Final Evanston Made Sip ‘n Shop

June has flown by, and this is the final week to see all the Evanston Made art on display at the Evanston Art Center. As of July 1, all this lovely art will be off to new owners or back to artists’ studios. To celebrate the success of this annual event, Evanston Made is hosting a Sip ’n Shop party on Thursday, June 29 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Enjoy a night of cocktails, nibbles and shopping at the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop at the Evanston Art Center, located at 1717 Central Street. It’s your last night to purchase locally created goods by the creatives of Evanston.

You can peruse ceramics that are decorative and functional, fiber arts you can wear, carry with you, or hang on the wall. Handmade Jewelry is abundant and offers something for everyone.

Gorgeous leather goods include bags and keychains. Prints, postcards, stickers and books offer affordable art that makes a statement. I especially love the mixed media vignettes.

You can also take in the full exhibit on the main floor one more time. I love all the vibrant art that showcases the variety of artisan skills Evanstonians have.

The event is free and open to the public. Though we hope you invest in some of your local artists, of course…

The night before, Wednesday, June 28 I will finally make my way to the Five and Dime for the Evanston Made Closing party. Dan Kelch of Lulu’s, Five & Dime and Taco Diablo is throwing a party to say “Thank you” to everyone who participated in Evanston Made!

There will be food and drink from 6 pm to 9 pm at 1026 Davis Street in Evanston. We’ll celebrate the volunteers who made this event happen.

I’ve never been to the Five & Dime but have great things about it, so I am looking forward to this excursion in my home town. If you cannot make it to either, be sure to follow the artists below for upcoming events. Their art is so lovely and I have been honored to be in such good company this month.



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

Evanston Made 2017

I love the Evanston Made initiative, and this year I’ll actually be part of the pop-up at the Evanston Art Center. Evanston Made is an annual celebration focusing on Evanston creatives. Throughout June, studios, galleries and businesses open their doors to showcase works (artistic, artisanal, etc.) by Evanston creatives.

The month-long event kicks off with an artist reception on Friday, June 2, from 6 to 9 p.m at the Evanston Art Center. The Art Center will host the exhibit Evanston Made, featuring works by Evanston creatives (including me) from June 2- through June 30.  The Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street in Evanston.

From 12 to 5 pm on Saturday, June 3, artists will host open studios to the public. Maps for the studio tour are available online and at Evanston Art Center. The list of artist studios is extensive.

The Art Center will also house the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop, at which I will have a few of my ornaments. The pop-up is coordinated by Amy Amoroso of AnoMaly Productions. The hours of the pop up shop are the same as the Evanston Art Center hours of operation, when the Art Center is open the Pop Up is open.

Evanston Made Kids! is June 17, 12-4 p.m., at Evanston Art Center, and celebrates young Evanston artists and their families with a day of free fun and creativity. This event also features a pop up shop of kid’s wares.

Throughout Evanston, participating businesses will also showcase works by Evanston Artists through June, turning the city of Evanston into an Art Gallery. It is a great month to discover the numerous pockets of artistic creativity in Evanston, and to get to know artists you didn’t know were your neighbors.

Maybe I’ll see you around town as we explore the various venues! Thank you to Lisa Degliatoni of 1100 Florence for being a driving force in organizing this event. Be sure to check out the sister event, Nasty Women Evanston, Saturday evening!

Strolling Evanston’s Studios

Saturday was a glorious day to wander about town for Open Studios Evanston.


I attended the opening evening of Made in Evanston at Noyes Cultural Art Center on Thursday and marked my map with the works I wanted to learn more about.


photo by an Open Studios Evanston organizer

I walked over to Creative Coworking where I witnessed a lovely Make and Take by Twisted Fiber Studio.


I chatted about encaustics with one visitor.


Then I had lunch at Bennison’s Bakery.


The chocolate eclair made up for missing National Donut Day on Friday.


Botti Studio had lovely art by multiple artists for their Studio/Shift exhibit.


I love stained glass and hope to have a lamp like that one day.


I played with Carol Neiger’s Sphinx Lithograph-the shavings are magnetic and move.


Lorena LaGrassa and I admired each other’s jewelry and I love her mixed media work too.


Watercolorist Katherine Orr offered an ink demonstration at La Petite Gallerie Lapin.


She had wonderful insights about the flow of art making.


Lapin is a fun place to take your laptop for upgrades!


Part of the fun is exploring the various homes and garage spaces the art making happens in.


I was struck by Joyce Elias’ blue wood collage at Noyes, and loved the variations in her studio.


She makes other fun mixed media art too.


I’m eager to pop in to The Collage Cafe that is opening up at 709 Sherman Avenue soon.


I was too engaged chatting to take pictures of the space, but Jessica Lynn and Lindy Stockton have pieces at the Noyes Made in Evanston Exhibit.


Open Studio Project had inspiring pieces up, made from egg cartons!


I had met Robin Carlson at an artist networking event and enjoyed seeing where she creates her photo collages and multimedia art work.


She sold a piece while I was visiting.


Her mosaic process is inspiring.


Then I stopped at Sidetracked Studios where a raffle was underway to raise funds for the Trio Animal Foundation.


I hope my collar pendant enjoys the canine point of view of its new owner.


Sirius by my friend Jason McPhillips was ‘adopted’.


Hip Circle Studio showcased the veil choreography the students had learned in a single day.


I ended the tour at Perspective Gallery where FUSEDChicago member Katsy Johnson is featured with her new series of encaustic photos.


Earlier in the week I had checked out Bridgette Guerzon Mills’ encaustic art at Gather.


She is showing with Deva Suckerman who transforms salvaged wood into lovely portraits.


Check out the Made in Evanston exhibit at Noyes Cultural Art Center through the end of the month and explore who your favorite artists are.


Creativity and artistry abounds in this north shore community!