Artist Donte Mearon creates vibrant and cheerful works made out of brightly colored acrylic paint and spray paint, inspired by Chicago. See “Chicago Loves Me” at Elephant Room, Inc., our 175 Days to Love Chicago pick for Monday, April 16. Mearon’s artwork includes paintings on a variety of mediums including wood and windows as well as artwork on apparel for adults and kids. Mearon uses the city of Chicago as his muse for creating his take on the skyline and Chicago residents’ relationship with the city. His work is vibrant and cheerful as he uses brightly colored acrylic paint and spray paint, as well as his signature characters. See Chicago artist Donte Mearon’s artwork at the exhibition “Chicago Loves Me” at Elephant Room, Inc. from April 16 – May 18. 2012. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday April 19, from 6:30 – 9 pm, giving guests the opportunity to meet the artist, view or purchase artwork, enjoy beverages, music and good company. 175 Days to Love Chicago celebrates Chicago’s 175th birthday with an exciting 175-day series of programs, promotions and fun history. Launching on the 175th anniversary of the city’s incorporation on March 4 and continuing through August 26, 2012, this cultural calendar offers visitors and residents exciting opportunities to explore Chicago every day. From special events to special packages at local hotels, the campaign showcases the breadth and vibrancy of Chicago’s cultural landscape. For more information, visit http://www.explorechicago.org/175days. – See more at: http://www.explorechicagoportfolio.com/ecblog/?p=4257#sthash.SDvLJJrl.dpuf
By Megan Welsh
Back in January, Justin and I had the honor of winning/purchasing a one of kind piece of artwork from local artist Donte Mearon (pictured below) titled “Chicago Loves Me” (read about it here). The next couple days after the Bear Necessities event, we would immediately stare in awe at it when we woke up, as we walked through the hallway, while we ate in the dining room, and before we went to bed. Only problem? This gorgeous piece of artwork was sitting on the floor leaning against the wall waiting to have a place it could call home. After choosing a subtle silver frame (black made it too dark and heavy, white made it too bright and cottage-y) we decided to hang it as a focal point in the hallway between the second bedroom, linen closet, and master bedroom enabling us to view it from the dining and living rooms. What do you think? Does “Chicago Loves Me” love its new home in our apartment or what?!