Joe’s Garage Holiday Sale!

Joe's Garage Holiday Sale 12/10/16 4 pm - 8 pm at 1770 W. Berteau Ave Chicago

Make art not waste!  Shop our selection of art supplies– featuring fine art frames and archival mats, along with fabric, studio equipment, bags and more. Find gifts for your artist friends– and your inner artist.

Come to our holiday sale!

  • Saturday, December 10th from
  • 4 – 9 pm
  • at the brave lux studio, 1770 W. Berteau Ave (at Ravenswood).

Joe’s Garage is an art supply exchange where we collect surplus supplies and make them available to artists and makers.  All proceeds benefit animalia project’s work on climate action and creating a better environment for all of us.

What will you find?

  • fine art frames — these are brand new and beautiful (donated by a Chicago art gallery)
  • clear acrylic sheets– brand new and unscathed
  • archival mat boards– these are brand new too!  mostly white or ivory
  • fabric– mostly new.  includes upholstery fabric
  • bags– for hauling musical equipment, photo gear and whatnot
  • totes– for hauling groceries and everything else
  • metal stands
  • sewing notions
  • colorful paper– big pieces of seamless photo paper and small bits from magazines, etc
  • gifts for artists, makers and handy-people
  • inspiration

Prices vary, with most large frames $20 – 100.  Most items are under $20.  And– free stuff!

And– make your own postcards!

We’ll have cards and nature-themed stamps for making your own cards.  Why not stop by and make a few cards that fit your mood– holiday cards for friends or action cards for legislators, business leaders, media, regulators and others.

RSVP via eventbrite

And– stop by the Half-Baked Sale at the Chicago Glass Collective just downstairs.

More details about Joe’s Garage: and on facebook

joe’s garage, an art supply exchange on december 8th, 2012

puppet by joe mazza recycled materials for art and nature

Hamm, a puppet by Joe Mazza, was made with many recycled materials. Come to Joe’s garage, an art supply exchange, to find out more and to find materials for your own creation.

Reduce, reuse & recycle– art supplies!

Joe’s garage provides a venue for exchanging art supplies where artists, craft-makers, do-it-yourselfers, teachers and others can bring in the materials they don’t need and take new-to-them materials that they can use.

Looking to pick up some cheap / free art supplies?

Looking to pass on materials that don’t quite do what you expected?

Come to Joe’s garage to swap supplies with other artists, puppeteers, craft-makers, teachers and people who feel crowded by the very materials they try to wrestle into creative meaning– or just really pretty pictures.

Bring art supplies and materials that you don’t need– and pass them on to someone who may find that it’s just the thing to finish a masterpiece.  And search for your missing piece amid the treasures others have shared.

The details

When:  Saturday, December 8th.  drop in anytime from 1 to 4 pm

Where:  the garage at 2505 W. Hutchinson St in Chicago.  That’s near Western Ave, between Montrose and Irving Park Rd.  5 minutes to the brown line/Rockwell stop.  near busses #49/78/80 The garage opens into the alley south of Hutchinson St.

Cost: Free to attend the exchange.  Most materials are free (for anyone who has brought in materials to exchange or who pledges to responsibly recycle or pass on materials when they are done with them) or pay $5 a bag (for people who haven’t brought in exchange materials or choose not to make a pledge).

We expect to swap:  acrylic paint, clay, markers, canvas…. and whatever you choose to share!  (Please don’t bring anything dangerous– and email before bringing anything huge–we’re trying to swap supplies, not store more.)

We know we’ll have:  lumber, fabric, coroplast (that white plastic sheeting used for making signs– but this is all bright white and un-marred by political logos!), latex paint….

Early drop off (and maybe even pick-up) of materials is possible.  Email Susan: ask ~at~ to set something up.

Registration is appreciated:

animalia project is pleased to host Joe’s garage, in collaboration with bangbangfou!, the Global Alliance of Artists/ Environment Xchange and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

authors:  Susan Ask and Joe Mazza