Special Events

Nurturing Creativity: Work by Art Encounter Staff and Teaching Artists

Opening: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 5:00-8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 14-18, 2020
Where: Space 900 Gallery, 816 Dempster St., Evanston

Subject Matters by Val McCune

Due to public health concerns involving COVID-19, access to Space 900 during this exhibition will be limited. Please check back for updates or email info@artencounter.org with any questions.

We appreciate your patience.

Join us for the opening reception of Art Encounter’s first exhibition featuring the artwork of our teaching artists and staff. Meet the talented individuals who serve our diverse communities. Discover each artist’s unique vision, and enjoy wine and refreshments as you peruse artworks and talk to the artists about their ideas and techniques. Includes work by Miriam Bisby, Marianna Buchwald, Sue Cahill, Linda Eisenberg, Dustin Harris, Jill King-Wynn, Jenny Learner, Val McCune, Terri Nacy, Sarah Packer, Joanna Pinsky, Lea Pinsky, Nadine “Yadi” Royster, Christopher Toepfer, Annie Trincot and Diana Sbarbaro. This event is free and open to the public.

Member Appreciation Party: Featuring Artist James Mesple at Jackson Junge Gallery

When: Sunday, March 22, 2020, 2:30-5:00 pm
Where: Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Price: FREE for  members; $25 for guests of members

Due to public health concerns involving COVID-19, this event has been postponed. If you have any questions, please email us at info@artencounter.org. 

We appreciate your patience.

Blue Lagoon (Tranquility Disrupted) by James Mesple

Meet fellow art enthusiasts and investigate the paintings of James McNeill Mesple. James brings to life classical myths portrayed in a contemporary world, bathed in rich vivid colors. His figurative art is steeped in historical painting processes that incorporate both egg tempera and oil paint in the “technique mixte,” which combines the two mediums. He will demonstrate this process, which he has used for many years to create his paintings. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Please email info@artencounter.org to RSVP.

Kaleidoscope: Art Encounter’s Annual Spring Gala and Art Auction

Due to public health concerns involving COVID-19, our gala has been postponed. All updates will be posted as soon as decisions have been made. If you have any questions, please email us at info@artencounter.org. 

We appreciate your patience.

When: Thursday, May 7, 2020; VIP Reception 6:00-7:00 pm, Gala 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W Diversey Ave, Chicago
Pre-Sale Tickets: $125; must be purchased prior to Monday, April 13, 2020

Pre-Sale Tickets: $150

VIP Gala Tickets: $175; includes access to VIP Reception and Gala

Honoree Lynne Warren, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Art Encounter’s annual spring gala, newly-named Kaleidoscope, is titled in the spirit of our unique guiding philosophy. We believe that there are many ways to see, and that art can be a powerful tool to explore these differing perspectives, connecting us to each other and the world around us. Please join us on Thursday, May 7 at our beautiful new venue, Greenhouse Loft in Chicago, to support Art Encounter’s important work in the community and celebrate our distinguished honoree, Lynne Warren.

In her long and prolific career as Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ms. Warren has been a champion for Chicago artists, and is considered an expert in Chicago art history from 1945 to the present. She has curated 25 solo exhibitions, written over 40 exhibition catalogues, and has contributed to and edited a number of important publications. Educated at the School of the Art Institute and the University of Chicago, Warren has taught courses at The University of Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and The University of Illinois at Chicago, and has lectured throughout the country. We look forward to honoring Ms. Warren’s immeasurable contributions to the MCA and the Chicago art world at large.

To purchase tickets please visit AEgala2020.givesmart.com.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this event:

Blick Art Materials

Evanston Community Bank & Trust, A Branch of Wintrust Bank, NA

Free Market Ventures, 820 Davis

Goldstick Family Foundation

Merchandise Mart

Nadine Ferrata Represents, Inc.


Friends Appreciation Party: Featuring Artist Lorna Marsh

When: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 2:00-5:00 pm
Where: Home and studio of Lorna Marsh; address provided upon registration
Price: FREE for members at the Friends level and above; $75 for guests of Friends

Piece by Lorna Marsh

Members at the Friends level and above are invited to explore the studio and art collection of an exceptional artist in her elegant Lake Forest home. Born and raised in South Africa, the artist developed a keen sensitivity to the plight of mankind, the survival of animals and the power of nature. Her classical training mixed with a modernist approach is apparent in Lorna’s beautiful use of line and washes to portray the human condition. Her collection includes large scale paintings by Helen Frankenthaler as well as a large Theodore Stamos painting, additional mid-century works and contemporary works. The house was built to feature art along with a wonderful studio space.

This event will be limited to two groups of twenty individuals each on a first sign-up basis.

Please email info@artencounter.org to RSVP.