Visual Arts

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Wilmette Library Community Art Show: ‘Community’

Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 7:00 pm, Auditorium

On Display through Monday, October 30

The Art Show is having a renaissance! The Library is pleased to announce a series of ongoing, themed, community art shows. Designed to help showcase more art from more artists, these shows will move away from the juried format and instead focus on themes that matter to Wilmette and the surrounding area. The theme of the September/October show is Community, highlighting the many meanings of the word to our local artists.

Please join WPL for the opening of the Wilmette Library Group Art Show: Community on Friday, September 15, at 7:00 pm in the AuditoriumRefreshments will be served.  . The show will run through October 30. For more information about the community art shows, and how to enter future shows, please visit

QUESTIONS: Contact the Community Services Department, or 847-256-6925

Wilmette Arts Guild

Fall Members’ Show: “What We Did Last Summer”

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Thursday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Oct. 8

North Shore Art League 93rd Annual Members’ Art Show featuring Art-in-Bloom

September 8-16

Artists’ Opening Reception and Benefit Party on Friday, Sept. 8, 6:30-9:00 pm

Award-winning violinist Rachel Hsu of Wilmette will play classical music during the reception

Tickets are $75/person in advance; $85/person at the door.

Winnetka Community House

Second Floor Gallery and Room 211

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

Over 150 pieces of artwork by over 90 participating artists, with 19 artists from Wilmette — Lindsay Brown, Heather Campbell, Patricia Markos Dolan, Caroline Greco, Mimi Gross, Pat Hinkel,  Jolan Horen, Carol Krofl, Claudia Lane, William Lober, Jan Loew, Anne Mueller, Peter Nussbaum, Mary Jane Ratty, Sally Schoch, Cindy Shanker, Mary Krebs Smyth, Peg Spengler, Joellen Varga

North Shore Art League’s 93rd Annual Members’ Art Show and Art-In Bloom, September 8-16 at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, features member artists and faculty whose talents and support have sustained NSAL for over nine decades.  The 9-day exhibition will launch with a Benefit Preview Party and Artists’ Opening Reception on Friday, September 8 from 6:30-9:00 pm.  Cost is $75/person in advance, $85/person at the door.  Be the first to preview the outstanding fine art and be amazed by floral interpretations of selected artwork, Art-in-Bloom, by renowned local garden club arrangers and florists.  Enjoy a buffet featuring South American fusion fare provided by the popular Highwood restaurant Longitud315 and open bar, and peruse the many Silent Auction tables.  Award-winning violinist Rachel Hsu of Wilmette will play classical music during the reception.

Following the Benefit Party, the Members’ Art Show is free and open to the public, with hours 11:00 am – 4:00 pm daily and Noon-5:00 pm weekends.  For more information regarding the Members’ Art Show, please contact the North Shore Art League office at 847-446-2870 or e-mail

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette


Thursday, Sept. 14, 4:00-4:45 pm, Grades 3-5, Youth Program Room

Join WPL for cardboard tube construction. Build tall and wide, and any shape you want!  Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.  Registration begins Aug. 31for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; Sept. 7 for non-residents.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Family PlayLab:  Wind and Air 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10:00-10:45 am, Youth Program Room; all ages

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

Take the paper airplane challenge, experiment with a wind tunnel, and make a simple kite.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker After Dark:  Candle Making

Friday, Sept. 22, 6:30-7:30 pm, Youth Program Room

Program is designed for adults only

Enjoy Friday evening at the Library with this adult-only Maker Program in the Youth Program Room.  Brighten up those shorter, colder autumn days by making your own candle in a jar!

Following the program, enjoy the Chris White Jazz Concert and a complimentary adult beverage in the Auditorium. Register online or call 847-256-5025.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Movies Poster Exhibit and Matching Activity 

Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, First Floor Vestibule, All Ages

View an exciting, vibrant display of full size movie posters for popular films and participate in a short, fun matching game (match several descriptions correctly to movie posters displayed at WPL) for the chance to be the lucky winner of a $30.00 Visa Gift Card supplied by the presenter.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Maker Mondays:  Mosaics

Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30-8:00 pm, Auditorium, All Ages

Use materials from Perler beads to Post-it Notes to create your own mosaics. You’ll make and decorate practical items such as coasters and picture frames.

Register online or call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930.

Mark Your Calendar:

Village of Wilmette Sponsors ‘Hats Around the World’ 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, ‘Hats Around the World’, 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-Drazin, Jill Dunbar, Rich Fisher, George Hossfeld, Faye Jacobs, Patience Kramer, Beth Lambrecht, Rino Liberatore, Jan Loew, Jerry Loew, Peter Nussbaum, Laura Rodriguez, and Pat Velasco.

Opening Artists’ Reception: Thursday, October 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.   Award-winning violinist Rachel Hsu of Wilmette will play classical music during the reception.