More than two dozen artists will participate in a show focused on sustainable ways of living sponsored by Citizens’ Greener Evanston.

The fourth annual Green Arts Show opens with an artists reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston.

Featured award-winning artist, Mary Ellen Croteau, will attend the reception. Croteau’s work spans two decades and can be seen in permanent and solo exhibitions in the Midwest and abroad, including England, South Korea and Sweden. Her work is currently part of the Chicago Twelve on exhibit at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

The show runs from Sept. 7 through 23 in the upstairs gallery at Noyes.

Two family workshops will be held during the show:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., Plastic Bottle Cap Art with Mary Ellen Croteau.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m., Our Green Town Recycle Art with Alfonso Nieves Ruiz.

Workshops are free and open to the public, but space is extremely limited. Participants must pre-register by email at artshow@greenerevanston.org or 847-612-1109.

There will be a Green Arts Performance Night at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Noyes Gallery. It will feature comedy by The Shelter Improv Group, a dance performance by LakeDance Collective and a fashion performance by Pretty Dirty lead artist Hanh Pham. Admission is $5 at the door. Registration is encouraged at artshow@greenerevanston.org.

Visual and performing artists in the Sept. 21 performance include: Sue Arends, Gary Brown, Rose Camastro-Pritchett, Mary Ellen Croteau, Melanie Deal, Sue Diamond, Lorna Filippini-Mulliken, Sharon Gilmore, Kim Guare, Charles Heinrich, Sarah Kaiser, Kristina Knowski, Carol Krofl, Karen Loper, Casey Lowry, Alfonso Nieves Ruiz, Kip Pasta, Gail Pinchot Goldberg, Jill Schlindwein, Kyle Van Heck, Verna Todd, Margorie Woodruff, Clare Tallon Ruen, Hanh Pham and Peter Athans.

Jurors for the show are: Shawn Decker, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Alain Gavin, Governors State University; and Harvey Pranian, Harvey Pranian Antiques. Show co-sponsors include the City of Evanston and Whole Foods Market.

Top: Detail of Mary Ellen Croteau’s art work “My Eye,”  28 x 40 inch image made of thousands of plastic bottle caps.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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