Bob Windy for Tweedle Dee

From an early age, art, music, photography, film and literature have been an important part of my life. I began drawing and painting in grade school and continued through high school at LaSalle Peru Twp. Majoring in printmaking and painting, I received my degree in Fine Art from Bradley University. Upon moving to Chicago, I began a career that lasted 32 years as a graphic production artist at advertising agencies that specialized in package design and branding. 

Embracing a bohemian lifestyle, I started collecting books, art and music, attending concerts, reading beat novels, frequenting gallery openings and theater productions. 

Nightclubs, honky-tonks and juke joints soon recognized me as a familiar face. The Empty Bottle, Velvet Lounge, Green Mill, Carol’s Lounge and the Hideout were favorite venues. The AACM, Chicago’s blues and jazz scene, along with spontaneous social happenings expanded my horizons of music history. Becoming an active member of the music community in Chicago allowed me to broaden my understanding of how music and art could enrich the cultural fabric of our neighborhoods. 

In 2000 my interest turned to winemaking as an outlet for creativity. Making wine over the next 15 years was the epiphany needed to make the change in my career. In 2016 with friend and fellow winemaker, Jeff Yosowitz, we formed Star Union Spirits LLC and decided to make Brandy in the historic Westclox building in my hometown of Peru, Illinois. In 2018, Star Union Spirits opened its doors and quickly found a way to support events at NCI Artworks and Music Suite 408. Working with Chris Coughlin and Sue Gillio, Star Union sponsored a number of programs such as Films at the Factory, the 2019 Trashion Show and over 150 live music shows featuring local, regional and international artists. From a patron to a promoter I love supporting live music and art.

The arts community in Starved Rock Country will thrive and flourish if enough people embrace these events. Supporting fine art and music adds to the cultural tapestry of our community for which we all benefit. I’m very excited to be part of the 2020 Mad Hatter Ball!

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We invite you to attend the Propeller Beanie Coronation! The selection is based on which of the five candidates has the most votes by Thursday, November 19th at midnight. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will be announced at 4th Annual The Mad Hatter Ball, Virtual Edition, on the evening of November 20th. 

(All of these candidates are "arts royalty" in our minds.)

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Bob Windy is vying for the chance to be Mad Hatter Royalty! Vote for Bob and support NCI ARTworks!

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