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Three Peas Art Lounge

How the South Loop Shows Their Appreciation for Art

by Itika Oldwine – August 13, 2010

Three Peas Art Lounge in the South Loop is the city’s chic new destination for emerging artists, art enthusiasts and collectors.  Located in a modest store front just off of Michigan Avenue, owners Maya-Camille Broussard and Chrishon Lampley have created an inviting environment to showcase engaging and dynamic pieces.  Broussard, a former art teacher, explains that the concept for Three Peas came from working with students and parents who were put off by the idea of going to museums and “white cube galleries.”   She says that their aim is to “immerse people in the art world without intimidating them.”

The lounge hosts special events throughout the year; they are currently hosting a weekly workshop called Deaf Poetry Jam that teaches the basics of American Sign Language.  Broussard, who is hearing impaired, said that she was lamenting over the fact that she didn’t have anyone to practice ASL with when a friend suggested she teach a class.   In addition to teaching ASL, Broussard will bring in local poets to explain key poetry techniques.  Once students are comfortable using ASL, Three Peas will host an ASL poetry cipher.  Classes are $5 each.

An added bonus to your experience at Three Peas is their top shelf bar.  In September, the lounge is developing two blends of wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Riesling for the launch of their Art Wine Project.   Broussard explains that the idea behind the project is to “allow the consumer to engage with the bottle while enjoying the wine drinking experience.”   They have commissioned artists to create front and back labels for the wine bottles that will retail for $49-$59.  With each bottle purchase you will also receive a print of the artwork found on the label.

With the opening of Three Peas, Broussard and Lampley have brought their wonderful taste, careful eye and engaging spirit to the South Loop.  Please don’t miss the opportunity to visit Three Peas.  They are open Monday-Wednesday from 5-9 pm, Thursday-Saturday from noon-10 pm, and closed on Sunday.   You can also visit their website to inquire about special events.

About the Author: Itika Oldwine

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Itika received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science.