If you haven’t explored the vibrant art scene of Chicago’s North Shore, the start of a new year is the perfect time to do so. Whether you’re interested in purchasing art for your home, exploring an exhibit of works by a local artist, or want to get creative yourself, there’s a studio or gallery for you. Read on to find your perfect match.
Amanda Evanston Freund Studio & Gallery 1310 A. Chicago Ave., Evanston If you love color, get to know Amanda Evanston Freund. This Evanston-based painter is all about creating pieces that can be described as "happy, dynamic, [with] an unapologetic use of color." If you're looking to liven up your home this winter, shop original paintings and other items onlineor visit the artist’s studio and galleryfor a different selection of pieces on display. You can even learn how to paint your own creations with an online classor discover what in-person workshopsare on the horizon.
Amanda Evanston Freund Studio & Gallery, Evanston
Evanston Art Center 1717 Central St., Evanston The mission of this art center is "fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences by offering extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach." You can always stop by to view the center's current exhibition; upcoming shows include the EAC Studio Exhibition (Jan. 5 to Feb. 9, 2019), when the center will display their students' art, and Daniel Miller: Ebb & Flow (Jan. 12 to Feb. 8, 2019), featuring the work of an artist who uses robotics, sound, video, and more. Or, if you're ready to start creating your own pieces, sign up for a class or workshop— the center has offerings for a variety of ages and skill levels in mediums like ceramics, drawing, photography, and jewelry. You can also host partieshere. And be sure to keep an eye on the center's website for upcoming events.
Evanston Art Center, Evanston
Ice House Gallery 609 South Blvd., Evanston This Evanston gallery is all about showcasing sculpture, paintings, stained glass, and more from local artists. But, you'll also find a variety of classes and workshops, as well as events, regularly taking place at this space. Classesrange from Beginning Watercolor and Beginning Acrylic to Introduction to Mosaic Art and creative writing courses, while workshopsinclude Intensive Workshop — Watercolors and Exploring Acrylics for Youth. And next month, don't miss the "What's Next?" student art main show opening reception on Jan. 12 or a concert with Hannah Frank Folktet and whitewolfsonicprincess on Jan. 26.
Ice House Gallery, Evanston
Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio 623 Grove St., Evanston Jewelry has long been described as a wearable form of art. Step into Eve J. Afillé Gallery and Studio and you will agree that the jewelry created on site is indeed a work of art. With a space created to evoke impressions of past civilations and serve as a reminder of the natural origins of the gems and minerals used to create the jewelery, the gallery itself is a unique treasure not to be missed.
One River School of Art & Design 1033 Davis St., Evanston If your child has shown an interest in art and/or design, check out this school “on a mission to transform art education in America.” Classes are designed around a project-based curriculum and a variety of media, and age groups range from Pre-Kto teen. You can even join in on the fun yourself with adult classes or art sessions. Want to make the most of your student’s summer? Sign up for summer camps, which start June 2019. With more than 70 themes, including Graphic Novel Illustration and Street Art Painting for grades 6-12, Digital Painting and 3D Modeling for grades 3-5, and Dino Sculpting and Galaxy Painting for grades K-2, there’s something for every interest.
One River School of Art and Design, Evanston
Studio 215 927 Noyes St., Evanston This studio at Noyes Cultural Arts Center is home to artist Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, who not only uses this space for herself but also as a classroom. Classesinclude beginning drawing, figure drawing and painting, and landscape painting. Experienced artists can register for open sessionsas an opportunity to work from a model.