2010 is almost over...

 ...And I am thrilled for 2011! A friend of mine posted some top 10's of 2010 on her blog and it got me thinking a little bit about the long year that was 2010.  For me, this past year has felt like 5 years rolled into one. A lot of pivotal changes transpired in my life, I am looking forward to merging into the new year with broader shoulders, older bones, wiser thoughts, and a great deal of assurance. The Paper Crane  has become a full fledged, full time job with a real life brick and mortar studio as well as a successful online presence. What started as simply a personal studio practice and blog to document it has grown into fostering a community and loving what I do in life. I am thrilled and astounded that so much progress and so much positivity has come out of one year. This next new year will be rife with challenges to which I greet with open arms and courage. My most precious priority is embedded in the foundation of The Paper Crane. Now a staff of not just myself, but also a long time dear friend. We two have begun the journey of building The Paper Crane into a non-profit artist books and works on paper studio and exhibition space in Chicago that fosters artists projects and the education of book binding and artist books. Our online presence is equally important as it sustains and feeds our hearts  with what we love the most, art, artists and discourse. So here are a few, some-what fractured top ten lists from myself. Thanks for the inspiration Elisse!

Materials for book binding class at The Paper Crane in Dec. 2010

Top Ten art Shows I enjoyed this year, not in any kind of heirarchical of order:
Trew Shriefer 'Perceptions of Reverie' at Ebersmoore
Woohyun Shim at NEXT
Dana DeGiulio's work in 'Kabinett 3' at Devening Projects + Editions
Kim Piotrowski 'Crowns' at 65GRAND
David Moré 'Normal Bias' at Green Lantern Gallery
The Gray Collection at AIC
Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger 'Miller & Shellabarger' at Western Exhibitions
Jackie Tileston's work in 'MMX Group Show' at ZG
Daniel Bodner 'The Bowery Series' at Roy Boyd
Lora Fosberg 'You Can't Fall Off The Floor' and Chris Cosnowski 'Apocalypse' at Linda Warren

 Untitled 1, Trew Shriefer, oil, caulk, air­brush, spray paint on can­vas, 72 x 72 inches

Top Ten Books I liked reading this year also in no particular order:
100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
How to Predict The Weather by Aaron Burch
In the Time of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
The Republic by Plato
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Handmade's Tale By Margaret Atwood
The Poems of Emily Dickinson By Emily Dickinson
The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Stack o'books at Myopic Books Chicago

I would also like to make a list of personal favorite Chicago places of 2010
My house (I'm a homebody)
The Paper Crane Studio
Myopic books
Maiz (YUM!)
Star Lounge (Deelish Coffee roasted right upstairs above the cafe!)
Very Best Vintage (Owned & run by my lovelies, Shanti & Emily)
Green Lantern (RIP until your next incarnation)
Revolution Brewery
Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Small Bar (Logan Square)
Open Books (Okay so I put 11 favorite places.)

Small Bar Logan Square, the outdoor patio and tater-tots in the summer is greatness!

Fin 2010
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