Women in Focus photographers bring the world to Grand Avenue


Looking from the back of the space to the Grand Ave. windows, the room was a buzz


The boat is by Kambua Chema

The exhibit will be open this weekend, Nov. 22 and 23.

Be a drift in a boat at Lamu, Kenya, then experience the "seating" of the Western Avenue bridge. Go eye to eye with an elephant then be amazed by ducks walking on ice. Chicago architecture can be viewed from different perspectives too. Those experiences are all waiting at Woman In Focus' (WIF) exhibition hanging in Space 1858, 1858 W. Grand Avenue (at Wolcott), in the Chicago Grand area's Design District. 


Man with hair and beard of flowers by Genevieve Lee

The show, with its 27 pieces by 14 photographers, opened to a crowded gallery on Friday evening. It will be staffed by some of the photographers for the next two weekends. Doors will be open on Nov. 15 (Sat.)  and  16 (Sun.) as well as Nov. 22 (Sat.) and 23 (Sun.) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of the images are for sale and could be a perfect addition to a collection or an answer for holiday giving. 

"I was so thrilled about our opening. It was incredibly inspiring for the women who collaborated to make this a successful event. While wishing and hoping makes us dreamers, acting and doing makes those dreams realities. Women in Focus is making those dreams reality," said Christina McFaul, who is the new leader of the organization.  

"Bringing high level cultural events to the Design District is very welcome," says Bill Bruss of Design, Inc., 1847 W. Grand Ave. "We are pleased to have the Women in Focus exhibition on the street, if only for this month." 

This show is WIF's second exhibition since it was organized by Tiffany Weigel in partnership with the Chicago Photography Center (CPC), 691 W. Belmont Ave., this last summer.  Both open shows produced an interesting mix of subject matter and story telling. 

Exhibit in this show are: Christina McFaul, Candace Casey, Megan E. Doherty, Genevieve Lee (Ukrainian Village), Lisa Pye, Wendy Love, Diandra Entler (East Village), Barbara Calabrese, Sara Gove, Kambua Chema, Annette Nieves, Elaine Coorens (Wicker Park), Anne Evans and Michelle Gavin.


Christina McFaul (3rd from left) leads exhibitors in pre-opening toast

Though Weigel moved to St. Louis recently and was unable to attend this opening, she said, "I am thrilled that the Women in Focus group is doing such an amazing job. They inspire me to start a group in St. Louis." 

WIF meets the second Monday of the month at CPC, 621 W. Belmont Ave. For more information email Christina McFaul.   

Photos courtesy of Annette Nieves



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