Monday, October 3, 2016

You Be The Artist Night

When was the last time you did something for you? It's time to stop, take a breath, and decide you are going to do something fun and creative! We all have those artistic ideas rolling around in our minds, and we ask ourselves, can I really do this? You can!

On Saturday, November 5, you will have the opportunity to work with NIA! A quick glance through our Artists page will show you that we bring a diverse set of skills to the table, from painting and drawing, to mixed media collage work.

We are ready to share our knowledge with you in a series of live demos, after which you will be let loose to take over the art studio! We will have all kinds of art supplies on hand for you to play with, from pastels to paint. The whole NIA team will be with you to answer your questions about the materials.

This is your chance to let loose and experiment! Each guest gets a blank canvas to fill with their ARTIEST ideas! Whether you have never touched a paintbrush, or whether you are comfortable with the term 'substrate', you will have free reign to be the artist!

This event is BYOB. For more information and registration, click here.

You Be The Artist Night
Saturday, November 5, 2016
6:30pm - 9:00pm
ticket price: $20

Monday, September 19, 2016

Do You Miss the Party Lights

Saturday's NIA Gallery Party was a big success! Maybe that's why we all look so triumphant in the photo above. Clockwise from left: Christina Bosco, Dean Johnson, Terrie Byrne, and Christopher Berry (kneeling).

We totally achieved our goals for this event. We sold six of the nine wine glasses we had hand-painted, and several people left donations in a freewill jar. All of those proceeds will help to pay for NIA Fine Art Friday, our December 2 art show.

Below are some pictures from the show, including photos of the artists with their displays. We all agreed beforehand that the party would serve as a preview for NIA Fine Art Friday, so we limited ourselves to three pieces each.

Above, you see Christopher Berry with his lively, abstract pieces. The party was Christopher's first NIA show, but he has been working with us all year to shape the trajectory of NIA. We're so glad to have you with us, Chris! Check out more of his work on instagram.

Next, you see Christina Bosco with two of her beautifully expressive paintings. This was Christina's third NIA event, although she always manages to surprise us with her inimitable vision. Christina is one of those artists whose work continually evolves and matures. You can view her website here.

Above is Dean Johnson with some of his pop cut-outs. Along with Terrie Byrne, Dean is a founder of NIA, but he always says the concept is bigger than the artists who participate. NIA is already making good on that idea, drawing in new talent and setting more ambitious goals. Dean's website is here.

As usual, we didn't manage to snag a shot of our host, Terrie Byrne, standing still! She was too busy graciously attending to everyone's needs. Above, you see two of her timelessly elegant paintings. Terrie's website is undergoing renovations, so the best way to follow her is on Facebook.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

In This Glass World

There is so much to see at this Saturday's NIA Gallery Party! In addition to new art for sale, NIA will be offering wine glasses hand-painted by NIA members. The paint was baked-on for resilience, making the glasses fully usable and hand-washable. Imaging pairing your next glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with a piece of hand-made art!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Come see the diverse artistic visions of NIA, the Northside Independent Artists. NIA's one major showing for 2016 takes place Friday, December 2, at 858 N Ashland Ave.

Exhibit includes works by Christopher Berry, Christina Bosco, Terrie Byrne, and Dean Johnson. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and stunning artwork for sale.

By bus, take the #9 Ashland bus or the #66 Chicago bus to the corner of Chicago & Ashland Avenue. The space is located on Ashland just north of Chicago Avenue.

If you are driving, there is ample metered parking on both Ashland and Chicago.

A year's worth of hard work has led to this moment, do don't miss it! The event is free and open to the public! Come out and support your local artists, NIA

For more information, see our Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

NIA Gallery Party

Saturday, September 17, 2016
7:30pm - 10:00pm
please e-mail for the address

You are invited to NIA Gallery Party! Come meet NIA, the Northside Independent Artists, and view our latest pieces. We will be serving light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

There will be a select assortment of our artwork to view and purchase. NIA members will be in attendance, including Christopher Berry, Christina Bosco, Terrie Byrne, and Dean Johnson.

Our party venue is located on Addison St, just west of Inner Lake Shore Dr. There will be free parking in the tennis courts across Lake Shore. For the complete address, please e-mail us:

Our goal with NIA Gallery Party is to help fund our upcoming group exhibit, NIA Fine Art Friday, which will take place on December 2 and ChiPRC (858 N Ashland Ave).

Monday, September 5, 2016

Now Online: NIA Fine Art Friday

The year continues to roll on, and that means more planning and productivity from NIA! We have been hard at work behind-the-scenes getting our upcoming show, NIA Fine Art Friday, ready for you.

Part of that work has been the creation of a new website, NIA Fine Art Friday. Check it out for all the details relating to our show on December 2, 2016.

We also have a small preview of our work scheduled for Saturday, September 17. The preview will take place in a private residence TBA. To be added to the invite list, please e-mail us at:

Monday, June 20, 2016

NIA Memories

Today being the summer solstice, I can't hep but reminisce about last year's NIA art show, which took place on the summer solstice. Art of the Solstice featured work by Natalie Walser, Jerry Sacher, Christina Bosco, Dean Johnson and Terrie Byrne (shown l-to-r in the photo above). Great memories!

This anniversary also gets me thinking about our next show, NIA Fine Art Friday, which will take place Friday, December 2, 2016. We look forward to exhibiting with Christopher Berry, with whom we have been working all year on various NIA fundraisers.

Our Indiegogo campaign has officially closed, but stay tuned for news about more fundraising efforts from NIA, including a Summer Wine Tasting!