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American Craft Exposition returns to Evanston with exceptional art

Picture not just any ceramics, glass, wood or metal art pieces but some of the best examples made in America, today. Gathering the best, one-of-a-kind pieces in one place is what the American Craft Exposition is all about when it comes to Evanston, Aug. 21-24, 2014.

Metal sculptor Michael Szabo will be at the show
American Craft Exposition
ACE will showcase exceptionally crafted art pieces and benefit cancer research
American Craft Exposition

Held at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on Northwestern University’s campus, ACE, as the show is popularly known, starts with a collectors and donors preview Aug. 21 that benefits ovarian and breast cancer research and care at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

But with 164 artisans juried into the show, there will be plenty of beautiful and interesting objects to see and buy when open to the public Aug. 22-24. Look for the amazingly fluid-appearing glass sculptures of Alex Fekete, clever jewelry by Kate Cusack and metal sculptures by Michael Szabo. Also see wheel-thrown delicate porcelain by Jennifer McCurdy and finely-turned wood objects by Mike Shuler.

If interested in the how-it’s done or what to look for in wood objects come for Friday demonstrations at 11 a.m. for Peter Petrochko, 1 p.m. for Mike Shuler and 3 p.m. for Michael Mode. For ceramics, stop by on Sunday for a demonstration at noon by Antoinette Badenhorst, 1 p.m. by Michael Schwegmann and 2 p.m. by Sandra and Winthrop Byers.

Tickets for the show which is presented by the NorthShore University HealthSystem Auxiliary, also benefit women’s cancer research and care.

Details: Benefit tickets and invitations were mailed in July. Public admission is Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $40 for a Friends of ACE Package bought on line for self and three others, $13 before Aug. 18 and $15 at the door. All tickets cover three-day admission. The American Craft Exposition is at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion next to Lake Michigan on the north end of Northwestern University’s Evanston campus at 2311 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208. Park in the garage on the west side of the Sports Pavilion. Look for the ACE entrance on the south side. For more information visit American Craft Exposition.

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