Ongoing Events
Open Studio

Saturdays 11 AM until 2 PM The Awakenings Project Studio is open every Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM. All Artists are welcome to join us for a "drop-in" art-making session. Guests and observers are always welcome. Call (630)606-8732, for more information. In the Professional Building at 164 Division, #415, Elgin, IL.

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Open Studio

Wednesdays noon until 2 PM Artists are welcome to join us for a "drop-in" art-making session. Please call ahead, because it is not always open. If drawing or painting is not your thing, you can journal, write essays, poetry, your autobiography, short stories, or novels. It's at The Awakenings Project Studio.

Reaching Out

Several members of The Awakenings Project have led "Imagery Journaling" at the late, great Larkin Center in Elgin, at West Chicago Terrace nursing home and at Wheaton Care Center. We've also led art groups at theDuPage Convalescent Center.  The groups were project-oriented, and each member created a functional and beautiful piece of artwork with a little help from Awakenings. All of these programs were partially supported by a grant from the Community Arts Access Program, which is funded by The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the now unfortunately defunct Hinsdale Center for the Arts. Logo: Illinois Arts Council

Events and Activities

The MOST RECENT Awakenings Review, Fall 2012 issue is still available. Order your copy(ies) NOW from the orders/subscriptions page on this website. Obviously, we are behind on Vol 6. Num. 2, which will be the Spring 2014 issueof The Awakenings Review, because we've been busy working on the first ever and NOW released CD of Music and Poetry by Awakenings artists. If you would like to order a copy, please let us know via our Contact Us page. They are $10 each, plus $5 Shipping & Handling. We accept checks via snail-mail or online payments via PayPal. Thanks! And special thanks to Mandy Rakow for all her hard work in turning this dream into a reality!

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February 19 - 23, 2014, Pop-up exhibit at SideStreet Studio Arts, Elgin, IL

Wednesday thru Sunday, we've been invited to put up a short-term (pop-up) exhibit at the fabulous Side Street Studios in Elgin, near our studio. Reception will be on Saturday evening, February 22nd, from 7 - 10 PM. Gallery hours are as follows: February 19, 20, 21, 2014 12pm-6pm (gallery hours); February 22, 2014 10am-2pm (gallery hours) and 7-10pm (reception); February 23, 2014 11am-3pm (gallery hours); A short show, but this one is not to be missed! We will debut our new CD of Poetry and Music and have them for sale there. First come, first serve!

April 25 - June 22, 2014 Exhibit at North Central College

In an exciting turn of events, and for the first time ever, we have been asked to exhibit at (Irene's alma mater) North Central College's Schoenherr Art Gallery in the Wentz Concert Hall. It is sponsored by the Arient family, and it's going to be a spectacular exhibition! Opening Reception date will be Friday evening, May 2nd from 6 - 8 PM. Gallery Hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Schoenherr art gallery is located 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL, 60540.

July 12, 2014 (tentative) Summer Jam Westgate Music & Arts Festival

We have been invited, and we hope to be able to go to the Summer Jam Westgate Music & Arts Festival in Columbus, Ohio. It will be an exciting road trip and we hope to find a whole new audience there.

(Tentatively) Glitch Gallery, Elmhurst IL

We've been invited by author, Roz Long, to have an exhibition to showcase her new book, "Creative Journey of Bi-Polar Disorder," from which a percentage of the proceeds will generously be donated to The Awakenings Project.

Date to be announced, (tentative) Check back for more details if/when they become available about a possible show in the main area of The Gail Borden Library in Elgin.

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