Vacant storefront windows in downtown Evanston have become an artists’ palimpsest, showcasing works by local artists for a few months at a time. Now in its third season, the “Art Under Glass” program held a reception last week for the artists and a tour of the new displays along Church Street, Orrington Avenue and Maple Avenue.
Penny Rotheiser, chair of the Arts & Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council, said “We wanted to do something to liven up the street,” given the many empty windows.
Art Under Glass is a joint project the Arts & Business Committee, Downtown Evanston (Evmark) and property managers Farnsworth-Hill. The Arts & Business Committee, composed of Ms. Rotheiser, Paul Giddings, co-owner of Folkworks, and Arts Council President Jill Brazel has had the responsibility of recruiting artists to submit works to fill a vacant window and arranging the displays. Farnsworth-Hill owns both the buildings that house the new exhibits: the 708 Church St. building, where the first two exhibits were also displayed, and the building in the 1500 block of Maple Avenue (north side).
The latest artists displaying their works in the 708 Church St. storefronts, who work in a variety of media, are Bob Brower, Mark Collins, Mark Debernardi, Bonnie Donaghy, Deborah Hirshfield, Clara Hoag, Patty Kochaver, Andrew Rauhauser and Jerome Woods.
Just west and south of that exhibit, there are new kids on the block of 1500 Maple Ave., a taste of the walls and tables of school children’s art that will be on exhibit at the 23rd annual Young Evanston Artists (YEA) festival.
All the artwork displayed in the two windows there are interpretations of Pablo Neruda’s poem “Ode to Things.” That project was conceived by Cindy Adler and Pam Sloane, art chairs of School Districts 65 and 202, said Carla Kinney-Phillips, a member of the YEA board.
YEA will be held on May 15 this year, as always on the sidewalks around the intersection of Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue.