Visual Arts

North Shore Art League 3rd Annual ‘View: The Kitchen Table’ Exhibit

Thursday, Feb. 2 through Monday, April 10

Winnetka Community House, Second Floor Gallery Space

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

Gallery hours:  Monday- Friday, 9 am – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm.  Closed holidays.

Featuring works by the following Wilmette artists:  Patricia Markos Dolan, Caroline Greco, Pat Hinkel, Carol Krofl, Claudia Lane, Peter Nussbaum, Sally Schoch, Cindy Shanker, Deborah Shore.

The North Shore Art League invites the community to its third annual installation of original and creative works all based on the kitchen.  The opening reception for ‘View: The Kitchen Table’ will be held in the League’s second floor gallery space at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka on Thursday evening, February 2, 6:30-8:00 pm. 

Over 80 original works by 49 artists representing painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and mixed media will be exhibited.  The show will be on display — with most artwork for sale — through Monday, April 10.

Revenue from the show is dedicated to funding NSAL’s school, outreach and communications.  The North Shore Art League is a not-for-profit organization, now in its 93rd year, dedicated to enriching the human spirit and the life of its community through art education and exhibitions.  For more information about its quality classes, workshops, programs and special events, contact the NSAL office at 847-446-2870 or visit its website,

Solo Photography Exhibit featuring work by Wilmette resident Peter Nussbaum

35 nature prints will be on display

The Walter E. Heller Nature Center

2821 Ridge Road

Highland Park

On display through Friday, February 25

Viewing Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sat: 9 am – 3 pm

Note: Please call ahead (847-433-6901) to assure that the exhibition area is available during the time of your visit, as this is a multi-use facility.

 Location Directions:

from Wilmette, exit Skokie Highway and proceed west on Half Day Road by about 1 mile to Ridge Road and go north on Ridge for about 0.75 miles. Entrance is on east side of Ridge.

Wilmette Park District

Center for the Arts

Student Art Showcase

Friday, January 20 – Friday, Feb. 10

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Rd. (at Skokie Blvd.), Wilmette

Gala Reception: Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:00 pm, Community Recreation Center Lobby

This showcase features artwork in a variety of media from area schools.

Schools Invited to Participate:

New Trier Township High School

Glenbrook North High School

Evanston Township High School

Regina Dominican High School

Loyola Academy

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Family PlayLab

Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:00-10:45 am, All ages, Youth Program Room

Join WPL for a fun and interactive monthly experience that is suitable for the whole family.

Traverse a Rainforest obstacle course, and make binoculars to finds animals hidden in the jungle.

Wilmette Historical Museum

609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

Hours:  Sunday-Thursday, 1:00-4:30 pm

‘Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars’

On Display Now through May 7

This new exhibit on the museum’s first floor is a fun look at this longtime Chicago rivalry. Through a variety of voices, objects and interactive elements, the exhibit captures the history and depth of both sides of the rivalry and takes on the question of what it means to be a fan. Visitors will have interactive opportunities to explore the two teams, including a Trivia Challenge, the “Greatest Player” debate, and first-hand accounts from passionate supporters and Chicago sports media members. The exhibit would not be complete without replica scoreboards from both parks and vintage and present-day fan memorabilia. This is a traveling exhibit created by the Elmhurst Historical Museum and will be at the Museum through Sunday, May 7.  

Museum admission is free; donations are always welcome.

For more information, visit or call 847-853-7666.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:00 pm, Auditorium

Chicago Architecture

Architectural historian and historic preservation professional Tim Wittman returns to WPL for a presentation of two more programs in the Chicago Architecture series.

The Three Groundbreakers: Sullivan, Burnham & Wright – Feb. 12, 2:00 pm

The Rise & Fall of Mies van der Rohe – March 19, 2:00 pm

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Picasso at the Nanoscale: The Art of Using Cutting-Edge Science to Understand Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium

Scientists are using high-energy X-ray instruments to solve mysteries behind art masterpieces, including artwork by Picasso. Learn how Dr. Volker Rose, a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, is working with major art institutions, such as The Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution, to unlock groundbreaking information about art, the artist, and our cultural heritage.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:00-8:00 pm, Teen Room

Paint Your Own Mug – Teen Program

Paint your own mugs with cool designs using oil-based Sharpies; no painting experience necessary. Registration is required; call the Library or register via the online calendar. Open to ages 13 and up.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Scratch Open Studio

Monday, Feb. 20, 2:00-3:30 pm, Grades 4-8, Youth Program Room

Make your own games and animations using this digital media design program. WPL will get you started, and then you’ll have free time to work on your own creations. Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.  2/6 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 2/13 for non-residents

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker Sunday: Fabulous Fibers

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium

Enter the fabulous world of fibers. You can make a no-sew blanket to keep or donate to Project Linus for children in need. WPL Fiber Arts Group will also get you started knitting, and more.