Kapra and Miguel
As practicing artists we would like to share the Chicago art experience. January, 2011, the House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast started hosting Artists' Retreats and Writers' Residencies through parts of January into March; we are opening our home, filled with art, for writers and artists to share ideas; connect with Chicago's art community; have time to create, renew, share and return home with new perspectives and connections.
Who we are
How it all began
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, 2011 and members of the Dance Exchange during their Illinois Humanities Council events in November.
The ArtistsKapra Fleming
MFA Art Institute of Chicago
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
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. http://www. loboestepario.com
HOUSE OF TWO URNS BED AND
The 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.
All accommodations will include private baths, writing desks, continental breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea, wi-fi, kitchen and laundry access, and limited off-street parking is available for those driving their own cars. We do not recommend rental cars and a 7 day CTA pass is included so guests can easily get around the city and to and from the airports or bus/Amtrak stations while in residence with us.
"I stayed here this January for an artist's retreat. I spent the first half mostly working, and my partner joined me for the second half in which we played tourist at the various museums and ate deep dish pizza (which I discovered is an abomination, sorry Chicago). I stayed in the Alcova room, which takes up most of the top floor of the house. It's newly renovated, quiet, comfortable, huge, and perfectly clean. The bed was comfy (I only used one, though there were three in the room), the desk has a view of the cute neighborhood (which is a short walk from Wicker Park, one of my favorite hangout areas), and there's a massive selection of Disney films on VHS... I spent a good amount of time with both Kapra and Miguel, and honestly, they were positively delightful...Other cool things: short walk from Podhalanka (best Polish food I've ever had), free laundry, awesome art everywhere in the inn (some pieces of which are made by the innkeepers, others which came from various local artists and have interesting back stories), reliable wireless internet, cheap cab ride from the Loop if you don't feel like walking to the train station." Sara S.