Hi! It’s been a couple of years…
After my last holiday market at the DANK Haus in 2019 I took a temporary job that turned permanent, which was fortuitous as the Pandemic unfolded and Art Fair markets shut down. My art-making went dormant for a while, and with my computer getting clunky my blog went dormant as well. But as I find a new rhythm I want to get the bloggery back up and running again.
Fortunately I still have a lot of holiday ornament inventory, which you can find in Evanston this holiday season. As always, I have a shelf at Artem Pop Up Gallery in Downtown Evanston. That shelf will remain as long as Artem will have me, and I recently re-stocked the jewelry section.
After Thanksgiving I will put up my mini trees with ornaments again, and Artem will also have the big Christmas tree up where you can see how locally made mixed and matched ornaments look (FABULOUS!). So pop by 1627 Sherman Avenue in Evanston.
Meanwhile, EvanstonMade — a fabulous local organization supporting all things Evanston and Evanston-based artists — has secured a wonderful pop-up retail space at the corner of Dempster and Elmwood. You can’t miss the vibrant Evanston Art Pillar!
The Main-Dempster Mile has welcomed several new businesses here, so I highly recommend you wander the block to Inspired Indian Cooking, Crowded Closet, Stumble & Relish, Nice Lena and grab bites and drinks at the amazing restaurants in this area.
My ornaments are in the Christmas Room, and you can find a variety of other (nonseasonal) art that is made by local artists and reflects options for anyone in your circle whom you wish to bestow gifts upon this year.
I urge you to also patronize any local art fairs in your vicinity. Organizers and artists are getting brave and boosted enough to interact with the public again, and they live for meeting customers in person and having you admire their work. Family obligations keep me from being part of those markets this year, but I hope to vend at a few of my favorite holiday markets next year.
Please support local art, take your creative friends in social media, and shop local as much as you can. Our community is more vibrant and lively for those dollars recirculating in the neighborhood you live in.
I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving!