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. …

Artist Spotlights: Ashley Buchanan and Sebastian Coleman

Ashley Buchanan Jewelry Jewelry artist Ashley Buchanan concentrates her work on hand-pierced, powder coated jewelry that focuses on image, pattern and decoration in order to reference ornamentation and historical jewelry. Her work is unique in that she utilizes a color palette of almost exclusively grays, black, and white, with the occasional pop of yellow. Her goal is to create wearable pieces of …

Artist Spotlights: Pong Gaddi and Lenore Rae Lampi

Pong Gaddi Leather Pong Gaddi began learning the art of leather-working as a child in the Philippines, where grade school children were taught how to make and weave baskets. Since then, his work has evolved into true hand-weaving of individually hand-cut, edge-thinned, and edge-dyed leather strips to create a seamless finish. Though Pong’s work appears very modern, there are still …

Artist Spotlights: David P. Bacharach and Bounkhong Signavong

David P. Bacharach Metal Former dentist and professor of Oral Medicine and Physiology, David P. Bacharach became a full-time metal artist over three decades ago. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and is also the co-author of the book “Craftspeople: In Their Own Words.” He is an ACE veteran, having exhibited at the show since its inception over …