Local Art @ EPL: The Big Read

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Dozens of talented student artists from District 65 middle schools Chute and Nichols are the next to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  From now until May 31st, you can find over 50 original student works on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library.  Inspired by the Evanston Big Read companion book Yes! We Are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada, this impressive exhibit showcases artwork and writing focused on the students’ family roots and history.  Don’t miss it, and while you plan your visit, you can preview the show below.  Enjoy!

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An Interview with Marta Mazur

Marta MazurMarta Mazur is a local painter, poet, and the latest artist to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Her exhibit Life in the Rush is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through April 28th.  Featuring a striking mix of abstract oils, pencil and charcoal drawings, and original poetry, her show strives “to understand difficult issues and take a hard look at society.”  You can see more of Ms. Mazur’s work by visiting her website, and we recently spoke with her via email about her artistic origins, her poetry, and her commitment to social activism.

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Local Art @ EPL: Marta Mazur

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“Hurricane Sandy” by Marta Mazur

We are thrilled to welcome local painter and poet Marta Mazur as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Her exhibit – titled Life in the Rush – is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through April 30th.  Featuring a striking mix of abstract oils, pencil and charcoal drawings, and original poetry, her show strives “to understand difficult issues and take a hard look at society.”  You can see more of her work by visiting her website, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in April for a featured interview with the artist herself.  Stay tuned.

An Interview with Teresa Parod

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“Forest” by Teresa Parod

Teresa Parod is a painter, quilter, and the latest Evanston artist to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Her colorful exhibit is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through the end of March.  Included are nearly two dozen paintings that express the challenges of our “everyday quest” through life and four, intricately-designed quilts that were created through a grant from the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund.  We recently spoke with Ms. Parod via email about how her Aunt Marg sparked her interest in art, her use of shadow in her paintings, and the remarkable family that inspired her quilts.

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Local Art @ EPL: Teresa Parod

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We are happy to introduce Evanston painter and quilter Teresa Parod as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Her show is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through the end of March.  The nearly two dozen paintings in her colorful exhibit express the challenges of our “everyday quest” through life while the four quilts were inspired by the Irish, Chinese, and Ethiopian heritage of four sisters and created through a grant from the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund.  You can meet Parod and learn more about her work at a reception on Sunday, March 6th at 3 pm.  Also, make sure to visit her website, and check back Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with the artist herself.  Stay tuned.

An Interview with Oliver Baldwin Edwards

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Sixteen-year-old Oliver Baldwin Edwards is a talented local photographer and the latest Evanston artist to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  His show Traveling Light: Morocco is on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through the end of February.  In August 2015 Edwards made his sixth visit to Morocco traveling from the Atlantic coast through the Middle and High Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara.  Whether beneath the harsh North African sun or the clear night of the desert, his striking portraits and landscapes are alive with a maturing curiosity, respect for the Moroccan people, and a fascination with the experience of travel.  You can meet Edwards and learn more about his photography at a reception this Thursday, February 18th at 4:30 pm.  In anticipation, we recently spoke with him via email about how Door County inspired his love of photography, his creative process, and the warmth of the Moroccan people.

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Local Art @ EPL: Oliver Baldwin Edwards

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We are very pleased to introduce photographer and ETHS junior Oliver Baldwin Edwards as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  His show Traveling Light: Morocco is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through the end of February.  In August 2015 Edwards made his sixth visit to Morocco traveling from the Atlantic coast through the Middle and High Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara.  Whether beneath the harsh North African sun or the clear night of the desert, his striking portraits and landscapes are alive with a maturing curiosity, respect for the Moroccan people, and a fascination with the experience of travel.  You can meet Edwards and learn more about his photography at a reception on Thursday, February 18th at 4:30 pm, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with the artist himself.  Stay tuned.

Local Art @ EPL

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We are excited to introduce Julie Cowan – an Evanston graphic designer and the founder of artruck and archKIDecture – as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Her show is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through the end of January.  Influenced by her work with master printer Tomas Svoboda in Prague, Cowan’s exhibit features a striking series of electronically-manipulated photographic images layered with multiple stages of printmaking and coloring.  Focusing on her interests in architecture and portraiture, her work explores “how space affects us, invades us and defines us.”  You can see more of Cowan’s art by visiting her website, and make sure to stop back later in the month for a featured interview with the artist herself.  Stay tuned.

NU’s Scientific Images Contest Winners 2015

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“Chaos to Order” by James Hedrick (2nd Place)

Don’t miss the twelve stunning winners of Northwestern University’s 2015 Scientific Images Contest as they make their annual stop at EPL.  Selected by a panel of artists, scientists, and community leaders, the eye-popping images were captured during wide-ranging scientific research and “invite you to enjoy both the aesthetics and innovation of NU science.”  Prints of the images are available for purchase, and you can learn more about the annual contest by visiting HELIX – an online magazine produced by NU’s Science in Society.

Local Art @ EPL

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We are pleased to welcome Chicagoland art therapist and portrait artist Anthony Porter as the next to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  His show Civil Rights (The 1960s) is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through January 2.  Influenced by his studies at the School of the Art Institute, Porter’s exhibit features two dozen imaginative portraits of civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and the Kennedys.  You can meet Mr. Porter at a closing reception on Tuesday, December 29th at 7 pm, and make sure to visit Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with the artist himself.  Stay tuned.