Modern day angels at Jackson Junge Gallery

December 14, 2011 3:36:29 PM PST
Christmas angels fly over nativity scenes and perch on top of Christmas trees. And, they're the star attractions at a North Side art gallery.

Jackson Junge galleries on North Milwaukee Avenue has called upon the heavens for an out of this world exhibition. It's called "Angelicies" and they say it's a look at modern day angels. Area artists were asked to create what they think twenty first century angels are like.

"When you put out a call for artists you never really know what you're going to get back. But this being the holiday season we really wanted to do something that was somehow related to the holidays," Chris Jackson, co-owner Jackson Junge Gallery.

This show isn't about fat little cherubs and soaring, gorgeous, fluffy winged angels. It's about that world beyond ours. A spiritual world that some don't believe in-- but many others do.

"We found in a little bit of our research that one in five people who aren't religious actually do believe they have a guardian angel looking over them," Jackson said.

There are 30 works in all and they were created in many different mediums from paintings to drawings and sculptures.

"This piece is a piece that honors my uncle who suffered a long battle with an illness and lost in the end but now he's up on top of a mountain looking down waiting for his wife his love," Laura Junge, sculptor and painter, said. "My angel, his angel, everybody's angel."

Angels to believe in... And angels to sing along with.

Angels we have heard on high and hark the herald angels sing. Herald angel? Whoever he was or is -- is not at the exhibit.

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Tel: (773) 227-7900

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