“Interior” by Sharon Gilmore Photo from the artist

Sharon Gilmore, an Evanston sculptor, is one of 12 artists whose work is to be featured in an exhibit titled “Chicago’s 12,” and will focus on this year’s World Earth Day theme, “Mobilizing the Earth.” All 12 artists use salvaged materials in their work.

Ms. Gilmore finds many of her materials in Evanston dumpsters and had some insightful conversations with other gleaners.

Both an artist and palliative/hospice nurse at Evanston Hospital, Ms. Gilmore says her work is rooted in themes of birth, death and transformation.

“I have seen the soul revealed in newborns and depart as people die. Witnessing the beginning and end of life has permeated my being and my art,” she says.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on April 20 at the Zhou B Art Gallery, 1029 W. 35th St., Chicago. The exhibition will run through June 9.