Evanston exhibit to have art admirers seeing green
Artist Mary Ellen Croteau's work, "Close," contains about 7,000 unpainted bottle caps. Croteau is the featured artist at Evanston's Fourth Annual Green Arts Show, which kicks off Sept. 7 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. | Contributed photo
Updated: October 7, 2012 6:12AM
EVANSTON — Local artists will apply their talents to concepts reflecting more-sustainable ways of living at the city’s fourth Green Arts show scheduled to kick off Sept. 7 in the upstairs gallery of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
More than 25 artists will participate, most using recycled materials, in the show, which runs through Sept. 23.
The exhibit will open with an artists’ reception from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 7. Admission is free; wine and light refreshments will be served.
Featured artist Mary Ellen Croteau will attend the reception. Croteau’s work spans two decades and can be seen in permanent and solo exhibitions in the Midwest and abroad, including England, South Korea and Sweden.
Her work is now part of the Chicago Twelve on exhibit in the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Other events will be in the Noyes gallery exhibit space during the run of the show, including two family workshops — a Plastic Bottle Cap Art with Croteau to be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 8; and at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 on Our Green Town Recycle art, with Alfonso Nieves Ruiz.
Workshops are free and open to the public, but space is extremely limited. Participants must preregister at email@example.com.
At noon Sept. 11, organizers are featuring a “Cultural Connections Lunch” with Croteau and Art Encounter on “Encountering Art.” The discussion forum is free and open to the public. For a box lunch contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 7 p.m. that day a discussion will be held on “Greening Your Art Practice.” The event is free and open to the public.
There will be a Green Arts Performance Night at 8 p.m. Sept. 21, featuring comedy by The Shelter Improv Group, a dance performance by LakeDance Collective and a fashion performance by Pretty Dirty lead artist Hanh Pham. Admission is $5 at the door. Registration is encouraged at email@example.com.
Visual and performing artists in the show include: Sue Arends, Gary Brown, Rose Camastro-Pritchett, Mary Ellen Croteau, Melanie Deal, Sue Diamond, Lorna Filippini-Mulliken, Sharon Gilmore, Kim Guare, Charles Heinrich, Sarah Kaiser, Kristina Knowski, Carol Krofl, Karen Loper, Casey Lowry, Alfonso Nieves Ruiz, Kip Pasta, Gail Pinchot Goldberg, Jill Schlindwein, Kyle Van Heck, Verna Todd, Margorie Woodruff, Clare Tallon Ruen, Hanh Pham and Peter Athans.
Jurors for the show include: Shawn Decker, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Alain Gavin, Governors State University; and Harvey Pranian, Harvey Pranian Antiques.
Show co-sponsors include the city of Evanston and Whole Foods Market.