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North Shore Studio Expands Merchandise

Each year, The Arts of Life community creates thousands of pieces of original artwork. Our dedicated facilitators do their very best to ensure that artists’ work is seen by the public through exhibitions, art festivals and private viewings. But try as we might, there are always pieces that wind up in storage, waiting patiently for their moment to shine.

 

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Fresh Artwork on View at Printwell

A new rotation of artwork is currently installed at Printwell in Glenview! The featured artwork was made by Marcelo Añon, Cole Fox, Laura Greenberg, David Jonaitis, Laura McManus, Jack O'Sullivan, and Quinn Zenner. Stop by Printwell during business hours to view the artwork and learn more about the printing services that they offer. Printwell is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5pm. They are located at 1717 Chestnut Ave in Glenview.

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#100 Days of Resistance

Many members our collective have expressed concern about the current political climate.  We are alarmed by a lack of concern for the wellbeing of all citizens, not just those who belong to specific groups.  We are confused by proposed policies which aim to reduce and restrict the expressions of freedom and choice.  We are saddened by the rollback of the welcoming spirit that characterizes our country.

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Archivist of Her World: Meet North Shore Artist Renata Berdes

The impulse to paint comes neither from observation nor from the soul (which is probably blind) but from an encounter: the encounter between painter and model: even if the model is a mountain or a shelf of empty medicine bottles.” 

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February Artist of the Month: Christianne Msall

 

The Chicago studio features an Artist of the Month, whose work is exhibited in the waiting room.  Visitors, volunteers, staff, and artists are greeted as they enter the studio and can become more familiar with an individual artist’s practice.  The artist is selected by a curatorial committee of four artists along with Vincent Uribe, our art director.  They curate several works from the artist’s portfolio to exhibit within our newly launched gallery space, Circle Contemporary.

 

February’s artist of the month is Christianne Msall and the show features her vibrant mandala drawings, each of which have a circle in the center, filled with abstract marks, flowers, music notes, and other symbols. This show is full of warm colors, bold lines, and geometric patterns. To find out more about the work that went into creating these images, we interviewed Christianne.

 

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A View From Inside The North Shore with Gail Weisman

“It’s an artistic experience and not just visual. I feel inspired and lucky to be here.” Gail Weisman expressing her view on the North Shore Arts of Life!

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CHI Intern Spotlight: Q & A with Marcella Apollonia

This Winter, the Chicago Studio was excited to have Marcella Apollonia join us as a Studio Intern.  Marcella supports our artists with artmaking, working on goals, using social media, and keeping our studio clean.

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The Arts of Life Holiday Party, Oh What Fun!

Dear Arts of Life Friends & Community Members,

On January 21, our Executive and Associate Boards and The Arts of Life staff kicked off the year in style with a holiday party.  A big thank you to the party organizers and to Rogue Philanthropy for hosting us!

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Happy Birthday, Ralph! We Miss You!

Ralph Bemont joined the Chicago Studio in January 2016, after working for decades at Austin Special.  From the moment he walked in the door, we knew he was a natural.  Making art was a source of great joy for him and there was no limit to his creativity.

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CHI Volunteer Spotlight: Ella Zhu!

The Chicago Studio felt blessed this Fall when Ella Zhu came in for her first day and told us that she would be coming in four days a week for up to a year.  After volunteering at the studio for 3 months in 2014, Ella found her way back to us this year.

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