Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cliff Lee tells all at The Block

Last Saturday, dozens of local craft supporters descended to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art to hear Artist Cliff Lee as he gave invaluable insight to his tremendous career as a ceramicist.

The event was a great way to begin the excitement around ACE and proved to be very popular with all visitors. If you missed out on your chance to chat with nationally renowned artist Cliff Lee, don’t worry, one month from now he will once again be in Evanston, exhibiting and selling his work at ACE! To insure your spot at this year’s event, save the date and buy your tickets today!

For more information or to make a donation, please visit or call (847) 570-5095.


Artist Cliff Lee with our 2012 ACE Co-Chairs



Join the Party, Support the Cause

Hey craft lovers of Chicago, come join the craft party and support the cause!

The American Craft Exposition is one month away. So save the date and buy your tickets today!

The Benefit Preview Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 23 and tickets are going fast! At $125.00 to attend and to receive admission throughout the weekend, it just makes sense to purchase a ticket or two.

For those who would like first dibs on items, purchase your tickets to the Collectors’ Hour on August 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for just $175.00. You’ll have a chance to make the first purchases of the weekend and meet the artists.

Remember, all proceeds from Benefit tickets, general show tickets and sponsorships go towards Dr. Rodriguez’s ground-breaking ovarian cancer research and breast cancer research at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Tickets to the general show are $13.00 each, but pay just $10.00 when you buy four tickets for you and your friends.

See you there on August 23!

A morning with Cliff Lee at the Block Museum of Art

Imagine for a moment that you attended medical school and became a Brain Surgeon. Now, imagine yourself turning to craft and becoming a ceramics artist with your work displayed in prominent institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, White House, Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and the National Museum of American Art. Does that seem like an impossible journey? Not for the widely-exhibited and collected artist Cliff Lee.

Lee is known for works that mimic flowers, gourds and other natural forms and for recreating centuries-old Chinese glazes, including a rare yellow glaze used by the Ming dynasty that took Lee 17 years to reformulate.


Cliff Lee receiving his “Best of Show” Award at ACE 2011

If you’re curious to know what it took for Lee to make it big in the world of craft, you will want to join us this Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.  Lee will discuss his intricate porcelain pottery and meticulous artistic process at this FREE lecture which is being co-presented by the American Craft Exposition. A coffee reception will precede the lecture at 9 a.m.

The Block Museum is located at 40 Arts Circle Drive on the University’s Evanston campus. Free parking is available.


“Pond Study” by Lee

Visit or call (847) 491-4000 for more information.

Remembering What’s Important

Back in May, the American Craft Exposition Co-Chairs, Barb Weiss and Sue Levin, attended the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) to support women who attended the conference.

“I was amazed and encouraged to see some survivors with their spouses, some with their daughters, and some alone,” said Levin. “I spoke to a husband and wife from outside Detroit and another from Indiana. They came to the course because they hail from a remote area with few choices in terms of health care.”

Good healthcare is hard to find. But this year’s survivorship course featured many of the great physicians at NorthShore who showcased their research. Peter J. Hulick, MD, spoke on hereditary cancer associated with gynecological cancer. Gustavo Rodriguez, MD, is striving to develop an effective pharmacological strategy for ovarian cancer prevention. Carolyn Kirschner, MD, spoke on palliative care of the woman with cancer.

“The Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course not only gave them up-to-the-minute research information in terms of treatment, but also a support system with other survivors with whom they could exchange information, feelings and fears,” remarked Weiss.

It’s clear that ACE doesn’t just support culture and the humanities, and indeed, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the true importance of attending an event like ACE: supporting ovarian cancer survivors and furthering innovative research to prevent ovarian cancer. Because of readers like you, NorthShore is helping to prevent ovarian cancer through groundbreaking research, giving minimally invasive surgery and helping to better understand why tumors grow and cancers occur.

 Proceeds from this year’s ACE go towards Dr. Rogriguez’s monumental research in ovarian cancer prevention.