Visual Arts

Wilmette Arts Guild (WAG) Show at North Shore Senior Center

161 Northfield Road, Northfield

Nov. 3 – Dec. 21

The Wilmette Arts Guild is pleased to present a mixed media exhibit including paintings, photography and sculpture by both professional and amateur artists at the North Shore Senior Center.  There are 14 Wilmette residents represented out of the 26 artists exhibiting. Many artists have two pieces hanging.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker After Dark

Enjoy Friday evening at the Library with this adult-only maker program in the Youth Program Room. Register online or call 847-256-5025.

Marbling Friday, Nov. 3, 6:30-7:30 pm, Youth Program Room

Create beautiful designs on paper with easy marbling techniques.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

City of the Big Shoulders
A Virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture and Literature

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium

Chicago’s distinctive architecture illustrates the works of writers from novelist Theodore Dreiser to poet Carl Sandburg to graphic novelist Chris Ware. This visual presentation explores the intersections of Chicago’s literature and architecture to discover how each art enriches the other. Leanne Star is a former professor of literature and a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker Mondays

Everyone is invited to create art and technology projects at WPL’s all-ages Maker event in the Auditorium. Register online or call 847-256-5025.

Gift Wrapping Monday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8:00 pm, Auditorium

Peter Nussbaum of Wilmette

 Solo Photography Exhibit at the Lincolnwood Village Hall

30 Prints on Display: Weekdays, 9 am -5 pm from November 2 to December 27

Closed on November 23, 24 and December 25, 26.

 Reception: Tuesday, November 7 from 5 to 7 pm

 Location: The Lincolnwood Village Hall is located at 6900 North Lincoln Ave (South of Touhy). Parking: west of Village Hall, north of Morse.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Friday, Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30 pm, Auditorium

Artist’s Reception for Luan Wold, Wilmette Fiber Artist

Wilmette artist Luan Wold is having a solo fiber show in the auditorium (lower level) of the Wilmette Public Library during the month of November. An artist’s reception is being held on Friday, November 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Hours are: M-F 9 am.-9 pm., Sat 9 am.-5 pm, Sun 1-9 pm.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Family PlayLab  

Saturday, Nov. 11, 10:00-10:45 am, All ages; Youth Program Room

Join WPL for a fun and interactive monthly experience that is suitable for the whole family.

Birds — Build a giant nest, go on an indoor bird search, and make some treats for your feathered friends.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

STEAM Lab: Paper Circuits 

Thursday, Nov. 16, 4:00-4:45 pm, Grades 3-5, Youth Program Room

Combine art and engineering to create pictures that light up! Registration begins 11/2 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents; 11/9 for non-residents

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette 

The Art of Alebrijes

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium

Explore the cultural significance of alebrijes, brightly colored Mexican folk art of fantastical creatures. Carlos Orozco, of the Puech Ikots artists’ collective in Oaxaca, Mexico will explain of the technique of creating alebrijes, from the harvesting, preparation and treating of the wood to the carving and painting of the final work.

Family Fine Arts Night

Wilmette Park District

Community Recreation Center of Wilmette

3000 Glenview Road (at Skokie Blvd.), Wilmette

Friday, Nov. 17, 6:30-7:30 pm, Room 107; Ages 3 & Up

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

Registration required:  Residents $9.50; Non-residents $11.75

North Shore Art League 11th Annual ‘inchworks’ Fine Arts Show 2017

Opening Reception:  Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30-8:00 pm 

On Display through Monday, January 15, 2018

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. 

A number of Wilmette artists will have their work featured.

Creative works representing painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and mixed media are exhibited, with most artwork for sale.  It is a great place to purchase quality art at affordable prices, and the Small Works Show features great sizes for gift-giving during the holiday season, too!

Revenue from the show is dedicated to funding the NSAL school and outreach.  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,



4400 Greenwood St., Skokie

On Display through Nov. 30

“After Hours” Reception partnering with The Skokie Chamber of Commerce:  Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:00-7:00 pm

by Esther Manewith

 The religious and historical art of Mexico will be featured at a special viewing at Skokie’s Devonshire Cultural Center, 4400 Greenwood, Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Photographers Howard Frank of Skokie and Laura Rodriguez of Wilmette spent countless hours in Zacatlán, Mexico, recording the hand-crafted mosaics that make up a wall the size of three football fields.

“This wall surrounds a cemetery in the 600 year-old town,” Frank says, “and the mosaics tell the story of Nahuatl-Aztec history, religious beliefs and cultural content.  They are beautiful beyond words – with color and design that delight the eye.”

The Aztecs were a Nahuatl speaking people who lived in Mexico from the 14th to the 16th century.

Architect, Manuel Ardana, prepared and restructured the wall to receive the collaborative designs of 14 local artists. They were assisted by numerous volunteers making the mosaics a section at time with two artists working to carve the individual tiles in their own unique shape.

“This magnificent piece of public art contains scenes paying homage to the history of the region,” says Julie Ressler of the Wilmette Art Guild, administrator of the Dick W. Davis Cultural Preservation Fund.  “This masterpiece would not exist without Director Mary Carmen Olvera Trejo’s inspired work. One person can make a difference!” 

The mosaic wall was Mary Carmen’s idea, Ressler explained.  “She mustered local artists, artisans, politicians and architects.  She coordinated and acquired both local and foreign funding for the project.  She got local business to supply the materials.  One of the unintended consequences of this project is that she has had to form a non-traditional art school in Zacatlán to perpetuate the artistic interest inspired by the wall.”

Ressler went on to say that “the wall includes mosaics of Nahuatl-Aztec deities as well as stories of nearby agricultural communities, the background and history of Zacatlán’s enormous apple farming, biblical panels and, of course, the staple of Mexican life and cuisine – corn!”

“Colorless walls and bare stucco became a masterpiece of art and color that is attracting film-makers and tourists from all over Mexico.  The dragon, Quetzacoatl, primeval sea monster, Cipactli, magnificent humming birds, even the story of Creation is told in these mosaics which are something to view,” Ressler said.

As an added attraction, foods of Mexico will be served along with the apple products that have made Zacatlán the apple capital of Mexico.

For further information, please call the Wilmette Arts Guild at 847-256-2080.

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