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‘Good Vibrations’ brings positivity and inclusiveness to the local art scene

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Jean Wilson, pictured above, was photographed during the opening of "Good Vibrations," an exhibit taking place at the Arts of Life, a nonprofit dedicated to providing arts education to adults with developmental disabilities. Wilson was sporting her spirit animal on her hat and necklace: "I'm a wolf at night," she says. "When the full moon comes out, I howl at it." Mixing a leopard-print hat with a blush-pink dress and glittery shoes that light up, she looked both festive and fierce. She was standing next to works by Tim Stone and Leslie Baum, two of the six artists featured at the show, cocurated by Wilson and Arts of Life executive board member Andrew Rafacz.

"Good Vibrations"—which closes tomorrow, July 28—has the common theme of abstraction with vibrant colors and patterns. "All of the artists included strive, in their own respective ways, for positivity and energy in the face of an adverse, sometimes reductive, world," says Arts of Life art director Vincent Uribe. Saturday from 5 to 8 PM the nonprofit hosts a fund-raiser and rooftop party at the Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake; $50 includes hors d'oeuvres, Revolution beer, drinks, and dessert). And next Friday, August 4, at 5 PM Arts of Life will hold an art sale and block party at its studio in West Town (2010 W. Carroll); it's free and features Finch Beer and Miko's Italian Ice. More info at artsoflife.org.

See more stylish attendees below.
Arts of Life resident artist and curator Jean Wilson - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Arts of Life resident artist and curator Jean Wilson
Wilson shows a piece featuring one of her favorite themes: wolves. - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Wilson shows a piece featuring one of her favorite themes: wolves.

Works by collaborating artists Tim Stone (of Arts of Life) and Leslie Baum - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Works by collaborating artists Tim Stone (of Arts of Life) and Leslie Baum

Tim Stone, Kris Shenkel, Vincent Uribe, Jean Wilson, Zachary Buchner and his kids, and Andrew Rafacz - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Tim Stone, Kris Shenkel, Vincent Uribe, Jean Wilson, Zachary Buchner and his kids, and Andrew Rafacz

Cocurator and Arts of Life executive board member Andrew Rafacz gives a tour of the show. - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Cocurator and Arts of Life executive board member Andrew Rafacz gives a tour of the show.

Arts of Life art director and LVL3 gallery owner Vincent Uribe - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Arts of Life art director and LVL3 gallery owner Vincent Uribe

Vincent Uribe standing by a Linda Ruzga collage - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Vincent Uribe standing by a Linda Ruzga collage

Luke standing between works by Zachary Buchner and Cody Hudson - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Luke standing between works by Zachary Buchner and Cody Hudson

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Natalyia and Heather - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Natalyia and Heather

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Work by Zachary Buchner, made with memory foam - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Work by Zachary Buchner, made with memory foam

Work by Tim Stone of Arts of Life - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Work by Tim Stone of Arts of Life

Work by Linda Ruzga of Arts of Life - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • Work by Linda Ruzga of Arts of Life

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