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On June 7 the large and thriving Evanston arts community will open its studios to the general public to showcase works in progress.

 Event producer Lisa Degliantoni says, “There is tremendous excitement for the first Open Studios Evanston, with more than 50 artists and arts organizations participating.”

Members of the community are invited to tour the Evanston studios, galleries and arts organizations from 3-8 p.m. on June 7. Participants are listed in alphabetical order by first name or organization, and maps will be made available.

 “Artists without a gallery don’t have many opportunities to show their work, and an event like this is ideal,” says artist Julie Meridian, photographer, who will show her work alongside florist and visual artist Barbara Bellamy at Ixia Flowers on Chicago Avenue.

 Works by fine art photographer, Ted Glasoe whose studio is on Davis Street, present an alliance of nature and urban environments, especially in images of Lake Michigan, Chicago and the North Shore.

 Arts organizations, including the Evanston Arts Center and Music Institute of Chicago, are also participating. The Music Institute invites local residents, particularly middle-school and teen musicians and their families, to a free panel discussion presented in partnership with the Citizen Musician Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a training program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The seven musicians in the program were chosen as part of a new initiative led by the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma.

 Award-winning sculptor and art teacher Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz will open his studio. His work has been widely exhibited in metropolitan Chicago, and his show at the National Museum of Mexican Art was very successful.

 This event will open and nurture connections between local artists and each other, and with the community at large. A second Open Studios Evanston is planned for Arts and Humanities Month in October.

More information is available at the event website,, or by contacting Ms. Degliatoni at or 847-544-8205.