Sacred Art Trunk Show

Summer is here, and with it come leisurely strolls around neighborhoods to peruse art and beauty.  On June 10 I visited the bustling Lincoln Square Neighborhood for a Meet & Greet at Sacred Art.

I set up my wares in a lovely nook, and met wonderful customers.

Sacred Art hosts handmade creations by more than 100 artists. There are numerous gift items to cheer up friends, adorn your home and or a human with, or to use in your every day life.

Chicago lovers have a plethora of unique gifts to choose from as an alternative to mass-manufactured tourist tchotchkes.

The store is also a wonderful inspiration for decoration ideas.

I had a lovely afternoon absorbing the Lincoln Square vibe and seeing pieces adopted.


Sacred Art is located at 4619 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago and still has a selection of my pendants and pant stakes available.

Check out upcoming Sacred Art events on their Facebook page.


Evanston Made 2017 Tour

For 4 years in a row, Evanston Made has been held the first weekend of June.


Evanston-based artists open their private studios for one day only, so the public can see where they create. In addition, local businesses partner with artists to display their work all month long (if not on a more long-term basis, like Stumble & Relish).


The Evanston Art Center also hosts a pop-up shop, designed by Anomaly Productions, which features functional art by local artists, including me.


I have some of my swarm and angels in the shop this month, and helped with setting up other merchandise on June 1.


It was fun to peruse the other beautiful creations in the store, and help place them in the display Amy Amoroso had set up.


The art work includes assemblage vignettes, prints, booklets, keychains, leather bags, fiber fashion for kids and adults, ceramics, home decor, spark syrup, greeting cards, and jewelry.


My swarm had a whole new arrangement I would not have thought up myself.


On June 2, we had the Evanston Made opening party, and customers began perusing the store.


The Art Center’s Evanston Made Exhibit features numerous Evanston Artists with one piece each.


The art work is very vibrant this year.


Spark Syrup offered samplings in addition to the bar and nibbles.


3-D art is also welcomed.


Numerous people showed up to peruse the art work and support their artist friends.


Pantsuit Nation by Melanie Deal, which has a red dot, is one of my favorite pieces in the show.


Ben Blount’s framed print is already claimed, but you can pick up unframed prints in the pop-up shop.


Jason Brown had created location-specific installation art for the exhibit.


My Daisy Dots Constellation is on view as well.


I enjoyed the fabulous response on opening night, and loved watching people peruse all the items in the store.


Artists attend the pop-up on a rotating basis during Evanston Art Center’s Business Hours until June 30.


Meanwhile, the exhibit gave a sneak peek at the types of art to be featured during the Saturday Artist Tour.


One Dragonfly fluttered off to be gifted.


Spearheaded by Lisa Degliatoni, participating venues are plotted on a map by IDG, so Evanston residents can stroll their neighborhoods and get to know their creative neighbors.


I visited my friends Lauren and Rory Coyne first. With Rory’s venture into Coyne leather, the layout of their home studio had changed quite a bit.


Then I visited Ben Blount, who helped people create prints onsite.


A staged home became an artist coop showcase, with the dining room featuring Ellen Greene.


FUSEDChicago member Katsy Johnson was also represented.


Because of the tight schedule, I drove to the various clusters of artist studios. On Sherman, Platform had a wonderful new installation.


Then I visited Jason Brown and Yadi in a garage near her living quarters.


Then I needed lunch, which I got at Curt’s Cafe, which also has rotating exhibit, and is helping young ladies learn skills in the food industry to get their careers going.


Lea Pinsky and Dustin Harris showcased the murals they create in Chicagoland. Their work is on Church Street in Evanston, and they are assisting the Main-Dempster Mile in more beautification.


Then I headed over to Florence to peruse the vibrant artists street there, and discovered the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, where singer Josefien Stoppelenburg had her music-themed paintings.


Ausrine’s Art Room is full of beauty.


I love doll houses so much, and Mill Creek Miniatures keeps making new ones.


I ended at 1100 Florence to observe the wonderful Nasty Women Fundraiser frenzy that evening.


You can peruse additional Evanston Made photos on my Facebook page. The Pop-up shop and the exhibit at Evanston Art Center are up through June 30.


Keep on supporting local art!

Creativity at Creative Coworking

My last pop-up in May was a set-up for Evanston Made Month at Creative Coworking.

The May-June Art & Wine Night featured macro photography art by Ross Martens and vibrant paintings by Laura Engel.

I set up a booth in a conference room, complemented by artwork created by Greg Palmer.

As usual, art appreciators came to converse about the work.

Laura showed off one of my favorite pendants, which she bought before the reception began. 🙂

Who doesn’t love rainbow druzy?

I chatted with wonderful Evanstonians throughout the evening.

It was fun to try out the new vases created by Everlasting Fire Studio just for me.

The Creative Coworking Art & Wine Nights always feature nibbles.

I liked the shadow games my pieces were playing.

It is always good to have extra product shots for the webshop (which is undergoing repair).

A few pieces found new homes.

And in time for pride month I was able to give Angela her rainbow safety pin commission.

It was a lovely evening, and I look forward to the next rotation of art in the front lobby.

My butterflies have moved to the third floor of Creative Coworking to make room for Virginia Kondziolka’s beautiful pieces downstairs.

This is my favorite Engel.

You can view this exhibit until the end of the month as part of Evanston Made.

People photos courtesy Creative Coworking

Art & Wine Night Pop-up

On Friday evening I’ll have an Evanston pop-up. Creative Coworking is hosting Art & Wine Night Friday, May 26th, from 5 to 8pm. This month showcases work by Laura Engel and Ross Martens.

I will have a pop-up table with my jewelry and ornaments and brand-new plant stakes in the exhibit area. Creative Coworking is located at 922 Davis Street in Evanston.

These evenings are always fun and full of new discoveries.

I also have my butterfly collages on a wall in the coworking space, and numerous other artists grace the three floors.

Ongoing exhibitions inlcude: Liz Albertson, Laura Allen-Simpson, Jerry Alt, Raissa Bailey Eirich, Ann Baker, David Bender, Michael Berns, Betty Butler, Melanie Deal, Mark DeBernardi, Michael Birnbaum, Vanessa Filley, Angela Garbot, Larry Geni, Ted Glasoe, Liberis Golfinopoulos, Heather Hancock, Jill Hejl, Chris Heisinger, Jason Kaiser, Sarah Kaiser, Bonnie Katz, Bridgette Kelling, Ian Lantz, ITALA, Edyta Legiec, Elisa Lindstrom, Patrick Linehan, Stephen Lloyd, LP Lundy, Michelle Mallin, Christine McClure, Katherine Nemanich, Kristen Neveu, Darren Oberto, Greg Palmer, Annette Patko, Brian Peterson, Ron Rutkowski, Don Seeley, Barbara Seyfried, Sorcha, Rich Sparks, Nina Ulana, Amy Woodbury, Jerry Woods, Monica Zanetti, and Benita Zarling.

Come on out and enjoy wine, nibbles, and excellent company!

You can take the CTA to Davis Street, or park nearby in Sherman Garage or on side streets. I’m sure there’s a bike rack closeby as well!

 

Fun Mother’s Day Fairs

It’s been a whirlwind of fairs the past few weeks, but all were fun. I always like exploring new Chicago neighborhoods.

On April 22 I got to know the families involved with Sauganash School. The PTA hosted a fundraiser that included a vendor fair in what is normally their cafeteria.

Soon the space was transformed for Spring shoppers.

My spot was under a tree. 🙂

I was seated next to my friend Chai Wolfman, who has lovely collage art and paintings that she also makes available for prints. Meeting her family during the day was a bonus.

I have my eye on a few of her pieces, and got a head start on Mother’s Day cards.

Soon I had admirers too, and I was happy to see my creations go to new homes.

It was fun to play with a spring-y setup for this fair, since holiday trees are a bit too early for April.

On May 6, I ventured to Independence Park, which was also new to me. I have driven on Irving Park Road a few times, but never stopped to explore the area.

I unloaded my bags in the gym and set to transforming my table.

The Field House was quickly transformed from Gymnasium to art fair, with amazing new-to-me artisans.

Angel was partial to these twig creations.

Receptables made from pine needles and raffia caught my eye.

These glass boxes have so much scope for the imagination.

A young girl sold tic tac toe sets with different designs.

I enjoyed being next to a doll boutique that was perused carefully.

My dragonflies and ladybugs and butterflies were admired.

It was fun to imagine swinging from the ceiling.

Soon I had admirers, and a few pieces wandered away with kindred spirits.

I enjoyed admiring the craftmanship of old building construction.

These pieces were raffled off with positive feedback from the recipients.

Before long, this booth was packed up as well.

Let me know if there are indoor art fairs in your community I should know about. I always like learning of new organizations that support the handmade community, and enjoy exploring Chicagoland that way.

Mother’s Day Gift Market

I love honoring the nurturers in my life, and I have another Mother’s Day shopping pop-up this week. On Wednesday, May 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. I will have a table at the Mother’s Day Gift Market hosted by Ravenswood Covenant Church.

The Mother’s Day Gift Market features fresh flowers and plants from Patyk Farms, green beauty products, and goods from local artists. It also features fresh new pieces by me.

I will be joining these fabulous vendors:

Bring the kids to create a personalized message for mom with a “Why I Love Mom” photo backdrop. Our friends at Ravenswood Covenant Church will also be running a craft table with activities for children.

The Mother’s Day Gift Market will be held indoors at 4900 N Damen Avenue in Chicago from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Ravenswood Farmers Market is a joint effort of Ravenswood Covenant Church, Ravenswood Community Council and Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.

Check out the new creations I made last week to gift to your favorite maternal figure. I decided not to get too attached to the beads I had bought at last week’s expo, so after counting them I already had ideas.

Pink is always a fun color and perfect for spring, so I started stringing the square marble beads into new pieces.

I knew this would be a jewelry set right away, and the bangles called for the longest stringing.

The teardrop pendant has fewer beads.

Soon the set materialized.

I hope someone enjoys this combination!

Fine Craft Fair at Independence Park

May is here already, which means getting ready for my pre-Mother’s Day pop-up. From noon to 4 pm on Saturday, May 6 I’ll be part of the 10th Annual Pre-Mother’s Day Fine Craft Fair. Sponsored by Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA), the fair will be held at the Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., Chicago, 60618. Free parking is available in the lots north and south of the fieldhouse. #82 Irving Park Road bus stops at Springfield Ave.

The fair will showcase more than 30 artisans offering everything from handmade jewelry to recycled hardware, knit garments, miniature rustic twig furniture, ceramics, stained glass objects, baby clothes, pine needle baskets, greeting cards from recycled materials, totebags, sketchbooks, wallets and more. I’ll bring my new dragonflies to bring in spring. The plant  stakes are already getting a good response.

The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) is a group of civic-minded individuals who believe a unified community that faces modern challenges can affect real, lasting change. GIPNA is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in the Independence Park community by involving, informing, and encouraging people to participate in matters relating to the community, and by protecting the historical, social, cultural, and architectural character of the neighborhood.

The Independence Park neighborhood began in 1869, when New York investors bought land between the current Irving Park Road and Kennedy Expressway. These developers made an agreement with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad to build a train station if the trains would stop, resulting in the new city of Irving Park. In 1889 Chicago annexed the Irving Park community, adding new electric trolleys and new rail cars, attracting more residents of varying nationalities.

On Sunday I attended a local bead show and picked up some lovelies that I hope to transform into jewelry by Sunday as well.

I was on a mission to find more pewter dragonflies, but of course couldn’t resist other goodies along the way.

It’s fun to count this new treasure and I look forward to revealing the new creations on Saturday.

Shop Local Fair on Saturday

The Spring Weather has inspired me to create some new blooms and repurpose some oldies as well.  Some of them have gone to consignments, but I will bringing the inventory I have on hand to the Shop Local Fair on Saturday.

Perfectly timed for Mother’s Day gift shopping and a jump-start for dads and grads, the event will be held April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauganash Elementary School. The school is located at 6040 N Kilpatrick in Chicago. The event will help raise money for the neighborhood’s public school.

The mission of Sauganash School is to provide a high quality educational program that meets the academic needs of students through an integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, and the use of technology.  Sauganash School is committed to meeting the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of its students. 

I hope to see you there!

Affair of the Arts Spring Show

Last Sunday took me to the Shores of Turtle Creek in Spring Grove for the Affair of the Arts Spring Show.

The grounds are so pretty and I can imagine the festive events that are held here.

Like the holiday show, we had ample setup time. The load in was smooth, and soon my table was all set.

I had time to visit my friend Cindy Lesperance’s booth.

She had already made two sales before opening.

Of course I had to pick out one of my favorites as well, since her ‘stippling’ technique in encaustic is so fascinating.

My neighbor was the lovely coat lady of KatKo Designs, for which I still need to save up funds. The transformation of the coats on different people is amazing. They each have their own personality.

Across from me Kari’s Clay Creations had her table, and her ‘drunken mugs’ were admired by many.

It was fun to interact with so many friendly people.

The Lodge was filled with amazing art and one of a kind creations.

I love the bright skylights and rustic decor.

The downstairs level was also filled with talent.

Cindy was one of the booth award recipients this time around. The winners are automatically part of the Fall 2017 Show on November 19.

You can apply for that show here.

I had a great day and was happy to see my creations go to new homes.

Organizers Karen and Joe Isacson also had a booth.

Check out the web site of J + K Isacson for upcoming artist events.

I am excited to have a bit of the show in my home.

 

Exploring Crystal Lake

On Friday I was scheduled for an evening art fair at the Immanuel Lutheran School in Crystal Lake, a suburb I had never visited before. So prior to the 4:30 pm setup time I decided to take the afternoon to explore the town. An online search produced an intriguing map of a nice walkable cluster downtown, so I figured out where to park and set the coordinates for a leisurely drive.

The weather was lovely (albeit slightly chilly), and I parked my car in a 4-hour spot. Then I oriented myself based on the map by the train station.

Since it was lunchtime I checked the list of restaurants first, and picked two that looked intriguing. While passing a bunch of enticing windows I decided on Le Petit Marche, a lovely french-inspired bistro.

I ordered a tuna salad brioche with tea, which was served quickly.

The ambiance is lovely, and I would love take part in a wine and cheese evening sometime.

I was going to leave some postcards for Affair of the Arts, but someone already had. 🙂

Fully nourished, I walked to the end of the street and fell in love with the Crystal Lake Antique Mall. This place has rooms upon rooms of vintage pieces that inspire nostalgia and tempt those with a flair for spinning stories about old pieces. I saw a lovely wooden desk secretary at a bargain price, but instead settled on a tray I actually needed. I do think I’ll visit again though, maybe I will know a place to put that piece by then (if it is still there).

Fully uplifted by this historic surprise, I strolled back outside and made my way back into modern times in an old-town setting.

I meandered 2 fabric stores, some fashion boutiques, and then stumbled onto Kaleidoscoops via a gift shop, and couldn’t resist treating myself to a cone. This is a nice after-school hangout for teens. I needed caffeine for a long evening so “The Grind” was a perfect fix with its delicious caramel and the crunch of chocolate covered espresso beans inside.

Across from the ice cream store was Evolve, a store with yummy-smelling chakra candles, lots of healing crystals, altar pieces, incense and beautiful instruments to center the soul. I could have spent hours in there but had a schedule to keep.

So I strolled in and out of a few more cute stores before being stopped by the Metra. In the future I could catch the UP-NW metro line in Mount Prospect for a mini trip to Crystal Lake.

On my way to the car I spotted this fun sign that applies to so much of life.

Five minutes later I was at the Lutheran School to unload my car in the gym.

Soon the place was transformed into a vibrant and colorful fair.

Fancy meeting Le Petit Marche here again!

It was fun getting back into the booth setup routine.

I had fun doing a quick perusal.

 Tupperware is more vibrant these days.

Now that I am sewing again, this coat by Ginspiration spoke to me.

A raffle drawing was held every 30 minutes.

I gained some new admirers and a few pieces walked away.

My angels, dragonflies and ladybugs were all petted.

A friend stopped by and snapped me in action.

My neighbors were fun to connect with.

Soon it was time to pack up again and head home. It was a good evening and I look forward to visiting here again.

On to Affair of the Arts!