G19 @Art Basel - Miami 2016 Update

This year we (Martha and Reisha) embarked on our very first trip to Art Basel in Miami.  In additional to our own artwork, we brought along the work of 7 of our favorite Galleryna19 artists including Brian GoldenMax SansingP. ScottJames NelsonRobert Lewis ClarkTia Etu, and Tye Johnson.  

The Spectrum Miami show was a great experience, very well attended, and we received so much love surrounding the artwork!  It was also a huge learning experience on how to put on a successful show alongside the top galleries and artists around the world.

Here are some of our favorites from our fellow Spectrum artists.

Putting together our booth for Art Basel Miami at Spectrum was an enormous amount of work, but we still managed to have a little fun too ... 

Thank You Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc. For Your Generous Sponsorship!

New Sponsor for Art Basel, Chris Everett

Galleryna19 is proud to announce our latest sponsor Chris Everett, President of Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc.  

Chris is the visionary leader for the company's strategy, financial planning operations, and business units.  She is an important resource for families looking to create a personal wealth, retirement and/or college solution.

Chris has been helping clients with money decisions for over 25 years, and absolutely loves her work.  Her career began in 1988 with a large financial services firm, and shifted when she realized the many limitations of being a single line financial advisor.  

Chris is a longtime supporter of Galleryna19, as her daughter is founding artist Martha A. Wade.   This is her company's third year in a row donating money and support to Galleryna19's art endeavors.   She is also an avid collector of the Galleryna19 artists!

Everett Wealth Solutions, Inc. is now a leading firm on a fiduciary platform insisting that everything they do is in the client's best interest.  Period.

Agora Spa Is Newest G19 Sponsor for Art Basel - Miami

Thank You Joycie Lewis of Agora Spa

We are honored to included Agora Spa at the Stamford Marriott Hotel in our family of sponsors!  Agora Spa is conveniently located on the second floor of the Stamford Marriott Hotel, the Agora Spa welcomes area residents, business travelers and guests with a luxurious full service spa experience not available at any other area hotel property in Westchester or Fairfield County.  In addition to offering the highest quality facials, massage services, body wraps, pedicures, manicures, makeup applications, bridal services, spa products, we are the only day spa to offer exclusive spa club memberships.

Members can take advantage of VIP scheduling and product discounts, as well as unlimited access to our relaxation lounges and locker room facilities, fully equipped with 13-head Swiss showers and steam rooms. Our staff of professionally trained and licensed estheticians and massage therapists hail from the best spas in the industry and are skilled in the latest spa therapies and customized results-oriented treatments. Spa guests enjoy complimentary parking privileges in our attached covered garage.

Join Our Journey to Art Basel - Miami 2016

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for your support of our art this past year. Galleryna19 opened its doors Spring of 2014 in the Oak Park Arts District; one known for its diverse culture and history.  The owners, Martha Wade and Reisha Williams, created a space that offers a unique atmosphere for viewing art they love. The artists now set their sights on Art Basel Miami and are asking for your sponsorship of Galleryna19 this year with a donation to our Art Basel Miami fundraising campaign.


Chicago artists and gallery owners Reisha and Martha A. Wade will exhibit during Art Basel in Miami for the first time this December 2016 at Spectrum Miami Art Show.  Art Basel is the largest international art fair in the US, with over 500 leading galleries and artists from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa showing significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars.  Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and limited edition works of the highest quality are on display throughout.  

Galleryna19 would love to include you on this journey and we encourage you to respond positively to our written request.  Please take a moment to review the attached sponsorship levels, and benefits to you as a sponsor. To become a sponsor of Galleryna19 at Art Basel click here. If you are unable to meet a level of sponsorship please donate another amount here. Remember that your gift may be tax-deductible!

Thank you in advance for your support!

South Side Community Art Center - 51st Annual Art Auction

South Side Community Art Center
51st Annual Art Auction

Saturday - May 21, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm

School of the Art Institute
MacLean Ballroom
112 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago Il 60603

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Submit your work to info@sscartcenter.organd drop off this weekend.  

  • Thursday/Friday – 12pm to 4:30pm
  • Saturday – 10:00am to 4:30 pm
  • Sunday – 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Purchase your tickets today via Eventbrite or by calling the South Side Community Art Center at (773) 373-1026.  For more information visit www.sscartcenter.org

The Museum of Science and Industry 2016 Black Creativity Gala

2016 Black Creativity Gala
Saturday, January 30 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight
Purchase Tickets HERE

  • Cocktail Reception, West Pavilion, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Raffle tickets sold at $100 per ticket or 3 tickets at $250 during reception and dinner.
  • Museum Exhibitions open during Black Creativity Gala:
  • Black Creativity Juried Art exhibition
  • Innovation Studio
  • Dinner stations open at 8:00 p.m., Raffle Drawing held during dinner.
  • Dessert and Dancing. Entertainers for the evening include the Opal Staples Orchestra and DJ Nick Nicholson.
  • Creative Cocktail Lounge open after dinner, Lower Level

G19 Featured Artists
Reisha will be showcasing two of her mixed media/collage works.  Martha has been selected to showcase four of her acrylic/oil paintings for this year's competition.  

Individual ticket purchases can be made online using this link. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets at the 21 Club benefit level, please contact Sebrina Williams at sebrina.williams(at)msichicago.org or (773) 947-3730.

Reisha Wins Best of Show at the 39th Annual Beverly Arts Center Competition

Galleryna19 co-owner and founder, Reisha Williams took home first place "Best of Show" at the 39th Annual Beverley Arts Center (BAC) Art Competition on November 14, 2015!

The Beverly Arts Center is a vibrant and multifaceted not-for-profit organization serving the Chicago metro area with high-quality programs in dance, visual arts, music, film and theater. The 40,000 square foot space houses a 400-seat theatre, art gallery, exhibition spaces, music and dance studios, art classrooms and event rental spaces including a courtyard and light-filled atrium. Founded in 1967 and located in Chicago’s historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, the BAC is also home to an extensive community outreach program.

History of BAC Art Competition
In 1976, real estate developer Arthur Rubloff, one of the original supporters of the BAC, decided to honor his good friends, Alice and Arthur Baer, by establishing an art competition in their name.

Best of Show
She Is Done
41x48" Mixed Media Collage on Wood
by Reisha

On view at the Beverly Arts Center
Through January 2, 2016

Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655
Fax: 773-445-0386
Email bac@beverlyartcenter.org

Martha Featured on Windy City LIVE!

Martha's painting Zora the Conquerer was featured on Windy City Live this month.

For the second year in a row, the Harlem Fine Arts Show has come to Chicago. More than 70 African American artists from across the country and the world come to town for this show and sale.

You can find pieces from high-end collectors to modestly-priced new artists. They range from paintings to sculpture to jewelry. There's something for everyone.

This year, 30 of the artists at the Chicago show are local. The Harlem Fine Arts Show comes at the end of Chicago Artists Month.

Founder Dion Clarke brought a range of pieces to Windy City LIVE on Wednesday to show the scope of this year's show.

There is more than just art. A gala reception, a Halloween party, steppers and Sunday gospel music are all on the agenda as well.

Martha Wade, a painter, was instrumental in gathering the local artists for this show.

View Windy City LIVE segment HERE.

Chicago Artists Take Over - The Harlem Fine Arts Show

Galleryna19 and Chicago Artist Month
New Works by Martha A. Wade and Reisha and many more!

Chicago Artist Takeover
Chicago is ushering an era of artists in who challenge everything.  Who create a clear message within the fine art world that is contemporary and fresh.  This group of Chicago artists works together as a team to uplift each other, and the art scene as a whole. Welcome to the city of neighborhoods – where art appreciators will find original, expressive, and varied interpretations of the human experience.

About The Harlem Fine Arts Show

To create a platform for artists of all genres as well as non-artists to empower themselves through culture, ideas, and the arts around the world.

A future where the arts and sciences are equally valued and professionals in both fields are given the necessary resources to succeed.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Since its inception in 2009, HFAS has had over 60,000+ visitors, traveled to 10+ cities as well as showcased 100+ artists and galleries. 

As the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States, HFAS prides itself on its uncanny ability to bring people of all different backgrounds together to celebrate fine arts of the African Diaspora. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic visionaries as well as American visual artists to exhibit and sell their artwork. The Harlem Fine Arts Show has also created economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and professional recognition within the multicultural community. 

As the Harlem Fine Arts Show honors its past and embraces the history of now, HFAS will continue to impact communities and shape the future of the fine art world.



Thursday, October 29th
6PM – 10PM Opening Night Cocktail Reception benefiting North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links Incorporated
Live Jazz will be provided

Friday October 29th
9AM – Art Exhibition Opens
9AM – 3PM Youth Empowerment Day (Closed to the Public)
6PM – 10PM HFAS Salutes African American Business Leaders
Live Jazz will be provided

Saturday 10AM – 10PM
10AM – Until Close Art Exhibition Opens
1PM – 4PM Author's Pavilion
2PM – 4PM Art Lecture Series
4PM – 6PM Discussion on the "Lake" - Panel discussion on Social Justice and Race in America
7p - Until Close Masquerade Ball Steppin' Show competition

Sunday 12PM – 6PM
12PM – 6PM HFAS Sale and Exhibition with A Gospel and JazzBrunch

Purchase tickets via HFAS.org


Steve Hokanson is the personification of a contemporary renaissance man. An MFA, sculptor, wood craftsman, metalworker, museum preparator and art historian all in one. Not to mention builder, avid reader, remodeler, installer and mechanic. 

Opening Reception
Friday, August 21, 2016
6P - 9PM

On View Through
September 13, 2015

Whereas today’s world suggests 10,000 hours we begin mastery of our talents, Steve is logging towards 40k. A quiet zen master who picks up on subtle, hidden clues between the lines, Steve is a guardian of truth, beauty and a time-honored mastery of craftsmanship. He not only values quality works when he see it, but admires the creative genius it took to accomplish it. Their is no room for mass-consumption, disposable, commerce here. Observe his love of music to quickly see how he bridges a thorough appreciation of the craftsmanship found in a vintage blues guitar. Now apply that level of depth in his daily life. 

It is easy to consider so much more when admiring his art. The work is infused with a lifetime of toil and wisdom.  A native of Three Oaks, Michigan, Steve has one foot firmly planted in Chicago as an earlier chapter of his artist career was spent in his metal shop on West Hubbard when off duty working at The Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Throughout his career he has been the recipient of fellowships, scholarships, residencies, solo exhibits, commissions, large scale public installations, inclusion in private collections, honors and reviews.  After a decade plus for family time, Steve is back working on his art with a renewed perspective, depth and breadth. 

WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE: Solo Art Exhibition by Eda Wade

Wisdom and Knowledge
Eugene "Eda" Wade 

Solo Art Exhibition

Eugene "Eda" Wade is one of those phenomenal artists who adapts and updates his style to embrace new digital art forms that speak to history as well as Afro-Futurism.  His recent work centered around the African origins of religion, and seeks to educate on topics of heritage, culture, the global economy, social programing, mass communication, and the distribution of wealth. 

A respected professional artist and educator in the community for over 60 years, Wade has created a body work that evolved from mural paintings of historical black figures, to digital collage printed on canvas of our true history. 

In his latest Wisdom & Knowledge series, Wade brings to life bold digital collage to present cultural information on how minds are colonized by those in power in order to have control over the masses of people.


Opening Reception
Friday, June 5, 2015

Eugene "Eda" Wade Artist Talk
Thursday, June 4 at 11:00am
Koehnline Museum of Art
Oakton Community College
1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Eda's King Memorial Mural is featured in the current Oakton College exhibition: Art After 1600 Degree Fahrenheit - Enamel Painting in Chicago.  Designed in 1979 by the artist, the mural was painted and installed in Chicago's South Side where community members and visitor once admired the Wall of Respect.  The mural depicted African-American history from the days of slaver to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  After if was dismantled in 2001, and its concrete structure demolished to make room for a housing development, the mural's original enamel pals mysteriously vanished.

Summer 2015 Internship Experience @G19

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week during business hours and/or Saturdays
Benefits:  Interns receive a 25% discount on artwork, art business education, college credit, and 10% commission on sales you help close.  

Reports To:  Gallery Intern is supervised by and reports to the Exhibition Director and Creative Director.

Learning Opportunities:  Canvas stretching, framing, hanging, event preparation, graphic design, marketing, and the business of being an artist.

We are searching for 2-3 hardworking students or art lovers to join Galleryna19 for the Summer!  Marketing, Business, Art, and Graphic Design majors preferred.  Learn how to run at art gallery and receive college credit and commission on sales.

Assist the Exhibition Director in monthly exhibitions including: 

  • Preparation of gallery space 
  • Unpacking and installation of artwork 
  • Adjusting lighting 
  • Labels, artist cards, price lists 
  • Dismantling, packing, return shipping 
  • Other duties as assigned

Responsibilities for Artist relations including: 

  • Communication 
  • Ensure artist contracts received
  • Upkeep and organization of artist files 

Marketing Responsibilities:

  • Grow/maintain current mailing list
  • Research new ways to engage buyers
  • Event, artist, and artwork photos
  • Assist in social media outreach

For more information CLICK HERE.

REISHA + MARTHA: The Collaboration of Sexy

Opening Reception
Friday - May 22, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Collaboration of Sexy
Works by Martha A. Wade and Reisha

Featuring 5x8 feet collaborative paintings on canvas by two dynamic artists, and self-proclaimed "sexy" women.  In this new body of work, Reisha and Martha push "sexy" beyond traditional stereotypes to encompass a new meaning - powerful, passionate, emotional, and intelligent. 

The work is a vivid journey through power and beauty that represents a visual dictation of their collaborative sense of the world today - and the potential for tomorrow. 

An irreverent spin on sexuality, exploitation, and the right to be more than what meets the eye.  The works stems from the artists' desire to contrast societal beauty standards and sexuality with a familiar character viewed by many as comical and even intimidating.


2015 Oak Park Street Fest - Friday 5/15 and Saturday 5/16

What's Blooming on Harrison Street
Oak Park Arts District Street Fest
Friday, May 15: 6pm-10pm
Saturday, May 16: 10am-8pm

A family-oriented event of artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances and an art fair featuring select guest artists and local crafts people.  2015’s festival kicks off with a Third Friday Gallery Walk on May 15th beginning at 6:00pm.  

On Saturday, May 16th, “What’s Blooming” moves outside taking over Harrison Street, from Highland Avenue to Humphrey, with the art fair, Taylor Street Beer Garden and other Family Fun Activities including a children’s carnival, live music, dance, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops.  

The festival runs from 10:00am – 8:00pm with the art fair ending at 7:00pm.  Join us to celebrate!

That time Reisha + Martha built their own 5x8ft stretcher bars

Its back breaking work, but someone has to do it!  We are almost ready for the upcoming Collaboration of Sexy exhibit coming at G19 on Friday, May 22.

"Art after 1600° Fahrenheit: Enamel Painting in Chicago" opens May 7 at Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College

Courtesy of Oakton Community College

Courtesy of Oakton Community College

Inspired by the French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the application of porcelain enamel as a medium expanded to the field of public art and was introduced in the mural painting class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the late 1970s.

This exhibition includes several noteworthy large-scale enamel paintings produced by SAIC artists during this time period, including two prototype murals for installation in the Chicago subway system—though the only one actually realized was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial wall, commissioned to Eugene "Eda" Wade by the City of Chicago in 1980 and mysteriously dismantled in 2001. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Wall
Photos courtesy of Eda Wade

Public Reception
Thursday, May 7, 2015
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Runs May 7 though June 19, 2015

"Art after 1600° Fahrenheit: Enamel Painting in Chicago" opens Thursday, May 7, at the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, with a public reception from 5-8 p.m. The display runs through Friday, June 19.

Eugene "Eda" Wade will be exhibiting his latest body of work "Wisdom and Knowledge" this June at Galleryna19.  Eda is the father of Galleryna19 co-owner, Martha A. Wade.

Wisdom and Knowledge
Eugene "Eda" Wade Solo Art Exhibition

In his latest body of work - artist, educator, and muralist - Eda Wade brings to life bold and informative works of digital collage.  His work presents vital information and how the mind is colonized by those who must have power and control over the masses of people.

Opening Reception
Friday, June 5, 2015

Galleryna19 Celebrates One Year!

We have been open for one ear officially this April.  We wanted to send out a special thank you to all the artists, collectors, family and friends who have supported Galleryna19 this year!  Thank you for making this a memorable journey of creative expression.

Gallerna19 Celebrates One Year Anniversary

We have been open for one year officially this April. Wanted to send out a special thank you to all the artists, collectors, family and friends who have supported Galleryna19 this year! Thank you for making this a memorable journey of creative expression.

Posted by Galleryna19 on Friday, April 24, 2015