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.
The folks at Oak Wealth Advisors are long-time supporters of The Arts of Life and some of our favorite people to work with. Their impeccable taste in art and inherent understand of The Arts of Life as an organization has made them a wonderful partner. We were very honored when they invited our studio to develop an image for their 2016 annual thank you card. And we got really excited when they suggested an art contest!
On July 30th and 31st, the North Shore studio joined dozens of other local artists at the Glenview Art League’s 68th annual Art Fair. Our artists and facilitators staffed The Arts of Life tent, packed with paintings, drawings, magnets, cards and comics.As in past years, our bargain bins were a hit with shoppers. Who can say no to $10 art?
On Thursday, June 30th, hundreds assembled in a ballroom at the Hyatt O’Hare in Rosemont to kick off National Miss Amazing. The crowd included dozens of beauty queens and their friends, family, and supporters, all decked out in their finest.