Volume 188 | July 18 - July 31
Oak Park Area Arts Council
Always there for the Arts!
e-ART has the latest arts events & happenings in the Oak Park, Forest Park & River Forest area.
Featured
Round 2 Mini Mural Winners
Congratulations to these artists who were selected during Round 2 for the Mini Mural Project:

Sean Archer
Carmen Cervantes
Maurice Costello
Sydney Isley
Laura Lynne Kubicek
Kathy Osler
Pamela Seatter
Marion Sirefman
Emma Vejcik

Also, a big congratulations to Tony Abboreno who was selected to paint the mural honoring the late Val Camilletti.
Gabriel Soto
Galloping Pasts
works on paper by Gabriel Soto
Come view Gabriel Soto's series Galloping Pasts at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. in Oak Park, open from 8:30 am to 5 pm!

Artist's Statement (abridged): The 'Equestrian portrait' has historically been used to depict power in western classical art. In this series, I am deconstructing the motif into a personal reflection on my relationship to Classicism. The 'Horseman' no longer represents a monarch, but rather the artist galloping into the past but still gazing at the viewer, showing his awareness of the present. The horseman now becomes the alchemical figure: a synthesis between our contemporary age and the past in a horizontal line.

Gabriel Soto graduated from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Painting. He currently resides in Oak Park and enjoys world history and classical art.
Off the Wall
Summer Youth Employment Program
The Oak Park Area Arts Council's summer youth employment program Off the Wall is in full gear and off to a great start!

Led by Master Artist - Carolyn Elaine and Assistant Ali Schiffner, the Off the Wall apprentices will be working to create a mosaic mural celebrating both the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Oak Park & River Forest and the 115th anniversary of the West Cook YMCA. The mural will be on the Randolph side of the YMCA. This year's apprentices are Grace Dennis- Senior Apprentice, Lauren Atchley, Hasani Cannon, Daniil Gerasimov, Adele Henning, Greta Olson, Lucca Rossi, and Leila Winn. Stay tuned for more updates!
Off the Wall Summer Youth Employment Program
July 18 - July 31
Thursday, July 18th
The Forest Park Arts Alliance presents Faux Pas, a comedy show & fundraiser event at 8 pm. The event will be held at Murphy's - The Lantern Haus, 7414 West Madison in Forest Park. Tickets are $15.
Downtown Oak Park presents Thursday Night Out every Thursday through Aug. 29 from 5-9 pm. Free music, $20 dine around, wine & beer available for purchase, balloon animals, etc. This week's music provided by Mehran Quartet from 5-7 pm & Smiley Tillmon Band from 7-9 pm. More info.
Park District of Oak Park presents Movies in the Park with a screening of The Sandlot beginning at dusk in Scoville Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free. More info.
Friday, July 19th
Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave. in Oak Park, presents Young Architect's Day from Jul. 19-21. Explore different building materials & techniques, build a tower as high as a tree, create a comfy fort to hide & play in, etc.
Wonder Works also presents Pajama Pizza Party from 5:30-8 pm for all ages. Includes games, food, & fun. Cost is $12/$6 members.

Cheney Mansion , 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park, presents Sizzling Summer Dance from 7-9 pm. Info: 708-725-2500 or click.

Wire , 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents a 90's House Party at 9:30 pm (doors open at 8 pm). $10 general admission. More info.

CAST presents Into the Woods Jr. on Jul. 19 at 7:30 pm, Jul. 20 at 3 pm, & Jul. 21 at 6 pm at the Julian Middle School Auditorium, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Park. Tickets are $10 adults/$5 for seniors & students. More info.

Bead in Hand , 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Wire-by-the-Row Earrings , a jewelry class with Melody MacDuffee from 2-5 pm. Cost is $40. More info.
Chicago West Community Music Center presents Night Out in the Park at the Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago. Live music by Re-Imaging 1969 at 7 pm.
CAST presents A Midsummer Night's Dream on Jul. 19 & 20 at 7 pm at the Beye Elementary School Auditorium, 230 N. Cuyler in Oak Park. Tickets are $10 adults/$5 for seniors & students. More info.
Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Shoulder Sweepers, a jewelry class from 10:30 am-12:30 pm with Melody MacDuffee. Cost is $30. More info.
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St. in Chicago, presents an opening reception for The Border Crossed Us, an exhibit of works by 37 artists, including former Oak Parker Rene Hugo Arceo, from 7-10 pm. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 6. More info.
Saturday, July 20th
Expressions Graphics , 29 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents a Screen Printing Workshop for ages 10 & up with Janet Schill from 1-3 pm. Cost is $55/$45 for members.
Info: 708-447-9262 or click.

Expressions Graphics , 29 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Printing on Silk , a class for ages 10 & up from 1-3 pm. Cost is $45/$35 for members.
Info: 708-447-9262 or click.

Oak Park Public Library , 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents a Moon Landing Celebration for all ages at 2 pm. More info.

Wire , 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents live music by Amigo the Devil with Cory Branan at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm). $16. More info.

Bead in Hand , 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Easy Beaded Hoops & Bangles , a jewelry class with Melody MacDuffee from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Cost is $30. More info.

Bead in Hand , 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Tree of Life Pendant , a jewelry class with Melody MacDuffee from 1:30-5:30 pm. Cost is $45. More info.
Don't miss the Awesome Austin Art Affair from 10 am-6 pm at 5900-5930 W. West End in Chicago. Pop up art gallery for featured artists, free classes led by artists, view & purchase art, relax & meditate in the peace garden, dance for peace, etc.
Click here for more info, or call Serethea Reid at 312-952-4983.
Careful Peach Boutique , 1024 North Blvd. in Oak Park, presents a Bastille Day Event from 10 am-6 pm. French crepes from 10 am-2 pm, Radium Swing Band from 12-4 pm. More info.
Open Door Repertory Company, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Park, presents Pimprov! at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $18. More info.
Sunday, July 21st
Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents live music by Cavern Company at 6 pm (doors open at 5 pm). $10 in advance/$12 day of show. More info.

Park District of Oak Park presents Summer Concerts in the Park with live music by the Chicago Latin Groove at 5:30 pm in Scovile Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free & family-friendly. More info.

Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Quick & Easy Wire Bezel, a jewelry class with Melody MacDuffee from 11 am-1 pm. Cost is $30. More info.

Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Make Your Own Findings & Wire Beads, a jewelry class with Melody MacDuffee from 2-5 pm. Cost is $40. More info.
Church of Beethoven presents the chamber group, Bach and Beethoven Experience at Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Park, at 10:30 am. General admission tickets are $15/$10 for students & kids. More info.
Open Door Theater , 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park, presents Bobbi Wilsyn as part of the Women of Jazz Sunday Afternoon Series , at 3 pm. More info.
Back Room Stories, a gathering place for storytelling, will be held at Oak Park Brewing Company & Hamburger Mary's, 155 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, from 7-8:30 pm. Come early for dinner & drinks. Hosted by Margaret Burk & Peter LeGrand. Tickets available at the door for $10. More info.
Monday, July 22nd
Oak Park Public Library , 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents a screening of Cactus Flower as part of the 1969 Film Series at 1:30 pm. More info.
Tuesday, July 23rd
City Ventures presents Notre Dame/South Bend Treasures! Contact City Ventures at 708-386-5668 for more information.

Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents live music by Telltale, Spineless/Heartless, and more at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). $8. More info.
Wednesday, July 24th
Classic Cinemas & Wintrust present the Wintrust Morning Movie Series . Doors open at 9 am, movies start at 10 am. Admission is $1.  
Jul. 24 - Celebrate Christmas in July - Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
Jul. 31 - How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Aug. 7 - Wonder Park
Thursday, July 25th
Oak Park Public Library , 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents A Universe of Stories Screen Series: Doctor Who for grades K-8 at 7 pm. More info.

Maze Branch Library , 845 Gunderson Ave. in Oak Park, presents the No Shush Salon Open Mic at 6:30 pm. More info.

Wire , 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents live music by Yacht Rockettes at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). $8 in advance/$10 day of show. More info.
Downtown Oak Park presents Thursday Night Out every Thursday through Aug. 29 from 5-9 pm. Free music, $20 dine around, wine & beer available for purchase, balloon animals, etc. This week's music provided by Zazz Jazz Combo from 5-7 pm & Mario DeLaurenti Arpino from 7-9 pm. More info.
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mike Benson for Telescope Nights from 9-10 pm in Scoville Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Program dependent on weather. Free. More info.
Friday, July 26th
Wonder Works , 6445 W. North Ave. in Oak Park, presents What's Inside? on Jul. 26 from 10 am-12 pm & Jul. 27 from 3:30-4:30 pm. Use your senses to discover what's inside a variety of natural & human made objects, reach inside a box & let your sense of touch tell you what it holds, shake a container to see if you can tell what's inside just by listening, look at x-rays of skeletons & try to put pretend organs back inside a plastic body, & more. More info.

Wire , 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents live music by Freak On a Leash (Korn cover band), Sic (Slipknot cover band), & Lethal Dose at 9 pm (doors open at 8 pm). $8 in advance/$10 day of show. More info.

Oak Park Festival Theatre invites you to their customer appreciation night with a free performance of Much Ado About Nothing in Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. More info.

Encore proudly presents A Chorus Line Jul. 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave. in Oak Park. Tickets are $10 & can be purchased online & at the door. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Saturday, July 27th
Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents live music by Erabella, Speaking With Ghosts, When We Was Kids, & more at 4:30 pm (doors open at 3:30 pm). $12 in advance/$15 day of show. More info.

Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Bead Embroidery, a jewelry class from 2-5 pm. Cost is $35. More info.
Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Park, hosts Echo Love Together, presented by The Echo Theater Collective, NAMI Metro Suburban, & Open Door Repertory Company, at 8 pm. Celebrate the power & achievements of our mental health community. More info.
Sunday, July 28th
Park District of Oak Park presents Summer Concerts in the Park with live music by The Associates Band at 5:30 pm in Scoville Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free & family-friendly. More info.
Open Door Theater , 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park, presents Margaret Murphy-Webb as part of the Women of Jazz Sunday Afternoon Series , at 3 pm. General admission tickets are $20. More info.
Monday, July 29th
Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Spiral Rope, a jewelry class from 3-5 pm. Cost is $25. More info.
Tuesday, July 30th
Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents live music by School of Rock Allstars 2019 at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm). $10. More info.
Wednesday, July 31st
Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, presents a free show of live music by Naomi Ashley & the Andon Davis Trio at 8:30 pm (doors open at 8 pm). More info.
Ongoing
The Oak Park Area Arts Council (OPAAC) is pleased to present the artwork of Robert Dicke at Forest Park National Bank, 7348 W. Madison St. in Forest Park, through the first week in August.
"The show is a study on how Stanley Kubrick created the composition for the image or images from some of his films. Films like “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Barry Lyndon”, “The Shining” , and “Eyes Wide Shut.” He composited the image to let the audience make a decision as to what they are seeing. What I did is to create similar compositions with the environments or items that I felt that would closely relate to a scene in one of the films. Why was a Masque Mask used in “Eyes Wide Shut?" Was there a secret? How would you feel about being in a lobby and seeing no one but feel someone there? How camera tricks, lighting, lens, and angles help to express the effect.
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm & Sat. 9 am - 1 pm. For more info call 708-358-5692.
Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Elizabeth Rex through Jul. 21 in Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 pm & Sun. at 7 pm.
Tickets are $15-$35/children under 12 are free.
Counter Coffee , 7324 W. Madison in Forest Park, presents live entertainment on Fridays & Saturdays. No cover charge but there is a 2 drink minimum.
For more info call 708-689-8896.
The Buzz Cafe, 905 S. Lombard Ave, presents Burgers, Beers & Bands on Friday and Saturday nights at Buzz Cafe! Enjoy organic burgers, live music & BYOB! This month's musical acts include: Prophet of the Elk, Mike Felton, Ashley Stevenson, Roger Kotecki, Pete Henry, Jake Peterson, Andrew Huber and Sharonda Simmons. 6-8 pm.
Bead In Hand , 145 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Summer Drop-In classes on Thursdays & Fridays through Aug. 16 , between 3-6 pm. Choose between the Bead & Ring Wrap bracelet or the Caterpillar bracelet for ages 9+ (including adults) or younger children with an accompanying adult. Cost is $12 per item & includes all materials. Or projects suitable for ages 5 & up include a beaded bubble wand or butterfly sun catcher. $5 per item. More info.
Transit Series
Janice Elkins is exhibiting her Transit Series paintings at Munch Vegan Restaurant, 104 N. Marion St. in Oak Park, through Aug. 10. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Call 708-848-4226.
Her Voice
Expressions Graphics , 29 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Her Voice , their 3rd Annual Art Exhibition, through Jul. 26 . A reception will be held Jul. 19 from 6:30-9:30 pm.  Her Voice is an exhibition of women printmakers & their guest artists. The event brings women from different art backgrounds together to interact in a shared studio space.
Khyber Pass , 1031 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents Live Jazz Music on Fridays starting at 6 pm. More info.
Nandos Peri-Peri , 1138 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents live Jazz every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6-9 pm. More info.
Illinois Storytelling, Inc. presents The Back Room Storytelling at Oak Park Brewing Company and Hamburger Mary's, 155 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, every 3rd Sunday of the month from 7:30-9 pm. Margaret Burk & Peter LeGrand co-host. $10 at the door. Click here for more info , or call 708-465-6305.
The Little Gem Restaurant , 189 N. Marion St. in Oak Park, presents live music on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays from 6-9 pm. Jazz & Blues piano, Duos, Trios, and Quartets.
Eastgate Cafe , 102 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Margaret Burk as she hosts a Storytelling Open Mic , along with co-host Scott Whitehair, on the second Friday of every month. Sign up at 6:30 pm, stories from 7-9 pm. No charge. 
Eastgate Cafe , 103 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents Modern Masters Brush & Glass on Tuesdays at 6:30-9 pm. Sip some wine & learn a painting technique from artist Steve Smith. $25. More info.
Wonder Works , 6445 W. North Ave. in Oak Park, presents:
Shadow Puppet Story Times , Mon. at 11 am & Fri. at 11:30 am.
Paint Covered Wednesdays , Wed. at 10:30 am-4:30 pm.
Mindfulness and More , Wed. at 3:30 pm.
Sewing Workshops , Thu. at 3:30 pm.
S.T.E.A.M. Works , Fri. & Sat. from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm.
Literartly , Sat. from 10:30-11 am. 
Pavement , Sun. from 12:30-4:30 pm. 
Click here for more info , or call 708-383-4815.
The Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, presents The Aesthetic Of Our National Identity, an exhibit through Aug. 3. More info.
Take a look at the Forefront newsletter for tons of great information!
Are you looking for fun & family friendly things to do? The Oak Park Arts District can help you out!
The Oak Park Art League , 720 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, presents its Sunday Figure Drawing drop-in sessions from 1 to 4 p.m, with a live model. Bring your own art supplies & paper. Fee is $10 for OPAL members/$15 for non-members. Second floor studio.
708-358-5693.
Eastgate Cafe, 103 Harrison St. in Oak Park, presents live music every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
Sunday Jazz Jam Session:
Every Sunday, 4 – 7 pm. The Doug Lalli Trio, Eastgate's house band, plays acoustic jazz and invites guest musicians and singers from all over Chicago to sit in. 
Free Range Ukulele Society of Oak Park:
Every Thursday, 7 - 9 pm. Bring a uke and join the group, sing-along or just sit back and listen as you savor one of the Eastgate’s delicious entrees. 
Band Without Borders:
Every Saturday, 10 am – noon. Enjoy a delicious brunch as the band plays jazz, pop, folk-rock, Irish folk, country, bluegrass and the blues. 
The Oak Park Art League presents Mindful Journey, an art exhibit on display at the West Suburban Medical Center Gallery, 3 Erie Ct. in Oak Park, through Sept. 20.
Participating artists are Sara Peak Convery, Neha Luhar-Trice, and Kerri Mommer.
An opening reception will be held Jul. 25 from 6-8 pm. More info.
Upcoming
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park, presents Cocktails & Botany on Aug. 1 from 7-9 pm. Spend a relaxing evening learning about the plants behind many of the spirits & cocktails you enjoy. Discover how things like potatoes & sugar cane are turned into alcohol then finish with a tasting. More info.
Friends of the Oak Park Public Library invite you to their annual Book Fair on Aug. 2 from 6-10 pm & Aug. 3 from 9 am-5 pm at Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville in Oak Park. There is an admission charge of $5 on Aug.2/free admission on Aug. 3. More info.
Pleasant Home , 217 Home Ave. in Oak Park, presents Silent Movies on the Porch featuring live piano music on Aug. 2, 9, 16 & 23 . Doors open at 7:30 pm, movies begin at 8:15 pm. Suggested donation is $10. Info: 708-383-2654.
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park, presents Sunday Funday Yoga Brunch on Aug. 4 from 10 am-12 pm. More info.
Park District of Oak Park presents Summer Concerts in the Park with live music by June's Got the Cash on Aug. 4 at 5:30 pm in Scovile Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free & family-friendly. More info.
Maze Branch Library, 845 Gunderson Ave. in Oak Park, presents an Adult Improv Workshop on Aug. 6 at 7 pm. More info.
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents Experience Virtual Reality with Google Expeditions on Aug. 10 at 2pm for grades 4th-8th. More info.
Park District of Oak Park presents Summer Concerts in the Park with live music by Nine Worlds Ensemble on Aug. 11 at 5:30 pm in Scovile Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free & family-friendly. More info.
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, invites you to an art reception for an art exhibit by Michael Bracey, Gerard Evans, Don Kelly, Jim Morris, Bill Scott, & Crystal Wiley-Brown on Aug. 11 at 2 pm. More info.
The Oak Park Photography Club will meet Aug. 12 at 7 pm. All levels welcome. More info.
Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts , 126 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, presents Audition 101 from Aug. 12-16 from 2-5 pm. Students will participate in mock auditions, acting as both an actor & casting director, with Chicago casting directors to gain valuable insight. More info.
Park District of Oak Park presents Movies in the Park with a screening of Crazy Rich Asians on Aug. 15 beginning at dusk in Scoville Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free. More info.
Cheney Mansion , 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park, presents Sizzling Summer Dance on Aug. 16 from 7-9 pm. Info: 708-725-2500 or click.
Seven Generation's Ahead invites you to the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, the largest zero-waste craft beer event in the Midwest, on Aug. 17 at 3 pm in Downtown Oak Park at Marion & Lake Streets. Features over 200 inventive brews, live music, & small plates from local restaurants. Tickets are $45-$90. More info.
Park District of Oak Park presents Summer Concerts in the Park with live music by Marlon and the Shakes on Aug. 18 at 5:30 pm in Scovile Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free & family-friendly. More info.
Maze Branch Library, 845 Gunderson Ave. in Oak Park, presents a Kids' Improv Workshop for grades 1-4 on Aug. 19 at 6:30 pm. More info.
Cheney Mansion , 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park, presents Art After Dark on Aug. 21 from 7-9 pm. Join in for a night of creativity & history. A glass of wine & light snacks are included. 
Info: 708-725-2500 or click.
Nandos Peri-Peri, 1138 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents live Jazz by the Luciano Antonio Duo on Aug. 21 from 6-9 pm. More info.
Nineteenth Century Charitable Association , 178 Forest Ave. in Oak Park, presents How To Fight Fake News with Charles Meyerson on Aug. 22 from 6-8 pm. Free admission, cash bar.
Info: 708-386-2729.
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, presents Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show for all ages on Aug. 22 at 7 pm. More info.

Belmont Village, 1035 Madison St. in Oak Park, invites you to Art Talk, a multi-generational free program open to residents of Oak Park, on Aug. 26 from 1:15-2:15 pm. More info.
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mike Benson for Telescope Nights on Aug. 29 from 8-9 pm in Fox Park, 624 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Program dependent on weather. Free. More info.
City Ventures presents Energy for the Future on Aug. 30 from 8 am-4 pm. Have you ever wondered what those huge wind turbines spinning around do? Get up close and personal with these elegant giants of the prairie that stand 262 feet tall with blades reaching upward to 389 feet. Your insider guided tour will be provided by the Director of Renewables from The Grand Ride Energy Center in Marseilles, Illinois. Contact City Ventures at 708-386-5668 for more information.
Pleasant Home Foundation presents an Architectural Lecture Series at Oak Park Public Library on Sep. 12 . More details coming soon. 
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation presents the Agape Ringers Bell Choir on Sep. 15 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park. More info.
Park District of Oak Park presents Movies in the Park with a screening of Mary Poppins Returns on Sept. 14 beginning at dusk in Scoville Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Free. More info.
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mike Benson for Telescope Nights on Sept. 26 from 7-8 pm in Taylor Park, 400 Division St. in Oak Park. Program dependent on weather. Free. More info.
City Ventures presents Fall Getaway to Galena & The Mississippi River Valley , a tour from Oct. 15-17 . Tour includes Ulysses S. Grant Home, Linmar Gardens, Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyards, Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, National Mississippi River Museum, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, etc. Info: 708-386-5668.
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mike Benson for Telescope Nights on Oct. 24 from 7-8 pm in Euclid Park, 705 Fillmore St. in Oak Park. Program dependent on weather. Free. More info.
The National Arts Marketing Project Conference will be held in Miami from Nov. 15-18. More info.
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mike Benson for Telescope Nights on Nov. 29 from 7-8 pm in Scoville Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Program dependent on weather. Free. More info.
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mike Benson for Telescope Nights on Dec. 26 from 7-8 pm in Fox Park, 624 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Program dependent on weather. Free. More info.
Calling All Artists
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The Oak Park Area Arts Council is now accepting applications for artists to exhibit art in one of 3 gallery spaces in 2019. Please click here for an application.
The Illinois Arts Council Agency announces availability of FY2020 open deadline grants:
STARTS Program , click here .
Artstour & Live Music, click here.
Individual Artist Support, click here.
Printmakers Wanted : Reasonably priced rental fee gives you access to 3 presses, screen, a book press, and a print paper arts cooperative where you can show your work during exhibits. Expressions Graphics is an established center for printmakers with more than 30 years of experience. Expressions Graphics is located in the Harrison Street Art District in Oak Park. For more info call Janet Schill at 708-447-9262.
Ballet Legere , 7377 W. North Ave. in River Forest, will hold auditions for their 35th anniversary production of The Nutcracker on Aug. 17 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm for girls' ballet & Aug. 18 from 9-11 am for boys, female & male teen/adult dancers, point & non-point roles. Click here for more info , or call 773-237-1874.
Pro Musica Youth Chorus, a community children's chorus for 1st-12th grade, is looking for local artists to feature in their annual program book which is used at 3-4 concerts throughout the season. It would include a photo, description of artist & their work, & some quotes about how their art embodies the Chorus' theme of " Stand Up." This theme embodies the ideals of art as a message for empowerment including standing against oppression, supporting social causes, or finding personal strength.
Classes/Camps
Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts , 126 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, invites you to sign up for a One-Week Musical Creation for ages 8+ from Aug. 5-9 or Aug. 12-16 , 9 am-3 pm. More info.
Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts , 126 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, is offering a summer session for Lion King Jr. from Jul. 22-Aug. 2 , full day (9 am-3 pm, ages 8+) $600, half day (9 am-12 pm, ages 5-7) $425.
The Oak Park Art League , 720 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, will be holding Summer Camp for kids ages 5-13 through Aug. 18 , 9 am-12 pm.  More info.
Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts , 126 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, is offering a Broadway Afternoon Bootcamp for ages 6-12 through Aug. 1 , Mon.-Thur. from 4-6 pm. Cost is $1,050.
Registration is now open for Adult Continuing Education courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more info click here , or call 312-629-6170.
Expressions Graphics is offering a packed schedule of exciting classes & workshops. Be sure to sign up before the classes are full! More info .
Pottery Wheel Classes with Mary Dye on Thurs. evenings & Tues. mornings at Terra Incognito Studios & Gallery, 246 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. Beginners: learn to throw basic forms such as cups, bowls, & vases. Advanced/Intermediate: perfect your skills with covered jars, teapots, casseroles, pasta bowls & sculptural altered pots. All your work will be safe for food as well as ovenproof, dishwasher & microwave safe. For more info, class schedule, photos & registration click here.
Winifred Haun , from Winifred Haun & Dancers, teaches Basic Modern Dance on Tuesday nights at 6 pm at the Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard St. Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson in Chicago, for teen & adult dancers. 
Terra Incognito , 246 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, presents Making Pottery on the Potter's Wheel and Jewelry Design/Making , classes for adults. Classes are usually multi-level & are small, allowing the instructor to work with each student. Students may continue to work independently, outside of class during Open Studio time. The studio is also offering Kid's Clay classes for children 5-8 years of age on Saturday mornings from 10-11 am for 6 weeks for $100.  Click here for more info , or call 708-383-6228.
Misc.
Are you planning on attending the National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Miami from Nov. 15-18? Apply for a scholarship by Jul. 19. Click here.
Check out all the free museum days in Chicago for IL residents! Click here.


Give a listen to Cole DeGenova's new single, Full Grown. Georgia Anne Muldrow co-produced it.
Click here.


Be sure to check out Nick Bridge's website where he added 13 new works. 

Spudnik Press Cooperative & the Chicago Artists Coalition announce the 2nd year of their project The New Printmakers Collection: A Collaboration Between Spudnik Press Cooperative and the Chicago Artists Coalition . The program is designed to offer collectors a portfolio of prints by 2 artists on the rise.
The New Printmakers Collection
"Rarely, as in never, does any of my work ever fall out fully formed. It is mainly about hitting and missing, reworking and revising, until something sticks"

Click here to see some of Jonathan Franklin's attempts that finally stuck.


Madison Street Theater is the new HOME of Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts!
Stayed tuned over the next few weeks for more info about the new space.
Employment Opportunities
Looking for a job in the arts?  Visit Chicago Artists Resource's website for more info. 
The Park District of Oak Park has several job positions open, full & part-time. More info.
Want your event in e-ART?
The next e-ART will be for Aug. 1-14, 2019
DEADLINE for submissions is MONDAY, JULY 29th.
Click here to add your event to e-ART. 

Please be sure to include event, date, time, location with address, contact phone number or website, cost, etc.