Evanston Made https://evanstonmade.org Thu, 23 May 2019 02:39:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Old Treasures/New Art https://evanstonmade.org/old-treasures-new-art/ https://evanstonmade.org/old-treasures-new-art/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 18:27:09 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=10279 When you’re considering where to show your art, let these two friends provide a reminder to think outside the box. EM Member Artist Kristen Neveu makes art. EM Partner Member Dawn Okamoto is the owner of Secret Treasures, an antique store. Together they’re using their...

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When you’re considering where to show your art, let these two friends provide a reminder to think outside the box. EM Member Artist Kristen Neveu makes art. EM Partner Member Dawn Okamoto is the owner of Secret Treasures, an antique store. Together they’re using their skills to carve out an alternative art space.

EM: How did you find one another? Who reached out to who?

D: We have known Kristen forever. She is our favorite Evanston (and the world) artist. She reached out to us. She asked us to consider becoming a partner. We said an immediate YES!

EM: What would you like to see more of in terms of business and art partnerships in Evanston?

D: Evanston already does an amazing job  promoting local artists and finding synergy with the business community.

EM: Describe what people can expect on June 1, 12-5p at Secret Treasures for the Studio Tour.

K: We are proud to host Kristen Neveu. We will be displaying 15 for $50, 15 works for $50 each. Kristen will be available to discuss her pieces. We will serve light snacks throughout her show.

EM: How did you choose Secret Treasures?

D: Kristen can answer this, but we believe, as in all great love stories, it is fate that brought us together, LOL!

EM: What advice do you have for artists looking to show art in alternative spaces?

D: Again, this is Kristen’s question, but we will add…Promote, promote, promote!! Utilize social media. Get the word out. Once people know, they will show up.

EM: What have been the benefits of showing visual artists in your shop?

D: The public response. Evanston is so proud to support local artists.

EM: Do you show more than one artist?

D: No, just Kristen.

EM: Do you solicit new artists?

D: Unfortunately, given the nature of our shop, antiques and vintage, it does not lend itself to new artwork. However, we love to participate in special events, like the Studio Tour.

EM: Why did you become an Evanston Made Partner?

D: Kristen asked us to consider it. We are always looking for new and exciting ways to promote art in Evanston and this was a perfect fit.

EM: How did you find one another? Who reached out to who?

K:I moved to Evanston in 2013. I quickly became a regular customer at Secret Treasures. I’m a collector. We became friends. I can’t get out of there without buying something. For the Main-Dempster Sauce Walk last May, Dawn and Henry reached out to me about exhibiting my art. I asked them if I could keep my work up for Evanston Made after that in June.

EM: What would you like to see more of in terms of business and art partnerships in Evanston?

K: Art at businesses to inspire people to create their own art. Or people to start collecting the art they see hanging in Evanston businesses.

EM: Describe what people can expect on June 1, 12-5p at Secret Treasures for the Studio Tour.

K: I’m having a 15 @ $50 show.  I’ll have 15 mixed media paintings, all 11×14, and priced at $50 for that afternoon. Start your art collection!

EM: What’s been the biggest benefit of showing your art in a business?

K: Having customers find my art in their everyday routines, and it sticks in their mind, and then they can reach out to me. It’s a “chance meeting” with art.  Also, I’ve had a few commissions come about by people seeing my work up in coffee shops or the library.

EM: How did you choose Secret Treasures?

K: I’m all about having my artwork shown in inclusive and welcoming spaces, and Secret Treasures is that. I also love the sense of history in the shop; it reflects well with my work.

EM: What advice to you have for artists looking to show art in alternative spaces?

K: Don’t be afraid to reach out to new spaces for showing your work. It’s an opportunity for people to view your artwork when they’re running an errand in a shop.  You can find new customers. And I like the synchronicity of it all.

EM: What can Evanston Made do as an organization to better support Business and Art synergies.

K: You do a lot already, thanks!  Other ideas? Pop-up exhibitions in empty spaces with artists and business booths, business and artist initiatives that reach out to kids, teens, elderly

 

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Members Mixer #2 @ Edgewater Candles! https://evanstonmade.org/members-mixer-2-edgewater-candles/ https://evanstonmade.org/members-mixer-2-edgewater-candles/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 15:59:44 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=10109 This recap is coming in a little late but Edgewater Candles deserves a huge shout out for hosting our 2nd Members Mixer on April 12! What a beautiful space! As soon as you walk in you’re dazzled by the seductive smells. In fact, I found...

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This recap is coming in a little late but Edgewater Candles deserves a huge shout
out for hosting our 2nd Members Mixer on April 12!

What a beautiful space! As soon as you walk in you’re dazzled by the seductive smells. In fact, I found it impossible to walk out without a candle in my hand (Red Ginger Saffron pour moi). Exposed brick, strings of lights overhead and a lovely island for our spread of wine and snacks.

You can picture how much fun it would be to do a candle making party or class at the space.

Mark was a charming host. We missed his partner, Stephen, who was attending to personal business. We also had to carry on without Lisa D, who had worked herself so hard she finally succumbed to some sort of plague! But we had a great turnout, nonetheless. You can really see people starting to engage more with each other and starting to make new and stronger connections. I know I’m certainly starting to feel more engaged!

If you aren’t familiar with the complex that houses Edgewater Candles, you should really check it out at 2113 Greenleaf. The large building was renovated about a year ago and transformed into work/live spaces. There are a number of talented artists based there, as well as other creatives and businesses. If any of them join the June Studio Tour be sure to put them on your list!

Next up is our first All Members Meeting at the Evanston Art Center May 1 from 7-9 pm. We’re going to start with a bit of business and finish off with socializing and refreshments. Please join us and let us know you’re coming by going to this link.

 

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Member Close-Up: Meet The Collage Cafe! https://evanstonmade.org/member-close-up-meet-the-collage-cafe/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:59:07 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=10059 We are starting a new blog post feature where monthly we’ll shine a light on a local Evanston maker, crafter, or artist. If there is someone you’d love for us to interview or profile, just let us know! Our first local is Lindy Stockton the...

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We are starting a new blog post feature where monthly we’ll shine a light on a local Evanston maker, crafter, or artist. If there is someone you’d love for us to interview or profile, just let us know!
Our first local is Lindy Stockton the owner and force behind The Collage Cafe. She has a cute studio and creative space where she not only hosts fun workshops, playshops, and events, but works on her own artwork and handmade wares.
(EM) Sooo…. why the name ‘The Collage Cafe’ ?
(Lindy) Honestly, I think it goes back to a time when my then partner and I were dreaming of opening some sort of biz. And of course, some folks feel it is confusing because it is NOT a cafe (though I do always offer up snacks and drinks when you’re in the space). It’s worked out though because it’s a little quirky and people tend to remember it. When I’m at a gathering or party and I’m introduced to people, when I mention that I’m The Collage Cafe there is a gleam of name recognition.
(EM) Would you consider yourself a maker, crafter or artist?
(Lindy) I find it funny and interesting the connotations that words take on and the meanings that get assigned to them. I’ve become much more comfortable calling myself an artist, but definitely I am also a maker. A creative.
(EM) How would you describe your artwork? In what medium do you tend to work?
(Lindy) I am most definitely a mixed media artist. I began very much a collage artist. My work has grown and continues to move in new and exciting directions as I learn new techniques and play with new materials and supplies. I have always been an abstract artist is what I’m drawn to as a collector as well. I tend to grab whatever is closest to me and I am definitely not a purist. Some of my most favorite supplies are inexpensive craft paints from Target and Martha Stewart. My artwork generally is colorful, bright, with a sense of whimsy and play.
(EM) You also mentioned that you’re a maker…
(Lindy) Yes. Definitely. Have been for as long as I can remember. Currently my obsession is making hand-made journals. Each one is unique and one-of-a kind. I started making and selling these beauties a couple years ago and will continue to do so as long as I’m having fun doing it.
(EM) What is the best thing about being part of the arts community in Evanston?
(Lindy) For me it’s the layering of many things… I love being able to bring people together for classes or hosting private events… especially when it is people who might not otherwise think of themselves as creative. By opening ourselves up to art and creativity we help shift our ways of thinking and mindsets. We allow for broader interpretations and beliefs and that can then naturally spill over into our world view. And spending time creating has been proven to be an excellent stress reducer! I also love having the opportunity to grown and learn and stretch as an artist and coach. I love the path I am on and where it’s taking me.
(EM) What does the future of The Collage Cafe look like?
(Lindy) I’d love to eventually build a strong portfolio and move into licensing my work. I want to continue to offer a haven and space for women to gather and create. And of course continue growing as an artist and maker and sharing what I learn along the way.
(EM) Where can people find you?
(Lindy) Physically The Collage Cafe is located at 1129 Florence Ave in Evanston. Online follow me here: Facebook.com/thecollagecafe  Instagram.com/thecollagecafe  Twitter.com/the_collagecafe  And you can see classes and merchandise on the website TheCollageCafe.com

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Our First Mixer – Woohoo! https://evanstonmade.org/our-first-mixer-woohoo/ Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:32:38 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=9584   Last night we hosted our first Evanston Made Members Mixer. It was so great! We had a room full of creatives introducing themselves to each other, catching up with each other and celebrating each other! A Trader Joe’s run supplied us with wine, sparkling...

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Last night we hosted our first Evanston Made Members Mixer. It was so great! We had a room full of creatives introducing themselves to each other, catching up with each other and celebrating each other! A Trader Joe’s run supplied us with wine, sparkling water, pretzel, M&M’s, and other random goodies. We were surrounded by the soft glow of Darren Oberto’s beautiful backlit artwork.

Lisa did a short welcome to the group, talking about the vision for the future of EM (Watch out Santa Fe!). She announced that  these mixers will be a monthly event for now and that we’ll change things up by hosting them at various venues. Then she asked me to say a few words about our upcoming photography presentation by Jordan Scott. I think I blacked out at that point but I remember rambling and a lot of hand gestures.

Joerg Metzner did his marvelous thing by taking gorgeous photos of the event which I share here. It’s always handy to have a professional photographer at your party. I highly recommend it.

The energy in the room was so positive. Everyone is clearly very exciting about where EM is going. And for Lisa, who has been raising this baby for 6 years, and me, who has been helping elevate it for the past year, it was exceptionally gratifying to get the good wishes. Even the few concerns are welcome, as we need the feedback to keep finessing the new model.

Thanks to all who came. Thanks to all who wanted to come but couldn’t. This is just the start!

@picturingevanston by Joerg Metzner
@picturingevanston by Joerg Metzner
@picturingevanston by Joerg Metzner
@picturingevanston by Joerg Metzner

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Welcome to the new Evanston Made https://evanstonmade.org/welcome-to-the-new-evanston-made/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:47:37 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=9080 Yeah! You’ve found the new Evanston Made website! This new online home of all things EM is just the big beautiful site we need to grow all of the IRL (in real life) plans we have for the coming year and beyond! When Lisa Degliantoni...

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Yeah! You’ve found the new Evanston Made website! This new online home of all things EM is just the big beautiful site we need to grow all of the IRL (in real life) plans we have for the coming year and beyond!

When Lisa Degliantoni started Evanston Made 5 years ago she was focused on getting the word out about all the artists in Evanston she had met and loved. It was a true passion project. But Evanston Made continued to grow and develop deep roots in the Evanston arts community. People have come to depend on the events it sponsors, the conversations it fosters, the art it promotes.  It’s time for Evanston Made to be fueled by more than one person’s passion, even if that person is the indomitable Lisa D!

Here’s the plan for making Evanston Made a sustainable arts initiative in 2019;

Evanston Made 2019 Core Initiatives

  • Apply for Non Profit Status
  • Move into a membership model
  • Recruit a group of core volunteers
  • Host events year round
  • Launch Evanston Young Collectors
  • Fundraise so that we can fund arts proposals: as Evanston cut Arts Funding for 2019, we believe the Private Sector can do more! Micro-funding projects, starting at $25 will activate citizen arts philanthropists

We will still be producing the annual Artist Studio Tour, which has grown to include year-round Pop Ups, Community Arts Projects and the hugely popular annual Group Exhibit & Pop Up at the Evanston Art Center.

We hope you’ll join us as we grow. Become a member. Become a volunteer. Be a part of Evanston Made.

 

 

 

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