Next Wave Art Salon on Friday & Saturday — with free beer & wine
By Mike Danahey firstname.lastname@example.org @DanaheyECN on Twitter September 3, 2013 6:58PM
A visitor examines artwork at the Next Wave Art Salon in Elgin in 2012. The fourth annual salon will take place Friday and Saturday evening in the Haight Building in downtown Elgin. | Submitted
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:26AM
ELGIN — There might not be such a thing as a free lunch, but this weekend, downtown Elgin will be home to a free art show where the hosts will be serving free beverages, including beer and wine.
It’s even free for artists to display, perform or show their work at the free-form fourth-annual Next Wave Art Salon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Haight Building, 166 Symphony Way.
Event organizer Carl Brahms said the warehouse-size space will offer pieces from 250 artists, up from 180 last year. In 2012, about 2,000 visits were made to the space, and a crowd at least that large is expected this time.
While the salon has been a juried one, the $3,000 awarded this year for the best overall in show will be decided by patrons who choose to vote for their favorites.
Brahms said the salon is funded by private donations, with assistance from the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Outside Exhibition Group. While the city’s Cultural Arts Commission has provided money for the event in the past, the CAC opted not to contribute this time, in part because of concerns about the city giving money to an event with free adult beverages, Brahms said.
The salon also is not a curated one, Brahms said, meaning that the artists are free to decide what they will offer for public viewing.
As such, the event’s website — which Brahms put together — bills the doings as “a radically inclusive, spontaneous local art show in a found space. Come enjoy the weirdness and support the local artists.”
“We’ll have painters, sculptors, knitters, photographers, fire performers, actors, filmmakers, writers, and dancers all under one gigantic roof, showing their stuff and doing their thing,” the site states.
Brahms said there will be art that is “really out there” on display. By his definition, that will include a piece called “American Maid” which consists of an electronically rigged broom that is motion sensitive. When people pass by it, the broom sweeps up toys on the floor beneath it, Brahms said.
Live performances will include poetry and other spoken word pieces from Martina Knizka; conversation artist Janyce Hamilton; keyboardists Jin-Ya Virginia and Stephanie Boesso; bands The Moses Gun and Trocar Buttons; and solo musicians Mere Fragments and Adrian Medriano.
Dance troupes Innervation Dance Cooperative, Movement Revolution Dance Crew, Phoenix Rising Chicago, and the Eastern Groove Dance Collective will perform, too, while Timothy Voelker and Jacob Regul will offer video pieces.
Some of the visual art will be highly personal.
Sandy Jacoby posted on the Salon’s Facebook page that she will display photos she took of her brother Joe — who died last summer from cancer — during a painful stay in the hospital.
“He was in pain. There are so many ways to say cancer sucks. Here are a few of mine,” Jacoby wrote.