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2019 FEATURED ARTIST - Sierra Dufault

ArtsGoggle is pleased to announce the selection of late artist Sierra DuFault as our 2019 Featured Artist. A native of the Near Southside, Sierra spent the last decade living in Chicago where she was an actor, writer, painter and performer. Despite the distance, Sierra’s presence in the Near Southside, along with that of her mother Jo Dufo, has been a guiding force in the district’s title as 'home and playground' to the creative class. Sierra's work wields equal parts whimsy and mystery, depth and ethereal light. From playful sketches on paper scraps to refined mixed-media canvases, her unique perspective on the 'art of living' sings. We were first captivated by the simplicity of her watercolor and ink animals, but soon found ourselves wading through thousands of complex pieces that showcase the extraordinary breadth of her talent. Pieces that often included handwritten mantras now resonate even more deeply in her absence.

Sierra passed away this summer due to complications from diabetes, leaving behind an incredible legacy of creative pursuit and joy. We honor her impact on our community and invite you to see her works in person at Stir Crazy Baked Goods at 1251 W Magnolia Ave.