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Jamie Yuen gets the North Shore Moving!

 Thanks to the help of Jamie Yuen, The North Shore artists have had a blast implementing dance as a refreshing form of artistic expression. Jamie came to our studio in the summer of 2016 from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Since then she has become a vivacious and energetic presence at The Arts of Life!

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CHI Volunteer Spotlight: Kiley Hensrud

Since September of last year, Kiley Hensrud has been volunteering regularly at our Chicago Studio.  Kiley’s experience with art through schooling and her own practice allows her to bring fresh eyes to our artists’ projects and to draw creative inspiration for her own work from our community.

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Linda Ruzga, Artist of Month

March’s artist of the month in the Chicago studio is

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Square Foot Chat with Nikole and Russell

March is a busy time at The Arts of Life! In addition to it being Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, it is also the start of our 6th Annual Square Foot Show. The theme of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is "Life Side by Side", which perfectly fits the Square Foot Show since it's a great example of inclusion and different communities coming together. North Shore artists Nikole and Russell sat down to chat about the Square Foot Show and what it means for the community at large.

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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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