Thank You and Farewell

We are so very grateful for all the friends we have made over the years and all the wonderful artists we have met and that have supported our efforts at Out of the Box.  Out of the Box has closed its doors for the last time and will not reopen.

Thank You and Farewell

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Classic Functional Pottery meets Chinese Brush Painting

Putnam Design

John Putnam is an Oak Park resident and a long time participant at Out of the Box Art Market.

Putnam Design

Putnam Design

Putnam loves classic functional pottery for its shape and form, the kind of shapes that find their way into museums — simple but highly valued. He likes the idea that he can create something that will be used daily and enhance someone’s life and may even last 1000 of years.

Putnam says, “I create functional and decorative pottery. For me the shape is most important with glaze, texture and brush painting secondary to the shape. I have studied classical Chinese Brush Painting for almost 40 years from Monica Liu and that work finds a canvas on some of my pottery. I feel that the piece has to speak for its self and they will find a home with one that listens to that voice. My work is simple but not plain, with possibly an oriental feel. “

Putnam has the distinction of being the only Out of the Box Artist sporting mutton chops!

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Oak Parker long-time participant in Out of the Box Art Market

Jill Buckingham

Born and raised in Oak Park lives two blocks away from Out of the Box Art Market and has participated in the Art Market almost every year!  She has always loved accessories, especially jewelry. So after getting a degree in nursing and business, she decided to do what she really loves and make jewelry.


Buckingham just opened a solo show at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, IL.   Her work is for sale there also.

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Camilla Krueger Designs

Krueger is a felter and makes one of a kind hats, fantastic vests and scarves.

CKrueger red felted hatShe was introduced to felting about five years ago at the Lillstreet Art Center and was immediately hooked.  She started working at home on her kitchen butcher block counter making flat pieces and eventually learned how to make hats and bags. She graduated to Nuno Felting—a technique where you coax wool fibers through other fabrics such as silk, rayon and cotton to create a unique textile.  An inspiring workshop in Tuscany with Mai Hvistendahl (a Norwegian felter) gave her a beginning in creating clothing from Nuno felt.

She continues to explore the ancient art of felting and takes at least one felting workshop a year to study with felting icons all over the world.

Besides being an accomplished felter, Krueger has raised two daughters (her daughter Frances is also at Out of the Box), worked as a musician and also spent 7 years in southwest China (Sichuan) teaching English.  We love the homemade hummus she makes for us each year!  Visit her website for more info.

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It’s An Apron, You Don’t Have To Cook, Just Wear it!

Ann Perry Designs


Perry’s line of fashionable aprons was inspired by her career as a professional cook.   She loves to host, cook for and entertain friends at dinner parties.  She found herself looking dull and dingy after cooking for a party, while everyone else looked fresh and festive.   She took some of her favorite’ dresses and reconstructed them into aprons which became the birth of Ann Perry Designs.

Ann Perry Designs is bringing self-care back in the fold of life via the kitchen and hosting.

It’s An Apron, You Don’t Have To Cook, Just Wear it!

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Stocking Stuffers

By Tina Tuszynski

under 251Sometimes it’s the small gifts that can be the toughest to find. Trying to find something unique yet useful for hostess gifts, your children’s teachers, and your assistant at work can be challenging. And it’s always nice to have a bunch of stocking stuffers as well! Come shop at Out of the Box Art Market at 109 North Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park this weekend – you’ll find a nice selection of artisan crafted items for under $25, as well as at all price ranges! Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find:

Grown Up Kid Stuff

Who doesn’t like chocolate? And it’s even better when it’s made locally, using all natural ingredients! These scrumptious chocolate and caramel sauces from Grown Up Kid Stuff come in a variety of flavors, are all priced under $25!

Critter Project - Tree for Dogs FrontYour furry babies will love these handmade toys crafted from fleece fabric and faux fur by Critter Projects. And when you buy these cat and dog toys, 100% of the profits will help fund animal care efforts, such as beds and toys for shelter cats and dogs.

ChicagoLove these magnet sets from Riesen Photography, featuring selections of photography images such as the Beatles, city scenes, and sports teams. A set of six themed magnets is only $12.95.

imageThese handmade pillow covers make a quirky, colorful gift and are great ways to add a fresh new look to any room. Each cover features original hand-drawn and custom designed organic cotton sateen fabric on front, coordinating solid on back, by local artist Shawn Sargent.

shawnAlso by Shawn Sargent, these Snappy Sketches are sturdy pouches that can be utilized for carrying miscellaneous items. Use the easy pull tabs and “voila,” it opens and snaps shut when released. Bags feature original drawings and designs on organic cotton sateen fabric, and are machine quilted for extra padding. The Medium Tablet is a colorful carry case for small PC Tablets, iPads, books and school supplies. Jazz up your smart phones with the Smart Phone Snappy or use it with the Small Snappy for gift cards, cosmetics, toys, art supplies, or all those loose items in your purse. Any size makes a fun holiday gift, filled with goodies.

Unique ornaments and key chains made from recycled corks for the wine lover from Donna Zommer Cork Art.  Ornaments $9.95 each and keychain only $6.95 each.

oak park collectionBeautiful and unique handmade coasters, magnets, pendants, and ornaments featuring original photography of the Chicago area by Reformado Photography.


Handcrafted glass ornaments feature reproductions of the original artwork of Scott Stoltman, for only $17 each.

holly Repurposed cigar boxes from Omar’s Cigars can be used as a jewelry box, a man’s catchall for his dresser, an office container, or more. They range in price from $15 to $40.

ode3 Many of our artists also have a great selection of beautiful jewelry priced at $25 or under, such as these festive mini-earrings from Objets d’envy, or unique key fobs from Erin Rose Designs. IMG_8703

Out of the Box Art Market, 109 North Oak Park Avenue in downtown Oak Park, is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am till 6pm, two more weekends: December 14th & 15th, and December 21st & 22nd. Shop local from over 20 different artists for unique, one of a kind gifts for yourself and others!

please note not all artists are present all weekends.

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Raffle Prizes donated by the Artists!

Share the Warmth Coat Drive and Art Raffle

Some of the artists have donated their artwork to our raffle.  Receive a raffle ticket each time you purchase from one of the artists.   The prizes include original pastel painting, recycled wool trees, wine, pet beds and more!

Donate adult size winter coats, scarves, gloves and receive a raffle ticket in exchange.  Share the warmth!

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