Nancy Bechtol – In the Koehnline Museum of Art Juried Exhibition “Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration” opens 9/28/17

Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration

A Juried Exhibition of Art by Women

September 28 – October 20, 2017

A tradition at the Koehnline Museum of Art is its annual collaboration with the Women’s and Gender Studies program to explore a unique perspective on women’s creativity and art. This year’s exhibition explores the relationship between women and anger that has always been a complex one. Women have traditionally been discouraged from expressing anger for fear of being perceived as unladylike or worse, as dangerous or destabilizing. But in truth, well-placed anger can often serve as an impetus for healing, transformation, and action. Recent push-backs in hard fought political and legal gains, assaults on the health and safety of women and other marginalized groups, as well as on the environment, would suggest that the time is right for righteous indignation.

Public Reception: Thursday, September 28, 5 – 8 p.m.  A catalogue of the show, poster, and postcards are available

for more info/PR contact Women Gender Studies at OCC

Tribune Article on Koehnline Museum of Art Exhibition

You see men blow up all the time, and it’s not a big deal. But if a woman does it, either she’s crazy or she’s shrill. It’s like, you know what? She may just be angry‘. – Gillian Flynn (American author, screenwriter, comic book writer and former television critic for Entertainment Weekly)

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Fort Sill Apache Woman Director: THIS IS INDIAN LAND. FILM preview! (trailer released)

“THIS IS INDIAN LAND” first peek at the Trailer!

This is an Indie film produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio. Chicago. Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Apache is the Director with a deep vision of telling the story through the eyes of Native People from the American Indian Center.  David Bechtol, Director of Photography/Tech Supervisor and Nancy Bechtol, Cinematographer/Editor/SFX

Clik here:: Trailer for This is Indian Land

thanks for viewing and all the interest in this truly unique film ! your feedback welcome.  More as it comes.. Currently in Postproduction. Do send good vibes our way. Indie is awesome but DIY truly is an eyeopener…yes,  we will prevail for true history.  Release for 2017.

 

“Oppositions”& Resistances: ART and Life= t h e n and N O W:: a photo essay

NOW, PAST and ongoing..

selection of images from decades of resistance and opposition.

Currently in the group show at the Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago  “Oppositions”

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and.. more…decades of social justice: photojournalism and art hybrid.

SWAN for Nancy Bechtol at Lost Artists Colony April 2017

Social Documentary

selections:

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Linked in Nancy Bechtol photo Essay

INVITE to connect from beyond? CDrew Artist/Activist (RIP 1950-2012)

INVITE to connect from beyond? CDrew,Artist/ Activist (RIP 1950-2012)

Coincidence?? Truth always stranger than “made up stuff”

 LinkedIn sends me an invite to connect with

Chris Drew…

only issue– he passed on 2 years ago.

Do you believe in the power of  the spirit beyond physical death?  

and I shout back to Chris, “your story will be told and have a longtime impact on many!”

https://youtu.be/2ncu2AjO5ok

..And all this happens On the same day of screening confirmation from Joseph Ravens at DEFIBRILLATOR(a.k.a dfbrL8r or dfb) is a non-profit organization 

http://dfbrl8r.org/about

Screening is Aug 15th, Sat. 2015. (mark your calendar! )

Chris, artist and defender of the First Amendment, gave his life and dedicated his energies to overturn the Peddler’s Licence. But  this challenge unbelievably ended up facing a Class One Felony Eavesdropping charges with 4-15 years in prison.-(in 2008 for audio recording his own arrest!) if convicted but he won with 2 probono attorneys Weinberg and Kutnick!  THIS is a true story.  Rooted in Chicago – my indie film, “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min) with the soundtrack of “Paper Airplane” by Alton & Mansfield courtesy of Hey Now Records. has very deep/grassroots connections which transcends boundaries!

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Here is his LinkedIN profile:

Chris Drew

Executive Director at Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center

Greater Chicago Area Arts and Crafts

Previous
  1. NAES College
Education
  1. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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Background

Summary

My goal is to establish Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center as an institution with a paid staff and then go on to establish my own career and web site online. Along side of this I wish to work at long term part-time jobs in the creative and/or non-profit industries to further these aims. My creative, office and management skills make me a valuable and cost effective employee to any small or large business.

Specialties:proposal writing, office management, HTML coding, computer troubleshooting, repair and management, Photoshop, GIMP, Web site development, web site management, photography, screen-printing, layout, design, public relations, press release writing, radio spot writing, office software, letter writing.

Experience

Executive Director

Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center

– Present (28 years 7 months)

Founder and continuous manager of this community arts organization accomplishing over 20 years of steady arts programming with an all volunteer force. Imagine what we could do with a paid staff!

Faculty – Computer Basics

NAES College

– (4 years 8 months)

Taught computer literacy and basic office applications to beginning and intermediate students.

Computer Lab maintenance.

Education

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

art, journalism, arabic, chemistry

Additional Info

Organizations

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DIGITAL MINDSET BLOWS MINDS AT THE 4ART INC GALLERY (4TH FL) IN ZHOU B ART CNTR – now..

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opening RECEPTION April 17 Fri 7-10  COME BY AND ENJOY MINE AND MANY AT THIS FAB LOCATION FOR ARTS.

Reflecting on how the minds of people today in society and life may greatly differ from previous generations.  This generation I speak of is Generation D(igital). It spans ages and defines itself on the use and abuse of technology.

On this, my the first release of the “Digital Mindset” –a series of digital “photo/paintings” I have worked on from 2011 to 2015.

Showing now at the 4ART Inc Gallery of Robin Monique Rios on the 4th Fl located in the fab Zhou Bros. opening April 17 Fri 7-10 with new art added in May and June. (never had a 3 month rotating show before)  come and see and visit!  more conversation on this there, in person.  F2F (face to face)4artlogo

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OTL #433: Who is.. Listening?: WGN 720 AM -New Illinois Eavesdropping Law and more..

0utFinImageStephen_INOutside the Loop Radio Interview #433: Listening?:WGN 720 AM

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Mike Stephen meets up with Chic-a-Go-Go host Miss Mia Park in honor of the taping the 1000th episode of her wildly successful CAN-TV dance show, talks with local filmmaker Nancy Bechtol about the new Illinois eavesdropping law and her documentary Free Speech &the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist, and checks in with Aldertrack co-creator Mike Fourcher about how the Chicago aldermanic races are shaping up. This week’s local music is provided by Minor Characters.

OTL #433: Chic-a-Go-Go’s 1,000th episode, Illinois’ new eavesdropping law, Aldertrack’s latest local election preview

by Outside the Loop

Mike Stephen meets up with Chic-a-Go-Go host Miss Mia Park in honor of the taping the 1000th episode of her wildly successful CAN-TV dance show, talks with local filmmaker Nancy Bechtol about the new Illinois eavesdropping law and her documentary Free Speech &the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist, and checks in with Aldertrack co-creator Mike Fourcher about how the Chicago aldermanic races are shaping […]

Outside the Loop | February 1, 2015 at 7:22 AM | Tags: Aldertrack, CAN TV, Chic-a-Go-Go, Chris Drew, eavesdropping law, La Pasadita, Mia Park, Mike Fourcher, Minor Characters, Miss Mia, Nancy Bechtol, OTL, Ratso, WGN Radio | Categories: Mike Stephen, Outside the Loop Radio | URL: http://wp.me/p2OIZP-shJ

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Chris Drew on location Silkscreening at May Day Rally ©nancy bechtol

Chris Drew on location Silkscreening at May Day Rally ©nancy bechtol

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Logan TV-Dan O’Donnell posts exclusive “ART is SPEECH” – on 11.14.14. see the film on DREW

Chicago Premiere at the Logan Theatre ,” Free Speech and the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” by Nancy Bechtol. Featuring indie Music by Behind the Sun-Andy Alton & David Mansfield “Paper Airplane” courtesy of Hey Now Records one night only – 11.14.14 Friday 7:30 PM

See/Hear the Nancy Bechtol interview by Dan O’Donnell – Logan Square TV

http://logansquare.tv/?p=903

An important documentary about street artist Chris Drew, and his felony trial for recording police, will premiere at The Logan Theatre on November 14. The film, Free Speech and the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist is directed by Logan Square resident, Nancy Bechtol. Literally thousands of people across Chicago know Chris Drew, because of his vibrant presence in Chicago’s art community and on Chicago’s streets… In the 2 1/2 years before he passed away in 2012, Drew became known to thousands more across the country and around the world, as he faced up to 15 years in prison for recording police on duty. The video recordings that Nancy Bechtol made on the day of his arrest as well as the years leading up to his arrest became the basis of this documentary. Footage from as early as 2002 shows Drew’s activism and his involvement with the art communities and Critical Mass community in Chicago. Interviews with his attorneys as well as people who knew him through the Uptown Multicultural Art Center are also featured

In December, 2009, he was arrested for selling art for $1 in front of Macy’s on State Street. He wanted to get arrested in order to challenge the city ordinance that would require him to wear a permit in order to sell art. Drew was trying to illustrate that artists are different from merchandise peddlers. Legal precedent has held that art is a form of speech that can’t be curtailed.. Before his arrest, Drew spent months with Bechtol recording his interactions with police on various occasions at various locations across Chicago. He would give away his art, and eventually began to sell it. He asked film maker Nancy Bechtol to record his activities with a video camera. He also carried a small audio recorder…Drew’s plan to challenge the (Chicago Peddler’s Ordinance) took a sharp turn when he was arrested. Officers found the audio recorder in his pocket, and subsequently dropped the peddling charges in favor of charges of eavesdropping

Eavesdropping charges – a Class 1 felony and carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez maintained that the conversation with the police was private, even though they were acting as public servants and were on a public way. Drew was exonerated in court in 2012, and Alvarez’s office immediately appealed the ruling. Drew died months later, however, so his case alone would not change the law in Illinois. Findings from his case, however, did affect similar cases that were being tried in Illinois at around the same time. In March of this year, the Illinois Supreme Court finally ruled that citizens have a constitutional right to record police actions in public.

Chris Drew’s Legacy lives on! Now in the Film. see it.

“ART is SPEECH!”

Chris Drew’s Legacy lives on! Now in the Film. see it. The film is scheduled to show for one night only, on Friday, November 14. Tickets are on sale now at The Logan Theatre box office or online at www.thelogantheatre.com

You can check out the trailer below. Much more information about Chris Drew and this film can be found on Nancy Bechtol’s website

“ART is SPEECH!”

Patron Saint of Street Artists frees all from Illinois Eavesdropping Law! You may have known him..

Patron Saint of Street Artists frees all from Illinois Eavesdropping Law!

🙂 just google -patron saint of street artists- and you will see!

Chris Drew (1950-2012) nicknamed “Patron Saint of Street Artists” for his devotion to grassroots artists through the non-profit organization he headed, Uptown Multicultural Arts Center (UMCAC)–for 25 years housed at the American Indian Center in Uptown, Chicago. Chris Drew, a non-paid Exec. Director, taught hundreds how to use computers bridging the digital divide for underserved, and how to silkscreen and with a goal of how to market their wares-make a living with art.

Film Premiere Recalls Street Artist Who Fought Illinois…
http://www.chicagotalks.org/2014/09/film-premiere-recalls-street-artist-who-fought-illinois-eavesdropping-law/
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Chicago Premiere of Indie feature documentary film at Logan Theatre on 11.14.14 was made in the Windy City – “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min)Chris Drew UMCACreads tribune news Ill Law decared unconstitutioart Chriscropped-actfreechris_occupy-chicagonotxt_aic.jpgbechtol film_small posterWEB

“Skin Suit”: @ARC Gallery. art for a reason. We see through the transparent cover-up. We Believe the Women. In Solidarity. Resist.

SSKINSuitarc women showwebxSkin Suit. a collaborative work by Ron Anon Grenko (RIP), Hermann Harmann, MadPalX ©2017

special limited edition photo/digipainting

will be premiered at ARC Gallery Exhibition, “It Figures, 2017” Nov 2017 Chicago

Sale of this work is donated to Sarah’s Circle Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.

https://www.sarahs-circle.org/

SkinSuit, photograph/digipainting, Conceptual, Interactive. 19×27″framed, 2017, $200 or best offer (donation to Sarah’s Circle, serving the needs of women)

Sending a message:SOS.

Do this NOW

Make a List+Make a Fist. We see through the transparent cover-up. We Believe the Women. In Solidarity. Resist.

Behind the Scenes: “THIS IS INDIAN LAND” Indie Film Directed by Sharon Okee-Chee (Little Blue Bird) tbr 2017

Excited to present the “Behind the Scenes” as short clips to share insights /as “sneak previews” of the Film, “THIS IS INDIAN LAND” an inspired film on the American Indian Center, the oldest in the nation, over 60 years in Chicago and the gathering place for native people of many tribal affiliations.

Okee-Chee envisioned this film in a dream, for a very long time…and now it becomes reality.

shot on location, Chicago, includes community members/supporters, artists, honored elders and Founders. Views of the Center you have never seen, including the amazing murals (by artist Robert Wapahi) that covered the 100 room building, a former Masonic Temple, on all 4 floors. This is the Uptown Location, and since the filming, AIC has moved. The film/vision has been in production and now postproduction, for nearly 4 years. To be released Fall 2017.

Directed by Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Apache Sioux, tribal elder and recognized artist/writer/archivist and Former Director of the American Indian Center.

“This IS Indian Land” gives voice to the community and shows the strong resolve of the Native Peoples’ of many tribal affiliations, who contributed to AIC, Chicago and history. The Indie film is produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio; Nancy Bechtol, Cinematographer/FX/Editor and David Bechtol, Director of Photography/Photographer, Technical Director. All rights reserved ©2017.TBR 2017. Chicago

ee the “Behind the Scenes” previews from the Film: clik to go to YouTube videos:

Behind the Scenes: Andrew Johnson, Cherokee

Behind the Scenes: Susan Powers, Dakota Sioux, Co-Founder

Behind The Scenes: Fr. Powell, Priest of the Native Peoples

Behind the Scenes: Karen Turney, Menominee, St Augustines with Father Powell

Behind the Scenes:Robert Wapahi, Dakota Sioux, Muralist

Behind the Scenes: Deborah Valentino, Oneida-Menominee

Behind the Scenes:Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Film Director

theses links are”sneak previews” on YouTube : Madpalx Channel! Stay tuned for the Fall Release of the film, and more! thanks for viewing and all your support.

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