Ice House Gallery Events

While I am busy in the studio preparing for the Woman’s Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar, My Swarm and Beehive are still having a fabulous party at Ice House Gallery. With the first snow, it is wonderful to enter this oasis of flora and fauna and remember warmer days.

This month, the gallery is hosting several wonderful events during which you can admire the work by 40+ artists and take in some wonderful artistic experiences. On Saturday, November 16, Ice House Gallery is hosting a book launch and a Qi Gong and painting workshop.

The MilaMar Book Launch is Saturday from  2 to 5 p.m. at 609 South Boulevard in Evanston. “MilaMar” is a story about a passion for life; it is a testimony about harsh life lessons and sublime sacrifice for love. “MilaMar” is a novel about the truth that hurts and pain that becomes the heaviest truth of our lives.

Love is not consumed in our anxieties and passions. Only when it receives the power of action and the virtue of sacrifice, and is worth it, only when standing in the face of death, because only then it has the chance to reach eternity.

Mila Filipovic was able to bear the testimony of such love, the holy ground deserving only of the sincerest, and of those who found meaning in love, and in suffering grace. Mila Filipovic is a Serbian author and journalist, who lives in Chicago. This is her third book – she co-authored the novel “Concentric Circles” in 2000 and published a selection of op-eds “If looks can kill” in 2014.

Also that Saturday is the Qigong and Painting Workshop: The Art of Creative Expression, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. November 16. This is a workshop to explore and enhance your creativity though simple, mindful movements, guided meditation, and free form painting with acrylic paint. Relax and rediscover the joy of playfulness and spontaneity! Register Here:

At the end of the month, after the Thanksgiving feast, the gallery is hosting an evening concert. Kate Kayaian; The Voice of the Cello is on Friday, November 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cellist Kate Kayaian takes you on a musical and cultural adventure that celebrates stories of joy and hardship, family and friendship, love and yearning; all told through her beloved instrument, the cello. Through dynamic solo works written from the Baroque era to today, you’ll discover how the composers’ personal circumstances and sense of home shaped the music they wrote, and how they each found their own unique voice while writing for the same instrument. Join us and be transported through history to Spain, Germany, Japan, Armenia and beyond!

Doors open 5:30 p.m., concert starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door and you can bring your own beverage.

On Saturday, December 7, gallery owner Hannah Litvan will open her exhibit. Self-Reflection: Artist Reception illustrations and paintings by Hannah Litvan will have an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ice House Gallery, 609 South Blvd. The gallery will also be open that day from 12 to 6 p.m. Hannah Litvan’s artworks focus on the complex, mixed emotions that accompany self-observation both externally and internally. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments as part of Evanston’s First Saturday Art Events! Free street parking, steps from Purple Line and Metra.

Ice House Gallery Hours are Friday-Saturday 12-6pm & Sunday 12-5pm and Open Weekdays by Appointment Only. The Gallery Location is 609 South Boulevard, Evanston, IL 60202. Free Street Parking. Very close to CTA Purple Line South Boulevard stop.

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