Visual Arts

Kids’ Library Council: Art Opening 

Monday, July 30, 7:00-8:00 pm, Grades 5-8, Auditorium

Help plan library spaces and programs for kids in Grades 5-8. Celebrate the completion of Color Splash (Pineapple), an abstract sculpture redesigned by the Kids’ Library Council. Play games, do crafts, and enjoy cheese, fruit, and chocolate. Even if you didn’t work on the project, you’re welcome to attend. Dress to impress. Registration required.


Wilmette Historical Museum

609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

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

Exhibit on display now through Monday 9/17

Please visit 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 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.


Wilmette Park District

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road (at Skokie Blvd.), Wilmette

The Arts in the Parks Camp will show off their art works Tuesday, August 7 through Friday, August 10.


Wilmette Park District

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road (at Skokie Blvd.), Wilmette

Showcasing Art, Years in the Making:  Jack Nixon

This summer WPD welcomes the artistic talents of Wilmette’s Jack Nixon to the walls of the Community Recreation Center. The seasonal art showcase will run this summer until Friday, August 3 and features the native-born Chicagoan’s contemporary photo-realist work in a series of exquisite graphite drawings depicting local landmarks and architecture in Chicago.

Nixon’s drawing style is a variation of the difficult and tedious technique, trompe l’oeil, meaning “to fool the eye” in French. Often taking several years of patience and dedication to complete a single piece, his style utilized extreme detail to create the illusion of a three-dimensional appearance. Nixon’s works are in black and white, produced with soft 2B, 3B and 4B pencils.

Finding inspiration in the textures, materials and precision of classic Chicago structures, Nixon’s work celebrates the craftsmanship and ornamentation of these buildings. Contrary to other contemporary artists, his focus is on the architecture itself and bringing to life the human qualities of the old buildings that are no longer present in modern architectural design.

Experience Nixon’s tribute to the beauty and humanity of Chicago’s oldest structures and view his collection first-hand this summer. To learn more about Nixon and his work, visit https://jacknixon.wordpress.com/.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker After Dark:  Glass Etching

Friday, August 3, 6:00-7:00 pm and 7:15-8:15 pm; For Adults; Youth Program Room

Design your own glassware! Using WPL’s  vinyl cutter and special software, you’ll create a stencil and use it to etch your own mug, wine glass, or pint glass. Registration required and opens Friday, July 20.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker Materials:  Plastic Bottles and Caps

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

From decorative objects to stamps, there’s so much to make with discarded plastic bottles and bottle caps!  Registration required.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Perk Up Your Pens 

Tuesday, August 7, 3:00-3:45 pm, Grades 3-8; Youth Program Room

Back-to-school is coming soon! Create fun and original pens using a variety of techniques. Registration opens Tuesday 7/24 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 7/31 for non-residents.


Scratch Jr.  

Thursday, August 16, 4:00-5:00 pm, Grades 2-4; Youth Program Room

Take the first steps towards learning computer programming by trying out this iPad app, a version of the digital media design program Scratch designed for younger kids. We’ll make games and animations. Participants must be able to read. Registration opens Thursday, 8/2 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 8/9 for non-residents.


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Crystallized Rock Painting 

Tuesday, August 21, 3:00-3:30 pm, Grades 1-8; Youth Program Room 

Decorate dazzling crystallized beach rocks with liquid watercolors. Registration opens Tuesday, 8/7 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; 8/14 for non-residents


Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Galaxy Silhouettes: A Painting Workshop

Tuesday, August 21, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium; Open to teens and adults

Beginners and experts alike are welcome for this modern twist on a classic silhouette portrait. Choose a profile to draw freehand (or trace one of the provided printouts). Then let your imagination take over and fill in a painted design using watercolor pencils under the guidance of instructor Christine Thornton. Registration required. For questions, ask for librarian Jill M.

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