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 especially exciting as two well-known ACE artists were invited to showcase their work and share their craft with all who attended: jewelry designer Terri Logan and textile artist Chris Triola.
Like many artists, Terri began making art at an early age. She decided to pursue her passion to create as she went off to college. In her undergraduate work at Indiana University, she co-majored in the BFA sculpture program and psychology, which led her to a career in private practice. Terri would later go on to reunite these passions by obtaining her clinical graduate degree, MAT, Master of Art Therapy.
After 18 years, Terri decided to retire and devote all of her energy to the arts. Primarily self-taught, her jewelry is based on formal concerns, design and function. From a fine arts perspective, function is a new and important dimension for her; from a psychological perspective, she makes jewelry because of the intimacy the function allows. Terri uses metal and stone (river rocks) because they are inherently strong materials. The combination of metal and stone allows hers to integrate the industrial and organic elements of the world. Her pieces are truly magnificent, and each and every stone is hand-picked by Terri herself.
Textile artist Chris Triola is best known for her knit fabrics which are produced in limited edition and made into one-of-a-kind garments. Her pieces have been selected for exhibit and sale at juried national shows and museums since 1990, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She maintains a production studio with four artisans in Lansing, Michigan and along with the shows, sells her work through galleries and specialty stores across the country. Her extensive background in the arts includes BA and MA degrees in Art and Art Education from Michigan State University, with an emphasis on drawing, painting and serigraphy.
Following her dream, Chris recently returned to her roots as a painter, creating “textile paintings” out of saved bits and pieces of her own fabrics using a variety of techniques. Her highly expressive fabric designs are inspired by delicate linear patterns that she discovers in nature. Her fabric compositions explore the intricate relationships between these patterns, resulting in lyrical expressions of the natural world as seen and felt through an artist’s eyes.
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment while talking with the artists and mingling with the co-chairs of this year’s American Craft Exposition, Leslie Sevcik and Kathy Leighton.
“It was a wonderful evening, and we are so grateful that Terri and Chris could be part of it,” said Sevcik. “I completely agree,” said Leighton. “We were thrilled that so many NorthShore University HealthSystem Auxiliary members could also be there, and we thank the owners of Sawbridge Studios for their warm hospitality.”