Rose Cover Photo

Annual Night of Roses – A Tribute to Home Grown Success was on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the White Eagle Banquets. The event featured 35 individually designed ceramic four feet Roses. Each were auctioned off and money donated to the Niles Chamber of Commerce, Niles Dollars for Scholars, Leaning Tower YMCA and Niles Food Pantry.

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Artists are listed alphabetically by last name


Out of Darkness We Rise

Artists: Advocate Lutheran General Cancer Survivorship Center Sally’s Studio Art Group

Location: Christine Pusateri Hair Solutions @ 7665 N. Milwaukee Avenue

This rose was created by cancer survivors that take part in an art therapy group at Lutheran General Hospital’s Cancer Survivorship Center. The group is lead by local art therapist, Alyssa Harris. She runs the group on behalf of Sally’s Studio and in conjunction with Brickton Art Center (Park Ridge). To find out more about this group visit: For the purpose of this public art project, we are hoping to illustrate that even out of the darkest of darkness, there is light. On our cancer journey there are moments of hope, people who inspire us, and milestones to celebrate. These moments shine bright and bloom out of the dark soil.


Pink Rose of Niles

Artist: Betty Butler

Location: Salon M Day Spa @ 7403 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Betty Butler is a nationally exhibiting, award winning artist, specializing in fine art, digital collage of her own painting, drawing and photography. During the month of June she is exhibiting The Art of the Shell at the Frame Warehouse in Evanston Illinois. A native Chicagoan, she graduated with a B.A. in Design from University of Illinois at Chicago after studying fine arts in New York City. Her prints are colorful and harmonious, evoking the beauty one observes in natural forms.


Snappy Kappy

Artist: Donna Cole

Location: Kappy’s American Grill @ 7200 W. Dempster, Morton Grove

Donna’s rose is titled ‘Snappy Kappy’ and she has used the color schemes of Kappy’s, a long-time local restaurant, to create an experiment in color and glass. Donna says “Creativity and art has always been a part of my life. A rose drawing was my very first memorable piece of art as a child, so I was drawn to this project.” She is involved with Oakton Community College art groups/exhibits, and appreciates the evening art classes where local residents can get together to draw an paint. She has studied with various artist and enjoy a vibrant palette. She works with watercolor, acrylic, glass and oil and especially enjoys creating watercolor portraits and pleine aire paintings. Donna is a Niles resident and appreciates Niles Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to help beautify Niles!


Chicago Skyline By Moonlight

Artist: Debi Gajewski

Location: Edward Jones – Jeffrey Cardella and Kyle Brown @ 8141 N. Milwaukee Avenue


The Blackhawk’s Team

Artist: Debi Gajewski

Location: Stalwart Systems, LLC @ 7797 N. Caldwell Avenue


The Bears

Artist: Debi Gajewski

Location: Howard Street Inn @ 6700 W. Howard Street

Debi Gajewski has resided in Niles for 22 years and is a self-taught artist. She has formally been painting for over 35 years. Debi is a member of the national organization called the Society of Decorative Painting (SDP). She is also a member of two painting chapters, Windy Brushes of Northern Illinois where she is currently holding the office of Vice President, and Illinois Prairie Painters. She has taught for many years and is currently a teacher in the Helping Artist Program with the company Deco Art. Debi is a multimedia artist who enjoys painting with various mediums such as Acrylic. Watercolor and Oil paints. She also enjoys batik style painting as well as a doodling art called Zentangle. She has exhibited her artwork for the past 22 years at the Holiday Craft Show at The Grove in Glenview where she personalizes her handmade ornaments which is one of her favorite items that she enjoys creating and painting each year. Aside from being an artist in the field of paints, Debi is also a professional storyteller and performs all genres of stories at libraries, museums, schools, festivals and nursing homes. She has stories that will entertain both the young and the old. Debi feels that there is no limit to how far you can go with art. If you have HE”ART” for it…all you need to do is look inside and you will find the ART. You can reach Debi at or


Luncheon in the Park

Artist: Kasia Krzywonos

Location: St. John Brebeuf Parish @ 8307 Harlem Avenue

Kasia’s work demonstrates the use of mixed media on two dimensional surfaces. She enjoys experimenting with diverse colors and mediums; often the process of exploring these and their interaction is what ultimately drives the imagery. Frequently while working, Kasia feels as though the painting is within the experimental markings and textures – needing her to just bring it out with a few strategic marks. Kasia enjoys creating atmospheric artwork filled with hidden images and strong ambiance, depicting the world around her. Kasia states, “This project was very interesting and challenging because it was the first time working on a 3-D surface. It is titled “Luncheon in the Park.”


Scents of Harvest

Artist: Arnitha Lim

Location: Tony’s Finer Foods @ 8900 N. Greenwood

Arnitha Lim, born and raised in the Chicagoland area, has always had great affinity for art and food. Her niece, Megan Buduan, currently a High School sophomore at Niles West has followed in her aunts footsteps. Together, they conceptualized and brought to imagery their love of both art and food in Scent of Harvest.


Landmarks of Niles

Artist: Carol Luc

Location: Oak Mill Mall, Candlelight Jewelers @ 7900 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Sponsored by: NorthSide Community Bank

Carol Luc exhibits her urban architecturally-themed paintings, drawings and prints nationally. She has been honored with multiple juried awards, competitive artist’s residencies, grants, and several solo exhibitions. Her work is in public collections including the David and Sarajean Ruttenberg collection, Kishwaukee and Harper Colleges, and Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, and has also been published in Art Scene Chicago 2000, Northern Now, the Chicago Tribune and Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, among others. She has an MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and an MA in painting from Wayne State University in Detroit. She teaches undergraduates at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Visit the artist’s website:



Blue and Green Fantasy

Artist: Liz Pawlik

Location July & September: Presence St. Benedict Nursing & Rehabilitation Center @6930 W. Touhy Avenue. August & October: Presence St. Andrew Life Center @7000 N. Newark Avenue

Liz says “I live for art”. She has been interested in art and painting all of my life. When she was a young kid she loved to draw all day long. When she grew up Liz knew the only thing she wanted to do was become an artist. She uses paint with water colors, and pastels and loves integrating her love of nature and architecture. Much of her art infuses her love of pastels and flowers together. She is a very detailed artist, and takes great care in picking out the type of picture to paint. She wants her paintings to be beautiful and precise. Liz uses a lot of warm colors (ex. purples, pinks, blues, greens, etc.) in her work. “The paintings are very exciting to me, and will bring joy and beauty into your life.” Liz has painted a peacock on a door for rainbow hospice. She will be exhibiting her art work at the Des Plaines library in August, Frisbee senior center in September, and Prospect Heights Library in December. Also, in December, Liz will be a part of the DPAG Guild 10, reception on Sunday, November 30th. She has an art class in her building, and is president of the resident council. She is also co-president with Rhonda Popko, at the Des Plaines Art Guild.


Niles Beauty

Artist: Claudia Peano

Location: Parkway Bank & Trust Co. @ 7601 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Claudia Peano is a native Chicagoan who has been a Park Ridge resident for 15 years. She is a retired physician and aspiring artist, interested in glass and mosaic art. She is eager to take on new projects.


Vivacious Rosaceous

Artist: David Rotter

Niles Public Library @6960 W. Oakton Street

David Rotter likes to escape the confines of one art medium by creating works from a range of different mediums. David has a long history of creating ephemeral sculptures in mediums such as sand, snow, ice and even fruit! From a very young age he has been inspired to create art that can’t be owned and will disappear over a short time. He spends a fair amount of time sculpting sand on Chicagoland beaches. David uses his extensive knowledge of art to create works that inspire the viewer and allow them to travel into his visions. David views “Vivacious Rosacious” as a gathering of shape, form and color that come together to bring a feeling of joy to all who look upon it.


Joyful Moment

Artist: Kaelie Seatter

Location:Kiddie Kingdom @ 7411 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Kaelie Seatter is a 17-year-old Advanced Placement art student at Niles West High School, concurrently taking classes at Oakton Community College. She has been experimenting with several different media including photography, colored pencil, and acrylic paint. As a rising senior in high school, Kaelie hopes to attend college in Illinois to pursue a degree in art education.


Rising Up

Artist: Pamela Seatter

Location: Golf Maine Park District @ 8800 W. Kathy Lane

In first grade, Pamela Seatter won the “Do Not Pollute” poster contest, and that was the moment she knew she wanted to be an artist. Pamela earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1986 and has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and artist ever since. Last year she illustrated the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls book series that encourages young girls to lead healthy, active lives. Currently she works as a full-time Art Director at a children’s book publisher in Lincolnwood, IL. In every spare moment she pursues her love of figurative oil painting. Recently she has been exploring the transformative power of water in her paintings. You can see some of her work on her website


Many Flowers, A Single Rose

Artist: Marianela Silva, Brought to life by the Shure Craft Club

Location: Golf Mill Shopping Center Center Court Sponsored by: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Marianela Silva was born in Managua, Nicaragua. Growing up in Miami, she attended magnet schools focusing on fine and performing arts. Her passions for art and music have taken her across the globe, studying in Norway and Australia. She received her BSEE with a specialty in Audio Engineering from the University of Miami in 2008 and has since worked at Shure Incorporated, defining industry-leading wireless products. She’s presently pursuing her MBA at Kellogg’s School of Management. While her career focuses on the audio industry, she finds it important to continue creating art. Marianela resides in Park Ridge with her fiancé. The ladies of the Shure Craft Club: Lindsey Lerner, Marianela Silva, Kim Mullady, Ashley Bruce, Heather Padolina, Michelle Motherway, Lisa Scipione and Amber McCollum



Honoring Niles Fire & EMS First Responders

Artist: Andrew Skic

A lifelong resident of Niles, Andrew Skic has always been interested in art and unique ways of expressing those interests. He started his career in Des Plaines, custom painting cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. Past clients include Abt Electronics, Village of Arlington Heights Police, Suburban Harley Davidson and Heritage Harley Davidson. He closed the business in 2005 to pursue a career with the Mt. Prospect Fire Department as a Fire Prevention Inspector/Fire Protection Officer and Fire Investigator. He remains active in the custom painting field. When he was asked to paint the rose for the Niles Fire Department/Niles Fire Explorers, he was honored to be able to showcase his talents and proudly represent first responders past and present. Andrew states that the dedication he made to the finished rose is indicative of the dedication our first responders make to our community each and every day.



Location: Leaning Tower YMCA, 6300 W. Touhy Avenue

Artist: Alex Weaver


Never Ending

Location: White Eagle Banquet & Restaurant, 6839 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Artist: Alex Weaver

Alex graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a painter, illustrator, sculptor and graphic designer. Through his art he likes to create something out of nothing. Alex just needs the ability to make a mark, and then you see his talents unfold. His art has a visionary style to it, where he takes everyday things that you see and experience and transforms them into a work of art. Alex states “I can never look at an object and say its worthless, there is always something that it could be used for or made into.” Please check out his website:


Let’s Do This

Artist: Marzena Wysocki

Location: The Home Depot – Niles West, 8650 W. Dempster

Marzena Wysocki, born in Poland, came to Chicago after earning an architectural diploma. She, now, finds herself working as a Plumbing Supervisor at the West Niles Home Depot. In addition, she enjoys the DOITHERSELF program every second week of the month. She can’t wait to see who will come and join her workshop. Recently, she was approached by her Store Manager, Brian Kelly, about the Community Art Program. She continues to show how much she appreciates Home Depot, the exceptional company, for which she works, and the wonderful people in Niles. The color she chose for her rose is orange. Orange rose means enthusiasm and desire. Marzena wears this color every day to work. Her enthusiasm grows in doing something special for people.