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The North Shore Country Day School students in Winnetka, IL had many options from which to choose for their Interim program. One possibility was a week long experience with teaching artist extraordinaire, Jamie Thome at the Evanston Art Center.

The students explored papermaking, experimented with different writing exercises, made several books structures, and played with relief printmaking. Many of these new and exciting techniques were incorporated in the final project on the last day.

Students had the opportunity to contribute story and art embellished handmade paper rounds to the Treewhispers collaboration. They also made tiny paper circles (and painted them) which were stitched together to hang in their school. Inspired by Treewhispers, of course. 


We would all enjoy hearing how others have collaborated in this ongoing art outreach. 


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Again beating the drum of gratitude for Artists Book House  sponsoring a papermaking event with the Evanston Arts Council Special Projects Grant initiated by community building activist Jamie Thome. Many thanks also to volunteers and papermaking enthusiasts, Laura Antolin and Cori Paulsrud who shared the an incredible autumn afternoon in the “Reading Garden” amongst the trees with all those who came to make paper and tell stories. It was a delight! Thank you, thank you!!!

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Hosted by Evanstonmade and sponsored by Artist Book House, Treewhispers along with a multitude of artists, creatives and visionaries illuminate the space at 921 Church St., Evanston, IL .

Lisa Degliantoni, Founder and Executive Director of Evanstonmade along with her Co-Directors Kathy Halper and Liz Cramer, launched the massive transformation of a former Urban Outfitters building into an energetic artist exchange and vibrant community outreach at seemingly a moment’s notice in early November. Now knowing the “trio of force” I understand their unparalleled dedication and drive, and the possibilities they employ.  

Thanks to the sponsorship and eager assist by ABH Board Member, Jamie Thome the “growing of the forest” took shape in a timely manner. Janice Kiska, Cori Paulsrud and Michael Sweirz also gratefully stepped in for the final touches.

Installing and seeing the work in a new venue never ceases to amaze and delight me. On the handmade paper rounds I see the stories and art of those who shared them 20 years ago reverberate with those bound together only a week prior. These all feel like friends to me—friends bound with a common interest, passion and love for trees.

Enjoy the Treewhispers installation and a multitude of happenings until December 19, 2021.


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