Visual Arts

Village of Wilmette Sponsors ‘Home and Away’ Photography Exhibit at North Shore Community Bank in October

In celebration of Arts Awareness Month, the Village of Wilmette Human Relations Commission presents a Community Photography Exhibit, ‘Home and Away’, featuring 13 Wilmette photographers* at North Shore Community Bank, 1145 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, during the month of October.  Bank Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

*Participating Photographers are:

Patricia Berg, Rich Fisher, David Girson, George Hossfeld, Faye Jacobs, Patience Kramer, Beth Lambrecht, Jan Loew, Jerry Loew, Peter Nussbaum, Laura Rodriguez, Ron Testa, and Pat Velasco. 

Opening Artists’ Reception: Thursday, October 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  A violin duo, featuring violinist Maia Law of Glencoe and violinist Lydia Kaup of Wilmette, New Trier Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster, will play a mix of classical and modern music during the reception.

Wilmette Historical Museum

609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

New Exhibit:  ‘Wilmette in Photographs, 1850-1950’

Opening Reception:  Sunday, Oct. 6, 1-3 pm

Exhibit on display through July, 2020

Museum Hours:  Sunday-Thursday 1:00-4:30 pm

Help celebrate the opening of this exciting new exhibit, which explores a century of photographs of Wilmette people and places.  Antique cameras, glass photographic plates, tintypes, stereo cards, and other unusual artifacts from the Museum’s collection join dozens of rarely seen photos in the main gallery to illustrate how developments in camera technology, and the emergence of fads like the “real photo postcard” craze, resulted in a treasure trove of images that have forever captured the look of everyday life in one small Midwestern town

This opening reception is free to the community.  Light refreshments will be served.

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

Photography by Peter Nussbaum

North Shore Senior Center

161 Northfield Road, Northfield


An exhibit of 15 photographs by long-time Wilmette resident Peter Nussbaum will be on display Monday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, October 31 in the NSSC Auditorium.

The exhibit can be viewed when there is not a program in the Auditorium.

Viewing times:  Monday through Friday, 8:30-10:00 am; Noon-1:00 pm; 3:00-4:30 pm

Please note that NSSC is closed to the public on Friday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 11.


For questions, contact Jackie Nussbaum at 847-256-2529

Calling all Artists! Open Call for Art 

The next Wilmette Public Library Community Art Show, True Colors, will be open for online pre-registration starting Monday, October 7 at 10:00 am. There will be an opening reception Friday, November 8, 6:30 pm. All works must be pre-registered; the first 35 artists who pre-register will be accepted into the show. This show is open to local artists ages 18 and up. For more information, requirements, and to pre-register, visit

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker Lab

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2:00-4:00 pm and Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:00-8:00 pm

Youth Program Room, All ages

Drop by this pop-up Maker space to use WPL’s vinyl cutter, 3D printer, and jewelry-making tools. Make stickers, keychains, pet tags, or wacky inventions of your own making. There will be supplies for self-directed introductory projects, but you are also welcome to bring your own materials and projects.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

STEAM Lab: Paper Shape Builders

Thursday, October 10, 4:00-4:45 pm, Grades K-2, Youth Program Room

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.

Create geometric shapes and put them together in a variety of ways. You will have plenty of colored papers to create and build.  Registration required, beginning Thursday 9/26 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Thursday 10/3 for non-residents.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Teens Only: Glow-in-the-Dark Clings

Monday, Oct. 14, 7:00-8:00 pm, Teen Room

Using glow-in-the-dark dimensional paint, create your own glow clings for windows, your laptop or tablet, or anywhere else. Halloween patterns will be provided or you can bring your own.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Special Event for Educators and Parents: Flannel Board Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8:30 pm, Adults ages 18+, Youth Program Room

Calling all teachers, parents, and caregivers.  Join WPL for an evening of flannel board making and idea sharing. Flannels make wonderful teaching aids as well as great tools for imaginative, independent play. Registration required, starting Thursday 10/3 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Thursday 10/10 for non-residents.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

Monday, Oct. 21, Grades 5-8, 7:00-8:00 pm, Youth Program Room

Decorate pumpkins without using a knife! Bedeck pumpkins with glitter, paint, and more. Pumpkins will be provided.  Snacks will be served.  Registration required, starting Monday 10/7 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Monday 10/14 for non-residents.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Adult Maker Program

Maker After Dark: Light-Up Halloween Card

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-7:30 pm, Youth Program Room

Make a spooky or funny Halloween card that lights up with paper circuits! Follow one of WPL’s patterns or design your own. Registration required, opening Tuesday, Oct. 15 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Tuesday, Oct. 22 for non-residents.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Armchair Travels Presents: Exploring France

Thursday, Oct 31, 1:00-2:30 pm, Auditorium

‘Edouard Manet, Painter of Modern Life’ with Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions

Join art historian Jeff Mishur, co-owner of Art Excursions, in a presentation of the art of Edouard Manet.

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