The 1800 block of South Halsted Street will be taken over for the months of May and June by Project Silly. Project Silly is an art installation by Chicago Artist, Face Painter, and Self Published children’s story author Anna Todaro (ms Anna).
On display will be over 45 18″ X 18″ photographs and paintings of Chicago residents, most of whom attended the April 2015 Second Friday Artwalk. with painted faces making Silly Faces.
In the main showPod at 1843 S Halsted, on both May 8th and June 12th, ms Anna will be offering facepainting for all ages for anyone else who would like to come by to be a part of #projectsilly. Ms Anna will also have original paintings, prints, and copies of her newest board book, SillyFace, available for purchase.
“I love how everyone, every age, color, and shape, is a perfect canvas for face painting. I think that most people, when they think of the south side of Chicago, they forget about the everyday community, the smiling faces, the peace keepers, the moms and grandmothers, the gardens, and the laughter. I really believe in the love that is here in my community and I hope that my art installation will help shine some light on that.” -ms Anna
To view more of ms Anna’s work, please visit her on social media:
This is a commissioned mural in a new home in Skokie, IL. It descends a staircase and is on the ceiling. The inspiration for the mural came from a collection of ideas and images special to the home owners.
As I painted, a story emerged. It is the story of a lonely unicorn who comes across a magical spring. When he leans down to drink, he finds that there is a whole other world on the other side of the water. A world filled with beings just as magical as he.
I am going to title it “Magic Spring”. It make me think of the “Through the Looking Glass” concept.
I am available for commissioned murals in your home as well. Prices start from $600.
I am so honored to have gotten to work with Ryan on this project. Watch this video to see a 30 second stop animation of Ms Anna creating the beautiful hive painting. Though it wasn’t planned, Ms Anna’s Mother Heron totem makes an appearance at the beginning of the video. Please watch the whole video to see and hear about Ryan’s work to create natural homes for Honey Bees throughout the Chicagoland area. While his project received full funding in just a few days of his kickstarter, Ryan can use more funding for even bigger visions for the bees. Some of his visions include an official bee park and garden within the city. More of his kickstarter can be found online https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ryanfalenlee/rivendell-apiaries