“Creature Feature” Exhibit Preview

Whimsical beasts and fanciful creatures take over the canvas in this upcoming exhibit from Humboldt Park boutique One Strange Bird.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6-9 pm, where viewers will get the chance to mingle with the artists and discover the characters behind the mystical “Creature Feature.”

Humor serves as the opening gate to a range of subjects with cultural and emotional influences by five local artists. Using an array of mediums in a myriad of colors, Chicago artists Laura Berger, Hebru Brantley, Nerfect, Simon Gallo and Nice-One bring the “Creature Feature” alive with various characters for different means.

“I am exhibiting a series of paintings I did on reclaimed wood,” said Britton Walters, the artist, designer and overall brainchild behind Nerfect.com. “I find the contrast between the candy-colored acrylics and the rough, abused wood to be very interesting.Pops of color will be in no scarcity at Saturday’s exhibit, which runs through Oct. 25.

“I love brightly colored, graphic work,” said painter and One Strange Bird owner Nicole Northway.

As the curator for the exhibit, Northway selected the artists “based on their relevancy to the theme,” and recalls working with or admiring each of them at some point in her career.

Whether it was sharing an art studio building, or being booth buddies at art fairs like Renegade and Pitchfork’s Coterie, Northway has some relation to each artist based in the local art scene and uses One Strange Bird’s mission to host underrepresented Chicago talent to display the creatures they have brought to life through their art.

In his “character-based, cartoon-inspired meditations,” Walters’ creatures will show viewers his more impulsive side.

“They were a series I did rather spontaneously and quickly, before my dumb ol’ brain began to over think what I was really doing,” he said. “My better work tends to be of this kind of thing.”

With a focus on “alluring colors,” it is no surprise that Northway selected the likes of street art extraordinaire Nice-One.

A colorful display of Nice-One’s street art in Chicago.

“I have been a long admirer of Nice-One,” she said.

Despite all knowing Northway one way or the other, Walters commented that he isn’t 100% sure who the other artists are yet, but that he’s sure “they’re totally rad.”

When: Opening Reception – Saturday, Sept. 22, 6-9 pm; through Oct. 25

Where: One Strange Bird,  2515 W North Ave.

Tickets: $5