Rediscovering linocutting

Ever since investigating my stamps’ copyrights, I’ve wanted to get back into linocutting (in 7th grade I made a playing card for art class). Enter the discovery of a local print shop. I asked Evanston Print & Paper Shop if they had linocut classes, and lo and behold, I was able to register for one […]

Botanical Garden Art Fair

Before the Black Cloud Gallery, I perused the lovely Botanical Garden Art Fair. This fair just returned after a 10-year hiatus, and it is a lovely one. Since it is held in the Chicago Botanic Garden, the theme is directed toward art work related to this habitat. Painters such as Gerardo Valerio Trigueros exhibited their canvases […]

Encaustic Inspirations

So as part of my new “job,” I need to network at local art events. It recently dawned on me that going to exhibits and art fairs are me mingling in my new industry. How cool is that? Last Friday I visited the Black Cloud Gallery, which is hosting art work by FUSEDChicago for the […]

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July! This has always been a profound weekend for me where I declared “independence” in some way shape or form. From too much loyalty to a job to bad food habits to waiting for someone to travel with to go places. Red White and Blue are my fatherland colors too so I […]

summering

There’s a lot going on in my brain but not much to share yet. My big task is coming up with my USP-the unique selling proposition of my business. While I know I am unique and I will have something to sell (hopefully locally by the end of July; there’s a trunk show coming up […]

Fountain Square Art Fair

It is the season of art fairs, and fresh off the Custer fair we have Fountain Square’s Art Festival. This fair fell victim to really high winds two years ago that spooked artisans away in 2010, but this year the fair was well-populated again. I chatted with artists I had purchased jewelry from in prior […]

Electricity Appreciation Week

Summer has officially begun, and quickly turned into electricity appreciation week. Last weekend the Evanston Art Depot held the 40th Annual Custer Street Fair. All the street performers, the variety of merchandise and its convenient location around the corner of my home make it my favorite fair of the summer. I’ve collected numerous adornments for […]

rainy day

“We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.” ~ Henry Miller Basking in the sun is sporadic these days as the weather cannot decide on what season we’re in this month. Today and tomorrow will be indoorsy due to thunderstorms, which lets me catch up on my reading stash. Somehow the study of […]

discovering the inner “truant”

“If you wish to live forever, start wishing to live more in the now than for it.” ~ Paul Pearsall, Wishing Well I’ve been ditching plans, idling, roaming, and pondering. Summer has me in its grip, and my motivation extends to sunning in the park and roaming the neighborhood, rather than starting on my business […]

Pop-up Botany

Hello dear readers. I’ve gathered more books about the Greek life and will post more travel tales soon. Today, it’s about pop-ups though. On Friday I took a Pop-Up Flower Garden Card Workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I always love an excuse to visit the Botanic Garden, which is such a Chicago gem. I […]