Artist Spotlights: Thomas Herman, Michael Mode and Judith Kinghorn

ACE 2018 is this weekend (September 21-23)! Here are three more of this years “must see” craftsmen. Be sure to visit their booths to see their incredible works of art. Thomas Herman Jewelry Since he was a boy, Tom Herman has been an artist. In 1982, he channeled his artistic talents into his new business, Seven Fingers Jewelers, named for his …

Artist Spotlights: Richard Haining, Pavel Novak and Deborah Cross

ACE 2018 is just two weeks away (September 21-23)! If you’re wondering who will be exhibiting at this year’s ACE, look no further! Below we’ve highlighted three more artists that you’ll want to add to your “must see” list. Presented by the Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, ACE 2018 will support NorthShore’s mental health initiatives, including the creation of a …

Artist Spotlights: Cindy Spolek, Aaron Macsai & Frances Kite and K. Riley

ACE 2018 is nearly here! Curious about who will be exhibiting? Read about some of the artists whose work you can experience at this year’s American Craft Exposition below. Working in a variety of different mediums and styles, these artists represent an array of inspiration and techniques, and showcase the diverse works of art featured at ACE.  Click “Learn More” …

Artist Spotlights: Randi Solin, Michelle LaLonde and Rob Greene

ACE 2018 is less than two months away! Below you’ll find a sampling of some of the wonderful fine craft that you can expect to see at this year’s ACE at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Each of these artists specializes in a different medium, so you can see just how diverse the pieces featured at ACE truly are. Click “Learn …

Q&A with Kathy Leighton and Leslie Sevcik, ACE 2018 Co-Chairs

We recently had the opportunity to chat with this year’s American Craft Exposition Co-Chairs, Kathy Leighton and Leslie Sevcik. See the Q&A below to learn more about this year’s show and their shared passion for ACE! Q: What excites you most about ACE? Kathy: The opportunity to see the latest works of the craftspeople who are in our show, and …

Two ACE Artists Featured at “First Fridays” Event

Earlier this month, the Hubbard Woods Design District in Winnetka, Illinois hosted another “First Fridays” event, which included the magnificent Sawbridge Studios. “First Fridays” take place, as you might have guessed, on the first Friday of each month, giving the public an opportunity to visit local stores and boutiques throughout Winnetka’s thriving Hubbard Woods Design District. The May event was …

The 2018 American Craft Exposition Kicks Off at the Chicago Botanic Garden

On Wednesday, January 24, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) proudly kicked off planning for the 2018 American Craft Exposition (ACE) at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 30 ACE committee members, including this year’s Co-Chairs (pictured above), Leslie Sevcik (of Evanston) and Kathy Leighton (of Northbrook) gathered to discuss plans for the 34th annual event, which will once …

Artist Spotlights: Kelly Marshall and Fred Kaemmer

Kelly Marshall Fiber Decorative Kelly Marshall creates hand-woven textiles for both homes and commercial settings. Her pieces are crafted using the Scandinavian rep weave technique which results in the vibrant colors and historical patterns that are present in her work. Marshall’s textural pieces include rugs, wall-hangings, upholstery, and throws, all made of luminous cotton and linen textiles. Learn More   …

Artist Spotlights: Kathleen Dustin and Muffy Young

Kathleen Dustin Jewelry World-traveler Kathleen Dustin creates wearable art pieces inspired by the amazing places she has seen. She is especially moved by the stages of life and material culture of women. Her focus on statement jewelry is to emphasize the use of color and intricate hand-detailed texture within alternative materials. Dustin’s work has won numerous awards and been featured in museums across …

Artist Spotlights: Candone Wharton and Robert Farrell

Candone Wharton Ceramics Award-winning ceramic artist Candone Wharton has been working with Raku, a type of traditional Japanese pottery, for over forty years. She creates each piece from slabs and coils that have been pre-flattened, and then utilizes a variety of tools to carve her unique textures. Each one of her pieces is made from layers of these intricate coils. …