Pop-Up Gallery Brings American Folk Art to Division Street in December

By Alisa Hauser on December 17, 2012 6:36am 

 Matteo Billitteri stands next to "Trail of Tears," a sculpture he created in his Wicker Park studio at 1941 W. Division St. 
 During the month of December Billitteri hopes shoppers will notice Gallery 41, a pop-up gift shop featuring fine Americam folk art created by himself and 16 other artists from all over the country. 
Matteo Billitteri stands next to "Trail of Tears," a sculpture he created in his Wicker Park studio at 1941 W. Division St. During the month of December Billitteri hopes shoppers will notice Gallery 41, a pop-up gift shop featuring fine Americam folk art created by himself and 16 other artists from all over the country. 
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WICKER PARK — An empty storefront on a stretch of sidewalk that gets plenty of foot traffic has been transformed into an eclectic gallery featuring handmade works by 17 local and national artisans. 

Artist Matteo Billitteri creates intricate wooden sculptures and glass mosaics out of a private studio in the back of a storefront at 1941 W. Division St. and decided to open the unused front portion of the building to the public last week. 

"I know so many talented people," Billitteri said. "There's a great deal of time that goes into making a fine piece of craft and I wanted to share these works and promote American craftsmanship."

So far, Billitteri said the response from neighbors and shoppers has been good and that "people are definitely curious and looking into the windows." 

The small shop displays fine art that could be given as gifts, such as blown glass ornaments, hand painted silk scarves, satchels that fit electronic tablets, pottery and jewelry made out of paper fibers. Prices range from $12 on the low-end for stocking stuffers such as a stone-shaped bar infused with oils that keeps hands from getting dry to a $1,200 framed painting of a forest.  

Gallery 41 hours are 2-6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday. The phone number is 773-712-8489.

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