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  • Bartlett art group opens in new downtown storefront Dec 18, 2014 9:08 PM
    A group of artists have moved into a new space in downtown Bartlett, where professionals will create, sell and teach their craft. The nonprofit Arts in Bartlett hopes it will host live music and movie screenings, too. “Every successful downtown has some sort of entertainment venue,” says Cecilia Green, a founding member. “Bartlett doesn’t have that, so we’re hoping to provide that in some small way."

     
  • Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries. Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.

     
  • Vintage prints in Koehnline Museum exhibit Dec 14, 2014 4:24 PM
    The latest show at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Gems from the Koehnline: New Acquisitions, highlights 19th- and early 20th-century vintage prints as well as paintings and fine prints from Chicago artists Macena Barton, Francis Chapin, Natalie Smith Henry, Gregory Orloff and Medard Klein. Works by Margaret Burroughs, Milton Horn and the Zhou Brothers will also be on display. The exhibition runs through Friday, Jan. 23.

     
  • World Trade Center tower boasts large-scale art Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 1,776-foot tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among more than a dozen works selected or commissioned for the skyscraper. Asher Edelman, whose New York gallery curated the works, said the only criteria were that they be abstract, thought-provoking and exciting enough to get people “to look up from their hand-held devices and actually look around them.”

     
  • Art transforms armory into reflective pool Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    A light, music and performance installation will transform a New York City armory into a reflective pool. The piece in the Park Avenue Armory is a collaboration between classical pianist Helene Grimaud and Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist Douglas Gordon. It includes 122,000 gallons of water slowly seeping through a false floor.

     
  • Auditions and art shows Dec 10, 2014 10:52 AM
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

     
  • Mundelein artist said his journey in working with glass never ends Dec 5, 2014 11:01 PM
    Artist Peter Patterson has been working with hot glass for more than 34 years and says he’s still amazed at the mysteries that it has to offer.

     
  • Frida Kahlo’s garden to be re-imagined in N.Y. Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s native garden and studio will be reimagined at the New York Botanical Garden in the spring. The garden will use flowers and plants native to Mexico in the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” which will open May 16 and run through Nov. 1. The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City in more than 25 years will reflect the bright colors and textures of Kahlo’s portraits and still lifes.

     
  • Relics from ‘Wonder Years’ given to Smithsonian Dec 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    Kevin Arnold’s green New York Jets jacket that he always wore in “The Wonder Years” is becoming a piece of history along with other items from the popular TV show. Fred Savage, who played Arnold, his mother and other cast members from the show donated costumes, studio tapes, scripts and Polaroid photos from the show Tuesday to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

     
  • Creative gifts abound at Fine Line holiday sale Dec 2, 2014 3:58 PM
    The holiday season shines at Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s show and sale, set for Dec. 5-13 in St. Charles. This annual juried event showcases members’ artistic talents, and offers a wide range of unique holiday gifts.

     
  • Sunday picks: See Chicago ... only smaller Nov 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    The Wonderland Express exhibit runs for another holiday season full of miniature trains and models of famous Chicago-area landmarks starting this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. And it's your last chance to see comedian Louie Anderson in his weekend run at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

     
  • Weekend picks: Brody Jenner hits the decks at H.O.M.E. Nov 30, 2014 12:50 AM
    Brody Jenner, best known from appearances on "The Hills" and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," will be joined by William Lifestyle and Kings of Class at H.O.M.E. Bar in Arlington Heights. Local comedian Pat McGann performs a series of standup shows at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • Weekend picks: Local boy Pat McGann returns to Rosemont Nov 28, 2014 5:00 AM
    Local comedian Pat McGann performs a series of standup shows at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Warm up your vocal chords and sing along to a musical classic at the annual “Sing-Along Sound of Music” event at the Music Box Theatre. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • Harper student-run boutique reopens bigger, more visible site Nov 25, 2014 2:43 PM
    Studio V, the professional, student-run boutique at Harper College opened this month in a newly renovated – and far more visible – space on the east side of campus, across from the Building J Theatre. To celebrate, Studio V will hold a grand reopening event with refreshments and entertainment from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4.

     
  • Weekend picks: Cosley Zoo opens Festival of Lights Nov 26, 2014 12:58 AM
    See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Warm up your vocal chords and sing along to a musical classic at the annual “Sing-Along Sound of Music” event at the Music Box Theatre. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • Artwork by Stevenson students on display in Lincolnshire Nov 19, 2014 7:01 PM
    Artwork created by several recent Stevenson High School graduates has been put on public display at Lincolnshire’s village hall, 1 Olde Half Day Road.

     
  • Deer Parth Art League exhibit features work by local artist Nov 19, 2014 12:38 PM
    Artist Susan Anne Russell is featured at The Deer Path Art League holiday exhibit, “Deck the Walls.” Running two months, from November through January, this holiday show includes photography and paintings by Rob Kuehnle and Tina Leto.

     
  • Student artists recognized in Buffalo Grove Nov 18, 2014 2:47 PM
    The Buffalo Grove Arts Commission and American Enterprise Bank will recognize 60 young artists who participated in the 2015 Youth Art Calendar Competition at an Awards Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at American Enterprise Bank, 600 N. Buffalo Grove Road.

     
  • Prague wall dedicated to John Lennon painted over Nov 18, 2014 8:16 AM
    Prague’s colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over. The wall located at the heart of the Czech capital began to be painted with Lennon’s images and related graffiti after the Beatle’s assassination in 1980. A group of art students claimed responsibility for painting the wall white on Monday.

     
  • Smithsonian unveils $2 billion museum face-lift Nov 14, 2014 5:58 AM
    The Smithsonian unveiled a plan Thursday to give museums and gardens along the south side of Washington’s National Mall a $2 billion face-lift, creating more welcoming entrances, improving connections between the museums and refurbishing the iconic Smithsonian Castle.

     
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