Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

College life

An annual pleasure for art lovers is the Parkland College Art & Design Student Juried Exhibition, on view through May 3 at the Parkland Art Gallery. The college has a strong foundations program, evident by the work selected by faculty for this show. Lots of strong work this year; the sculptures made of cardboard (left) and Zoe Mann's knitted "Birdhouse Hat," with birds on top, are amazing and fun.

Triple play

One of the better art shows I saw at the Boneyard Arts Festival last week was at the Art Coop Gallery in Lincoln Square Village, featuring recent works by three accomplished artists: Joan Stolz, Peggy Shaw and Susan Smith. It remains on view through May 9. Also check out close by the Amara Yoga & Arts show featuring Nina Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues" paintings — little gems — and her fantastic quilts.

Higher ground

On Thursday I stopped by the Institute 4 Creativity (I4C) upstairs at 111 S. Walnut St., C. The bad news: the excellent National Society of Arts and Letters print competition show there closed Saturday. The good news: I4C will begin in early May to offer pay-as-you go classes. I4C has other exhibitions and events; for information go to facebook.com/Institute4Creativity.

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