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Cafe, art gallery closes latest exhibit with another raffle for North Riverside library

NORTH RIVERSIDE – A closing reception will be held for the art exhibit, "The Boys from Berwyn: Back to Nature," from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, at the Tamale Hut Cafe and Art Gallery, 8300 W. Cermak Rd., North Riverside.

The exhibit includes the works of Berwyn artists Jonathan Lavan, who is displaying photos of his underwater photography, and Stacy Wazniak, an artist that works in wood.

Cafe owner Jaime Flores said he was pleased with the show.

"It was great," he said. "We gave them three months to show and sell their art work. between them, I think they sold 20 pieces."

The artists weren't the only ones who benefited from the show. Both agreed to contribute one piece of art at the beginning of their shows to be raffled, with the proceeds given to a previously selected nonprofit group or organization.

The sale of one of Lavan's and one of Wozniak's works netted $1,010 for the North Riverside Public Library Foundation. A raffle will be held again on Sunday, signalling the end of the show for the Berwyn artists.

"Hopefully, we'll raise even more money from them," Flores said." Everybody wins. And if you come in, eat some tamales.

Director Robert Lifka said he was very pleased that Flores has reached out to the Library Foundation.

"The partnership has been beneficial for us and we look forward to doing more with him and other businesses," Lifka said.

Flores also supports the art of writing as well, and members of a writers group meet at the cafe every month. Authors are asked to conduct a reading and may promote their books.

These events include an open mic session where anyone may publicly read from his or her work.

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