Friends of the Arts
1800 W. Cornelia Avenue
Chicago, IL

FOTA Past Events

2013

1/23 - Jonathan Cernak - Reception at Wishbone
2/6 - Katie Pruenner-Gray - Reception at Wishbone
3/6 - Paul Kowalewski - Reception at Wishbone
3/22 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
4/11 - Anne Leuck Feldhaus - Repcetion at Wishbone
5/10 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
5/11 - Prescott School Reception at Wishbone
10/4 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
11/22 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
11/23 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House

2012

1/23 - Jeff Byrner - Reception at Wishbone
2/23 - Amy Husinga - Reception at Wishbone
3/20 - Judy Zieddies - Reception at Wishbone
4/19 - Anne Leuck Feldhaus - Exhibition at Wishbone
5/1 Carolyn Rumancik - Exhibition at Wishbone
6/1 Joan Minsky - Exhibition at Wishbone
7/11 Michael Kardas - Reception at Wishbone
8/1 Monica Zanetti - Exhibition at Wishbone
9/1 Unicoi Artists - Reception at Wishbone
10/4 Alexander von Agoston - Reception at Wishbone
10/5 Cornelia Arts Building Open House
11/1 - Darrell Roberts - Exhibition at Wishbone
12/12 Gary Gantert - Reception at Wishbone
12/1 & 2 Cornelia Art Building Holiday Show

2011

1/1 - Basia Krol - Exhibition at Wishbone
2/17 - Anne Leuck Feldhaus - Reception at Wishbone
3/23 - Marge Bolin - Reception at Wishbone
4/8 - Anthony - Reception at Wishbone
5/4 - Marcia Maltz - Reception at Wishbone
6/8 - Tiffany - Reception at Wishbone
7/13 - Nancy Charak - Reception at Wishbone
8/30 - Katie Pruenner - Reception at Wishbone
9/1 - David Moses - Exhibition at Wishbone
10/1 & 2 – Cornelia Arts Building Open House
10/4 - Alexander von Agoston - Reception at Wishbone
11/1 - Rebecca Depe - Exhibition at Wishbone
12/1 – Matt Nichols - Exhibition at Wishbone
12/3 & 4 – Cornelia Art Building Holiday Show

2010

12/4 & 5 Cornelia Art Building Holiday Show
12/1 Delores Rix reception at Wishbone
11/3 Judy Zeddies reception at Wishbone
10/6 Eileen Solty reception at Wishbone
10/3 & 4 Cornelia Arts Building Open House
9/29 Alexander von Aogston reception at Wishbone
8/3 Greg Waggoner reception at Wishbone
7/7 Emily Rapport reception at Wishbone
6/22 Katie Prunner reception at Wishbone
5/5 Anthony Bower show at Wishbone
4/7 Lisa Carroccio reception at Wishbone
3/23 Marge Bolin reception at Wishbone
2/10 Amy Husinga reception t Wishbone
1/7 Matt Nichols reception on Wishbone

2009

12/5 & 6 Cornelia Art Building Holiday Show
12/3 Anthony Bower reception at Wishbone
11/12 Rossi Dimitrova reception at Wishbone
10/8 Alexander von Agoston reception at Wishbone
10/3 & 4 Cornelia Arts Building Open House
9/10 Cuban Artist reception at Wishbone
8/27 Renny reception at Wishbone
7/23 Chicago Park District reception at Wishbone
5/21 FOTA members' Show reception at Wishbone
4/8 Ella Wijt reception at Wishbone
3/3 Helena Engel reception at Wishbone
2/19 panel Presentation Finding the color green
2/12 - Chris Heisinger reception at Wishbone
1/15 Kevin Swallow recption at Wishbone

2008

12/ 7 & 8 - Cornelia Arts Building Holiday Sale and Show
12/6 - Members’ Holiday Party
11/15 & 16 Indian Boundary Park Holiday Sale and show
11/13 - Terry Sayvik Reception at Wishbone
11/6 - Joe Metz Reception at Starbucks
10/17 - Helena Engel Reception at Starbucks
10/10 - Chicago Artist’ Month Show at WIshbone
10/4 & 5 - Alexander von Agoston Reception
9/10 - Chicago Artists’ Month Preview Panel at Gallery 37
8/14 - Thom Frerk Reception at Wishbone
7/26 - Harriet Arons and Delores Rix Reception at Wishbone
7/31 - Midwest Microfest Concert and Exhibition
6/5 - Gary Gantert Reception at Wishbone
5/8 - FOTA members’ Show and Awards Program
4/19 - Peter Jones Gallery Opening
4/18 - Refuge Gallery Reception
3/13 - Katie Puener Reception at Wishbone
2/28 - Midwest Micro Fest Workshop
2/13 - Ted Preuss Reception
2/2 Lee Gate Wood Reception at Wishbone

2007

12/6 - Indian Boundary CPD Show at Wishbone, Thom Frerk curator
12/2 & 3 - Cornelia Arts Building Holiday Sale and Show
11/30 - FOTA Holiday Wine Party
11/8 - Anne Leuk-Feldhaus Reception at Wishbone
10/21 - Chicago Stammtisch Art/Wine reception
10/11 - Anne Leuk-Feldhaus Reception at Starbucks
10/6 & 7 - Ravenswood Art Walk Open House
10/5 - FOTA Artists at Chicago Art Open Reception
10/4 - Richard Lange receives Ravenswood ArtWalk art community award
10/4 - Alexander von Agoston and Salvador Jimenez reception at Wishbone
9/6 - Helena Engel reception at Wishbone
8/16 - Artist Showcase Tour for the Museum of Contemporary Art
8/9 - Aldo Romeo reception at WIshbone
7/19 - Anastasia Makarenko reception at WIshbone
5/23 - Artist BBQ at the Cornelia Arts Building
5/18 - Doug Birkenheuer Photography Show
5/11 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
4/26 - FOTA Members’ Annual Group Show at Wishbone
4/24 - Jason Messinger Art reception at Austin Public Library
4/14 - Ivonne Cruz Reception at Rogers Park
3/8 - Matt Nichols reception at Wishbone
3/2 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
2/8 - Rachel Hooten reception at Wishbone
1/4 - Jori Foreman reception at Wishbone

2006

12/18 - Ted Preuss and Nancy Pirri Show, John Hancock Building
12/12 - Art Show with New Town Writers Group at the Bailiwick Theater
12/1 - FOTA Members' Holiday Wine Party and Art Show
11/30 - Inner City Light Benefit Show
10/22 - German Stammtisch Wine and Art Show
10/8 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
9/7 - Kevin Swallow Reception at Wishbone
8/16- Ted Preuss Photography Seminar
8/13 - Lee Gatewood Reception at Old Town Triangle Gallery
8/10 - Andy Holck opening Reception at Wishbone
7/12 - Ted Preuss Photography Seminar
6/21 - Ted Preuss Photography Seminar
5/6 - Matt Nichols Opening reception at Chicago in Bloom
4/23 - 18th annual FOTA Members Show and Awards Ceremony
4/7 - Anne Lueck Feldhaus Reception at Chicago in Bloom
3/12 - Andrew Ek Reception at Fine Arts Masters Gallery
3/4 - Michael Kardas Reception at Wishbone

2005

12/2 - FOTA Holiday Art Show and Party
11/13 - Michael Kardas Photo Exhibit
10/28 - Jason Messinger Art Show
10/15 - Andy Houck reception, Chicago in Bloom
10/9 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
9/23 - Inner City Light Reception, Wishbone Restaurant
9/9 - Around the Coyote FOTA Artists
8/26 - Bucktown Arts Festival
7/29 - Doug Birkenheuer, Laine Art Gallery, Berlin
6/10 - Cornelia Arts building Summer Show
6/3 - The Solution Show
4/29 - Lincoln Square Pottery Studio Open House
3/19 - 17th Annual Member's Show and Awards Program
3/19 & 20 - Cornelia Arts Charity Show supporting For The Fallen
3/18 - Josh Moluton at Landmark Gallery
3/9 - Inner City Light Show - McHenry County College
2/12 - Around the Coyote FOTA Artists
1/16 - Doug Birkenheuer Photography Show

2004

12/3, 4, 5 - Cornelia Holiday Show and Sale
11/13 - Beau Arts Group Show at Cornelia
10/22 - John Keagy Art Reception at Cornelia
10/10 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
9/12 - Oliver Thomas Reception at Dixon Law Firm
8/25 - Inner City Light Fund Raiser
7/29 - Christopher Lenz Reception at Wishbone
7/17 & 18 - Lincoln Park Cultural Center Art Faire
7/7 - Tor Dettwiler Sculpture M.F.A. Show
5/21 - Cornelia Arts Building Wine & Art Open House
4/17 & 18 - Cornelia Arts Charity Benefit Art Show
4/3 - Kevin Swallow, Helena Engel & Stacy Makarenko at izzo/jones arena for the arts
3/7 - Timmy Samuel Reception at Gerber/Hart Library
2/28 - Leslie Steele Reception at Seattle's Best
2/15 - Jason Messenger Reception at Cafe Boost
2/13 - FOTA is featured at izzo/jones arena for the arts
1/31 - Cornelia Arts Building Winter Open House
1/24 - 16th Annual Members' Show and Awards Program
1/17 - Alex Menocal Reception at Boost Cafe

2003

12/13 - Felissa Onixt Reception at Seattle's Best
12/7 - Jeff Mayra Reception at Seattle's Best
12/5-7 - 15th Annual Cornelia Arts Holiday Show
11/22 - "Inner City Light" Fundraiser at Rodan Restaurant
10/24-26 - Oil Art show at Fast Frame
10/19 - FOTA art Show at Cafe Boost
10/17 - Cabrini Green Photo Show at 4th Presbyterian Church
10/12 - Cornelia Arts Building Open House
10/5 - "Transplants" art show at Dix Art Mix
10/4 - Greg Baily Reception at Seattle's Best
10/3 - Photography Show at Schrader's Cafe, Berlin, Germany
9/14 - Belmont Rocks Projects at the Gerber/Hart Library
9/14 - Alexander von Agoston at Cafe Boost
9/6 - Pat Dypold Reception at Seattle's Best
8/15 - Photography Show at Laine-Art Gallerie, Berlin, Germany
8/10 - Joseph Pellegrini Reception at Seattle's Best
8/9 - Kim Hoffman Reception at Seattle's Best
7/19 - Lee Gatewood Reception at Seattle's Best
7/19 - Keith Kaminski Reception at Mac Daddy
7/18 - Timmy Samuel Reception at Seattle's Best
7/12•13 - Lincoln Park Art Faire
6/20 - Kevin Swallow Reception at Boost Cafe
6/19 - Josh Moulton Opening at Webster Wine Bar
6/19 - Chicago Literature and Poetry Benefit at Mars Gallery
6/14 - Matt Nichols Reception at Seattle's Best
6/7 - Doug Birkenheuer Open Studio Reception
6/7 - Keith Kaminski Reception at Bel Odore
6/6 - Ivonne Cruz Reception at Starbucks
5/10 - Rebecca Landris Recepton at Seattle's Best Coffee
4/27 - New Town Writer's Exhibition at the Bailawick Theater
4/12 - Kevin Swallow Reception at Seattle's Best Coffee
3/13 - Anne Scarlett Reception at Seattle's Best Coffee
2/19 - Gary Price Reception at Seattle's Best Coffee
2/9 - Joseph Pellegrini Reception at Seattle's Best Coffee
1/25 - Illegal Art Show
1/18 - 15th Annual Members' Art Show & Celebration

2002

12/07/02 - Laura Gilmore reception at Seattle's Best Coffee
12/6/02 - Holiday Exhibition and Sale
11/23 & 24/02 - James Klekowski Book Signing at Dix Art Mix
11/23/02 - Andrew Weeks Vernissage Art Show
11/12/02 - Interpretive Night
11/3/02 - Keith Kaminski reception at Seattle's Best Coffee
10/20/02 - Lost and Found at Dix Art Mix
10/13/02 - Ravenswood Industrial Cooridor Art Walk
9/27/02 - Opening Reception for Benjamin A. King at Brick Yard Gallery
8/23/02 - Charles R. Snyder & Michael Wasniowski Opening Seattle's Best Coffee
7/13 & 14/02 - Lincoln Park Cultural Center Art Faire
7/11/02 - Josh Moulton at Seattle's Best Coffee
7/10/02 – Interpretive Night at Dix Art Mix
6/6/02 - Steve Woolard Art Show at Seattle's Best Coffee
6/1/02 - Lev Goldberg and Tim Schwarz Opening
6/1/02 - Art Reception for painter Keith Kaminski Keith Kaminski at Dix At Mix
5/11/02 - Charles Angell Experimental Photography
5/4/02 - Translucence at Dix Art Mix featuring Granite Amit & Walter Fydryck
5/4/02 - MCA education department tours the Cornelia Arts Building
5/3/02 - Dennis Grabowski Photos at Seattle's Best Coffee
4/21/02 - James J. Klekowski Book http://www.ellisavenue.com/ Signing at Dix Art Mix
4/20/02 - Josh Moulton - New Paintings
4/7/02 - Amy Huisinga at Seattle's Best Coffee
4/6/02 - Spring Sheaths at Dix Art Mix with Rachel Slick, Michael Delvalle and Richard Smith
3/23/02 - Daryl Rizzo Figurative Installation Art
3/16-17/02 - Nancy Pirri and Tor Dettwiler Sculpture at Mars Gallery
3/6/02 - Jason Messinger at Seattle's Best Coffee
2/28/02 - Interpretive Night
2/16/02 - David Ayoub Photography at Seattle's Best Coffee
1/26/02 - Annual Members' Show

2001

12/1-2,8-9/01 - 14th Annual Cornelia Arts Building Holiday Exhibition and Sale
11/13/01 - Interpretive Night
11/9-10/01 - Cultural Confusion at Dix Art Mix Featuring Bob Koutny
11/3/01 - Doug Birkenheuer Show at Gallery Bonfiglio
10/26-27/01 BLINK 2001 Photography Show - October 26 & 27
10/20-21/01 - Chicago Artist Month Show: "Chicago Boys" at Dix Art Mix with James Klewkowski, Israel Wright and Frank Failing.
10/2/01 - Marty Garcia Portrait Project Discussion
9/15/01 - Anything But Flat at Dix Art Mix with Emily Gould, Susie Frolechstein and Greg Kaiser
7/18/01 - Interpretive night at Dix Art Mix
7/14-15/01 - 3rd Annual Lincoln Park Art Fair
6/2/01 - Waukegan Arts Festival
5/15/01 - Artwork by James Parenti on Display at Technicolor Kitchen, Chicago
5/5/01 - Brit Creelman Photography Show
4/21/01 Michael Bonfiglio Gallery Opening
3/2/01 Sarah Foerster & Larissa Rolley Photo Show at Dix Art Mix
2/28/01 Interpretive Night
2/2-4/01 Winter Around The Coyote featuring Gallery 203
1/20/2001 13th Annual FOTA Members' Show
1/13/01 The Cliff Dwellers Aritsts in Residence Graduattion Show

2000

12/2, 3, 9, 10/00 13th Cornelia Arts Fine Art Holiday Sale
12/2/00 - New Moon Holiday Show at Dix Art Mix
11/17-18/00 - BLINK 2000 Photography Show
11/11/00 - Chicago Artist Month: Jumbo Shrimp Art Show at Dix Art Mix with Thom Frerk and Connie Hinkle
10/25/00 Interpretive Night
10/21/00 Cliff Dwellers Artists in Residence Show
10/14/00 Scissors, Rock and Paper Show at Dix Art Mix
9/7/00 Around The Coyote Student Mural Unveiling
7/22/00 "Adam & Eve" Ball Benefit Night at Peter Jones Gallery
7/19/00 Interpretive Night
7/15 & 16/00 2nd Annual Lincoln Park Summer Art Fair
7/11/00 Intuitive Painting Night with Daniel Leonardi
6/3/00 Waukegan Fine Arts Council Beach Blast Sand Sculpture
4/22/00 Arte! Vino! James Parenti Paintings
4/14 & 15/00 Fifth Annual Figurative Show "Voyeur Eyes Only"
4/1/00 Marcia Adler, Nancy Pirri, Marcy Axelband, Craig Kersten Show at Dix Art Mix
3/18/00 Jessica Fine Pastel Variations
2/23/00 Interpretive Night
2/15/00 Daniel Baudanza Photo Show at Heartland Café
1/22/00 12th anniversary members' celebration

1999

12/4, 5, 11, 12/99 Annual Holiday Fine Art Sale and Exhibition
11/19/99 Chicago Artist's Month Open Studios at the Cornelia Arts Building
11/12 & 13/99 Group Photography Show "Blink"
11/7/99 - Chicago Artist Month Show: Many Lisas at Dix Art Mix
10/22 & 23/99 NOMADCentral Group Art Exhibition
9/25/99 Jerry Johnson, Patricia Gibson, Miriam Velez-Timmons Show
9/26/99 East Pilsen Artist's Open Studio Tour
9/17/99 River North Art Openings Gallery Tour
9/11/99 Realtime Environmental Multi-media Spectacle
9/10/99 Around The Coyote Arts Festival Tour
8/21/99 Nicole Gordon "Non Pareil Show", Dix Art Mix
8/6/99 North Lakside Cultural Center Landscape Show
7/25 Art Auction Benefit at the Three Arts Club of Chicago
7/16/99 River North Art Openings Gallery Tour
6/27/99 Landscape Show with Artists of Rogers Park at Peter Jones Gallery
6/12 & 13/99 Rich Cronberg Show at Dix Art Mix
6/8/99 Interpretive Art Salon Night
4/16 & 17/99 4th Annual Figurative Art Show - "Not Necessarily Nakid" - With follow-up Show at Dix Art Mix
3/19 Nicole Gordon Solo Painting Exhibition
3/9/99 Interpretive Art Salon Night
2/19 & 20/99 Group Photography Show
1/23/99 11th Anniversary Celebration

1998

Stephen Timmer, Attorney at Law, Fagel & Haber
Wendy Wollenberg, Senior Editor, Where Magazine Chicago
Sheryl Morabito, Secretary to 32nd Ward Alderman Ted Matlak
Doug Birkenheuer, Co-host of FOTA Interpretive Salon Evenings
Rick Dean, Co-host of FOTA Interpretive Salon Evenings
Robert Jacob, Art Editor, the Chicago Reader

1997

12/18/98 Airmail Angels Postcard Show reception for artist Timothy Hedden at Dix Art Mix
11/20/98 Chicago Artist's Month Open Studios at the Cornelia Arts Building
11/1/98 - Chicago Artist Month: FOTA Affiliate Gallery Opening of Dix Gallery, Bucktown, Chicago
10/10/98 Doug Birkenheuer Open Studio Night
10/6/98 Interpretive Art Salon Night
9/27/98 East Pilsen Artist's Open Studio Tour
9/13/98 Around The Coyote Arts Festival Tour
9/11/98 River North Art Openings Gallery Tour, Wicker Park
6/30/98 Interpretive Art Salon Night
6/12/98 "Wish You Were Here" Post Card Exhibition
6/7/98 Walter Fydryck Art Exhibition at TomAli Gallery
5/16/98 Kevin Orth Open Studio Show, "Holy Ghost Town"
4/26/98 Grand Opening Reception of FOTA Affiliate Gallery, Tomali Gallery, Mt. Prospect, IL
4/17/98 - 3rd Annual Figurative Art Show: Configurations
1/24/98 10th Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration

1996

12/96 Annual Holiday Fine Art Sale and Show
11/15/96 Brad Leslie, Matt Langland & Shawn L. Free-Harper - Paintings
10/16/96 ArtCrawl - 44 Artists in all mediums, including 50 performers in a variety of vocal, visual, dance and performance artists, between 3200 and 3800 North Halsted Street and surrounding neighborhoods. Chairman Thom Frerk, Co-Chair Kerry Anderson.
10/4/96 Jeff Davis guest curator - Permutations, 9 artists
9/26/96 FOTA website Exhibit at the InteractiveBean
7/26/96 Illinois Art Therapists Association Summer Show
5/18/96 Salon at circa art critique night
5/10/96 Richard Lange, Pauline Kochanski, Paul Lorenz, Rory Cox - New works
4/12/96 Narendra Pal Singh, New Delhi, India Artist's Exchange - works on paper
3/22/96 34 artists - First Annual figurative art show "Manhood" - in all mediums

1995

12/95 Annual Holiday Fine Art Sale and Sho
11/29/95 Exposures Art Show, 1300 W. Belmont, Chicago, FOTA Cosponsor
9/22/95 Scott Fleming, Thom Frerk, & Fernando Reyes - Male figurative art
5/12/95 Roderick Rennick, Toronto, Canada - Collages
4/21/95 Ray J. Vlcek - Paintings
4/15/95 ZUsammenKUNFT International Reception, Klaus-Peter Mehl, Leipzig, Germany, curator
4/14/95 Tomek Bolimowski - Acrylic paintings
3/10/95 American NOMADS - mixed, group show 9 artists, Andrew Fearnside, curator
2/17/95 Kevin Orth - Miniature paint on glass
1/28/95 Logan Square Salon Group - Art Critique group
1/21/95 Aaron Frankel - Collage illustrations and children's stories

1994

12/94 Annual Holiday Fine Art Sale and Show
11/18/94 Thom Frerk, Steve Wagner & Eric Hamilton - Collages, tempered acrylics, photography
11/4/94 Andrew Fearnside - Oil paintings
10/21/94 Jeff Abbey Maldonado - Native American Paintings, Alabama-Coushatta Indian tribe
6/10/94 Richard Lange, Paul Lorenz, Scott Mayer, Alice Vrazo - Paintings and photography
5/6/94 Tor Dettwiler & Eric Hamilton- Photography, sculpture, and painting
4/22/94 Fernando Reyes - Water colors and stippling of nude figures
4/1/94 Art Attack Grand Opening1900 W. North Ave, FOTA cosponsor

1987-1993

12/93 Holiday Fine Art Sale and Show
10/1/93 FOTA moves into the Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia, Chicago
4/2/93 Art As You Like It, MurMurBox Gallery, Tor Dettwiler & Eric Hamilton
4/10/92 DePaul University Reception -San Diego artist Kevin Riley
5/18/91 Art As You Like It, Cortland-Leyten Gallery, Chicago
5/20/90 Architecture As You Like It - Kent Nickerson host, Cafe Espial, Chicago
4/28/89 Art As You Like It, NIU Gallery, River North, Chicago
4/29/88 Art As You Like It, NIU Gallery, River North, Chicago
4/24/87 First Exhibition, Art As You Like It, NIU Gallery, River North