Visual Arts

Wilmette Park District

Center for the Arts

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

‘Arts in the Parks’ Camp Showcase

Monday, July 31 – Friday, Aug. 4

First Floor Hallway

This show is a culmination of all projects the 300+ campers have created in the 8 weeks of camp.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

‘Make Your Own Hardware Store Jewelry’

Wednesday, August 2, 7:00-8:00 pm, Teen Room; All teens welcome

Make your own unique jewelry using nuts and bolts from the hardware store.  Registration required via the online calendar or by calling the Library.  847-256-6952 Jill

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

‘Pom-Pom Wall Hanging’

Thursday, August 10, 4:00-4:45 pm, Grades 3-5; Youth Program Room

Use lots of colorful pom-poms to create a fun wall hanging for your room or anywhere.  Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.  Starting July 27 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; August 3 for non-residents

‘Chalk Art in the Park’ at Vattmann Park

Wednesday, August 16, 10:00-11:00 am

Join Wilmette Public Library staff at Vattmann Park and decorate the sidewalks with your own unique style.  All ages.  Rain date:  Thursday, August 17.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

‘Scratch with Digital Adventures’

Thursday, August 17, 7:00-8:30 pm, Grades 5-8, Youth Program Room

Design a game similar to dodgeball using a digital media design program.  Taught by staff from Wilmette’s ‘Digital Adventures’, which offers coding classes and technology camps for kids.  Registration required.  Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.  Starting August 3 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents; August 10 for non-residents

North Shore Art League & Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA)

Summer Juried Exhibit entitled ‘WATER’

Winnetka Community House, Second Floor Gallery Space

620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

July 20 – August 18

Gallery hours:  Monday- Friday, 9 am – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm.  Closed holidays. 

* Featuring works by the following eight Wilmette artists: 

Karen Barrie, Patricia Dolan, Joan Ellis, Jennifer Joseph, Mary Krebs Smyth, Peter Nussbaum, Maria Rebelo and Sally Schoch

North Shore Art League has partnered with the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) to present a summer juried exhibit entitled ‘WATER’.   Close to 50 participating artists have broadly interpreted the theme of WATER, providing some surprising and unexpected insights and visual treasures in a variety of media. Awards were presented at the Opening Reception by CAVA for Best of Show, Special Awards and three Honorable Mentions.

The Awardees

Best in Show  —  Rita O’Hara  “Will There Really Be a Morning”   Evanston, IL

Award of Excellence  –  Larry Chait “Drowning”  Chicago, IL

Award of Excellence  –  Kathryn Gautier  “Koi Pond with Fountain Sculpture”  Chicago, IL

Honorable Mention  –  David Sutton  “Tree on Water”  Evanston, IL

Honorable Mention  –  Meredith Dytch  “En Famile”   Chicago, IL

Honorable Mention  –  Cynthia Lee  “Jumping In”  LaGrange Park, IL

Exhibiting Artists from Wilmette

Karen Barrie –  “Cloud on River 1”

Marilyn Diller – “Rock, Roll and Throw”; “Fishy, Fishy Night”; and “Air & Water Show”

Joan Ellis – “Windy Day at the Lake” and “The Wave”

Jennifer Joseph – “Vibrant Beauty”

Mary Krebs-Smyth – “Flying Over”

Peter Nussbaum – “Hanging Water Drop – Zinnia”; “Hanging Water Drop – Birches”; and “Hanging Water Drop – Tulip”

Maria Rebelo  “From above #3”

Sally Schoch – “Solo Sailing”

The show ‘WATER’ runs through Friday, August 18 on which day CAVA is sponsoring a Symposium, 1:00-5:00 pm at NSAL’s studio on the second floor.  Topics and speakers include: 

Three Distinct and Unique Stories:
Solutions for Older Artists and the Distribution of Their Art Estates
Speaker: Mel Theobald

How Artistic Endeavors Awaken Purpose in the Second Half of Life
Speaker: Karen Vierneisel

Archival Framing and Materials
Presented by Artists’ Frame Service

Abstract Art: What it is, How it Differs from Realistic/Representational Art, and
Why It’s Important in Today’s World

​Speaker: Linda Zises

Free for CAVA members; $40 for non-members (includes a 1-year CAVA membership)
You may RSVP for this event at or by phone at 312-206-1404.

Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

‘Exploring West Wilmette’

Exhibit On Display through 2017

“Exploring West Wilmette” features an area whose very definition has changed over time, and is even now a matter about which locals disagree.  The exhibit looks for west Wilmette in many places, exploring its cultural geography with special attention to the housing boom of the 1950’s that turned family farms into distinctive new subdivisions.  “Exploring West Wilmette” will be at the Wilmette Historical Museum through 2017.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

‘Cosmos in Concert’

Thursday, August 24, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium

Developed by astronomer and musician Kyle Kremer, ‘Cosmos in Concert’ brings together astronomy and live classical music to entertain and educate audiences.  While a musical ensemble performs live, scientific videos are projected on-stage in an exciting fusion of sound and imagery.  The images and animations are developed from a variety of sources including WorldWide Telescope and NASA imagery.