Local Art @ EPL

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We are thrilled to welcome Evanston photographer and educator David Pritchett as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  His show – titled Daily China – is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through November 30th.  Captured between 2008 and 2014, Pritchett’s fascinating images explore China’s careening city buses, rural Buddhist temples, and street-side restaurants in an effort to “reflect a shared humanity amid the unique present of an ancient culture.”  Don’t miss this excellent exhibit, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in November for a featured interview with the artist himself.  Stay tuned.

Local Art @ EPL

lloyd 1We are pleased to introduce retired NU Life Sciences Librarian and photographer Lloyd Davidson as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  His show is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through September 30th.  Informed by his M.A. in paleontology  and Ph.D. in cell biology, Davidson’s breathtaking landscape, plant, and macro photographs reflect his engaged respect for the wilds of Alaska, Africa, Australia, and the American Southwest.  You can meet Dr. Davidson at an opening reception this Tuesday, September 8th at 7 pm and also on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm when he will share photos and discuss the art of nature photography in our Community Meeting Room.  Stay tuned.

Local Art @ EPL

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We are thrilled to introduce local photographer Dale Wickum as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  His show – Following the Tracks – is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through June 30th.  Documenting a trio of railroad journeys in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Wickum’s exhibit explores the vanishing subculture of the “railroad tramp.”  Featuring three dozen arresting black-and-white photographs, his show captures the essence of this “reclusive and wary, overlooked and forgotten” subculture while affording “them the dignity of being remembered for who they were, the last of a breed.”  For more photos and to learn about Wickum’s oral history project, visit the Following the Tracks website, and don’t miss this interview with the artist himself.

Local Art @ EPL

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We are pleased to introduce Evanston artist Ted Glasoe as the next to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Fresh off his stunning May exhibit showcasing EPL’s peregrine falcons, Glasoe now presents a selection of breathtaking Lake Michigan photographs designed to explore “the compelling and unexpected alliance of nature and our urban environment.”  You can catch his show through June 30th on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library and find more of Glasoe’s work by visiting his website.  Also, make sure to check back with Off the Shelf blog later in June for an interview with the artist himself.  Stay tuned.

The Peregrine Falcons of EPL

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Falcon watchers rejoice!  Not only have Nona and Squawker just hatched the newest additions to their falcon family, but now they’re also the stars of a special photography exhibit by Ted Glasoe.  An award-winning Evanston artist, Glasoe has captured more than 3500 stunning images of our EPL falcons over the past five years, and for this must-see display, he selected the 10 shots that best “show the peregrine’s beauty, power, and personality.”  The exhibit runs until June 8th on the 2nd floor landing of EPL’s Main Library, and you can see even more of Glasoe’s work by visiting his website.  Don’t miss it!

Local Art @ EPL

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We are pleased to introduce Evanston photographer Marc Perlish as the next artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Throughout November, his striking new collection will be on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where it pays “poetic homage to Bookman’s Alley and the bookstore’s imaginative creator Roger Carlson.”  You can preview Mr. Perlish’s work by visiting his website, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for an interview with the artist himself. Stay tuned.

Local Art @ EPL

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“Peek-a-Boo” by Rene Rivera

We are thrilled to announce a special summer treat for our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Throughout August, we’re proudly featuring more than two dozen eye-catching images from the 2012 Faces of Evanston Photo Contest right here on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library.  Based on the common theme “Simplicity,” the 28 featured photographs included Rene Rivera’s 1st place winner “Peek-a-Boo” (above) as well as prizewinners by Petina Dixon-Jenkins, John Martin, Becca Ross, Filtod Walker, and Lloyd Davidson.  So make plans to catch Faces of Evanston as it wraps up its year-long, citywide tour and learn more about this annual Kiwanis-sponsored competition by visiting the websites for Faces of Evanston and the Kiwanis Club.

Local Art @ EPL

manuelWe are pleased to introduce local photographer Manuel Igual Alonso as the next artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  From now through the end of April, his collection My Left Eye will be on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library.  A native of Madrid who splits time between Evanston and Spain, Alonso uses his 19 stunning photographs to express “not what he sees, but how he sees.”

Evanston’s Block Museum “In the Picture”

edwardsteichenLos Angeles financier Richard Hollander and his wife Jackie own a private collection of more than 500 Edward Steichen photographs. Their highly coveted collection includes Steichen’s landscapes and city scenes, as well as his celebrity and fashion images. Now Mr. Hollander will be making Steichen’s work accessible to the public by giving three American museums some of these vintage photographs. Along with New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Evanston’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University will each receive more than 40 works. Block Museum Director Lisa Corrin calls the gift “transformative”. After these donations, the Hollanders plan on keeping some and giving others to museums internationally. “I’d like to share my vision with the world” Mr Hollander said. How lucky that he’s sharing it with our community. You can read more in today’s NYT article here.

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An Interview with Michael Berns

mikeincap2Michael Berns is a local photographer, architect, and the latest artist to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  His show – titled From Within – From Without – is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Branch where you can catch it through Wednesday, January 30th.  Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment,” the collection presents twenty-four striking black and white images captured everywhere from the Washington D.C. subway to the Texas rodeo circuit.  We recently spoke with Mr. Berns via email about his creative inspirations, photography as poetry, and art as a growth process.

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