SHoP Open House, October 1st from 4:00 p.m. to Late!

SHoP (Southside Hub of Production) is opening it’s doors for the curious and adventure loving community at large on October 1st from 4:00 p.m. to Late!

Drop in and join us for the day to hang out, unwind, meet neighbors and chat over a cup of tea or a local brew at the Red Flags Salon, check out the exhibits and events running throughout the day and evening.

Bring your kids and drop them off at the Soft SHoP for some fort making fun with artists Kayce Bayer and Chris Lin (from the infamous Fort Cardboard of the Op Shop) as well as other play specialists and fun loving folks. Cost is $10 – $30 for the evening or volunteer to play!

This Open House is a work in progress, a visual hidden history tour, and a glimpse of what’s to come. So come out and get inspired by the possibilities of your involvement in this beautiful old Mansion-turning community cultural center!

For details about projects and events contact info@southsidehub.org

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st of October. Details follow for the inaugural exhibition and Open House details. Come often!

Our best at SHoP

Last Working Day Before Grand Open House – and HUGE YARD SALE


Thanks to all who came by last Saturday. We had an extremely productive weekend, sanding and patching walls, tearing up carpet, installing functional artwork, and shooting a video. The place is really coming along, which you can see better thanks to Jane Comiskey who very generously donated clean windows inside and out for the Fenn house! We can see clearly now and I do love that song!

This Saturday we will have our huge and amazing yard sale to benefit SHoP, and we need your unwanteds and helping hands!

Come on by for our treasures, stay to get your hands dirty, and share a celebratory drink with us at 6:00 when we will have hopefully sold the yard sale, finished preparing the walls, painted them with a gorgeous craftsman color, removed all the carpets upstairs (yuck!), and changed the old institutional lighting! (Well, at least some of that!)

The best connections are made through working and building together! So let’s learn by doing, share our knowledge, and enjoy good company while we work to support something meaningful!

Generous members of the community are offering skill shares. If you wish to help out, teach us what you know, learn a life skill, look around, or buy a treasure, come by between 10 and 6 p.m.

This Saturday, we will learn about painting techniques, “cutting in”*, craftsman colors, and more!

We invite you to join in the fun! The OPEN HOUSE is coming up very soon, and we appreciate your help! All volunteers will get hours in the Time Bank exchange.**

Don’t forget to clean out your closets, basements, and cellars–it’s all tax deductible. But most important is what you get back when you get rid of bags and bags of stuff–SPACE.

We’re looking forward to seeing and working with you!

Yours with gratitude at SHoP

* Don’t know what “cutting in” is…come and find out, it will blow your mind!
** Don’t know what the Time Bank is? It’s worth your time to find out!

The Kids Are All Right – Workday Saturday, September 17th


Thanks to all who came by last Saturday. We had a very productive weekend! This Saturday we will need help patching, painting and cleaning!

We will be open every Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm in September for studio visits, house tours, work and skill building days, and yard sales!

Learn by doing, share your knowledge and enjoy good company while you work to support something meaningful! Why, last Saturday we even saw and chased a red fox!

Skill shares will be offered by generous members of our community. If you wish to help out, teach, learn a life skill, look around, and perhaps chase down a wild animal, come on down!

Each week we will have a skilled builder or handy person on deck to teach us a special craft like:

* how to putty windows
* interior painting techniques
* how to patch, tape, and prep walls for painting

We invite you to join in the fun! The OPEN HOUSE is coming up soon and your help is very appreciated! All volunteers will get hours in the Time Bank exchange!

Look forward to seeing you,

Yours with gratitude at SHoP

Call for Entries and Participation

Fellow builders/makers/artists,

SHoP (the Southside Hub of Production) in collaboration with Dilettante Studios would like to invite you to propose an installation, project, built-in, or work with other artists/designers/builders on existing projects, for our upcoming grand opening. SHoP recently signed a 1-year lease with the Unitarian Church on the Fenn House (formerly the Blue Gargoyle) to develop a temporary cultural and community space as an extended iteration of the Op Shop, Laura Shaeffer’s ongoing project.

SHoP focuses on cooperative learning, skill sharing, community involvement and development, inter-generational events and programs, and developing manual competency. SHoP will house exhibits, salons and conversations, workshops, classes, potlucks, a kunstverein (community museum), a recording studio, a wood working studio, social clubs for various ages, a library for unpublished and self published works, a seed bank, and a time bank … and other things that may develop.

The Fenn House has 16 rooms, some available for rent as artists studios or small not-for-profit businesses. Some may remain open as installation spaces or experimental rooms that will be adaptable to artist/design projects. Follow this link for pictures of Fenn house.

We would like to invite you to design/build something for the space, a piece of furniture, an installation, a treatment of a room, a playful interactive design of a room, a meditation on some aspect of domestic/family (in the broadest sense)/community life… or something we haven’t thought of yet. Projects will be judged according to relevance and suitability to the space and expected audience, which will include a wide range of age and ethnicity.

Aside from proposing your own projects, there are a couple of possible ways to contribute your talents and skills.

1. Artist/builder John Preus recently relocated furniture (desks chairs, office and classroom furniture) from his installation, the World as Text, at Columbia College down to the Fenn House, as part of his project, Slow Recovery. The project considers forms of care and usefulness, and will document the varied and ongoing transformations of the pieces of furniture over the course of their lifespan, as the objects are re-written into varied and novel functions. Some of the furniture will be turned into a bar/jungle gym, and Preus welcomes help from adults and their children in designing and building the Jungle Bar, which will serve local home brews to the parents, and lemonade for the kids. Parents can chill while their children get hopped-up on sugar.

2. Re-imagine John’s furniture in some other form, such as one of the following:

3. SHoP will need a number of functional installations that also welcome creative, artistic, poetic, conceptual play. Needs include:

-a stage for performances, either movable or able to be used as a seating platform, or able to accommodate potlucks, sitting/eating.
-modular and portable seating
-plant life installations-things in the space that involve living elements
-office, kitchen, bathroom and library interventions

Rather than being paid in dollars, any labor you put in for SHoP can be logged into the time-bank and later redeemed for other goods and services volunteered by other community members. More detail on how the time-bank works will be available soon.

Your names will be listed in all opening literature along with wall tags describing the pieces that you work on. Preus will be featured in an artist profile in an upcoming Chicago Reader as part of the beginning of the gallery season opening, and the SHoP project will be featured. Installations may be proposed for the entire year, or for a shorter period of time depending upon their function and durability.

Proposals are only a paragraph describing your project, or your interest in being involved in one of the listed projects. Skilled builders/designers can also volunteer to lead a team to build out one of the proposed Please send all proposals to: shoppropdrop@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing your ideas!
SHoP

Many Hands Make Work Light – Workday Saturday, September 10th


Dear friends and fellow workers!
We’ve lost a few good hands, so if you’re sitting around thinking “Oh, I’m sure they have tons of people helping out this Saturday, they don’t need me,” then this letter is for you.

We will be open in September every Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and every Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 pm for studio visits, house tours, work, skill building, and yard sales.

Learn by doing, share your knowledge, and have fun! Why, last week we even got watermelon slices – while we worked!

Skill shares will be offered by generous members of our community. If you wish to help out, teach, learn a life skill, look around, have a chat – come on down.

This week we will have a couple professional renovators on deck to teach us these special skills:

* how to putty windows
* interior painting techniques
* more!

We have attached our wish list for the project. Please take a look and if you have any of the items, wish to sponsor us to buy an item, or just wish to sponsor the project in any way, please contact Keith Peterson at selworks@sbcglobal.net. He will arrange pick-up, drop off, or other with you. Thanks so much for your continued support!

We dare you to join in the fun! All volunteers will get hours in the Time Bank exchange.

Look forward to seeing you,

Yours with gratitude at SHoP

Helping Hands – Workday Saturday, September 3rd


Dear friends and fellow workers!
Thanks to all who came by last Saturday. We had a very productive day!

We will be open every Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and every Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 pm in September for studio visits, house tours, work and skill building days, and yard sales!

Learn by doing, share your knowledge, and have fun! Why, last week we even got cornbread and champagne – before we worked!

Skill shares will be offered by generous members of our community. If you wish to help out, teach, learn a life skill, look around, eat cornbread and drink champagne, come on down!

Each week we will have a skilled builder or handy person on deck to teach us a special craft like:

* how to putty windows
* interior painting techniques
* how to tile a floor

We urge you to join in the fun! All volunteers will get hours in the Time Bank exchange!

Look forward to seeing you,

Yours with gratitude
SHoP