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Patricia Patterson

March 22, 2024

Patterson’s paintings create narratives with collected objects, collective memory, and a nod to art history. While the objects are chosen for their color, their placement results in relationships that suggest complex human relationships, archetypes and messages. The series was created in Mexico City and many of the rich cultural traditions of Mexico can be seen in the work. 

Patterson, born in Illinois, is currently the Chair of Fine Arts at Loyola Academy. She worked and painted in Mexico City for the last 25 years and has a new studio in Evanston.

Opening Reception: Sunday April 7, 2 – 4 PM
Exhibition: March 30 – April 27 2024

Book Collection

February 20, 2024


The Old Town Triangle is partnering with Marrillac St. Vincent Family Services in hosting a book fair to support the growth and development of our local children.

Drop off Baby & Toddler Board Books, Children’s Chapter Books, Young Adult Novels, and Spanish Language Children’s Books at the Triangle Center through March 26, 2024. 

Amber Keene

February 14, 2024

Amber Keene is an art teacher in Northbrook. Her background includes a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art Education From University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Art Education from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

“I am in constant awe of the beauty that can be found in this world we live in. As an artist I try to capture that feeling of inspiration, using oils and a mixed media approach. My landscape paintings are a result of my travels in the U.S. and abroad and the pieces in my self-portrait series consist of resin, oils, and collaged images from nature. The photo portraits were taken by photographer Bill Furlong, resulting in a beautiful collaboration between two artists.”

Opening Reception | February 23, 6 PM

Exhibition | February 6 – February 29, 2024

Gallery Hours | Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM

Created as a not-for-profit community venture, the Old Town Art Center operates under the guidance of the Old Town Triangle Association. The Center plays host to gallery shows, provides year-round art classes, and offers lectures and workshops. The Gallery is named after local artist and community advocate, Leslie Wolfe, who was dedicated to the arts and artists. Her passion is reflected in the selection of emerging and established artists who are selected to exhibit.

Strategic Planning for the Old Town Triangle

Barbara Guttmann
July 18, 2023

Strategic Planning Committee

Four workgroups were created to focus on specific topics. Each workgroup generates suggestions for improving how the OTTA addresses those topics. Preliminary proposals were provided to the Board at the July meeting. While still not finalized, you can review the draft documents (click here) presented by each workgroup. A community meeting will be held in October to seek feedback from members. 

Learn more about the Planning Process.

OTTA Members voted to invest in creating a Strategic Plan for the organization at the Annual Members meeting in January 2022. The Committee was formed with: Zac Bleicher, Dorothy DeCarlo, Diane Fitzgerald, Phil Graff, Brad Neuman, Rick Rausch and John Engman (Consultant).



Wine Tasting (Focus: the South of France)

March 23, 2023

Ever dreamed of tippling in the Rhône valley or perhaps Provence? Well, now’s your chance! Please join us at the Old Town Triangle on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 5:30 pm, for the perfect pairing as we venture to southern France with Mike Baker, Advanced Sommelier / Director of Wine at Vin Chicago, a family-run wine boutique since 1934 (that’s right, opening one year after Prohibition). This tasting will feature six wines from the region, an interactive, informational presentation with a take-home sheet/map, as well as games and light bites…oh, and more wine afterwards! Sponsored by the Events Committee, each ticket is $25. Please save your spot today, as space is limited.

It’ll be so fun, you won’t be able to put a cork in it! Register here today.

Annual Members’ Meeting and Dinner

January 12, 2023


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the
Annual Members’ Meeting & Election of Board Officers and Directors
Thursday, January 26, 2023 

Congratulations to our new President Ray Clark, First Vice President Aneta Tomaszkiewicz, Director Beth Burk,
and returning Secretary Marya Lucas, Treasurer Brad Neuman and Director Elaine Frei.

It was a great evening with wonderful friends, good food and a review of the past year and discussions about the future.




2023 Board of Directors

November 4, 2022

Dear OTTA Members,

On November 1, 2022, Darius Tandon. Nominating Committee Chair, submitted to Marya Lucas, OTTA Secretary, the list of candidates the committee selected to slate for the 2023 Board of Directors. He shared that the committee had wonderful conversations with many candidates from various areas around the neighborhood and that the committee voted to present the following slate to membership for their approval at the Annual Members meeting in January 2023. As no one filed petitions for any of the open positions, the nominated slate will be declared elected at the meeting.

Here are the in-coming Board members:

President (1-year term): Ray Clark
1st Vice President (1-year term): Aneta Tomaszkiewicz
Secretary (1-year term): Marya Lucas*
Treasurer (1-year term): Brad Neuman*
Director (3-year term): Beth Burk
Director (3-year term): Elaine Frei*

* Currently serving on the 2022 board

In order to qualify to run for the Board, a member must have joined OTTA 90 days prior to January 26, 2023, which is the date of our Annual Member’s Meeting and the Board Election.

OTTA’s Board of Directors wishes to thank Nominating Committee Chair Darius Tandon and committee members Karl Hjerpe, Claire Leman, Annette Hobbs Magier and Chris Nelson for the time they devoted to interviewing candidates and selecting the slate of worthy candidates to serve on the 2023 Board of Directors.  We appreciate your efforts.

Old Town Times goes DIGITAL

Barbara Guttmann
August 1, 2022

The Old Town Times is now Digital

The Old Town Times Newsletter has ended its run as a hard-copy, USPS mailed newsletter. It went digital for the February/March/April 2021 edition. If you haven’t provided an email address or you  clicked unsubscribe to Old Town Triangle emails, you likely missed it. If you would like to receive the newsletter but did not see it in your email in-box please send an email to info@oldtowntriangle.com and we will work with you to correct your email status. If you would like to see the most recent newsletter – click here. To see an archive of past newsletters – click this link. You can view newsletters going back to 2009 on the OTTA website.

And that’s a WRAP!

Barbara Guttmann
June 14, 2022

Thank you neighbors, volunteers, vendors, friends for all you do to make the Old Town Art Fair a truly unique, welcoming and successful event! The artists were thrilled, the guests loved everything about the Fair and, of course, the Old Town Triangle Association is thrilled to be able to share the proceeds with our grant recipients and our neighbors through committee works. We could not do any of this without you.

Please do plan to join us on Friday, June 17th from 6 – 9:30 as we celebrate YOU! This is our way of thanking you for your time, your kindness, your inconveniences, and for being you!

Friday, North Park from Willow to Menomonee! (Think Disco…)

Nominations for 2023 OTTA Board of Directors

Barbara Guttmann
March 29, 2022

September 28, 2022

Dear OTTA Members:

Our Nominating Committee is seeking applicants for six Board positions for the 2023 Board—President (one-year term), Vice-President (one-year term), Secretary (one-year term), Treasurer (one-year term) and two Directors (three-year terms).

The Old Town Triangle Association (OTTA) was founded in 1948 and has a long history of making important contributions to improve the well-being of the community. One way to contribute to the OTTA is through membership on the Board of Directors.

Here is a link to the job descriptions of the Board positions (click on “amended bylaws”): /about/otta-mission-goals/by-laws/

Board members are typically asked to chair/co-chair a standing committee; a list of these committees is found here: /about/committees/

If you are an OTTA voting member and interested in giving back to our amazing community, please complete the following application and return via email to nominations@oldtowntriangle.com by 11:59 PM on October 21st: /wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Nomination-application-2022-1.pdf

The Nominating Committee will be reviewing applications in October and will invite finalists for interviews.

Please feel free to reach out at nominations@oldtowntriangle.com with any questions about the nominating process, position descriptions, or any other items that require clarification.


The 2023 Nominating Committee

Karl Hjerpe
Claire Leaman
Annette Hobbs Magier
Chris Nelson (Chair)
Darius Tandon