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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meet Evanston's Creative Class this June

As many of you know I'm an Evanston Newbie laser focused on celebrating and growing awareness for the arts in Evanston. This year marks my third year on the Evanston Arts Council as Co-Chair, a volunteer position for the City of Evanston that I take very seriously and love very deeply. (Who loves a volunteer position? Me, when it involves the arts.)

Sitting on the Evanston Arts Council allows me access to news and info about arts projects and programming happening all over Evanston. One project that wasn't happening when I blew into town 4 years ago was an art crawl or studio tour of visual arts in Evanston. I found it shocking and illegal that there was no studio crawl given the high concentration of makers, creators and artists living here and decided to make one happen.

Last year I worked with a group of volunteers and almost 100 artists to create the first annual Open Studios Evanston, providing access to art studios, galleries and boutiques to the public. This year we will do the event again on June 6th with an opening on June 4. 

The event website is at

The creative class in Evanston is thriving and growing and events like this help engage makers and creators with the public. Learn more about the participating artists on the Facebook page and below. If you want to join the event, email me at


Event: 1st Annual Made in Evanston Art Exhibit, featuring works created by artists participating in Open Studios Evanston. The exhibit features art by more than 75 artists, at the Noyes Cultural Center 2nd Floor Gallery. Exhibit is up June 4 - July 6.The opening reception is Thursday, June 4., 6-9 p.m., with wine and cheese and live music by Evanston jazz musician Donovan Mixon. Maps for Saturday’s studio tour will be distributed.

Open Studios Evanston is a citywide celebration of the arts in Evanston that takes place on June 6, 2015,12-5 p.m. Artists listed below will open their studios to the public and the city will have arts happenings all over town. Live music, dance performances, art talks and more. Check back for more participants, addresses & websites, links to artist pages and a schedule of events. This year's map will feature a bike route for those of you interested in biking for art!

Art Therapy

Jessica Harris


Jill Birschbach
Susan Curry
Justin Hart
Adriana Poterash


Dance Center Evanston
Foster Dance Studios


Carol Neiger


Lauren Levato Coyne
Betty Heredia
Paul Nebenzahl 

Fine Art Photography

Ted Glasoe
Jack Kraig
Alyce McQueen


Chris Heisinger 


Joseph Taylor

Installation Art

Dave Ford
Lorena La Grassa


Carol Hammerman 

Miniature Arts

Judith Lewin

Mixed Media

Robin Carlson 
Joyce Elias 
Heather Hancock
Kristin Neveu
Lindy Stockton 
Jill King-Wynn


Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz

Donovan Mixon

Musical Theater

Fay Kaiser Studio
etc. Music School 


Beth Adler
Ruth Ann Begelman
Jane Carney
Mark Collins
Rory Coyne 
Aydin Dincer
Peter Fagundo
Peter Kime
Linda Kramer
Juliane von Kunhardt
Melissa Gaulding 
Mary Graham
Tom Graham
Richard Halstead
Jill King-Wynn
Fran Joy
Darren Oberto
Sara Piepmeier
Jennifer Presant
Joann Rea
Katherine Orr
Joanna Pinsky
Matthew J. Schaefer
Amy O. Woodbury


Chris Bradley 
Matt Glavin
Timothy Steinman 

Print Making

Julie Cowan
Lea Basile Lazarus


Carol Hammerman 
Sara Piepmeier


Artists Seeds - (student work) Painting and Drawing
As You Like It Salon
Bottle & Bottega
Creative Coworking 
Midwest Clay Guild
Perspective Gallery - Photography
Sidetracked Studio - Drawing, painting and ceramic sculpture 
Space 900 

Boutiques & Stores

Comix Revolution
Stumble & Relish 
Squeezebox Books & Music
The Frame Warehouse

West Evanston Walking Tours

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