Visual Arts

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

On Display Now 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.  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,

‘Caught by Pete’s Lens’

Solo Photography Exhibit featuring 49 works

 by Wilmette resident Peter Nussbaum

North Shore Art League

Winnetka Community House, First Floor Gallery Space

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

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

On display:  Monday, March 6 through Monday, April 3

Reception:  Saturday, March 18, 1:00-4:00 pm

Artist’s Statement:

Pete’s lens catches far away scenes as well as those from nearby. His lens captures visions that range from stark reality to the mysterious, and from wide landscapes that have existed for eons to nascent life within a small space.  Peter hopes that the viewer will find the wondrous he saw in the images he captured.

The images include micro-photography of plants’ reflections in hanging water drops; scenes from Yosemite; scenes from Death Valley; icebergs from the Antarctic; winter scenes; fall scenes; flora; some abstract.  Some images were caught by Pete’s lens nearby and some from Nevada, California and Alaska.

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

Bookmark Contest during month of March

Design a bookmark for the Wilmette Public Library! Entries will be accepted from March 1 to 31. Winners in three categories: grades K-1, grades 2-4, and grades 5-8. Complete rules and entry forms will be at the Youth Services Desk and on the Library’s website beginning March 1. Winning bookmarks will be available on Monday, April 10 in honor of National Library Week.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Art Opening – Works by Nancy Delman and Linda Zises

Friday, March 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, Auditorium

Come view the artwork of Nancy Delman of Evanston and Linda Zises of Chicago.  They are both runners up in the Wilmette Public Library Juried Art Show.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Chris Fair’s Laser Comedy Show

Saturday, March 4, 11:00–11:45 am, Auditorium, All ages

Storytelling like you’ve never seen before! Performing artist Chris Fair uses Laser Reactive Technology to bring characters to life by drawing in nonstop action and voicing over his creations. Free ticket required.  Tickets available in Youth Services Department on day of program on a first come, first served basis.  Limit 8 tickets per family.

Sensory-Friendly Performance: 1:00–1:30 pm, Auditorium

This performance is intended for children with special needs and their families.  Registration requiredStop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.

Wilmette Park District

3rd Annual Family Fine Arts Day

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Wilmette Park District

Community Recreation Center

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

Registration required.  $9.25 for Wilmette residents; $11.25 non-residents

Explore a variety of media along with DIY stations.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, and all supplies are included.  Registration is per child attending; pre-registered children receive a tee shirt to use as a smock.  Adults need not register.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to register, please visit

For questions, contact Julie Nichols, Wilmette Park District Center for the Arts Supervisor, 847-920-3927 or

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Sunday, March 19, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium

Uniquely Chicago:  The Rise & Fall of Mies van der Rohe

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

He will explore the life of pre-eminent architect Mies van der Rohe, an advocate for innovation in design, who, as the director of the Bauhaus in Germany was blacklisted by the Nazi party for his dismissal of tradition. He later emigrated to Chicago, where he could further his career by melding European Modernist aesthetics with American engineering excellence. The style he advocated was at first exciting, then taken for granted, and eventually abandoned. We will discuss his meteoric rise, success, and fall from favor, and see how his work sowed some of the seeds of its own demise.