Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Package Contest

Interested in winning a neat holiday package full of unique handmade items by me? Visit my official facebook page Tanzen Lilly Jewelry and Fine Art, and don't forget to click 'like'!
Also be sure to visit my pinterest page, and like the contest post.
In a few days I will pick 5 random winners who will receive:
1 copy of "Home Sick", my poetry chapbook
1 small blank handmade notebook
1 4 x 6 inch original work of art

One of the five selected will receive a secret additional item!

Winners will be posted / notified on December 15th!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall 2013 BFA Show Highlights

Listed below are some of the artists who participated in this year's Fall 2013 BFA Show. Some of them I know personally, or have had the pleasure of taking a class with them during my time at SAIC. But they are all artists whose work was very impressive, and stood out in this large gallery show. I have also provided links to their websites for further viewing. The Fall 2013 BFA Show was on view at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries from November 2nd - 16th. I hope you enjoy their work as much as I did, and take the time to visit their websites!

Bo Yoon

Bo's Installation "My Bed" included a video projection, and a bed she constructed. The quilt on the bed was hand sewn, felted, and embroidered, and each square contained a word or phrase. The quilt squares say such things as "Keep Anger and Struggle On", and "Rainbow of Shits", for example. The installation was located in its own small room in the gallery. This is definitely one piece that is best viewed in person, so that you can walk around the full length of the bed, and read each saying. 

Esmeralda Cuevas:
Aquia Chicago WEBSITE
(no personal website listed)

Esmeralda's installation featured shirts that you can purchase from Aquia Chicago. These articles of clothing are handmade from sustainable materials and naturally dyed. Each shirt features a design based off of a photograph of different residents in Aquia's community.

Ksenia Potocki-Rudnicki
(No website)

Ksenia's work is titled "Life Cycle". The nine pieces are individually titled "Born","Grown", "Dream", "Search", "Love", "Struggle", "Hope", "Lost", "Passion", "Settle", and "Die". Each one is screen-printed. This installation reminded me of tantric art, since the viewer is obligated to move left to right, taking a moment to meditate on each piece.

Kayleigh Kueffner

Kayleigh's installation featured five prints and illustrations titled "Specimen Preparation", and an actual taxidermy bird from the Field museum. The illustrations were very detailed, and had very attractive composition. The real specimen was an excellent touch.

Evelin Garza Luna

Short and sweet, and very cool! Click the link to view Evelin's animation "Forget Me Not". The animation also features music by Pete Adam Bialecki (Below).

Pete Adam Bialecki

Pete's instalation included "Ways To Play A melody: Counterpoint" (Shown) and "Complimentary Notes At The End" (Sculpture).

Guillermo Rodriguez Torres
(No website)

This painting, titled "Lay", was very beautiful in person. I was very attracted to the texture of the paint, and the composition, which appears to be a dog laying down. I was very sad to see that there was no business card to take or website listed.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Home Sick: On Death, Love, and Distance

For those of you who didn't know, a little while ago I finished putting together a chapbook of some of my poetry. This small book contains 12 of my best and most recent poems, and is available for $3 in person or $5 if you need it shipped to you (I will include a few little gifts with the chapbook as well). The best way to contact me about getting your very own copy of my chapbook is to email me at tanzenlilly@yahoo.com.
This Saturday, November 16th, my mom will be selling them, along with some of my other books and jewelry. If you are in Brooklyn, I highly recommend going to the Hollyberry fair, held at PSUMC on 6th Ave and 8th St. The fair lasts from 10 am til 3 pm, and there will be a ton of independent businesses and handmade crafters, as well as delicious food and raffles.
Today I dropped off 5 copies of my chapbook at Quimby's Books in Chicago's Wicker Park. Quimby's is a great place to go to find new comics and zines, and support local writers and artists. Very excited to have my work there! Visit the store in person or online: http://www.quimbys.com/

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Great Finds: Fellow Artists at Arterie

Nancy Strahinic:

"My group of work reflects how I achieve harmony between what my eyes physically see and what my emotions see, resulting in a serenity that lingers throughout each day. I work with a digital manual camera and a variety of lenses to capture the imagery I envision creating later. I believe this type of visual imagery does not become a photograph until it is produced on some sort of physical substrate. Not only are my eyes, emotions, and knowledge woven into my art but, my tactile need to become involved in creating each photograph must also be satisfied by printing, mounting, and cutting each piece. My eyes see form, color, texture, volume and tones in what surrounds me in the moment; either created by living beings or by nature. My emotions are heightened by the wonders of man’s and nature’s talents and sometimes the results of their battles. Through the digital darkroom I dive deeper; sculpting the extraordinary from the ordinary composition which my eye saw through my camera’s lens, while using the camera’s technology to begin its visual journey to being a photograph. The photographic composites and abstracts I create are influenced by the Surrealist movement---tapping into my subconscious reality. Additionally, I relate to Paul Klee’s philosophy that each piece be different."

Renee Zbylut:

"Clementine is a silver gelatin print that uses a common archeological format for uncovered remains (coins, pottery, etc.). Within the grid, six clementine peels, taken from the area near the root, are juxtaposed against one another as unique, yet similar “finds”. The inspiration of science is apparent in the visual tactics used throughout my work. Taking from paths of study such as; archeology, geography, astronomy, and criminology, I produce personal records that question and challenge the notion that some objects, places, or processes deserve more study than others."

Brittany Krohmer:

“I constantly fetishize over imagery. I integrate familiar domestic materials so I can investigate color, shape, line, and their relationships. The use of such items in my work is intended to convey a search for purpose and relates to my sense of curiosity and aesthetic vision. My goal is to create tension between these insignificant materials and the spaces they occupy. I have found a resting point; a temporary sense of completion.”

Szmeralda Shanel:

“High Priestess of sacred arts. Mami Wata child. Hoodoo. Witch. Songstress. Dancer. Magic mistress. Music maker. Vision weaver. Daughter of the North Star. Artist. Seer. Seeker. Poet. Teacher. Student. Trickster. Healer. Fool. Lover. Story keeper. Storyteller. Sensualist. Bawdy wild woman warrior. She who casts the bones. Tarot. Ecstatic shamanic dream-walker. Priestess of pleasure. Rainbow. Kaleidoscope. Changing. Feri. Szmeralda Shanel MA is a ritual, visual, and performance artist. She is certified in the fellowship of Isis as Adept, Priestess, and hierophant, and is legally ordained through the Temple of Isis in Geyserville, CA. As an expressive arts therapist, facilitator and educator, Szmeralda is dedicated to sharing the healing, therapeutic and growth-promoting values of the creative process.”

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Upcoming Shows At Arterie Fine Arts

After "Hypocrisy" in November, The next show will be "Reflections" in December. The deadline for application is November 5th. If you are interested in being in the show, send your artwork and information to info@arteriefinearts.com. For full details, please visit the call for artists page on their website: http://arteriefinearts.com/artwork/3259856_Reflections.html

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Upcoming Show at IAEOU, Hubbard Street Lofts

I am currently showing my work at IAEOU, located in the Hubbard street Lofts in West Town. My three pieces will be up through December 10th. The HUGE ART SHOW and Open House will also be happening while my work is on display. There will be lots to see! The event lasts until 10 pm, and I am told there will also be live performance and stand-up comedy!

I have exhibited two of the pieces in the past: "Pessimist" and "Blank Slate", which were shown at "Off The Grid: Abstract Art", at Oak Park Art League last August. The third is part of my currently on-going series, "Multiple Choice". Three other pieces from the "Multiple Choice" series will be on display in November at Arterie Fine Arts in Naperville.

 I keep an up-to-date list of my current and up-coming shows on my website: tanzenlilly.wix.com/paint-life . There you can also fine the addresses and exact dates and times for each show. I am also very active on my Artist Facebook Page, Tanzen Lilly Jewelry and Fine Art . Please visit and like my page if you have a facebook! It is an easy way to stay in touch with my activities!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fellow Artists And Peers That I Admire!

As a young artist and recent college grad, I am constantly looking out for new opportunities to expose my work and get involved with the art scene. Though it is important to look out for yourself and make your mark, it is also important to expose yourself to the work of other artists, whether they be old masters, successful contemporary artists, or peers in your field that inspire you. These are all factors that contribute to your work, whether you intend it to or not. What defines you as an artist is not only your mission and your aesthetic, but the times in which you developed your craft, and all of art history before you.
On my website you will find a list of the fellow artists, friends, and peers whose work I support and admire. It is a list that continues to grow as I enter the art scene and work with other artists in gallery shows and exhibits. Below is a list of just a few of the many wonderful people I have had the pleasure to meet and work with. I hope you enjoy their work as much as I do!

Rebecca Bruehl

Kayleigh Kueffner

Evelin Garza Luna

Christopher Maves

Chi Nguyen

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Newest Jewelry Creations

Jewelry making has been a hobby of mine for quite some time, and I am starting to get back into it with even more inspiration. Below are some examples of the new work I have been putting out. I have pieces for sale through Arterie Fine Arts in Naperville (as advertised on their website), and I am showcasing many of them on my pinterest page and facebook.
I am very interested in selling my work and even taking commissions if you have a specific look in mind. Please contact me at tanzenlilly@yahoo.com with pricing inquiries and image requests!

Mami Wata necklace, SOLD

Fire necklace, $25

Winter Rose necklace, SOLD

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall is here!

It may be a bit early for some of you, but in Chicago Fall is definitely here. The air is getting cooler, the leaves in the trees are slowly turning. It makes me feel as though I have been playing hooky, and now it's time to return to work. (And work is always easier to do with a hot cup of cider or a pumpkin doughnut.) Fall is a rare and fleeting moment in Chicago, and must be enjoyed thoroughly before winter bears its teeth.

With all that said, I should probably fill you in on everything that has been, and will be, happening.
I currently have two shows going on:

"Urbs In Horto: 36 views"
September 27th - October 20th
Uptown Arts Center
941 w Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL
(Lawrence stop on red line)

"All About Colors" Juried Show
October 5th - 30th
Arterie Fine Arts
190 e fifth avenue
Naperville, IL
(Naperville stop on BNSF metra)

I am also currently teaching a figure drawing class at Arterie Fine Arts, in which I plan to cover a range of media from pencil to acrylic/watercolor. You can sign up for individual classes or join me for the whole ride! (Classes are on a pay-as-you-go basis, and you can pay for 1 hr or the full class). Classes are twice a month, fridays 4:30 to 6:30. For complete schedule and information please visit their website HERE

Starting October I will be selling my jewelry through the git shop at Arterie. For now certain pieces are only available at the gallery. Here is a Sneak Peak

If all goes well, I plan on re-opening my etsy shop, and finding other galleries and shops to sell my work! Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any jewelry, prints, or small paintings! Much of my work can be seen on my website. Shoot me an email at tanzenlilly@yahoo.com, and I will happily share images of available work or talk requests for commissions. The holidays are just around the corner, and nothing beats a unique, personalized gift!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


It's coming up fast! August 8th at Double Door Liquor, 8pm!
Come out for a fun night of music, comedy, dance, visual art, film, performance, fashion, live demonstrations, makeup artists and DRINKS!
Tickets are $10, get them through me  on the website!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Figure Drawing at Arterie Fine Arts

Starting September I will be teaching a figure drawing class in Naperville IL at Arterie Fine Arts. We are looking for High school and College students who are interested in improving their figure drawing skills, and building their personal portfolio.

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Class DatesSeptember: 9/13/13, 9/27/13 October: 10/11/13, 10/25/13 November: 11/8/13, 11/29/13 December: 12/6/13, 12/20/13

1 session Course Fee: $30
Hourly Fee: $15

Description: Capture the organic flow and form of the human body. Improve your skills in fast‐ paced and long‐term drawing. Build a portfolio of reference for use in your own artistic endeavors. Enter an environment in which we learn from each other and engage in an open discussion on the art of figure drawing.

Basic materials: Vine charcoalGraphite drawing pencils in a variety of sizes – 2h, hb, 2b, 4b, 6b etc.Kneaded eraser and pencil sharpener Sketch pad 11 x 14 or 18 x 24 inches Drawing board or table easel
Other materials: (for use on specific days):
Large sheets or pad of watercolor paper or Bristol India ink and Size 10 round brush2 jars/ containersWatercolor or Acrylic paint, variety of brushesColored pencils, oil pastels, markers 

Note: The model will be clothed.

Arterie Fine Arts
190 east fifth avenue
Naperville, IL, 60563

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Off The Grid: Abstract Art Exhibit

Here are some photos of the work on display currently at Oak Park Art League. I couldn't make it to the opening since I came down with a cold, but I visited the show on saturday. So much great work! And Oak Park is such a beautiful place. Come and see for yourself! The show is up until August 2nd.

Blank Slate, canvas on stretcher, 11 x 14 inches

Pessimist, Oil on canvas, 26 x 38 inches

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Upcoming Events!!!!

Here is the info for some upcoming shows featuring my work:

Off the Grid - Abstract art
Opening reception: July 12th, 7 - 9 pm
Show runs from July 12 - August 2

Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL
Gallery Hours:
Monday - friday: 1 - 5 pm
Saturday: 1 - 4 pm

I will be showing "Pessimist" and "Blank Slate", two very recent oil paintings.

Chicago Showcase
Save the date! August 8th, 8 pm
Tickets are $10
Double Door Liquor
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

When purchasing tickets, select my name (Tanzen Lilly) in the drop down menu to support me!
This event features fashion, film, performance, visual art, music, and more!

Next Wave Art Salon
September 6th, 6 pm
166 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL

AND I will be a displaying artist at FIRE art gallery in Naperville, IL until the end of January 2014! Here are the paintings I have right now:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

En Masse at Double Door 2013

I will be in RAW: natural born artists event En Masse in Wicker Park. Takes place August 8th at Double Door! Here is the link: http://www.rawartists.org/chicago/enmasse
After I decide what to show at the event, I will post a sneak peak! I encourage any and all to purchase a ticket for the event! There will be tons of art, music, and performance. When you purchase a ticket, please select my name, Tanzen Lilly, in the drop down menu. Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Hey all!
My work is currently being shown at the FIRE Art Gallery in Naperville, IL. It is a juried show, titled "Express". Here are the works I submitted, and the show flyer:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Official Website

Hey all!
I've been working on a website, which is really work checking out! All of my recent work can be viewed there, including paintings, prints, poems, and more!!!!!!

Just added some neat one-of-a-kind artists books that are all for sale! Check them out! Here's some pictures from the site.
Click here to go directly to site!

Enticing, right? Hot hot stuff! And this is just a taste. Get it while you can!

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Wise words from a fellow artist. With the semester coming to a close, I will soon have fresh new works to share with you.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

New work inspired by the city

Chi City. Etching with aquatint, on 6 x 8 inch copper plate.

Chi City. Oil on canvas. 26 x 32 inches.


Chi City

It seems too easy

You show a different face each day

Think anyone else would forget it


Take comfort in the atmosphere

Air that makes your head clear

Sounds that blur your vision

Make you wonder how you got here


Chi City

I’m bound to you by a thread

My flesh is an extension

Of your tension and your every


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Paintings from Fall 2012

Untitled. Oil, scrap canvas, and pumice ground on canvas. 34 x 44 Inches

"Grin and Bear It" Oil on draped canvas. 64 x 64 inches

"Back in 5" Oil, scrap linen, and pumice ground on canvas. 32 x 20 inches

For my final critique of the Fall 2012 semester, I presented these paintings in the same order, hung left to right. My work in the class dealt largely with exploring and interpreting subconscious phenomena. The is a plump, pale man who keeps sneaking into my work. I will start a piece, seeking to create a completely non-representational work of art, only to find myself depicting the man in various poses. Now that the pattern has arisen, I feel the need to continue to pursue  this narrative, whether by force or by interpreting my paintings as one would interpret a dream.

"Grin and Bare It" is the final result of a painting I had been planning for a long time. I have featured a smaller version of it on the blog before. When I hung it up for the critique, the full effect of the piece was perfect. There it was, this huge, grotesque question mark of a painting, churning the stomach and causing you to stare at it, almost against your will. And doubt in my mind about the power and success of the piece vanished. The only question now is, how the heck do I store the darn thing?