Assemblage at The Collage cafe

I joined the Grown*UP Girls Club this year at The Collage Cafe and I am loving it. While I have my own studio where I can create, there is something about gathering around women, being in a different space, and having someone else prescribe a project that soothes the soul and takes me out of my head.

This month we did assemblage art. We started with a small chunky canvas to embellish with anything we wished.

The Collage Cafe owner Lindy Stockton has gathered numerous objects over the years, from buttons, ribbons, vintage clothespins, paper scraps, game pieces, puzzles to metal objects like washers and rivets, chunky safety pins, keys and a plethora of other things.

Clearly making a mess is part of the inspirational process. I found a lovely pencil that had to be mine, and gathered a variety of other embellishments that spoke to me.

I put a layer of acrylic paint on mine for starters.

Then I added scraps of decorative paper from a scrapbook paper stack.

With glue guns and drills and super-powerful glue we had a blast making our pieces.

Waiting for paint and glue to dry was the hardest part, but gave an opportunity to walk around and see what everyone else was working on.

It is such fun to see what people pick and how they use it in the end.

I snapped this picture as inspiration, and saw the piece being used by someone else.

I am really happy with how mine turned out, especially since I had no vision at all in the beginning.

Sometimes not knowing what could or should be is very freeing, and leads to results you don’t expect.

Playing with dimension is such fun.

The front addresses the writer in me.

The back clearly needed to sparkle.

You can catch a glimpse of the other pieces here.

Go check out this lovely play space and get your inner creatrix going!

Main-Dempster Mile fun

I am easing out of hibernation and it is safe (no longer too cold) to take angel out and about on my adventures.

Evanston’s Main-Dempster mile is full of fun adventures. Squeezebox has the right idea with these postcards.

I had tacos for charity on the day of the Woman’s March, and later went to La Principal again with friends.

A few weeks later Brothers K collected funds for the ACLU.

My frosty is still hanging out at Rolf’s Auto Care, where I took my car for service.

We rewarded ourselves with some Sketchbook beer after a Hip Circle workout.

Stumble & Relish’s lovely card selection, along with my stash of Curly Girl Design’s Love Delivered subscription has me writing a postcard on Sundays.

I got to sample SPARK Syrup with Prosecco on Thursday and picked up some earrings I couldn’t resist.

Vivian Visser explained the process and inspiration behind her beautiful creations during an Artist talk at Cultivate.

This wonderful show is up through the end of the month.

It is always neat to see who shadows interact with art work on the wall.

I attended a few recent The Collage Cafe workshops, and loved the glowing woman who emerged from the last Grown*UP Girls Club session.

My vision boards will be shown when they manifest.

Then I was introduced to Bullet Journaling at Hip Circle Studio.

Next weekend I hope to explore Evanston’s Black-owned Businesses during Tour de Noir.

There’s always something fun to do in Evanston.

Fun at the Sidewalk Sale

I always have a bit of a hangover after a weekend fair, and this week is no different.

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The Sidewalk sale was lots of fun, but setting up and tearing down two tents 6 times is a workout.

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Construction workers had just finished pouring cement when we started setting up but they were eager to help us maximize our space.

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Soon we were set up and ready to greet shoppers.

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Soon browsers started to shop.

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On Friday afternoon Sara Jane decided to move the party inside when the radar indicated rain, and I was glad for that decision.

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Sparkle Angel had fun with the sparklies, and so did I.

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I met a friend at Sketchbook after the sale, and love their new taproom.

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Saturday morning was overcast, but later the skies cleared up.

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A Pedi-cab gave lifts to downtown or Main Street for additional sidewalk explorations.

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Lots of friends stopped by.

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It was Christmas in July at the Stumble & Relish table.

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On Sunday I decided to take the Angels outside for some air.

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It is fun to rearrange the setup each time.

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Stumble & Relish had lots of deals throughout the weekend.

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Sara Jane did major markdowns as well.

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Most people on Sunday were looking for slashed prices, which is good to know for next year.

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I took home some bargains myself.SRLoot

Quite a few pieces were adopted, which makes me happy.

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Some of my inventory remains at See Jane Sparkle.

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Sara Jane kept the Swarm, so go peruse my butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs in her store.

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I hope they go home to new owners soon.

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I’m taking a pop-up break in August, so you’ll see me next at Platt-A-Palooza on September 3 in Bloomingdale.

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Meanwhile, you can peruse my pieces at The Collage Cafe and ChromaK8 Beautique as well.

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Sparkly Sidewalk Sale tomorrow!

I’ve been sparkling up the studio this week to make more beaded pieces.

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Then I tagged all the newbies for the upcoming 3-day sale.

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Tomorrow I’ll be setting up in front of See Jane Sparkle for the Evanston Sidewalk Sale.

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I’ll have a table in front of 1312 Chicago Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm July 29, 30 and 31.

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Depending on weather, Sara Jane will have my wax and wire pieces inside.

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My swarm is also planning on fluttering in.

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You can look for Sparkly Angel in the store too, along with her friends.

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This year the sidewalk sale extends down to Main Street, so be sure to visit my favorite shops there as well, including The Collage Cafe, Cultivate, Hip Circle Studio, and more.

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There will be a variety of specials offered by retailers.

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In downtown Evanston a few artists will pop up over the weekend, so plan to head toward Fountain Square and see what’s going on.

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To get to See Jane Sparkle you can take the CTA Purple line to Dempster Street or on the weekends, the CTA Red Line to Howard Street and then the Purple Line to Dempster Street. You can also take the Metra UP-N Line to the Dempster station. Downtown Evanston is just a few blocks from Dempster Street and a few more from Main Street so you can easily walk between the districts.

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If you’re driving, there are three City of Evanston parking garages in downtown Evanston, there is metered parking on the streets and free parking on side streets (like Hinman Ave.). Parking is $1/hr and it is free on Sundays.

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Visit the Main-Dempster Mile Facebook page to learn about the deals at participating stores and other fun activities on Dempster St., Main St. and Chicago Ave.

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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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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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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.

A lovely local pop-up

Art & Wine Night at Creative Coworking is always a fun event, but even more exciting when you’re an exhibitor.

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On March 18 numerous Evanstonians perused the artful mixed media collages of Melanie Deal.

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They also chatted under my encaustic and steel wire works on the opposite wall.

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I also popped up with my jewelry, which was well-received by many.

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A pair of angels flew to new homes.

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There was much conversation and perusing of art.

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Wine and nibbles were served and the evening was videographed by Creative Coworking interns.

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I observed my pieces in profile.

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I was thrilled to see my friends pop in and out.

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You can enjoy pie by Pyrite Sun, get massages from Rebecca and Journal with Maggie.

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A few pendants, earrings and a keychain got adopted.

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Check out Creative Coworking’s upcoming events here.

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Thank you Angela for hosting me!

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I’m still sorting out details for my next pop-up.

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In Evanston you can find my pieces at The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle (the latter has a soiree Thursday you’ll see me at).

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I was gifted a rainbow of macarons from Bennison’s Bakery too!

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The show is up through the end of the month, and then a new artist will rotate in.

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So swing by between 9 am and 4 pm on weekdays at 922 Davis Street.

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Hanging my Show

It’s been a fun few months preparing for Friday’s Show Opening.

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After creating all the substrates and bending the shapes to go on top of the pieces I had to attach the hanging hardware before fusing everything together.

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Then I fused the wire to the encaustic backgrounds and did the hanging test to make sure the shapes would stay put.

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Meanwhile, Downtown Evanston promoted the show in their newsletter, right above Ayla’s Bead’s upcoming event.

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Next came the challenge of transporting dimensional art to its destination.

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My bouncy heart of Communicating Love had to ride shotgun so I could keep the springiness at bay.

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Then came the daunting task of filling up a giant wall.

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I have hung art, but I have never hung an actual show before, and having a vision for how to hang it is much different when faced with the blank wall in actuality.

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But I hammered in nails, and eyeballed the spacing as I went.

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I learned a new vocabulary word, hexaptych, in time to describe the 6 piece grid I made.

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I like how the angles are reflected in Melanie Deal’s mixed media collages as well.

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This one might be my favorite, but I haven’t looked too closely at the other ones yet.

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Such fun details!

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To bookend Communicating Love I added triple heart collages next to the re-wired Piano Scrolls Diptych.

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Tomorrow I’ll also be popping up with my Jewelry pieces for one night only.

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The art show remains on display through the end of the month.

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So come on out to 922 Davis Street for some wine, good company, and colorful art from 5 pm to 8 pm. Creative Coworking is a fabulous space to peruse.

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I think we complement each other well.

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Here’s hoping for a good turnout tomorrow!

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