Over the past two years I’ve been looking for a gallery/workshop space to call my own. I’m happy to announce this last week I finally closed on a space located here in Chicago. The place has been vacant for nearly three years and is going to require a complete remodel, but with that comes a wonderful opportunity to create the space that’s truly my style.
David, my architect, is an avid fly-fisherman and much like myself shares the love for the great outdoors (Montana in particular), yet he also enjoys the hustle and bustle of the city. We share a similar vision and outlook on life that spills into our work. I told David I wanted the space to feel like home and without all the pretenses of an uptight gallery space. We joked that I wanted a space that felt like a large dining room where you sit with family and friends over coffee to discuss life, art, etc., only in this version I’m required to put pants on…;)
This September it’s my goal to open the doors to the community and invite aspiring photographers, collectors, or just the curious to visit and say hello. I’ll be developing a variety of new classes that will be available on weekends and select weekdays targeting novice to advanced photographers. I’ve even updated my new Chicago workshops. For the collector, I will offer a warm welcome and a cup of joe; feel free to stop in and peruse some of my favorite images from around the world that are hand printed and signed on site.
I’ve crossed a few interesting intersections in my life. And while I haven’t always taken the most direct route, I’m committed to enjoying the journey. So I look forward to this new path and the many wonderful people I’ll meet along the way. So this fall, if you’re in the Andersonville area, make sure to stop by and say hello!
Very best, John