Whether a forever home or not, I'm not sure... but LA is home for now. I moved out of Chicago on March 30th. To say I'm still adjusting to the new reality would be an understatement. I will write more when I'm not so tired. Dora (my sweet kitty) and I are still getting acclimated to the initial acclimation. Apt hunting will be on the agenda for the next couple of weeks. Once I find a place, I'll be back in my element and able to begin making art and music again... and, seriously, I. CANNOT. WAIT!!! The constant gut-wrenching feeling of the Unknown always is good fodder for art and music. Looking forward to beginning again.
Just wanted to thank all those who came out last night for my last show at Cornelia. And of course I want to thank the artists there who have taught me so much and have given me a great community to work in and to be a part of. Thank you. You made these last 4.5 years wonderful. I will miss you all and miss the support and guidance. And to the friends and supporters of the arts (and supporters of my work)...I have no words. The gratitude runs so deep -- you know who you are. 🙏✨🙏✨🙏❤️
All art will be wrapped up this week... Chicagoans, if interested in anything, contact me as soon as possible. Save on shipping! :)
This Friday will be the first Spring Open Studios Night at the Cornelia Arts Building, where I've worked and grown as an artist for over four years now. I will miss this place -- and the amazingly talented, kind, generous people who are a part of it -- dearly.
THIS WILL BE MY LAST ART SHOW HERE IN CHICAGO BEFORE I MOVE TO LA! Please come out and show your support. Last chance to see my work here and to say goodbye.
There will be art on two floors from over 40 artists. The event is FREE and ALL AGES! From 6-10pm. Food truck in the parking lot!
As some of you have been following, I've been giving a portion of my sales to charities since January of this year. Currently, through March 9th, 10% of sales will go to the Anti-Defamation League. So far, money has been raised for Gilda's Club of Chicago, Imerman Angels, Free the Slaves, International Rescue Committee, and the ADL (I hope to add more to this upcoming donation!). On March 10th, all monies on that day will go to the Randi Russo insanely-expensive-move Moving Fund -- it's a worthy cause, I assure you.
All art will be wrapped up after the show. Make your appointments now for this week if you'd like to see anything privately. Availability is limited.
Below are some pics that collectors had sent me of my work in their homes. For those lacking wall space, I have many smaller pieces available, plus work on paper. Please come by and don't be shy!
Hope to see you Friday! (or before, if you'd like to make an appointment!)
Oh! Details: Friday MARCH 10th, 6-10pm at the Cornelia Arts Building - click link for map.
How is it March already?! It's those sneaky 28-sometimes-29 days of February that we know about, yet they always throw us for a loop!
So this week's charity: The Anti-Defamation League. 10% of the profits from sales of art and music will go to the ADL. Fight hatred by supporting the arts! It's a win-win (yep, there's that phrase again!).
I'll be extending the donation period until MARCH 9th.
On March 10th, Cornelia Arts Building, where I have my studio, will be having an Open House. Our first one of the Spring! I'll share the invite in another post. In a nutshell, 40+ artists open up their studios to the public... it's free and all ages. There's a food truck in the parking lot (you gotta pay for that food) and food in the studios. All funds raised through the sale of my art & music that particular night are going to the Randi Russo Moving Fund... my move to LA is 2-3x's more than what I expected due to the amount of large art I need to ship. So again, support the arts and help out a stressed-out woman with letting her keep all of the dough this night. :)
Pictured below: Two paintings of mine currently up at the Cornelia Arts Building:
I just learned this was recently aired! Nell's Kitchen is a four part music audio documentary hosted by Nell Bryden.
The fourth part features Antifolk (1: Jazz/Harlem, 2: Disco/midtown, 3: Folk/Greenwich Village (west village), 4: Antifolk/LowerEastSide (east village))
Listen to songs by Michelle Shocked, Ani DiFranco, Lach, Roger Manning, Jeffrey Lewis, Prewar Yardsale, Regina Spektor, Moldy Peaches (Kimya Dawson & Adam Green), and yours truly, Randi Russo (I'm in the earlier/middle part of the broadcast).
And listen to extensive interviews of Jeffrey Lewis and myself (separately). Nell goes through the history through interviews and songs... Listen here... it's up for another 25 days!
My song, Dead Citizen (from the album Solar Bipolar) was featured along with the interview:
From Jan 30th to Feb 5th, 10% of all art and CD sales will go to the International Rescue Committee. Whether you buy art/music or not, I would love for you to donate to this wonderful organization!
Do good in this world. Always do good.
UPDATE! I would love to give as much as possible to the IRC because I've followed this organization for so long and I'm a huge fan of what they do, so I'm extending the 10% donation to go to them through the end of February. Stay tuned for March's charity...
The charity event that I had hosted at my studio a little over a week ago went well! I am proud to say that over $1000 was raised to go to Gilda's Club of Chicago and Imerman Angels through the sale of my art. Both are wonderful support organizations for those affected by cancer (whether you're a fighter, survivor, or affected family member). Go to www.gildasclubchicago.org and imermanangels.org to read more about them.
Because of this event, I have decided to continue giving 10% of my proceeds from art sales to a new charity each week until I pack up for LA (which will be soon).
So from January 23rd-29th, 10% of all art sales (including CD sales) will go to Free The Slaves, an organization I had been following and giving to since my MUSE days (Musicians Unite for Social Equality, a not-for-profit organization that I started over a decade ago that raised a little money but unfortunately never properly got off the ground).
Over 21 million people around the world are currently enslaved (I've heard estimates close to 30 million people worldwide, but I'll go with the latest numbers on their site). Twenty-six percent are children. You can read more about their important work here: http://www.freetheslaves.net
January is Slavery & Trafficking Prevention Month. Please help this cause, whether you buy art or not.
If interested in setting up an appointment for viewing art this week, please email me. Online sales will count as well. If you have something specific in mind that you don't see, just ask... it's possible that I have something similar to what you may be looking for but it's not up on the website. www.randirusso.com
Thank you and please keep giving... in whatever way you can. This is the only way we can fight the powers that would like to see our humanity crumble.
Please join me in my studio for this special art & charity event...
Saturday, January 14th, 4:30-7:00pm (public hours)
at the Cornelia Arts Building, Studio 209
As some of you may know, I will be moving to LA soon! I'd like to give people an opportunity to view my work before I leave, and of course I'd like to give many of my pieces new homes!
In addition to selling art, I would like to give back. I will be donating 10% of all of the profits to Gilda's Club of Chicago and another 10% to Imerman Angels.
You can read about the organizations here: www.gildasclubchicago.org |www.imermanangels.org
Both organizations are Chicago-based and there will speakers from each one giving a short talk.
There will be some refreshments... not much because the art will literally be wall-to-wall!
Feel free to invite friends and family who have an interest in art, and especially share with those who are looking for pieces to brighten up their homes or offices!
Hope to see you!
Hoping 2017 is much, much better than 2016, which was one of the worst years I've had personally in almost a decade. Onward and upwards... LA is around the corner! Looking forward to sunshine and warmth to bake out the chill that settled into my bones in my last year here in Chicago. Chicago is a great city and there are many wonderful, heartwarming, eye-opening people here... but some of what I thought was so wonderful & reassuring ended up breaking my heart, and the dreary gloom that sets over the city this winter has been with me since late last spring...
March cannot come soon enough...
May this truly be a HAPPY, NEW year for all.
Just wanted to wish you all Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! We all deserve it after a rough 2016. ...so much heartbreaking loss this year.
Some news I'd like to share with you (in case you didn't read an earlier post!)... I'll be leaving Chicago for LA in early 2017! I've had a good run here with a solo art show, a bunch of group shows, a handful of performances in some great venues, and most importantly, met some wonderfully amazing people along the way (you know who you are!). And I had the opportunity to get to know my Chicago-based cousins better and get closer to my extended family, who are very dear to my heart. But, all that being said, I've had some very difficult trials here (such is life) and one needs to be attuned to when it's time to move on... and that time is now.
I'm looking forward to more sunshine and warm weather. New art scene. New art friends. New music scene, new music friends. Closer to more family. Closer to many of my lifestyle preferences out there. It'll be a good thing, I hope/think/gather.
Wishing all much love and light for 2017 and beyond...
Finally! I've been working on this website off and on for a couple of weeks, after years of having "build a new website" on my to-do list. No one knows why inanimate things move on their own time frame despite us trying to push them along. As I keep trying to tell myself that time is just an illusion...
Um, I realize that this is not really done... but 98% there is pretty good for now. ;)
Random pic of my kitty cat, Dora... Enjoy...
In anticipation to my move to LA in a few months, there are no shows at this time for art or music. But check back here! I may try to get a Chicago music performance in before I go!