Neighborhood Artists - May 2014

Ivonne Cruz

Any art work I create has been my avenue for discovery and growth. My inspiration is life. It is a yearning to understand what makes us live, and what stories people have to tell

Lucia Herrera

Is a self taught artist, born and raised in Chicago. Her Mexican background and upbringing as well as her personal experiences are the driving force behind her art, "I truly enjoy working with my hands and find that creating art is beneficial to our souls. I am grateful for this gift and I enjoy sharing it with the world." 

Thomas Plum

Untitled is a work intended to capture the spirit and energy of Hermosa as I've experienced it over the past ten years.

Christopher Dureno Thomas Plum - April 2007

Christopher Dureno

Copper Grove (right window    Fruit (left window)

This is how I learned to solder. I can't guarantee that these joints hold water but I think they make nifty shapes. I've walked up and down the plumbing aisle at home depot for years wondering how I could put these tubes into a piece. Then I found the pressure plug. And I guess I’ve always marvelled at the beauty of the log while stacking firewood. Copper and wood, fascinating in a raw sense. I see it as a cross between chipotle wall hangings and sprinkler art. It is midwest style, simply done in a basement on a sunday afternoon. Enjoy.


Thomas Plum

Hold (center window)

Medicine plays a prominent and pervasive role in our culture. From the recommended ‘check-ups’ many people dread to the potential discovery of an illness they never knew they had. For the sick, the ubiquitous orange pill bottle might signal relief, restoration, or relaxation through pills, tablets and capsules.  Darker readings may include dependence, a high-risk lifestyle, or fragility. My recent sculpture ‘Hold’ is a six-foot tower made of pill bottles. To hold-out, hold-up or hold-in?

Rose Camastro-Pritchett and Thomas Plum - October 2006

“But can you get there from here?”

Look inside the glass window of Art on Armitage Gallery at 4125 W. Armitage during October to see Rose and Thomas as they map out their trip in this interactive journey with an installation and performances every Friday from 6:30 to 8:00.  Rose and Thomas invite adults and children to join them on this journey.

The artists are graduates of Columbia College Chicago. Thomas received his MA in 2002 with a concentration in sound and video installation. Rose earned her MFA in 2003 with an emphasis in performance, installation and artists books. Both teach at Columbia College

Rose has exhibited and performed her work internationally. Travel has been a big part of her life; she has lived in Wales and Saudi Arabia and taught in Italy and Cyprus. This is her third performance and installation at Art on Armitage. "Because of its location there is a direct and fresh interaction with the viewer which has become instrumental in the growth of my work. The gallery is very much a part of the neighborhood and it is great fun to perform there."

Thomas lives in the neighborhood and is excited to show his work here. He too has traveled extensively and is particularly interested in the mapping of physical and mental spaces. His work has recently been exhibited at the Santa Fe Art Institute and in the Hyde Park Art Center's Sound Canopy Project.