Holiday Art Shows and Sales!

| November 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Teresa J. Parker

November 30, 2008 – Moms, this is the time of the year that we have so much to do to prepare for the holidays. With all the house decorating and tree-trimming, coordinating family gatherings and gift-buying, where does one find that special something? The gifts that say how special the recipient is…

Well, there are PLENTY of holiday bazaars, Christmas shows and sales and artist open studios at this time of the year. It’s better to shop early and get some really great selections – that are sure to be found. Several art studios are having their holiday sales during the first couple of weeks of December. Take advantage of these if you can, especially since you can buy directly from the artists, and establish a ‘preferred clientele’ status with them for future sales. They are as follows:

  • Midwest Clay Guild, located at 1236 Sherman Avenue in Evanston. Their event is open Dec.5, 5-9p, Dec.6,12-6p, Dec. 7, 1-5p. Admission is free. For more information, call them at 847-475-9697.
  •  The 33rd Annual Holiday Sale at Lill Street Studios, (featuring jewelry, ceramics, prints and many other forms of art) will be held at 4401 N. Ravenswood. Their Open House is Dec. 5, 6-9p, but the holiday sale will run November 28-January 4. Admission is free. Contact them at 773-394-3252 for more information. 
  • The Cornelia Arts Bldg, located at 1800 W. Cornelia (at Ravenswood) is holding their Annual Holiday Sale (featuring resident studio artists and guest artists) on Dec. 5, 5-9p, Dec. 6, 11a-5p and Dec. 7, 11a-5p. Amission is free. 
  • For a unique experience, head over to Christopher Moseley’s Chicago Hot Glass studio, located at 1250 N. Central Ave. Chris will demonstrate glass-blowing techniques as well as have works for sale. His demonstration is scheduled for Dec. 3, from 4:30-6p. (For children aged 10 and up). Admission is free. 
  • Where money is of little concern, and creativity is a premium, head over to the Merchandise Mart (350 N. Orleans St.) for the One of a Kind Show & Sale /The Artist Project. Admission is $10 and $7, children under 13 are Free. This show is simply one of THE Best in terms of unique art creations – jewelry, glass, weaving, sculpture, painting, etc. The dates for the show are; Dec.4, 12-9p, Dec.5, 11-9p, Dec.6, 10a-7p, Dec. 7, 10a-5p For more information call 1-800-677-6278.
  • Lastly, an Excellent exhibition called “Chic Chicago” – everything about high fashion and couture is to be found at the Chicago Historical Society. (1601 N. Clark Street at North Avenue). The exhibition is open now through July 26, 2009. It features costumes from the museum’s permanent collection, from gilded gowns to Versace. Local caricaturist Katherine Hilden will be present to draw pictures of you or your chiildren in period costumes. This event is Free and part of the exhibition experience. Ms. Hilden will be available on Dec. 9, 5-7p, Dec. 21, 2-4p, and Dec. 29, 1-3p. For more information about this program and others at the Chicago Historical Society, call 312-642-4000.

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———————————————Teresa Parker is an Artist, College Art Professor, Grant-writer and Curator of art exhibitions at galleries and museums.Teresa is keen on developing a new site called Mana Art Blog.She lives with her family in the culturally diverse and political limelight neighborhood of Hyde Park.

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