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Evanston artists open studios

As part of Evanston’s celebration of Arts & Humanities month, on Saturday, Oct. 11, the Evanston arts community will host the second Open Studios Evanston.

This event, from 1 to 5 p.m., highlights developments in the Evanston art community and enables local artists to connect with one another and the community at large.

During Open Studios Evanston, more than 75 visual art studios and galleries will be open to the general public and feature demonstrations, free live performances, refreshments and more.

'etc. Music School, a theatrical and musical school for ages K-adult, will send a group of high-school-aged students to perform at designated locations throughout the day, serving as 'pop up' concerts at various art galleries.

“We had a wonderful time participating in Open Studios this past June, and we fully support Open Studios' mission of bringing the love of local art in all its forms to our community,” says etc. Music School Founder/Director and Evanston resident Mike O'Mara.

Photographer and art collector Maggie Meiners will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. at her studio at 1610 Payne St. titled "For the Love of Art: How to Build and Define a Personal Collection." Meiners says, “My personal collection and experience as a photographer provide a unique artist-collector point-of-view for people interested in learning how to start a collection. Events like Open Studios Evanston are ideal for building the artist-collector relationship.”

In addition to live performances, the day features events demonstrations, talks on collecting, and the chance to see bodies of work scheduled to open in the future.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with the community while I’m in between shows,” adds Jennifer Presant, a visual artist represented by Linda Warren Projects in Chicago who has a painting studio in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

A list of studios is posted on the event website openstudiosevanston.blogspot.com and maps will be available at Creative Coworking at 922 Davis Street.

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