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Featured Artists

An exciting new add this season is a featured natural material artists at each walk site, displaying and selling their work (bring your pocket book!). See links below to each artist's site.


Polly Greathouse

As a photographer and multimedia visual artist, Polly Greathouse is inspired by the graceful movement of plants and grasses, flowers and trees. Her artwork is a celebration of the motion and stature they suggest in all the seasons, from scrawny shoots in Spring and bold swaths in Summer, to swarthy seedpods in Fall and stalwart skeletons in Winter. It is always an irresistible show.

To see more of Polly's work, 

Click HERE

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Barb Kirpluk

As an avid gardener myself, I am happy to be a part of this years garden walk. I spent the bulk of my working life as an interior landscaper, caring for tropical plants in the Chicago Suburbs. Known as your “plant lady” I kept offices and public spaces green and alive with all varieties of plants, common to exotic. I have been a life long artist, and currently am concentrating on painting acrylic portraits of birds, and animals. I also enjoy dabbling in landscapes, and for extra challenge, portraits of people.To see more of Barb's work, 

Click HERE


Anni Schwabe

With an ‘I can make that’ attitude, Anni is self-taught in many facets of art. Among them are fiber arts, book binding, mixed media, collage, and lots of experimenting. It is thru all that experimenting that ideas are constantly being born. She teaches workshops at Art and Soul around the country. Nature and conservation play a huge role in her daily life and is often depicted in her art.
To see more of Anni's work, 

Click HERE


Natalie Walser

Natalie Walser is a fine artist making art in Chicago, IL. Her work focuses on the intersection of nature, femininity, and the urban landscape with a touch of surrealism. Working primarily on paper in gouache and pencil, she has created a world where there is both beauty and mystery in each piece. She offers both original paintings, prints and greeting cards featuring her work. To see more of Natalie's work, 

Click HERE

Kirsten Saunders

Kirsten is most inspired by her ever changing garden, whimsy, and her love of nature and its amazing creatures. Each piece is one of a kind, created in her home studio in Gurnee Illinois. 

Whether you are looking for a gift, an ornament to brighten your garden or window, a necklace to adorn your outfit, a small dish for soaps or jewelry, or a vase for a gorgeous Spring bouquet, she has something for every taste and budget. Working mostly with Terra Cotta clay, pieces are wheel thrown, hand built, or a construction of both. Her mosaics are a blend of crockery, her own pottery, glass, and other enticing items.

You can find her on Facebook and Instagram at kirstenpottery.

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