Evanston Made welcomes first open studio since pandemic began



Jack Austin / The Northwest Daily

Alice George engages in multiple art and media forms including painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, and experimental shorts. “The ordinary and the extraordinary (inspire me). The truth, ”says George. “Sadness and loneliness.” In his shorts, George mixes collages, hand-drawn animations and digital effects, with poetry throughout. She said she was the proudest of her recent films, explaining, “There is so much room for expressive complexity and storytelling in them.” Evanston Made’s open studio event attracted clients and a social interaction that the artist welcomed.

Evanston Made, a non-profit organization supporting Evanston artists, hosted a fall studio tour showcasing the work of more than 50 artists. Various studios in the city opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing a plethora of artistic mediums, including sculpture, painting, drawing and film.

One of the studios that opened this weekend housed ceramic artist Liz Cramer. Whether she makes vases or coffee mugs, Cramer has come to cherish the practicality of her craft in everyday life. Cramer is co-director of Evanston Made and reflects on how the city’s creative collective has become a support system for so many.

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