Visual Arts

Wilmette Park District

Center for the Arts

Student Art Show

2017 Wilmette Park District (Center for the Arts) Spring Art Show

Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Artwork on Display
Monday, May 1 through Sunday, May 21

Open House Reception
Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm

This show will include 2D and 3D works from youth art students ages 1-16 who took classes at the Community Recreation Center this past year.  This Sixth Annual Art Show is free. Come and marvel at the students’ creativity.

North Shore Art League 

Inaugural Portraiture Exhibit — Portraiture: Self & Others

Winnetka Community House, Second Floor Gallery Space

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

On Display through Monday, May 15

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

* Featuring works by the following Wilmette artists:  Caroline Greco, Carol Krofl, Barbara Mitchel, Anne Mueller, Peter Nussbaum, Mary Jane Ratty and Michael Tschantz-Hahn. 

Explore the world of portraits, with 100 pieces by 59 artists on display.

Revenue from the shows are 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,

** New Exhibit entitled ‘The Urban Experience’ coming May 18 through July 11

    Opening Reception:  Thursday, May 18, 6:30-8:00 pm.

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 Park District

Center for the Arts

Family Art Night

Community Recreation Center

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

Friday, May 19, 6:30-7:30 pm

Create an art project with a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, whomever.  This workshop is a great time to spend with family and friends and bring home an art project created together.  All children must be supervised.  Ages 3 and up.

Registration required.  Residents $9.25; Non-residents $11.25

Friends of the Wilmette Library Children’s Art Show (Preschool through 8th Grade)

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Original artwork (painting, drawing, collage or photograph) accepted between May 1 and May 15.  One piece of art per participant.  Art will be exhibited in the Auditorium from May 21 through June 30.

Special reception for artists and their families on Sunday, May 21, 2:00-3:30 pm.