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Phases: New Paintings by Victoria Loeb
6:00 PM18:00

Phases: New Paintings by Victoria Loeb

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1100 Florence Gallery exhibits artist Victoria Loeb this May. Join us for an opening reception May 4, 6-8p, as part of First Saturday Evanston Art Events.

Artist Statement for the show:


A distinct period or stage in a series of events, or a process of change or development.

For the image you’re using on the postcards, I used acrylic and oil on canvas.

Exhibiting works made using acrylic, oil, charcoal, latex/enamel

Artist Bio: Victoria Loeb was born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1992 she met Argentine Artist Alicia Maffei and began studying with her. In 1996 she became her Drawing Assistant and worked with her through 1999. During that time, she was accepted at the Fine Arts InstitutePrilidiano Pueyrredon, where she studied until 2002.

She also studied under Argentine Artist Miguel Ángel Bengochea, and later attended the studio of contemporary Artist Eduardo Medici.

She moved to Chicago in 2003. 

After being represented by several galleries in the Chicago area, she moved her Studio to downtown Evanston and has worked on her Art since.

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First Saturday Evanston Art Events April
12:00 PM12:00

First Saturday Evanston Art Events April

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Saturday, April 6: Celebrate and elevate the visual arts in Evanston, attend First Saturday Art Events 12-8p. Hosting sites and events;

Kathy Halper Paintings, 1100 Florence Ave., 6-8p

Stephanie Taiber Photography, Perspective Photography Gallery, 1310-1/2 Chicago Ave, 5-7p

Allen Meyer Photography, Ice House Gallery, 609 South Blvd., 5-8p

Early Spring Group Pop-Up Show, SPACE900, 815 Dempster, 12-7p

Corey Ciszek, Melanie Deal, Howard Kanter & Steve Sager, The Saw Room at Alley Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave., 5-8p

Dorit Jordan Dotan, "Everything Must Go" Closing Event, Wedge Projects, 1448 W. Howard St, 5-8p

Puzzle Project Exhibit by One River Evanston students, children's section of Evanston Public Library, 3-5p

Hosting sites, please email info[at] to be listed and promoted.

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Art Exhibit: New Paintings by Kathy Halper
to Apr 21

Art Exhibit: New Paintings by Kathy Halper

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April 6, 5-8p, join us for the opening of Kathy Halper’s solo exhibit "What a Day it's Been" at 1100 Florence in Evanston. Halper will be showing work created over the past two years, as well as some embroidered pieces.

Gallery Hours: Sunday 12-5p, Wed 5-8p, Fri 5-8p

Listen to Kathy’s Interview on The Lisa D Show podcast, click here.

Artist Statement

A series of six paintings explore the angst and absurdity of our political climate. Embracing Russia's recent influence in our lives, I used the culture's beautiful folk art for my inspiration in creating these narratives.

Other new works use discarded Amazon boxes as my primary material. Painting, gluing, printmaking and carving work together to create unique stories of my life.

The show runs thru April 22. Artist talk Sunday, April 14, 3-5 pm.


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to Mar 24

Group Show: Trajectory : Process Revealed


Trajectory : Process Revealed

Seven friends on connection & the creative path

Opening Reception //  Friday, March 22, 6–8pm

Artists@Work // Saturday, March 23, 10am–2pm

Artists’ Debrief // Sunday, March 24, 3–4pm

Artwork by Leah Lemelin


Don Miner resides in Skokie but is from Evanston. He is writing a book. Very slowly, but it will get done. He works in a school serving troubled youth, not just because he loves these kids but also for the ease of access to copy machines in the event he can’t get a publisher.

Jayme Gualtier is a heavily tattooed, scooter-riding, music-loving, world-traveling, reclusive introvert who is fascinated by people and their stories. Her art is an ever-evolving conversation about the masks we all wear and what lies beneath them.

Leah Lemelin explores presence, awareness, and fragile human perception within the Transparency Collection, a growing body of artwork on transparent, breakable surfaces. The work is a layerable catalog of ephemeral connection and an offering of gratitude and reflection. It plays in this way of ‘seeing’ for all who engage with it.

Marjory Oliva has been making things her entire life, but it wasn’t until recently that she called herself an artist and built a studio in her basement. Marjory’s current work is acrylic and mixed media on canvas, though she is easily distracted by textiles, wood, and sparkly things. Marjory is fascinated by the power of color. Her favorite painting tools are credit cards and kitchen spatulas.

Matthew Huang Cummins is an engineer/artist/educator on a mission to expand curiosity and community through the wonders of geometry.  He is artist-in-residence at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and teaches in the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern.
Peter Durand is a globetrotting visual artist who lives in Evanston. Born in Kenya and raised in Tennessee, he studied visual communications, painting, and printmaking in St. Louis, Paris, and Kraków, Poland. He will happily bounce on a trampoline when the opportunity presents itself.

Sarah Jolly is a part-time poet and a full-time student beginning to realize a body of written work in the space between past, present, and perfect.

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First Satuday Evanston Art Events - March 2

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Saturday, March 2: Celebrate and elevate the visual arts in Evanston, attend First Saturday Art Events 12-8p.

New works and light installation by Darren Oberto, 1100 Florence Ave., 5-8p

LENS 2019, Opening Reception, Juried Photography Exhibit, Perspective Photography Gallery, 1310-1/2 Chicago Ave, 5-7p

Salvador Campos Featured Artist Reception, Ice House Gallery, 609 South Blvd., 5-8p

Paintings by Joseph Taylor, The Saw Room at Alley Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave., 5-8p

Synergia: “Working Together", current and past students of Jill King. SPACE900, 816 Dempster St. 5-8:30p

Inner Balance, Exhibition featuring artwork by: Helen Butler, Janise Curry, Lauren Herrmann, Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle, & Nancy Wong. Open Studio Project, 903 Sherman Ave, 4-7p.

"The Human Factor” exhibit of new works by Adriana Kamenetsky. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, 5-8pm

Hosts are encouraged to open their creative spaces to the public, let us know about your event by commenting on this event and we'll add the info to the promotions. Email

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Kristin Mariani Artist Residency at 1100 Florence Gallery
to Feb 24

Kristin Mariani Artist Residency at 1100 Florence Gallery

Kirstin Mariani photographed in her studio by Joerg Metzner for his Picturing Evanston project,  Info

Kirstin Mariani photographed in her studio by Joerg Metzner for his Picturing Evanston project, Info

Artist Kristin Mariani will be the Artist in Residence at 1100 Florence Gallery this February, “Two Sides to the Horizon”

Meet Kristin and learn about her process Saturday, Feb. 2, 5-7p, during First Saturday Evanston Art Events.

Project Description and Residency Hours

Two Sides to the Horizon - Is an extended wall installation to reflect the viewpoints from inside and outside the corner space of 1100 Florence. Merging these viewpoints over the four week period of the residency, this installation will evolve, merging multiple vantages into the visible sphere of the gallery space.

Below is a schedule where the public is invited to come into the gallery space to see Kristin’s works in process.

Week 1:

Friday 2/1 12-3:00 p.m.

Saturday 2/2 5-7 p.m.

Week 2:

Tuesday 2/5 12-3:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/7 3-6:00 p.m.

Friday 2/8 12-3:00 p.m.

Saturday 2/9 12-3:00 p.m.

Week 3:

Tuesday 2/12 1-4:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/14 12-3:00 p.m.

Friday 2/15 12-3:00 p.m.

Saturday 2/16 2-3:00 p.m.

Week 4:

Tuesday 2/19 12-3:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/21 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.


Artist Bio & Statement

Bio: Kristin Mariani is a Chicago based dressmaker, designer, artist, and educator. In her art and design practice she investigates hidden layers of labor discovered inside found cloth and garments, incorpo- rating physical responses to material that emphasize process, chance, and patience. In 2000 she founded her label RedShift; a line of contemporary couture created from salvaged materials and found garments. Her designs have been distributed internationally. She is faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an artist member of The Arts Club, Chicago. She maintains an in- terdisciplinary practice creating works for dance, performance, and installation.

Artist Statement:

My practice is an ongoing discourse between design and art. I acknowledge the unstable distinctions between the two disciplines, and my investigations unfold in this unstable territory, continually questioning how the body is figured through fashion, place, and labor.

Dressmakers are often confined to small spaces, small motor skills, mechanical cycles and repetitive processes. Handiwork is concealed in the inner linings of a garment. I don’t always want to stay inside of a dress. How can I use my skill set to address other spaces that the body occupies? How can I build coherent relationships from disparate parts? How can I connect the flow of raw material in my studio to a larger material stream and thought process?

My raw material is a by-product of my dressmaking process and comes in parts. Thread is my drawing tool and connective device to reintegrate cloth fragments and garment remnants into coherent visual relationships. Stitching on two-dimensional surfaces enables me to create fronts that reveal what is commonly concealed in the facades of fashion. Structuring a crosshatch of materials to establish a new value for what is typically discarded, I deploy aesthetic strategies and skill- based knowledge to probe the historical, material, and labor-oriented underpinnings encapsulated in any effort to clothe the body.

-Kristin Mariani


Kristin Mariani Kristinmariani1[at]

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First Saturday - November
10:00 AM10:00

First Saturday - November

Celebrate and elevate the arts in Evanston by attending First Saturday Evanston events.

Event: Discover the stories hidden beneath the surface of the art, ages 3-8yo, The Block Museum, 11a-12p, free registration. Info

Exhibit: Chris Greene paintings at Saw Room Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave. Opening Reception 5-8p

Exhibit: Daniela Kovacic paintings at 1100 Florence Ave. Opening Reception 5-9p

Exhibit: Jill King and Joanna Pinsky at Space 900, 816 Dempster St. Opening Reception 5-9p

Exhibit: Brennen French, Ice House Gallery Evanston, 609 South Blvd, Opening Reception 5-8p

Exhibit: Stephen Murphy's "Steppin' Out" ("Crossing Wabash", below) & Bob Tanner's "Traces". Perspective Photo Gallery, 816 Dempster, Opening Reception 5-7p

Performance: Mat Rappaport's "range", Location: At the various gallery sites and on the streets of Evanston, 6-9p
Description: a video performance using the new Range Mobile Lab. The Range Mobile Lab, a converted a 1995 GMC step van, captures images from the surrounding environment which are mixed with preexisting video and projected onto screens mounted in the side windows of the truck. Sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, Rappaport “remixes” the environment in real time, performing a moving intervention into architectural space. for links to social media and YouTube live stream.

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Exhibit: "This Show we are in" works by Daniela Kovacic
to Nov 22

Exhibit: "This Show we are in" works by Daniela Kovacic

Photograph of Daniela Kovacic in her painting studio by Joerg Metzner w Picturing Evanston

Photograph of Daniela Kovacic in her painting studio by Joerg Metzner w Picturing Evanston

This November we are hosting paintings by artist Daniela Kovacic at 1100 Florence. Opening reception is Nov. 3, 5-8p, Artist talk is Nov. 11, 3-5

“This show we are in”

‘There is this little moment before going out into the world that gives me a vague feeling of sadness, right when I am getting dressed. In the midst of this everyday act, where I prepare myself to be accepted, I pause’  

Artist Statement:

Clothing plays a relevant roll in human history. It can suppose a social status, a quest of identity, an aesthetic or protective function, etc.  Clothing can affect the judgments of how others see you and can influence people’s insertion in society. In This show we are in, I display the act of getting dressed in a continuous group of repetitive images within indoor settings.

This body of work also alludes to an interruption of a subtle intimacy through the relation between the viewer and the depiction of women, in the middle of the everyday ritual of dressing up. This intimacy interruption relates, at the same time, with the common and yearned process by the artist of exhibiting his/her works of art, which usually have been created in seclusion.

Artist Bio:

Daniela Kovačić Muzio is a figurative painter born and raised in the Chilean Patagonia and is currently working in Chicago.

Her work explores different topics around self-identity, largely through the depiction of women and children.  

Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has a master's degree from the New York Academy of Art and a bachelor's degree from Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile.

Daniela has received prestigious awards and scholarships such as Fulbright, Becas Chile, Robert Gamblin Painting Award, NYAA scholarships and residencies.

Learn more at

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7:00 PM19:00

Teen Book Making Workshop w Ben Blount

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In this personal workshop with letterpress artist Ben Blount, students will learn to create a hand-bound book as a vehicle for sharing stories, art, interests and ideas. Attendees will be introduced to the basic skills, tools and vocabulary needed to create simple book structures. This workshop will focus on the Japanese stab binding as the book structure to house our ideas. Students should come with artwork, clippings, sketches, notes, etc. that they may want to include in their books. Students of all levels welcome. All materials included.

Tickets $40, 8-10 attendees for workshop max


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West Evanston YOUTIME Evening Art Walk
7:30 PM19:30

West Evanston YOUTIME Evening Art Walk

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West Evanston YOUTIME Evening Art Walk: Wednesday JUNE 27, 7:30- 9:00 pm

Florence Avenue has often been referred to as “Artist’s Row” in the burgeoning arts district of West Evanston. Join Art Encounter’s YOUTME to meet the artists and visit the studios and shows at Alder George, Collage Café, and 1100 Florence on exhibition this June during Evanston Made.

Yummy bevvies and snacks will be served from spot to spot, get to know the artists and their processes.  Art Encounter will share starting location upon registration. $25, all proceeds support Art Encounter outreach programs. To sign up, click here!

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