TIME Salon: The Plagiarists Fundraiser

By | February 27th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Plagiarists' mission is to steal from literature, visual art, history, and the culture at large to create new creative expression that finds the familiar in the strange, the unique in the commonplace, and ultimately enlarges the world. Plagiarist Salons are another way we put our theory into practice, providing a forum for artists to share [...]

The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Art, Create, December, Design, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So you say you always wanted to see lifelike animals sculpted out of newspaper but never knew where to find them?  Well, look no further!  Paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly detailed three dimensional sculptures (the sleeping one above looks like Pogo's long-lost cousin!) out of everyday newspapers. By binding rolled and twisted wet newspaper, using the [...]

December Calendar Coloring Page

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Calendar, Coloring, Creative|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hover over the calendar and then click the magnifying glass to print your December 2016 calendar page!

November Coloring Book Calendar Page

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Art, Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Coloring, Creative, Design, November, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Collected Voices Film Fest

By | October 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Collected Voices centers around original ethnographic works that explore the intersection of race, age, class, gender, and sexuality within Chicago society. Explored through short and feature length films from Chicago based artists, these stories capture the voices of individuals and communities.   Started in 2015 with a grant from Chicago Artists Month, Collected Voices is Chicago's first [...]

A Mixed Medium Art Show: Impressions of the World

By | August 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

Enjoy an evening of artists showing mixed medium works, which will also be available for purchase. Artists include: M. Samanatha (Water Based Oil Painting), Robert Pioch(Watercolor Painting), Alan Thompson-Wallace (Oil/Acrylic Painting & Pastel Drawing), Amy Spitzer (Oil/Watercolor Painting & Mixed Media), Linda Sweig (Mosaic Mixed Media), Jillian Marie Chapman (Photography), Rahmon Olugunna (Oil Painting), Kathie Huddleston (Fused [...]

Catalyst Ranch’s 13th Anniversary

By | November 5th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This Saturday is the 13th Anniversary for Catalyst Ranch! There are so many memories and stories to share from over the years but I thought it would be fitting to share the story of the first meeting here on Nov. 7, 2002, my first employee and how together we made it happen. As anyone who has [...]

Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Art, Create, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater A bit of a one-man-band, through puppets Blair is able to tell deep and complex stories with the various characters often being different extensions of his own personality. Right! Not your average puppet show! — The Huffington Post Catalyst Ranch Ignite Theatre presents its next feature: The Blair Thomas & [...]

Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins

By | June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Inspire, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins At Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s first unconventional meeting venue, we love re-purposed art and furniture! Stroll around the Ranch and you’ll see classic lamp stands with modern lampshades, tea tins from around the globe that have turned into pen holders, and re-painted picture frames embellished with beads and trinkets. There is [...]

And on the 12th day of creative inspiration, we celebrate (an anniversary)

By | November 7th, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Today Catalyst Ranch celebrates 12 years of creative meetings and events, innovation and creativity, connections and collaborations. Wow! What a journey! We are thankful to have been joined by an incredible list of clients that share our vision and enjoy our space. And of course we cannot forget to thank our amazing partners that have worked [...]