Local Art @ EPL: Jim Parks

August 3, 2017

“Orchids #1”

We’re pleased to welcome Jim Parks as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. His exhibit The Bloomz Collection is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through August 31st. In 2015 – after a long career in theater, radio, and television as the host of HGTV’s “New Spaces” – Parks converted his dining room into a studio and devoted himself “to producing the art that had been waiting inside all those years.” His mission with his acrylic “botanical abstracts” is to share his “vision of flowers,” and he invites observers to lean in close where they’ll “see shapes and colors frolicking like children.” You can learn more about Parks’ paintings by visiting his website, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in August for a featured interview with the artist himself. Stay tuned.


Local Art @ EPL: Edward Ravine

June 2, 2017

“Yield and Overcome”

We are thrilled to welcome Edward Ravine back to the library for a brand-new Local Art @ EPL exhibit. After making his 2015 library debut, the Evanston painter has returned with Yield and Overcome – a fresh collection of gorgeous watercolors that embraces the words of the Tao Te Ching. Says Ravine, “To me it boils down to turning sorrow into kindness and fear into love. As I traveled to the Northwest, Utah, Southwestern Michigan and the sunrises each morning at our own Evanston Canal, I repeated the words [from the Tao Te Ching: 22], ‘Yield and overcome, be really whole and all things will come to you.’ I hope you have a quiet moment with the paintings I have shared.” You can catch this inspired show on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through June 30, and you can meet Mr. Ravine at an opening reception on Sunday, June 4 at 2 pm. Don’t miss it!

 


Local Art @ EPL: Michael Loewenstein

November 4, 2016

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“Keithberg In The Rain”

We are happy to welcome Evanston painter Michael Loewenstein as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  For forty years he was the Scenic Art Director for WTTW Channel 11 where he designed many PBS favorites including Siskel and Ebert, Kukla Fran and Ollie, Chicago Tonight, and Soundstage.  After his retirement he began to pursue his interest in fine art, and now his exhibit Life After Siskel and Ebert is on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through November 30th.  Presenting a striking selection of his oils and watercolors, Loewenstein’s exhibit shows his preference for “content as opposed to technique” while exploring his “particular interest in light and perspective.”  Don’t miss it!


Local Art @ EPL: Marta Mazur

April 4, 2016

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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 Maryna Danylovych

December 14, 2014

maryna dMaryna Danylovych is a Chicagoland painter and the latest featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  From now until December 31st, more than three dozen of her impressionist still lifes and landscapes will be on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library.  Inspired by her favorite painters Monet, Renoir, and O’Keefe, Danylovych strives to ensure that the emotions she puts into her pictures reach the people who view them.  We recently spoke with her via email about her artistic origins, creative process, and future plans.

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Local Art @ EPL

December 7, 2014

poppiesWe are pleased to introduce Chicagoland painter Maryna Danylovych as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Throughout December, more than three dozen of her impressionist still lifes and landscapes will be on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library.  Inspired by her favorite painters Monet, Renoir, and O’Keefe, Danylovych strives to ensure that the emotions she puts into her pictures reach the people who view them.  Don’t miss her show, and also make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in December for an interview with the artist herself.  Stay tuned.


An Interview with Janet Trierweiler & Matthew Schaefer

February 14, 2014

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Janet Trierweiler and Matthew Schaefer are Evanston painters and the latest artists to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Their show – titled We do not need to leave the Earth – is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through the end of February.  Working collaboratively as Calaj, their deluted oil paintings on linked canvases strive to create a viewing experience “of refreshing vulnerability and psychic relaxation.”  You can learn more about Ms. Trierweiler’s and Mr. Schaefer’s Calaj paintings by visiting their website, and you can meet the artists themselves at a closing reception on Wednesday, February 26th at 7 pm.  We recently spoke with Ms. Trierweiler and Mr. Schaefer via email about their artistic origins, creative rituals, and philosophical interests.

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Local Art @ EPL

February 7, 2014

calajWe are thrilled to introduce Evanston painters Janet Trierweiler and Matthew Schaefer as the next featured artists in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  Their show – titled We do not need to leave the Earth – is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library where you can catch it through February 28th.  Working collaboratively as Calaj, their deluted oil paintings on linked canvases strive to create a viewing experience “of refreshing vulnerability and psychic relaxation.”  You can learn more about Ms. Trierweiler’s and Mr. Schaefer’s Calaj paintings by visiting their website, and you can meet the artists themselves at a closing reception on Wednesday, February 26th at 7 pm.  Also, make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for an interview with the artists. Stay tuned.


Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

May 16, 2013

sookieHow to Kill a Vampire (Series)

Fans’ outrage over the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series is chronicled by the Wall Street Journal.  Despite her best attempts at a satisfying finale, author Charlaine Harris was so overwhelmed by taunting emails and death threats she was frightened into canceling her Dead Ever After book tour.

kurt vonnegutSelf-Portrait of an Artist

Flavorwire curates this impressive collection of 20 visual self-portraits by famous authors. Ranging from scribbles to studied oil paintings, the digital show includes works by Sylvia Plath, Jack Kerouac, Flannery O’Connor, Mark Twain, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut (above).

pollockCountry Noir

The emerging genre of Midwestern noir is featured in this American Prospect article.  Exemplified by the work of Donald Ray Pollock and Frank Bill, these violent, unsentimental books turn the tables on “don’t-bother-locking-the-doors nostalgia” for rural America.

Literary Legos

Book Riot showcases eight incredible Lego projects based on books.  Included are scenes from Moby-Dick, Don Quixote, The Shining as well as a mind-blowing, 400,000 brick reconstruction of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series.


Local Art @ EPL

November 1, 2012

“Orange Roses”

We are very happy to introduce local painter and teacher Peggy Magee as the next artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL.  From now through the end of November, nearly two dozen of her vibrant watercolors will be on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Branch.  You can preview Ms. Magee’s work by visiting her website and also meet the artist herself at an opening reception on Sunday, November 4th from 2-4 pm.