make some YOUTIME

Art Encounter
is pleased to present our 3rd annual

program series!

Enjoy our third year of YOUTIME, an evening series of stimulating art discussion, wine, and refreshments without the kids or career pressures. Join us as we discover Evanston’s cultural treasures through visits to artist studios, galleries, and unique collections!
All events take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 pm and are open to the public. Registration is strongly suggested because space is limited.
Single program: $25
Series: $100*
*First time series registrants will receive a free Art Encounter membership!
September 28, 2017
Home Studios of Artists Dana DeAno and Kristin Mariani
Meet artists and neighbors Dana DeAno and Kristin Mariani in their Evanston home studios. We will begin the evening at Dana’s studio, where we will get to look closely at the organized collection of everyday materials that she uses to create her work, using drawing and collage. Next, we will head across the street to meet Kristin, a designer and dressmaker whose studio is filled with thread, cloth fragments, and garment remnants. We will get to learn more about how they approach these very tactile materials, and discover the ways they complement each other as neighbor artists.
November 16, 2017
The Art of Taco Diablo, Lulu’s, and Five & Dime
Prepare to feast your eyes on the colorful artwork at three of Evanston’s favorite local restaurants. We will talk with Dan Kelch, the chef/owner of Taco Diablo, Lulu’s and Five & Dime to learn about how he curates the eclectic art collection that fills the walls of his restaurants. We will also get a chance to meet some of the artists whose work hangs in the restaurants– and of course, we will enjoy delicious drinks and snacks as well!
January 18, 2018
Midwest Clay Guild, A Ceramic Co-Op Studio
Meet the artists who share space at the Midwest Clay Guild, one of the oldest co-op studios for ceramic artists in the United States! Founded in 1971, this space is a creative home to 14 local artists. We will get to see the potters and sculptors in action, and learn about the different ways they approach working with clay.
April 12, 2018
Space 900: A Life in Letters, Poetry Art Installation and Performance
A special YOUTIME! Be part of this immersive installation-style exhibit of intimate letters, showcasing the verbal play, joy and naked honesty of award- winning poets Abe Louise Young and Alan Shefsky, who became life-long confidantes using words and art.
June 14, 2018
Evanston Made Walk, Focus on Florence Avenue
Explore the vibrant studios and galleries that make up West Evanston’s “Artists Row” on Florence Avenue! We will visit the special exhibitions at Alder George, Collage Café, 1100 Florence, and Ausrine’s Art Room taking place as part of Evanston Made.