Gregor Mortis

Andrew Bedno

Mike "H-Dog" Browarski

Mike "Four/4" Brunner

Regina Buccola

William Darkė
& The Psycho Circus

Rachel Decker

Defiant Theatre Company

John DeLeonardis

AJ Esbrook

Mark Faje

Dara Gannon

Geoffrey Fingerhut

Alan Gold

Carm Grisolia

Cathy Haibach

Tom Hickey

The Higgins Family

Gail Knox

Nikki Lopez

Cristie Mather

Ron Mather

Daniel Myers

David Myers

Brian Miller

Rich "Ram" Moore

Richard "Chip" Rosenthal

Daniel Rowley

Karl Sacksteder

Mikel Samson

Madeline Schwartz

Brian Shaw

Cynthia Simms

Joe Swain

David Trantina

Reverend J Vela

James "Jaz" Zoccoli

Cristie Mather - Self Portrait, Linoleum Block Print

Cristie Mather

I became involved with Charybdis in 1996 after attending a gathering at its location in the old washing machine factory near Diversey and Clybourn Avenues. For the first time, I was made to feel comfortable enough to display my amateur bass playing skills along with other, much more proficient musicians, as we formed an impromptu band. I immediately realized just how necessary it is to both give and gain support to and from other creative types, be they musicians, artists, performers, etc.

Charybdis provided not only a physical space to grow in but, more importantly, mentorship as I delved into other mediums over the next four years.

I have been involved in the discovery phases of several Charybdis initiatives, including planning events, raising public awareness, creating the web site, and developing the magazine.

I am currently living in Seattle, where I will continue my membership with Charybdis by forming alliances with area artists. I refuse to leave such a good thing behind in Chicago!

If you're in the Seattle area, whether you live here or are visiting, please don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail: