Art Beyond the Glass Recap

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Chicago’s first ever Art Beyond the Glass event took place this past Sunday, August 14, 2016.  The venue, Fulton Market Kitchen, is itself a bar, restaurant, and art gallery all rolled into one.  The space has a casual, artsy vibe which was the perfect environment for this bartender-produced art charity event.  Professional bartenders from across Chicago brought their paintings, photos, and films to display and sell, proving that their IMG_2420
talents extend well beyond making drinks.  Others took to the stage and performed, showcasing their musical skills.  Guests could wander around the space, enjoying drinks from several different vendors while bidding on artwork in the silent auction.  We also had the chance to participate in a raffle, the prize for which was enough liquor to fully stock any home bar.  One table offered guests the chance to not only view art, but to create it as well, with space for guests to paint.

Overall, Art Beyond the Glass seemed to be a success.  It was a fun and relaxing way to spend the late afternoon and early evening, with something for everyone to enjoy.  More importantly, the artists and performers who worked to put this event together raised money to help ArtReach bring art education to aspiring students.  Art Beyond the Glass is as much about giving bartenders the chance to express themselves through their art as it about making sure that others will be able to do so in the future, too.