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Seniors Learn New Ways to Connect with Smart Tech Seniors 3.0 

 

Seniors are learning how to use more features on their smartphones and tablets thanks to Smart Tech Seniors 3.0, a series of free, live online classes organized by the19th Ward office and BAPA to help seniors better use technology so they can enjoy more fulfilling connections with family, friends and neighbors while staying safe at home.  

Now in its third year, the series features local experts Melody Camp and Claire DiCola for two concurrent training sessionsone for people with Apple devices and the other for people with Android devices.  When registering for classes, participants will be asked to check a box indicating whether they use Apple products including iPhone, iPad and iPodTouch or one of many different brands of Android devices including Nokia, Motorola and Samsung. This approach makes it possible for instructors to be more specific about how to use the features on certain devices. 

Participants may choose as many of the following classes as they like: 

Getting to Know Alexa or Echo Dot, Thurs., Jan, 7, 10:30 a.m., helps seniors explore how to set-up and use voice-activated devices to enjoy music, prompt reminders, create a shopping list, order on Amazon, or ask any kind of question from finding  a quote from Shakespeare to getting a weather forecast. 

Downloading Apps to Make Life Easier, Thurs., Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m., enables participants to discover how to easily access 19th Ward, City of Chicago and BAPA resources as well as how to set up and manage telehealth visits. The class will also cover how to set-up and manage accounts with DoorDash, Grub Hub, InstaCart and Uber Eats for food delivery. 

Taking Safety and Security Measures, Thurs., Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m., covers how to stay safe online. Learn how to respond when someone offers to take your device to fix a problem; how to identify scam emails; how to delete and unsubscribe from unwanted emails; what to do if you make a mistake; and how to install Ring and other doorbells with security cameras.  

Each 30-minute class is followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. Prior to each class, participants can send questions for the trainer.  Class recordings, copies of instructions and helpful hints sheets that can be printed will be available at the 19th Ward and BAPA websites, making it easy for participants to review information, or for people not able to attend to review the presentation 

Register for classes at www.the19thward.com or www.bapa.org; click on the Smart Tech Seniors 3.0 section and fill in the form. All registered participants will receive an email with a link. Joining the class just takes one click. For help registering or for more details, call 773-238-8766. 

Smart Tech Seniors 3.0 virtual classes are sponsored by State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, State Rep. Kelly Burke, State Rep. Justin Slaughter, Mercy Circle and Smith Village.  

Beverly Arts Center Serves Chicagoland with Fine Arts Programs 

By Brittany Wiley 
BAPA Business Liaison 

Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., has been a cornerstone of the Beverly/Morgan Park community since 1967.  Since it’s inception, it has been providing the Chicago area with “high-quality programs in dance, visual arts, music, film and theater.”  

The 40,000 square foot space is home to a 400-seat Baffes Theaterthe Jack Simmerling Art Gallery, exhibition spaces, music and dance studios, art classrooms and event rental spaces including the courtyard and atrium. The BAC has utilized its space to build community around multi-discipline arts programming, education and entertainment. 

The Beverly Arts Center, considered a non-essential business, has been financially impacted by Tier 3 pandemic mitigation, with overall revenue is down 75%.  School of the Arts tuition revenue is down; ticket sales are non-existent due to cancellations.   

As a result, the BAC has lost 18 teachers who switched careers. “People are leaving the arts because it is not sustainable as a career right now,” said Andrew Lindstad, BAC Director of Development and Marketing. 

In an effort to continue to engage the community, BAC is offering virtual classes.  Some classes have been successful but overall attendance has been low.  The School of the Arts winter session starts the week of Jan. 5, with a wide variety of online classes in visual and performing arts; find the class schedule and registration at beverlyartcenter.org. The BAC will follow all local, state, and CDC guidelines; if winter session in-person classes not allowed, they will offer a virtual option until on-site classes cans afely resume. 

In order to continue serving the community at the level they want to when they can resume in-person classes and eventsthe BAC needs memberships and donations.  Their memberships start as low as $35 per year for seniors; the BAC is a not-for-profit organization.   

Despite the inability to operate normally, the BAC hosted impactful events last year and have more coming in 2021.   

Lindstad said the BAC always asks, “What can art do beyond entertaining?” One answer is to create a conversation.  And they did that in October when they hosted a virtual reading of Front Porch Society by playwright and Beverly/Morgan Park native Melda Beaty. 

The play follows protagonist Carrie Honey, an African American woman grieving the death of her son at the hands of police.  After each scene, a facilitated discussion was able to “spark dialogue and help people find common ground,” Lindstad said.  “One of our missions is to be a place where people can come together and experience art but also a safe place to have this conversation.” 

BAC will host “Elements of the Imagination,” an exhibit of sculptural costumes and paintings by Beverly/Morgan Park artist Sandra Leonard, Jan. 15 to Feb. 20 in the Simmerling Gallery.  The exhibit opens with an artist reception Fri., Jan. 15, 6 to 8 p.m.  For Black History MonthChicago native Hana L. Anderson present a staged reading of “Being Sincere,” a coming-of-age story about a middle-aged man who lives with his terminally ill grandmother. The reading is Sat., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. in the studio theater and seating is limited.    

The BAC depends on and is grateful for community support. Our neighbors are lucky to have a recognized fine arts facility so close to home. Let’s continue to support this institution and keep it thriving for future generations! 

To buy tickets, become a BAC member, register for classes or learn more about our community art center visit beverlyartscenter.org.  

Earl Sean Simpson Celebrates 102nd Birthday in January  

Determined to not let a raging pandemic slow him downBeverly/Morgan Park resident Earl Sean Simpson, is gearing up to celebrate his 102nd birthday on Sat.Jan. 9 from the safety of his home through a FaceTime Fest with family, friends and church members. 

Simpson is a staunch man of faith and a devout servant at Coppin Memorial AME Church where he currently attends worship service on Zoom. Simpson and his wife, the late Helen Hudson Simpson, were honored by Coppin for being outstanding members.  

Described as a quiet, deep thinking, organized and compassionate man, Simpson enjoys reading and discussing the daily newspaper and watching news programs to stay current on local and national events, especially politics. He loves jazz, gospel and old big band music and enjoys watching western movies, the National Geographics series and Netflix. Still sporting a healthy appetite, Simpson will not turn down a delicious meal of seafood, gumbo, fried catfish, shrimp or soup. He likes ketchup on most foods and has one strong cup of coffee daily.  

Simpson has lived in the community since 2002. He was born in Natchez, Mississippi and raised in New Orleans, where he completed his elementary school education and worked various jobs to support himself. He accepted Christ at an early age at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in New Orleans.  

Simpson married his sweetheart, Helen Hudson, in 1942 and to this union four children were born. Simpson moved the family to Chicago in 1945 after his military service in World War II. He was a Private First Class in the United States Army in a segregated unit, 696th Port Company (Transportation Corps), from Apr. 25, 1942 until he was honorably discharged on Nov. 26, 1945.  

In Chicago, Simpson worked as a machine operator at International Harvester and as a United States Post Office mail clerk at the main downtown Chicago location until his retirement in 1982. His wife died in 2005.  

Hobbies consume a good portion of Simpson’s time. He cares for the houseplants and when he was able he enjoyed planting and caring for his vegetable garden. He has a special love for dogs and loved taking care of his beloved Yorkie, Bandit, until he passed on. Today, Simpson lives with his daughter, Marguerite, in their family home where they love and take care of each other and enjoy watching church service on the computer, planning their weekly meals and occasional travel with family members. 

Simpson often shares advice on life with young people, such as “Stay busy and get a good education so you can work in a career of your choice. Get involved in church and find positive recreation. With 62 years of marital experience, Simpson also has sound advice for married couples“Learn to work together, love each other and try to understand each other.  

 

January Community Calendar

Grab your favorite beverage, log-in to the City Grange Classroom for a casual houseplant chat with expert Alex Muehlbauer, Thursdays, beginning Jan. 14, 6:15 p.m. Each week they show off the store’s beautiful houseplant inventory, share great info, and take your questions. There may even be a special guest or two. Free, but registration is required; go to Citygrange.com and select classes. You will be sent a link to this class through Eventbrite before start time.  

 

January Local School Council meetings; call the school or visit the website for information. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Jan., 5, Jan., 12 (rescheduled meeting), and Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m., 773-535-2690, VHAElementary.org; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Jan. 7 and Feb. 4, 6 p.m., 773-535-2590, Kellogg.CPS.Edu; Barnard School LSC, Mon., Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2625, Barnard.CPS.eduSutherland School LSC, Tues., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2580, Sutherland.CPS.Edu; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Jan. 20 (tentative), 6 p.m., 773-535-2550, MorganParkCPS.org.  

 

The Amazing Value of  ‘Free’ 

By Kristin Boza 

Beverly Free Box is a Facebook community of 3,000 neighbors who give away items no longer needed to anyone willing to swing by and grab it from their porch.  

This explanation is almost too simple. What really happened since the group began three years ago is an explosion of goodwill, sharing, building connections, and saving items from the landfill. 

“Frau Rau, the Facebook moniker used by the group’s founder, modeled Beverly Free Box after a successful group in her previous North Side community. “It’s just really cool that it’s taken root, grown tons, and has become a regular positive community-enhancing part of so many people’s lives,” she said.  

Maureen Rose is the current admin of the group. “I love Beverly Free Box for so many different reasons,” she said. “I love the sense of community and the camaraderie between members. I love that items are being recycled, reused, and upcycled. Watching as neighbors help neighbors is powerful and moving, especially during Covid. The generosity in our community is unbelievable!” 

There is nearly no limit on items available at any given moment on Free Box. From outgrown kids’ clothing to furniture to electronics to food, group members simply take a photo of the item, post their cross-streets, and then wait (seriously, just minutes) for the first person to claim it. Claimers must privatemessage the giver within a couple of hours to arrange porch pick-up. And the transaction is complete.  

But Beverly Free Box is about a lot more than “things.” It has been known to save the day for many neighbors 

Lizzie Duszynski’s 6-year-old daughter decided two days before Halloween that her costume had to be a firebird. “My kid has big ideas, but with no supplies (and we are not going inside shops these days), I put out a call on Beverly Free Box to see if anyone had any bits of fabric they could share,” Duszynski said. “Within minutes, strangers from around the neighborhood left bags of fabric, feathers, fabric glue, and even a poufy dress out on their porches for me to collect. I want to cry just thinking about how kind that was! I know it seems like such a small thing, but during this season where all my husband and I are doing is saying ‘no’, it felt so good to actually say yes to something. I was so touched by the kindness of strangers and this story is just a tiny sliver of the sense of community thriving in this little Facebook group. 

Some Free Box members use the group to spread kindness and support local businesses. Nancy McGourty was able to furnish two apartments for her adult children by claiming items on Free Box, and she often purchases growlers of beer from Horse Thief Hollow and Open Outcry to raffle off in the group. Raffles are also used for the most popular items when there’s dozens of people interested; each person responds with a number and the original poster sets a deadline to randomly choose the winner. 

But, even small things are given away. Mary Lawlor shared that one time someone posted a bottle of lime juice they were giving away. Lawlor was second in line, and mentioned she just needed two tablespoons for a recipe. “The first claimant messaged me and not only gave me what I needed, but delivered it! This is an awesome group of people, and it’s even like group therapy for me. I see that others have missed a deadline to return an item to the store so they post it on Free Box; seeing this has helped me realize I need to accept my own mistakes and move on,” she said.  

Furniture is notoriously hard to get rid of — before Free Box, that is. Christina Badnaruk was able to snag a beautiful dining room table. “I felt like I won the lottery! When I set the table up in my dining room, I started to tear up. I have always wanted a nice dining room table and chairs. This group is a community of amazing people built on trust and the ‘give and take’ system. I have never seen or been a part of anything like it!” she said.  

Sometimes, Free Boxers post “curb alerts” when see a piece of furniture or pile of used toys waiting for the trash pick-up. They’ll take a photo, post the cross streets, and alert others who may want to head over before the garbage trucks arrive. Julianne Gorny is a local contact for furniture that is not claimed on Free Box and she works to coordinate donations to a charitable organization. “It feels good in this time of COVID to be able to reach out beyond our homes and families and help someone out,” she said. “The generosity and willingness to help has been a great benefit.” 

Meosha Thomas is always on the lookout for discarded furniture. She uses it to help train people at her non-profit organization, One Savvy Veteranrevitalizing the pieces at her art studio on 79th Street. “I use the furniture to teach those seeking employment a new skill so that entrepreneurship can be an option for them,” she said. “I donate furniture items that I have repurposed to women veterans in need so they have a cool and functional art piece.” 

As much fun as the group members have, there are sometimes requests for those in need as well. One anonymous member said that she reached out to the group when her sister-in-law left a domestic violence situation. “She boarded a train with nothing but the clothes on her and her two tiny children’s backs. Several people stepped up offering packnplays, toys, clothes, and shoes. The community of givers, especially in times like now, gives me hope in the future of our world.”  

Join Beverly Free Box and see what this community can do; search for it on Facebook.  

Operation Remembrance Continues at Mount Greenwood Cemetery  

 

Four new grave markers for Union Army veterans of the U. S. Civil War were recently installed at Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 W. 111th St., bringing the number of Civil War markers at the cemetery to over 100. The markers were obtained through the cemetery’s Operation Remembrance initiative, started in 2007 to identify and mark graves of veterans of U.S. military service. 

The Civil War veterans were identified through the research efforts of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the fraternal organization for male descendants of members of the Union forces.  

The markers were supplied by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran buried in any cemetery around the world. Family members, or other representatives of the veteran including cemetery officials from the burial location, may apply for the marker.  

Paula Everett, president of Mount Greenwood Cemetery Association, said Operation Remembrance was begun “to honor and acknowledge the veterans who have served our country by making sure these forgotten heroes had their graves marked so they could be recognized by future generations.”  

It is estimated that there are more than 350 Civil War veterans buried in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, many in unmarked graves. Their service records often were not indicated on their burial records. SUVCW and Mount Greenwood Cemetery have worked together for several years to identify the veterans and obtain markers for their graves. In July, SUVCW researcher David Bailey contacted the cemetery with newly identified veterans, leading to the four new markers. Bailey commended Mount Greenwood Cemetery for its efforts.  

 “Statues of generals are often displayed, but individual soldiers are also important. Mount Greenwood Cemetery has worked for years to recognize the veterans buried there,” said Bailey.   

 

 

Neighborhood Notes: Community Events for December 

 

LSC Meetings. Call the school or visit their website for information on in-person or virtual LSC meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m., 773-535-2690, VHAElementary.org; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Dec. 3 and Jan. 7, 6 p.m., 773-535-2590, Kellogg.CPS.Edu; Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2625, Barnard.CPS.edu; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Dec. 16, 6 p.m., 773-535-2550, MorganParkCPS.org. 

Free Stores for Neighbors in Need. People in need of personal hygiene and first aid items, food supplies and connections to other resources are welcome at the community Free Stores. Hygiene and first aid products are available on the first and third Wednesdays, (Dec. 2 and 16), 4:30 to 6 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Emergency food distributions are Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m. Contact 19th Ward Mutual Aid for location. The free stores are hosted by 19th Ward Mutual Aid, Turpin Cares and BAPA. 

Help Feed Hungry Neighbors. Support emergency food assistance for area neighbors by donating to the Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry. Mail donations to the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago 60643.  

Document Shredding. Document shredding for 19th Ward residents is set for Sat., Dec. 5, 9 to 11 a.m., Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. Pulaski. Free; open for 19th Ward residents only. Only loose documents with staples and binders removed can be accepted.  

Castle Christmas Tree Sale. Just 100 Fraser Firs will be on sale in the parking lot at the Givins Beverly Castle, Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., on the weekends of Dec. 5 and 6 and Dec. 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New this year: order your tree online at www.beverlyunitarian.org; free delivery to homes in 60643. 

St. John Fisher parish is holding a Holiday Grand Raffle tickets are $100 each, available at 773-445-6565, www.sjfschool.net and www.stjohnfisherparish.net. The drawing will be held Dec. 6 following 11 a.m. mass for 1st prize, $25,000, 2nd prizes, $5000 and 3rd prize, $2000. 

Beverly/Morgan Park Coloring Books. Color Me Beverly II and Color Me Morgan Park, coloring books featuring local scenes and familiar buildings illustrated by Beverly/Morgan Park artist Judie Anderson and accompanied by text from Carol Flynn of the Ridge Historical Society, make wonderful holiday gifts. The books appeal to adults and children alike. They are unique collectors’ items that also offer fun-time activity. They easy to mail to friends and family who have moved away and are nostalgic for the old neighborhood. Books retails for $10 each and are available at Bookie’s, 10324 S. Western,, and Turkey gift shop, 9913 S. Walden Parkway, or by contacting Carol Flynn, cflynn2013@yahoo.com. 

Toys for Tots Collection. Our House Wealth Advisors, 3838 W. 111th St., #110, is partnering with neighborhood leaders and businesses to support the Marine Toys for Tots charity drive through Dec. 9. Donations of unwrapped toys – NO stuffed animals – are appreciated; drop off at Our House Wealth Advisors. Businesses are invited to learn more about becoming a collection site by contacting Tony Michalek, 312-819-4200 or tony@ourhousewealth.com 

Hats (and Scarfs) for the Homeless. Morgan Park United Methodist Church invites the community to join in knitting or crocheting hats and scarfs to be given to homeless shelters as part of church’s Advent Outreach Program.  Items may be dropped off at the church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Thurs., Dec. 10 and Fri., Dec. 11, 12 to 5 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info morganparkumc@wowway.com or 773-238-2600. 

Donate Blood. 19th Ward Blood Drive, Sat., Dec. 12, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Brother Rice High School, north gym, 10001 S. Pulaski. Appointments required; use code CS01 at wwwsave3lives.org or 800-280-4102. Bring photo ID to appointment. 

Take-Out Tuesdays. Take-Out Tuesdays is a great way to support neighborhood restaurants and have a chance to win a $20 Bucks Stop Here gift card. Participation is easy: Order take-out or delivery food from a 19th Ward restaurant on Tuesdays through Dec. 15, post a picture of your meal on social media tagging Matt O’Shea and the restaurant from which you ordered. Posts will be entered in the drawing and winners will be pulled every Friday.  

Super Raffle. Businesses in the 19th Ward will benefit from proceeds from the new Super Raffle, and people who buy tickets have a chance to win a new Ford Escape S or $15,000 in cash. Raffle tickets are $10 each. The 2nd prize is $5000 and free pizza for a year from S&T Provisions, and 3rd, 4th and 5th prize winners will each receive $100 gift cards for each of 39 participating businesses. Buy raffle tickets www.the19thward.com through Dec. 20. Drawing is Dec. 22. Info kelly@the19thward.com. 

 

Holidays at the BAC 

A lot has changed this year, but one thing is for sure: The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., offers ways to have some holiday fun.  

Santa Sleighs the Holidays is socially-distant, drive-thru visit with Santa and his elves Sat., Dec. 12 and Sat., Dec. 19, 5 to 8 p.m. Register in advance for a limited number of spots to receive a Letter to Santa template and details about the event. Kids can tell Santa whether they’ve been naughty or nice from the safety of the car. Each family will receive a photo of the encounter and each child will receive a special surprise from Santa. $10 per car. (If your family is experiencing financial impact due to COVID-19, contact Carly Bishop, Artistic Director, carly@beverlyartcenter.org, for information.) The Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association is the BAC’s partner for this holiday event.  

Holly Jolly Painting Party | Hybrid: In Person or Online | Sat, Dec, 21 | 7-10PM | Adults 21+ | $45($40) 

Paint a holiday themed masterpiece using acrylic paint on canvas and receive step by step guidance from a professional Teaching Artist while socially-distanced and wearing a mask (online option) at the Holly Jolly Painting Party, Sat., Dec. 21, 7 to 10 p.m.  Ages 21 and up. $45 per person. All supplies provided; online participants can pick up supply kits from the BAC Wed., Dec. 9.)  

December Mini-Mester | School of Fine Arts Workshops | Nov 30 – Dec 20 

Looking for a creative outlet to break up the monotony or interested in “dipping your toes” in a new art form? Join the BAC School of Fine Arts Teaching Artists for mini-mester workshops during December. The mini-mester, offered in-person, online or hybrid, giives students the opportunity to try something new for just three classes. Check workshop details at www.beverlyartcenter.org.  

Winter Break Camp
Monday – Wednesday, December 21-23 AND Monday – Wednesday, December 28-30 | $270($243)
Kids age 5 to 12 can learn about winter holidays and traditions from all over the world while creating gifts for friends and family, making tasty winter-themed creations, and enjoying songs and theatre along the way at the Winter Break Camp, Dec. 21 through 23 and 28 through 30, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre and after care available.  

Remnants & Remains, an exhibit of works by Elaine Miller, continues through Dec. 8 in the Simmerling Gallery, to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 12 to 4 p.m. weekends Free.  Miller is scenic artist painting who exhibits nationally. She is a recent recipient of business and City of Chicago grants towards a billboard project promoting the urban forest through a series of paintings. 

Toys for Tots Donations Needed More Than Ever 

By Kristin Boza 

So much is needed by so many people this yearFor those who are able to donate a little something extra, Santa and his elves could use a boost. 

The Marine Toys for Tots collection, which was started in 1947 by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, is taking place through Weds., Dec. 9 at local businesses. The local Toys for Tots drive is organized by Our House Wealth Advisors and its CEO and Financial Advisor Robin House and her husband and COO of the company Tony Michalek.   

The couple has been coordinating this effort since 2012 and has collected thousands of toys for the driveLast year, 65 19th Ward businesses participated and nearly 900 toys were collected, according to Michalek.  

“Business owners want to give back to their community, especially during tough times,” Michalek said. “The best part of Toys for Tots is interacting with them when delivering the boxes and seeing their passion to help families have a better holiday season. No matter how many toys we collect, they always apologize and wish there were more to give. We are humbled by their inherent outpouring of goodwill.” 

Once Michalek and House collect all of the donations, they sort them to ensure the donation guidelines are followed. Any toys that are used and all stuffed animals are donated to another organization. Then, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve delivers the toys to families. 

“Their ability to distribute is amazing and each region competes with the others on who collects the most toys,” Michalek said. “Robin and I enjoy hearing the stories during the final push in early December.” 

Due to COVID-19, many families are in need of assistance. Due to restrictions on businesses and a lack of the usual foot traffic in shops, there is concern about how many toys will be collected this year.  

“Since we are seeing the business participation at 50% of normal, we obviously expect the amount of toys collected to be lower this year,” Michalek said. “Our House Wealth Advisors also volunteers for the 19th Ward Mutual Aid, and the amount of families picking up [emergency] food and other household items are growing rapidly.” 

There are two important rules about giving to Toys for Tots. First, please do not wrap the toys and second, please do not donate stuffed animals or used toys.  

Businesses can learn more about being a collection site by contacting Tony Michalek, 312-819-4200 or tony@ourhousewealth.comPeople who want to donate can drop off or have items shipped directly to Our House Wealth, 3838 W. 111th St., #110, Chicago IL 60655 

Winter Pandemograms 

 

The Beverly Area Art Alliance (The Alliance) hosts. Winter Pandemograms, a new series of public art projects displayed at local businesses. Fostering the connection between artists and community members, the Pandemograms also support small businesses. 

Look for these new Pandemogramsnow in the process of being installed  

Western Avenue: “Stay Active,” a yarn bomb by fiber artist Linda Beierle Bullen, Sports & Ortho; “Psychedelic Solstice” window painting by Cathy Sorich, Horse Thief Hollow; “This Too Shall Pass” by street artist Won Kim, Bookies,; painting by Matthew Dicks, Running Excels; and murals by  Paul Branton, Phil Cottom and  Brendan McAlinden, Nicky’s on 105th.  

99th and Walden Parkway: “Daisy,” mixed media installation by Dan McCabe, Tranquility;  “Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows” and “Circles of Life” wreath art installation by Robin Power, Turkey; paintings by Judie Anderson, Oak & Bloom; and “We’re All Connected- Love To Keep Me Warm,” collaborative installation led by Dawn LiddicoattColor Me Beauty Bar 

Info: Facebook, Instagram @bev_artalliance and www.BeverlyArts.org