CHICAGO ARTIST MONTH PROGRAM IN CHICAGO’S LINCOLN SQUARE – ART INSTALLATION & WRITING PROJECT
We had over 120 stories posted on the story-line at Winnemac Park on Sat Oct 20!
It was a lovely, fun day for the team of writers and artists, the neighbors – men, women and children of all ages – who posted stories. And to the adorable parade of DOGS that brought their owners, OMG!
THANKS to Lisa at Winnemac Park, Loretta Line and the whole gang.
What Will The Neighbors Say? They will say “Yes.” A pleasure. -Jamie O’Reilly, Curator
READ ABOUT THE PROJECT ONLINE http://www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/jamie-oreillys-roots-salon-winnemac-park\
Here are a few comments from the storyline about Winnemac Park in Winter:
“As we are falling in the fall, we will win in the winter, and hopefully sing in the spring until summer.”
“Crunching sounds of our boots in the snow disrupted the silence of Winnemac Park on a Sunday morning.
In a winter wonderland, we walked hand-in-hand. And on the park bench he asked me to be his girlfriend.”
“On this site stood a wooden structure that was used as a toboggan slide in 1967.”
ABOUT JAMIE O’REILLY’S ROOTS SALON
ORIGINAL POST FOR PROGRAM
What Will The Neighbors Say?
Chances are you don’t know the neighbors as you did in the days of hanging laundry on the line, sharing lemonade on the porch, or attending school socials – before air-conditioning kept us indoors on summer nights, and computers offered easier, virtual friendships. You may not know their stories, or their secrets… From noon to dusk Saturday, October 20 at Chicago’s Winnemac Park, Cultural Artist Jamie O’Reilly, and the Community Voices of the Roots Salon – with visual artist Loretta Line as curator – will create a two-part interactive art installation, collecting original stories from and of neighbors. Passersby will be invited to write a story on colored paper, and post it on the “story-line”, consisting of several 10’ poles, wrapped in colorful cloth, connected by clothesline.
Like flags of nations, these colorful stories will blow in the wind – their calming presence drawing-in participants throughout the day.
As a follow-up to the park activity, the Community of Voices will select and read some of the “story lines”, along with stories and songs of their own, in a public presentation at a later date.
Community Voices is a group of Chicago area women artists and activists – who meet monthly at the Roots Salon in O’Reilly’s home – a community gathering space for artists. Community of Voices at Roots Salon: Maureen Connolly, Maureen Flannery, Lois Hobart, Kristin Lems, Loretta Line, Anne Schultz, June Shellene, Willa Moore, Mary Watson and Jamie O’Reilly
When: Sat Oct 20
Noon to Dusk
Where: Leavitt & Winnemac
Info: Phone: 773.203.7661