Design Firm Embraces Side Projects with Studio//Shift Gallery Event

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The NeigerDesign art collaborative puts passion projects on display during Open Studios Evanston on June 6th

The passion-driven side projects of NeigerDesign staff members will be on display at Botti Studio art gallery during the Open Studios Evanston citywide art gallery and artist studio event on June 6, 2015. Initiated last year for the company’s 25th anniversary, the art collaborative Studio//Shift enters its second year strong with eight participating artists, whose work includes paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, drawings, and jewelry. For Studio//Shift participants, having their personal art practices encouraged by their employer is a rare perk but one that developed naturally, as the artistic atmosphere that sparked the collaborative is an integral part of the company culture at NeigerDesign.

“Studio//Shift provides a way for us to develop our creative passions through group show, critique groups, and community arts involvement. There is a flipside to our design and marketing methodology and skills which reflects more intrinsic talents like art, theater and music where we can express ourselves without boundaries,” says Carol Neiger, president of NeigerDesign and an avid painter. Studio//Shift artists will be on-hand to discuss and sell their work at the Botti Studio art gallery from noon to 5 p.m. for Open Studios Evanston, and a reception with the artists will follow that evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and includes a special onsite improv comedy show. All events are free and open to the public.

Creativity meets collaboration with Studio//Shift, a unique way for design firm NeigerDesign to support its employees, both past and present. It is a catalyst for creative growth and a channel for idea and information sharing. The collaborative encourages and promotes each other’s personal artistic passions, which ignites and fuels the creativity and problem-solving talents that are employed in the daily work at NeigerDesign. Each artist contributes a distinctive perspective and style. The give and take of collaboration energizes the entire team and provides a wellspring of creative solutions, personally and professionally.

Eight visual artists: Carol Neiger, Denae Dietlein, James (Cass) Whitworth, Jennie Ramazinski Miller, Jessica Jacobs, Jim Hutchison, Josh Rains, and Lisa Haskin
Improvisation performance: Barry Lohman with The Flock of Weirdos
June 6: 12‑5 p.m. Open Studios Evanston citywide art gallery and artist studio tours
June 6: 6‑8 p.m. Studio//Shift artist reception at the gallery and onsite improv comedy show
Botti Studio is located at 919 Grove Street in Evanston, Illinois

NeigerDesign is an award-winning, integrated design agency that specializes in creating and managing complex multi-phased communications programs and branding projects, offering full-service design, development and production services. NeigerDesign has been based in Evanston since founding in 1989.

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