February Fine Arts Articles

Feb. 18
Get Ready for Empty Walls Charity Art Auction on March 3 at Niles North
If you have an "empty wall" in your home that's just waiting for the perfect piece of art, check out the Niles North Art Department's Empty Walls charity silent auction on March 3.

Empty Walls is considered one of the most unique arts events in Chicagoland. Beginning at 8 a.m. on March 3, 60 or more artists will begin creating artwork in the Codell Student Commons at Niles North High School.

Then, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., they open up the doors for a silent auction, selling each piece of art created that day as well as many others donated by artists from Chicagoland and beyond.

All proceeds this year will be donated to Special Gifts Theater, a program based in Northbrook, Ill., that provides children and teens with special needs creative drama experiences that enable personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities within the community at large.

The Empty Walls charity event is conducted every other year at Niles North and organized by Niles North arts instructors Lori Real, Deanna Sortino and Amy Zwikel. Real noted that the combination of professional artists, Niles North art alumni and students delivers amazing art that's perfect for any home.

Art, Volunteers Needed 
If you know an artist who might be interested in donating a piece, donations will be taken until Feb. 24. Contact Lori Real at lorrea@d219.org or call 847-626-2113.

If you would like to volunteer to help during the day, or at the auction, contact Gail Paskind at info@nnfap.org or 847-767-1765.

There will be a meeting of volunteers on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Room 1680. Anyone interested in participating is welcome!

Feb. 18
Get YourHello DollyTickets Today!
Tickets for the Niles North Theater Department's performances of Hello Dolly are now on sale.

The musical extravaganza has a three-day run at the Niles North High School Auditorium in March, beginning with a free performance at 10 a.m. on March 15.

There will also be ticketed performances on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

So put on your Sunday clothes and head over to Niles North to see one of America's most-beloved musicals.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows are $10 each and you can reserve them by calling 847-626-2122.
The Theatre Parents are having a split-the-pot cash raffle during the shows to benefit the Niles North Theatre Department. BUY A RAFFLE TICKET for $10 or 3 for $20 and try your chance at 1/4 of entire pot! Half of the collection will go toward student programs in theatre and the other half will be split 50-50 between two winners. It could be you!  Drawing will be held at the Saturday 7pm performance and you don't need to be present to win. Want to get tickets right now? Contact Gail Y. Paskind at (847) 767-1765 or send an e-mail togail.paskind@nnfap.org

Feb. 6
Fine Arts Parents Meet Thursday
Fine Arts Parents Meeting this Thursday, 7 p.m., Feb. 9, in room 1685. All fine arts patrons WELCOME!
Feb. 1
Niles North Choral & Jr. High Concert
Niles North High School will once again welcome choirs from Golf Middle School, McCracken Middle School and Old Orchard Junior High as they perform in the 2nd annual High School/Junior High Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 in the auditorium at 9800 Lawler, Skokie. There is no cost to attend the concert; however, donations will be accepted for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

During the concert, the choirs from Golf Middle School, McCracken and Old Orchard Junior High will combine for a touching version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” featuring ukulele. Niles North’s choral groups—Take One, Chorale and Combined Choir—will also perform. All choirs will sing “Stand Up and Make a Change,” written by guest conductor Ly Tartell, a renowned jazz/pop performer, arranger and conductor.

For more information, please contact Director of Choirs Daniel Gregerman at (847) 626-2115  or dangre@d219.org.




Niles North Fine Arts Parents are committed to the following goals:
  1. To ensure that the fine arts are part of a complete, well-rounded education at Niles North High School.
  2. To offer aid in helping fine arts students reach their full potential.
  3. To help enhance the overall experience of fine arts students.
  4. To help increase student participation in, and exposure to, fine arts activities.
  5. To increase parent and community involvement in supporting fine arts activities.
  6. To improve communication between fine arts parents, students, teachers, school administrators and the community.