Girls Nite Out and ArtWalk week

It’s a busy week for me! Tomorrow I head out to Elmhurst for the Girls Nite Out Event. Since I had a blast at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art last year, I might stroll the Elmhurst Art Museum Wednesday morning prior to my setup time.  

The Wilder Mansion hosts Girls Nite Out from 4 to 9 pm on Wednesday, September 13. Organized by RGL Marketing for the Arts, this annual event is going to be full of exciting vendor booths, food and wine samples, and lovely people to mingle with.

On Saturday and Sunday, I am off to the Ravenswood ArtWalk. The 16th annual festival will include pop-up artist markets, live music, open houses and a street festival with local bands, Begyle beers and plenty of art projects for kids. I will be on the first floor of 4043 N. Ravenswood. RAW takes place along Ravenswood Avenue from Irving Park Road to Leland. It includes an outdoor market, beer garden, live music, food trucks and children’s activities at Ravenswood Ave and Berteau.

4043 N Ravenswood is a remodeled industrial building that’s home to a variety of artists and local businesses. This space has been a cornerstone of RAW for a number of years and is located just down the street from the outdoor portion of the festival (on the east side of the tracks).  Attractions for this year include a rooftop party at the Airstream building, tours of the All Saints’ bell tower, free group dance lessons, a peak at specimens from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum archives, kids’ building projects from Bit Space and a public installation from local artist Dana Parisi.

My location, 4043 N Ravenswood, was originally built in stages from 1910 to 1930 for the Manz Corporation, an engraving and commercial printing company. Eventually the building extended from Belle Plaine Avenue to Irving Park Road and across the alley to another building on Hermitage Avenue. In the 1960s manufacturing declined, and the neighborhood deteriorated.

The Manz Corporation moved to the suburbs and the building was partially sold, then fell into disrepair. After serving as a multi tenant industrial venue until 2000 the building got tied up in litigation. In 2005 Hayes Properties bought the property and started restoring it. Now it looks like sections of the 90,000 sq ft.building are available for leasing.

So come take a stroll and peek into other venues that are not generally open to the public. You will have a blast examining art work, learning more history, and sipping and noshing on local libations.

Evanston Made ArtWalk

Evanston Made is a month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community (and vice versa).


Art studios, galleries, museums and businesses throughout Evanston are showing works by Evanston creatives June 3 through 30.


I put on my bangles for the Opening Soiree.

shiny bangles

Opening night was packed at the Evanston Art Center.


I heard 300 artists were represented in the show.


My piece had a lovely prime spot.


The second floor holds four thoughtful exhibits, 2 by groups and two by solo artists.


In conjunction with the exhibit, Evanston Art Center is hosting a Pop Up Gallery and Store June 3-30.


The store is located in the lobby of the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston.


You can meet the various artists during their pop-up shifts.


It turns out one of the Brothers K baristas is an artist as well, and he did a demo at the Art Center on Opening night.


His pillows are at the Pop-up, and you can see his art work at Brothers K Coffeehouse.


I bumped into a few friends, one of whom snapped my photo.


After the opening I plotted my route with the fabulous Evanston Made map.


I started out on Florence Avenue which had changed quite a bit since my last visit there.


Angel felt right at home at Mill Creek Miniatures.


I wanted to get lost daydreaming about all the little vignettes.


You can get doll houses restored or custom made here.


The beauty of these studio tours is that you can see the tools of the trade, like Beth Adler’s.


So much mesmerizing print work.


Next door I could have gotten lost in Rita Shimelfarb’s stained glass portraits as well.


I learned about a co-op called Space 900.


I drove to the Dempster/Chicago area next, where inspirational Karna Designs was open.


I swung by See Jane Sparkle.


My pieces are enjoying various arrangements.


Stumble & Relish hosts a variety of EvanstonMade products year-round


Frame Warehouse had one of the Swarm posters up, and Paul Nebenzahl was doodling inside. A few shops have artists on display through June 30.


After parking my car by Main Street, the rain started in earnest, but I wanted to see my friends anyway.


At The Collage Cafe three artists are on display.


I am looking forward to my next playtime, and enjoy seeing my pieces in such joyful and inspirational company.


Evanston Sticthworks has beautiful quilts up by Ann Wasserman.


She was there in person and we had a lovely conversation.


Vanessa Filley’s dolls would fit right in at Evanston Stitchworts.


I visited my friend at Oliver’s Toys where Angel had fun chatting up a knight in shining armor and petting a fluffy hedgehog.


Cultivate has beautiful ceramics by Mollie Morris on display, and Laura Mae Noble’s terrariums are little vignettes you can get lost in.


I had a snack at La Principal before heading to the Swarm opening.


Got was in a swarmy mood throughout the day, and these pieces at Ausrine’s Art Room, The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle were fun to get me into opening mood.


Then it was time to see the swarm, and I’ll share pics of that lovely evening next week.


It’s selfie time!

Whenever I do my Etsy shoots, I try to also wear the pieces out and about for a photo record of how they look in real life, like this blue beaded pendant, ring and earring set.


Sweaterdress season is almost over, and this jade stone collar looks great with knits.


It’s fun to mix and match pieces and add my ring collection to the fun. You can view my combinations in real time on Instagram. Pairing my infinite earrings with a coil bangle and an exquisite purple pendant  brightened up the dreary days, and I gave my wool sweater a touch of spring with the caged butterfly pendant and matching scribble ball earrings.


I am also playing with my necklace collection, and wore my grandmother’s gift with New World Symphony when I won tickets to the Evanston Symphony Orchestra during a #weLoveEvanston campaign.


Pictured here: Musical wax and wire pendant, violin clef earrings,
a custom birthstone bangle bracelet, a butterfly ring from Ayla’s Originals.

The weather is warming but you can always make a fashion statement with a scarf pendant! This one is made with a piece of vintage coral.


I wore the freshly listed double helix wax and wire pendant to the Textual Encounters opening, along with pink scribble ball earrings and a butterfly scarf pendant.


A pop of red is always fun. This musical heart is one of my first and favorite pieces, and I combined it with the coil earrings that are quite popular. My triangle pendants have found a few new homes, and any color is available. The smashed earrings have a life or their own.


When I did the Yacht walk-through for RAW, the long wire earrings got combined with a lime green mother’s day pendant, a bangle bracelet and rings from fellow Etsy vendors Jelene Britten Designs and alapop jewelry.


Check out my Etsy shop for more pieces and always wear your seatbelts! They make pendants look awesome.

Last week to vote Artrageous!

This is the final week to vote for Artreageous pieces. The Art walk ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, and voting (I’m vying for #14) closes at noon.

Artrageous Lincoln Park Map

Last weekend the Chicago Painters and Artists’ Meetup took a stroll down Clark, and it was the perfect day for it. You can pick up maps and punch cards at participating stores.


We enjoyed smelling soaps at Aaron’s Apothecary, which felt like a time warp into historic drug stores. Elizabeth Grace had some lovely letterpress cards I couldn’t resist, and we passed numerous eateries along the way that were hard to resist.


The Austrian Bakery had been beckoning us though, so we settled in for lunch there, and I took a Sacher Torte to go. Vapiano’s will have to wait until next week.


Since I was so giddy about the sunshine I forgot to take photos half the time, but you can view all of FUSEDChicago members’ art work at this album by Doug Boehm.


Head out this weekend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo among some art!


This Tweet made me blush. Life is so good right now.

Artrageous Tweet

Artrageous Art Walk

This weekend a few Chicago Painters and Artists‘ members explored the Artrageous art walk.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

Our meeting point at Hanig’s Slipper Box had two mixed media dimensional pieces.

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Gone but Not Forgotten assemblage piece by Shel Beugen

It was a chilly overcast day, but the rain stayed away and entering the various stores helped us stay warm.

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 Vision, oil on bark paper, by Dafina Castro at KC Chocolatier

It was good to see my Swift Swallowtails again.

Maike's Marvels

photo and art work copyright Maike's Marvels

Swift Swallowtails encaustic collage by Maike’s Marvels

You can vote for them online or text CSLP 042 to 32075.

Not all art work is inside, some are displayed in the store windows.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

Lake Splash, oil on canvas, by Rob Waters at Potbelly Sandwich Works

Country Girl by Bonnie Donaghy

We discovered numerous fashionable stores, and were tempted to shop here and there.

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Pink and White Tulips and Daylilies, oil on canvas, by Winifred Godfrey at Akira

Nest Furniture gave us a tour of their resident artist, who is also part of Artrageous.

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Art work by Rebecca Plotnick for sale at Nest Furniture

John Kane at the Basil Leaf Cafe

Clark street is also full of eateries.  I had my first empanada.

Vapiano’s is on my list to revisit for its food.

Dance Hall Girls, black ink on white paper, by Andrew Krueger at Vapiano

We also sampled savory treats at the Meatloaf Bakery.

Some stores had lovely permanent art work as well, or a gallery of work by an artist.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

Triumphant Spirits #1, Joy, acrylic, by Barbara Edwards

Sculptural pieces are represented as well. The concluding event with art making and food demonstrations is this Saturday, May 5, and voting ends at 4 p.m. that day. The Artrageous Awards Ceremony will take place  from 5 to 6 p.m. at 557 W. Diversey Parkway.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

 Gut Reaction, Silk Shibori by Deborah Hirschfield

After viewing more art we ended our outing at the Austrian Bakery.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

It was a lovely afternoon, followed by an evening at PerficalSense with Kim Bernard.

This artful life is so much fun.