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:
All Ages FacePainting
Please help me create a super silly and beautiful art installation in the Pods for May and June. I will be filling the Seven Store Fronts (The Pods) all along Halsted near 18th St with brightness and whimsy. I would really love for you, yes YOU (especially residents of Chicago and really super especially residents from Pilsen) to be a part of it. All ages, genders, peoples of every shape and size are welcome!!
Come out to Second Friday to get your face painted and get your picture taken in my photobooth making a SillyFace to be printed and displayed.
The event information can be found on my website Events page.
I also have a facebook event page.
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 was super surprised to get these in my inbox this afternoon; very nice photos of my book compliments from Print Ninja. While the 25 airmail copies were sold during the October artwalk almost immediately, I do have 475 more copies (350 of which are still available) on their way that should be here any day now. Copies are available at msAnnaArt.com The kids were having a great time with this book during the DIY Trunk Show. I am really looking forward to fairs with facepainting and copies of this book.
Oh My Goodness!!
PreSales are available on my website here
They sell for $15 each which includes free shipping within the United States.
The book is 6″ X 6″ and is in sturdy board book format.
The book is for babies ages 0-3.
The story includes 7 sets of regular and silly faces, “Red face anyplace, but can she make a SillyFace?” One set is for each color of the rainbow. “Oh my goodness.” The story ends with a final set, “Your face anyplace, but can YOU make a SillyFace.” Upon turning the last page, a sticker mirror is revealed, “Ok, let’s see it.”
This is Ms Anna’s 2nd self published book. The official release will be at the DIY Trunk Show at the Chicago Armory on November 22nd. PreSale copies will be delivered in time for the holidays. There are only 500 copies available and a large portion have already sold in PreSales. Reserve yours today. Thank you.