New Billy Sheahan Photography Openings in Chicago and Washington DC

paris2008_25apr2008_0809It continues to be a busy 2009 and for that I am extremely grateful. It seems like there is always some good news to speak about.

First, I’ll be having an opening in Chicago at Hootenanny this Thursday April 30th at 6:30pm. It’s a great television and film post house where I have a lot of colleagues I’ve worked with over the years who do amazing things. Really great people there. They have an ongoing gallery in their space and to coincide with a Women in Film meeting, they’re having an opening for all the art on display. I have three pieces from my Paris Foncé (Dark Paris) Series on display there. I’ve only displayed the Paris Foncé Series in my studio gallery, so this is the first public opening for that work. The photograph above is one that is on display titled “Musee du Louvre.”

Hootenanny is located at 211 E. Grand Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60611, phone – 312-670-7777.

Second, I’m positively thrilled to be featured in a Washington D.C. exhibit at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue celebrating the first 100 days of President Obama’s time in office. The exhibit runs from May 7th through September 7th, 2009 and is called FOTOBAMA.
I’ll be showing a photograph I made at the President Obama Grant Park Rally in Chicago on Election Night, November 4th 2008. I’m a finalist in the competition for photographs taken during the campaign and at the inauguration. The winners will be announced on May7th. As soon as I hear when the opening reception is scheduled, sometime this summer, I’ll post it here.

The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001, phone – 888/NEWSEUM (888/639-7386).

chicago_26nov2006_145Third, I just completed making three large prints of my Chicago work for ARU (Audio Recording Unlimited). They selected three of my photographs as part of their interior redesign. ARU is located in the beautifully historic Wrigley Building which has been the subject of much of my Chicago work the last few years. The photographs will be on display as part of their “Sink Oh Day My Oh” (Cinco de Mayo) party on May 5th.

ARU Chicago is located at 400 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60611, phone – (312) 527-7000.

I haven’t spend as much time documenting my native city photographically as I have other parts of the world, but that will be corrected in the next few months. I have several projects underway already that I am very excited about.

650_04And finally, I’m in discussions to have some of my Italy photography featured at new Italian restaurant in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood on Southport. The restaurant doesn’t have a name yet, but is scheduled to open it’s doors in a few weeks. I had a sneak preview of it and shared some wine with the owner on Friday evening. It’s going to be a wonderful addition to a great neighborhood.

Some of my photographs from Italy date back as far as 1993. It has been great fun revisiting those old friends and selecting what might be good in the new restaurant space. This photograph is one of my previously “undiscovered” images from Milan. If all goes well, I’ll announce when you can come by to enjoy delicious Italian food and take in some of my photography.

So, yes, 2009 has been quite the amazing year so far. At any given time, I’ve had photography on exhibit in as many as three places at once. Chicago, New Orleans and beginning next month, Washington DC.

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