Join us as we discover what makes Evanston such an incredible city for artists and art enthusiasts!  YOUTIME is Art Encounter’s evening art series where we meet Evanston artists in their studios to engage in close investigations of their artwork over drinks and refreshments. Not to be missed!

Time: Thursdays, 7:30- 9:30 pm

Fee: $25 per individual event OR $80 for the series of four

Proceeds from YOUTME support Art Encounters’ community outreach programs.


“Boundary Issues” – Evanston Made Warehouse Show

June 13, 2019, 7:30- 9:30 pm 

942 Pitner Street in Evanston

We are thrilled to bring you to this one-of-a-kind warehouse installation show that is taking palce as part of Evanston Made this June. Come meet the artists and explore the spaces they create in this exciting exhibition called Boundary Issues, which brings together a wide range of works and art installations by a dozen contemporary artists. Within this exhibition are found-object installations, kinetic sculpture, fiber art, ambient video projection from a renovated delivery truck and more.

Exhibiting Artists include: Ben Blount, Melissa Blount, Vanessa Filley, Dave Ford, Joey Garfield, Ellen Greene, Dustin Harris, Erin Hayden, Mat Rappaport, Jeff Robinson, David Rubman and Anne Hayden Stevens.

$25 per person. Click below to register!

Our past YOUTIME events this year have included:

Platform Gallery & Open Studio Project 

October 11, 2018 

Meet photographers Maggie Meiners and Justine Bianco  this fall to explore MISSbehaving, their thought- provoking exhibit, investigating female identity and the roles it has played throughout history. Next, we bring our beloved snack wagon across the street to Open Studio Project to talk about The Art of Infertility, a multi-media travelling exhibition that portrays the realities and emotions of living with infertility.

The Saw Room @Alley Gallery

January 17, 2019

Join us in our return to this charming gallery space in winter to view a group exhibition of artwork by the four artists who run the Alley Gallery: Darren Oberto, Ross Martens, Chris Green, & Avram Eisen.  After discussing their work on display, in a variety of media, see how it’s created in their lively studio spaces in the back of the store.

Vanessa Filley and Ellen Greene at home of Vanessa Filley

April 11, 2019

In spring, get to know Vanessa Filley and Ellen Greene, two Evanston artists whose work portrays narratives around womanhood, girlhood, domesticity, and place at Vanessa’s lovely Victorian home in south Evanston. We will explore their current series of work and learn about their inspiration and journeys as artists working in their home studios.