As practicing artists we would like to share the Chicago art experience. Since 2011, Kapra and Miguel started hosting Artists’ Retreats and Writers’ Residencies through parts of January and February each year; we share our home with writers and artists to connect with Chicago’s art and literary community; have time to create, renew, share and return home with new perspectives and connections.
Kapra started sharing her home in 1989 with Fulbright students and visiting artists at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Randolph Street Gallery and the National Museum of Mexican Art. In 1991, she opened up a B&B inviting guests from all over the world to enjoy her wonderful home and city. Separate from these individual residencies, we are again hosting NMOMA artisans from Oaxaca in October, 2015.
Sincere, straightforward, well-crafted portraits of people, places and events are the trademark of Kapra’s work. Her vision and her sensitivity for the subject gives her art the master touch. She is currently co-directing with Tom Palazzolo a feature length documentary on Lee Godie.
Miguel Lopez Lemus
Sculpture, Photography, Poetry, Drama, Printmaking
Born in Mexico City. Miguel grew up in the photographic studio (Oleo Foto) of artist Gregorio Lopez Colunga (Goyito). There he worked as a darkroom printer and colorist. He has directed Chicago’s Latino Experimental Theatre Company and his work has been in numerous individual and group shows and recently started publishing Spanish and Latino poets through Pandora Lobo Estepario Press.
The Accommodations: House of Two Urns B&B
This Chicago Bed and Breakfast in Wicker Park is an artist-run inn hosting guests from around the globe since 1991. Located in a near-downtown neighborhood, Wicker Park is convenient to public transit to and from airports and trains and is just 3 blocks from a major expressway and is known for it’s hipster bars, restaurants and shops.