By Carolyn Brode, former performing arts manager of the Gorton Peforming Arts Center
Deerpath Middle School art teacher Michelle Miscenic-Patch and Spanish teacher Emilie Dieck-Correa set out to demonstrate how art can be transforming when they recently opened Dandelion Gallery in Downtown Waukegan. As artists and Waukegan natives they wanted a place to showcase their artwork and those of other artists in the area.
“We wanted to create something and at the same time bring a new awakening to our downtown”, said Dieck-Correa.
Within days these two friends transformed an empty storefront into an art space worthy of any city!
Their opening reception titled “Preludes”, as part of Art Wauk in March, was a huge success with throngs of people mingling in their gallery, viewing the art on the walls and sipping wine. I was there and it truly was a transformation and work of art itself to see South Genesee Street full of people–viewing art, meeting artists, and listening to live music.
What is ART WAUK? Join us this weekend and find out!
“Art Wauk is part of an arts revolution in downtown Waukegan,” stated The News Sun after the Art Wauk in March drew over 1,000 people from Waukegan and nearby communities. The Saturday, May 14, event promises to be even more exciting.
Art Wauk will feature live bands, open art galleries and artist receptions with members of the Lake County Art League and 39 other artists as part of the arts revolution now beginning in downtown Waukegan.
In addition there will be a live art event at Joplin’s Java from 7 to 8:30 pm. Singers from the professional da Corneto Opera Company will sing arias and art songs accompanied by classical musicians while Waukegan native and Milwaukee artist Tim Abel draws what he hears in a live art interaction called appropriately “Interpret”.
These artists are donating their talents to help raise awareness for the Artspace Project soon to come to the Karcher Hotel in downtown Waukegan. The Joplin space will then transform again into an open percussion jam featuring The Rhythm Academy Dance Company and then from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Latin percussionist Sammie Torres group will play for their live CD release party.
Dandelion Gallery is now a non-profit artist co-op and already has twelve juried member artists from Waukegan, Deerfield, Gurnee, Libertyville, Grayslake, Lindenhurst, and Chicago. Collectively their work encompasses mixed media, sculpture, acrylics, watercolor, pottery, and photography. Michelle Miscenic-Patch explained that “through the arts we are giving our community a chance to come together, to relate, to enjoy the one thing we all have in common, the gift of creativity”.
The Dandelion Gallery will feature guest artist Pablo Ramirez as well as the members of the new co-op. Already “The Dandelion” has earned its name and now at least five other art galleries have recently sprouted and will also be open for Art Wauk!
“And suddenly everything, absolutely everything, was there.” – Ray Bradbury (Dandelion Wine)
We’re having a street pARTy and it is all free! Join us!
ART WAUK Saturday, May 14 5 pm to midnight
Downtown Waukegan on South Genesee Street–Check in at 118 S. Genesee Street
For more info www.dandeliongallery.org and artwauk.com
Free Art Gallery Openings with featured guest artists, Free Concerts, Free Parking
Food & beverages available at local restaurants on Genesee Street and in the Harbor Place Building itself at Greentown Tavern and Joplin’s Java
Sponsored by Waukegan Mainstreet, Waukegan Art Council, and the City of Waukegan