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Local Residents Donate Prime Granville Property As Edgewater Art Space

Gallery 1070. Photo Thom Greene.

A new community art space on Granville will be opening to the public soon and will include a gallery, event space and multi-purpose meeting room. The gallery was donated to the Edgewater Artists In Motion to continue their work of increasing the visibility of local art in the neighborhood.

The new corner space located at 1070 W. Granville, will be called Gallery 1070. It will be situated in two adjoining renovated garden units that were previously retail businesses which have been boarded-up for well over a decade.

Rae Ann Cecrle, who helped form Edgewater Artists In Motion (EAIM) in 2009, owns the ground-level space in the building. After buying the property in 2015, Rae Ann and her husband Bob converted their investment into four apartments units and storage space.

“I formed Edgewater Artists In Motion in 2009 due to the recession, when businesses were not renewing their leases and boarding up their windows,” said Rae Ann who started the group in order to bring local artwork into the windows of vacant storefronts in Edgewater. “We built it up and soon had 32 windows throughout the community. It elevated from there and eventually the Alderman asked us to do the Edgewater art fair.”

In the past eight years, EAIM has grown significantly leading the way with a community of 1,600+ artists and art lovers. They have displayed artwork in 32 vacant storefronts with 67 artists, but one window and its interior really spoke to Rae Ann.

“We had art in the window of the garden units at the 1070 W. Granville building,” Rae Ann explained. “So when that property came for sale, I made an offer. I always thought this would be a great gallery if we could work it out.”

So after they purchased the property and renovated it, the Cecrle’s decided to adjoin the two corner units into the future home of Gallery 1070. EAIM will occupy the space paying just $10 per year for the next ten years (Assessments and taxes included).

“I have really developed a passion for Edgewater through the years. This is a chance for me to give back not only to artists but also to the businesses and the community,” Rae Ann added. “The gallery will bring more positive foot traffic to Granville – and that traffic will use the restaurants and other businesses. This is an opportunity to do something great here.”

The doors of Gallery 1070 will open on December 8 with a Holiday boutique that will feature original art, prints, handmade objects and other gifts. The boutique will run through January 7 (Thu – Fri 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sat – Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.). There will also be special displays by The Chicago Mosaic School.


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  • Bob Remer

    Rae Ann and Bob Cercle have had such a huge and positive impact on Edgewater over the past several decades. We are grateful for another great accomplishment that will aid and promote our expanding artist community and Edgewater’s reputation as a great place to live. Just one more reason why they had been designated Edgewater Living Treasures.
    Bob Remer, President
    Edgewater Historical Society