Art Wear Unlimited Preview – Promising a Great Tenth Year

A scarf to remember by Mihara Shibori Studio

Highland Park is the place to head beginning Wednesday, April 27.  Art Wear Unlimited will reveal unique and beautiful items you won’t find elsewhere.  Kathy Sackheim and Linda Brodson, Highland Parkers themselves, have been traveling throughout the country searching for and selecting wonderful art-to-wear items, which you can purchase.  Think of all the travel this will save you since this event is free and open to the public.

A great jacket by Peggotty Christensen

You can view and select from the work of 40 artists from across the country that will be displayed at this unique show for the fashion individualist.  Get set for the spring/summer season with purchases of one-of-a-kind quality wearable art that include clothing, accessories, straw hats and studio jewelry to suit multiple fashion tastes with a wide range of prices.

Intricate and fun by Penny Weinstein

Check out the casual and dressy clothing in cotton, linen and hand painted silk and the fabulous accessories and studio jewelry that will enhance any outfit. You will also find specially priced items for Mother’s Day and graduation gifts. 

Looking good by Amy Nguyen

Launched in 2006, Art wear unlimited creators Linda Brodson and Kathy Sackheim found that showing the work of artists yet to be seen in the Chicago area has proven successful. “I marvel at the talent of the artists and am truly delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to our discriminating clientele,” says Brodson. “As individuals who have been involved in the art world for many years, we recognize quality and creativity.”

That special purse by Roxanna Ahlborn

In this, it's 10th show, the semi-annual wearable art sale offers show–stopping accessories and breath–taking jewelry designed by top artists from across the country, including right here in Chicago. Some of the local design talent includes scarf designer Sandra Adams, jewelry designerLaurie Danch, and hat designer Jill Debardelaben, who specializes in using recycled materials to create wonderful hats for all seasons. The originality and creativity of wearable art is why Art wear unlimited has prevailed in the fashion industry. “You won't find these pieces in department stores," said Sackheim. “Each piece is handmade; the artists don’t mass produce them.” This gives fashion lovers from the Chicagoland area a rare opportunity to collect truly one-of-a-kind designs!

Spring is here by Doshi

In addition, attendees will enjoy the opportunity to see hand-dyed silk, organza and linen dressy jackets created by Kay ChapmanHarshita Designs and Leni Hoch; casual jackets, pants and skirts by Dress to KillSusans and Melanie Grace Designs; handbags from the studio ofMoonshine Leather and wonderfully fun jewelry by Kindred SpiritsPenny Weinstein and Patti Wells Designs and Gild the Lily. Some favorites whose work will be returning include Rebekah Younger’s fabulous spring knit sweaters; Peggoty Christensen’s hand painted silk jackets andMary Lou Ozbolt-Storer new cotton and light weight wool jackets.

Go anywhere by Kay Chapman

The complete list of artists with photos can be found on the Art wear unlimited website, For additional information please call 847.432.9229.

This will dress up anything by Patti Wells

The free and open to the public show will be held at Highland Park Country Club, located at 1201 Park Avenue West in Highland Park. Hours are Wednesday, April 27th and Thursday, April 28th, 10 am–8pm; and Friday, April 29th, 10am–5pm.


Photos: Courtesy of Linda Brodson and Art wear unlimited.

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