WINNETKA – It was just one year ago that Vivid Art Gallery first opened its doors in Winnetka. Founded by owner Cynthia Burr and her longtime friend Martha Ruschman, the gallery has fulfilled their vision of creating a different kind of art experience on the North Shore. The gallery will celebrate this milestone at its monthly “First Friday” Art Opening on October 6 with live music, sparkling wine and anniversary cupcakes for all.
“It has been a wonderful year,” said Burr. “The community has really embraced the gallery and our First Friday events.”
The monthly First Friday Art Openings, begun last November, draw a sizeable crowd not only from Winnetka but from all over the North Shore. Each month, the gallery presents an exhibit of work from one of its represented artists, as well as that of a local artist.
“The Local Artist Program has been a great success,” said Burr. “We are happy to be able to provide exhibition space to the many talented artists in the area who do not have gallery representation. The program exposes their work to a broader audience.”
Unlike most galleries that exhibit only the work of a single featured artist, Vivid’s walls are covered with work by 20 or more artists, in a colorful display of styles and media. “As an interior designer, I felt that North Shore designers and homeowners would enjoy having a local source where they could ‘gallery hop’ in one place to find art they loved,” said Ruschman. Her instincts were right, as customers have purchased as many as six pieces of art at a time from different artists available at the gallery.
Many of the gallery’s customers are homeowners who have recently moved into a new house, have had it professionally decorated, and are now adding the final touches to make their house a home. According to Burr, the gallery offers art consulting services free of charge, which includes home visits and a presentation of art choices that would fit the space and match the tastes of the owners.
“It’s my favorite part of the business,” said Burr. “To introduce people who may never have collected art to beautiful work, and have them connect and fall in love with a piece – that’s fun!”
Vivid Art Gallery, located at 895 Green Bay Road, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The First Friday 1st Anniversary Celebration on October 6 will include an exhibition of work by featured artist Susan Jacoby and local artist Anke Richert-Korioth. Jacoby paints ethereal landscapes, skyscapes, and waterscapes in oil on canvas. Richert-Korioth is an abstract painter using bright colors to create her nature-inspired pieces.