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Amanda Gantner: North Shore Studio's Artist of the Month

In March of 2012, The Arts of Life community welcomed a maker in her late twenties named Amanda Gantner. Amanda was curious and willing to experiment with a wide variety of mediums. Her early work included abstract acrylic paintings that implied architecture, layered oil pastel pieces reminiscent of landscapes, and jagged colored pencil drawings with areas of saturation and negative space. She also combined mediums and used masking/tracing techniques to achieve more representational outcomes.

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Laura McManus: North Shore Studio's Artist of the Month

Laura McManus is one of a small handful of artists who’ve been part of The Arts of Life North Shore studio since the beginning. She joined us in July of 2010, just six months after we opened our studio on Johns Drive in Glenview.  Her presence has been vital in shaping our culture and community.

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2017 North Shore Awards Show Recap

On Saturday, July 8th, the North Shore studio held our annual Awards Show. Per the artists’ request, this year’s event was moved from winter to summer so we could enjoy a warm, breezy evening together. Our gallery was full of new work, featuring one piece from each of our current artists. Dinner was provided by Il Forno with support from LuAnn Hamel and artist Ted Hamel. Desserts were generously donated by Sweet Ali’s Bakery.  Our friends at Granite City Brewery brought us two delicious varieties of beer to enjoy.

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North Shore Artist Spotlight: Phil Gazollo

It’s a rare privilege to watch a fellow artist come into their own. The North Shore’s Phil Gazollo has shown us all what that looks like this year as he’s transformed from creative dabbler to driven maker. On July 8th, he was honored at our annual Awards Show with the Most Improved Award in acknowledgement of the many strides he’s made.

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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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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 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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Poetry Workshops at the North Shore Studio

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.

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