Evanston Made https://evanstonmade.org Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:57:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.12 Our First Ever Maker’s Market! https://evanstonmade.org/makers-market-recap/ https://evanstonmade.org/makers-market-recap/#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:40:26 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=12233 By Maike van Wijk On September 29, more than 50 Makers transformed the 5th floor of Evanston’s Maple Street Garage into an art fair.  In conjunction with Downtown Evanston’s Oktoberfest, Evanston Made created an art pop up to showcase Evanston’s finest talent, along with a...

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By Maike van Wijk

On September 29, more than 50 Makers transformed the 5th floor of Evanston’s Maple Street Garage into an art fair. 

In conjunction with Downtown Evanston’s Oktoberfest, Evanston Made created an art pop up to showcase Evanston’s finest talent, along with a group of young artists.

It took a bit of pioneering spirit to join the Maker’s Market 2019. It had not been done before and setting an art fair in a parking garage is not the norm.  Where would the cars go? How would we control entry? How to layout booth spaces when you’re not allowed to write on anything and paper won’t stick to the wet concrete?!? There were a lot of questions that couldn’t be answered until we saw it in action!

The weather initially seemed frightful, but thanks to a solid roof over our heads and the convenience of literally unloading next to our cars, no one had to be concerned whether the looming clouds would ruin our art during setup. 

Instead, we all created our displays, some from rented tables and some with their personal booth furnishings and enjoyed the convenience of this venue. 

The clouds cleared and promptly at noon the first attendees began strolling in. The public took elevators up to the 5th floor, which appropriately represented “Painting”. Downstairs the Oktoberfest was hopping, offering beer, food trucks and German-influenced entertainment.

 “I had fun! I got to talk with friends and meet new people and loved seeing my fellow makers,” said encaustic and mixed media artist Jaimie Brunet who had fashioned a beautiful booth display. “Petting dogs and waving to kiddos was a bonus.”

 Our Evanston Made artists displayed ceramics, fashion, home goods, home decor, jewelry, makeup, and even hand crafted knives.

We soon saw Oktoberfest participants stroll through as well, identifiable by their beer steins. It was also lovely to have neighbors pop by, and fellow artists exhibiting in other group shows around Evanston.

The kids’ section included hand painted household items like aprons, photography, alcohol ink paintings, bath bombs, and greeting cards. There was also a craft table for young attendees to learn printmaking from two of our members, Janet Webber and Socorro Mucino.

Ben Blount showcased his prints, and had a wonderful time:Evanston Made Maker’s Market was great! It was big fun to be surrounded by such talented artists and makers. Thanks to my neighbors Liz Cramer, Amy Gabbert, and Joanna Kramer for chatting with me during the few slow moments. And a huge thanks to Lisa Degliantoni and Evanston Made for putting together a great event. Sign me up for next year!”

This year’s participants included: Ayla’s Originals, Ben Blount, Bonnie Watt, Carland Cartography, Claire & Jane Sloss, Creatively Empowered Women, Critter Project Inc., Ellie Hazlett, GoHead Merch, Jaimie Brunet, Janice Wojciechowski, Jeannine Ringland-Zwirn, Joanna Kramer, Juli Litzkow, Julie Karnes, Karna Studio, Kathy Halper, Karen Scofield, Liz Cramer, Louise Ivers, Maike’s Marvels, Mia Larson, Molly Laatsch, Latch Catering, Oleksandra Dinets, Olga Cher Hippie Baby, Reyes Witt of Assembly Creators and JerjerB Jewelry & Accessories, Ron Cramer, Sam Goldbroch, Seth Simmons, Steven Denenberg, Swantiques, Toby Renee Designs, Vaiju Saraf, Will Van Dyke.

“We both had a good day at the fair and are definitely looking forward to next year! Our favorite thing was meeting people that were just learning about Evanston Made, the Evanston arts community and were out enjoying the day and exploring,” said Liz Cramer, responding on behalf of her husband Ron Cramer as well. “We both had a chance to meet some Instagram followers that we had never met in person. So fun!  It was also great to see such a fun, diverse and talented  ‘garage full’ of artists and makers. I’m inspired to do something really fun with my booth set up next year.”

For shoppers who needed a break, Swantiques set up a fabulous lounge area with mid-century treasures and comfy sofas and chairs. Parking spots never looked so inviting!

The group was a mix of first-time art fair exhibitors and seasoned art fair vendors. From the feedback that has been received, the majority made at least one sale, and some of the kids booths performed well too. Notwithstanding the wet breezes and damp flooring, most of the hardy artist participants expressed a desire to return next year. And customers were asking for more!

“It was a great show and went well,” said Karna of Karna Studio.

You can view the full list of the participants here: https://evanstonmade.org/makers-market-participants/ 

Here’s to an even bigger event next year!

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Interview with Artist Angela Williams https://evanstonmade.org/interview-with-artist-angela-williams/ Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:12:04 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=11867 By Lindy Stockton Second in our series…The phenomenal Angela Williams. We were so thrilled and excited when Angela accepted our invitation to talk. It’s always a wonderful time spent in conversation with a kindred soul. We gathered ‘round the table on a gloomy sleety rainy...

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By Lindy Stockton

Second in our series…The phenomenal Angela Williams. We were so thrilled and excited when Angela accepted our invitation to talk. It’s always a wonderful time spent in conversation with a kindred soul. We gathered ‘round the table on a gloomy sleety rainy day…and this conversation was the perfect antidote. Bedecked in jeans, heather grey cropped sweater, knit cap, and her ever-present African hand-beaded bangles…. Angela strikes a stunning silhouette.

EM: Tell me how this all started for you.

AW: My earliest memories are of my mom being at home in the midst of her easel and oils. I was introduced to the arts at a very young age. It was always a part of my life… I remember visiting galleries and museums frequently and I was exposed to design from the start. My mom was an executive assistant at a well-respected shoe design company,  so I was continually surrounded by props, furniture, and all matter of design. I was a sponge; I soaked it all in.

I can vividly recall loving to make things as a kid… and I was always encouraged to pursue my vision. One of my fondest memories was making a shoebox highrise—it even had a rooftop pool and string elevator… I was mesmerized by the beauty of it.

EM: When did you know you wanted a life in the arts?

AW: I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in the arts. And because my mom was practical as well as creative, she steered me towards what was then called ‘commercial art’. I grew up in St. Louis and studied advertising design for 2 years at Florissant Valley Community College. Then I received a scholarship to the Art Institute in Chicago. I was lucky to study graphic design, fine art and performance art, too.

During my early career, I freelanced all over Chicago working on everything from package design, branding, and museum exhibits to sets for television and theater. I pored over big design work, was so excited by being part of the Organization of Black Designers where folks in Industrial, Fashion, Interior and Graphic could all come together. That’s when I met Evanston’s own Charles “Chuck” Harrison, a ground-breaking designer with Sears.  From my freelance experiences, I discovered I wasn’t interested in advertising. I was drawn to the world of exhibition design. It’s interesting how many jobs there really are in the arts… beyond being an artist who paints canvases.

EM: So that leads us to today… it seems you have found a fantastic home at the Museum of Science and Industry.  And congratulations on your promotion to Deputy Director of Design in the Exhibits Department. So this setting feeds one side of your creative passions… are there other avenues you pursue as well?

AW: I am lucky that I’ve had a life surrounded and immersed in the arts. It has been fun exploring different sides and trying my hand at various endeavors… I’ve done art fairs, jewelry design, abstracts, mixed media, but I find that as an artist my primary influence is pattern and design. I am drawn to the graphic nature of design and am currently exploring the intersection between the African art and contemporary design. I love combining African antiquities with the modern aesthetic.

EM: That sounds intriguing… how do you see it playing out?

AW: Ultimately I would love to build a lifestyle brand. Finding that balance between the fine arts world and the licensing (commercial) world. I also want to write a children’s book, and create a series of work that can be translated into surface design. I’m exploring the ins and outs of the big Surtex design show. It keeps me busy. And happy.

EM: So, what haven’t we asked that it’s important for people to know about you, Angela?

AW: I’m a newly appointed member of the Evanston Arts Council.

EM: Congratulations!!! What do you hope to bring to the council?

AW: I hope to add a voice of the underrepresented. I want art and to be truly accessible. I think there is a point of reference that is sometimes missing and I hope to help close the gap. We can ALL appreciate art and there is a beauty in the collectiveness. The arts help life and we need to think more broadly than art in galleries (though art in galleries is good, too.) I also want to make connections with others across our community and on the council.

EM: At the end of your tenure on the council, how will you know you made a difference?

AW: People will say, ‘She shook things up.’ I want to help move the conversation along … help people acknowledge bias in art and design.  I think the stated beliefs and value systems of many established artists and arts organizations need to align with their actions. I want to help take down the wall of exclusivity and open doors to more voices and expressions.

I am also very passionate about exposing our youth to the wide range of creative careers that exist and provide pathways for pursuing them.

I am all about embracing this role and being the change maker.

EM: It’s been so great getting to know you a little bit more and we look forward to continuing the conversation. Where can people follow your adventures or reach you?

AW: www.angelawilliamsartdesign.com ; www.pinterest.com/aswdesigner and www.instagram.com/angelawilliamsartdesign/  Thanks so much!

 

 

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Boundary Issues Exhibition Recap https://evanstonmade.org/boundary-issues-exhibition-recap/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 14:49:53 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=11213 Boundary Issues began when David Rubman offered Lisa Degliantoni the use of his empty warehouse space for the month of June. Lisa began to envision a large scale group show of installation artists from Evanston. The only problem? Opening night was a month away. But...

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Boundary Issues began when David Rubman offered Lisa Degliantoni the use of his empty warehouse space for the month of June. Lisa began to envision a large scale group show of installation artists from Evanston. The only problem? Opening night was a month away.

But Lisa, being Lisa, managed to get her dream team of artists to agree to fill the empty warehouse with their unique voices.

There is a very large main space, with cavernous ceilings and a delivery door. To one side a small interior room with a glass half-wall. Other rooms were in various stages of emptiness. Some still had old indoor/outdoor carpet and there were concerns about tearing it up due to toxins. Walls were white-ish and pocked marked with wear and tear.

Lisa assigned a space to each artist, with as many 6 or 7 sharing the main space. 

And on opening night, Boundary Issues brought together a wide range of work. Within the exhibition, one can see found-object installations, kinetic sculpture, fiber art, ambient video projection from a renovated delivery truck, and more.

The exhibiting artists are: Ben Blount, Melissa Blount, Vanessa Filley, Dave Ford, Joey Garfield, Ellen Greene, Dustin Harris, Erin Hayden, Anne Hayden Stevens, Mat Rappaport, Jeff Robinson, and David Rubman.

The exhibit runs from June 1-30 so there’s still time to see it!

Call to book viewings: 847-544-8205

West Evanston Industrial Park Warehouse, 942 Pitner Ave., Evanston, IL, formerly Chicago Ceramic Supply

Here’s what you’ll find at Boundary Issues:

Ben Blount Eyes Wide Shut

In Eyes Wide Shut, which can be found in that small glassed in space off the main room, Ben Blount uses letterpress printed posters, wood, and house paint to, describe our relationship to white supremacy in the United States. It’s ubiquitous, yet unseen. Both monumental and myth. We try our best to close our eyes, to distance ourselves from not only the words, but their impact and meaning. Eyes Wide Shut is an examination of our relationship to this foundational aspect of the American experience.

 

Melissa Blount – fabric art

Melissa Blount’s pieces depict the faces of prominent black women embroidered in yarn, with one person for each letter of the alphabet. She uses humble dish towels as her canvases for faces like Assata Shakur, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells and Josephine Baker.

“It was fun because we got to do a lot of research and learn about people beyond Rosa Parks and the people you hear about every year in Black History Month,” Ben Blount said. “We got to kind of dig a little deeper.”

 

Vanessa Filley – Flight Plan

Vanessa Filley describes Flight plan as a constructed environment intended to invoke a sense of chance encounter, the potential of love and attraction, the magic of winter exploration and the possibilities of flight.  It is the story of Linus & Matilda and the forest of the winter songbird. Over three years she letterpressed, painted and hand-stitched this world from worn out sweaters, blue jeans, vintage textiles and muslin using circles and lines as her compass .

At the time that she began this project her two daughters were 6 months and three years old.  She had a fierce desire to protect them from the world and introduce them to it piece my piece.  She wanted to start with the slow magic and wonder of existence, to provide a shelter and a sense of steady expansion.  She wanted to share a certain foundation of possibility before they were steeped in contemporary reality and all that that entails.  This project came into being over the course of three years while her daughters slept.

The twelve trees are swathed in handmade quilts using fabric from her father’s childhood pajamas, her great-grandmother’s moth eaten upholstery fabric, curtain’s from her aunts nursery, suiting from her grandmother’s attic and a smattering of other fabrics.  Each quilt is hand-stitched and embroidered with a stanza of a poem about the winter songbird. Perhaps you can hear the echoes of her song.

 

Dave Ford – SeeSaw Organ

The idea of the SeeSaw bellows driven wind piece has been in his mind for several years. Ford’s friend Brian and he were brainstorming at work one day of companion playground equipment pieces to accompany Swing Set Drum Kit. The tonal qualities of this type of piece was perfect. He had always envisioned the SeeSaw involving garden type hoses leading to a collection of harmonicas but stumbling onto an octave of organ pipes at Evanston Rebuilders Warehouse he knew it was time for SeeSaw Organ.

 

Ellen Greene with Vanessa Filley – The Playroom
Photographs, painting and mixed media sculpture.

Ellen’s thoughts on process: “I work first and foremost intuitively. I like to approach the imagery and materials I use from this internal dialog that arises to a level of compulsion that creates the art. It’s like a nagging or longing or obsessive loop that says “make this” and I can’t feel settled until its made. It doesn’t arrive from any sort of intellectual or technical training. It can come in dreams or waking visions that just pop into my mind. Even though I went to art school I often identify as a folk artist or even as an outsider. And I know that it is a privilege place to be able to go to school and then say: “I’m outside of the system” but I am very rebellious by nature and refused anything that school was trying to teach me. I wasn’t buying contemporary theory or buying into any ism. I wanted to look at art made by people in insane asylums, tattoo and folk art traditions. I liked the unrefined self taught aesthetic of punk music. I liked DIY fashion. I wanted to connect to others that were giving the middle finger to convention. So this intuitive impulse changes overtime. That initial youthful middle finger to convention has turned to a more thoughtful middle aged middle finger to convention. My thoughts and body change over time. I am interested in mapping that. Right now I am at the end of rearing young children. My oldest is 16 and starting to assert her independence, her leaving home is a close reality. So my current work has to do with looking back at domesticity and motherhood through my surreal, unconventional lens. I am looking at the emotions that surround family- the domestic drama I like to call it. How can I represent that? What do I see when I look back at the photos of the family that I could not see when I was inside the experience? What larger truth can I draw out? How can I be more honest? And based on what I am looking to represent I may make a painting, or I may pick up an embroidery needle or write a poem. I have to trust myself unconditionally and that is the real work.”

 

Joey Garfield – MOUNDTOWN

MOUND INSTALLATION

Mounds pop up everywhere-during every season. It has become Joey’s mission to profile these pile-ups of debris found in the corners of our world one mound at a time. They are all made naturally out of dirt, snow, wood chips and other organic material. A mounds lifespan is fleeting and in order to capture these mythical creatures in their natural environment he has to act fast. He scales walls, climbs fences, and sneaks through alleys to get the shot. And he’s only cut himself twice!

If he points to some kind of internal influence or artistic guidance when creating mounds it would be equal parts Jim Henson, Maurice Sendak and nature artist Andy Goldsworthy.

WOOD SCULPTURES

This series of work is called DRIFTERS. These pieces of wood are plucked from the rivers, lakes, oceans, and forests that surround all of us. Each one is given a chance to shine in a new light. He is most interested in pieces that have their own style, flow, and attitude. He finds the wood but also, the wood finds him and together they find the wheels.

 

Dustin Harris – Speaker Boy and his Boom Box will return!
Found object (wood) sculpture, video projection

The BOY was first introduced to the world in 2006, through an epiphany of his own enlightenment. Then he went away, and it was not known if he would ever revisit again.  The show Boundary Issues has changed this, and ignited his creator artist/muralist/sculptor Dustin Harris to reimagine a new world for all to see, hear and share. Don’t miss his reawakening in a fresh environment, a throwback to the future.

 

Erin Hayden – Forever?

2019, vinyl banner, foam, wood, latex, dimensions variable.

Erin Hayden is an interdisciplinary artist predominantly working in painting, performance, poetry, video, and installation. Her work has been exhibited in various cities across the US and abroad including at Stony Island Arts Bank, and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino. Solo exhibitions of her paintings and video work has been shown at Mana Contemporary Chicago, and Randy Alexander Gallery. She has been an artist resident at the Ragdale Foundation, the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity and is a Luminarts Fellow. She has been featured in reviews and publications such as, Frieze, Chicago Tribune, Lori Waxman’s 60wrd/min art critic, and NewCity Art as a 2018 Breakout Artist. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and is currently living and working in Chicago.

 

Mat Rappaport – Range Mobile

Utilizing a box truck, mounted with multiple external cameras, images from the surrounding environment is live captured, mixed with pre existing video and projected onto a screen mounted in the back of the truck. Sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, the artist  “remixes” the environment in real time, performing a moving intervention into architectural space. The truck follows a looping path through the city and pauses at anchor locations, inviting passengers to ride along and have their image mixed into the video. range thus continues artist Mat Rappaport’s effort to shape the experience of urban environments through media-based interventions. As tenured Associate Professor of Interactive Arts and Media Department at Columbia College Chicago, a co-initiator of V1B3 (www.v1b3.com), and throughout his artistic career, Mr. Rappaport’s work has steadily sought to unearth the historically embedded, psychological and perceptual contingencies of the built environment. As an active, mobile intervention into lived architectural space, range presents visitors to the Architectural Biennial with a shift toward a more enriched, layered experience of public space.

 

Jeff Robinson – Minimum Fine
2019, wood, vinyl, metal leaf, fabric, and acrylic, dimensions variable.

Jeff Robinson is an artist and curator based in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois. He holds an MFA from Illinois State University. Robinson has exhibited independently and collaboratively at numerous venues including Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), RomanSusan (Chicago), Ski Club (Milwaukee), University Galleries of Illinois State University (Normal), Outhaus (Urbana), and E. Tay (New York). His work has been published in New American Paintings, and his practices have been featured on Daily Serving, in NewCity Magazine (Chicago), FLOORR Magazine (London) and in the Riverfront Times (St. Louis), among others. Robinson is a curatorial resident for HATCH Projects at the Chicago Artist Coalition (2018-2020). Robinson has worked as artist-in-residence at Ragdale (2017) and ACRE (2017). In addition to his studio practice, Robinson serves as Instructor of Art at the University of Illinois Springfield and as Director of the UIS Visual Arts Gallery. He also served as co-director (and co-founder) of DEMO Project until its demolition in early 2018.

 

David Rubman – Wooden Sculptures

David transforms trees into sculpture – sometimes on a lathe, other times with a grinder. Textures accomplished with high-speed rotary tools, including a 300,000 rpm dental drill. Finishes are acrylics and milk paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Hayden StevensThe Philosopher Walks

A full room installation of prints titled “The Philosopher Walks” based on a yearlong study of Chinese landscape painting.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a narrative landscape painter and my conceptual focus is women walking in the landscape. I am currently working on two parallel bodies of work: a set of oil paintings, and a set of digital print series titled Women & Mountains which reflects on women’s experience in our current political landscape.

MATERIALS

My oil paintings are oil and alkyd medium on gessoed panel. I protect my paintings with a cold wax varnish. My archival prints are large scale digital collages that remix fragments of my completed paintings with 3D models, photographs and drawing. I build the digital images as vector-based artwork so the collages can be scaled and applied to walls and building surfaces.

 

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Handcrafted Treasures Overflow at the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop! https://evanstonmade.org/handcrafted-treasures-overflow-at-the-evanston-made-pop-up-shop/ Sun, 26 May 2019 14:22:36 +0000 https://evanstonmade.org/?p=10854 On Friday, May 31, the Evanston Art Center will be teeming with local artists and their friends for the Evanston Made Group Show Opening Party & Side/Lot Experimental Film Screening. Not only will attendees be able to see a plethora of visual arts created locally,...

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On Friday, May 31, the Evanston Art Center will be teeming with local artists and their friends for the Evanston Made Group Show Opening Party & Side/Lot Experimental Film Screening.
Not only will attendees be able to see a plethora of visual arts created locally, they can also take home gift items and functional art from the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop. When the party opens at 6 pm, the Evanston Art Center Lobby area will also be transformed into a storefront. More than 50 local creators have provided a sampling of their best-selling items for you to peruse in a  one-stop fashion.
The store includes ceramics, clothing, glassware, jewelry, letterpress/print, metalwork, mosaic, sculpture, soap/oil, textile/fiber, woodwork/furniture and more adornments for yourself, your loved ones, or your home.
Hosted by the Evanston Art Center and produced by Anomaly Productions, the Pop-Up Gallery and Store will be open from May 31 – June 30 at 1717 Central Street in Evanston.
Artists include:
  • Photo Views by Barbara Seyfried who presents her Doorways of Evanston Poster and Photo Notecards. www.barbaraseyfried.com
  • Carolyn Hinske Wearables, who works with fiber to create hand knit scarves and shawls with silk, linen, bamboo, cotton, alpaca, wool, as well as jewelry. www.carolynhinskewearables.com
  • Joyce Elias Studio, whose mixed media creations include cigar box constructions, painted wood collages, monoprints, sculpture, acrylic on canvas and tempera on paper.  www.joyceeliasart.com
  • Textiles by Rivera Design including shibori inspired and Eco-printed scarves, shawls and pillows using natural dyes.100% silk, cotton.  www.julieriveradesign.com
  • The Collage Cafe presents creations by a mixed media artist and maker incorporating deep rich layers with whimsy that inspire. www.TheCollageCafe.com
  • M. Samantha Art brings one of a kind jewelry made from Freshwater Pearls, Labradorite, Druzy, Semi Precious Stones, Sterling Silver and 24k Gold. etsy.com/shop/msamanthaart
  • OXA – Oxana Tsytsarina offers her jewelry creations that allow her to explore, hands on, myriad different materials and to fuse nature with her love of intricate handiwork.
  • Micromakery exhibits hand-sculpted polymer clay food jewelry. www.micromakery.com
  • Blue Rose Studio offers painting and pottery inspired by nature, dreams, meditation and life. www.BlueRoseCompany.com
  • Jeweler Sheila Schaeffer-Hirsh:= presents her stylish enamel pendants & earrings with silver accents, as well as colorful notebooks are sized to tuck in purses or pockets www.MetalPaperCloth.com
  • Suzanne Whiting has hand made chunky soft, cozy, and beautiful knit blankets in acrylic or cotton.
  • Virginia O. Roeder MA, MFA showcases her love of Virginia in painted notecards and posters. www.roedervirginiao.com
  • Evanston Stitchworks offers a sampling of fine fabric, yarn, patterns and all the stitchy things that you can explore in their classes for all ages. www.evanstonstitchworks.com
  • mosswood + moon inspires with weavings, fiber sculpture, and jewelry inspired by vibrant colors, found art, costumes, and architecture.
  • ARTesian RAPsody by Amy Harms combines lyric art and jewelry with upcycled vinyl records, lyric art on paper with acrylic and gold leaf. www.amyharms.com
  • Pop Up Shop instigator AnoMalY by AMY will bring in her bohemian jewelry that helps set intention. Www.AnomalybyAmy.com
  • Ann Catherine Design designs shadow pattern scarves created from the interplay of two layers of contrasting chiffon prints, giving them a beauty and dimension not found in single layer scarves.www.anncatherine.com
  • G. Anna Glass’ beach glass necklaces are fashioned from stunning Lake Michigan-tumbled beach glass with sterling silver and other backings.
  • Hammermandesign creates contemporary jewelry & objects handcrafted using sterling, bronze, copper, slate, stones and more for your perusal. www.carolhammerman.com
  • Bartman Masini Studio incorporates various dyeing and felting techniques into handmade scarves and clothing. www.facebook.com/donna.bartmanmasini
  • Elisa Lindstrom paints to give the viewer a sense of peace while celebrating the beauty of the world around us. www.elisaannlindstrom.com
  • Stoney Point Pottery creates decorative, functional items to bring art into everyday life. stoneypointpottery.com
  • Fran Joy’s purpose behind her work is to show the power, strength, and triumph of the human spirit. www.franjoy.com
  • Parakeet Moon provides hand painted vitreous enamel bowls, boxes and earrings
  • Heather Hancock is an Evanston artist exploring urban line and light in various materials. Her work has been placed in corporate, healthcare and government collections, and private residences. www.heatherhancock.com
  • Jamie Lou Thome creates collages and abstract drawings with found materials, oil pastels, graphite, and ink.
  • Jessica Kaplan Photography showcases her urban and landscape fine art photography, prints and postcards. www.jessicakaplanphoto.com
  • Milton and Margie’s Soy Wax Candles are 100% sustainable soy candles in reused tin cans, hand-painted in bold colors. www.miltonandmargies.com
  • Ware Studio offers small-batch functional pottery to be used and incorporated into your life. www.evanstonware.com
  • Noted is a line of bralettes with embroidered, empowering messages. Handmade from upcycled materials, it’s lingerie that lifts emotionally. Www.notedwear.com
  • Painter Kathy Cunningham works with acrylic on canvas and giclee prints and cards of watercolor paintings www.kathycunningham.com
  • Kim Romain Art includes abstract paintings, collage, and wearable art inspired by nature and the cosmos. www.kimromain.com
  • Leon Litinsky looks at leather as sculptural material and makes a functional statement with every piece. www.leonlitinsky.com
  • Artisan & Sage is inspired by nature to create functional ceramics in stoneware and earthenware,  www.artisanandsage.com
  • Maike’s Marvels hand wrangles steel wire and embellishes it with encaustic medium and paper to create whimsical home ornaments and personal adornments. www.MaikesMarvels.com
  • Greenfield Clay Works designs utilitarian pots enhanced by layering slips and glazes with sgraffito techniques, inspired by mindfully observing the natural world.
  • Lenzen Designs makes jewelry from recycled materials and mosaic crochet pillows. www.facebook.com/marla.gunderson
  • Marti De Boer Contemporary Jewelry incorporates stone, metal, ceramics, copper enamel, textiles and leather into jewelry. www.MartiDeBoer.com
  • LouE Gallery paints in both acrylic and oil exploring and experiencing geometry in human form and emotion.
  • Art Endeavors Studio paints lush intense landscapes local and abroad, including prairies and waterways. Www.ninaweiss.com
  • Art by Ramin feature painting that utilize Iranian calligraphy combined with Islamic geometric designs.
  • Evanston Studio Tour poster woman Rita Shimelfarb creates contemporary pictorial glass panels and fused glass jewelry. Www.RitaShimelfarb.com
  • Hen&Jay is the brain child of Evanston based fiber artist Robin Ryan. henandjay.com
  • Sarita Kamat Designs creates hand-painted glass jewelry inspired by nature and live. Www.saritakamatdesigns.com
  • sonjabegonia studio is a fiber artist using traditional techniques of embroidery, knit and crochet combined with upcycled materials, female-forward themes and whimsy. www.etsy.com/shop/sonjabegonia
  • TJ Custom Designs offers wreaths for all occasions and seasons and personalized decorations for parties, baby/bridal showers and more. www.etsy.com/shop/TJCustomDesignCrafts
  • Wendy Scofield of fieldfinding ceramics hand makes functional and decorative ceramics that explore the intersection of clean shapes that illuminate the natural texture and characteristics of the clay as they interact with the space around them. www.fieldfinding.com
  • Geraldine Martinez-Benz world with oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored and charcoal pencils  to create Philippine themed paintings and portraits. https://www.facebook.com/GeriBenzStudio/
Other artists include: Douglas Thome, Precious Enyiema, Terri Michaels and industrial grace.
A sampling of their creations can be perused online at this link: https://evanstonmade.org/evanston-made-pop-up-shop/ Many of these artists will also open their studios for the Evanston Made Studio Tour on Saturday, June 1. View the interactive map here to see who creates in your neighborhood! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IDG4FBRfawgZFdvKRmnF-3ZpGPE&usp=sharing
Photo Credit: Maike’s Marvels

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Old Treasures/New Art https://evanstonmade.org/old-treasures-new-art/ 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/ 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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