Stories from the Street 4

"HELP me name this picture" at Starbucks
Jeff Zimmermans Mural/ Oak Street Beach
05 aug
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WRAP UP: The “HELP me name this picture” contest

Jeff Zimmerman at Chicago Cultural Center 2010

Congratulations to Carol Devine of Chicago for submitting the chosen title “ … Beyond”, in my “HELP me name this picture” contest for a title of one of my images. For the selected entry, Carol receives an 11 X 14 signed limited edition print.

“… Beyond” is a puddle shot I captured on May 1, 2012 of a portion of the mural “you know what you should do”. Created by muralist Jeff Zimmerman (pictured right), a native of Chicago who has achieved national and international recognition for his large-scale murals. This incredible work is on the entire east wall at the Oak Street Beach underpass (of LSD – aka Lake Shore Drive) leading up to the beach.

I first met Jeff as he was planning and painting for an opening, "The God Particle", at the Chicago Cultural Center in October 2010. On the right are a few of my images of Jeff making it (so to speak-ha).

Familiarizing himself with a community allows its members to breathe authenticity and life into his paintings, as was his intent here. When Elysabeth Alfano of Fear No ART asks Jeff in an interview “How is it that you decide on which faces to paint?”, Jeff replies:

They’re not models … I get these wonderful portraits by approaching, almost randomly, people as they pass by. When I include a regular person, an everyday Joe from the street, those faces and those people in the mural are what give the mural its Soul.” - Jeff Zimmerman

Learn the actual name of that particular model Jeff used for my “… Beyond” in that interview.

Jeff Zimmerman is a true Artist (“with a capital A”) and a really nice guy! I trust as you learn more of Jeff you’ll contemplate, “you know what you should do” the next time you pass by.

Many thanks to the over 60 people (quantity, not age – ha) for their suggestions and for being part of my process! Connecting with Jeff who’s been “running around like a loco these days”, many thanks to him for his share of “… Beyond” being a “cool shot”.

01 july
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Make Music Chicago and Pianos In The Parks - Chicago at its best

Every June 21st, Make Music, an annual daylong free celebration of music, is held in Chicago and around the world (more than 700 cities across the globe). Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Visit the Make Music Day website.

In Chicago Rush Hour Concerts first presented Make Music Chicago in 2011. Their link connects to MMC but also to their Summer Concert Series of weekly, free, world-class music making at St. James Cathedral – 65 East Huron!! I love it!

That’s NOT IT … from June 21 – August 1, in seven Chicago neighborhoods (see download-able postcard) they’ve made pianos available for anyone to play! My local park is Washington Square and here some of my shares from 2015 (a few that were included in the 2016 promo pieces).


See my images of "Pianos in the Parks" here.

Click here for Rush Hour Concerts 2016 schedule.

Download "Pianos in the Parks" postcard here.

28 may
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My own Orca story from Juneau, Alaska

Tales from my once in a life time 2 week non-stop, crazy tooling around Alaska on a land and on sea tour. From Fairbanks and Denali to Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and everywhere in between. The people, places, weather and things we did and saw were awesome!

This scene is set … boarding the Whale Watching tour boat I quickly found a spot for my scooter then a seat for me up front to be on the lookout for whales (binoculars were provided for all). Moving along I surprisingly heard a holler; “Killer Whale 2:00 starboard!” and everyone got up and went to the other side of the boat (which of course was not the side I was on). And so it continued with viewing challenges for me.

BUT, my good fortune again, Michelle, the Naturalist, asked if I wanted to go to the side entry area for a view! There on the edge 6” from the rope (and the water after that) it happened! The jump, the turn, the splash as Michelle concisely said to me:

"The amazing orca breach you captured! That was definitely an epic moment!"

Michelle Trifari - Naturalist at Allen Marine Tours

Thank you Michelle for offering me a perch at the best spot in the house (ship, I mean - ha)!

New ALASKA Gallery coming soon, stayed tuned!

30 oct
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"My Wheel Story- The Last Ride"

Last Tickets.

October 2015 – Chicago’s Navy Pier’s iconic Ferris wheel is being replaced with a newer, bigger and stronger wheel (the only one of its kind in the U.S.). Before and after the day of the commemorative “Last Ride” I continue to tool around and watch the changes as they happen.

After 20 years and rides by millions of wheel-goers – I often wonder about the memories, stories and pictures that have been. I hope you enjoy a few of my recent wheel captures as we wait for our new memories, stories and pictures to begin.

Navy Pier has been a part of Chicago’s lakefront history since 1916 with its 100th anniversary celebration and “re-opening of the wheel” planned for summer of 2016.

The wheel was inspired by the first-ever Ferris wheel at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and has given rides to more than 16 million people since it opened in 1995.

"One minute you're on top, the next you're at the bottom. Just stay in your seat, enjoy the ride, and hang on until you reach the top again." - Susan Gale

To read more facts about the “New Wheel” click here!

See some of my images of the Ferris Wheel in its last days click here!

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