ACE Chair on Bring it Home Chicago

This month, our very own 2011 ACE co-chair Marge Gambow filmed a segment for Bring it Home Chicago, a WGN Sunday show which ACE will be featured on in the weeks to come (stay tuned for more details)! I had the pleasure of chatting with Marge about her experience and am excited to share what she had to say about this …

ACE in the News

I hope everyone tuned to PBS to watch Messages – It was certainly a really awesome broadcast! ACE 2011 is nearing and the press is certainly psyched. Be sure to read about us in the Evanston Review and Make it Better Magazine.  Also, If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our fantastic  ACE Video. We are thrilled for …

Summer is here!

Warm weather has finally made its way to Chicago, and we all know what that means: Summer art season has arrived! Moving forward to the next phase of ACE preparations, I can promise you an exciting lineup of special events at ACE 2011. Stay tuned for updates! Next up, the 2011 ACE artists will be announced! In case you missed …

Did you check out the latest episode of Craft in America?

We’ve all been moved by art, and this recent episode, “Messages,”  highlights several artists who are driven by tragedy to use their craft to inspire change. If you missed the show when it originally aired on Tuesday, May 24 on PBS, be sure to check it out online! After watching, come back to the ACE blog and share your reactions!

Finding Inspiration in Art

Last week, I was a guest artist at Glenview elementary school. I taught some 60 children, aged k-5, acrylic painting and worked with them on self-portraits and landscape scenes. Next to my lovely table of students sat a group of senior citizens folding plastic bags, cutting and preparing the edges , making “plarn” (plastic yarn), and crocheting the plarn into …

Have you met an artist whose story is just as remarkable as their art?

As we all know, the American Craft Magazine, a non-profit educational organization that is “the leading voice for craft in America” (American Craft Magazine, 2011), just celebrated its 70th anniversary.  And while the magazine has helped introduce those who I like to call craft rock-stars, an article published this May inspired me to talk about artists we might not have …

The Inside Scoop on Jurying for ACE

I had the fantastic opportunity to learn more about the jurying for ACE 2011 last weekend, and now I’m here to give you the inside scoop about how ACE artists are selected! As a first-timer, it was a pleasure to speak with the Show Director Chair, Dana Turban, who told me that, “Each year jurying is tough because we have to select artists …

What Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cancer

The American Craft Exposition truly believes in each of the causes it sponsors. It is for these reasons that  we would like to share with you some information about ovarian cancer and the research that is being funded through ACE 2011. —— Think you don’t have to worry about ovarian cancer until after menopause? Think again.  Even though the majority …

A Panel of Professionals: Ovarian Cancer Support

 This just in! It’s time for me to share with you my first of many exclusive interviews on the road to ACE 2011. Earlier this week, I spoke with a clinical director of a cancer support center and two psychologists. I learned a lot about cancer’s potential psychological effects and am now sharing everything with you. Many thanks to my …

ACE Committee Kick-Off March 2nd, 2011

The weather outside may have been bleak, but it did not stop the women of the ACE committee from enjoying the kick-off party inside the lovely Clarke House, home to the Evanston Art Center. There were plenty of refreshments for everyone, and the gallery exhibition couldn’t have been more fitting.The physio|tasma|gorical exhibition curated by Susan Sensemann perfectly blended art with …