First Friday : 7-10pm
Studio Hours Based on Class Schedule
May 30th - June 29th | "Expression" Exhibition
Featuring John Yaou, Ashley McLaughlin, Kelly Ward, Noah Larsen & Francesca Vitale
Opening Reception Friday June 7th 7-10pm
My current body of work focuses on celebrating urban/street art. It focuses on celebrating
Graffiti and the place that I call home, Chicago. Using the influence of urban art and turning it
into fine art. I gather my inspiration from my experiences as well as the city that surrounds me. I
attempt to link all of my work by keeping the methodology and technique consistent. The
methodical and almost tedious process not only frees my imagination, but gives me a sense of
accomplishment once that piece of work is complete.
As a painter, my focus is to use traditional techniques on “Urban” or ‘Street” art in hopes of
merging the gap between the graffiti enthusiast and the fine art lover. Graffiti in my experience
has never been widely respected or accepted by the “traditional” art community. This includes
commercial galleries, who refuse to represent these artists. The shunning of this art form is a
disservice to young artists that find their voices in it. Graffiti has always been considered as
counterculture, against the grain or the norm. In ten years, this style will not be counterculture, it
will just be culture. We are going to look back and realize this is the art of our times.
Ashley McLaughlin (ashleyintheam) is a digital and watercolor illustrator working out of Illinois. She received her BFA from the American Academy of Art in 2017, Majoring in Fine Art with a concentration in watercolor painting. She has contributed work for Carousel Checks. She is fond of stars, the moon, kids cartoon's, Greek mythology, and anything space.
Self-described “mountain coast” artist Noah Larsen creates his marker illustrations through stream-of-consciousness drawing under the moniker earlatron. His graphic works feature cartoonish characters and scenes from his imagination. He lives and works in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Francesca Vitale (@Juked.art) is an artist from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a student at DePaul University with the intention of graduating with a Art, Media, and Design degree. Her work consists oil paintings on street signs, which mostly feature music artists as well as paintings inspired by album covers.
Kelly is a Chicagoland Art Director with a passion for designing, doodling, and painting. Kelly has been fortunate enough to work, collaborate, and design for like-minded clients, and is excited to see what’s in store for 2019. Cheers!
Summer Solstice Art Gala Event
Friday June 21st
Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of the summer season at The Compassion Factory!
We'll celebrate with some Beach Ave BBQ, Drinks, Amazing Art, Entertainment and Friends!
Tickets are $50 per person May 5th - June 8
Tickets are $60 per person June 9th - June 20th
Tickets are $75 per person at the door
July | No Art will be on Exhibit
During the month of July we will not have an artist on Exhibit. We'll be resetting walls and getting ready for another amazing year.
Studio will still be open and classes will run as usual
August 1st - 31st | "Character Con" Exhibition
Featuring Derail Howery, Jamie Primack, Josh Mettille, Travis Cakos, Naomi Martinez, Jeremy Johnson & Tony Smith
Opening Reception Friday August 2nd 7-10pm
My passion is Illustrating, cartooning, comic books and fantasy characters. My characters are created from my experiences in life such as well as what I take from reading books, TV, movies and watching people in their everyday activities.
Jamie Primack is a comic artist, writer, illustrator, and creator of the sci fi comic series BINARY STAR. Inspired by her love of science fiction and horror, Jamie's artistic style - which she calls "space goth" - combines the aesthetics of gothic subcultures with futuristic technology. To create illustrations that are both cosmic and dark, Jamie uses brushes, technical pens, dried ink, white ink, metallic paint, and gouache. Jamie also writes and illustrates BINARY STAR, a comic series which has been running online for more than two years and ten chapters. BINARY STAR, which tells the story of an interstellar bounty hunter forced to team up with an alien outlaw, can be read online, Facebook.com/BinaryStarComic, and BinaryStarComic.Tumblr.com. Jamie also works as a freelance artist and illustrator who can be found tabling at various comic conventions and art shows around the country.
You can find her work online at jamieprimack.com or follow her work on Instagram @jamieprimack."
Joshua Mettille was born in Ottawa, IL. He attended Seneca Township High school from 2012 to 2016, where he was heavily involved with the art program.
Within his practice, Josh likes to work with many different forms of media and materials. He does not like to stay in one media for too long because he is always fascinated by the new. As a future educator, Josh believes in the power of creativity and expression in art. His most current works seek to represent the freedom of expression through different media.
Currently, Josh is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in K-12 Art-Education from Olivet Nazarene University. He is expected to graduate in the spring of 2020.
Travis Cakos is an independent artist & musician. His art/music studio is comprised of hardware & software equipment including oil, acrylic, color pencil & digital media (such as Coral Painter 12 & Photoshop) - He specializes in portraits/memorials, landscapes/starscapes, abstract art, etc...
Naomi Martinez a.k.a. “Monstrochika”, was raised in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Her work is strongly inspired by Japanese animation, indie comics, nature and growing up in The Windy City. An artistic career that began as an Apprentice Artist for Gallery 37 led her to study Advertising, Art & Design at Columbia College Chicago and she continued her work as a Teaching Artist in various Chicago communities. She enjoys sharing the art of doll making and collaborating with artists and art spaces. Mediums include watercolor illustration, mixed media painting, murals, zines, and dolls. She currently lives in Berwyn, IL.
October 3rd - November 2nd | "The Color of Music" Exhibition
Featuring Ken & Robin Koukola
Opening Reception Friday October 4th 7-10pm
Family Exhibition featuring Ken & Robin Koukola exhibiting art with a Musical and Day of the Dead theme.
November 9th & 16th | Artisan's At The Factor
102-pm each day
The Artisans At The Factory is a great place to browse and shop for handmade art! Great place to do some Holiday Shopping!
This is a free and open to the public event!
If interested in being a vendor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.