A Little Time and a Keyboard: Discovering the Evanston Art Center

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Discovering the Evanston Art Center

 

Discovering the Evanston Art Center

Discovering the Evanston Art Center Offering Creativity to the Community Through Galleries, Classes and More

Last weekend, we visited Evanston to drop off some origami butterflies for a community art event created by Evanston Made. During our visit, we stumbled upon the Evanston Art Center and noted that it was open. My curiosity piqued as I spotted some art installations through the center's windows. So, we opted to pop in.

Evanston Art Center provides a venue for local art exhibitions.
Evanston Art Center provides a venue for local art exhibitions.

Plenty of Space to Meander and Contemplate Art

Upon entering, we found the Evanston Art Center to be airy and spacious with plenty of room for art admirers to wander.  The art center has an impressive handle on COVID protocols to keep everyone safe. We meandered on the designated path discovering introspective pieces all around.


The non-profit Evanston Art Center fosters a mission of igniting exploration and appreciation of the arts by diverse audiences through exhibitions, classes and events. Currently on view through Valentine's Day is the 2021 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial featuring local artists. The range of art presented was pretty impressive and each piece really sparked unique thought. 

You Can't Put it Back in the Box by Bryan Northrup
You Can't Put it Back in the Box by Bryan Northrup


You Can't Put it Back in the Box
 by artist Bryan Northup spoke to me as a environmentalist. The piece features single use plastics and foam assembled into a variety of depictions of takeout meals. One of the hardest things for me to find is a sufficient-for-me balance between take out and the impact of containers. I try to keep track of spots that use sustainable packaging or reusable packaging. Definitely, this is an area I need to work on. So, this piece really hit on that.

Going Nuts by Victoria Fuller
Going Nuts by Victoria Fuller

The piece that grabbed my attention and inspired our meander is Going Nuts by Victoria Fuller. I had to see why there was a large scale pile of peanuts in the gallery! The piece does speak to me because there are times when your mind seems so overloaded like a pile of peanuts -- and about to crack.



Wandering through creativity at Evanston Art Center.
Wandering through creativity at Evanston Art Center.

Evanston Art Center Offers So Much Creativity to the Community

Evanston Art Center encompasses two floors full of exhibit space and classrooms. We did peek into some of the classrooms seeing artists at work on ceramics and more. The center really opens up a wealth of experiences to the community. A range of classes are available for all ages and there are even camps for when school is out.


Future Cast-Glaciers Melt Fires Bun by Kenneth Avick.
Future Cast-Glaciers Melt Fires Bun by Kenneth Avick.

My husband and I both agree that Future Cast-Glaciers Melt Fires Bun by Kenneth Avick was our favorite piece on display. We felt it had a lot of depth and you could pick out all sorts of elements such as the fish tail, trees, a sort of watch tower and more. One figure appears to me to be a melting person. A beautiful piece with so much meaning!

We enjoyed our wander through creativity on display at the Evanston Art Center. We found the center had the right amount of art on display for a little spark of inspiration. The variety offered a range of  experiences with unique pieces. We look forward to future thought provoking ambles through future exhibits. Artwork on display is for sale, if you are looking! Visiting is free, so take a peek next time you are in Evanston!

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