Anita Willets-Burnham Exhibit & Art Sale

No artist is more closely identified with Winnetka than Anita Willets-Burnham.  Join us to view and purchase 29 of Anita's original works that capture charming scenes, both foreign and domestic. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of local history while supporting the Winnetka Historical Society and the North Shore Art League. The Gallery show and sale will be open through November 1, 2019.

About the Artist

Anita Willets-Burnham (1880-1958) was an American Urban Realist who studied at four of the prestigious art schools in the U.S. and became an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was an author, lecturer and founding member of the North Shore Art League. In 1914, she discovered an 1830s log house hidden in a Winnetka orchard. She purchased it---and moved by horse cart---to be used as her family's home and her studio. Today, the log house is a house museum in Crow Island Woods open to the public and a feature of the public schools curriculum.

An award-winning, frequently exhibited artist, she made her mark in 1921 when she packed up her six-person family, including a nine-month-old baby, for an offbeat year-long trip to Europe and North Africa. Throughout their travels, she supported her family by trading her artwork for lodging and food. In 1928, the family lived out a larger dream, undertaking a two-year-long world tour encompassing the Far East, India, Egypt, Palestine, Europe and Morocco.

These unconventional trips are memorialized by her captivating artwork that portrays daily life---as well as famous sites---in exotic locations. In her 1933 book “Round the World on a Penny,” which is lavishly illustrated with her artwork, she describes hair-raising adventures traveling third class with young children in tow. A few signed copies of this book will be available for sale at the October 10th event along with the sale of 29 original works that capture charming scenes both foreign and domestic.

Proceeds will benefit the Winnetka Historical Society and the North Shore Art League.


13th Annual inchworks

Upstairs Gallery

11/12/19 - 1/14/20

​​First Floor Gallery:

Anita Willets-Burnham Exhibit - 10/8-11/1

Co-hosted with Winnetka Historical Society

Second Floor Galleries:


In the League's home at the Winnetka Community House we offer many exhibit opportunities. We also host shows throughout the year that feature our students, faculty and staff as well as artists from the entire Chicago land area and beyond.