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WLAS Featured in the Chicago Reader

by Reema Saleh, January 25, 2024

A new artist community is showcasing women artists at work at Navy Pier. At the Women’s LIVE Artist Studio (WLAS), vibrant cityscape paintings hang on the walls alongside portraits and abstract pieces. Prints, jewelry, and clothing racks fill the insides.

For co-founders Dana Todd Pope and Martha A. Wade, watching the creative process is as important as the finished piece. Each day, an artist draws, paints, or stitches live.

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Women's LIVE Artist Studio Invited to Showcase at Venice Biennale 2024


CHICAGO | January 25, 2024
— The Women's LIVE Artist Studio (WLAS), a Public Art Gallery based at Chicago's Navy Pier, has received a prestigious invitation to exhibit at the Personal Structures exhibition during the 60th Venice Biennale hosted by the European Cultural Centre-Italy. 

Established in 1895, The Venice Biennale is one of the most recognized and esteemed art exhibitions globally. This opportunity aims to challenge the underrepresentation of women artists and artists of color on the world stage. Artists who participate in renowned art fairs like this one, experience an increase in their market value.  

WLAS will exhibit the work of 18 Chicago artists from April 18 - November 24, 2024 at the historic Palazzo Bembo in Italy.

Exhibiting artists include: Candace Hunter, Dana Todd Pope, Dani Galleri, Gretchen Jankowski, Hyero, Jaudat Rahmani, Jennifer Hodges, Jennifer Turner, Jennifer Warren, Kristen Williams, Kudzai Mutasa, Lois Stone, Marissa Kendrick, Martha A. Wade, Minnie Watkins, Natalia Virafuentes, Reisha, and Rhonda Gray.

For more information, please contact WLAS Co-Founder, Dana Todd Pope at

Women’s LIVE Artist Studio, LLC
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave
Chicago IL, 60611

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IMAGE: Lilith's Sorjourn by Candace Hunter

WLAS Mention on Windy City Live, Channel 7 ABC Chicago

The passionate ladies from the "Women's Live Artist Studio" in Navy Pier have been selected to participate in the SCOPE Miami Beach Art Show in Florida this December!

This is a dream come true for the women, but to turn this dream into a reality, they are in need of support and donations.

Their Navy Pier hub is not just an art studio, but a space where local, talented women and artists can express their creativity.

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WLAS Featured on PBS

Women's LIVE Artist Studio founders Martha A. Wade and Dana Todd Pope are featured in "Navy Pier Exhibit Showcases Artists in an Untraditional Way" on Chicago Tonight.

WTTW also sits down with WLAS Artist, Candace Hunter to discuss what it means to be part of this empowering exhibit.

Local artists paint, draw and create artwork live at Navy Pier with the Women's Live Artist Studio.