Saturday, September 7, 2019

Artist Ellen Greene’s Midwestern! Punk! Mom! Retrospective

Artist Ellen Greene’s Midwestern! Punk! Mom! Retrospective! is on exhibit this September at 1100 Florence Gallery. The opening party is tonight, 6p-late, it will go late, there is a lot to see.

Ellen’s maximalist approach to her installation takes viewers through endless narratives and objects, with floor to ceiling art & objects. In this interview, we talk about giving permission to artists to exhibit work the way it works for the work, which this show has done in spades.  

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6-8p
Artist Talk, Sunday, September 15, 3-5p
Closing Party, September 19, 6-8p

1100 Florence Gallery is located at 1100 Florence Avenue in Evanston, IL 60202. Gallery hours are Sunday 12-5p, Wednesday 6-8p and Friday 6-8p. View art by appointment by emailing 1100florencegallery[at] Visit for more information.

The Lisa D Show Podcast features 20-minute, unedited interviews with creatives living and working in Evanston. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

David and Carolyn Hinske on building creative lives and community, again!

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New interview on The Lisa D Show podcast: Carolyn and David Hinske just moved to Evanston, IL, from Taos, NM, and are building a new creative life ... again.
Carolyn is a fiber artist and knitter who recently sold her wares at the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop at the Evanston Art Center.
David is a singer and painter with a solo show at 1100 Florence Gallery July 20 & 21, 2-5p, and he'll roll out the "pay what you like" model on Sunday.
Listen to our conversation about maintaining a creative life, building new community and trusting that people will honor your work.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Victoria Loeb Artist Talk at 1100 Florence Gallery

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We're hosting Friday morning artist talks at the gallery and providing a recording for anyone who cannot attend.

This record is of Victoria Loeb discussing her exhibit Phases on display at 1100 Florence Gallery through May 19, 2019. Photo of Victoria taken by Joerg Metzner at the opening reception of Phases.

Gallery hours; Wednesdays 5-8p, Fridays 5-8p and Sundays 12-5p. Learn more at

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1100 Florence Gallery exhibits artist Victoria Loeb this May. Join us for an opening reception May 4, 6-8p, as part of First Saturday Evanston Art Events.

Artist Talk: Friday, May 17, 10-11a

Gallery Hours; Sundays 12-5p, Wednesdays 5-8p, Fridays 5-8p OR by appointment, call 847-544-8205

Artist Statement for the show:
A distinct period or stage in a series of events, or a process of change or development. Exhibiting works made using acrylic, oil, charcoal, latex/enamel

Artist Bio: Victoria Loeb was born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1992 she met Argentine Artist Alicia Maffei and began studying with her. In 1996 she became her Drawing Assistant and worked with her through 1999. During that time, she was accepted at the Fine Arts Institute Prilidiano Pueyrredon, where she studied until 2002.

She also studied under Argentine Artist Miguel Ángel Bengochea, and later attended the studio of contemporary Artist Eduardo Medici.

She moved to Chicago in 2003. After being represented by several galleries in the Chicago area, she moved her Studio to downtown Evanston and has worked on her Art since.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Kathy Halper Exhibit, What A Day It's Been

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April 6, 5-8p, Kathy Halper’s solo exhibit "What a Day it's Been" oepns at 1100 Florence in Evanston. Halper will be showing work created over the past two years, as well as some embroidered pieces.

A series of six paintings explore the angst and absurdity of our political climate. Embracing Russia's recent influence in our lives, Halper used the culture's beautiful folk art for my inspiration in creating these narratives.

Other new works use discarded Amazon boxes as my primary material. Painting, gluing, printmaking and carving work together to create unique stories of my life.

The show runs thru April 22. There is an artist talk scheduled for Sunday, April 14 from 3-5 pm. Visit

Artist Statement

What a Day It’s Been

Russia, If You're Listening

After the 2016 election I was frozen. For a year I could not find a direction to make art. When I finally gave myself permission to use my feelings of insanity and anxiety in my artmaking, these paintings poured out. Using Russian folk art as a visual guidepost and an inside joke, I set about capturing my angst. My goal is not to tell the viewer a story they already know, but to exorcise my personal discomfort, and hope that others may recognize their own feelings.

Amazon Tales

Discarded Amazon boxes are the starting point to tell personal narratives that are both ephemeral and tactile, ridiculous and poignant. Is it possible to make art from stories that are not born out of tragedy or remarkable fortune? As I seek out memories of a relatively uneventful life, I explore these questions with rule-free approach to materials and technique, a sense a absurdity and a growing stack of cardboard, looking for the magic in the everyday.


“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”― Margaret Mitchell
In this series, I express my thoughts on aging by sitting with each image for months on end pondering my dreams and losses with each stitch. I watch them disappear from the top and fall to the ground. I watch them melt out of my life. And in doing so I gain some closure, some peace and the joy that comes from the process of creating the work.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Girl Boss Reyes Witt of Assembly Creators in Downtown Evanston

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Reyes Witt is curating a marketplace (Assembly Creators Market) in Downtown Evanston that offers experiential shopping and features merchandise by a select group of creators.

Witt’s packing more than 20 years experience as a fashion merchandising executive, and in the last year, she “took a break” and launched a diabetes line of accessories (Dropp Kitt), a brick and mortar storefront (Assembly Creators Market) and an accessory line (jerjerB. Jewelry & Accessories); That’s how girl bosses take “breaks”.

Evanston’s really cool and culturally diverse community drew Witt to Orrington Ave, where she’s hoping to “offer affordable luxury items” to the numerous shoppers Downtown Evanston draws every workday. Her store is merchandised with a masterful design eye, “We’re like Anthropologie but less Boho and a little more chic and modern,” says Witt.

This interview is the first in a series of interview with Girl Bosses/Boss Ladies, women who run their own shops or endeavors in a super creative and interesting way. Know of one? Email thelisadshow[at]

Contact Reyes at or 847.859.6031 and pay a visit to Assembly Creators at1642 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Reyes Witt’s Bio

Before launching Assembly Creators Market., Reyes Witt cut her teeth-- and learned to cut leather-- developing luxury goods for Coach and Ralph Lauren. At the helm of go-to market strategies for a number of national brands and private label lines Reyes hit the wall when the story about the product became more important than the product itself.
It was at a leather show in Milan, Italy, that Witt, inspired by the colors and textures that didn't have a place in the world of mass-produced accessories, first imagined jerjerB. Jewelry & Accessories, her first solo collection.
Understanding the physical stress and labor involved for makers to present at markets, Reyes decided to bring all of the talent under one roof providing a place for Makers and Creators to showcase their talents in a curated environment.
Her goal to bridge the gap in top-shelf goods by creating a destination to shop without the insane markup associated with luxury items.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Rebecca Dudley Does Her Great Work Now!

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Rebecca Dudley finds energy and time to manifest her passions in the most creative ways. Her love of DIY music culture led her to the role as Drummer for Chicago’s punk band Moto in the 90s, her work as an architect led her to build a tiny world for Hank (the plush monkey/bear) and launch two children’s books about his adventures and most recently as a politically engaged citizen, Rebecca is making buttons and temporary tattoos to build awareness for Getting Out The Vote on Nov. 6.

Dudley lives in Evanston, and if you are lucky enough to trick or treat at her house on Halloween, you’ll get some of her timely, fun political schwag!

In today’s interview we talk about developing the thru-line from interest to passion to production. Takeaway: “Do your great work now. Do not wait.”

Visit her blog that launched Hank at

Her co-creator Andrew Schachman on tattoos helped her launch: where you can purchase temporary tattoos to help raise awareness to get out the vote!

Her cheeky Mueller buttons can be purchased here

Check out Rebecca on the drums with M.O.T.O. (Masters Of The Obvious) on You Tube,

The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating and elevating creatives in Evanston, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, purposefully low tech. Contact host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jamie Lou Thome's Collages at Evanston Public Library this October

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Jamie Lou Thome celebrates an art exhibit this October at the Evanston Public Library branch in Downtown Evanston. In the newly expanded 3rd floor exhibiting space, Jamie has more than 20 works on display, collages created during a three week spurt of creative energy while teaching a summer art class. The work expresses the power and community of women, illustrating just how “much we can do together.” All work is for sale and priced under $100, 20% of all sales will go back to the library for youth programming.

In today’s interview we talk about the benefits of showing art in strange places, giving back to your community and making time to MAKE art!

Jamie’s show is up through the end of October.

The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating and elevating creatives in Evanston, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, purposefully low tech. Contact host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Darren Oberto Cyanotypes at Saw Room Gallery in Evanston

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Artist Darren Oberto has explored and exploited the cyanotype medium to carry out a myriad of concepts that result in stimulating and beautiful images as part of his exhibit, Out of the Blue. on display thru October 27 at the Saw Room Gallery, 1712 Sherman Avenue in Downtown Evanston. The public is invited to the artist reception Saturday, October 6, 5-8pm.

In this conversation we talk about managing time and space as a maker and the benefits of being part of an artist collective, like the one he is part of at The Alley Gallery with artists Chris Greene, Ross Martens and Avram Eisen.

For anyone in Chicagoland, make a point to visit Alley Gallery not only to see this exhibit, or stop by for a tour of the artist studios on the premises. Learn more at

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating and elevating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, purposefully low tech. Contact host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Leo Segedin is Still Painting!

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Leopold Segedin (Leo) is one of the most prolific painters living and working in Evanston. He is celebrating an incredibly busy fall with a new book “Leo Segedin: A Habit of Art", and two shows at Rare Nest Gallery and at the Madron Gallery in October. This is an incredibly busy schedule for a 91-year-old artist.

This interview focuses on Leo’s early career, all the way back to painting Chicago buildings on a porch as a 15 yo. Our conversation goes from Chicago to Maine to the Korean War, it's an amazing journey for one man, who practices as a painter his entire life. At 91, Leo tells the listeners that he is “still here”, with much gusto.

We are grateful to Leo’s son Paul for publishing such an important book of his father’s career and for setting up this interview.

 Leopold Segedin Retrospective
Saturday, September 15th, Opening Reception, 5 – 9 pm
With a career spanning more than 70 years, Leo Segedin is Rare Nest’s “senior artist” and indeed, is a beloved senior artist in the whole Chicago region.  Still painting every day at 91 years old, Leo is a prolific visionary and community-builder.  Many of his works from the last 20 years contain auto-biographical elements and self-portraits (“I’m a cheap model”) in dual poses juxtaposing youth and honest age.  The dream-like settings of Leo’s work evoke vernacular Chicago architecture - streetscapes and train stations of Chicago’s west side from the 1930’s to the present. In this major exhibition, enjoy over 40 works spanning 7 decades.
Rare Nest Gallery, 3433 N Kedvale, Chicago, IL 60641

Artist Statement
I’ve always felt that my own paintings should speak for themselves. Words can point to what you should look at and create a context for what you see, but I don’t think that anyone can really communicate in words what works of art communicate any more than they can create in words the taste of a good wine. The experiences of – say - a painted, translucent red - of delicate lines and bold shapes - of dramatic, metaphoric images - are like - well - the tang of garlic in a good, kosher hot dog - if we can imagine such experiences as being more serious - more profound - than pleasurable. They have to be ‘tasted’ to be known. It is not an intellectual process, although some art critics have made their careers trying to describe and explain it. The meaning – the significance - of a painting is in the work itself - in the personal responses to the aesthetic and metaphoric qualities of the image. This does not mean that paintings don’t embody meanings beyond such intrinsic qualities of the paintings. Although paintings can be about any personal experience, I believe that important paintings should be about something important - about life - the human condition - about the world we live in, or, in my case, the world we used to live in – even about art itself. There is something unique about artists who create with passion, who write - or paint - or compose works of art that express the intensely human experiences they share with others – of love and hate - of beauty and ugliness – of nature and society - of divinity and belief – of the imaginings of our mind - of memory - of loss - of mortality and death - all those corny, clichéd sentiments which just happened to be meaningful to us. And it may be that those visions are more true and real to us than the objective truths of science; at least, they touch us in ways that science never can. I would like to think that this is true about me.        


The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating and elevating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, purposefully low tech. Contact host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Amy O. Woodbury Finds Connection and Community Through Painting

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For the past 18 years, artist Amy O. Woodbury has been hosting an Annual Front Yard Art Sale over a weekend. The idea started one morning in a yoga class, and she literally decided to “just do it” thanks to a nudge from a neighbor. This annual sale has become many things other than just a sale; the chance to connect with community, garner much-needed feedback, deadlines, income and more! Listeners in the Chicagoland area invited; 9/2 & 9/3, 9a-5p, 1931 Colfax Street. Rain date, 9/4.

In this conversation we cover where Amy discovered painting and how it became part of her everyday life, maintaining a daily schedule, regardless of mood or weather. 

The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating and elevating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, purposefully low tech. Contact host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]