Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chicago Artist Allen Vandever and Family

Chicago Artist Allen Vandever, Dawn Mari Rosales Vandever, and Walter Allen Rosales Vandever

Chicago artist and innovator Allen Vandever finds his family to be the most inspiring and motivating factor in his art and life. Allen says, “No matter how hard and frustrating the art word is I always have my family to find peace and balance within.”
Walter Allen Vandever, Allen’s son entered his life while he was living in Hawaii.  It was at that time he decide he needed to get serious about his art career. Up until that point, Allen was only concerned about being a better painter.  Walter, has grown up being inspired by living in daddy’s studio and has become quite the artist himself. Allen's first art teach was his grandmother who was a painter.  Every day after school Allen would go to her house and make art. His Father is a wood carver in Minnesota.
When he was living in LA, prior to his move to Hawaii, he had huge success selling his work to collectors in the real estate industry, even selling work to one of his teenage ideals Slash from Guns & Roses.  That sparked a friendship with Slash’s wife and family. 
Now Allen is more focused on building his place in the art world, as well as, building a community and creating a strong foundation for those things. If you are lucky you might find his wife Dawn, singing at one of his shows accompanied by his stepfather. Dawn has an amazing voice and is an artist in her own right. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chicago Artists Allen Vandever Rescue or Destroy

Chicago artists Allen Vandever painting Operotica 
Rescue or Destroy that is the Question 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Chicago Artist Allen Vandever Rescue or Destroy

 Chicago Artist Allen Vandever, Chicago Artists In-Zo, Alexander L. Davis Rescue or Destroy
Chicago Artist Allen Vandever Rescue or Destroy Come See Great Chicago Aritsts

Thursday, January 1, 2015



Santas WorkShope Rejects
We bring the crazy creature inventions by Allen Vandever

Two nights before Christmas, in the FMK House
The axes were sharpened; Axman ready to pounce.
all the creatures were dining, even a mouse.
Axman in his top hat; Rescula in her skirt

With artwork adorning the walls and the hall
The artists were pacing and dreading the fall
Of the dreaded ol’ chopper, the Axman’s delight
And the audience bemoaning the terrible sight

When back in the kitchen there rose such a clatter,
Axman sprang from the room to see what was the matter.
Away to the kitchen he flew like a flash,
Tore open the door and threw up his axe

The flames from the stove of the new chef’s surprise
Shone light on a sight; Axman rubbing his eyes
They slipped in from the alley with a sleigh full of toys
A tiny old driver cried, “Help me out, boys!

Come, Dani and Brian, Noah and Kelsy

Come, Kyle and Franklin. James, don’t be lazy
Let’s unload this cargo, we’re falling behind
These are the misfits, I hope you don’t mind”

The crew set to helping and got to it quick
For the tiny, round driver was the famous St. Nick
He thanked them and nodded with a twinkling eye
Then he and eight reindeer took to the sky

Axman, Rescula, the crowd and the crew
Looked down at the misshapen toys and just knew
That these toys weren’t “misfits,” they’re one of a kind
Then they took to the stage for their people to find

So if you are wondering, “What’s Christmas about?”
It’s kindness and sharing; not being a lout
Rescue a toy or a small piece of art
And you can be sure you’ll be doing your part

Rescue or Destroy is an art tournament featuring 16 Chicago-based artists. Each artist brings a piece to the competition and the audience decides which will be rescued and which will be destroyed. The “rescued” work goes forward in the tournament and the piece slated for destruction could face the chopping block. However, anything could happen and always does.