Art event in Hyde Park homes a longstanding tradition

Ceramics, handmade jewelry and wearable art items on display at the 2015 Open Art House, 4810 S. Ellis Ave.
Ceramics, handmade jewelry and wearable art items on display at the 2015 Open Art House, 4810 S. Ellis Ave.

By ALLISON MATYUS
Staff Writer

For 45 years, the first weekend in December has offered a chance for art enthusiasts to enjoy local art in a Hyde Park home at the annual Open Art House.

According to the Hyde Park Herald’s archives, a group of members from the Reynold’s Club craft class decided to show and sell their artwork in neighborhood homes to avoid paying high fees for rental space. What was once an idea has become a longstanding tradition in the art community of Hyde Park.

“It’s really a chance for the entire community to get together and enjoy some great artwork in an intimate setting,” said Linda Swift, a photographer participating in the event.

Every year, different residents, whether artists or otherwise, offer their home for one or two days to accommodate artists and shoppers for a truly unique Hyde Park experience.

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On Saturday, Dec. 3, residents Susan and Anthony Kossiakoff will open their house at 4810 S. Ellis Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for people to visit, have light snacks and refreshments, mingle and perhaps buy some locally made art.

Swift said there is a “no competition” rule and that no two genres are represented. This year’s lineup of art will include knitted pieces, ceramics, handmade jewelry, painted silk wearable items, photography, quilts and tiles.

“It’s great to talk to the artists about their processes for each piece,” Swift said. “It’s also a great chance to ask for custom-made pieces.”

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Free parking is available on the street. For directions or questions, call 773-684-8556.

a.matyus@hpherald.com