Aquatic Critter Necklace

For the June Now That’s a Challenge!, Brenda Schweder’s JigUFacturer design team was tasked with creating a story with their jewelry. I had received some cute rubber critters from a friend, and as I was clearing the studio to make room for my brother, I came across them again. My brother and I traveled part […]

Evanston Made Pop Up Shop

Phew, what a week it has been! On Wednesday I helped set up the Evanston Made pop up shop at the Evanston Art Center, and the shop and exhibit were both packed during Friday’s opening party. The group show is amazing, and worth a perusal. Several artists already had red dots early in the night, […]

Evanston Made at Artem Pop Up Gallery

On Saturday a plethora of local artists will open their studios to offer a glimpse at their methodology and creative habitats to the public. This once-a-year event is a wonderful way to get to know Evanston better and appreciate the creativity that abounds in our city. I don’t want to make anyone climb three flights […]

Evanston Made Kicks off May 31

I am so excited for this upcoming weekend! I am tagging and preparing ornaments and stakes to be part of the month-long pop up shop at the Evanston Art Center in conjunction with Evanston Made. On Friday, May 31, the Evanston Art Center will be teeming with local artists and their friends for the Evanston […]

Making Mugs

In early March, I gathered with a few women for Wine, Women and Mud. It was my first visit to WARE studio, where Joanna Kramer and Julia Finlayson have set up their ceramics studio. This was a private workshop set up by a group of friends, and we brought wine and munchies to enjoy before […]

Ahavani Mullen’s Friendship with the Unknown

On a rainy evening I made my way to Ahavani Mullen’s Opening Reception for her new show. Chicago Art Source Gallery at 1871 N. Clybourn in Chicago is hosting “Friendship with the Unknown”, a solo show of new work by Chicago based mixed media artist Ahavani Mullen. The stairs up already showcase Ahavani’s encaustic art […]

Early Magnolias

 “Magnolias are aristocrats of ancient lineage possessed of many superlative qualities.” ~ plant collector E.H. ‘Chinese’ Wilson When I was at the Morton Arboretum hunting for Trolls, I came upon a Magnolia Grove. There was a beautiful sculpture indicating the beautiful blooms to be seen here in Spring. I didn’t know that Magnolias were endangered. […]

Unbound with Karen Tichy and Alicia Forestall-Boehm

A few weekends ago I visited Oliva Gallery to see Karen Tichy and Alicia Forestall-Boehm‘s exhibit. The two encaustic artists collaborated on this 2-person show, and the end result is wonderful. The artists explore paper, fiber, encaustic, and other materials in this singular collaboration created for display at the Oliva Gallery. Some previously seen works […]

May Now Thats a Challenge!

On March 8, 2019, Brenda Schweder Jewelry’s Facebook Live video included a guest appearance of her husband, Jim Schweder. The couple is putting their house on the market (for a move to warmer Tuscon), which prompted Jim to volunteer some of Brenda’s beautiful ephemera finds for our May Now That’s a Jig! Challenge (with her […]