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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, October 20th, Van Go Go performed from participants and supporters of Resources for Community Living, a Rolling Meadows based organization that offers adults with disabilities opportunities to achieve greater self-esteem, dignity, and participation in all aspects of community life through affordable, independent housing options, individualized skill instruction, and necessary support services.