A Primer on Informal Art Education and Community Learning

***Call for participation***
Edited by Jim Duignan
Final Deadline for materials is September 1st, 2012

This small publication is dedicated to and around the work of the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP). This community centered project encourages local culture making and is a space where broad ideas on pedagogy, performance, and innovative experimentation meet with traditional iterations on similar subjects. Through a range of alternative artistic practices, contemporary and folk art installations, small economy building, community music, woodsmithing and poetry performances, potlucks, and a consistent form of generosity and neighborly exchange, SHoP has become an important social center in Chicago. The Southside Hub of Production has served as a neighborhood hub to gather and exchange resources and expertise, install artworks and provide space for local groups to use. It is an open place to speculate on what a publicly engaging enterprise can offer the residents and in return, help to imagine better examples of resourceful living, communal artistry and a higher quality of life.

This call is reaching out to all the artists and spectators, those who presented programs, installed work and learned something that they may have brought back to the space. The musicians and builders, community residents, artists and archivists and friends who have shaped the changing nature of the facility and activated it alongside the members of the Southside Hub whose sense of living drive the project.

Call for Entries
Please provide clear images (photo or drawing) and short descriptions of your project or program at SHoP. We would also appreciate the dates, any details or insights to your work.

The primer is 5.5 x 8.5, printed in black and white.
Send these items to Jim Duignan at stockyardinstitute at gmail.com


Comics to Print: Six Classes

August 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th and 30th
4:00 to 6:30 pm

SHoP presents a series of six workshops on the art of drawing and writing for comic books. This course will include a history of the comic strip, comic book, independent publishing, and lots of hands on drawing and inking! Throughout the six class course students will fulfill a series fun and challenging projects which will explore the fundamentals of comic drawing, including: character design, plot development, and page layout. At the end of the course each student will receive five copies of a screen printed anthology which includes their final project, printed by Sean Hernandez.

Cost for course:
$125 for series, drop-ins $25 for 2.5 hours workshop. Materials and snacks included! RSVP ASAP as space is limited!

Age range:
Ages 8 to 100 welcome!

Email Laura Shaeffer with any questions – laura.shaeffer at gmail.com

Sean Hernandez:
Sean is a graphic artist, animator, and printmaker in Chicago IL.
He had attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the last four years, and recently graduated with a BFA May of 2012. Although currently in Chicago, Sean is originally from the southwest. During his time in the Sonora Desert he had been surrounded by vast stretches of dry lands and small rural communities. Often Sean found himself spending much of his free time in these towns researching their histories. His artwork began to attempt to draw context to the disturbing and confusing story that is the southwest. Now in Chicago he discusses his past interest in folklore through his imagery, and storytelling. In the last three years he became editor of comic’s publications Wulf # 1, Xerox Candy Bar # 19-21, and has begun new comics collaborative called NO-FUN. Sean has also found other methods of story telling through the medium of animation, and has made and shown three short films in Chicago film festivals, and artists’ venues.

Sean is currently working on a series of artist performances, which have been shown at Happy Dog Gallery’s “Brain frame 5”, and the Yellow Book’s “Bound” shows. He is working on new material for live comics story-telling.

Bill Mallonee in concert at SHoP

Sunday August 26th
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us at SHoP for an intimate evening of music with incomparable Bill Mallonee. Listed at 65 in Paste Music Magazine’s “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” poll, Mallonee has been described as “…the best folk-rock act nobody’s every heard of… (Billboard Magazine).” Known initially as the lyrical/musical force behind the critically-acclaimed Vigilantes of Love out of Athens in 1990, Bill has performed with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Mark Heard, Bruce Cockburn, and Peter Case. In 2001, V.O.L. disbanded and Bill hit the road as a solo-act, writing and performing songs of the American folk vein that evoke the spirit of Woody Guthrie that resonate with the sensibilities of a generation raised on guitar rock. He’ll be performing with his wife, keyboardist and vocalist, Muriah Rose. A $10 dollar suggested donation is requested to support this SHoP event.

Recent ink/quotes about Bill…
“Bill Mallonee… [has] remained fascinated with the shadowy emotional toils and struggles inherent in the American experience, compelling, insightful, [he] continues to probe through Americana rock and roll proving that sometimes the only story worth telling is that of the journey.” – Rolling Stone

“…the best folk-rock act nobody’s ever hear of… The intelligence and intensity of Mallonee’s writing has elicited comparisons to Dylan from his loyal underground admirers. Given the consistency and quality of Mallonee’s work over eight albums, he is arguably the first writer since John Prine to make the comparison plausible.” – New York Press

“Dylan-tinged vocal and introspective lyrics that spin out big-picture stories imbued with chilling small details.” – Billboard

“The poetry and intelligence of Bill Mallonee’s songs rivals Dylan’s, and the spirituality and inspiration of them is like the timeless hymns. He’s one of my favorite all time artist.” -Buddy Miller (No Depression Magazine’s Artist of the Decade)

“The intelligence and intensity of Mallonee’s writing has elicited comparisons to Dylan from his loyal underground admirers. Given the consistency and quality of Mallonee’s work over eight albums, he is arguably the first writer since John Prine to make the comparison plausible.” – New York Press