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.
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!
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.
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.
In addition to being stellar visual artists, many folks at the North Shore studio have an interest in creative writing. Long-time volunteer Cindy Shanker facilitated several poetry workshops at the end of 2016 for those wordsmiths. First, the group listened to some poetry read aloud to get the creative juices flowing. Then they worked together to create poems inspired by each other’s artwork. “The idea is still evolving,” said Cindy.
With so much hustle and bustle throughout the studio, Heather Callans calm and pleasant demeanor brings a feeling of ease to the North Shore! Heather has been interning at the Arts of Life since October. Her gentle personality is refreshing to the whole community.
The Chicago Studio is excited to welcome Alyx Harch into our community. After volunteering with The Arts of Life in 2014, Alyx is back in the studio working 4 days a week as our new abstract Genre Specialist.