Threads of Tradition
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago
Greece has one of the most varied selections of traditional costumes in Europe. The exhibit highlights why these costumes remain an important element of official Greek celebrations, festivals, and national holidays, as well as inspire contemporary fashion designers. nationalhellenicmuseum.org
548 Chestnut Street, Winnetka
Through April 26
Photographer and environmentally-aware John Vlahakis and mixed-media painter Jonathan Ricci recently spent extended time in Iceland creating considerable bodies of work. Works conceived during that time will be on exhibit, along with the work of internationally-acclaimed National Geographic photographer Bob Krist and mixed-media painter Anne Hughes. ziagallery.net
Stephen Dinsmore: New Paintings
Anne Loucks Gallery
309 Park Avenue, Glencoe
Opening Reception: April 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
Through June 2
Omaha native Stephen Dinsmore presents a show of new, vividly impressionistic oil paintings (pictured above). loucksgallery.com
Suzanne Metzel and Bob Tanner
1310-1/2B Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Opening Reception: April 5, 5 to 8 p.m.
Discussion Session with the Artists: April 24, 7 to 8 p.m.
Suzanne Metzel’s macro, monochromatic fine art photography will be on exhibit alongside Bob Tanner’s more colorful, human-centric abstract photographic prints. perspectivegallery.org
Forces of Life: Lyricism and Requiem
202 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Lake Forest
April 18 to May 31
Opening Reception: April 18, 6 to 9 p.m.
Painter and printmaker Diane Thodos’ one-woman show is inspired by the Abstract Expressionists of the mid-20th Century. Her work explores themes of life, death, lyricism, and other opposing forces. reinventlf.com