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

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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 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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“Family” Exhibit Reveals Inherited Creativity

Generations of artists mix the influence of nature and nurture as they exhibit alongside talented family members

It is true that artistic talent often runs in the family. Whether due to genetics or environment, or a combination thereof, many artists are acutely aware that their creative spark is shared among elder and younger family members.

Our upcoming art exhibit explores the common artistic talents of a half dozen Chicago area families.

Some of the subject families center on parents who have directly influenced and worked collaboratively with their children, shaping their love for art making from an early age while continuing to pursue their own artistic practice. Others feature multiple generations creating independently and, initially, without knowledge of the artistic expressions of their relatives.

Unlike most group and gallery exhibitions, “Family” disregards any commonality of subject matter or medium. The result is an extremely eclectic mixture of artwork that focuses on familial relationships and how artistic tradition is passed down from one generation to the next.

Each participating family features 2 to 3 artists, ranging in age from 3 to 84. For some, this will mark the first public appearance of their artwork. Biographic information on each family and artist will narrate for the audience how their individual talents have evolved throughout their lives.

“Family” opens with an artists’ reception on Saturday, July 13 from 5-9pm. All are welcome to attend, meet the artists and celebrate a shared love for artistic expression.

The exhibition will run for three weeks. Following the July 13 opening, viewings are available on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, July 27 from 1-4pm.

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Seeking Artistic Families

Do you come from a family of artists? Does your child share in your artistic interests? Did your talent inspire another family member to create?

swell gallery in West Dundee is seeking artistic families for an exhibition in June 2013.

DEADLINE:   May 19, 2013

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:   Submissions must include a minimum of two related artists from multiple generations, i.e. parent(s)/child(ren), grandparent(s)/grandchild(ren), etc. Families must submit jointly, including 3 to 5 images per artist. At least one submitting family member should be a practicing professional artist, others may be hobbyists, if the work is of sufficient quality. Wall-mounted visual art is preferred, however submissions including other artistic disciplines are welcome.

HOW TO APPLY:   Email high-quality medium to high resolution images to: Include 3 to 5 images per artist. Please title your email “Artistic Family” followed by your family name(s). Include an explanation of the relationship between the artists, as well as a brief biography of each artist describing their artistic ventures and background.

For each image, include the following:

  • Artist’s Name
  • Title of Artwork
  • Size of Artwork (height x width)
  • Medium
  • Year Created
  • Price

NOTIFICATION:   Notification of accepted submissions will be provided by June 1, 2013. Accepted artists are expected to attend the opening reception and promote the exhibition to family, friends and fans. Gallery commission on artwork sales is 25%.

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Blurring the Lines: mixed media abstraction

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Up Next: Delicious Abstract Work

Thank you to everyone who visited and shopped our 4th annual Holiday Market this past December. Another success!

Coming up next, we will be bringing you an exhibition of deliciously colorful abstract paintings, prints and collages. Mark your calendar for the opening reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5-9 pm, and stay tuned for details.

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Holiday Market Opening

Thank you to all who came out for to Friday’s preview event for the 2012 Holiday Market.  It was such a success, we will be replenishing our stock and adding new items before the opening!

Please join us Saturday, December 8 from 5-9 pm for the opening reception. Many of our artists will be in attendance.

Regular shop hours will continue on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 pm, or by appointment, through the end of the year.

A wide variety of handmade items are available from over 20 artists, including jewelry, gift tags, ornaments, traditional artwork, clothing/aprons, fairy houses, teacup plants and bags, not to mention the best soy candles ever made, fantastic mid-century vintage items and much more.

For your very own sneak preview, click below.

2012 swell Holiday Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

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swell Holiday Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

swell Holiday Market 2012

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