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Chicago Jazz Great Samuel Williams


Wreak by Samuel Gillis


Nude by Rad Zipper


Pop Art by Mark Lewis


Art by Tomasso Silvestri

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A Global Creative Resource Gallery Swarm Salon Has Teamed Up With Here Hear To Help Them To HELP REACH OUR FUNDRAISING GOALS BY DONATING TO OUR GENEROSITY CAMPAIGN


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he founder of Here/Hear is Nate Crawford. Nate has an interesting story. He had his first panic attack at 7, began dealing with depression at 11, and was (mis)diagnosed with major depression at 19. In his twenties, he finished college, married his wife Trisha (they met when they were 14), graduated from a Master’s program, moved to Chicago to pursue doctoral studies, had his first son, moved back to Indiana, had another son, finished doctoral studies (yup, he’s got a Ph.D.), and had another boy. He was then diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 32. This whole time, Nate worked in churches and taught college courses. He also began to talk about his mental illness and help others cope and deal with theirs. This led to the formation of Here/Hear.



The Question

From the dawn of time, man (and woman) has been asking the same all-consuming question, a question that has kept him up at night, a question that has been passed down from generation to generation, a question that has torn at the very fabric of his soul:  How does a BNO auction work?

The Answer

BNO is a Live Auction and in Real Time

All of BNO’s auctions are broadcast live via streaming video with an interface that allows bidders to participate as the auction is actually happening in front of them.  It’s not just a message board page that you need to refresh and it’s not a pre-taped presentation.  It’s live, it’s real, and it’s raw.  Pretty cool, huh? Feel free to high-five us!

Fast-paced, fun live auction experience

You’ll feel as though you’re in the midst of an actual brick and mortar auction, even though you’re home in front of your computer, wearing your bunny slippers. (We’re just guessing here.)
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What form would the human body have to take to better survive car crashes? Australian artist Patricia Piccinini, known for her disturbing hyper-realistic sculptures of hybrid creatures, has collaborated with a trauma surgeon and a crash investigator to create Graham, whose giant head, absence of a neck, and other bizarre features reflect a body evolved to sustain the forces involved in auto collisions.

Related: Instagram Disables Artist’s Account of Disturbing Politician Portraits

It’s the newest initiative by the Australian state of Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC), meant to raise awareness and promote road safety.

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10 Step Marketing Plan For Artists

Author Breezy B

Promotion seems to be what every indie artist struggles with the most, but it’s also one of the most important aspects of any artist’s career. Even if you are paying for PR or some type of promotion, there are things that you can be doing that will put a strong push behind your campaign.  In order to help you out, I’ve put together a list of 10 steps you must take in order to make the best out of promoting yourself.


A big part of your promo campaign will be spent on PREPARATION. There are a few things that you need to do before you even begin to promote that will really help give your promo a better chance at getting results. A lot of artists don’t plan and prepare, they just jump right on in without having the tools to get the job done. Here are a few things that really help give your promotion the push it needs in order to see that return of investment:

1. MAKE SURE YOUR PRODUCT IS GREAT! You are competing with a ton of others, including the major artists; which means that your music must be mixed and mastered


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Maria Zentis

I think Sam is a great Artist!  I love his Landscapes.  He also does great portraits.  I love nature, i have a few of his Landscapes, I get compliments on them all the time.


I found work with Sam as a very positive experience: he is very professional, very helpful and very friendly. The Swarm art events are amazing; not only in the number of people who came, but the great variety of people who were truly interested in the art.


I can attest to the huge amount of support that Gallery Swarm gives its artists. My brother Che was welcomed and encouraged from the beginning by the Gallery Swarm family, and it enriched his experience as an artist.

Ryan Karey

I am an artist who’s been working with the great Sam Gillis for many years now.  The man has a heart of gold and is one of the most honest gallery owners I have come across.  He is most definitely in it for the good of everyone involved!

I also feel that Sam gets the best, most creative talent in Chicago and other areas. His eye for art is unparalleled.  He has helped me and my art career greatly and if you haven’t, you MUST check out GALLERY SWARM AND IT’S AMAZINGNESS!!! 🙂


I enjoyed working with Gallery Swarm for my art needs. They have a wide range of art styles, mediums and techniques to choose from. I would recommend getting your art from them.

Ryan Karey

Sam and Gallery Swarm are amazing to work with! I have been so lucky to be a part of his growing artistic family. He has an amazing eye for talent and never takes short cuts for his clients. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Gallery Swarm, DO IT!! You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

Joe S.

I have purchased several pieces from Gallery Swarm ( Sam ) over the years and I’ve found some great pieces at amazing prices.  Sam is a very talented Artist and he’s very enterprising as well, he’s always trying to help others by bringing other talented people to the ” lime light ” via his website.  I truly LOVE my pieces I’ve purchased in the past and plan to buy more in the future.  I would strongly suggest anyone reading this take a look at the Gallery’s website because I know you’ll find something you’ll LOVE as well !!  Keep up the good work Sam and producing those wonderful pieces of Art !!!!

Rollin Kocsis

Gallery Swarm, and especially Sam Gillis, work extremely hard to make the GALLERY SWARM site successful.  Sam is easy to work with and very fair and honest. He has the client and artist at heart, and he aims to please.  I am so happy to have sold one of my paintings on his site in less than a week after it was posted.  I highly recommend Gallery Swarm to both art lovers, buyers, and artists.

Owner, Chicago Art Leasing

I have had the opportunity to work with Sam and Gallery Swarm through Chicago Art Leasing and the quality, professionalism and creative have all been exceptional. Sam’s work has been very popular with a wide range of clients including designers and home stagers, and I could not be more pleased to have one of his works as part of my own private collection. I recommend his services and skills without reservation.

Enrique Ortiz

A few weeks ago I purchased two paintings from Gallery Swarm  and when the pieces arrived I was happily surprised; the work was even more stunning in person then in the photos.  The pieces are fantastic and the prices were  terrific.   I would strongly suggest that  anyone looking to purchase good art work at reasonable prices have a  look at the Gallery Swarm website.
Enrique Ortiz


Sam has always been a representative for the arts. He attention to the artists new and old is equal to his passion but his respect for his medium.

Alec E.

I have bought much of the art in my house from Sam.  The selection at Gallery Swarm is great and the pieces are always noticed by my guests.  It’s a pleasure doing business with Sam and I don’t think he could be more interested in satisfying his customers.

I now live in California and still shop from the website.

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