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. 🙂

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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

Art & Wine Night Pop-up

On Friday evening I’ll have an Evanston pop-up. Creative Coworking is hosting Art & Wine Night Friday, May 26th, from 5 to 8pm. This month showcases work by Laura Engel and Ross Martens.

I will have a pop-up table with my jewelry and ornaments and brand-new plant stakes in the exhibit area. Creative Coworking is located at 922 Davis Street in Evanston.

These evenings are always fun and full of new discoveries.

I also have my butterfly collages on a wall in the coworking space, and numerous other artists grace the three floors.

Ongoing exhibitions inlcude: Liz Albertson, Laura Allen-Simpson, Jerry Alt, Raissa Bailey Eirich, Ann Baker, David Bender, Michael Berns, Betty Butler, Melanie Deal, Mark DeBernardi, Michael Birnbaum, Vanessa Filley, Angela Garbot, Larry Geni, Ted Glasoe, Liberis Golfinopoulos, Heather Hancock, Jill Hejl, Chris Heisinger, Jason Kaiser, Sarah Kaiser, Bonnie Katz, Bridgette Kelling, Ian Lantz, ITALA, Edyta Legiec, Elisa Lindstrom, Patrick Linehan, Stephen Lloyd, LP Lundy, Michelle Mallin, Christine McClure, Katherine Nemanich, Kristen Neveu, Darren Oberto, Greg Palmer, Annette Patko, Brian Peterson, Ron Rutkowski, Don Seeley, Barbara Seyfried, Sorcha, Rich Sparks, Nina Ulana, Amy Woodbury, Jerry Woods, Monica Zanetti, and Benita Zarling.

Come on out and enjoy wine, nibbles, and excellent company!

You can take the CTA to Davis Street, or park nearby in Sherman Garage or on side streets. I’m sure there’s a bike rack closeby as well!

 

A lovely local pop-up

Art & Wine Night at Creative Coworking is always a fun event, but even more exciting when you’re an exhibitor.

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On March 18 numerous Evanstonians perused the artful mixed media collages of Melanie Deal.

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They also chatted under my encaustic and steel wire works on the opposite wall.

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I also popped up with my jewelry, which was well-received by many.

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A pair of angels flew to new homes.

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There was much conversation and perusing of art.

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Wine and nibbles were served and the evening was videographed by Creative Coworking interns.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

I observed my pieces in profile.

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I was thrilled to see my friends pop in and out.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

You can enjoy pie by Pyrite Sun, get massages from Rebecca and Journal with Maggie.

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A few pendants, earrings and a keychain got adopted.

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Check out Creative Coworking’s upcoming events here.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

Thank you Angela for hosting me!

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I’m still sorting out details for my next pop-up.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

In Evanston you can find my pieces at The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle (the latter has a soiree Thursday you’ll see me at).

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I was gifted a rainbow of macarons from Bennison’s Bakery too!

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The show is up through the end of the month, and then a new artist will rotate in.

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So swing by between 9 am and 4 pm on weekdays at 922 Davis Street.

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Photo by Abby Powers for Creative Coworking

Hanging my Show

It’s been a fun few months preparing for Friday’s Show Opening.

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After creating all the substrates and bending the shapes to go on top of the pieces I had to attach the hanging hardware before fusing everything together.

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Then I fused the wire to the encaustic backgrounds and did the hanging test to make sure the shapes would stay put.

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Meanwhile, Downtown Evanston promoted the show in their newsletter, right above Ayla’s Bead’s upcoming event.

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Next came the challenge of transporting dimensional art to its destination.

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My bouncy heart of Communicating Love had to ride shotgun so I could keep the springiness at bay.

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Then came the daunting task of filling up a giant wall.

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I have hung art, but I have never hung an actual show before, and having a vision for how to hang it is much different when faced with the blank wall in actuality.

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But I hammered in nails, and eyeballed the spacing as I went.

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I learned a new vocabulary word, hexaptych, in time to describe the 6 piece grid I made.

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I like how the angles are reflected in Melanie Deal’s mixed media collages as well.

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This one might be my favorite, but I haven’t looked too closely at the other ones yet.

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Such fun details!

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To bookend Communicating Love I added triple heart collages next to the re-wired Piano Scrolls Diptych.

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Tomorrow I’ll also be popping up with my Jewelry pieces for one night only.

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The art show remains on display through the end of the month.

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So come on out to 922 Davis Street for some wine, good company, and colorful art from 5 pm to 8 pm. Creative Coworking is a fabulous space to peruse.

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I think we complement each other well.

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Here’s hoping for a good turnout tomorrow!

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Evanston’s new Collage Cafe

There’s a new cafe in town, The Collage Cafe!

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Lindy Stockton opened the storefront for a sneak peek during Open Studios Evanston.

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Since then, she has carefully curated gift items and creativity-inspiring products for adults to celebrate our inner artist.

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The store has a plethora of greeting cards, pendants, wall decor, candles and decorative household items to cheer yourself or your loved ones up.

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The Collage Cafe formally opened in September and has since hosted numerous workshops, including book binding and journal cover making.

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Hopefully Q1 slows down enough for me to take advantage of this nearby workshop space.

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Lindy founded the Grown-up Girls Club that allows women to gather every second Sunday of the month for an afternoon of creativity and inspiration.

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From 1 to 4 pm, Lindy arranges for a project and provides a fun place to get away from daily chores and spend some quality creative time among like-minded women.

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Private parties are welcomed by Lindy, just give her a call or pop into her store to make arrangements.

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I’ve already gifted the lovely deck of inspirational cards Lindy created, and am making a wish list for the holidays.

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I also have a few of my bangles and pendants in the store.

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Those bangles garnered a commission, which was so much fun to create.

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So go check out the Collage Cafe, around the corner from Vogue Fabrics at 912 Sherman Ave, Evanston.

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Check out the store hours and upcoming workshops and drop-in classes at the web site.

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It’s inspiring to see artists open up storefronts and I am excited that Main Street has so many new businesses popping up. It’s an affirmation that I live in the right community of like-minded people.

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I’m also impressed by the clear vision Lindy communicates through the aesthetics in her store. Her color-palette and product selection indicates a strong sense of her brand, which my inner marketer appreciates and values.

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Artsy Weekend Fun

It’s a weekend of artistic activities! On Saturday and Sunday The Collage Cafe is hosting its true grand opening.

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On September 26th & 27th  from 11 am – 5pm you can peruse this lovely boutique while being treated to surprises and door prizes, refreshments and discounts. Lindy will show some fun and fast make and take projects, and you can sign up for future workshops.

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A few of my bangles are having a sleepover there, and The Collage Cafe also has my Curly Girl Design pendant on hand, among others.

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Check out the events page for upcoming fun workshops. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 – 6, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 4, and by appointment on select Mondays. The Collage Cafe is located near Main and Sherman at 912 Sherman Avenue, Evanston IL 60202

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On Sunday I will be in Highland Park at Ayla’s Bead Bazaar trying to stay in my booth while being surrounded by sparklies.

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Monday evening you will find me at Creative Coworking to mingle with One State Together participants. Creative Coworking is part of a bus tour showcasing Evanston’s small businesses and developments that have made a special place for art, performance, and placemaking in their growth, prioritizing collaboration over pure competition.

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The biennial One State Together in the Arts conference takes place September 28 and 29 in Evanston. More than 300 artists, arts managers, and arts supporters will come together to collaborate to ensure that the arts are leading the way toward a more equitable, unified, and livable society.

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Co-convened by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, One State is the only statewide, multidisciplinary conference for arts leaders and practitioners in Illinois. It’s pretty cool to live in such a fun, vibrant and inspiring creative community.

Open Studios Evanston this Saturday

June promises to be a busy and artful month. The artist community in Evanston has banded together to host Open Studios Evanston. In its second year, June 6 allows Evanston residents and visitors to poke around the studios of local artists, including those who do not generally open their studio to the public. This Saturday I will pop in at Creative Coworking. Several of the artists adorning the building’s walls will be present between 12 and 5 pm.

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From Central street to Oakton, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, jewelers, clothing designers, photographers, puppeteers, acrobats, singers, dancers, and other creatives are hosting open houses to let the curious wanderer explore Evanston’s art scene.

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I will mingle with the resident artists at 922 Davis Street arond noon before moving along the trail myself. Numerous arts organizations, galleries and boutiques are joining the celebration with special events. Maps and a list of participants are provided the day of the event at locations throughout the city.

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My friends at Sidetracked Studio are hosting a fundraiser raffle for the Trio Animal Foundation, and Hip Circle Studio will teach you how to choreograph a dance. Encaustic arts will also be represented at Gather and at Perspective Gallery. Dragonfly Boutique (hostess to my earrings and pendants) is having a 20% off moving sale through Sunday.

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So grab a map and meander around town on Saturday! Regardless of the neighborhood you’re in, you’re bound to find inspiration.

Maps designed by IDG Evanston and courtesy of Open Studios Evanston.

Collages at Creative Coworking

My wall collages are adorning a new (temporary) home. Earlier this month I dropped off a few of my pieces to be on display at Creative Coworking in Evanston.

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Creative Coworking is a lovely building filled with office spaces for solopreneurs and small business owners in Evanston. With a tagline of ‘your office home’ it truly feels cozy.

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The entrance is a lounge area with comfortable sofas.

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Further back on the first floor you can find closed conference rooms for team projects.

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A spacious kitchen rounds out the first floor.

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The second and third floors combine closed office space with open desk space areas. Click for a virtual tour.

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Not only does this bright space offer a positive vibe and comfortable working atmosphere for business owners, but all walls are decorated with local art work that is available for sale.

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Angela said that curating art is one of her favorite parts of her ’job’ and I love that this venture founded by her and her husband truly supports anyone trying to strike out on their own.

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The building use memberships range from three months per visit to unlimited use of a fully furnished suite with bathroom. The fees offer flexibility and the opportunity to grow.

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One can start with three visits a month and upgrade that incrementally by specific number of visits to reserving a desk or an office. Mail and fax services are also available.

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You can read this fabulous ID8 Nation article to learn more about Creative Coworking. I perused the space during the March Art & Wine night, after hearing of it since Creative Coworking started.

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Angela admired my Morpho Butterfly wax and wire pendant and after reconnecting when she wasn’t hostessing we arranged for me to drop off my wall decor.

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Not only do my butterfly collages get to have a sleepover among 30+ artists, but I also get to pop up at the next Art & Wine night, which will be on May 30. You’ll be able to peruse my wax and wire jewelry as you make your way around this lovely building.

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There will be delicious snacks, wine, ample room to mingle, and lots of intriguing people to converse with.

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Join us on on Saturday, May 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 922 Davis Street, or check out other events Creative Coworking hosts.

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