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Visual Art

Because our founding Artist, Veronica Cuculich, was a visual artist, the studio began as a visual arts program. Our community uses a system of collective decision making and grows based on the needs of our current members. Using that system, each studio will incorporate a variety of artistic mediums that fit the needs of our artists. Along with Visual Arts, the Chicago studio features music and printmaking initiatives and the North Shore studio features music and performance.

Visual Art Blog

November's Artist of the Month: Jean Wilson

In November, curatorial committee member, Susan Pasowicz, chose fellow artist and former curator, Jean Wilson to be honored as Artist of the Month.  They presented the exhibition to other studio artists with Art Director, Vincent Uribe.

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Chicago's December Artist of the Month: Lee Draus

In contrast to the chill air and dull color outside, guests to the Chicago Studio will be greeted by a blast of bright, warm colors in the drawings of Lee Draus. He was selected as December’s Artist of the Month by curatorial committee member, Tim Stone.

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Chicago Studio Awards Show Recap

Last month at the Chicago Studio we celebrated the accomplishments of all our artists at the annual 2017 Awards Show. 

Complete with paparazzi, the celebration included a gallery exhibition showcasing the best work created by each Chicago Studio artist this year.

 

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A is for Artist

On Friday, October 6th the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art held the opening reception for its new show A is for Artist, curated by Scott Hunter. This exhibition brings together artwork by artists from The Arts of Life, as well as other similar arts organizations throughout Chicago as well as outside of the city. 

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October Artist of the Month: Alex Scott

In October, curatorial committee member, Kris Schenkel, selected for the honor of Artist of the Month his fellow artist, Alex Scott.  Alex has been a lifelong artist and maker.  Many of his pieces draw on imagery from his childhood.

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Jack O'Sullivan; North Shore Artist of the Month

At first glance, Jack’s choice of subjects appears arbitrary. However, after conversing with him it is apparent that he has a strong personal connection to the work he is making. “I think­ about what I want. What I think I like” is how he describes his process. When Jack is painting, he looks like he is on a journey.

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Don't Tread on the Meatballs; A Summary of Recent North Shore Field Trips

Over the past few months, The Arts of Life North Shore Studio has gone on many field trips around the city. Below are some of the highlights. 

 

We visited Chicago artist Tim Lowly while he was working on a large painting in Carlson Gallery of North Park University

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Kris Schenkel: Chicago's Artist of the Month for September

For September, the curatorial committee selected fellow member, Kris Schenkel, to receive the honored spot of Artist of the Month.  Having worked at Arts of Life since 2009, Kris has really hit his stride within the past few years.

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Artwork at Bridgeport Coffeehouse Beverly

Bridgeport Coffeehouse in Beverly is currently showcasing the work of Guy​ ​Conners​ and Kelly​ ​Stone, two artists from the Chicago Arts of Life studio. 

Guy helped install the work at the coffeeshop a few weeks ago, choosing which piece would be hung in each location. 

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Chicago Studio Summer Festivals

We may be heading into the final stretch of summer, but the Chicago studio is still in the midst of preparing for some great summer festivals. To prepare we've been screenprinting t-shirts and tote bags, as well as designing and making buttons. Chicago studio artists Jean Wilson and Alex Scott created the new screenprint designs.

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The Inserted Protagonist; North Shore Artist Spotlight of Rebecca Kubica

Rebecca Kubica is a diligent and imaginative artist who uses her art to forge deeper connections to stories that are meaningful to her. These stories are largely told through film because of this it is impossible to be fully immersed in something contain on a screen. Becky wants to fully participate in these stories, to forge alliances and friendships with the protagonist and so she uses her art-making practice as a way to build these connections. 

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August Artist of the Month: Tim Stone

August's Artist of the Month wall is a geometric vision! Abstract artists, Susan Pasowicz (SLP) chose to highlight fellow curatorial committee member and lifelong artist, Tim Stone (TS).

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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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The Arts of Lift + ArtLifting!

The Arts of Life is thrilled to announce the launch of a new partnership with ArtLifting! ArtLifting empowers artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork.

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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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Artist of the Month: July

Each month, a member of the Chicago Studio curatorial committee selects a peer to feature as Artist of the Month.  Their work greets visitors from our front room gallery.

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North Shore Visits National Museum of Mexican Art

At the end of May, the North Shore Studio took a trip to the National Museum of Mexican Art located in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen. Here are some pictures and reflections by the artists of the trip.

 

"It was awesome because I liked it. It was really cool and I want to go again" - Rebecca

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Artist of the Month: June

The Arts of Life Chicago Studio promotes peer curation through an ongoing Artist of the Month series. For the month of June, curatorial committee member Jean Wilson (JW) selected Steve Harhaj (SH) to be featured as the Artist of the Month. Once curation and installation was complete, our Arts Coordinator Ariella Miller (AM) sat down with Jean and Steve to talk about the feature.

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Evanston Made at Bucephalus Bikes

Thank you, Bucephalus Bikes, for hosting our exhibition in conjunction with Evanston Made 2017! On June 3rd, The Arts of Life teamed up with other local artists and arts organizations to celebrate Evanston's vibrant art scene! At the reception art patrons dined on Sesame Noodles courtesy of Lulus in Evanston amid artwork from 30 different artists. There is still time to see the exhibit!

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Meet North Shore Artist Daniel Frownfelter

            Each day at the studio, Daniel Frownfelter arrives before other artists and immediately gets to work. After greeting the staff who are already here, Frownfelter puts his lunch in the refrigerator, sets his things down next to his chair, and starts doing the work. From there, his creativity rarely stops. At lunch, Dan can be found working on a coloring book. In meetings, he is filling a sketchbook.

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Artist of the Month: May

The Arts of Life Chicago Studio promotes peer curation through an ongoing Artist of the Month series. For the month of May, curatorial committee member Tim Stone (TS) selected Debbie Vazquez. Debbie’s work is characterized by bright colors, dense textures, and abstract forms.

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Victory for Evan Madsen!

North Shore studio artist, Evan Madsen, won the Historic Wagner Farm’s artwork contest for their 15th Dairy Breakfast and Stock Show! As a result, Evan’s “Cow on the Farm” painting will be printed on the staff and stock show event T-shirts!

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Meet a North Shore Artist: Oly Trindl

            Oly Trindl joined out studio in mid-March. Armed with charisma and congeniality she is integrating easily into our community. Oly is someone who appears to perpetually be in a good mood, meeting difficult situations with humor and grace.

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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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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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Linda Ruzga, Artist of Month

March’s artist of the month in the Chicago studio is

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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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Fresh Artwork on View at Printwell

A new rotation of artwork is currently installed at Printwell in Glenview! The featured artwork was made by Marcelo Añon, Cole Fox, Laura Greenberg, David Jonaitis, Laura McManus, Jack O'Sullivan, and Quinn Zenner. Stop by Printwell during business hours to view the artwork and learn more about the printing services that they offer. Printwell is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5pm. They are located at 1717 Chestnut Ave in Glenview.

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Archivist of Her World: Meet North Shore Artist Renata Berdes

The impulse to paint comes neither from observation nor from the soul (which is probably blind) but from an encounter: the encounter between painter and model: even if the model is a mountain or a shelf of empty medicine bottles.” 

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February Artist of the Month: Christianne Msall

 

The Chicago studio features an Artist of the Month, whose work is exhibited in the waiting room.  Visitors, volunteers, staff, and artists are greeted as they enter the studio and can become more familiar with an individual artist’s practice.  The artist is selected by a curatorial committee of four artists along with Vincent Uribe, our art director.  They curate several works from the artist’s portfolio to exhibit within our newly launched gallery space, Circle Contemporary.

 

February’s artist of the month is Christianne Msall and the show features her vibrant mandala drawings, each of which have a circle in the center, filled with abstract marks, flowers, music notes, and other symbols. This show is full of warm colors, bold lines, and geometric patterns. To find out more about the work that went into creating these images, we interviewed Christianne.

 

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A View From Inside The North Shore with Gail Weisman

“It’s an artistic experience and not just visual. I feel inspired and lucky to be here.” Gail Weisman expressing her view on the North Shore Arts of Life!

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Happy Birthday, Ralph! We Miss You!

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.

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New Horizons: Farewell to Pam

This month, we say goodbye to long-time North Shore artist and dear friend Pamela Robe, who is leaving the studio in pursuit of new horizons.

 

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Perfect is Important: Meet North Shore Artist Saemee Kim

Saemee joined the North Shore studio after taking a class offered by our Teaching Artist in Residency Program (TARP) at North Shore Special Education District. In the class Saemee showed a strong interest in art and worked meticulously and slowly. She is assertive, bubbly, and can turn on a dime. The first artist to join our studio from the TARP program, she wasted no time establishing a practice in the studio.

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Everywhere is Art; North Shore Artist Feature of Andrew Sautel

“What inspires me is basically my surroundings. I am surrounded by art—everywhere is art. I see so much art from all different things: exit signs, stop signs, traffic lights, billboards, walls, buildings, environments.

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Art Contest Sponsored by Oak Wealth Advisors

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!

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North Shore Artist Spotlight: Ted Hamel

“My favorite thing about being an artist is it makes me feel happy. Art makes me happy, I feel less overwhelmed when I am making. After I finish a piece I am tired, exhausted and proud. I put a lot of work into my pieces.”

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Six North Shore Studio Artists Selected For A National, Juried Exhibition

The Arts of Life proudly announces that six artists from the North Shore studio have earned the honor of showing their artwork in the 5th Annual Hidden Truths The Mind Unraveled

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Contagious Happiness; A Farewell to Montell Payne.

I first met Montell when I came to interview for my original position as Volunteer Coordinator. I was doe-eyed and disoriented as Quinn led me through the gallery, to the kitchen, and into the café sharing bits and pieces of what he thought was important about the studio.

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68th Annual Art Fair

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?

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We Love You, Pablo!

 

I'm doing really good at my art work. Like I make professional art work, it’s really easy.”

 

Pablo A. has worked at The Arts of Life Chicago Studio since 2012.  Before that, he never thought much about art, but today he says “I like art, it makes me happy, in the beginning I didn’t know I could do it.”  

 

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Wicker Park Fest 2016 photos

Wicker Park Fest 2016 photos HERE!

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The Instrument Of My Hands recap

The Arts of Life teamed up with Over The Rainbow Association on June 9th for the group exhibition; The Instrument Of My Hands. Artists from both venues exhibited artwork and delivered art talks that offered the audience insight about their internal and external processes as makers.

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"Cuz I'm Fancy": A Photo Essay!

Sometimes it's nice to have an excuse to get dressed up and decked out. On Friday, June 3rd, we had an opportunity to do just that for the opening reception of our most recent exhibition, "Cuz I'm Fancy." Dozens of folks came out in their finest to check out the show. In addition, our drama group presented a new piece and we screened the documentary film "Life and Where I'm At," about the life and work of The Arts of Life founding aritsts Veronica Cuculich. Check out the gallery below for photos chronicling the evening.

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"I Just Decided To" A North Shore Artist Spotlight of Pamela Robe

My friends inspire my work. I like doing people, sometimes it is hard. I like to do food, because it is also challenging. I feel good because I like doing it. I think this is good. I went through the pictures and I picked it out. I just went and picked that one and decided to do it.

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How We Make It

On Friday, April 22nd, we will celebrate the life of our founding artist, Ronnie Cuculich, with the opening of our "How We Make It" show.  We will be showing a documentary called "Life and Where I'm At: The Life and Art of Ronnie Cuculich",  listening to some of her favorite musicians like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley, and having a potluck dinner full of Ronnie's favorite foods.

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Meet an Artist: Rebecca Kubica

Rebecca Kubica is a force to be reckoned with! Her artistic style mimics her sunny disposition through the bright, energetic colors she uses in her paintings. Never underestimate Becky, though. She is a brave soul who participates in power lifting, celebrates “tomboys”, and recently painted herself as a “fire-lady”. You can count on her to stand up for  herself and others, speaking out for what she feels is right.

Becky takes pride in a job well done and puts care and intention into everything she does at the studio whether it is art making, daily sketching or afternoon responsibilities. This attention to detail is evident in the detailed figures and backgrounds she often paints.

A sense of peace pervades her artwork which, to me, is a reflection of her personal confidence and poise.

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Friendship

The piece I am working on is about friends and it is important to remember to be nice to friends. I was inspired to do this piece when I first came to the Art of Life. Since I've been here, I have made many friends in my fellow artists. I chose to use a lot of color on the piece because I want the people to pop out. I painted 7 people on this piece because I feel they filled up the space well. As I remind my friends, "don't worry, be happy". I think this painting showcases happiness beccause everyone is smiling. Don't forget to smile today!

 

Signing off!

 

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Meet Nikole Heusman

     Nikole Heusman is a veteran artist at the North Shore Arts of Life studio. Nicole, or Niki as her friends call her, enjoys working with a variety of different mediums. Watercolor is her favorite, but she also works with charcoal, chalk pastel, and oil pastel, and acrylic.

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The North Shore Studio’s Photography Group Explores Mixed Media

 

Our photography group recently expanded their artistic boundaries with a mixed media project. The result of these abstract photographs is an explosion of vibrant, saturated colors tempered with fluid lines and shapes.

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North Shore's Year in Review: 2015 Highlights

We have undergone many changes and accomplished many projects at the North Shore studio. Here is a list highlighting some of our favorite times of the year.

1. Hiring two new staff members:

 

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Meet an Artist: North Shore Newbies!

This summer, the North Shore studio welcomed Marcelo Añón and Andrew Sautel (pictured above L to R) to our community. Both gentlemen are prolific art makers with lots of ideas and an intense creative drive. They've spent the past few months settling into studio life, learning about our Core Values and developing new bodies of work. Marcelo's primary focus is geometric line work, with a tendency towards urban imagery. Andrew enjoys portraiture and working in mixed media. Check out the gallery below for images of these artists at work. 

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Meet Our Artist of the Year: Frances

At our 2015 Awards Show, Frances Roberts won Artist of the Year. Mikey Marino, one of our artists at the studio, decided to interview her after she recieved the award. 

Mikey: How did it feel to win Artist of the Year?

Frances: It felt good.

Mikey: What do you like about the Arts of Life?

Frances: I like to paint and draw.

Mikey: How has the Arts of Life made you grow as an artist?

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Meet a North Shore Artist: Amanda Gantner

In 2012, Amanda joined The Arts of Life as a full time artist, making work five days a week at our North Shore location. She’s experimented with a variety of mediums over the course of her career, but recently chalk pastel emerged as a successful favorite. “I used to do photo transfer. Now I do chalk pastel… It’s good exercise for my arms and hands.”

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2015 Renegade Craft Fair

Photo booth design by Dave Krueger + Ben Marcus

 

DOWNLOAD YOUR PHOTOS HERE! https://goo.gl/photos/jcnvjxyWV7GChjaX6

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Chicago Studio is Intrigued at the IMC

Last Friday, we drove all the way to Champaign-Urbana.  We kept pulling over along the way for rest stops, and Dave fell asleep.  Jean was rocking out the whole way!  We were going to see our art show at a gallery in the Independent Media Center.

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The Latest Hijinks from North Shore Studio’s Photo Group

 

The North Shore Studio’s photo group proudly presents a new series of photographs for your viewing pleasure! Our latest endeavor was a group effort where the artists threw objects upwards and photograph them as they sailed through the sky!

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North Shore Intern Spotlight: Sean Chapman

Sean Chapman recently completed his summer internship with the Arts of Life’s North Shore studio. He took on a challenging position of both assisting the artists in their creative practice while also executing a marketing campaign consistent of several solo exhibitions and band performances. Keep your eyes open as we invade several coffee houses this fall with exciting solo exhibtions; it is a result of the hard work of Sean and Arts Coordinator John Sharp.

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North Shore Intern Spotlight: Rita Hirami

Currently a student at Northwestern University, Rita Hirami is studying Sociology and Linguistics. She is serving as an Artist Mentor Intern at the North Shore studio this summer and with her kind, understanding demeanor has swiftly become an asset to the studio.

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The North Shore Studio’s Photo Group Flex Their Creative Muscle!

 

The creativity of the North Shore Studio’s photography group never ceases to amaze! During a discussion on shadow use in photography, the artists were inspired to embark on a long-term project involving the use of silhouette as shadow. They dreamed up the most incredible story in photos that is ready for your viewing pleasure!

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Elaine Cha

Elaine Cha is an Artist Mentor at the North Shore Studio. She has been with us for a few months and has blown us away with her rapport and observational drawing skills. She is currently a senior at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois studying Human Communication Sciences. She recently sat down with North Shore artist Rebecca Turner for our Volunteer Spotlight.

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North Shore Artist Spotlight: Alicia Porter!

Alicia Porter, besides being a bag-of-giggles, is also an astoundingly talented artist.  She’s been dedicated to her creative practice since earning her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1998.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lara Mann

Lara Mann is a Chicago-based artist and an artist mentor with Kelly Stone at the Chicago Studio. 

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Roy Lichtenstein Inspired Piece by Benji

I was thinking about the work of Roy Lichtenstein and how it Inspires me. I visited The Art Institute last summer and saw the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit. I like how the images are created using dots. I wanted to try and use the structure, arrangement, and color of dots to form an image, like in R.L.'s work. In my drawing, I try to create an interesting composition using dots and shapes. R.L.'s work also inspires my comic style.  Comics often involve high contrast and bright colors.

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Thanks a Foot!

4th Annual Square Foot Show Recap

Thank you to all of you who participated and came out to support our 4th Annual Square Foot Show. This year's exhibition featured work from nearly 100 visual artists with and without developmental disabilities from across the country. North shore artist Rebecca Turner had a fantastic time at the event. "It was really nice. I did a painting. It sold.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus is Is an artist and DJ based in Chicago. Ben has been volunteering at the Chicago Studio as a mentor and collaborator with studio artist Dave Krueger. The two have been working as a pair to create unique comics that mesh both of their individuals styles into one. Recently we interviewed Ben to get his insight on his experience at the studio. 

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Brian Reed

After more than four years at The Arts of Life, North Shore studio artist Brian Reed has practiced an array of art making techniques. Some of his favorite mediums include clay and acrylic, but he’s venturing out of his comfort zone to try a new medium, printmaking. He’s been sticking with an animal theme so far and the prints are turning out great!
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Artist Spotlight - Guy Conners

Meet Guy Conners - Our 2014 Artist of the Year recipient!

Favorite part of Arts of Life: I like doing pet portraits and drawing dogs.

When I'm not at the studio: I like to watch sports and draw American Dad.

I'm currently working on: Starting a new project.

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The North Shore Studio’s Photo Group Considers Motion

The ever-industrious photography group at the North Shore Studio has been at it again! We have been studying different ways that the camera captures motion. The artists began by photographing one-another in motion and enjoyed it so much that they decided to expand on the project.

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Our New Year's Resolutions

This week we’re getting back into the swing of things at The Arts of Life after taking some time off to enjoy the holidays. Ready to tackle the year ahead, artists at the North Shore studio shared their resolutions for 2015. Keep reading to find out what they’ve set out to achieve.
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Interdisciplinary Work Unveiled by North Shore Studio’s Photo Group!

The North Shore Studio’s photography group has taken their craft to the next level with a remarkable series of interdisciplinary artwork!

Over the course of several weeks, artists paired up and sat on opposite sides of a piece of plexi-glass. One artist sat as the subject while the other artist painted the plexi and then photographed the subject and painting together.

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Emily Aussem

Despite her busy schedule juggling two jobs and social activities, North Shore artist Emily Aussem has worked diligently to establish a functional art practice at the studio. After experimenting with multiple mediums, including the photo transfer process she describes below, Emily has finally found her niche painting geometric abstractions of prominent figures from contemporary culture. Continue reading to learn more about Emily, her artistic process and see images of her current artwork.
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North Shore Meet an Artist: Laura Greenberg

This month fellow North Shore artist Amanda Gantner and facilitator Vanessa De Leon, two of Laura’s strongest advocates at the studio, sat down to interview her for this month’s artist feature. Curious to learn more about Laura’s interests and art making practice, Amanda asked her a series of questions which were then rephrased by Vanessa and answered using a “yes” or “no” system. Keep reading to see how the interview transpired.
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The North Shore Photo Group Presents Their First Photographic Series

The North Shore studio's photo group presents their first photographic series! The series, commonly referred to as "squish", features objects that the artists selected to press between two pieces of glass. Each image was made as a collaborative effort between the photo group members. The artist took turns trying their hand at different aspects of each photo shoot. The jobs included: lighting and camera setup, object layout, photographer and clean-up crew. It is with pride that we present the resulting images to you!

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Erinn Nariss

North Shore artist Erinn Nariss is curious and energetic. Her personality is directly reflected in her artwork as she explores the relationship between the background and the subject. Filled with busy lines and shapes, the background vibrates against the subject, creating tension and visual interest. Not only is Erinn’s artwork busy and exciting, but so is her life at the studio! Read her interview below with friend Danny Frownfelter and volunteer Amanda Duncan-Jones to learn more.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Mia Fornoza

It has been a busy summer for the Chicago Studio, from fairs and street fests, to solo shows, and the Annual Blow-Out Sale, but we didn’t do it alone. One outstanding volunteer was there through it all, Mia Fornoza. 

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Phil Gazzolo

What’s so great about North Shore artist Phil Gazzolo? Is it his charm, authentic sense of chivalry, or unique art practice? All of the above! Phil’s personality and many interests inspire him to produce artwork that is both thoughtful and original. Continue reading Phil’s interview with artist Trent Taylor to find out what he’s been creating at the studio, his favorite hobbies, and a his aspirations for the future.
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The Arts of Life Partners with After School Matters

For the third summer in a row, The Arts of Life partnered with Chicago youth development program, After School Matters (ASM), to invite a group of teenage interns to share their time and talents with the studio

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Quinn Zenner

Being a man of culture is no easy feat. However, artist Quinn Zenner seems to have it down to a science!

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Chris Viau

Inspired by images from nature, North Shore artist Chris Viau fills his pictures with calm, earthy colors. For the majority of his artwork, Chris uses multiple mediums to create visual texture and interest in each composition. When he’s not making art, Chris joins photography workshops led by volunteer Megan Cox and fills the position of studio archivist. In addition to his roles at the studio, Chris also enjoys participating in various recreational activities. Keep reading to learn more about how Chris spends his time both at The Arts of Life and outside the studio community.
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North Shore Meet an Artist: Laura McManus

Laura McManus is one talented lady. She constantly challenges us to see the world differently through her approach to art making and the relationships she has with the studio community. Each piece she creates is a product of great patience and dedication. Layer after layer is methodically applied and often stripped away, only to be replaced by something new.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Megan Cox

Megan Cox is an ace volunteer! One of our favorite things about her is her natural understanding of The Arts of Life studio. Her values and our values are closely aligned and she almost immediately understood our model for working together as artists with and without disabilities. That's why we didn't hesitate when she approached us about starting a series of photography workshops at the North Shore studio. Yes please! We were ecstatic to have Megan facilitating Photo Group. 

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Tim Stone/Liz Longo Collaboration

Over the past year, Chicago studio artist Tim Stone and I have been working on a collaborative project. The initial idea was simply an excuse to spend more time together outside of our busy workplace.

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Pouya Bagherian

“Happy Thursday!” -Pouya Bagherian North Shore artist Pouya Bagherian is always happy. Whether he’s making art, helping with responsibilities, or participating in yoga he does it with an energy to be admired. Even the artwork Pouya creates radiates vibrancy through its bright color palette and subject matter. There are so many things that he is passionate about! Keep reading to learn more about Pouya and the experiences that influence his artwork.
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Blogging with Guy - Spring Break Edition

This weekend I ran 14 miles in Palos Park. Running makes me feel great and tired. To relax I like watching the Chicago Blackhawks and reading magazines, like Sports Illustrated.

I am going to Oakland, California for Spring Break! I will go to restaurants, watch TV shows, and eat chocolate ice cream (my favorite).

At The Arts of Life I’m drawing fruit using chalk pastels. What do you think?

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Rebecca Turner

Despite the constant changes to her environment, Rebecca Turner consistently proves that she is a strong, independent woman capable of personal and artistic growth.

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2014 Awards Show and Fundraiser Recap

On Sunday, February 16th, The Arts of Life held our annual Awards Show and Fundraiser at the Kenilworth Club. The event was a great success and thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to exceed our fundraising goals and raised 100% of the art-making budget for the whole year!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rosalind Franklin University

On November 13, 2013, The Arts of Life North Shore Studio were pleased to welcome an interprofessional team of future healthcare providers from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS)  to the studio. They met us for an afternoon of activity and conversation about the heart. The heart-focused activities were a service-learning project designed by students in the RFUMS Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Healthcare Course.

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Laura Bell

North Shore artist Laura Bell is one busy lady. When she joins the studio you can find her creating colorful cuisines on canvas and catching up with friends. Laura also finds time during the week to help with Meals on Wheels, work at the Glenview Public Library and savor some of her favorite foods. Volunteer Trent Taylor talked with Laura this month to learn more about her aesthetic and culinary interests. Read her insightful interview here. Bon appetit!

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Sketch-o-matic

What’s up! I’m Hector Sketch Jones. I’m the sketch artist at the Glenview Studio. I’m starting a blog bout my rap andpoetry. My stuff of what I write is emontionally driven to the point that it is deep and dark. I’ve been doing this since I was very young, about five years old. I think you all will feel like you’ve been there if you read this. My stuff also comes from life experiences. I hope you like it. Check back with me every month for new rhymes and poetry yo. My quote for this month is: If honesty isn't in the cards then the truth isn't worth the telling. 

 

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Helping Hand

The Arts of Life lends a helping hand.

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Ted Gram-Boarini

Artist Ted Gram-Boarini joined the North Shore studio in September 2013. In just over a year he has established a focused art practice, joined a rock band, and developed meaningful relationships with new friends. In addition to his involvement at The Arts of Life, Ted also participates in programming and events provided by Center for Independent Futures (CIF). Keep reading to learn more about Ted’s interests and creative ventures.
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North Shore Meet an Artist: Sean Kremer

Sean Kremer is a man of many faces. Quite literally he can be impersonating Woody from Toy Story one moment and Kermit the Frog the next. And it’s not only Sean’s impersonations that have us captivated, but his ability to accurately illustrate a variety of figures. See for yourself why Sean’s work is so fascinating by reading this interview and visiting the Glenview Public Library for an up-close look at the recent work he has created.
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North Shore Meet an Artist: Billy Borgerd

Meet Billy Borgerd. A hard working fellow and all around good guy. On days that Billy joins the studio you can find him helping other artists, talking about the outcome of his favorite sporting events, and creating movie themed artwork. See why we think Mr. Borgerd is so incredibly charming by reading his witty commentaries in this interview about his life and art.
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North Shore Meet an Artist: Danny Frownfelter

This month's featured North Shore artist is Danny Frownfelter. Both a visual artist and musician, Danny is a prolific art maker and a member of the North Shore Studio band Van Go Go. Learn more about Danny in this exclusive interview as he describes his art practice and many roles at the North Shore studio. Also keep an eye out for Danny as Pickles in the Big Breakfast Bonanza variety show at this month's Sketchbook Swap on Friday, September 27th.
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Sketchbook Swap Helps Build Community

The Sketchbook Swap project is all about utilizing art to create a stronger sense of community at our  studios and also with the greater Chicago community.  Our primary purpose at The Arts of Life is supporting each other as professional artists in creating a thriving arts community based on cooperative decision-making and mutual respect.  We feel the Sketchbook Swap has done just that!

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Schofield

Although most of our volunteers come in every week on a long-term basis, we also have short-term volunteer opportunities available. Wisconsin artist Katie Schofield (pictured on the left above) took advantage of one of those when passing through Chicagoland this spring.
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Day in the Life of Mike Marino

Ever wonder what life is like for one of our artists? Mike Marino was generous enough to share his day with us. Enjoy!

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Tim Stone at The Post-It Show

On May 3, 2013 I participated in The Post-It Show at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL. I went with Caitlin and Alex and we had a very good time. I had 3 pieces in the show, one drawing and two paintings. The show looked great and a lot of people came and took pictures. It was very unique because all the artists who participated created their art on post-it's.

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Inside Glenview Features The Arts of Life

Who's on the cover? We are. Inside Glenview featured The Arts of Life in their March 2013 issue. The article gives some great insight and perspective of the The Arts of Life, our core values, and our focus on community. John Sharp and the North Shore Studio's 2013 artist of the year, Nikole Heusman, are on the cover. You can check out the issue online here: http://emagazines.hibu.com/GLENVW
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