A Little Time and a Keyboard: Outdoor Art Gallery in Evanston: Admiring the Garage Door Murals of Artist Teresa Parod

Friday, November 6, 2020

Outdoor Art Gallery in Evanston: Admiring the Garage Door Murals of Artist Teresa Parod

Outdoor Art Gallery in Evanston: Admiring the Garage Door Murals of Artist Teresa Parod

Outdoor Art Gallery in Evanston: Admiring the Garage Door Murals of Artist Teresa Parod

Art truly sprouts everywhere and our recent adventure to Evanston whimsically displayed this in the form of a strikingly beautiful garage door art gallery! Local artist Teresa Parod has been infusing vibrant and playful murals onto garage doors in two Evanston alleys. Murals featuring flowers, animals and landscapes create a bright spot that anyone can enjoy.

Bold sunflowers add cheer every day. Mural painted by artist Teresa Parod.
Bold sunflowers add cheer every day. 


Exploring the drive-through gallery felt very much like a treasure hunt. I learned about the fresh air gallery from Atlas Obscura but still did not have a total concept about what I would find. The art collection started when Parod painted her own garage. Soon, other neighbors requested to have theirs painted as well. I did not quite know what to expect from this fresh air gallery. However, as we drove through we were delighted by mural after mural.

Elephants cheerfully wandering along. Mural by artist Teresa Parod.
Elephants cheerfully wandering along.

Who doesn't love elephants? Jolly purple elephants on a walk certainly brought me back to childhood. Parod's vibrant designs really captivated and uplifted with whimsy.

The solar system dances brilliantly. Mural by Evanston artist Teresa Parod.
The solar system dances brilliantly. 

While the alleys are not very long, I was quite surprised by how much art has emerged in this novel gallery. Since some of the frames hid garage murals, I often discovered a new mural when I thought I was already finished with my happy discoveries. 

Bali by Teresa Parod sweeps you away.
Bali by Teresa Parod sweeps you away.

Each mural is unique and really makes you think about unconventional canvases all around us. It is pretty amazing that so many of Parod's neighbors have opted to have murals painted on their garage doors expanding the art gallery. I look forward to seeing if the collection grows!

Artist Teresa Parod has created other public art pieces including mosaics. She is a talented painter and has worked with mosaic, textiles and more. So, definitely take a moment to look at her website and appreciate her art!

Home sweet home with a night sky! Mural by Teresa Parod.
Home sweet home with a night sky!

This spectacular outdoor art gallery can be located in Evanston in the alleys between Thayer and Isabella and well as Thayer and Park. If you are looking for an uplifting and magical adventure, take a little road trip to view Teresa Parod's Garage Door Mural Gallery! Make the adventure a day and experience some of the other treasures in Evanston including incredible small businesses and perhaps a trip to the Bahá'í House of the Worship, Grosse Pointe Lighthouse and more.

Outdoor Art Gallery in Evanston: Admiring the Garage Door Murals of Artist Teresa Parod







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