Summer

Summer has begun and I wish I could go on vacation.

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Instead I am sneaking lake time away from the computer when I can.

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I uninstalled the DOT Show and am pleased my circles held up well.

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I even got to take home 2 of Carol Hamilton’s dots.

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Along the way I got to watch some bridge action while stopped in traffic.

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I delivered 2 memorial angels honoring a family member.

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It was fun to see the cityscape as I traveled for an artist critique on Saturday.

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This weekend I strolled in the neighborhood and noticed this hugging tree.

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Thunderstorms make for very green parks.

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It is soothing to watch the horizon and the colors of the lake.

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I garnered inspiration at Cultivate’s Lucy Slivinski’s Opening. Go see it this month!

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Now it is time to head back in the studio with commissions from my bead loot.

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Learning Soldering

In May I took a getaway to Racine for continuing education.

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Ordering new tools always fills me with anticipation.

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Crystal Neubauer, who introduced me to Wax and Wire in 2012, offered another wax and wire workshop with soldering and pinback-making.

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Since my larger DOT Show pieces could have used some stabilization, I was eager to learn more.

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Crystal met us in her temporary studio, and has since moved to a different floor in the same location.

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Perusing other people’s tool collections is so fun.

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So many toys to play with.

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As is seeing all the samples she created.

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Day one was spent bending and hammering wire.

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My index finger took the brunt of one hammer strike, turning an array of colors until deciding on black for now.

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We bent shapes to embellish the next day.

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We were also taught soldering with a torch, but none of us could get the hang of it on day one.

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I watched and noted.

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A few of us were determined enough to keep trying the next day, and I made two successful joins after numerous false starts.

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I learned to use my own brand-new dremel and will be finishing the 2 pins later this summer to add brooches to my collection.

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Crystal also showed us how to make a cradle for a bezel, and riveting.

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We closed out day one with dinner.

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On day two we were taught wax techniques, including dipping, pouring, adhering and monoprinting.

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We brought our own embellishments and also were gifted some of Crystal’s collected papers to play with.

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The mini-pour was super inspiring.

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We embellished our bezels.

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I experimented with wrapping and pouring.

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I also snuck in on the printing station for some fun paper to work with later.

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Even the mono-printed trash was pretty.

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One of my Swarm butterflies became a waxed collage experiment.

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Everyone was so creative and inspiring.

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I am happy with my new pieces, and look forward to implementing the techniques learned.

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Some of these will be mine for the time being until I am ready to post them in the shop.

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This weekend I will pick up more inspiration at Cultivate Urban Rain Forest with their next wire artist show opening.

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I cannot wait to meet Lucy Slivinski and examine her flowers up close.

Swarm Show Opening

I had such fun creating a Swarm, and it has garnered more ideas percolating in my head.

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I love how the dragonflies turned out, and am also enamored with the ladybugs.

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At home, I fiddled with various configurations. The mobile can be added to and subtracted from.

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I put on a swarmy collection for the Art Walk.

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After the Evanston Made ArtWalk, I headed over to SideTracked Studio, where Rory was adding final touches to the swarm.

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Seeing it installed was so fun.

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Paintings include: Lauren Levato CoyneRory CoyneJason McPhillipsErin Gergen Halls, Anthony Cramer, Gail Potocki, John Walker, Erich J. Moffatt, Victoria Fuller, Renee McGinnis, Maike van Wijk, and Stephanie Inagaki.

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The exhibition continues through July 2, 2016, check Facebook for opening hours.

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The details in each painting are amazing.

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Sidetracked Studio is the storefront studio of artists Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne founded with collector and advisor Michele Mahon Jahelka.

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Throughout the year Sidetracked Studio, located at 707 Chicago Avenue, also presents gallery exhibitions of visiting artists, workshops, and lectures.

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Sidetracked Studio is located near the purple line Main Street station, as well as the Main Street Metra station.

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Metered parking is available on Chicago Avenue, and you can find residential parking a few blocks closer to the lake. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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At night, the shadows added their own art to the installation.

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Go see the exhibit and also check out Rory’s videos of the art at the Facebook Page of SideTracked Studio.

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Evanston Made ArtWalk

Evanston Made is a month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community (and vice versa).

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Art studios, galleries, museums and businesses throughout Evanston are showing works by Evanston creatives June 3 through 30.

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I put on my bangles for the Opening Soiree.

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Opening night was packed at the Evanston Art Center.

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I heard 300 artists were represented in the show.

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My piece had a lovely prime spot.

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The second floor holds four thoughtful exhibits, 2 by groups and two by solo artists.

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In conjunction with the exhibit, Evanston Art Center is hosting a Pop Up Gallery and Store June 3-30.

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The store is located in the lobby of the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston.

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You can meet the various artists during their pop-up shifts.

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It turns out one of the Brothers K baristas is an artist as well, and he did a demo at the Art Center on Opening night.

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His pillows are at the Pop-up, and you can see his art work at Brothers K Coffeehouse.

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I bumped into a few friends, one of whom snapped my photo.

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After the opening I plotted my route with the fabulous Evanston Made map.

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I started out on Florence Avenue which had changed quite a bit since my last visit there.

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Angel felt right at home at Mill Creek Miniatures.

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I wanted to get lost daydreaming about all the little vignettes.

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You can get doll houses restored or custom made here.

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The beauty of these studio tours is that you can see the tools of the trade, like Beth Adler’s.

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So much mesmerizing print work.

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Next door I could have gotten lost in Rita Shimelfarb’s stained glass portraits as well.

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I learned about a co-op called Space 900.

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I drove to the Dempster/Chicago area next, where inspirational Karna Designs was open.

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I swung by See Jane Sparkle.

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My pieces are enjoying various arrangements.

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Stumble & Relish hosts a variety of EvanstonMade products year-round

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Frame Warehouse had one of the Swarm posters up, and Paul Nebenzahl was doodling inside. A few shops have artists on display through June 30.

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After parking my car by Main Street, the rain started in earnest, but I wanted to see my friends anyway.

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At The Collage Cafe three artists are on display.

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I am looking forward to my next playtime, and enjoy seeing my pieces in such joyful and inspirational company.

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Evanston Sticthworks has beautiful quilts up by Ann Wasserman.

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She was there in person and we had a lovely conversation.

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Vanessa Filley’s dolls would fit right in at Evanston Stitchworts.

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I visited my friend at Oliver’s Toys where Angel had fun chatting up a knight in shining armor and petting a fluffy hedgehog.

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Cultivate has beautiful ceramics by Mollie Morris on display, and Laura Mae Noble’s terrariums are little vignettes you can get lost in.

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I had a snack at La Principal before heading to the Swarm opening.

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Got was in a swarmy mood throughout the day, and these pieces at Ausrine’s Art Room, The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle were fun to get me into opening mood.

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Then it was time to see the swarm, and I’ll share pics of that lovely evening next week.

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2nd Fridays at Chicago Arts District

On Friday, June 10, the 1800 block of South Halsted Street will be the place to be for Art Aficionados.

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I discovered during out DOT Show opening that the Chicago Arts District hosts art walks along Halsted, giving out maps at 1821 S. Halsted Street. (Corner of 18th and Halsted).

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The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago. The event begins at 6:00pm and runs until 10:00pm.

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We had a lovely DOT show opening last month in ShowPOD 7, where numerous people perused Jenny Learner and Kathy Blankley Roman’s art up close in spite of the rain.

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We also walked along the other windows where people asked about technique and inspiration.

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As usual, it is a joy to see how the variety of encaustic styles come together during a FUSEDChicago show. Fourteen FUSEDChicago members are in this show, curated by VA de Pintor, Elyse Martin, and Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg.

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The DOT show will be up through June 22, and will be uninstalled on the 23rd. You an stop by any time, as the show is behind glass and well-lit in the evening.

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There are 30+ creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at South Halsted and 18th Streets which showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond.

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This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists. I saw S’mores being made as I strolled.

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Check out FUSEDChicago.org for upcoming events and keep tabs on encaustic artists through our Facebook page.

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showPOD1  Sue Cahill & Marian Ostrowski:

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showPOD2  Carol Hamilton & Maike van Wijk:

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showPOD3  Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg & Carol L. Myers:

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showPOD4  Alicia Forestall-Boehm & Amy Van Winkle:

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showPOD5  Michele Thrane & Pat Lagger:

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showPOD6  Joan Moriarty & Karen Tichy:

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showPOD7  Kathy Blankley Roman & Jenny Learner:

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And yes, I will self indulgently post some more pics of my collaboration with Carol:

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The bus stops by our pod:

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Joan Moriarty and Karen Tichy’s work behind the DOTs is worth a closer look:

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I love Jenny’s Universe too. Some of her dots glow in the dark.

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It truly is magical how art comes together and lifts the spirit.

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Trunk Show Sparkles

The last day of April was marred by rain, but that did not deter shoppers from browsing See Jane Sparkle and my Trunk Show.

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I set up for the show in the morning, and dropped of more yarn bomb doilies next door, where drawing angel hung out for the day to support Stumble & Relish’s guest artist.

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It was fun to play with social media throughout the day.

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My traveling angel almost got snapped up, but then she was recognized and her friend went to a new home instead.

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Jaime of Stumble & Relish wore her new pyrite pendant out the door.

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In the afternoon, several people perused my wares, and adopted some pieces.

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I had made lots of sparkly pieces for See Jane Sparkle, and she consigned the new collection.

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Exclusively for her I made some single-dangle bangles.

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Sara Jane Abbott is a participant in Evanston Made, which runs through the month of June.

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She offers a variety of fun events throughout the month, including designer make and takes and beads and bubbly parties.

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Check out her Facebook page for the latest and greatest.

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Be sure to stop by other Evanston Made venues through June. I might have an angel photobomb during the various art walks and events.

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The Evanston Art Center Made in Evanston Show featuring participating artists is up at 1717 Central Street along with a pop-up shop in the lobby.

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The SWARM show at SideTracked Studio is also fun to peruse, located at 707 Chicago Avenue.

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The Collage Cafe also has an Evanston Made exhibit, and offers numerous workshops for you to create your own art work.

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Fun at Chroma K8

It has been a whirlwind month. My Swarm is complete for Saturday’s opening, and I am dropping of my Music piece at the new Evanston Art Center tomorrow.

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May started off with a fun Pop-up at Chroma K8 Beautique. Several businesses gathered at the Salon to offer Mother’s Day gifts.

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We enjoyed getting to know each other better and learning about each other’s businesses as we spent the day perusing each other’s wares.

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My new table was fun to set up.

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Photo by Kate Jotzat

Malik of Hip Circle Studio came with her famed wheel to offer demonstrations and class sneak peeks.

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Hip Circle Studio is launching web-based classes that begin this week. You can participate by web cam, and Malik will monitor your posture and activity remotely, while you can also interact with other student in the studio. I hope some of my friends who moved away will reconnect with us this way.

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Memoir for Me  is a lovely concept where Nora Kerr interviews people and then puts photo album together with narratives as family heirlooms.

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She does this for people of all ages, from young children to retirees to grandparents.

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I picked up bath deliciousness from Bonnie-Naturally nourishing skin & body care, who offers organic skin care products.

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I chatted with Nomadic Ant and admired her lovely silver & brass jewelry.

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I also sniffed the colorful Skokiewood candles that smelled edible.

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Jenny offered Noktivo’s mini-manis for all vendors and shoppers.

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Back on Track untangled my shoulders during a relaxing chair massage.

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Little Monsters Photography took awesome photos of our event.

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Kate then asked me to leave some pieces with her for consignment, so you can peruse my pieces throughout the salon while you get your hair and nails done.

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I decided to get my hair done organically too last week.

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Chroma K8’s products are all earth friendly and healthy. The coloring products she uses have coconut oil and other hair-friendly ingredients to ensure the damage is limited.

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The shampoo and conditioner products also offer healthy solutions for earth and scalp, and the staff at ChromaK8 offers knowledgeable advice to support one’s hair, and the products don’t break the bank.

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Chroma K8 Beautique is located at 5425 N Lincoln in Chicago, and worth the visit.

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Making a Swarm

With Evanston Made kicking off June 3, I am thrilled to be part of the official Evanston Art Center Exhibit as well as a special show featuring critters near to my heart. SideTracked Studio will be hosting Swarm, a small works exhibition.

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Jason McPhillips, “Negentropy,”
Oil and Gold Leaf on Panel, 10″x10″

The word can be defined in different ways – from an act of aggression/protection to simply a group of animals – and the Coynes thought it high time to mount their own swarm via artists interpreting the theme.

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Lauren showed me her concept art, which aligned with my vision of creating a butterfly mobile, and I am excited to be included in this show with such highly talented artists.

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Works on exhibit will be: Lauren Levato Coyne, Rory Coyne, Jason McPhillips, Erin Gergen Halls, Anthony Cramer, Gail Potocki, John Walker, Erich J. Moffatt, Victoria Fuller, Renee McGinnis, Maike van Wijk, and Stephanie Inagaki.

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This exhibit will be a wonderful spectacle of highly crafted works that are mostly no larger than twelve inches, and an installation made of smaller components by the artists to make one collaborative piece, or swarm.

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The opening reception is Saturday, June 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. with beverages provided by New Holland Brewing Co. The exhibition continues through July 2, 2016.

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I had fun creating different critters, dressing them (aka making up my own species), and arranging them in various ways.

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There is no telling how Lauren and Rory will install them when they combine my pieces with the other artists’ submissions.

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Sidetracked Studio is the storefront studio of artists Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne founded with collector and advisor Michele Mahon Jahelka. Throughout the year Sidetracked Studio, located at 707 Chicago Avenue, also presents gallery exhibitions of visiting artists, workshops, and lectures. For information visit sidetrackedstudio.com or find them on social media.

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Sidetracked Studio is located near the purple line Main Street station, as well as the Main Street Metra station. Metered parking is available on Chicago Avenue, and you can find residential parking a few blocks closer to the lake. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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Evanston Made kicks off June 3

June is promising to be a fun month. I will be exhibiting at the Evanston Art Center as part of Evanston Made. Formerly Open Studios Evanston, Evanston Made is a month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community (and vice versa). Art studios, galleries, museums and businesses throughout Evanston will show works by Evanston creatives June 3 through 30, 2016.

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I am looking forward to attending the opening reception of the Evanston Made exhibit at the Evanston Art Center (1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201). Numerous local artists have submitted art work and I look forward to mixing and mingling and being inspired by their work. The reception is from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, June 3. There will be shadow puppets too!

I walked the show last year and had a blast. The Evanston Made show will be up through June 30. Evanston Art Center Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm, Friday: 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm and admission is free.

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In conjunction with the exhibit, Evanston Art Center is hosting a Pop Up Gallery and Store June 3-30. The store is located in the lobby of the Evanston Art Center and you can meet the various artists (listed below) during their pop-up shifts. Evanston Made’s artist studio tour is June 4, 12-5 p.m. Maps for the studio tour will be available online and at Evanston Art Center June 3 & 4.

Evanston Made Kids! — held on June 4 from 11am to 4 p.m. at Evanston Art Center — celebrates young Evanston artists and their families with a day of FREE fun and creativity in the parking lot of 1717 Central Street. Visitors will enjoy hands-on make-and-take arts activities, how-to workshops, an eclectic exhibition of Evanston-based artists, a pop-up store of handmade goods, live performances and picnic nook featuring the fares of various food trucks.

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Participating venues will show works by Evanston creatives June 3 – 30. In addition to the Music piece you’ll find at the Evanston Art Center, I am creating a swarm installation for SideTracked Studio. That opening takes place Saturday, June 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. (more on that in my next post). You can see my pieces and other artists works at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis street. Sara Jane Abbott of See Jane Sparkle is an official participant (where I am consigned), and I met The Collage Cafe’s Lindy Stockton during the first studio tour, who is featuring Angela Williams this month.

My caffeine source Brothers K Coffeehouse features an exciting collaboration for Evanston Made. Jason Brown, Rob Larson, and Travis Clement are collaborating to create site specific wall installations. In the spirit of Evanston Made, they are hoping to stretch their coffee-sipping neighbors to creatively re-imagine the everyday. Cultivate Urban Rain Forest features works by Laura Mae Noble, terrarium designer, Mollie Miller, ceramicist, and Paul Whittaker, abstract artist and photographer.

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Next to See Jane Sparkle Perspective Group and Photography Gallery will exhibit photographs by Bob Tanner and Faigie Tanner. Stumble & Relish features assorted locally made goods that will be discounted 15% throughout June.  Other venues include:

  • The Celtic Knot Public House showing works by James Deeb
  • Space 900 features works by Ken Avick, Colleen Conley, Clark Ellithorpe, Judith Roston Freilich, Joanna Pinsky and Peggie Robinson
  • The Pot Shop has works by Dominic Mosca
  • The Saw Room features works by Dana DeAno
  • Open Studio Project showcases works by Y.O.U. Youth Artists
  • Ausrine’s Arts Room shows works by Ausrine Kerr, Rita Shimelfarb, Yvette Meltzer
  • Bookends & Beginnings showing works by Stephen Murphy
  • Boltwood with works by Dana DeAno
  • The New Studio with Mel Winer and Karen Vierneisel
  • Chiropractic 1st showing works by Stephen Lloyd
  • Mill Creek Miniatures showing works by Judith Lewin, Amy O. Woodbury
  • Midwest Clay Guild featuring Patty Kochaver, Sarah Meyer, Susan Curry, Jon Weiss, Dana Shearin, Layna Portugal,Judy Disman, Jill Birschbach & Joanna Kramer
  • DragonFly Boutique showing local artists Vanessa Filley, Kristin Bruni and Karna Erickson
  • Ayla’s Originals, featuring beaded baubles
  • Five Finger Press hosts works by Patti Montgomery
  • Gather featuring works by Kristen Neveu
  • Trash & Treasures featuring works by Carol Hammerman
  • Alley Gallery showcases works by Ross Martens and Darren Oberto
  • La Petite Gallery Lapin showcases works by Katherine Orr
  • Prairie Joe’s features works by Aydin Dincer
  • Frame Warehouse will highlight Paul Nebenzahl

Other events include artist talks at EAC on June 5, 12, 19 and 26. Find out more and tag #EvanstonMade via http://twitter.com/EvanstonMade, https://www.facebook.com/Evanston-Made and instagram @Evanston_Made.

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Hosted by the Evanston Art Center and produced by Anomaly Productions, the Pop-Up Gallery and Store is an “all -inclusive” event and artists, with locally created wares in categories from ceramics to jewelry to housewares. Participating creatives include: Amy Amoroso, Amy Gabbert, Amy Harms, Andrea Koch, Angela Williams, Ayla Pizzo, Carol Beaver, Carol Hammerman, Chris Heisinger, David Sutton, Deborah Hirshfield, Dena Vincent, Donna Bartman Masini, Doug Haight, Fay Bomberg, Heather Hancock, Jane Grover, Jane Sisco, Jason Brown, Jason Cohn, Jill Birschbach, Joanna Kramer, Julie Rivera, Karen Daughtry, Kate Williamson, Kathryn Ware, Katie Sircher, Kevin Kipp, Kristin Mariani, Lena Kim, Leon Litinsky, Lisa Nicolson, Margarita Shimelfarb, Marla Wallerstein, Micah Hanson, Pat Bernard, Patty Kochaver, Paul Segedin, Rebecca Hill, Rob Larson, Roslyn Broder, Sara Piepmeier, Sarah Meyer, Sheryl Coaxum, Theresa Pawlan, Travis Clement, Vanessa Filey and Yvette Meltzer.

This annual studio tour changed its name to Evanston Made in 2016, to alleviate confusion with the non-profit organization Open Studio Project.
Promotional Graphics courtesy Evanston Made and SideTracked studio.

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