Monthly Archives: August 2013

Artist Aaron Macsai at ACE

Aaron Macsai’s jewelry making demands precision, care and often hours of uninterrupted work. Macsai is showcasing his work at The American Craft Exposition (ACE), presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) at Evanston & Glenbrook Hospitals, with proceeds benefitting ovarian cancer research.

At ACE, Macsai will be showing his newest series of “Gold & Gemstone” bead necklaces titled “Linear Grace.” They represent fluid movement, and they are the most delicate and technically challenging jewelry he has created in the past eight years. The necklaces combine the rich elegant colors of gemstones and subtle hues of the various handmade 18k gold beads. “These pieces are like a gift of new life,” he said.
Macsai Necklace
Macsai feels strongly about medical research and because of this, he will be donating a piece of his art to ACE to raise funds and help find a cure. “I can’t afford to write a large check,” said Macsai, “but I can afford to give a piece of artwork.” Purchase show raffle tickets at ACE for your chance to win this piece.

Macsai’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including several cover shots. Here is a partial list:

  • Masters: Gold
    Lark Books © 2009
  • Art Jewelry Today 2
    Jeffery B. Snyder © 2008
  • Making Metal Beads
    Pauline Warg © 2006
  • Penland Book of Jewelry From Found Objects
    Marthe Le Van © 2005
  • Art Jewelry Today
    Dona Z. Meilach © 2003
  • Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing
    Tim McCreight © 1997
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Buy Your ACE Tickets Today!

General Admission Tickets

Discounted general admission tickets are still available! Through August 19, general admission tickets are just $13 for all three days that are open to the public:

Friday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 25, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

After August 19, general admission tickets become $15 and can be purchased by calling 224.364.7270 through August 21 or at the door.

Benefit Preview Party Tickets

The Benefit Preview Party on Thursday, August 22, provides patrons the opportunity to see and purchase unique works of art before the Exposition is open to the public. Peruse through elegant artwork with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and festive atmosphere. Tickets include admission to the three-day Exposition.

Benefit Preview Party: $150
August 22
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Collectors’ Hour Tickets

The Collectors’ Hour ticket holders are truly among the first to see such masterpiece works. Entering in an hour before the Benefit Preview Party starts, these tickets provide an intimate setting to talk with artists and learn more about their work. Tickets include admission the Benefit Preview Party and to the three-day exposition.

Collectors’ Hour: $200
August 22
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Craft for a Cure

The American Craft Exposition (ACE), presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) at Evanston & Glenbrook Hospitals does so much more than simply bring together superior artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind, museum quality work.

ACE is also a fundraiser supporting critical ovarian cancer research at NorthShore. Artists support ACE’s funding goal by participating in the voluntary “Craft for a Cure” program and donating a percentage of a designated sale.
The following list details the artists who will be participating in “Craft for a Cure.” Please visit their booth next weekend!

First Last Media Booth Number
JENNIFER ZURICK Basketry 32
ROBERT BRISCOE Ceramics 114
SANDRA BYERS Ceramics 146
Nancy Green Ceramics 107
RICK HINTZE Ceramics 25
ALEX MANDLI Ceramics 71
FRANCINE OZEREKO Ceramics 30
LESLIE POMERANCE Ceramics 133
SHELLEY SCHREIBER Ceramics 139
MICHAEL SCHWEGMANN Ceramics 95
HSIANG-TING YEN Emerging Artist 208
LAURA BREITMAN Fiber Decorative 122
MARTHA FIEBER Fiber Decorative 68
ARYANA LONDIR Fiber Decorative 57
KELLY MARSHALL Fiber Decorative 82
ERIN WILSON Fiber Decorative 113
LORI BACIGALUPI Fiber Wearable 116
TREGEA BEVAN Fiber Wearable 28
BETSY GIBERSON Fiber Wearable 67
MICHAEL KANE Fiber Wearable 53
JOAN MCGEE Fiber Wearable 70
AMY NGUYEN Fiber Wearable 92
K. RILEY Fiber Wearable 75
RENEE ROEDER-EARLEY Fiber Wearable 89
JANE SISCO Fiber Wearable 153
MUFFY YOUNG Fiber Wearable 135
JO ROESSLER Furniture 108
RONNIE HUGHES Glass 72
J DAVID NORTON Glass 128
NAMU CHO Jewelry 11
PETRA CLASS Jewelry 103
DONNA D’AQUINO Jewelry 9
JANINE DECRESENZO Jewelry 14
DEVTA DOOLAN Jewelry 38
ROB GREENE Jewelry 131
VALERIE HECTOR Jewelry 115
KEN LOEBER Jewelry 34
TERRI LOGAN Jewelry 83
SUSAN MAHLSTEDT Jewelry 31
LAUREN SCHLOSSBERG Jewelry 62
SUSAN AND JEFF WISE Jewelry 65
GENEVIEVE YANG Jewelry 73
BETH LEVINE Leather 5
ROB & BARBARA MATHEWS Leather 140
GREG ROCHE Leather 121
DARLYS EWOLDT Metal 148
JON ROUTE Metal 8
KIMBERLY CHALOS Mixed Media 94
Marc Jenesel & Karen Pierce Mixed Media 51
KATHY WEGMAN Mixed Media 90
Cal-Ling Paper 123
ROSELLA PAT PECK Paper 152
SHARON AND MARK DIEBOLT Wood 87
JIM SAMS Wood 130

This year, proceeds from ACE, including percentages from sales from Craft for a Cure, will go to helping to find a cure for ovarian cancer, often called the “silent killer” because symptoms are easy to dismiss and it’s often diagnosed too late for effective treatment. However, research from Gus Rodriguez, MD, and his team have found that using routine use of the combination estrogen-progestin oral contraceptive pill results in a remarkable 30-50 percent reduction in the risk of developing not only ovarian cancer, but also in endometrial cancer.

Explore the Highlights of ACE 2013

Explore the Highlights of ACE 2013

ACE’s 2013 special events have been announced! These fun offerings provide a behind-the-scenes look into the artistry of ACE and will keep you coming back to the show all weekend! Did you know that right now tickets are just $13 until August 19?.

Booth Talks

These free presentations are interactive discussions about the expertise and artistry of artisans. All presentations will take place at each artist’s individual booth and are free with the purchase of a ticket to ACE.

Friday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Martha Fieber: Fiber Decorative
Creating Landscapes with Thread
Booth #68

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Todd Reed: Jewelry
Raw Elegance
Booth #86

Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Candon Wharton: Ceramics
Cultural Inspirations
Booth #80

Sunday, August 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Mary Jackson: Baskets
Sweetgrass Baskets
Booth #88

Runway Fashion Show, Saturday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Come see wearable items from ACE artists on display! Clothing, jewelry, handbags and other accessories will be modeled on our runway by incredible women who have been affected in some way by ovarian cancer. But don’t just watch; also learn creative tips for integrating these unique pieces into your wardrobe. All items on the runway are available at the show for sale.

Emerging Artist Gallery

Nine of America’s most promising new craftsmen are showing their work throughout the weekend. This category is open to artists who have been practicing their craft for six years or less and have never previously exhibited at ACE.  Catch these artists at ACE before they hit the big time!

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets so you can come to these great events!