Steet Photographer Mike Pocius at Cobalt 12/13/13

King of the Chicago Street Photographers Mike Pocius brings us this year's documentation of his travels through out Chicago. The cast of characters and wild compositions were spontaneously photographed on streets of Chicago at the various parades, festivals and art walks which take place in some of his favorite neighborhoods. Some of these folks are too strange to believe. His photos speak volumes about an ever changing city exploding with life and activity.

Come see it Friday, December 13th at Cobalt 6-10.30PM.
For the night owls...We will have a post reception party around the corner at The Barrel, Chicago...Pilsen's newest addition. They will be serving all locally brewed craft beers and boast the largest Bourbon Selection available.


Closing Reception- RIPE a Postmodern Ceramic Exhibition.

Cobalt would like to extend an invitation to all those who have wanted to see this one of a kind body of work. This will be the final public viewing. We wish to send off Mr. Billings with a celebration. There will be music and refreshments. After Ten P.M. head over to The Barrel, Chicago for a night cap and a look at some collaboration paintings by Thomas Billings and Antonio Martinez on display now through mid-December.

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
photo by Antonio Martinez


Official 6th Annual Calavera Crafts Day

Saturday, 11:00am - 5:00pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For the past five years Teresa Magana  has put together an all day drop in craft day dedicated to making crafts for Dia De Los Muertos.

We are grateful and excited about how this day grows every year with more friends, family and the public coming together to make beautiful and creative crafts for Day of the Dead.

Please join us in creating an assortment of crafts for Dia de los Muertos. Some of the craft stations will include, skullie painting, mask painting, tissue paper flower making, and more.
Please feel free to bring a photo of a past loved one that you may want to dedicate one of your crafts to.

We encourage you to bring children of all ages! The adults can also join in the fun! There will be a craft suited for everyone.

This is a family event that you can drop in between the hours of 11am and 5pm.

Cost of this all-day craft day will be $20 per person which includes all materials needed for all crafts, a pizza lunch, and drinks.

Registration is strongly encouraged. So please use the link below to prepay and reserve your spot(s).




Also on Display is....


RIPE Extended Viewing

Cobalt Studio will be open weekends for an extended viewing of RIPE a Postmodern Ceramics Exhibition of New Works by Thomas Billings over 100 individual pieces are on display and for sale.
Credit cards accepted. Donations are always welcome.


RIPE Extended Viewing Hours

Big Thanks to all who attended the Opening Reception. Good News for all who did not manage to attend but would like to see this exhibition.

We will open the studio from Noon until 3PM every weekend. The show runs until November 18.

You can still see this tremendous body of work by Thomas Billings, Over 100 individual pieces of work are on display and all are available for purchase.

For Additional viewing times contact Antonio at cobalartstudio (at) gmail.com




A Post Modern Ceramic Exhibition
New Work by Thomas Billings

Opening Friday, October 18, Reception 5-10. 
Live Music TBA

Tom Billings continuously proves himself a dedicated artful workaholic.
 While participating in & co-curating exhibits in Chicago's bars, clubs, cafes, and painting: murals, street art and the like. He was also exhibiting in galleries in New York and Chicago earlier this year. Tom has simultaneously been prolific in the ceramic studio.
Tom's production of ceramics into the small hours has yielded some wonderful results. His mask series which depict Dante's Seven Deadly Sins are featured.  His style yields a series of glazed masks, directly inspired from his recent painted portraits.
This October, he will exhibit at Cobalt Studio. It includes several small vessels, organic "pear-like" forms and painted tiles.  All the work has been produced in Chicago and will be shown as a complete body of work for the first time.
The "RIPE -- A Post Modern Ceramic Exhibition" Opens to the Public: Friday, October 18, with a Reception 5-10. The show is up through November 18.  Cobalt Studio will be open weekends in October with times to be announced. For Viewing or Pre-Opening sales by Appointment Contact, Antonio via email at cobaltartstudio@gmail.com
Tom's website mrtomlikesred.blogspot.com


Graffiti Mural 2013

The Mural is done and visible from the Pink Line EL. Big thanks to AFEKS, RESE, MONSTROCHIKA, KOMF and RISE. The wall looks great. Images and Video are posted on Instagram. Thanks RISE for getting this group together.

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To all of our fans interested in seeing our Rooftop Graffiti Mural 2013 and are using Instagram. Look up #cobaltstudio. You can see photos from our events and now video is also available.


Thank You

Special thanks to all the supporters of our group show Local Brilliance. All of the artists did a great job. Mike Pocius earned his curator stripes. Thanks again for coming out to our reception. And a big THANKS to those who came back Sunday to purchase those pieces they fell in love with opening night. We look forward to seeing you all again next weekend! There is still time to see this exhibition.


Starting our third year

Celebrating three years of art and cultural events. We invite you to visit us this weekend, Saturday June 15th for our reception of  "Local Brilliance" a group show featuring eight local artists in Pilsen.

photo/art by: Duk Ju L. Kim



A group show featuring a variety of styles and mediums. The common thread these artists share is their dedication and tenacity to continue developing their artistic practice. They also work simultaneously in close proximity. Selected by guest curator Mike Pocius, this group of artist are going to show their recent work. The show will be an eclectic blend with many unique points of view. You won't want to miss this experience. We have added viewing times in anticipation.

Reception June 15, 6pm-11pm 
Katherine Perryman
Duk Ju L. Kim
Hector Duarte
Ken Hirte
Walter Fydryck
Steve Leavitt
Michael Hernandez de Luna
Antonio Martinez


Additional viewing hours. Sunday: June 16, 1pm-4pm Saturday: June 22, 1pm-4pm
All other viewing by appointment. Contact Antonio Martinez via email at cobaltartstudio@gmail.com

Blink Mob Studios release of Art Tank Toys...EXTENDED

Thanks to everyone who attended our reception Friday and our Saturday extended hours. We will be available by appointment the rest of the week. [Inbox me for an appointment.]

Plus we are happy to announce an additional Saturday May 11, 1-4pm extension to this event.
You will be able to purchase those items you wished you picked up opening night.


International Post Card Show -Call for Artists.

We encourage our Chicago artists to participate in this International Post Card Show. Create a postcard. Include your name and city. Give us your vision of Europe. There will be no jury, no fee and NO RETURNS!
Mail it to:
Kaiser Strasse 43
55116 Mainz

In September all the work will be exhibited at Rinckenhof Zwiebrucken and www.kunstzwerg.net
Located near the Austrian, French and German border, this show will consist of a great blend of artists. If you want to contribute be sure to mail your post card soon.

Deadline is August 20, 2013.

Cobalt Studio will share the photos of the exhibition in September.


New Work by RISE


An installation of graffiti and a selection of original collage works on found objects by graff-writer RISE. He continues to explore newly evolving styles on the walls of neighboring Indiana's cityscape, East-Chicago and through out our great City. He will produce a commissioned piece for Cobalt Studio directly on the wall.
Our friends at 5 Rabbits have a refreshing brew for those in attendance to sample.

Opening Reception
Friday, April 19
6-10 pm

For a preview video of "RISE" painting live at Cobalt Studio, "Click Here"