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Volunteer Appreciation Month at the Chicago Studio

Each April, non-profit organizations across the country take time to thank their volunteers.  At The Arts of Life’s Chicago Studio, it is a perfect time for us to reflect on just how much we have to be thankful for.

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Artist of the Month: Frances Roberts

With a new month, and warmer spring weather, it was time to rotate in a new Artist of the Month. Frances Roberts (FR) was selected for her bright imagery and stand-out shapes.

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2017 Square Foot Show Recap

This year marked the North Shore studio's 6th Square Foot Show. The popular annual event featured over 130 pieces of work by artists from around the region, state, country and world. Mediums varied widely, from paintings to photographs to collage work and everything in between. Skill level ranged from novice/outsider artists to professional makers. The one thing the pieces all had in common was their size; submissions were required to measure 12 inches by 12 inches. 

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What are Social Roles?

Social roles are identities that people engage throughout their lives.  They can lead to feelings of involvement and purpose, and generally allow an individual to express what is important to them.  They connect people to broader communities of people with similar interests.  These roles are active and require participation.  They lead to a strong and connected sense of self.

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What are Social Roles?

Social roles are identities that people engage throughout their lives.  They can lead to feelings of involvement and purpose, and generally allow an individual to express what is important to them.  They connect people to broader communities of people with similar interests.  These roles are active and require participation.  They lead to a strong and connected sense of self.

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Meet a North Shore Artist: Aaron Kleeblatt

Meet Aaron Kleeblatt, one of the newest additions to The Arts of Life North Shore studio. He fills a much-needed role in our community: Artist as Social Commentator. His opinions are strongly held and don’t conform to anyone's expectations.

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North Shore Studio Visits the Art Institute of Chicago

Thanks to the Art Institute hosting free days for Illinois residents, the North Shore studio was able to take a field trip on Monday February 13th. It is rare that we are able to see such great works of art in person and our excursion was an amazing time for all who attended. Explore some of the highlights of our trip in the gallery below!

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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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