Coming up in 2016

Mark your calendar for a full slate of exhibitions and artisan markets coming to swell gallery in 2016.

We are excited to host 3 solo exhibitions by talented area artists.

We are also seeking artists and crafters for a nature themed artisan market in April. Please email us with images of your work for consideration.

Stay tuned for more information!

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Holiday Craft Workshops for kids & adults

Please consider joining us for a DIY Workshop this holiday season. It is a fun way to destress an slow down a little  this holiday season, while exercising your creative side to make a few keepsakes for yourself and/or your loved ones. Email us at curator@swellgallery.com or stop by to sign up!

For kids ages 8-14, check out the Winter Art Camps being offered by our friends Artisticology just down the block. Artisitcology also offers BYOB Painting Parties! Give Crystal a call to learn more.

 

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Holiday Market Artists

We’ve brought together 25 local artists and crafty people for this year’s swell Holiday Market, including:

Alisa Steady 
paintings & prints
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK

Amanda Dell’Aringa 
original watercolor paintings
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK

Amelia Stoner
lego earrings

Ania Perrone
paintings & jewelry 
FACEBOOK - ETSY

Anna Fredrick
guitar string bangles 
BEHANCE

Cherylyn Gnadt / c-lyn designs 
greeting cards, printmaking, paintings
WEBSITE - FACEBOOKETSY

Cindy Kennedy
photography
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK

Dee Basso / Trinity Dog & Kitty Treats
Dog & cat treats, hand-painted picture frames
FACEBOOK

Drew Tibbetts
fingerless gloves, felted mittens, tailgating mittens, baby sweaters

Hanan Hall Jewelry / Maille Werks 
polymer clay and chain maille jewelry
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - ETSY

JC’s Naturals 
organic beeswax purification candles, organic foaming hand soap, sanitizer and linen sprays
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK

Jenni Tamburrino 
aprons, ornaments, gift bags, table runners, pillows

Jewelry by Gail
steampunk jewelry

John Mayer / Dunworth Designs 
Tin ceiling tile art, restored furniture 
FACEBOOK - ETSY

Kari McDonald / Lemuette 
prints, greeting cards, gift tags
INSTAGRAM - FACEBOOK - ETSY

Kim Tibbetts  (co-owner of swell gallery)
paintings, bookmarks, prints 
WEBSITE

Lickabee
handdrawn whimsical illustrations immortilized in jewelry
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK

Lindsey Clark
kids/babies headbands, scarves and more, sugar scrubs

Lisa Callaghan
celtic knot lettering paintings 
FACEBOOK

Matt Varchmin / Green Roots 
hand built/carved functional wooden items
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK

Miki Noland / Designs by Miki 
pillows, character hats 
FACEBOOK

Nancy Gher
eco-print, dyed and felted scarves and sweaters

Nancy Pizzaro & Andy Witt / Circa Ceramics 
ceramic cylanders, trivets and magnets
WEBSITE - INSTAGRAM - FACEBOOK - ETSY

Nikki Hollander / Duck and Cover / Jet Set Vintage  (co-owner of swell gallery)
vintage-inspired jewelry, ornaments & paintings, vintage resale
WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - ETSY/Jet Set - ETSY/Duck & Cover

Suzanne Hallett / Savannah Fairy Designs 
ornaments (Savannah Fairy Globes)
FACEBOOK

Tanya McTague / Happy Chickpea 
little zipper pouches, crochet snowflake & star tree garlands, crochet trimmed gift tags, crochet infinity scarves
ETSY

Tony Rokusek / ColorWerks
custom printed home decor
ETSYFACEBOOK

Trephina Bedell / The Laughing Dog 
scented soy candles, cold press soap, double butter soap, lip balm, lotion tubes (<– for people), paw wax (<– for dogs)

More items arrive in the gallery every day now in anticipation of next Friday’s preview event. Below is a sneak preview…

10-For-10 Shop Local Event 
Do you love to support local, independent stores? Join the West Dundee Ambassadors for a Shop Local Event on Wednesday, December 16 from 6-8pm, featuring swell gallery, Honey Poo Poo’s (one of our sister art shops) and Emmett’s Brewing Company. We are all within a block or each other in Downtown West Dundee. Grab some dinner or a few Emmett’s beers brewed on site, and shop for handmade, unique gifts at both swell and Honey Poo Poo’s.

DIY Workshops 
We are planning a few do-it-yourself workshops led by our artists, including at least one to make your own keepsake ornaments. On December 27, make a Christmas Card keepsake book and/or a Gratitude Jar. More information is yet to come.

Updates
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for frequent updates, more photos and information about our artists throughout the month of December.

Thank you for supporting swell gallery and local independent makers this holiday season and throughout the year!

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swell Holiday Market 2015

The annual swell Holiday Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market will be open every weekend in December to help you find unique and thoughtful handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

Our traditional Preview event will take place on Friday, December 4 from 5-9 pm during Dickens in Dundee (our very own quintessential small town holiday kick-off event).  Meet the artists while you shop at an Artists Reception on Saturday, December 5 from 5-9 pm, or stop by any Saturday or Sunday thereafter between 1 & 5 pm until month’s end.

Follow us on Facebook (or via our Facebook feed to the right of the screen) for more information on specific artists and offerings.

Interested in submitting your wares for inclusion in this year’s swell Holiday Market? Email us some photos for consideration, to curator@swellgallery.com. We are always on the look out for new artists!

swell Holiday Market Dec 4-27, 2015

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Main Street Dundee – Student Art Show

Join us for a one-day only event on September 26, as we host a Student Art Show and meet & greet  featuring 16 watercolor paintings of lovely downtown West Dundee.

This series was created by Paul Krotser’s students at Dundee-Crown High School toward the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. We are proud to contribute to DCHS’s Homecoming Week by bringing together the work of both current students and graduates. (Dare I mention that our own Nikki Hollander is a graduate of the DCHS art program? I think I just did.)

Stop by and say hello!

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Call for Group & Solo Exhibitions

swell gallery is accepting group & solo exhibition proposals for our 2015 and 2016 schedule.

Artists, crafters and curators at all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.

Any and all artistic mediums will be considered, including but not limited to painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, installation, film, jewelry, fiber, paper arts, ceramics and sculpture. Vintage items are also welcome in conjunction with artwork.

For consideration, please submit:

- Theme, concept and/or title of proposed exhibition.
- Images of specific works to be included (at least a representative selection).
- If you have a theme for which you do not have specific artists in mind, an explanation of the process you intend to undertake to develop the artist roster.
- Bio &/or Resume/CV representing your relevant experience and include complete contact information.

If selected:

- You must be committed to being present at swell gallery as needed to meet with the gallery owner, set up, tear down and work during the exhibition.
- You will be expected to participate in development of exhibition advertising and getting the word out/driving visitors to the exhibition.
- Individual artwork for the exhibition must be reviewed by the gallery owner for final approval prior to inclusion.
- 25% gallery commission will be applied to sales made from all exhibitions.

Submissions will be reviewed monthly on an ongoing basis. Please understand that response may not be immediate.
Thanks!
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Call for Artists & Crafters – 2014 Holiday Pop Up Shop!

 

We are currently accepting submissions for the 6th Annual swell Holiday Arts & Crafts & Vintage Market.

A broad range of work is sought, from traditional artwork, prints, jewelry, accessories for the home, edibles, clothing, toys, cards, ornaments, you name it. Items with modest, gift-friendly price tags are desired.

Please email images or links to curator@swellgallery.com ASAP (no later than Tuesday, November 25, 2014) for consideration. Images should convey how items are displayed or packaged.

Selected artists will be responsible for delivery and return of their artwork. Gallery commission is 25% of all sales. Accepted items must have tags securely attached that clearly identify the price and maker, include any necessary product description or instructions, and be ready for display and sale.

Artists should plan to attend the opening and/or visit and browse the gallery some time during the duration of the show. The show will run from December 5 – 28.

Marketing materials will be made available to artists for promotion of the show through all available means.

For photos of previous exhibitions, please visit our flickr page. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you for looking & submitting.

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Holiday Market Sneak Preview

Here’s a little sneak preview of a just a few of the fun and unique items we have in store for this year’s swell Holiday Market.

For more peeks into this year’s event, visit us at www.facebook.com/swellgallery.IL.

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Hours Set for 2013 Holiday Market

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Call for Artists: 2013 Holiday Market

We are currently accepting submissions for the 5th Annual swell Holiday Arts & Crafts & Vintage Market.

A broad range of work is sought, from traditional artwork, prints, jewelry, accessories for the home, edibles, clothing, toys, cards, ornaments, you name it. Items with modest, gift-friendly price tags are desired.

Please email images or links to curator@swellgallery.com no later than Saturday, November 2, 2013 for consideration. Images should convey how items are displayed or packaged.

Selected artists will be responsible for delivery and return of their artwork. Gallery commission is 25% of all sales. Accepted items must have price tags securely attached and be ready for display and sale.

Artists should plan to attend the opening on Saturday, December 7 and/or visit and browse the gallery some time during the duration of the show. The show will run from December 6 – 29.

Marketing materials will be made available to artists for promotion of the show through all available means.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you for looking & submitting.

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