BEVERLY — More than 100 artists will be turning Beverly into their personal art gallery this weekend during the eighth annual Beverly Art Walk.
The art walk is happening 12 p.m.-5 p.m Saturday, showing art and hosting other activities at nearly 50 locations along Western Avenue and the surrounding area.
Organized by non-profit Beverly Area Arts Alliance, the free arts and culture event will have art on display at venues including Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd St., and Joplin Marley Studios, 9911 S. Walden Pkwy.
Pop-ups also will be stationed in residences and area businesses like the newly-opened Beverly Phono Mart record store, 1808 W. 103rd St., and Horse Thief Hollow restaurant and brewery, 10426 S. Western Ave. Live music will be happening across the neighborhood all day as well.
Art Walk co-creator and Alliance board member Sal Campbell said they hope the event will foster a community of creativity and culture on the South Side.
“The Beverly Art Walk celebrates the diversity of the neighborhood,” Campbell said in a statement. “Beverly is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Chicago. Its eclectic and interesting mix of businesses, arts and cultures represent the generation-spanning influence on the community.”
Attendees and neighbors are encouraged to enjoy multiple activities, including an interactive, self-guided arts experience, a feature returning from last year’s virtual series. They also can peruse the Uprising Handmade Market, featuring artists and vendors who will receive all the proceeds of the wares they sell.
Local artists like painter Chantala Kommanivanh and photographer and writer Preston Thomas are slated to have their art featured. Quilt maker Dorothy Straughter, who is inspired by African-American history, and illustrator Judie Anderson, known for her work in art and journalism communities, are among other artists showcasing their pieces.
For the full schedule of shows and events, check out the map here.
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