For the 32nd annual American Craft Exposition benefiting pharmacogenomics research at NorthShore University HealthSystem, co-chairs Dana Turban and Debbie Kerr share why the Chicago Botanic Garden is the perfect backdrop for this event.
Collectors, connoisseurs, and art enthusiasts will return to the Chicago Botanic Garden September 23 through September 25, with a Preview Party on September 22, for the 32nd annual American Craft Exposition (ACE). Presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), this juried exposition and sale of fine craft features one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections, and uniquely creative artwork from more than 140 of the country’s leading craftspeople, including six emerging artists. This highly anticipated event gives guests the opportunity to appreciate and purchase stunning artwork while supporting pharmacogenomics research at NorthShore. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s world-renowned grounds, ACE features distinctive pieces made in America, by the country’s leading artists showcasing new achievements in jewelry, ceramics, metal, fashion wearables, glass, furniture, fiber decorative, leather, wood, mixed media and baskets. ACE is a nationally recognized and celebrated event which is presented by a volunteer committee that works year round to bring patrons a truly memorable experience.
The 2016 ACE Co-chairs Dana Turban and Debbie Kerr, both of North field, are honored to be leading this year’s event. “We’re thrilled to be back at the Chicago Botanic Garden,” explains Kerr, who returned to chair the event this year so she could help build on the momentum ACE gained in 2015 when they debuted in this extraordinary space. “Our 2015 show broke record attendance numbers, confirming that ACE continues to be the premier destination for art and craft enthusiasts and lovers of style and design,” adds Turban. “Our guests can enjoy a day of meeting the talented artists, purchasing unique luxury items while also having an opportunity to access and enjoy the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden.”
The dollars raised this year are earmarked for pharmacogenomics research. This cause is dear to Kerr as she was diagnosed in 2012 with Leukemia. “My leukemia was discovered at a very early stage, and luckily for me, I’m in a holding pattern now as far as treating it. However, I did the pharmacogenomics test so that when I do need treatment, I get the most effective one available. The funds we raise will allow researchers to analyze and predict how patients react to medications based on genetic
variants. This information can be used to customize medical treatments, ensuring that patients receive the right drug in the right dose the first time, minimizing the side effects and adverse reactions to drugs for patients.”
Turban shares Kerr’s enthusiasm. As one who has chaired ACE numerous times over the years,Turban loves this role as it gives her the opportunity to support the NorthShore and the artistic community. “Our show is considered to be in the top three of such shows in the country,” she says. “Having traveled from state to state to find the best artisans our nation has to offer has created a close connection between me and these talented people. I look forward to sharing these artists and their amazing work with our visitors this year. The Chicago Botanic Garden has inspired some of the most beautiful pieces we’ve had available yet.” As one of the surprises at this year’s event, guests will have the chance to enter a raffle each day to win a donated piece from one of ACE’s curated artisans.
ACE 2016 returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden, on Thursday, September 22 with a Bene t Preview Party from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The show runs throughout the weekend: Friday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $13 for a single three-day pass for Chicago Botanic Garden members and $15 for non-Chicago Botanic Garden members, plus the cost of parking. Ticketing and parking packages can be purchased in advance online: $30 for a single three-day pass and $45 for two three-day passes. Both options include one day of parking at the Garden. Exposition tickets can be purchased at chicagobotanic.org/craft. For more information, Preview tickets, or to make a donation, call 224- 364-7270 or visit americancraftexpo.org.