Roughhewn People rounded off a really fun year for us in 2016, where we shifted a bit from "pop=up" galleries to the ability to showcase visual art for a month at a time. Our Framework show in Skokie, IL was a highlight, and part of the reason we are excited that the Ask.Listen.Journey show will be there this coming February. The Wonder show at River City Roasters in Wheaton, IL was another awesome event, showcasing a bit more music and poetry than other events, while still allowing for some stunning visual art to come into play.We were also able to partner with World Relief Chicago and their "Home is..." show, at Missio Dei in Chicago, IL, exploring what home means to all of us, and how we can be a part of making others feel at home, especially when they are displaced. And Joel Schoon-Tanis was a joy to host this past November, teaching on art, creativity, child-like wonder, and the critical role of art in a broken, messy, beautiful world. Our hope is to be partnering with him again very soon!
With that in mind, we are also really excited to look ahead to what 2017 holds for our group. In just a few short weeks we will hang the Ask.Listen.Journey show at the Nixie Gallery in Skokie, IL, and there some powerful visual are and dance choreography that we are hoping starts some good conversations. The artists that are able to attend will be available for a Q&A as well, adding some more depth and a chance to dig deeper. Beyond that, we are still working out some plans involving a guest artist or two, perhaps a concert or music focused event, and a community farming/farm-to-plate teaching and eating event. Always some awesome ideas bubbling below the surface, and we can't wait to partner with you all in making them happen.
As always, if you know people we should talk with or places that would be great fits for a gallery or teaching space, please let us know as we'd love to continue to be a part of the community of people seeking creative ways to bring beauty out of normalcy, and create with the gifts and talents they've been given. Here's to a great year of exploring new horizons, and refining those gifts.
-RHP Leadership Team