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Evanston Arts

Whatever you do, don't call it a suburb. Like a big city in a little package, Evanston mixes cosmopolitan attractions with small town charm – and a booming art scene to boot.

Evanston's hodge-podge of cultures, classes and creeds has long made it a welcoming place for people from all walks of life. A number of artists have been drawn to the town, creating an eclectic mix of work.

Locals are never afraid to try new things – when residents weren't busy founding the Illinois Republican Party or the Women's Christian Temperance Union, they were inventing Tinkertoys and, allegedly, ice cream sundaes.

The city's art is just as daring, with innovators like Annette Barbier pioneering the storytelling ability of video and computer art, while Mark Arctander creates whimsical sculptures by placing otherwise normal objects in new environments.

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Fellow Evanstonian Indira Johnson has been mixing art with a social message for years, even founding the Shanti Foundation for Peace arts group in 1993.

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Join Chicago poet Cin Salach as she explores the work of Evanston artist Annette Barbier.

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Drop by the Evanston Art Center and see a bit of Mark Arctander's work before taking a tour of the grounds with former center director Peter Gordon.

 

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"Cultural Cargo," by Bernard Williams, on the lawn of the Evanston Art Center.

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A sculpture by Deborah Butterfield, a copy of which greets pedestrians at the corner of Clark Street and Sherman Avenue in Evanston.

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A student at an art class at the center. Courtesy of Evanston Art Center

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The Evanston Arts Center.

 

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