SOFA 2012

SOFA Chicago is back again this year with the opening preview night last night, Thursday November 1st. Over the next three days visitors can see some of the best work from Chicago and the Midwest. The tickets for the general public cost $15 per person per day or $25 for all three days. The admission price includes the galleries, special exhibits, gallery talks, and lectures each day. SOFA is open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Parking is available in the Navy Pier garages from $14 per day or you can take the art shuttle bus from The Museum of Contemporary Art (Front Steps) and the River North Gallery district (Superior and Franklin Streets). The hours for the shuttle are Friday 12:oo P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Saturday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. The CTA  buses 65 and 66 buses and free trolley also frequent Navy Pier!

The exhibitors have a wide variety of art this year and not something to want to miss, but don’t forget to check out the special exhibits too! The best are Among Fellows: An Exhibition of Work by the 2012 College of Fellows, Bags Across the Globe, Chubb Personal Insurance, What is Beautiful? Changing Perspectives in Contemporary Wood Art, and Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasure – Metalsmith’s 2012 curated Exhibition.  At Bags Across the Globe envision a huge plastic bag pouring out all the reusable bags of America and read the astounding number of plastic we could save. It places the world in perspective. At Among Fellows: An Exhibition of Work by the 2012 College of Fellows, you will witness the best of the best, these artists had to be teaching for 25 years or more to even be considered for the honor to become a fellow. A favorite is Lewis Knauss who observes nature and transforms his vision into reality. Especially with the grass series installation introducing Another Drought 2011. Lastly,  Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasure – Metalsmith’s 2012 curated Exhibition, features the architectural and social aesthetics of the 14th Century captured in modern jewelry  CMB’s favorite was The Justified Sinner Four Cocktail Rings of the Apocalypse: War, Pestilence, Death, and Famine

Lastly, two of the best pieces in the exhibitor galleries to see are Markow & Norris’s Spring Dawn Kimono 2012 made out of woven glass in the Pismo Fine Art Glass gallery and Ian Schneller’s work of the whimsical yet functional speakers that adds to the individuality in any home in the Packer Schopf gallery. The speakers are only on display at SOFA not in the main gallery. Good luck finding your newest art installation this year at SOFA Chicago! 


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