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 storywoods.blogspot.com/


Her co-creator Andrew Schachman on tattoos helped her launch: nov-6.org where you can purchase temporary tattoos to help raise awareness to get out the vote!

Her cheeky Mueller buttons can be purchased here
https://chunklet.bandcamp.com/merch/mueller-button-10-pak



Check out Rebecca on the drums with M.O.T.O. (Masters Of The Obvious) on You Tube, http://ow.ly/SDQX30mhxbR



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]gmail.com

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.

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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]gmail.com

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 thealleygallery.com

See more of Darren’s work at dmoberto.com

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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]gmail.com

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.        
Visit leopoldsegedin.com   

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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]gmail.com

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]gmail.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lea Basile Lazarus on her upcoming solo show "The Spirit of Community"


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Artist and teacher Lea Basile Lazarus talks about her journey as an artist starting in 7th grade all the way to earning an MFA at SAIC Chicago. She owns the title “artist”, identifying herself as such on her website at leablazarus.com and is a prolific printmaker, making monoprints using her Conrad Press (which she was gifted by her husband for her 60th birthday).

In this conversation we cover where Lea finds the time and inspiration to make art, and the people she surrounds herself with to keep her creative.

Listeners in the Chicagoland area can meet Lea this September at 1100 Florence during her solo show “The Spirit of Community”, Sept. 7-17, click here for more info.



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]gmail.com



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jason Brown Invites Map Making to the 21st Century!


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Today we talk with Community Artist and Organizer Jason Brown about his Artist in Residency, Mapping (in) Progress at 1100 Florence in Evanston.

June 26 - July 6, Jason is hoping to share collective discoveries through his Collective Cartography process with the broader public, and open up the conversation of what mapping can mean for us and our neighbors.

Photo from Art Encounter's YOUTime walking tour of Florence Avenue.


EVENTS

KIDS + MAPS
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 10 AM -12 PM

This family-friendly event will be for parents and kids of elementary age (1st-5th grade) to explore mapping home with a kids-eye view.
We'll have a time of learning, mapping, playing, and sharing.
Click here: FREE W RSVP on Facebook
Learn more at geocommunetrics.com/1100florence/

COMMUNITY POTLUCK
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 5:30-8:30 PM

Community is central to the Collective Cartography process.
Let's come together for an evening of conversation, observation and research! Jason Brown will be sharing from his experience leading Collective Cartography mapping sessions around Evanston. Participants will be led through observation and collective, qualitative research around a collection of large-scale, hand-drawn maps of our city and some of our neighborhoods.
Bring a dish to share, bring a friend and meet a new neighbor.
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Learn more at geocommunetrics.com/1100florence/

More about Jason:

In October 2016 I developed a 3 hour workshop called Collective Cartography for the arts festival Big Draw Evanston. It was an intentional time where Evanston artists, leaders, and activists showed up and we worked on mapping out our collective version of Evanston. Over the course of the workshop, we created a large-scale hand-drawn map of Evanston, and what we know about its geography, economy, resources, barriers, and what we could dream up as possible solutions. Images on the map were real and fantastic - inviting deeper sociological imagination for how we see the city we live and work in.

With that first workshop of around a dozen women being so successful, I've spent the last year and a half refining the workshop. With support from the Evanston Arts Council, I have continued this mapping with small groups from the public, local training programs, and community organizations, effectively asking the question: What does equity look like spatially?

Over this time, I've collected around a dozen maps from various group workshops. Participants have been executives, bureaucrats, baristas, artists, social workers - your everyday Evanston residents and workers. Instead of leaving mapping our city - remembering its past, examining its present, planning its future - in the hands of the traditional "powers," Collective Cartography has put this honor and responsibility into the hands of the People. Any people that show up. Yet, while this process has been about equity, I have to confess it's not been the most equitable in approach, and truly not that diverse in the cast of cartographers.

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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]gmail.com

Thursday, June 21, 2018

David Gista Shows Painting Students that Madness is in the Method


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David Gista is an artist and teacher, living and working in Evanston. We met at his studio in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center to talk about the group show he is curating, opening this weekend at 1100 Florence Ave, “Madness in the Method”. The show features eight adults from Gista’s class“Going Abstract” at the Evanston Art Center to include Lee Oberlander, Stacey Foisy, John Manning, Veronica Sax, David Gista, Susan Keats, Karen Williams, Gale West and Harvey Choldin. Opening party Friday, June 22, 5-9p. Gallery Hours: 6/23 1-6p, 6/24 1-5p


In this interview we cover Gista’s teaching techniques to include art camp at his home in France, the practice of sharing and showing creative work and the group dynamic of creative work in group dynamics. 

See Gista’s body of work at davidgista.com

Biography

David Gista was born and raised in Paris, and now divides his time between France and the United States, having established his artistic career on both continents. Gista studied art at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and so combines his classical fine arts training with his keen-eyed examination of modernity, creating a running commentary on contemporary life expressed in a variety of media.

Having graduated in 1990 with the equivalent of a Masters Degree, Gista won a prestigious award at the graduate show. By 1993, Gista was exhibiting his work in his first one-man show in Paris. Discovered in 1995 by the internationally recognized Darthea Speyer Gallery, who also represents Ed Paschke and Leon Golub, Gista’s professional career was established. In 1995 he also received one of the most important awards for emerging painters, the Prix de Vitry, the Prize of Vitry
(Named for Vitry-sur-seine, France). His career continued to flourish in France where he participated in a variety of solo and group shows.

During his initial visit to Chicago in 1996, Gista met Gary Marks, and in 1997 held his first one-man show in the United States at the Gary Marks Gallery, receiving generous press coverage in the Chicago media. Gista participated in a group exposition at Chicago’s Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, and exhibited his work in Hamburg, Germany, where he established strong connections, expanding his international representation.
Through the Darthea Speyer Gallery connection, Gista was invited by
Ed Pashke to serve as a guest speaker/lecturer at Northwestern University. Since then Gista has been chosen as one of twelve featured artists for Chicago Artist’s Month and has had solo exhibitions at The University Club of Chicago as well as The Union League Club of Chicago.

In 2001, Gista submitted a proposal to Accor, the parent company of the Hotel Sofitel, to create 274 large-sized digital paintings for their newest hotel built in downtown Chicago. The concept was accepted, and Gista worked for almost a year to complete the project in which he combined his drawing, painting, and photographic expertise with the use of digital technology. His work can be seen at the Hotel Sofitel Chicago Watertower.
In 2004, the Mornea Gallery of Evanston, Illinois held a one-man show of Gista’s work entitled “Presidents, etc.” Known for his “soul bags,” a form of painting on cloth that verges on sculpture, Gista displayed oversized bags featuring presidential candidates John Kerry and George Bush in recognition of the recent election. Other featured “soul bags” and paintings included former Presidents Clinton, Reagan, Washington, Jackson and Lincoln. Images were chosen for their powerful iconic resonance.

Gista followed “Presidents, etc.” with two one-man shows. The first, in October 2004, was held at The University of Illinois in Chicago and featured a variety of canvases. The second show, in November 2004, was held at the Galerie Friedland Rivault located in the Marais District of Paris, France. The show was entitled “Serie Noire,” and was inspired by film noir and the universe of fictional crime stories. In March of 2005, Gista was part of a group show called “Aparté”, which featured the work of several artists from Europe and Chicago, including Joan Miro and Zoran Music. The event was sponsored by Chicago’s ThinkART and Galerie Friedland Rivault.
“Aparté” was followed by a group show at Galerie Friedland Rivault entitled, “Silence on Rêve” in May of 2005. The work shown was inspired by the relationship between film and painting. In the summer of 2005, as part of Chicago Mayor Dailey’s effort to beautify the City of Chicago for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Gista designed, with the assistance of area high school students, a 22-foot by 7-foot mural of Chicago’s service industry workforce. The mural was painted on the floor of Terminal 2 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The multi-colored mural was painted in acrylic and the installation will remain during the reconstruction of the terminal.

In December of 2005, Gista was part of “Blue Show” at The Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago, which featured 29 artists from around the world. In February of 2006, Gista was featured as part of a group show called “Go” at Galerie Friedland Rivault. November of 2006 brought Gista’s first one man show in the United States, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” at the Thomas Masters Gallery. The exhibition received a very enthusiastic response, and the following year Thomas Masters hosted a new one-man show of Gista’s work, “Chance Meeting,” which enjoyed the same kind of success.

Gista’s life and work have been featured on WTTW-TV’s Art Beat, WGN-TV’s Chicago’s Very Own with Jane Boal, a WBEZ-FM interview by Victoria Lautman, as well as articles in The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Reader, the Pioneer Press, and The Daily Northwestern. In France Gista was featured in Telerama by Laurent Boudier.

In 2006 Gista began to work with a blow torch. a dangerous process at the border of drawing and painting with a very strong conceptual resonance for the artist. “I started at a moment of my life where I was ‘burnt-out’, Gista says, “and I used that feeling literally in my work.” The resulting work was extremely well-received, and in June of 2008 was featured in “Flames and Flamenco,” a one-man show at the legendary Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

Gista maintains his global exposure and continues to be represented by the Thomas Masters Gallery and ThinkART in Chicago, the “Envie d’art” galleries in France, and the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London. For the last two years his work has been shown in many international art fairs by several galleries. In the fall of 2008 Gista’s work was featured in two one-man shows at the Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, as well as at The SLICK Art Fair in Paris, France.

Since 2009 Gista has regularly taken part in “Art Chicago” with the Thomas Masters Gallery and AAF/New York with the “Envie d’art” gallery of Paris. In December 2009 Gista opened his own art school and art gallery in Glencoe, Illinois, on Chicago’s North Shore. “The Art School & Gallery G” offered a variety of classes and workshops, and exhibited painting, photography, sculpture and prints by emerging artists and students.

In 2010 and 2011 Gista took part in several group shows, among them “Art at the Top” at the Empire State Building in New York City, an exhibition organized by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and “War and Peace” a show with a strong political accent for which he created a specific series of burnt drawings. The Illinois Library System invited Gista to have a one-man show at their Wheeling location in September, 2010, and Gista’s most recent one-man show was held at the Thomas Masters Gallery in April of 2011. Called “Stairways to Heaven,” the exhibit presented a series of new paintings dealing with the theme of stairs and people’s ascent and descent on them. This body of work represents a new turn in Gista’s technique with more textured and abstracted visuals, but always speaking to Gista’s favorite subjects: alienation and the human condition.

Since 2012 Gista organized painting workshops in the Loire Valley of France and has staged a mini retrospective of his work at his gallery in Glencoe. In October 2013 he exhibited his latest work at the Thomas Masters Gallery during a one-man show called “Mysterious islands.”

In March/April 2014 Galerie “Envie d’art” Paris organized, at the initiative of David Gista, a group-show titled “Biblioteques imaginaires”.
This exhibition featured works by artists interested in the themes of books and libraries, and featured some of Gista’s more recent pieces.

In 2015 Gista had several solo exhibitions, starting with the first edition of “Startup Art Fair ” in San Francisco, an event featuring artists with no gallery representation in the Bay Area and organized by art entrepreneurs, Steve Zavatero and Ray Beldner.

In June Gista had an exhibition at the Carla Milivinti Gallery in Blois, and at The “Museum of Mechanical Music Instruments” in Dollon, both located in the Loire Valley region of France.
Still in the Loire Valley, Gista created an exhibition with sculptor Francois Weil in the 12th Century Romanesque Saint-Etienne Church in Beaugency along the Loire River. This show will featured monumental pieces by the two artists.
Also in 2015, Gista co-founded the artist group “Babel.” The group is engaged in organizing exhibitions worldwide, allowing artists to encounter and network on a planetary scale. The inaugural show was held at the Vendome Castle (France) and the first event will took place at the Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago. Future projects are planned in Quebec City, Oslo, Norway), Chile, Sweden etc.

In October 2015 the Thomas Masters Gallery (Chicago) presented a one man show of Gista’s library paintings: “ Rendez-vous yesterday”.

In August 2015 the first “Babel” exhibition took place in Chicago, at the Thomas Masters Gallery, exhibiting a panel of 10 artists from France and the US. The second exhibition of the group was in Chavignol, France at the “galerie Garnier-Delaporte”, in June 2016, with the work of nine artists.

In the fall of 2017, Gista will have two major one-man shows:
at the Vendome Museum in September and at the Thomas Masters Gallery in October.

He’ll also show his ceramics and drawings at the fine art jeweler boutique Laurent Potier in Vendome, France.

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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]gmail.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Doug Haight's Cuba Photos & Adventures at Perspective Gallery



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Doug Haight has turned his camera lens to Cuba numerous times over the years, producing a must-see exhibit on display this June at Perspective Photo Gallery in Evanston. This conversation covers why Haight finds Cuba captivating, just what a Wandering Yuma is and where he plans to photograph next. Visit doughaight.com to see his online portfolio.


From perspectivegallery.org

Wandering Yuma | Doug Haight

In the streets of Havana, 'Yuma' is the word locals use to refer to American visitors. Photographer Doug Haight found it to be the perfect title for his upcoming exhibit.

“In Havana, I’ve roamed the streets from before dawn to past dusk,” Haight says. “I’ve been invited into strangers’ homes and made good friends.”

In Havana, Haight also finds a study in contradictions.

“I’m entranced by Havana’s crumbling beauty and taken in by its open and welcoming people. At the same time, I’m saddened by its isolation, disheartened by its apathy and worried about its changes.”

To Haight, Cuba’s contradictions provide a compelling, if unsolvable, puzzle.

“I cannot resist picking up another piece to see where it fits,” he says. “Exploration leads to encounter, and encounter leads to understanding.”

To convey that puzzle, “Wandering Yuma” presents images from crosscurrents of everyday life in Cuba, from young ballet dancers to butchers, from offerings to the sea to street parties; all displayed in a salon-style exhibit of more than 50 images created from multiple visits to the island.

For over 20 years, Doug Haight has been a photographer and video producer. His work has been featured in festivals, gallery shows, and publications including the New York Times. He is the owner of Evanston-based Fortune Fish Films.

The exhibit will be on display at Perspective Gallery, 1310 Chicago Avenue, May 31 - July 1. The public is invited to an artists' reception on Saturday, June 2, 5-7 p,m. There will be an artist talk on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. All events are free of charge.

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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]gmail.com

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Erin Hayden's Art Installation and Career are worthy of an audience


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Erin Hayden creates a thoughtful and playful art installation with her husband Jeff Robinson at the Evanston Art Center side parking lot this June, Sell Me Direct.




Saturday, June 16 at 1p, at the Evanston Art Center, NOT FOR SALE a series of performances by Max Guy, Kandis Friesen, Shai-Lee Horodii, HyunJung Jun, Christopher Smith, David Sprecher, Titus Wonsey and Erin Hayden at the SIDE/LOT of Evanston Art Center.

Artist talk to follow with Jeff Robinson about their current installation Sell Me Direct, curated by Anne Hayden Stevens and Mat Rappaport.

In this conversation we cover everything that is occupying this young artist’s busy life and career; her current body of her, her very performative video work, her experience at Northwestern’s MFA program, why living in Evanston works at this stage of her career, her recent brush with fame being named one of the New City Breakout Artists 2018: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers, her work in an upcoming group show at the MCA and Heaven Gallery and so much more.

Check out her body of work at erinkhayden.com

Project Background

Sell Me Direct presents a two-person outdoor installation at the Evanston Art Center by Erin Hayden and Jeff Robinson. The work engages the east side of the Evanston Art Center facing the entrance, and will be installed on the building facade and gravel area that separates the building from the parking lot. Based on systems of spending and navigating, Erin Hayden and Jeff Robinson propose to each install a set of 3 pairs of interrelated works. Hayden’s installation consists of 3 large banners that fill the height of the EAC wall. Each banner consists of digitally collaged images which playfully navigate transitional retail spaces; from car to shop. Robinson’s installation will be located in front of the banner wall on the gravel area that separates the building facade from the parking lot. This work will consist of 3 sculptures (approx. 6ft tall), containing imagery culled from highway, road, and parking signage. In contrast to Hayden’s flat hanging mesh ground, Robinson’s work will consist of sculptural material meant to be viewed straight on, like the way we watch television, ready to consume all its messages. Erin Hayden and Jeff Robinson both explore the colloquial language of our urban context in their work.

The exhibition is curated by Mat Rappaport and Anne Hayden Stevens, curators of the Terrain Biennial in Evanston, at the invitation of Paula Danoff of the Evanston Art Center. In this installation, designed specifically for Side/Lot at Evanston Made, the two artists exploit the liminal state of the parking lot. Robinson's sculptures point to the anxiety and heightened awareness we feel when in transition. Hayden's large banners explore the anticipation of acquisition: the excitement we feel when we walk into a place to make or buy something. As curators, we appreciate the way these two pieces enhance each other while having distinct visual language. The scale and visual vocabulary are harmonious with the outdoor site. The full installation is both whimsical and reflective, aesthetically powerful and gently humorous.

Erin’s Bio

Erin Hayden is an interdisciplinary artist predominantly working in painting, performance, poetry, video, and installation. Her work has been exhibited in various cities across the US and abroad including at Stony Island Arts Bank, and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino. Solo exhibitions of her paintings and video work has been shown at Mana Contemporary Chicago, and Randy Alexander Gallery. She has been an artist resident at the Ragdale Foundation, the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity and is a Luminarts Fellow. She has been featured in reviews and publications such as, Frieze, Chicago Tribune, Lori Waxman's 60wrd/min art critic, and NewCity Art as a 2018 Breakout Artist. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and is currently living and working in Chicago.




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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]gmail.com

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tim Kazurinsky Built His Career Around Saying Yes! (Thank you Second City)


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This week we are mixing things up and recording The Lisa D Show podcast in front of a live audience; we interview Tim Kazurinsky at the Evanston Art Center.

In this bright and funny conversation, we quickly follow comic actors Tim Kazurinksy's long career from newspaper reporting, to Second City Improv, to SNL, to Wicked and more. Tim stresses the importance of making active choices in life ... saying yes, showing up and just doing it.

From timkazurinsky.net

Tim Kazurinsky is an American actor and screenwriter known for his tenure as both a writer and featured player on Saturday Night Live (1981-1984) and for his role as Officer Sweetchuck in the Police Academy film series.

On SNL, Kazurinsky played many recurring characters such as Dr. Jack Badofsky on Weekend Update, Madge the Chimp's husband in "I Married A Monkey", and Mr. Landlord opposite Eddie Murphy's "Mr. Robinson." His range of celebrity impersonations included everyone from Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler to Ozzy Osbourne and Billie Jean King.

Kazurinsky is a mainstay of the Chicago theatre scene, where he has twice been nominated for the prestegious Joseph Jefferson Award. In addition to his extensive work as a member of The Second City, Mr. Kazurinsky has appeared onstage in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, in Hairspray at Drury Lane Theatre, and in Northlight Theatre's The Odd Couple and Funnyman.

Kazurinsky's many television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm,  Early Edition, According to Jim,  Faerie Tale Theatre,  The Moochie Kalala Detectives Show,
Still Standing,  What About Joan, Married...With Children, Easy, and Chicago Justice. He has appeared in many films such as Somewhere in Time,  Neighbors, Continental Divide,  My Bodyguard,  Shakes the Clown,  Hot to Trot and Scrooge and Marley. As a voiceover artist, Mr. Kazurinsky's voice has been heard in animation,  hundreds of commercials and episodes of The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas.

Kazurinsky has shared the stage and screen with such luminaries as John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Drew Barrymore, Larry David, Bill Murray, Christopher Reeve, Mary Gross, Danny DeVito, George Wendt, Liza Minnelli, Jim Belushi, Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Jeff Garlin, Jane Seymour, Bobcat Goldthwait, Michael Winslow, Sharon Stone, Joe Piscopo and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Among his screenwriting credits are About Last Night...,  Billions for Boris,  For Keeps? and The Cherokee Kid. His screenplay for Strange Relations earned him a Writer's Guild of America Award nomination for Original Long Form as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best Single Drama.

Kazurinsky performed as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the First National Touring Company of Wicked. He made his Broadway debut opposite Jim Parsons and Christopher Fitzgerald in David Javerbaum's comedy, An Act Of God directed by Joe Mantello. He is married to actress Marcia Lynn Watkins, with whom he has two children. Kazurinsky currently resides outside of Chicago with his family.


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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tom Burtonwood Curates In Real Life at Platform



In this conversation we talk with curator and exhibiting artist Tom Burtonwood, about taking things from real life to digital formats and then back into real life in his upcoming show "In Real Life" at Platform in Evanston. The exhibiting artists include Aimée Beaubien, Nick Bontrager, Tom Burtonwood, Assaf Evron, Burton Isenstein, Christopher Meerdo, Rosalie Yu

This conversation goes in many places, walking through the art in the show, and talking about current challenges of how to know what is "real" and playing with what our minds and eyes think is real.





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“In Real Life” is an exhibition of work made by artists concerned with the translation of the physical into the virtual and back again. They are invested in the production of art works and experiences to produce outcomes that probe and examine our relationship to the real and how we perceive it to be. While the pursuit and accordant unraveling of artifice is nothing new the current anxiety surrounding “fake news” and the malaise around what is presented to us as real opens up fertile ground to mine new modes of representation.

Volumetric image capture and reproduction represents an evolutionary moment for photography and other types of technical image making mediums. One that is tied inextricably to the history of the mechanical image but also points to many possible new futures in terms of interaction, and simulation. Central to this shift in types of representation is a set of technologies commonly referred to as 3D scanning.

Quietly and without great fanfare we are seeing image, object and time based media production collapse into singular streams of productive behavior. Scenes and surfaces are being generated from technical apparatus and fabricated without intervention from the hand of the artist. It is within this context that a new form of representation is evolving, a form of volumetric photography, that exists in many different versions congruently – as image, as form, as experience, as data, as transmission, all at once.

Saturday, June 2, 12-5 p
904 Sherman Ave.
platform904.com

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 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Megan Magill on her Billions of Particles Exhibit at the Saw Room Gallery


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This Saturday, 5-8p, at the Alley Gallery’s Saw Room (1712 Sherman Ave.) Megan Magill and Marc Sirinsky celebrate the opening of their exhibit “Billions of Particles.” The closing reception is Saturday July. 7, 5-8pm. Exhibition runs June 2 – July 14.

Megan Magill’s images use miniscule materials and underlying visual patterns to explore uncertainty. In this podcast we talk about Magill’s attraction to that uncertainty and how she welcomes it into her process.





About Megan:
Learn more at megan-magill.com

Megan Magill is an artist based in Chicago and Maine. She received her BA in Humanities at the University of Colorado, her Masters from Northwestern University and her MFA from Maine Media College. Her work has been exhibited in group and joint shows nationally and she was recently a semi-finalist in the Print Center's International Competition. My Business is Circumference was featured at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography and The Habit of Winning was featured in F-Stop Magazine’s portfolio issue with an interview by William Cox and in a print publication with LDOC . In the fall of 2017 her work will be published in American: Authors, Interpreters, and Composers a book series created by Patricio Binaghi of Paripe Books and designed by Matt Wiley of the New York Times Magazine.

From Saw Room Gallery:

Megan Magill manipulates found images and vintage snapshots with various printing techniques. Here are Megan’s thoughts on her process behind her series “We Are All Made Of Such Stars”:

“Traditional halftone printing aims to reproduce continuous tone imagery by varying the size and spacing of dots of the same color. This method produces the look of an image that is continuous by “optical illusion”. In this work I am trying to do the opposite. I am making the illusion visible in order to contemplate questions with uncertain answers.

Are we still ok if life is made up of all of these little parts, most of which are out of our control? Can the sum of these parts equal a truth or is this truth constantly breaking up into its parts? Do we in the end have to take this on faith?”

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Friday, May 25, 2018

Lori Osborne Elevates & Celebrates Women's History in Evanston


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Lori Osborne is the Director of the Frances Willard House Museum and the Evanston Women's History Project. In these roles, Lori brings to light the stories of up to 300 Evanston women who made great strides in the Women's Movement.

In this interview we talk about two very exciting projects happening at the Frances Willard House at 1730 Chicago Ave in Evanston;
1. The She Persisted BicycleTour of Evanston Women's History - pick one up May 27, 1-4p.m.
2. Vanessa Filley's Artist in Residence Photography project - unveiling June 2, 12-5p.m. 

More information below about both projects. Thank you to Lori and all the volunteers at Frances Willard House in Evanston for keeping this museum part of our lives!


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The Frances Willard House will be open for tours this Sunday, May 27th for regular tours between 1-4 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy a tour!

It’s also the debut weekend for our Tour Evanston Women’s History Map, which provides a self-guided tour highlighting fifteen women’s history sites throughout Evanston around the theme, She Persisted.
 

FWHM, in partnership with the Evanston Women’s History Project and Shorefront Legacy Center, is proud to announce the first annual Tour Evanston Women’s History Map. The 2018 map will highlight fifteen women’s history sites throughout Evanston around the theme, She Persisted. It will provide a fun, informative and relevant summer activity as a self-guided walking, biking, and driving tour, with brief information about fifteen amazing Evanston women.

Lori Osborne, director of FWHM and the Women’s History Project says: “We are excited to bring this new way to experience Evanston women’s history to the community. It combines two of our favorite things: healthy activity and women’s history!”

Designed by local illustrator Caroline Brown, the map will cost $10 and will be available for purchase beginning Sunday, May 27th (Memorial Day weekend) from 1-4 p.m. at the Frances Willard House and the Evanston History Center (EHC). It will be available for purchase throughout the summer when these locations are open (Willard House – Thursdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m.; EHC – Thursdays-Sundays 1-4 p.m.). Additional locations to be announced.

Sponsorship of the map comes from Emile Hogan Broker @PropertiesThe Wellness Revolution, and The Printed Word.

 Click here for more info.


From evanstonmade.com
2018 Visiting Artist: Photographer Vanessa Filley

We are pleased to announce our new visiting artist program. Through this annual program we will partner with a local artist who will create new work inspired by the museum - its story, its collection - and display this new work in the museum. Our inaugural artist is Photographer Vanessa Filley and she will working at the house starting this month. We will be showing her work (in progress) starting Saturday, June 2nd with an open studio as part of Evanston Made from 12-5 pm. Her work will be on display and viewable throughout the summer when the museum is open for tours (Sundays 1-4 pm) and select special dates to be announced.

Vanessa Filley is a fine art photographer whose current work focuses on women's organizing movements. While in residence at the FWHM she will be working on a project that imagines a web of connections bridging the perseverance of women organizing throughout history to women organizing today. Come see what she creates!

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hope Washinushi Leads YEA Festival into 31st Year!



Hope Washinushi and her enthusiastic group of board members, volunteers and teachers, is part of the new leadership team taking Young Evanston Artists (YEA) into its 31st year. YEA is one of Evanston's longest run arts festivals. "YEA showcases the work and performances of aspiring Young Evanston Artists. It strives to reflect the diversity of the City of Evanston and is committed to celebrate it via the arts."

Saturday, May 19, 10a-3p, Raymond Park in Evanston  (click here to see map) will be transformed into a full-park art exhibit of children's art, Creative Classrooms for making and taking, food trucks, a sensory garden and so much more.

Hear about Hope's plans for this year and next, and what she is believes is the most crucial part of YEA's community arts event!

Learn more at yeaevanston.org

(And yes, that is a power saw in the background for the last three minutes of this interview, we told you it's unedited.)

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Friday, May 11, 2018

Heather Hancock's Contemporary Glass Mosaics at Evanston Art Center



The Lisa D Show podcast was recorded in Heather Hancock's Evanston art studio. Hancock uses glass to create contemporary mosaics to "explore contemporary ideas about mind, place and information."

This month, Heather presents Catching Light: the Art of Architecture at Evanston Art Center

All new work can be viewed at the Evanston Art Center as part of Catching Light: the Art of Architecture through May 26. This is the perfect light-filled space for my Reflect series, exploring urban form and beauty.

As part of the exhibition I'm bringing together a panel of design professionals to discuss how the built world functions as a frame for life.

Reflecting on Light, Architecture and Design
Wednesday, May 16, 6:30-8p, Evanston Art Center
From our individual dwellings to our shared city streets, we thrive in engaging environments. Join Heather Hancock for a conversation with Nate Kipnis, Principal, Kipnis Architecture, Jodi Mariano, Principal Urban Design, Teska Associates, Pam Daniels, Assistant Professor, NU Segal Design Program and Jeff Meeuwsen, Executive Director, Ragdale about how art and design help us live well in the built world.

Heather's statement: I use the ancient medium of glass as a conceptual tool to explore contemporary ideas about mind, place and information. The most compelling aspect of working with glass is the way the material loves light, sparkling and shimmering to engage a viewer. I think a lot about what draws our attention, and why—especially in this world where there are so many things competing for our attention. An element of surprise or unpredictability always makes us notice. Alongside the hard lines and repetitive forms of our cityscape, I notice the fluidity and constant transformations in our natural world. Those moments fascinate me and I try to re-create them in my work to offer a sustaining viewing experience. Making work with glass means that the experience is infinitely variable: changing with lighting, movement, even the viewer’s mood.

See Heather's work at heatherhancock.com

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 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute,  unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on  purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com



Friday, May 4, 2018

Pam Daniels wants you to Get Intrigued, Try Stuff and Try Again!


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This morning we talk with designer and Pam Daniels, a Clinical Assistant Professor and Design Innovator in Residence at The Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Our conversation takes place in Studio 5, where we talk about Daniels' project MEASURE, the first measuring cups where the shape itself indicates the unit of measure. You can learn more about this project on Kickstarter at http://ow.ly/7ed130jQ4rr which has a funding deadline for May 18.



In this conversation we talk to Daniels about her passion for design and cultivating makers, of all ages, through the work she does at Welcome Industries at Northwestern University with Brandon Williams.

Background

Pam co-founded the not-for-profit DesignHouse Chicago, an organization dedicated to revitalizing local manufacturing through design, and most recently, she has established a design practice called Welcome Industries in partnership with Segal's Maker in Residence, Brandon Williams.  She is active in the League of Women Designers, serves as an adjunct faculty member at Archeworks, and is an advisor to Catalyze Chicago. She has been a speaker at Technori, Chicago Ideas Week, and The International Home & Housewares Show, and been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Core77, Business Week, Design Engine, Modern Luxury Interiors, and Phaidon.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute,  unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on  purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Joanna Kramer Launches WARE Ceramics Studio in West Evanston (and takes over the Ceramics World)


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Joanna Kramer is a bit of a legend in the ceramics arena and has several exciting projects on the horizon. She's a legend because Chelsea Clinton was recently gifted one of Joanna's "Never the less She Persisted" mugs at an ETHS event (not the F word mug), which her 7 yo daughter helped make happen, so the legendary status doesn't fall far from the tree. And this month she's opening up WARE, her very own ceramics studio in West Evanston where she'll collaborate and share space with artists like Julia Finlayson and Ben Blount.

Listen to a candid conversation with Joanna in her new space on Wesley Ave. as we discuss how each organic step of leveling up has led Joanna to where she is today.

R-Rated warning....Below is one of her best selling mugs, the F word mug, which you can purchase May 5 & 6 at 1100 Florence Ave. in Evanston.



About Joanna Kramer, joannakramer.com

Joanna Kramer makes functional ceramics...pieces to be integrated into everyday life...a bowl for your cereal, a vase for your favorite flowers...She  encourages people to interact with her work and not let them sit on a shelf.  Get to know the intricacies of something handmade  by finding fingerprints, brushstrokes, and other markings. Joanna has developed some deep relationships with a couple of mugs.

Joanna's background is in Social Work and Art Therapy, but is currently focusing on ceramics. She teaches ceramics at an elementary school, sells work locally, and spends as much time as she can in the studio.  Joanna also teacher clay workshops called Wine, Women, and Mud.  To sign up, go to winewomenandmud.com.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute,  unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on  purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Beth Adler on her new series of Monoprints inspired by Ikebana



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We visit Beth in her art studio on Florence Ave in West Evanston that she shares with artist Alice George, to talk about her upcoming show at Firecat Projects, where she finds time to make new work and being openness to the randomness in printmaking. Visit bethadler.net for more information.

Show Info: April 20, Opening Reception, “What I've Learned From Flower Arranging,” a show of monoprints by Beth Adler and ceramics by Nancy Gardner, inspired by the artists’ explorations of flowers and plants.



Though she’s worked with natural forms for years, Beth Adler found a new opportunity to explore colors, patterns, and geometry when she happened on an illustrated book about Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. By modifying the book--painting on and adding to the pages--she discovered an intimate visual language that became the basis for her new series of monoprints.

Additional Events:
• Flower arranging workshop by Larkspur Flowers & Design, free and open to the public, with vases by Nancy Gardner available for purchase. Tuesday April 24, 6-9 PM.
• Designer showcase, open to design professionals. Thursday May 3, 2-7 PM.
• Artists talk, Saturday May 19, 1 PM  Exhibition is open during regular gallery hours, M-Sat 10-4.
Firecat Projects is located at 2124 N Damen Ave, Chicago.       

The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute,  unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on  purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

James Deeb on his Upcoming Art Show, The Midnight Broadcast


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James Deeb talks about his upcoming painting and drawing show, The Midnight Broadcast, at 1100 Florence in Evanston, April 13-15.

The Midnight Broadcast, featuring paintings and drawings from his on-going series, Mythic City. The work is made up of tronies (composite faces) pieced together from the artist’s memory, creating a personal and sometimes fantastical record of Deeb’s observations. Infused with pathos and mystery, James Deeb’s art adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

Deeb’s work “shines light into dark places”, which is the risk he is willing to take as an artist.

The Midnight Broadcast Art Show at 1100 Florence, Evanston
Friday, April 13, 6-9p, Opening Party
Saturday, April 14, 12-1p, Slow Art Day Discussion w Joanna Pinsky of Art Encounter
Sunday, April 15, 3-4p, Artist talk/mirror drawing demonstration


Learn more at jamesdeeb.com

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Friday, April 6, 2018

Christie Russert's Golden State of Mind and Design

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Christie Russert has long been fascinated by the look and feel of skateboarding culture, leading her into a life of skateboarding, snowboarding and graphic design.

Our discussion follows her career from 13yo on, starting it the DIY screen printing studio in her parent’s basement to exhibiting skate decks on the walls of Brothers K, which is where I was introduced to Russert. Russert’s skate decks are available for purchase at Brothers K (500 Main St.), at Board Pusher (boardpusher.com) and at the Evanston Made Pop Up Shop (evanstonmade.com).

Recently Russert’s day job offered the opportunity for “Leapers” to work on a passion project, with the help of Chicago’s Experience Institute. The Leaps program was the catalyst for her most recent endeavor (using a Leap Kit), launching her online store “Sunshine Canteen” where she sells her graphic designs to shoppers wanting to live among objects that offer a California, Golden State of Mind. Visit sunshinecanteen.com to see her products and learn more about Christine.

What Christine’s reading: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Advice from the book: You have to set a date with your creativity!



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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com


Friday, March 23, 2018

John Dalton Brings Adventures in Cardboard to Evanston!





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John Dalton has a love for imaginative play (from D&D to building empires out of thin air) and knows the value of it for kids living in today's technology rich culture. 

Having visit Adventures in Cardboard in St. Paul, MN, and learning from the camp founder Julian McFaul, Dalton is excited to bring this camp to the Evanston community. 

Learn how kids can enter a screen-free imaginative world of weapons, castle building and imaginative play this Spring Break at Ridgeville Park and again this summer. More info is available at adventuresincardboard.com.



The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sara Jane Abbott Believes we all have an Inner Starlett!



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Sara Jane Abbott is the Founder, Designer & Stylist at See Jane Sparkle, where she brings out the inner starlett in all of us. In today’s conversation we go way back to Sara Jane’s New Trier high school days where she was a bit of a Molly Ringwald (“Pretty in Pink”) fashion rebel and outsider, dressed in her own upcycled vintage pieces found at places like Lost Eras on Howard.

Fast forward several decades later, post a corporate career designing for others, Sara Jane landed in a hip in-home studio (that features a waterfall fountain), where she’s transitioned successfully from a brick and mortar store on Chicago Ave.

Clients now visit Sara Jane in her at-home studio, with personal styling sessions that marry vintage with new to design new styles. She also hosts Beads & Bubbly Design Parties periodically, Learn more at facebook.com/seejanesparkle/

This Friday, March 23rd 5-8pm at March Art & Wine Night at Creative Coworking, meet Sara Jane and learn about how vintage pieces can be incorporated into your look to make a style all your own.

Sara Jane Abbott's Bio: Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry. Skilled in Trend Analysis, Fashion Illustration, Jewelry, Textiles, and Draping. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a BS focused in Fashion Design from Syracuse University.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com