RAVENSWOOD — It's been 10 years since Lillstreet relocated from Lincoln Park to roomier digs in Ravenswood and the art center is celebrating the milestone by throwing itself a three-day anniversary bash.
The festivities kick off Aug. 23 with an opening reception for the center's latest juried exhibition, "Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual." Live music and refreshments will be provided from 6-8 p.m. as guests peruse the mugs, brewing vessels and carafes created by the 28 artists represented in the show.
An open house, from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, will offer free workshops in a variety of disciplines. Visitors can try their hand at wheel throwing, bead making, screenprinting, drawing and more during this preview of Lillstreet's fall class schedule.
Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. the party moves to Lillstreet's new Loft at 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave. for live entertainment, including a community mural painting, and food and drinks from the center's neighbors — Half Acre, Angel Food Bakery, First Slice Pie Cafe, Margie's Candies, Koval Distillery, Spacca Napoli and Real Kitchen.
On Aug. 25, Lillstreet wraps up the weekend with a Makers Mini Conference, from 1-5 p.m., also at the Loft. In partnership with Dabble and the Renegade Craft Fair, the art center is producing a panel discussion and workshop aimed at pointing artisans on the road to entrepreneurship and sparking creativity.
Click here for more information on the various events.