First meet-up with the Chicago Photography Collective. I spent almost the whole day helping to tidy a vacant store-front in the Loop to make it ready for a photo exhibit that was opening the following week. The exhibit is under the auspices of PopUp Art Loop Galleries, an initiative started by the Chicago Loop Alliance to transform empty storefronts in the loop into public art galleries and to use art to draw people to the downtown area.
Among the photographers represented (right now) are Chicago luminaries such as: Amy Aiello, Patty Carroll, Lloyd DeGrane, Lauren Deutsch, Paul Elledge, Eric Futran, Ron Gordon, Karen Hoyt, Ken Ilio, Michael Jackson, David Kamba, Peter LeGrand, Paul Merideth, Paul Natkin, Leasha Overturf, Tom Palazzolo, Marcia Palazzolo, Marc PoKempner, Bruce Powell, Rebekah Raleigh, Lou Raizin, Jon Randolph, Kathy Richland, Ron Seymour, Maurice Seymour and Sandra Steinbrecher. The group is trying to reach out to other photographers … if you know anyone who wants to be a luminary , please go to the group’s website for the contact information.