Art Of Local by Springhill Suites
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the new 'Art of Local' series hosted by Springhill Suites. The overall purpose of this series to bring recognition to local artists and communities across the nation. It's no surprise that I love my city and I love spreading the word on local artists and businesses. So it was heartwarming for me to see this on a much larger scale. Through this series, guests staying at the Springhill Suites will become familiar with the crafts of local artisans. I was extremely excited to see what the featured artists would present. I am happy to say I was not let down. The night was spectacular and featured a wonderful array of work. I could go on and on about how awesome the night was and I'm sure it would turn into another rant about how much I love Chicago. So I'm going to cut myself off here and focus on the highlights of the event.
Hope you Enjoy!
The first thing I saw when I entered the event space was a large mural painted by Chicago artist Don't Fret Art. The best part about this is that it was interactive, so guests were able to color in the mural with their color of choice. Everyone was able to leave their mark on the city.
As I walked into the next room, my guest said to me, "I think this is your heaven". I was confused by the statement then realized what she meant when I looked ahead. There was a Chicago candy sculpture surrounded by various cookies and candy. I was truly in heaven! This amazing sculpture was created by the Food Artist Group. I almost died of happiness when I realized we were able to fill up our bags with candy and the cutest Chicago themed cookies.
Right next to the amazing candy sculpture was a Hit + Run screen printing station. It was extremely cool watching it all happen live and talking to the artist about the screen printing process.
I was so busy staring at the candy sculpture that I completely missed the naked girl getting painted(I think this says a lot about my love for sweets). Sadly, I did not get the name of the artist doing the painting but he did an amazing job!
This was probably one of the most intriguing things I've ever watched. Food artist Jessie Bearden was spelling out Austin with precisely cut vegetables and fruits. She barely had a stencil and was working upside down, yet everything about it was perfect. Please follow her on Instagram to see more of her amazing work.
Th very best part of the night was definitely the performance by the extremely talented band, Misterwives. I was able to have a quick chat with the band and was thrilled with how chill they were. Yes, I realize 'chill' isn't the strongest descriptive word but it describes them perfectly. They were all so nice and when asked what their favorite food was, the general consensus was...drumroll please...pizza! It was in that moment that I realized I was in the presence of very cool people (*starts fangirling*). Their performance was amazing and I was so excited when I learned they were going on tour with Panic at the Disco.
Lastly, I was extremely impressed by the random interactive aspects of the event. Everything from the mural to the napkins which encouraged guests to share a doodle. Every detail was perfectly planned out and I just can't wait to see the Art Of Local series evolve.