Our River North artist friend, Grand Old RiNo Tracy Weil, reports that last weekend's RiNo Birthday Celebration and Open House was a great success, despite inhospitable temperatures. Gallery-goer Deborah Elam won the 100-bottle "Wall of Wine" raffle, and a ggod time was had by all.
Weil even sent some fabulous pics of the afterparty and evening iron pour, which gave off some much-needed heat for spectators after the sun fell, courtesy of Rian Kerrane, Mark Guilbeau and Ironton Studios. You shoulda been there.
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Feeling left out? Weil says RiNo probably won't host another full-scale open house event until sometime next fall, when the weather's more cooperative, but lots of the funky art district's venues are open monthly for First Fridays (for a complete list, check with the RiNo Crow at www.rivernorthart.com). And by the way, it took 221 cupcakes to create the event's rhino-shaped mosaic cake. Bon appetit. -- Susan Froyd