Celebrating Five Years of Adventure, Connection, and Art at Picnic

By Liz Ahearn | June 23, 2024

As I write this, I am filled with a mix of emotions. On July 19th, we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Picnic Wine & Provisions, a milestone that fills me with immense pride and joy. Yet, I will not be at Picnic to mark this special occasion as I will be in Oregon, celebrating another significant milestone: my son’s wedding. While I am thrilled to be part of his special day, I can’t help but feel a pang of sadness to miss celebrating this remarkable achievement with all of you, our cherished community.

Picnic was created to inspire adventure through wine, food, and art. It has been amazing to see this vision manifest in real life. Through the years, we have shared so many memorable experiences over wine and food. Most recently, the art component of our vision has truly taken hold, transforming our space into a vibrant gallery that continuously evolves. Since our first artist, the local Rogers Park legend Nicholas Barron, set the tone, gracing us with his incredible artwork and soulful music, the spirit of Picnic began to express itself and flourish through art.

Fast forward to now, as we approach our fifth anniversary, we have had the pleasure of witnessing the walls of Picnic change the experience of our space numerous times. Each artist brings a new dimension, a fresh perspective that enriches our community and deepens our connections.

This Friday, we will host a wrap party for the incredibly talented Danyel Duncan, a gifted artist, photographer, and one of our beloved wine club members. Her show “Extending the Story” has captivated us since April. Friday will be the last chance to experience her captivating work, and I encourage everyone to come and celebrate her contributions to our artistic journey.

As we bid farewell to Danyel’s exhibition, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of our next artist in residence, Lisa Jean Allswede. Lisa’s work is not only visually stunning but also deeply meaningful. She was one of 36 artists who contributed to Marilyn Artus’ project, HER FLAG, traveling to all 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment to create a powerful tribute to women’s suffrage. This project celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 72-year-long nonviolent fight that kicked open voting for women in the United States. Her Flag has been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. and the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. Arkansas. The entire flag will also be proudly displayed at the Epiphany Center for the Arts during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago, a significant achievement we are honored to support. For more information about this project go to herflag.com. The original artwork of Lisa’s Nevada stripe will be displayed at Picnic, and we are thrilled to showcase it.

Lisa’s opening is set for Friday, July 5th, and we hope to see many of you there. Lisa, like Danyel, is also a member of our wine club, underscoring the beautiful intersection of our passions for wine and art.

On July 19th, even though I won’t be there in person, Picnic will be brimming with celebration. We will have cake, and I invite everyone to stop by for a slice and toast to our shared journey. It’s a day to reflect on how far we’ve come, to honor the artists who have enriched our lives, and to look forward to the many adventures yet to come.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey. Your support, enthusiasm, and love for adventure, connection, and art have made Picnic what it is today. Here’s to many more years of inspiring each other and celebrating the beauty in every moment.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Liz Ahearn