ago he made his Chicago debut at Art In The Time Of Plagiarism and is thrilled to join in on the fun again this year! Graduating from tiny objects, Ryan is taking on canvas and wood, slapping paint, ink, tape, stickers, hate, mixed feelings, and (mostly) dead celebrities on whatever he wants as he sees fit. Though most of his recent work has been aimed at a cleaner audience, rest assured that his flame for eternal filth will never die.
Thom Frerk -
Thom Frerk is a self-taught and an artist in Residence and art teacher at First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights. Former co chair of Friends of the Arts and proprietor of Dix Mix Art Gallery. Thom Works in acrylic and mixed media is available for commissioned artwork.
Dan Grzeca -
Dan Grzeca listens to a lot of jazz and metal while crafting images on paper & panel. Working out of his studio Ground Up, on the top floor of a North side warehouse in Chicago, he has created over 700+ posters and prints in the last 21 years- including work for Peter Brötzmann, The Black Keys, and Explosions in the Sky. Working primarily in scratchboard and silkscreen, he draws inspiration and energy from the great lineage of Chicago artists including Ed Paschke, Karl Wirsum, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, & Richard Hull . His most recent gallery show was "Top Twenty" at Galerie F in October 2016. You also see his work on the cans of every beer by Chicago Craft Beer label Hop Butcher For The World
Gina Geraci -
"I grew up just outside of Chicago but have been here creating art for 5 years. I am truly inspired by travel and the beautiful colors and shapes I see. Over the years, I’ve traveled to India, which is here a lot of the henna inspired art comes from. I also spent time in Costa Rica for a few months, and most recently in Japan. Whatever my form of artwork is, I consider very therapeutic, authentic and spontaneous. I am pushed and supported every day by the people around me. I’d like to give a very special thanks to Terri and Joe for always being such a solid support and believer in me."
Elizabeth Kline Designs-
Elizabeth Kline is an award-winning Chicago-based metalsmith and artist. Her love of creating jewelry began during a high school trip to Israel, where she sold small handmade bracelets in Jerusalem for a little extra spending money. As an adult, she discovered a love of working with metal in 2005, when studying metalsmithing at Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood.
Elizabeth forges and sculpts her jewelry, to make organic, sometimes asymmetrical, always one-of-a-kind pieces. She shapes and sands exotic hardwoods, combining them with metal inlay for unusual modern, natural pieces. She also sculpts pieces from wax, casting liquid metal to make organic, twisty vine-inspired rings, earrings, and necklaces. And, she loves using hammers and torches to bring silver, copper, bronze and brass to life. No piece is the same, and many have vintage glass (from many places and time frames) or gemstones to add color, sparkle and a story.
She is also a professional actor, having performed in Chicago, both in film and theater.
Given my severe physical disability, I see my art as the fusion of the inside and the outside, wherein the two finally coincide. Each artwork carries within it the seal of enchantment. It’s safe to say that my focus is on warrior women, avenging forces, and mythic beings, I address the question of disability awareness and empowerment.
These are the beings on the threshold, on the fringes of your nightmares, and within your dreams. They’re outcasts, like myself, and we refuse to hide in the darkness, not anymore.
E. Robin Magsino -
E. Robin Magsino is a Maryland transplant living but has lived in Chicago for 13 years. She is formally taught in photography, sculpture, printmaking, and bookmaking. Also, has had a long career working with wildlife and animals (both domesticated animals and wild animals). She lives with a cup of tea, a good book, and yearning to make bread and pastries. Robin has a strong affinity for punk music (proto-punk specifically), b-movies and classic films. She is releasing her first adult coloring book "Animal Patterns" this year.
Courtney Nzeribe fuses her culinary lifestyle into art. Courtney studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. For many years, she put her interest in fashion aside and worked in the Cosmetic Industry as an artist and sales executive. The lure of the culinary world always tempted her and, on the side, she has provided private chef services throughout Chicago. It is while finally pursuing the culinary life, that she rediscovered her art. Courtney's current style is illustrating the beauty and nature of food and turning it into art.
Ronda Ruby Ceramics -
Ronda Ruby Ceramics is a collection of decorative ceramic lamps and shades defined by bold color and dramatic shapes. Each lamp is meticulously handcrafted by Chicago artisan and designer Ronda Ruby (Dibbern) Payne.
Ronda Ruby, a potter for the greater part of her life, is continually challenged and inspired by the ceramic medium. It was through exploring new uses for the medium and ways to integrate ceramics with functional home decor, the idea to create ceramic lamps was developed.
There are infinite possibilities that shape each finished lamp. Each lamp is created through the process of throwing, glazing, assembling and matching a complementary shade. There are times when a lamp begins with a specific idea but most times the lamp slowly evolves through the creative and decision-making process. The end result is a one-of-a-kind lamp that is as unique as a individual’s style and home.
Gary Dale Saxvik -
B.A. Luther College (Speech and Theater) M.A. University of Illinois (Theater) English and Theater teacher/Director and Designer at Libertyville High School Ray Bradbury Poetry Contest Winner 1982 Educational Workshop Leader and Lecturer: Scene Design and Scene Painting Watercolorist/Photographer/Actor/Writer/ Pleasant Enough Person
Charity Weishar -
"I strive to show others that art is free of judgement. It is a way to express your most simple and complex thoughts and feelings. It is a way to bring people together. It is a way to learn and grow. It has been one of the most enriching paths I have known. For much of my life I wanted a straight line to my goals and answers to the things I just couldn't figure out. But looking back it has been the paths that have twisted and turned the most that have not only been the most adventurous, but also helped me grow tremendously. I always knew I wanted art to be a huge part of my life but I never could see how. Like any human, fear blurred my view of opportunities. I was constantly trying to push my way into the art world without knowing where I was going. Through all I have experienced, whether through formal education or others, I have learned so much about the type of artist I would like to be, for myself and for this world. My spirit has never ceased and continues to drive my work, constantly showing a path as an artist." charityweishar.com
Click for more photos from previous years event by Grace Pisula!