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Empty shop windows to be filled with art

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Some empty storefront windows in downtown Evanston are taking on new life this month as display cases for the work of local artists.


Some empty storefront windows in downtown Evanston are taking on new life this month as display cases for the work of local artists.

artunderglassposterb.jpgThe first phase of the project, involving Orrington Avenue storefronts in the 708 Church St. building, is being installed this week, with a dedication ceremony scheduled next week.

The effort, called Art Under Glass, is a joint project of the Evanston Arts Council’s Arts and Business Committee and EvMark, the downtown marketing organization.

“This is a perfect example of how the Evanston businesses and artists can support one another,” said Penny Rotheiser, the committee’s co-chair.

Organizers hope to expand the project to other empty storefronts later in the year.

Works of photography, sculpture, glass and painting will be displayed. Artists involved include Carlo Lo Cascio, David Gista, Lisa Harris, and Judy Koon from the Evanston Art Center; Wren Campbell, Ted Harris and Erin Mooney from Open Studio Project, and Lena Freireich and Doniece Malia-Wall.

“This project will enrich the experience of residents and visitors alike, and expose everyone to the great talent in our midst,” said Carolyn Dellutri, EvMark’s executive director.

The public reception to kick-off the project will be held in the lobby of the 708 Church St. building at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is scheduled to speak and the artists will offer a tour of the windows featuring their work.

Update 6/14/09: When first published this story said the opening reception would be held May 17. That error now is fixed in the text above. The event is this Wednesday, June 17.

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