Visual Arts

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Family PlayLab: Rainbow Connection  

Saturday, June 9, 10:00-11:00 am, All ages; Youth Program Room

Make rainbows and conduct colorful experiments.  This fun and interactive drop-in program is suitable for the whole family.

Wilmette Historical Museum

609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

New Exhibit Opening: ‘Dancing for My Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in Modern Times’

Sunday, June 10th, 2:00-4:00 pm

Exhibit on display Sunday 6/10 through Monday 9/17

Please join WHM for the opening of the museum’s new exhibit, “Dancing for My Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in Modern Times.” This exhibit of dramatic, large-format photographic portraits of Potawatomi Indians in their modern dance regalia will run from June 10 through September 17, 2018. The photographer, Sharon Hoogstraten, is a Chicago resident and a descendant of the Ouilmette family after whom the Village of Wilmette is named. She will be on hand at the exhibit opening for a short introduction at 2:30 pm.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Community Art Show: Nature in Auditorium

Celebrate WPL’s latest community art show. The show will run through July.

North Shore Art League’s Inaugural ‘Abstraction Show’

On Display Now through Tuesday, July 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.

Eleven artists from Wilmette are featured in the Abstraction Show.  They are:

Patricia Dolan, Caroline Greco, Jolan Horen, Carol Jansson, Wiliam Lober, Peter Nussbaum, Sally Schoch, Cindy Shanker, Peg Spengler, Joellen Varga and Karen Williams.

This show highlights how each artist individually explores the world of abstract art through the use of color, composition, and concept.

112 original works by 61 artists representing painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and mixed media are exhibited.  The show will be on display — with most artwork for sale — through Tuesday, July 10. 

Revenue from the show is dedicated to funding NSAL’s school and outreach.  The North Shore Art League is a not-for-profit organization, now in its 94th 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,

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker Materials

Everyone is invited to create art and technology projects at WPL’s all-ages Maker events in the Auditorium. This summer, explore Making with a focus on one common household item each month. Register online or call 847-256-5025.

Wine Corks

Monday, June 25, 6:30-8:00 pm, Auditorium, All ages

What can you make with wine corks? From cat toys to table decorations, there will be something for everyone. Registration opens June 11.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Up, Up, and Away! 

Friday, June 15, Drop in from 3:00-4:30 pm, All ages; Youth Program Room

Experiment with different media to decorate hot air balloons for the Youth Department bulletin boards in honor of our Summer Reading theme — Reading Takes You Everywhere. Please dress for mess.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Painting Party 

Monday, June 25, 3:00-4:30 pm, Grades 5-8; Youth Program Room

Socialize and snack as you make a collaborative work of art for the Youth Services Department based on WPL’s summer reading theme — Reading Takes You Everywhere.  Please dress for mess. Registration Monday 6/11 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Monday 6/18 for non-residents