Another year of magic!

Hi, Artists! Are you ready for the 29th American Craft Exposition this year? I know I am! You know why? (And no, it’s not because I’ll be blogging for another year!) It’s because every year, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals brings 150+ artisans together to exhibit one-of-a-kind, museum quality work. And if you listen …

Ready…Set…ACE!

Hey, Craft Lovers, did you just see that I turned ACE into a verb? That’s how exciting this show is going to be this year! ACE is here! That’s right, today the Collector’s Hour followed by the Preview Party will set the tone and stage for the 2012 American Craft Exposition! Over the past few days I’ve gotten plenty of …

Don’t Forget about the Online Auction!

Hey, craft lovers! Do you really want to go to ACE but realize you’ll be out of town? Not to fear, the online auction is here! The online auction will end on August 26 at midnight, so don’t miss it! Visit the online auction to place bids on all your favorite crafts and support ovarian cancer research at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Funds …

A Journey through ACE

With the American Craft Exposition less than one month away, it’s hard not to look the weekend of Mecca craft with pride. Just 28 years ago, individuals and artists from around the country came together to support art. Little did they know that their little ripples in the pond would turn into waves changing lives nearly 28 years later. Wouldn’t it …

Cliff Lee tells all at The Block

Last Saturday, dozens of local craft supporters descended to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art to hear Artist Cliff Lee as he gave invaluable insight to his tremendous career as a ceramicist. The event was a great way to begin the excitement around ACE and proved to be very popular with all visitors. If you missed out on …

Join the Party, Support the Cause

Hey craft lovers of Chicago, come join the craft party and support the cause! The American Craft Exposition is one month away. So save the date and buy your tickets today! The Benefit Preview Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 23 and tickets are going fast! At $125.00 to attend and to receive admission …

A morning with Cliff Lee at the Block Museum of Art

Imagine for a moment that you attended medical school and became a Brain Surgeon. Now, imagine yourself turning to craft and becoming a ceramics artist with your work displayed in prominent institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, White House, Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and the National Museum of American Art. Does that seem like an impossible journey? Not …

Remembering What’s Important

Back in May, the American Craft Exposition Co-Chairs, Barb Weiss and Sue Levin, attended the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) to support women who attended the conference. “I was amazed and encouraged to see some survivors with their spouses, some with their daughters, and some alone,” said Levin. “I spoke to a husband and wife from …

An Interview with ACE Artist Amy Flynn

This week I had the privilege of interviewing Amy Flynn, the amazing artist behind Fobots. You are probably wondering what a “Fobot” is. Well, I’m here to tell you “Fobots” is short for Found Object Robots. Once you lay your eyes on these unique pieces of art, you will be just as amazed as I was! Amy wasn’t always making …

2012 ACE Artists Announced!

Hey there craft lovers! It’s a pretty exciting time around for craft enthusiasts and artists alike. We’re proud to announce the 2012 American Craft Exposition artists below. (As always, you can also find the complete list here: http://americancraftexpo.org/exhibitors-2012/exhbitor-list/) BASKETRY TRISTYN ALBRIGHT LINDA FIFIELD JENNIFER HELLER ZURICKMARY JACKSON   CERAMICS NATALIE BLAKEROBERT BRISCOESANDRA BYERS WINTHROP BYERSFONG CHOO PAVEEN CHUNHASWASDIKUL JUDITH DUFF PAUL ESHELMAN …