I love the Evanston Made initiative, and this year I’ll actually be part of the pop-up at the Evanston Art Center. Evanston Made is an annual celebration focusing on Evanston creatives. Throughout June, studios, galleries and businesses open their doors to showcase works (artistic, artisanal, etc.) by Evanston creatives.
The month-long event kicks off with an artist reception on Friday, June 2, from 6 to 9 p.m at the Evanston Art Center. The Art Center will host the exhibit Evanston Made, featuring works by Evanston creatives (including me) from June 2- through June 30. The Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street in Evanston.
From 12 to 5 pm on Saturday, June 3, artists will host open studios to the public. Maps for the studio tour are available online and at Evanston Art Center. The list of artist studios is extensive.
The Art Center will also house the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop, at which I will have a few of my ornaments. The pop-up is coordinated by Amy Amoroso of AnoMaly Productions. The hours of the pop up shop are the same as the Evanston Art Center hours of operation, when the Art Center is open the Pop Up is open.
Evanston Made Kids! is June 17, 12-4 p.m., at Evanston Art Center, and celebrates young Evanston artists and their families with a day of free fun and creativity. This event also features a pop up shop of kid’s wares.
Throughout Evanston, participating businesses will also showcase works by Evanston Artists through June, turning the city of Evanston into an Art Gallery. It is a great month to discover the numerous pockets of artistic creativity in Evanston, and to get to know artists you didn’t know were your neighbors.
Maybe I’ll see you around town as we explore the various venues! Thank you to Lisa Degliatoni of 1100 Florence for being a driving force in organizing this event. Be sure to check out the sister event, Nasty Women Evanston, Saturday evening!