Events

Mars Gallery hosts a variety of art openings and events, on behalf of our artists, other individuals, non-profits and companies throughout Chicago. Want to make a statement by hosting your next event at Mars Gallery? Here's how.

Great Stories Awards Night - Reach Out and Read Benefit
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Reach Out and Read benefit honoring Rush Pediatric Primary Care Center and Dr. Norman Jacobs. Reach Out and Read teaches parents to nurture the promise of learning within each of their children and is a proven model to enhance success. For tickets: Get ticktes.

Glenwood Academy Associate Board Wine Tasting
Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Glenwood Academya is a nonprofit, private residential education community for children in grades 2 - 8 that are academically capable but come from challenging circumstances. Get tickets.

2017 Paint for a Purpose
Saturday, June 10, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm

A benefit for CNNSSA. The Community Nutrition Network and Senior Services Association "CNNSSA" provides meals and resources to older adults and persons with disabilities and assists them in leading active and healthy lives. Get tickets.

Summer Soirée: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Saturday, June 24, 2017
5:00pm - 8:00pm

A benefit for the Chicago Volunteer Doulas, a birth justice organization providing comprehensive doula support for vulnerable communities in Chicagoland. Get tickets and more info.

Auxiliary Board Spring Fundraiser for Lydia Home Association
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm

At a time when our culture often seems to be coming apart, LYDIA is helping put families back together. Founded as an orphanage in 1916, it has become a successful alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies. LYDIA’s faith-based approach to helping troubled families and children is unique, reaching people in diverse communities with a continuum of clinical and supportive services. Lydia Home Association is celebrating it's 100 year anniversary! Join us in supporting this great organization!.

Benefit For Artistic Home
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

The Artistic Home. Details to come.

Past Events

2015 – 2016

Dreams as Bigger than Texas - book release party!
Sunday, October 30, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Author/mentor Rahkal C.D. Shelton. $20 entry includes autographed book. For more information about the book and to purchase tickets.

DOOR FUNDRaiser
Thursday, October 9, 2016
6:30pm - 9:30pm

As the news coverage of the violence here in Chicago travels around the world we at DOOR Chicago believe that there are untold stories of success, pride, creativity, and strong communities.

Every summer we hire youth and young adults from the very communities the media has chosen to tell a single story about. Through their work at DOOR these young adults help to change the narrative, and share their lived experience with groups that participate in our Urban Education Program.

Information about DOOR.

'murika
Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception. New work by Sioban Lombardi & Tararchy

POP UP! Aron Packer Projects at Mars Gallery
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Closing Reception
Sunday, September 25, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Featuring artwork by Krista Hoefle, Nancy Mladenoff, Lorraine Peltz and Jennifer Yorke.

Girl Forward's 5th Anniversary Party
Saturday, August 13, 2016
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Girl Forward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident, and independent. Help them celebrate 5 awesome years! Get tickets.

Six Point Reading Series
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at Mars Gallery for the August installment of the Six Points Reading Series. Featuring readings by Holly Amos, Mairead Case and Dan Magers. exCurated and hosted by Danielle Susi. Free and open to the public. Get more info.

buildOn Young Professionals Cocktails for a Cause
Thursday, July, 21 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm

buildOn’s service learning programs mobilize students in challenging urban areas to lift up their communities through intensive local service. Also buildOn works in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build schools in villages that have historically had no adequate school structure. Get tickets for this event.

Paint for a Purpose
Saturday, July 16, 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Community Nutrition Network and Senior Services Association (CNNSSA) along with the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois invites you to “Paint for a Purpose”. What is our “purpose” for this inaugural fundraising event? To enhance community relations, build awareness around the essential meal programs for the older adults and disabled individuals we serve, and raise funds to offset the cost of expenses for CNNSSA's annual Volunteer Celebration Luncheon. This event will include a paint class (optional), light refreshments, wine/beer, and a silent auction. Purchase tickets here.

Bad Wilma
Thursday, June 16, 2016
5:30pm - 7:30pm

An exhibition of collaborative artwork created by Quilos & the Windmill with Peter Mars.

LEARN Gala
Friday, May 20, 2016
8:00pm -11:00pm

2nd annual gala hosted by the The LEARN Charter School Network Associate Board at the Mars Gallery. LEARN is a K-8 network composed of nine campuses in the Chicagoland area. LEARN's mission is to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of six charter schools in the nation "getting it right." All proceeds from the event will support the initiatives Associate Board members work on during the academic year including sports programming, mentorship, staff development programming, and teacher appreciation.

Please consider attending. It's going to be a fun party for a good cause! Purchase tickets to this event.

Poetry East - Poets * Artists * Conversation
Saturday, January 23, 2016
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Release Party. Poetry East is an international magazine of poetry, translations, criticisms, interviews and art. It is regarded as one of the top 20 literary journals in the United States and is affiliated with DePaul University.

This issue features artwork by Mars Gallery artists Sioban Lombardi, Eric Skaggs, Karen Parisian and Michael Hedges. Join us for this special release party and art exhibit.

Feline Friends Annual Fall Cocktail Party and Silent Auction
Thursday, November 19, 2105
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 at door

Feline Friends is a foster-based, no kill, cat rescue organization serving Chicago. They do not have a physical site - we are completely foster-based. To meet any of our cats in the Feline Friends program, they arrange meetings between foster homes and potential adopters. Feline Friends is staffed 100% by volunteers, and is funded entirely by private donations.

Operation Babylift Book Launch party
Monday, November 9, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of both Operation Babylift and the official end of the Vietnam War. As the war was ending in April 1975, over a three week period, about 3,000 orphans were flown out of Saigon in a heroic, courageous effort called Operation Babylift.

For anyone interested in Vietnam, American History, adoption, or inspiration, join us at the Book Launch Party for two books about Operation Babylift. These books tell that story, one nonfiction, Angels Flying Out of Hell, and one memoir, Operation Babylift: Mission Accomplished.

Wine, live music, a short program, and the wonderful Bill Kurtis will join us. We thank him for the use of his personal photos of babies in boxes.

Books can be purchased at the event or at www.BluelinePublishingLLC.com.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to myrna@bluelinePublishingLLC

NLVS Free Clinic 12th Annual Benefit
Friday, November 6, 2015
7:00pm - 10:00pm

The New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS) is a national and secular non-profit service organization developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999. In October 2003, students from Loyola University, Northwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University, Rush Medical College, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago helped develop the first-ever student-run free clinic in West Ridge, Chicago, where a significant portion of the population lives 200% below the poverty line. Currently, students from all medical schools are provided with an equal opportunity to engage in collaborative service of the uninsured community. Get your tickets.

DOOR Chicago Fundraiser
Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:30pm - 9:00pm

DOOR is a faith-based network of six cities that provides opportunities for service, learning, and leadership development within the urban context. We host volunteers for a weekend to a year and include opportunities for individuals and groups. Over the past ten years DOOR Chicago been able to provide full-time summer jobs for local youth of color and we need your help to continue this work! These positions are more than just a job, they are an opportunity for us to create and develop leaders in our community. Our staff works with youth from around the country to help educate and expose others to the issues of race, poverty, homelessness, and hunger in Chicago. Get tickets to this event.

Special Exhibit Preview Gala: “What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization
October 16, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society is honored to present What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization, a collaborative project with the Iraqi community and award winning photographer, Jim Lommasson. Working with Iraqi refugees, Jim has photographed the few important personal items that survived their long journey from Iraq to the U.S. This exhibit tells the story of their journeys through photographs of the objects that were too important to abandon.

Proceeds for this fundraising event will support The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, an Illinois non-profit organization helping Iraqi, Syrian, and all Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants in the Chicago area by easing their transition to life in America; forging connections between the Middle East and American society; and facilitating the preservation and exchange of Middle Eastern culture. Get tickets to this event.

UCAN Auxiliary Board's Future Leaders Gala
Friday, Sept 25, 2015
6:30pm - 9:30pm

UCAN helps youth who have suffered trauma become our future leaders through a consistent presence, meaningful programming and unrivaled diversity. Founded 145 years ago as a Civil War orphanage, we are one of Chicago’s oldest, yet most innovative, social service agencies. Their mission is to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Get your tickets.

Barrels for Hope - buildOn Chicago Young Professionals Board
Thursday, Sept 24, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm

buildOn’s service learning programs mobilize students in challenging urban areas to lift up their communities through intensive local service. Also buildOn works in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build schools in villages that have historically had no adequate school structure. Get your tickets today.

Great Lakes Academy Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, September 10, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Great Lakes Academy, located on the southeast side of Chicago, our mission is to prepare all of our students with the fundamental academic skills, critical thinking ability, and strength of character to excel in high school, college, and a career of their choice. We empower all of our students with the education today that they will need to change the world tomorrow. Our goal for the evening is to raise $10,000 to support the formation of a lending library for our Scholars. Get tickets today.

True Purpose - new paintings by Joey Africa
Saturday, August 15, 2015
6:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for a salon showing of new paintings by Joey Africa. In collaboration with Dinner Lab, Philippe Andre, LVMH, DJ Eves, Abiana Photography and Aree Photo. Eve's Angels.

Fifth House Ensemble Uncorked
Friday, May 15, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Fifth House Ensemble taps the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create engaging performances and interactive educational programs, forging meaningful partnerships with unexpected venues, artists of other disciplines, educational institutions, and audiences of every type. Get tickets.

Civic Legal Corps 1st Annual Night for Art & Justice
Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm

A social enterprise non-profit organization, Civic Legal Corps empowers new attorneys to sustainably close the justice gap for low and moderate income people. Having recently launched our low-cost legal services in housing, family law, immigration, and criminal issues, we're committed to ensuring that all families can afford a quality attorney. Get tickets.

The LEARN GALA: A celebration of Chicago Charter School Education
Saturday, May 9, 2015
7:00pm - 10:00pm

LEARN Charter School Network is a high performing network of college preparatory, tuition-free public elementary and middle schools that serve Chicago and North Chicago children. Gala hosted by the LEARN Associate Board. Get tickets.

Bow-wow Bash
Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fundraiser for "K9 4 Keeps" a 100% volunteer run non-for-profit dedicated to dog rescue. Food, drinks, auction items and lots of pet friendly people. Join us! Get your tickets now k94keeps.org.

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2013 – 2014

2nd Annual Sushi-thon
Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:00pm - 11:00pm

The 2nd Annual Sushi-thon Colorectal Cancer Fundraiser will benefit "Fight Colorectal Cancer's Lisa Fund". Fight Colorectal Cancer is a leading colorectal cancer nonprofit organization. 100% of funds in the Lisa Fund go to late-stage colorectal cancer research via grants to researchers For more information and tickets visit our Facebook page.

Into the Woods:Art Exhibit
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
5:30pm - 9:30pm

This art sale and auction benefits The Friends of the Forest Preserve. Friends of the Forest Preserves was formed by concerned community members to support the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in achieving its mission: to restore, restock, protect and preserve its natural lands together with their flora and fauna for the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public. This event is their annual fundraiser for their organization. Tickets and more info.

Naked Ambition Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Mars Gallery will host the unique exhibit "Naked Ambition: 25 Years of PETA's Sexy Celebrity Ads." The first subjects in PETA's iconic "Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign weren't models but members of a band, The Go-Go's, who posed in 1989 for a PETA poster that was sold in merchandise booths during their concert tour. Since then, personalities as diverse as Melissa Rivers, Wendy Williams, Olivia Munn, Tim Howard, and Steve-O have helped keep various animal issues on the minds of the masses in these celebrity-obsessed times. Refreshments will be served, open to the public, no admission fee. Find out more about this event.

Nouveaux et anciens artistes
Friday, October 24, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm

In honor of Chicago Artists Month, Mars is hosting a show of some old favorites and some new artists .There will be lots of openings in the West Loop the evening of the 24th so come by and make it a night of it in the West Loop.Refreshments will be served, open to the public, no admission fee.

Pro Bono Awards Gala – Taproot Foundation
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00pm - 6:00pm

Taproot's Service Grant program would not be possible without the countless hours of time donated by Chicago volunteers. These pro bono consultants use their professional expertise to help a nonprofit organization better function. Meet the top volunteers at the gala and help support this awesome organization. Buy your tickets.

New Life Volunteering Society's Free Clinic Annual Gala and Silent Auction
Friday, October 3, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm

The New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS) is a national and secular non-profit service organization developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999. In October 2003, students from Loyola University, Northwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University, Rush Medical College, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago helped develop the first-ever student-run free clinic in West Ridge, Chicago, where a significant portion of the population lives 200% below the poverty line. Currently, students from all medical schools are provided with an equal opportunity to engage in collaborative service of the uninsured community. Purchase tickets.

Why has Google followed Mars Gallery to Fulton Market?
Saturday, September 20, 2014
noon - 6:00pm

Come Explore the Fulton Market Neighborhood to find out why. Walk this unique neighborhood of Fishmongers, Forklifts, Fashion, Fine Art and more. For more info about this annual neighborhood open house visit www.explorefultonmarket.com.

Engage 2014 - Connecting Friends, Supporting Seniors
Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Presented by the Young Professional Advisory Board of the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter. Since 1959, Little Brothers — Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter’s mission, philosophy, programs and activities remain focused on alleviating loneliness among elders. The need for social interaction is critical to the human spirit—we believe that nurturing the soul is as important as feeding the body. And, while the number of elders served has grown by more than 35% in the last five years, our mission remains firm — to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Purchase tickets.

Imagination Theater's Illuminate 2014 Benefit
Friday, May 16, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm

A terrific evening of food, drink, art, entertainment, and merriment! Like previous years, there will be a thrilling silent auction with competitive bidding and original artwork for sale! All proceeds will benefit the social issues mission of Imagination Theater. Get your tickets today.

Butterfly Stitching - Book Launch Party
Thursday, May 8, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm

The official launch party for Shermin Kruse's debut novel, Butterfly Stitching! Inspired by the true stories of Iranian women. Come for an amazing night in Chicago's trendy meatpacking district for the wine, Persian pastries, and stay for a reading and book signing. Admission is free however you must rsvp to attend. Please RSVP here.

Arts & Business Council of Chicago - social networking event
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
5:30pm - 8:00pm

A&BC's Art Night Series continues! Celebrate Spring by indulging in an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and music presented by our arts client Elastic Arts and hosted by Mars Gallery. Enjoy jazz by Elastic Arts amusicians while networking at Mars Gallery with A&BC staff, board members, volunteers and others who are passionate about the arts. Get your tickets here.

UN Human Rights Council - Add Your Voice!
Thursday, May 1, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm

In 2015, U.S. will undergo a "Universal Periodic Review" of its Human Rights record and the UNA of Greater Chicago wants your voice to be heard! Join us at this FREE event for a presentation and exchange of ideas on core human rights. Email your RSVP to Brittany Brown.

Cocktails for Kenya - 4th Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Yellow House provides speech and language therapy services for individuals with communications disabilities in Western Kenya. For more info and tickets.

Friends of the Parks’ Associate Board’s Bring on Spring Fundraiser
Friday, April 11, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Meet other young professionals at Mars Gallery, a legendary Chicago art gallery. Enjoy an array of drink options and eclectic food. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Parks’ year-round efforts to clean and green Chicago’s parks and forest preserves. Tickets $50. fotp.org.

Fifth House Ensemble Uncorked
Friday, March 21, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Celebrate with our musicians as you enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live performances of 5HE’s favorite repertoire. 100% of proceeds from ticket and raffle sales will benefit 5HE’s innovative programming across the city of Chicago, including curriculum integrated residencies, concerts in Chicago Public Schools, and performance experiences that bring communities together through music. Purchase your tickets today

The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music with its signature series Black Violet, The Weaver’s Tales, and In Transit, Fifth House’s innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.

A Celebration of Art - Imagination - Sustainability
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:30pm - 9:30pm

Friends of the Forest Preserves was formed by concerned community members to support the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in achieving its mission: to restore, restock, protect and preserve its natural lands together with their flora and fauna for the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public. This event is their annual fundraiser for their organization. Buy tickets now.

Luthardt and Seltzer - Book-signing!
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Please join us as Kevin Luthardt author and artist, presents "When Edgar Met Cecil", his latest children's book. Also help us welcome Daniel Setzer as he presents "Leviticus", the first of a trilogy.

Four-of-a-Kind Show
Friday, Nov 15, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm

This great new show features two of our favorite painters Eric Skaggs and Tomek and introduces two artists who are new to the gallery, John Pappas and Josh Binder. Hope you can stop in!

Taproots' Pro Bono Awards Gala
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Taproot Foundation's mission is to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono services that drive social change. Join Taproot for their first annual Pro Bono Awards Gala, highlighting pro bono achievements across Chicago. Get your tickets today.

Mars Gallery's 25th Anniversary Party
Thursday, September 26, 2013
6pm - 9pm

Lots of artwork from our favorite artists and special artwork from private collectors personal collections! One lucky party-goer will win a Peter Mars painting! Gift bags for the first 25 guests! Art, drinks, beautiful people, great conversation…all makes for a fabulous party!

YoPro 2013 - Party for a Cause
Saturday, September 14, 2013
8pm - 11pm

Benefiting the school and youth programs of Holy Family Ministries. Located on the west side of Chicago Holy Family Ministries is a safe place where children can excel academically, grow spiritually and expand their life experiences. Get your tickets today.

Jumpstart's Libations for Literacy
Thursday, August 15, 2013
7pm - 10pm

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and Community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.Get your tickets today.

Root Vertebra – Opening reception
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
6pm - 9pm

Maria Pinto, works on paper with Japanese ink and watercolor. For the last 20 years, Maria has dedicated her creative talent to the business of women’s fashion. Over the last three years Maria has found release and peace in the restorative process of painting and drawing.

Ladies in Waiting
Saturday, July 27, 2013
2pm - 5pm

Please join us for an intimate soirée featuring "Ladies in Waiting", photography by Jo Machado. Cocktails with Violette liquor and French pastries will be served.

SheSays Chicago: Keep Creativity Alive
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm

SheSays is an award-winning organization running free mentorship and events to women in the creative and marketing businesses. Buy your tickets today.

Advance the Arts
Thursday, June 13, 2013
6pm - 9pm

Benefit for the Chicago Dance Institute. Join us for a night of socializing the benefits the Chicago arts community! Buy your tickets today.

9th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
5:30pm - 9:30pm

A very hip and happening event! Up and down Fulton Market, the street will be lined with trucks for this one-night event showcasing designers and creatives of all types. You don’t want to miss it! Get all the details at Guerrilla Truck Show website.

Keep Calm and Get Tipsy for Felines & Canines
Thursday, May 30, 2013
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a happy hour cocktail shindig to benefit Felines & Canines, a no-kill shelter in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. We’re raising funds to help cover the costs of a recent renovation that expands the organization’s offerings. Enjoy complimentary beer courtesy of River North Beer and complimentary snacks supplied by Yo Soy, plus a delicious martini bar..

Explore Fulton Market
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Noon - 5pm

Start off at Mars Gallery for the spring West Loop neighborhood walk. Explore what’s new on Fulton Market and the surrounding area, and play a game with your neighbors, and win lots of cool prizes, just for visiting participating businesses. Pick up a route map and game rules at Mars Gallery. Check out the Fulton Market website for details. See you Saturday!

Cocktails for Kenya
Saturday, April 13, 2013
7 - 10pm

Yellow House Children's Services 3rd Annual Fundraiser. All proceeds benefit Yellow House programming for children with disabilities in Kenya. For more details, check out the Yellow House website.

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2011 – 2012

New Era - Global Creative Project
Sat & Sun Oct 20 & 21, 2012
12 - 6pm
The project gives creative minds of tomorrow an opportunity to make their own statement using a blank New Era 59FIFTY as their canvas.
Explore Fulton Market
Saturday, Oct 13, 2012
noon - 5pm
Explore Fulton Market is a popular neighborhood open house sponsored by business in the West Loop / Fulton Market area. Come join us strolling thru the neighborhood and see what is new. Children and dogs welcome!
Peter Mars & Sioban Lombardi
Thursday, Sept 20, 2012
6 - 9pm
Opening reception for new works by Peter Mars and Sioban Lombardi. Serving Grasshoppers, Pink Squirrels and food truck empandas
Ben Synstelien & Christopher Royal
Friday, Sept 7, 2012
6 - 9pm
Opening reception for new abstract paintings by Ben Synstelien and kinetic sculptures by Christopher Royal.
PNO Chicago with guest speaker Stacie Jensen from Stacie Jensen Photography
Sunday, August 26, 2012
2 - 4:30pm
PNO CHICAGO is excited to have Stacie Jensen Photography with us. This is for every level photographer, from beginners to Pros...network,share, learn the different angles of the business, editing techniques and more.
Montezuma Nights
Thursday, June 7, 2012
6 - 9pm
Featuring Photography of Bradley Weiss and Leah Weiss. Curated by Susan Aurinko. A percentage of the sales will be donated to Rush University Medical Center to thank and honor the Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders Program for treating Brad's Parkinson's Disease and giving him his life back! There will be live music by The Side Cars, a jazzy sound with a south American edge.
One night exhibit of impressionist paintings by James Michalopoulos
Thursday, May 24, 2012
5 - 8pm
Stop in and view, have a Sazerac and some jambalaya and enjoy the artwork of one of New Orleans most popular artists.
Kevin Luthardt at Explore Fulton Market
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Noon - 5pm
We will host "Axioms and Idioms", a show of new paintings by Kevin Luthardt during our annual Explore Fulton Market neighborhood walk. Come out, stroll around Fulton and see what is new. Dogs and kids welcome at many locations and definitely at Mars!
New artworks by Peter Mars
Thursday, April 26, 2012
6 - 9pm
Unveiling a new series of artwork by Peter Mars based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. In addition to other "wonder"ful touches we will be serving special Alice Ootions and sushi from Mitsuwa.
Medical Scientist Training Program Soiree to Benefit SRFC
Thursday, April 12, 2012
7:30 - 10:30pm
Please join the Medical Scientist Training Program and the committee members of the Student Run Free Clinic for the annual Soiree to benefit CommunityHealth, Chicago's largest clinic for the uninsured.
Madmen Mixer: A Swanky Dance Party for the Ages
Saturday, March 31, 2012
8 - 11pm
Hosted by the Chicago Foundation for Women's Young Women's Leadership Council
Chandrika Marla: Social Skin
Friday, Jan 6, 2012
6 - 9pm
New paintings by Indian artist and Chicago resident Chandrika Marla. Original paintings on canvas. Show curated by Susan Aurinko. Show extended, contact the gallery for details.
Overflow '11 Gala
Saturday, Oct 22, 2011
Project Vision Annual Fall Soiree
Friday, Oct 14, 2011
Women Divine 2nd Annual Soiree
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
Masque of the Red Death Gala Benefit
Monday, Oct 10, 2011
Lift
Friday, August 26, 2011
7- 10pm
Artwork by: Mia Garcia- Hills, Larry Miller, Drawing, Kathleen Fisher, Photography, Mike Eviston, Sculpture, Jessica Aiken, Mixed Media, Susan Sensemenn, Painting
Explore Fulton Market Neighborhood Walk
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Noon - 5pm
Connect for Change
Thursday, May 12, 2011
6 - 8pm
Benefit for Health Connect One.
Yellow House Cocktails for a Cause
Saturday, April 9, 2011
7 - 10pm
Imagination Theater's Illiumination Benefit 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
7 - 10pm
Celebrate the Achievements of Vanavevhu - Children of the Soil, Inc
Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011
7 - 10pm
Animal Care League Benefit
Saturday, Jan 15, 2011
7:30pm
Rick Simcox and the Tonequesters perform a free show to benefit the Animal Care League

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2009 – 2010

One Tail at a Time 2011 calendar release party
Thursday, Dec 9, 2010
7 - 9pm
Benefit for Project Vision
Saturday, Oct 23, 2010
7 - 10pm
The Artwork of Peter Mars
Thursday, October 14, 2010
6 - 9pm
New artworks by Peter Mars. Come after work for a drink and a nosh. There will be really cool swag, come early, quantities are limited.
Explore Fulton Market Neighborhood Walk
Saturday, Oct 9, 2010
12 - 5pm
Stop in Mars Gallery first to pick up a map then head out to stroll the neighborhood!For more information: www.explorefultonmarket.com
Chick Chat Soiree
Tuesday, Sept 21, 2010
6 - 8:30pm
Girls Giving Back.
Benefit for Women Divine
Thursday, Sept 23, 2010
6 - 8pm
Benefit for Stage Left Theater
Friday Sept 24, 2010
7 - 10pm
Magic!! Acrobatics!! Hideous Freaks!! Games, a silent auction, an iPad raffle, food, Grey Goose Vodka and more!!
Overflow 2010 - Benefit for Theater Seven
Saturday Sept 25, 2010
8pm
Paint Your Pet - Benefit for the Anti-Cruelty Society
Thursday, Sept 16, 2010
6:30 - 9:30pm
Join us and Bottles & Brushes for Paint Your Pet painting and wine party! As Bottles & Brushes says "Paint, drink, and be merry!" Bring a photo of your pet to paint with guidance from some of Chicago's finest artists. Tickets are $45 and include light appetizers wine, beer, Starbucks Coffee, Paint supplies, aprons, 12x16 canvas, artists' instruction and much more!
Still Looking for Angel Valley
Friday, Sept 10, 2010
6pm - 9pm
Big Fall Opening party featuring artwork by Sioban Lombardi. Martini bar to benefit Red Door Animal Shelter.
Child's Nite Out
Saturday, August 28, 2010
7pm
Benefit for the Children's Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation
Conundrums – Opening Reception
Saturday, August 14, 2010
6 - 9pm
New paintings by Kevin Luthardt
Joey Africa party
Thursday, July 1, 2010
7 - 11pm
Artist Joey Africa is throwing a big bash at the Mars Gallery. Complete with a musical performance by recording artist Erin Gipson, hor d'oeuvres and canapes by Graham Elliot Bowles, Culinary director for Lollapalooza, youngest four star chef in America, and owner of restaurants Graham Elliot and Grahmwich. You might have seen him on Top Chef Masters!
Benefit for The Chicago Wisdom Project
Thursday, June 24, 2010
6:30 - 9:30pm
Opening reception for artists Michael Hedges and Bob Dunn
Saturday, June 19, 2010
7 - 9pm
CD release party for Brazilian vocalist Butter and Chicago's own DJ Limbs/dt>
Friday, June 18, 2010
9 - midnite
No admission. All are welcome.
10th Anniversary of SAALT
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
6pm - 8pm
Connect for Change
Thursday, May 20, 2010
6pm - 8pm
Explore Fulton Market
Saturday, May 15, 2010
12 - 5pm
6th Annual Kate McMullen Foundation Benefit
Saturday, May 7, 2010
6 - 9:30pm
Pop Show – A Landmark Exhibit of American Pop Art
Saturday, May 1, 2010
6 - 9pm
Featuring artwork by:
Jeff Schaller (Philadelphia),
Syndy Ziegenfuss (Chicago),
John Stango (Philadelphia),
Robert Mars (New York),
Rodney White (New York),
Melody Postma (Savannah),
Peter Mars (Chicago) Presented by Details Magazine. Featuring Absolut Vodka and Pernod Absinthe cocktails. Swag bags for the first 25 guests! Plus, one lucky person who attends this event will win a Peter Mars original painting. The drawing will be held at 8pm, you must be present to win.
Benefit for Bright Endeavors
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Benefit for HealthWorks Theatre
Friday, April 16, 2010
The Women's Board of Art Therapy Connection Annual Art and Soul Benefit
Friday, March 5, 2010
8 - 11pm
Chicago Opera Theater 2010 Spring Festival Season Review
Thursday, Feb 25, 2010
6 - 8pm
ICRE-R Foundation 2nd Annual Mad Man Project
Wine & Art Party
Saturday, Feb 20, 2010
7 - 11pm
20/30 Club of Chicago Fundraiser
Friday, Feb 19, 2010
7 - 11pm
Unmask your Potential
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010
6 - 10pm
A Chic Soiree for Savvy Women.
Chicago Photography Collective - Winter Prints Sale
Saturday, Dec 12, 2009
6 - 10pm
Gala-Gallery Launch party - TyK Pin Up Calendar
Friday, Nov 20, 2009
5 - 11pm
TyK 2010 Calendars will be on sale, as well as art prints of all PinUps and SuperHeroes. No charge for admission, refreshments will be served.
Tipping Observation
Friday, Nov 13, 2009
6 - 9pm
Featuring new artwork by Syndy Ziegenfuss. Music provided by our friends at the Old School Records in Forest Park. Martini bar to benefit the Red Door Animal Shelter
MasquerAid YPC Foundation Fall Fundraiser
Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
8 - 11pm
Join the YPC Foundation for MasquerAid, the annual fall fundraiser.
Fall Fulton Arts Walk
Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
12 - 5pm
Benefit for Project Vision
Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
PERSONAL IMPACT
Saturday, Oct 2, 2009
6 - 9pm - one night only exhibit
The American Experience, 8 years of work by Antwerp born Belgian artist ZAKI Knapen
Campus Catalyst Benefit
Thursday, Sept 24, 2009
6 - 9pm
ChickChat
Wednesday, Sept 23, 2009
6 - 9pm
Tickets $15, For more information: www.chickchat.net
City Church Welcome to Church Party
Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009
7pm
Sister to Sister Benefit
Sunday, Sept, 2009
Noon - 5pm
For more information: www.sistertosister.org/chicago
Opening of the Fall Art Season Party
Friday, Sept 11, 2009
6 - 8pm
group show by gallery artists
Book Signing
Saturday, August 15, 2009
7 - 10pm
Acclaimed author and speaker, Jonathan Z. Queen, will be in Chicago to present at the National Gang Conference and will host a book signing/speaking engagement at the Gallery. For more information on the Author and his latest book, Are You S.A.N.E. (Setting a New Example): Changing Who You Are By Changing How You Think.
Help Fe Be Pain Free
Saturday, August 8, 2009
5 - 10pm
Benefit for Felicia Dehmlow
Special one nite show for featured artist
Friday, July 31, 2009
5 - 8pm
Abigail Ryan from Santa Fe, NM
Project Exploration Cocktail Party and Live Auction
Thursday, July 30, 2009
6 - 9pm
$50 donation.
Opening Reception for The Absolute Fantasy Show!
Friday, July 24, 2009
6 - 9pm
Featuring artwork by Sean Williams, Sabina Cosic and Alan Emerson Hicks curated by Susan Aurinko of FLATFILE galleries. Sponsored by Goose Island Brewing.
Sepia - A Photography Exhibit
Friday, June 19, 2009
6 - 9pm
Featuring work by Morgan Barrie, Jerry Cargill, Paul Flaggman, Sarah Hadley, and Hal Kaye. Praire Song Forest Floor by Jean Sousa. War Rug video installation by Francesco Levato. Guest curated by Susan Aurinko of FLATFILE galleries.
Indego Africa Benefit
Thursday, June 18, 2009
7-10pm
Worldwide Tuta 2009 Gala
Sunday, June 7, 2009
6:30 - 10pm
Art Restores: A Sexual Assault Survivor Benefit
Friday May 29, 2009
7 - 10pm
Explore Fulton Market
Saturday, May 9, 2009
12 - 5pm
2 & 4pm, Chicago Aissawa performs
Spend a May afternoon discovering one of Chicago's most unique and dynamic neighborhoods, Fulton Market.
5th Annual Kate McMullen Foundation Benefit
Friday, May 8, 2009
6 - 9:30pm
Spectacular Beauty
Thursday, May 7, 2009
7 - 9pm
Featuring original paintings by Daniel Kim. The show is curated by Susan Aurinko of Flatfile Galleries.
2nd Annual Save A Mother Benefit
Saturday, May 2, 2009
5:30 - 9pm
For more information visit www.save-a-mother.org
Benefit for the Space Movement Project
Saturday, April 25, 2009
8 - 11pm
Wine and Chocolate Chats
Saturday, April 18, 2009
7:30 - 10pm
Authors M.W. Moore and Stephanie Newell.
Benefit for Healthworks Theatre
Friday, Apr 17, 2009
7 pm
For more information vist www.healthworkstheatre.org
Silent Majority
Saturday, Mar 28, 2009
8 - Midnight
Preview the Silent Majority black-collar fashion line, 426 brand shirts sale. Art by Pop Artist Peter Mars, Paul Moschell, Steve Walters of Screwball Press, Alexandrea Watson, Neon Bomb t-shirts by Claudia Guajardo, Vintage Vanities jewelry by Shelly Kaplan, Pink Sprout 13 accessories and pin-striping done live by Greg Widaman and Jerry . DJ Caesare will be spinning. Drinks, Tamales and More!
V-day Benefit
Saturday, Mar 21, 2009
7 - 11pm
Proceeds go to the Chicago Womens' Health Center.
Voice for Luca Benefit
Saturday, Mar 14, 2009
7 - 11pm
Tour lead by the Chicago Art Dealers Association
Saturday, Mar 14, 2009
1:30 - 3:30pm
See chicagoartdealers.org for details.
The Mad Man Project Wine & Art Party Benefiting Young Adults with Disabilities
Saturday, Feb 28, 2009
7 - 11pm
Tickets $50.
20/30 Club of Chicago Wine & Art Party
Friday, Feb 27, 2009
7 - 11pm
For more information visit www.2030club.org
Yelp Elite Party
Thursday, Feb 26, 2009
Chicagonista Launch Party
Thursday, Jan 22, 2009
6 - 9pm
Start 2009 mingling with some of Chicago's best movers and shakers... an event where you will want to be seen and heard. Join Us.

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2006 – 2008

Mars Gallery 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, Nov 8, 2008
7- 10pm
A group show of some of our favorite artists over the past 20 years!
Artists include: Fletcher Hayes, Wesley Willis, Len Harris, Aron Packer, Michael Hedges, Susan Rodwan, Charlotte Sasser, Mark Huddle, Tiffany Stronsky, Tim Hurley, Steven Gross, Todd Hoffman, Rev. Howard Finster, Charles Shotwell, Susan Aurinko, Jennifer Meltzer, John Bannon, Karen Parisian, Clark Ellithorpe, Erik Debat, David Nigh, Lisa Brosig, Craig Kersten, Eric Skaggs, Paul Moschell, Chris Kellner, Liss Ross Miller, Janet de Berge Lange, Maria Tirabassi, Patty Ryan, Kevin Luthardt, Ben Synstelien, Betsy Nuti, and Kim Laurel
Vernissage
Saturday, Nov 1, 2008
6 - 10pm
Retrospective of Chicago artist Roseanne Christman nee Karacic.
One nite only exhibit.
First Annual Breath of Hope
Saturday Oct 18, 2008
7:30pm
Supporting LAM Research.
Lasalle Senior Center Benefit
Friday, Oct 11, 2008
City Year Chicago Wine Tasting Benefit
Thursday, Oct 10, 2008
7 - 10pm
Explore Fulton Market
Sat & Sun, Oct 4 - 5, 2008
Noon - 5pm
Joe Morris Opening Reception
Friday, October 3, 2008
6 - 10pm
Local artist Joe Morris brings his special style of graphic, powerful and immediate paintings to the Mars Gallery for the first time. Join us at the opening reception featuring a martini bar benefiting The Red Door Shelter.
The Art of Survival
Thursday, October 2, 2008
6:30 - 8:30pm
a benefit for the Rape Victims Advocates organization.
Fresh Initiative
Friday September 5, 2008
6 - 9pm
New works by Eric Skaggs and Michael Hedges. We will have refreshments, come join us! There will be a cash martini bar the benefit The Red Door Shelter, a Chicago no-kill shelter. While you are in the area, visit surrounding galleries who will be holding openings the same night, such as Linda Warren Gallery, Roland Contemporary, Function+Art, and more.
Wines for Humanity
Friday, August 1, 2008
6:00pm
Wines for Humanity presents an evening of culinary and cultural delights. Join us for a wine tasting paired with exquisite food prepared by Cafe Trinidad. Proceeds from this event go to PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) for the prevention of homelessness. Tickets are $40 in advance. Advance tickets are required. Please contact Paula or Mwelwa at 773.574.5410 or 773.742.5434 with questions or to purchase tickets.
Benefit for Project Exploration
Thursday, July 31, 2008
6 - 9pm
Cocktail party and live auction hosted by Tony Green, Myra Reilly and Anthony Green. Space is limited so reserve your tickets today, call 312.226.7808. Proceeds from this event support Project Exploration's science programs for youth, services for schools and teachers, public exhibits and online initiatives.
Summer of Love Invitational
Saturday, July 12, 2008
6 - 9pm
Mars Gallery will have an opening reception to introduce artworks by past and present studio assistants. Join us for an evening of art, music and drinks.
Explore Fulton Market and Kevin Luthardt
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Noon - 5pm
Join us at our annual spring neighborhood open house on Fulton. We will be featuring a new show of our very popular artist, Kevin Luthardt! Artists reception will be going on during the open house...Kevin will be present. Bring the children we will have activities for them.
The 20/30 Club of Chicago Wine and Art Party
Friday, February 22, 2008
7 - 11pm
Join the members of the 20/30 Club of Chicago for the annual Wine & Art party. An evening of contemporary art while sampling an assortment of wines and hors d'oeuvres. $40, purchase tickets www.2030club.org. All proceeds from the event benefit five children's charities in the Chicagoland area.
Groundhog and The Pussycats
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Performance times: 4:30 & 6:00pm
Just in time to celebrate Groundhog Day Samantha Martin brings her trained acro-cats back to the gallery for a performance which will include Wilbur, the groundhog. $8 admission, Sorry, no advance sales of tickets.
Tony Green CD Release Party
Friday, January 25, 2008
7 - 10pm
Fulton Arts Walk
Sat- Sun, October 6 & 7, 2007
12 - 5pm
Local musician Tony Green will officially release his second CD, One Riot, One Ranger, at a party on Friday, January 25, 2008 at the Mars Gallery. The event will also be a fundraiser for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage in Guatemala City.
Child's Nite Out
Saturday, Sept 22, 2007
7pm
Benefit for the Children's Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation. Tickets $100.
Charles Shotwell: Portal and Tableau
Friday, September 7, 2007
5 - 9pm
Artwork by Chicago photographer, Charles Shotwell. A portion of the proceeds will be generously donated to the Hollis Sigler Student Scholarship Fund of the Art & Design Dept at Columbia College Chicago
The Man Show
Saturday, August 18, 2007
8 - 12pm
Art of the Male Anatomy. Participating artists: Joseph Taylor, Tom Warchol, Peggy Shearn, Cynthia King, Sadi Gerbic, Zach Stiglicz, Jeff McNear, Micheal Berrat, Julian Cox, Bill Mead and Daniel Nolan. Curated by Phillip Bernal
The Thread Meddle Outfit
Friday, June 22, 2007
9pm
4 the Love of Art
Thursday, June 21, 2007
6 - 9pm
Art sale and cocktail party benefiting the HIV/AIDS affected children and families served by The Children's Place Association. Food generously donated by Hearty Boys.
Fulton Market Spring Arts Walk
Saturday, May 19, 2007
12 - 5pm
Twenty galleries participating, with a special exhibit of globes from the After School Matters apprentices at the Mars Gallery.
CLUE
Saturday, May 19, 2007
7 - 11pm
Artwork by Mia Garcia, Larry Miller and Patricia Ryan.
Songkran - Thai New Year celebration
Sunday, April 29, 2007
6 - 8pm
Food, music, thai dancing and more. $20 admission. Spponsored by Eurochicago.
Benefit for the Chicago Youth Development Institute
Saturday, April 14, 2007
8pm
Please join us for an evening of art, music, cocktails and gourmet pizza to benefit the Chicago Youth Development Institute.
Fortunes and Misfortunes
Friday, April 13, 2007
6 - 10pm
Featuring artwork by Jo Machado, Scott Jackson, Kim Laurel, Chrystyne, Fletcher Hayes and Chad Savage
After School Matters - Schurz High School Print Show
Friday, April 13, 2007
6 - 10pm
Relief prints, stencils, and silkscreens from students of Schurz High School After School Matters printmaking class taught by Marty Garcia and Tim Hartman. One nite only exhibition/ 3rd floor Mars Gallery.
Fox, Bears, Cars and Shoes
Friday, March 30, 2007
6 - 10pm
New paintings by Shannon Tebben, Rachel Weaver-Riveria, Chuck Meyers.
Samantha's Amazing Circus Cats
Sunday, March 18, 2007
4:30 and 6:00pm
Doxie Valentine Party
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Samantha's Amazing Circus Cats
Sunday, January 28, 2007
4:30 and 6:00pm
The 20/30 Club of Chicago Wine and Art Party
Friday, January 19, 2007
6:30 - 10pm
Featured guest! Comedian/author Ian Coburn will be signing copies of his book "God is a Woman: Dating Disasters"
INNOCENCE REVISITED
Thursday, November 16, 2006
4 - 7pm
New paintings and drawings by Chicago author and painter Kevin Luthardt
Circus Cats Performing Live
November 19, 2006
4:30 -and- 6:30pm
These amazing cats, skateboard, ring bells, roll barrels, climb ladders, walk a high ladder and even play in a rock band. Samantha's animals have performed in commercials, movies, on Leno and Letterman...see them now!
Hallo-weenie Dachsund Party
Sunday, October 29, 2006
1 - 4pm
Benefit for Red Door Animal Shelter & Have a Heart Rescue
Thursday, October 19, 2006
6 - 10pm
Food, drinks, martinis, DJ Natron spinning vinyl. Dance lessons by Nicholle Wood, dance instructor from Columbia College. $10 admission
WILD THINGS AND BEYOND
Saturday, October 14, 2006
7 - 11pm
Animal Images by Chicago Artists. Curated by Fletcher Hayes and Kim Laurel.
Ancient Impulses: Art and Violence
Friday, October 6, 2006
6 - 10pm
Artwork by Mark Huddle, Jody Nilsen, Julietta Belmonte and Peter Mars. Shihan Eddie, Yoshimura's Chicago Fitness Center will present a martial arts demonstration at 7:00pm.
hystERICS
Friday, September 8, 2006
6 - 11pm
New paintings by Eric Skaggs and Eric Mueller. Also a select group of works by Mary Palidofska.
PAINTINGS FROM A BIRDCAGE
Saturday, August 19, 2006
7 - 11pm
New paintings by Paul Moschell.
PACK LIGHT SHORT TRIP
Friday, July 14, 2006
7 - 11pm
FLATFILEgalleries goes to Mars. Wit and political humor from gallery artists: Claude Andreini, Steven Benson, Stephanie Dean, Dimitre, Joe Gallo, Fredrick Holland, Jim Morris, Andy Thomas, Monika Wulfers, Ryan Zoghlin
THOUGHTS MATERIALIZED
Friday, May 26, 2006
5 - 9:30pm
Society of North American Goldsmiths Annual Juried Student Exhibition
EXPLORE FULTON MARKET
Saturday, May 13, 2006
3 - 6pm
ANGELS AMONG US
Friday, May 12, 2006
7 - 10pm
Group show curated by Art Warrior. Artists: Steven Fisher, Chicago, Ingrid Garcia-Moya, Barcelona, Jordi Pedrola, Chicago & Barcelona, Carmen Sanchez-Lorente, Peoria & Madrid. Musical performance by spiritual musician, Paco Alarcon
Relief Artists Benefit Art Auction
Friday, April 28, 2006
7 - 11pm
Student-led group sponsored by North Park College student art auction to benefit Sudan relief organizations.
INTERSECTING
Friday, April 21, 2006
7 - 11pm
New paintings by Chicago artists: Joey Africa, Holly Cahill, Dennis Johnson, Karen Parisian. Friday night featuring a musical performance by Joe Lanasa
Rockin' Bowl-o-Rama Launch Party
Thursday, March 16, 2006
7:30 - 10:30pm
Live music, art & games! Sponsored by CosmoDog to introduce their latest video game Bowl-O-Rama
The Shopping Bag Show!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
6:30 - 8:30pm
Hosted in conjunction with EuroChicago.
The CAC Artists' Salon
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
7 - 9pm
Where artists get together to share ideas and slides of their works. It is a "free-for-all" event, all are welcome to join us, with or without slides.

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