Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) is celebrating its 25th year in rare fashion, currently hosting a very successful show at the Expo 72 space in the Loop at 72 E. Randolph St. The show is appropriately titled "Rolled, Stoned & Inked: 25 Years of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative at Expo 72."

Visitors should note that the gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and this exhibit runs until February 28. Oh, and don't forget: the show is completely free!

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

The show features works by several dozen artists affiliated with the Collaborative and their work includes pieces in various media, including lithography, monotype, and relief printmaking. Visitors can browse around at their leisure and some of my favorites here include Hiroshi Ariyama's lovely "Elevated" (above), which features a fast-moving CTA train making its way through the city. Other gems include curator Deborah Maris Lader's "Winds of Smoke and Water" (at top) and Dennis O'Malley's "Chicago-the Red Chair at 5 O'Clock" (below). 

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

The show also features a nice hands-on touch with the inclusion of live printmaking demonstrations in the Expo 72 Gallery on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. It might be just the thing to get a young person excited about this unique art form or to convert someone who has been thinking about checking out a new form of creative expression. 

After a visit to the gallery, the truly curious visitor might do well to hop on the Brown Line and check out the Collaborative's headquarters in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. After hopping off at the Western stop, visitors can walk a few feet to check out their gallery, learn about their printmaking classes and much more. 

Photos Courtesy of Expo 72