Jewelry & Gift Show Nov 17-19

On Friday, I will be setting up for The Jewelry & Gift Show. The Art Center Highland Park will transform into a haven for jewelers and jewelry lovers for three days.

Numerous Jewelers will set up booths to be perused by the public on November 17 from 4 to 8 pm, and from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19. This is a free admission, free parking event.


Artists include Janet Alexander, Wayne Dawson, Jessie & Dan Driscoll, Lala Enver, Tetyana Fedorko, Susan Fox, Julie Furgat, Lisa Gent, Heather Hambrecht, Vivian Huang, Roger Iglesias, Christie Joy, Barbara Keisman, Betty Kirk, Ryan Lapeer, Rachel Leykind, Renata Mikota, Jackie Mortillaro, Ann Sofer, Sarella Suarez, Lynn Tatar, Maike’s Marvels (of course), Kate Vanasten, Joe Vilaiwan, and Diana Widman.


Their work includes jewelry, stone, wood, various metals, leather, mixed media, and fiber arts.
The Art Center is located at 1957 Sheridan Road in Highland Park.


After a full day of shopping head into Highland Park’s downtown and eat at one of their great restaurants. There are also lovely boutiques to peruse.

Founded in 1984 Amdur Productions, Inc. is a nationally acclaimed arts festival production company that organizes and directs a selection of Chicago area’s most prestigious and successful juried summer art festivals.

The Art Center Highland Park is a community-based organization whose goal is to ensure access to the arts for all ages and cultural interests. A not-for-profit visual arts organization for more than 50 years, The Art Center (TAC) provides an arts education to Highland Park and surrounding areas as a thriving Arts Education and Exhibition Center, as well as a hub for culture and community.

Handmade Market on Saturday

On Saturday I’ll be popping up at my only October event. Handmade Chicago is kicking off its Fall season at the Empty Bottle, from noon to  4 p.m. on October 14. The event features 30 artists. I’ve never been at the Empty Bottle, located at 1035 N Western Avenue in Chicago, but I hear good things about it and its neighbor, the Bite Cafe. 

Handmade Market Chicago is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade. Each event is held on the second Saturday of every month, from the months of October to April from noon to 4. The Empty Bottle starts serving at noon, so feel free to shop with mimosas in hand.

The event is free to the public, but due to the venue you must be over 21 unless you have a parent with you. Artists will offer funky jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, paper crafts, skincare and more. You can park on the street or use the #49 Western bus.

Artisans include:

Another fun Ravenswood ArtWalk Weekend

In mid-September I pulled out the checklist and started gathering my art booth supplies for the weekend.

This year my booth for the Ravenswood ArtWalk was in the Hayes Properties Atrium. This was a new venue to me, but a few veterans directed me in where to set up my booth.

Soon we all had determined the layout and the empty thoroughfare became an indoor art fair.

Our venue was just outside of the main artwalk.

A flag soon pointed people in the right direction.

Every year it is a different setup with new additions to be added to the configuration, like my stakes this year.

The venue was filled with lovely art. The atrium light was cast a wonderful glow.

We started getting a steady flow of artwalkers and creations started walking away to new homes.

A few of my friends stopped by and snapped some photos of me in action.

Here a scribble ball will be repurposed into a jewelry creation. I love it when my customers tell me what they plan to do with my creations.

My batty pieces caught a few eyes, but the summery weather kept people from planning for Halloween. Most of these pieces are now at Sacred Art in Lincoln Square.

The Hayes Building has a lot of vintage neon signs that illuminate the hallway.

There is also a lovely replica of a Frank Lloyd Wright Garden Sprite.

Soon it was time to close the building and put the booth to sleep.

The chandelier in the Hayes Building casts lovely shadows.

There was a lovely art installation by Dana Parisi around the corner by the ArtWalk.

The next morning I passed this lovely reminder by the Swedish American Museum.

The organizers had replenished the booklets by our venue.

We uncovered our booths and geared up for another day of interacting with art walkers.

It was nice to touch base with vendors from last year and get to know new artists who were setting up their booths for the first time ever.

Although Halloween was ‘too soon,’ angels had no trouble flying off for Holiday gifts.

Musical pieces always find owners.

And Christmas Carol angels have a steady adoption rate too.

Soon it was time to load up the car.

Laura Matzen demonstrated how we all felt after two days of vending and tearing down our booths.

The drive home went quickly, with fun dashboard company.

I capped the evening with a lovely meal by the Lucky Platter, as always.

When I got home, I had my first Square review.

I unloaded the car and repurposed the suit case for my Houston trip.

I am looking forward to the holiday season. Things are looking up thanks to your support!

My next fair is the Handmade Market on October 14. Hope to see you then!

Sidewalk Sale fun

It is interesting to see how different pockets of Evanston participate in the Sidewalk Sale. Last year I had a blast with See Jane Sparkle on Chicago and Dempster, where the Sidewalk Sale is a big event. This year I learned that on Sherman Avenue in Downtown Evanston, the participating merchants are less concentrated.

I set up a table in front of the Evanston Pop Up Gallery to help boost their recent grand opening.

Several of the other resident artists popped in and out throughout the day, and it was nice to get to know each of them better and learn more about their chosen art forms and lives.

 

Steve made some adjustments to the window display and goofed around.

Pop Up Pat paid a visit.

On Sunday I strolled the Chicago Dempster corner which was full of bargains.

I met friends at Bagel Art Cafe and enjoyed a lox bagel.

Then I strolled by Ayla’s temptations, but didn’t linger since I had a table to be at.

I took a selfie with Wonder Woman at The Other Brother cafe.

It was good to see the signage directing people around the giant Fountain Square construction zone.

My table had already been pulled out, and I had more fun conversations with fellow artists.

Pop Up Gallery owner Sally Beach had just been featured in Evanston Woman Magazine.

 

While foot traffic wasn’t as heavy as the Sidewalk Sale last year, we still had several people pop by and the store itself gets great traffic.

I left a Howlite set to be featured by Steve on Pop Up Television.

The window changes each week with new offers.

Over the month I made several sales, a few in person as I popped in.

It is nice to see the positive response to this unique gift boutique.

Before long the second day was done, and the balloons also lost steam.

Pop in and see my shelf, as updates keep happening.

A video interview is in the works.

You can find all kinds of art work at varying price points here, some with the bonus of smelling delicious. The Evanston Pop Up Gallery is located at 1627 Sherman Avenue in Evanston, and open 7 days a week.

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

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!

Spring Grove Show Sunday

On Sunday I will be making my way to the beautiful Turtle Creek Lodge in Spring Grove. Affair of the Arts, a Fine Art & Artisan Gift Show, is held Sunday, March 5, 10 am to  5 pm at The Shores of Turtle Creek, 7908 Winn Road, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081.

The spacious lodge will be filled with 10,000 sq. ft of original artwork and artisan crafts. Admission to the event is free. You can peruse Jewelry, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Fiber Art, Wood, Metalwork, 3D Mixed Media, Fine Art, Home Accessories, and Artisan Fashion items while sipping on cocktails.

You can find me in the Mixed Media category, along with:

  • J + K Isacson
  • Cindy Lesperance
  • Maike’s Marvels
  • Will Slagel
  • Maija Steele

I’m thrilled my friend Cindy’s part of it. Cindy Lesperance is an award-winning artist who works out of her private studio in the NW suburbs of Chicago. Her art has been exhibited and has earned awards in many juried shows and competitions, galleries, and museums throughout the Chicagoland area and across the country. Cindy loves spending time in nature, traveling, and learning about other cultures: their art, traditions, and architecture.

Always aware of color, pattern, and texture, these experiences are an inspiration for her geometric works of art which are reminiscent of nature, oriental rugs, and fabrics. Although self-taught, Cindy has evolved a personal style in encaustic that is highly sophisticated and meticulous in attention to craftsmanship. At times she plans out a painting in it’s entirely before it is begun but more often she works intuitively applying minute “droplets” of wax, one-by-one, to produce a tactile pattern that invites the viewer to touch.

Ceramics and Home Artists include:

  • Lynn & Diane Abbott
  • Michael Benstein
  • James Blechschmidt
  • Natasha Glumova
  • Jan Johnson
  • Feisty Dog
  • Danuta Loane
  • Regina Lombardo
  • Josie Rochell
  • Kari Thornton
  • Fiber and Photo artists are:
  • Katie Biedrzycka
  • Shari Emme
  • Meghan Faulkner
  • Kathleen Freund
  • Brook Mrkvicka
  • Upsydoozy
  • TF Wilcox
  • Jewelry artists include:
  • Marianne A. McKoveck
  • Paula Dammeyer
  • Leanne Emery – Triskele Moon
  • Amy Hassan
  • Jewels Botanica
  • Maike’s Marvels
  • Despina Pafralides
  • Kathleen Watson

Drawing and Painting artists represented are:

  • Barbara Benstein
  • Tonya Bestor
  • Robert Cairone
  • Caroline Goldsmith
  • J + K Isacson
  • Connie Olmstead
  • Elizabeth Waddington
  • Tree Frog Studio

Visitors are able to purchase beverages and enjoy complimentary snacks during the Affair of the Arts event.  Wine, mixed drinks and other beverages can be purchased on the first floor, past the central fireplace.  Hors d’ oeuvres and light snacks will be available. I was a booth winner last year at the holiday fair, and had a great time trying on fancy coats and meeting wonderful people during the day-long event. I look forward to seeing the new creations everyone has come up with.

The first floor of Turtle Creek accommodates about half of the participating artists, with plenty of room for browsers to mingle and shop.  Downstairs,  you will find another full level of inspiring fine art and crafts to purchase. All items for sale are handcrafted. There will be something for everyone’s budget, from affordable small gifts to collector pieces.

Both levels are handicapped-accessible. There is a ramp to the upper level along the west side of the building, and also a ramp sloping down to the lower level entrance. The staircase to the lower level is located immediately to the right after you enter the main entrance doorway.

The lodge is situated on 32 scenic acres. Inside, there is seating along the large windows overlooking beautifully landscaped grounds. Affair of the Arts is Directed/Produced by J + K Isacson who coordinate other art exhibitions, events and artist call via xculturearts.com.

Culture-immersion pop-ups

Last month I popped up in places that had nods to cultures other than mine.

Early in November I popped up at Esquina, a new place founded by Nomadic Ant.

Meaning corner in Spanish, the place is a conglomeration of artist exhibits, a gathering space for live music and poetry, and venue for monthly local artist bazaars.

It was a weekend of shock for many in the nation, so there wasn’t much traffic, but it was still a fun gathering.

A woodburning artist read tarot cards.

An illustrator showcased her work.

We met the artist of these creations.

This rainbow sprinkle donut was consumed.

It was fun to peruse the record covers. Esquina offers Bring your own Vinyl nights, where you can play your records on a turntable.

In early December I visited the Irish-American Heritage Center, which transformed from a large gymnasium type space to a bustling vendor fair.

In spite of our first snowfall of the season, many people strolled through prior and after Sunday mass, including the bagpipers I had heard earlier.

I had researched Irish Carols and learned about Christmas in Killarney.

Candle Angel fluttered away.

It was a fun afternoon with a variety of arts and crafts on display.

My art fair season is over, and the display bags put away for a few months.

I get to enjoy the snow instead of watching it fall from the window, or luxuriate in hibernating for a bit.

Winter offers magical scenery.

Bucktown ArtShow this weekend

On Saturday and Sunday I am returning to Holstein Field House for the 18th Annual Bucktown Holiday ArtShow. It is my third year there, and I think I’ll be in the same spot as last year.

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This show has 100 artists selling handmade, unique, one of a kind gifts and art in all media. I’ve been to many fairs and know some booths on ‘the circuit’ but this show draws artists I have not yet seen every year, along with some popular returnees.

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Come and join us on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 from Noon to 5 pm. Holstein Park is located at 2200 N Oakley Avenue in Chicago. There should be a visitor parking lot South of the Park, and the Blue Line Western stop is nearby.

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Silent auction tables will be set up in each gym and in the auditorium with donated items from the participating artists. Guests are welcome to place a bid on any and as many items as they like. Participants don’t have to be present to win.

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Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to A Long Walk Home. A Long Walk Home is a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women

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Yum Dum Food Truck will be set up just outside the entrance from approximately noon until 4 pm.

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I had some last year and it was delicious.

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Coffee, soda, water, muffins and some snacks are available at the food booth in the Auditorium.

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You’ll also want to get some hot cocoa from Bob’s Belgian Chocolate, who was set up in the West Gym last year.

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The first Bucktown Holiday ArtShow took place in 1999, at Holstein Park Fieldhouse.

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Admission is $2/person at the door, but you can print my newsletter to get into the ArtShow for free. There is also a half-off admission coupon on the Bucktown Promotions web site.  

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If you forget to prepare in advance, you can also check in on Facebook for free admission to the ArtShow (and then break all the rules). 

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This is my final art fair of the year, so it’s the last time you’ll see my trees and letterboxes fully adorned.

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Snow is in the forecast, but that hasn’t deterred shoppers in the past years.

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It truly is a fun outing for families and caters to people of all ages.

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