Sacred Art is a win-win situation for first-time art buyers and the 50 emerging artists that supply a rotating inventory for the Roscoe Village gallery. Forget about sticker shock or stand-offish gallery settings. Prices at this affordable art haven range from $4-$2,100, but on the average you can walk away with a beautiful piece for $75 or less. Owner Sarah Chazin will even send you to a shop to frame your original works at a discount.
The something-for-everyone approach results in handmade dolls and colorful sock monkeys for kids and whimsical ties for grown men. Chicago fans will love Chazin's collection of black and white photos of the city, wonderfully worn prints of L-stop signs and tributes to local sports teams. Thick, black cuffs made from recycled bicycle tires stand out in the jewelry collection that also includes delicate brass earrings. Cheerful painted T-shirts line a shelf next to religious-inspired pottery.
It's hard not to feel the love from Roscoe Village locals who know Chazin by name and stop in regularly. Frequently hosting workshops for kids and charity fundraisers, the gallery provides a place for the community to gather—a sacred land of sorts.
Centerstage Reviewer: Dana Kavan