Visiting Evanston’s new art gallery and vintage store, Trash & Treasures, the owners say, is like walking into a party packed with both friends and intriguing strangers.

They aim to offer an onslaught of sensory stimulation in a space at 611 Dempster St. filled with sculpture, contemporary art, vintage furniture and unique finds.

Evanston residents Amy Gertler and Bill Ramsey opened the doors in September and are planning a grand opening event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. 

Gertler, an artist and veteran matrimonial law attorney, along with Ramsey, a seasoned retail executive, are working to make the shop a destination for artists, art lovers and collectors.

Gertler, a sculptor, says she’d had dreamed of opening a gallery and vintage store. After wandering into a gallery for emerging artists in New York’s Greenwich Village earlier this year, she was determined to make her dream a reality in Evanston. After meeting Ramsey and collaborating on a vision for Trash & Treasures, the two formed a partnership.

Through November, Trash & Treasures is featuring the provocative work of Chicago artist Jas Petersen, who attended ETHS and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago.  In her edgy and urban work she asks the audience to consider the meaning of beauty in our culture.

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