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“My work looks towards a positive renewal of life through rebirth and social justice issues. I wish to give a voice to those without one and who strive for a better life.”

Noora Badeen is an Assyrian Iraqi Artist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020.   

She has had several exhibitions in Chicago “Voice of Race” and was awarded first place at Oakton Community College 2015. Another show in Iraq called “Women for Women International” received a special recognition from the Women for Women International Organization, Washington, District of Columbia. Several of her paintings are permanently on display at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2018-present. She won in a ”Competition & Exhibition" with Contemporary Art Gallery Online for their International Call for Artists in their 7th Annual 2021 “ALL Women Artist". 

“As an artist, my main interests are in representing social justice, responding to human suffering, and raising awareness about women and children. My work allows me to speak for those who no longer have a voice; children and families who died in the name of Freedom and Liberty.

The purpose of my work and my research is to tell a story about history, culture, and daily life. As an artist, I’m inspired to draw, paint, and make sculptures that connect and inspire others,” says Badeen.

Stay tuned for dates and times that the artist will be demonstrating at the CCC!

Noora will be demonstrating her artwork and available to talk in September on:

Tuesdays and Fridays: 1-3 pm

And Saturdays (except Sept 23) 1-4 pm

Textural Artwork with Noora Badeen

Saturday, September 23:  9 am-12 pm

Students will create a textured artwork with fabric and acrylic paint on canvas or wood. Drawing inspiration from personal life experience, we will create a sense of depth and interest in our composition through fabric folding and color. All materials and tools are included in class fee.

$52 CCC Members / $62 Non-Members


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Cherie Burbach has been an artist and writer since she was a child. Words and images have always been linked for her when it comes to expression and creativity. She paints with vibrant colors that offer a positive, hopeful message. She has been influenced by a variety of artists, but her favorites are the emotive works of Vincent Van Gogh and the mother and child paintings of Mary Cassatt. Cherie uses special papers and ephemera along with acrylic paints, oil sticks, pastels, and ink. Very often words combine with the art in some way, either from Bible verses, a thought or emotion, or lines from her original poetry. In everything she paints, her main objective is to create a world outside of this one, where there is only hope and possibility.


Cherie will be demonstrating her painting style and techniques at the CCC on:

October 5, 10, 17, 25, 27, 31:  10 am-2 pm.

Mixed Media Flowers with Cherie Burbach 

Thursday, November 9:  1:30-4:30 pm 

Both words and images have a strong influence on creativity. Using words, paper, and acrylic paint, we’ll create an abstract flower garden on an 11x14” canvas. For this project, words will provide a subtle influence to your masterpiece! We’ll add layers of paper and paint to create mixed media flowers. No artistic experience required. All supplies are included.


$45 CCC Members / $54 Non-Members

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Julie Anna Freund was born and raised in upstate New York. Ever since Julie can remember she has been drawing and painting. She began riding horses at the age of 8 and entered her first show at 10. After losing her father at a young age Julie found sanctuary being around horses and the barn. She credits the equine and barn environment for her upbringing, from adolescence into adulthood. 

     Julie attended Bridgewater College in central Virginia before transferring to Savannah College of Art and Design. She rode on both school’s equestrian teams in addition to showing her privately owned horses throughout the east coast. Julie graduated with a B.F.A in Painting and double minored in Equestrian Studies and Art History.

     Upon graduation Julie moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she taught both riding lessons and painting classes. Most recently Julie was an Administrative Assistant at Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital before becoming a full time mother in 2020.

     Julie is still living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She balances her time between being a mother and creating art that honors the positive impact horses have had on her life. She hopes to share her love and appreciation for these animals through her artwork. When she isn't mothering or making art Julie rides her horse at Foremost Farm in Delafield.I."

Scale It Up:  First Things First! with Julie Anna Freund

Thursday, December 2:  1:30-4:30 pm

In this workshop for beginners, learn to create proportionately accurate paintings of any size from an already existing image or photograph by preparing your surface area utilizing a grid technique. This technique assists with the prep work and early stages of the acrylic painting by breaking down the reference image into small sections, making it easier and more manageable to create a drawing/sketch for the intended painting. It’s a real game-changer! Students should bring a 16x20” stretched canvas and an 8 x10” reference photo. All other supplies are included.

$52 CCC Members / $62 Non-Members

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Allison Miller is an embroidery artist with an illustration and fine arts background working to bridge the gap between embroidery, painting and fine art. She studied at Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College in their arts program and began her work in illustration. She has taught embroidery workshops for the past 5 years and has had work displayed in Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

My artwork is based on capturing snap shots of everyday life melded with the fantastical. They are windows into day to day life and the imagination. I have always been interested in the surreal and how something out of place can make us feel profoundly uncomfortable or as though we have stepped in a new whimsical world. It is my goal to create a sense of peace and clarity. Sometimes that peace comes from a place of humor, sometimes from a place of whimsy, and sometimes both. My ultimate goal as an artist is to provoke a smile from the observer and create something that houses universal feelings of joy and warmth.

"I have always been interested in the surreal and how something out of place can make us feel profoundly uncomfortable or as though we have stepped in a new whimsical world. "

Cross Stitch:  Queen Bee! with Allison Miller

Saturday, January 13:  1-4 pm

Start your cross stitch journey today! This 3-hour workshop was designed with beginners in mind and will include the basic skills of embroidery. Students will walk away knowing how to easily read cross stitch charts, how to separate embroidery floss and what needles to use for the best success. Students will learn basic cross stitch and back stitch and how to back their piece with felt using running and blanket stitches. The skills taught in this class are easily expanded upon to create more advanced works. All materials will be provided to create a 4-inch bumblebee embroidery hoop; there is a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

$50 CCC Members / $60 Non-Members

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