LOGAN SQUARE — Beauty and Brawn gallery will host three community art days in the next week at one of the neighborhood’s most recognizable mural sites.
Artist Rachel Slotnick will host three public “Paint With Us” sessions, Aug. 29 and 31 and Sept. 1 in conjunction with the gallery. Slotnick and Lindsey Meyers, owner of Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery & Think Space, recently began a new artwork at the Logan Square Blue Line site after painting a layer over the iconic blue-on-yellow memorial mural.
The community painting days will be followed by a ribbon cutting for the new mural Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.
Plans for the wall include an image of a peacock with stripes and a tiger with feathers set on flowers in an S shape to match the winding Paseo Prairie Community Garden trail and stage near the mural.
According to the Roscoe Village-based artist, the community interaction is an attempt "to be respectful to the neighborhoods I go into," especially as her new work will replace a well-known sight directly beside the well-traveled Blue Line station.
“I think [the mural] was iconic; it was recognizable — each character had a story. It was a marker and a point, but I feel that art can be ever-changing,” Meyers, a 10-year resident of the neighborhood, said earlier this month when work began on the new work. “The truth of the matter is that people are looking for something new.”
Visitors at the community painting sessions will be provided with materials to help Slotnick complete the work, Meyers said. The work coincides with Slotnick’s current show at Beauty and Brawn, “When All That’s Left of Me is You,” now on exhibit at through Sept. 27.
The paint days will be held Aug. 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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