Space 900 Preview Opening
Join the Space 900 Artists in their new Gallery at 816 Dempster in Evanston
March 22, 2018
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
April 12 - April 17, 2018 Poet to Poet: Living in Letters
An exhibit of handwritten letters and poems hanging from the ceiling and walls of the gallery, with a letter-writing interactive station for the public This immersive exhibit showcases 13 years of correspondence between two poets, Alan Shefsky and Abe Louise Young.
Special Art Encounter YOUTIME event:
April 12, 7:30- 9 PM,
Go to www.artencounter.org for tickets
Opening Reception: April 13, 6pm
Open Hours: April 13-17, 12 to 7pm
Poetry Reading: April 14, 3pm
Closing Reception: April 17, 6pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Abe Louise Young
Writing letters is a precious form. In Space 900's upcoming exhibition, Poet to Poet: Living in Letters, two poets explore this lost art. Co-sponsored by Northwestern Universities' Dept. of Performance Studies, this exhibit offers 100+ handwritten letters and poems hanging from the ceiling and walls of the gallery. They are touchable and readable, with a letter-writing interactive station for the public.
Provided with art supplies, envelopes and a clothesline of over 100 letter-writing prompts, visitors are also invited to compose a letter of their own. With an open invitation to touch, read, and interact with letters, viewers bear witness to language at its best.
Sponsored by Northwestern University's Department of Performance Studies, the exhibit will run from April 13 through April 17 at Space 900, a community-based art collective and exhibition space.
Abe Louise Young:
Abe is a believer in the power of words, generosity and vulnerability to make meaningful change. She was nominated as Best Activist in Austin 2017 by the Austin Chronicle for her work mobilizing hundreds of people to prevent homelessness by building personal resource-sharing networks with families in poverty. Young is the co-director of Prizer Arts & Letters, a free center for socially engaged arts and literature. As a writer, she publishes essays and poetry in magazines such as The Nation, Sierra, New Letters and Texas Monthly. She is the author of Heaven to Me: Poems (Headmistress Press) and Ammonite (Magnolia Press Collective.) Her long poem about Alan Shefsky's friendship, "Poem to a Friend Growing Lighter and Lighter," won the 2017 Marika and Jan Vilcek Prize in Poetry from the Bellevue Review.
Alan was born in Chicago in 1959, and died of a glioblastoma brain tumor in 2014. Shefsky works was published in many literary journals and performed at a number of venues in Chicago. He is the author of Amelia Absent, Amelia Present (Clay Springs Press, 1995) and What Emily, "a playful, inquiring romp into the inner life and poetical line of Emily Dickinson" (Magnolia Press Collective, 2011). His last collection of poems, Glee (Magnolia Press, 2012), was written before, during, and after Shefsky's diagnosis with a glioblastoma brain tumor.
Pieces from this book were performed as "Glee and Other Works" by friends of Shefsky's from Northwestern in March 2014; video of the performance can be viewed at
He was a poet and university administrator who worked for more than 25 years coordinating the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Shefsky was a guest artist at the Illinois Summer High School for the Arts and the
recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry.
Holiday Show and Sale
Saturday, December 2nd, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, December 3rd, 11am - 5 pm
Recent works by
Clark Ellithorpe and Jane Weintraub
October, 2017 Art, Autism, Becky and Me
Art, Autism, Becky and Me
My daughter, Becky, has autism and developmental delays. She has also always loved to create art. My paintings portray surreal landscapes as visual metaphors for the feelings of someone with autism. I place images of Becky within these worlds. In this show, Becky and I share the gallery space and our joint need to express ourselves through our art.
October 9 - November 4, 2017
Space 900 Gallery
1042 Wesley Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Saturday, Oct. 14 5-8 pm
Sunday, Oct. 15 2-5 pm
Saturday, Nov. 4 5-8 pm
MARCH 2017 EXHIBITION
UNPRESIDENTED: Art in Common Cause
With over 25 participating artists from the Chicagoland area, showing a
broad range of aesthetic styles, and supporting local, national, and
international causes, Unpresidented gives artists agency to mobilize their
community. The majority of the sales of each donated piece will be given
to each artists’ chosen charity or organization.
Gallery hours: March 17th, 6-9pm, March 18th -19th, 12-5pm
Opening reception: March 17th, 6-9pm
Curator talk: March 19th, 2-3pm
Featuring works by this generous group of artists: Ken Avick, Jane
Barthès, Jeff Bauer, Maureen Claffy, Colleen Conley, Rory Coyne, James
Deeb, Clark Ellithorpe, Sam Farchione, Judith Roston Freilich, Lisa
Goesling, Ellen Greene, Susan Hall, Deanna Krueger, Gunjan Kumar,
ATYL/Alexandra Lee, Lauren Levato Coyne, Bert Leveille, Chandrika Marla,
Bert Menco, Karen Perl, Joyce Polance, Nancy Rosen, Allison Svoboda, Diane Thodos, Tamara Wasserman, and Fotios Zemenides.
FEBRUARY 2016 EXHIBITION
Artist Karen Perl/ Aron Packer Projects
"PLACE": new urban landscape paintings
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, February 4th from 6 - 9 pm.
Artists’ Talk: Sunday, February 5th at 1 pm.
Show Dates: February 4 - 5, 2017
Hours: Saturday, Feb 4 and Sunday, Feb 5 from 12 to 5 pm
The experience of place becomes enmeshed with memories and imagination until the location where you find yourself standing can no longer be defined by its physical attributes. A place saturated with the familiarity of personal memories can be comforting and reassuring. Or it can be as strange and disquieting as contemplating how it must be for a guide dog who no longer has anyone to guide.
Karen Perl began her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago while still in grade school. After several years in various colleges studying everything from physics to psychology, she finally returned to the Art Institute, where she earned a degree in drawing and painting. An exchange program took her to Dublin, Ireland, for a year. There, inspired by a foggy, dreamy landscape and under a spell of homesickness, she began to paint from her dreams and imagination. Years later, warm golden sunlight brought her outdoors with her easel for a two year period in the south of France. But her relationship to the mystical, emotional dimension of painting that she took refuge in while in Ireland would come to life again. After nearly 10 years of painting in the streets of Chicago, she brought her easel back inside. Cityscapes began to morph into dreamscapes, no longer merely descriptive of a physical location, but something deeper and mysterious.
NOVEMBER 2016 EXHIBITION
Aron Packer Projects Presents Kristin Mariani:
Material Becomes the Thing: Works in Cloth
November 11-13, 2016
Artist’s Reception: Friday, November 11, 6-9pm
Artist’s Talk: Sunday, November 13, 3pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13, 12-5pm
Click here for more info
SEPTEMBER 2016 EXHIBITIONS
Pamela Macsai Baugartner and Sylvia Shuster
Pamela Macsai Baumgartner: Solo Show
Thursday Sept 8 from 1-6 pm
Opening Friday Sept 9 from 5-9 pm
Saturday Sept 10 from 1-6 pm
Sunday Sept 11 from 1-6 pm
Sylvia Shuster: Solo show
Opening Friday, Sept. 23rd, 6-9 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 pm
Sept. 30th through Oct. 2nd, 12-5 pm
With a career spanning six decades, Sylvia Schuster is an established artist who is recognized as a master printmaker. Her demonstration of the print technologies; dry point, etching, aquatint, soft ground and engraving, combined with her deep understanding of the human form, take these skills to the extreme. Ms. Schuster’s pen and ink, charcoal, and pastel figure studies show reference to classical Greek and Roman tradition.
This show is presented by Harvey Pranian Antiques, email@example.com .
JULY 2016 EXHIBITION
Aron Packer presents THE UN-SELFIE
paintings by Lisa Zschunke
Artist’s Reception: Friday, July 8, 2016 / 6 - 9 PM
Lisa's paintings are beautifully executed and intense. They always capture the likeness and psychology of the model, and she imbues each work with an intensity all her own.
Saturday July 9 / Sunday July 10 / Noon to 5 PM
JUNE 2016 EXHIBITION
“Light and Dark” : a group show by the Space 900 Collective
in celebration of Evanston Made
Artwork by: Ken Avick, Colleen Conley, Clark Ellithorpe, Judith Roston Freilich, and Joanna Pinsky
Art walk on Saturday, June 4, 11:00am - 1:00 pm
Reception on Sunday, June12, 2:00-5:00pm
Jazz workshop on Thursday, June 16, with guitarist Scott Moulder at 6:00 pm
Followed by a concert duo with Donovan Mixon and bassist Larry Gray at 7:30pm
APRIL 2016 EXHIBITION
Space 900 is pleased to host Aron Packer Projects' April Fool's Embroidery Weekend
Featuring: Deborah Baker, Ellen Greene, and Kathy Halper
Artists' Reception: Friday, April 1st, 6 - 9 PM (April Fool’s Night!)
Show Dates and Hours: April 1, 2, & 3
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM
Alphabet / Rebus (embroidery)
Fifty Six (embroidery)
Collars (embroidery / painting)
OCTOBER 2015 EXHIBITION
Harvey Pranian Antiques and Folk Art Show and Sale
Saturday October 3, 2015
10 am -4 pm
JANUARY 2015 EXHIBITION
Judith Roston Freilich:
Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Textiles and Drawings
January 31- February 28, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 5 to 10pm
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1 to 5pm
Thursday, February 5, 1 to 5pm
Thursday, February 12, 1 to 5pm
Sunday, February 15, 1 to 5pm
Or by appointment 847-835-2393
SEPTEMBER 2014 EXHIBITION
THEN AND NOW: mini-retrospective work by the core collective, plus new gorgeous mobiles from Evanston's best jeweler Peggie Robinson!
Saturday Sept. 27 from 5-9 pm
Sunday Sept. 28 from 2-5 pm
Saturday October 11, 1-5 pm
JUNE EVENTS AT SPACE 900
Saturday June 7, 5-8 pm
"The Green Show" opening
As part of Open Studios Evanston
Work by the core collective meditating on the color GREEN
Wednesday June 11, 7:30 pm
First Salon Jazz Show
Compositions by Donovan Mixon and Mark Moultrop
The music is best described by a paragraph from their website montageworldjazz.com: “Through travel and experiences across the globe, influences from the music of Turkey, India, Ireland, Africa, Brazil and other cultures inspire our creativity. With group and individual improvisation as a starting point, Montage melds musical styles and practices without boundaries.”
SPRING 2014 EVENTS AT SPACE 900
After the long long, long (did I mention long?) winter, we are thrilled that buds are finally back on the trees and that we can finally be out and about again. Here are the exciting events coming to Space 900 in the next month. Please join us for any or all of these events!
PEGGIE ROBINSON AND FRIENDS: JEWELRY SHOW
Evanston’s long-time favorite jeweler Peggie Robinson will be presenting new work with local jewelers Rhonda Storm and Debbie Giese. One weekend only! Don’t miss it.
Friday April 25, 3- 8 pm, Saturday April 26, 10 am- 4 pm, Sunday April 27, 1-4 pm
JAZZ PLAY STUDIO JAM AT SPACE 900
He’s back! Open to musicians and music lovers alike, this monthly jam run by Donovan Mixon never disappoints. For May, the tunes will be Daahoud, Long Ago Far Away, Moose the Mooche, Beatrice, Coral [K. Jarrett], Inner Urge.
Thursday May 1, 7:30- 10 pm.
TWO PERSON SHOW: CLARK ELLITHORPE AND KEN AVICK
New breathtaking work by two core members from Space 900.
Saturday May 3, 5- 9 pm, Sunday May 4, 1-5 pm
OPEN STUDIO/OPEN MIC/OPEN TAP
King George (1402 ½ Greenleaf, around the corner from Space 900) will feature new art work by Jill King (Artists Seeds) and Alice George (Serious Play). A poetry open mike will feature members of Alice's Serious Play poetry group. The new Sketchbook Brewing Company will be pouring samples from approximately 5-6:30! Poetry reading at 7 pm. Space 900 will also be open with Clark and Ken’s show from 5- 7 pm.
Friday May 9, 5-8 pm.
DECEMBER 2013 SHOW: DUSTIN HARRIS
On Exhibition December 13, 2013 - January 13, 2014 is A.K.A: The Five Alter Egos of Dustin Harris:
This solo art exhibition features mostly new and some older artwork in various forms and styles: found object wall sculptures, paintings, portraits, large sculptures, maquettes, and mixed media collages. This show puts all of Harris’ artwork up to date in one room,
with a unifying theme of his ongoing preoccupation with
form, movement, color, and action.
Says the artist, “This large expanse of work pays tribute to the five alter egos I’ve surrendered to in my ongoing process over the last 20 years. Is it masterfully complex, or A.D.D.? Graffiti/street artist wanna-be, or Art School rebel? Come see the work and decide for yourself.”
Openings: Friday Dec 13, 6-10 pm and Saturday Dec 14, 5-9 pm
NEXT JPS JAM: THURS NOV 14 at 7:30- 10 pm
Join us this Thursday! If you weren’t at JPS for the last jam session on October 24th, you missed a historic event. The man himself, guitarist George Freeman, brother of the late Von Freeman showed up. When asked what he wanted to play, George simply ripped into the sly intro riff for ‘Red Top’, to which the rhythm section responded with an equal level of swing. Man, did he bring it! Along with drummer Joe Jenkins, bassist Herman Martin as well as tenor saxophonists Walter Clark, Bernard Scavella, Reggie Hardan and Mike Finnerty, it was a inspiring performance. First timer ‘Balkan’ percussionist Terran Doeherer showed up to seamlessly join in with drummer Michael Riendeau, pianist/vocalist Mick Archer and bassist Andrew Wilkins. It was a special treat to have Maja Rios there, even if you sang only one tune. There were others as well, however in the interest of time, I thought it better to get this out now instead of waiting for my memory to kick in! I will have a short video up soon.
The JPS Jam has morphed into a workshop format. We are still on for the tunes from last session since we didn’t get around to all of them. Bernard Scavella wanted to play Along Came Betty and there were some other great calls during the night. So the standing list is still: Lover, Bluesette, Old Devil Moon, Moose the Mooche, Long Ago & Far Away, Whisper Not & Freight Trane.
NOVEMBER 2013 SHOW: CLARK ELLITHORPE AND LOIS RICHMOND
On exhibition in November:
CLARK ELLITHORPE AND LOIS RICHMOND, “A Meditation on Contrast”
November 9 – December 1, 2013. Opening receptions are:
Saturday, November 9 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm and Sunday, November 10 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm (with jazz guitar by Donovan Mixon)
OCTOBER 2013 EXHIBITION
Solo show by Joanna Pinsky
"Architectural Fragments and Other Heroes"
October-12 - November 5, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 -5:00-8:00PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 20, 2:00 PM
Concert: Sunday November 3, 3:00 PM featuring jazz guitarist Donovan Mixon
Gallery Hours for this show will be:
Saturdays: 2:00 - 5:30 PM
FALL ART HOP- Sept 27, 2013
On the evening Friday September 27th, the West Village neighborhood of Evanston transformed into a vibrant cultural destination as a dozen local art groups, businesses, and individual artists joined together to give Evanston what it wants and deserves: a home-grown high-quality arts and culture scene. From 6- 10 pm, Space 900 helped to organize the area’s second Art Hop This DIY event featured open studios and gallery exhibitions; a wide variety of professional demonstrations in printing, weaving, sculpture, movement; a spoken work & acoustic music, open mic; and a jazz guitar performance. This fall “Art Hop” also featured tastings by Evanston’s brand new Temperance Brewery.
Clustered around the corners of Wesley/Greenleaf and Florence/Crain, this “Art Hop” is the second collaborative event of its kind in Evanston’s West Village neighborhood. The first Art Hop on June 8, attracted approximately 150 people to this unique neighborhood, where storefront galleries and offices sit side by side with residential homes. Over the last few years, this neighborhood—which has been often referred to as “Artists Row” —has been gaining momentum and attracting new businesses, and has gained visibility as a bustling arts community.
Participants for this fall Art Hop include: Artist Seeds, Ausrine's Arts Room, Evanston Aikido Center, Evanston Print and Paper Shop, Harvey Art & Antiques, Innovative Design & Graphics, Jazz Play Studio, King George Studio & Gallery , Mill Creek Miniatures , North Shore Yoga, Perla Café, Serious Play Poetry Workshop, Space 900, and Yadi Art.