- John Breault I did not meet Trish but live her legacy!
- The Awakenings Project Thank you Trish, for all you did for all of us.
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Patricia “Trish” Evers, age 50, of Wheaton, died in her home June 7, 2000. She was a teacher, a prominent award-winning artist and co-founder of the Awakenings Project. Trish was committed to the visual arts and education throughout her life. She was a 1967 graduate of West Senior High School, Aurora, IL. In 1971 she received a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Northern Illinois University. After graduating from N.I.U., she taught art in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. A longtime member of the DuPage Art League, Trish also established and maintained her own art studio through the 1980’s, first on “Gallery Row” in St. Charles, and then at the “Windstone Creative Arts Studio” on Main St. in Glen Ellyn. She explained that she “always felt that the process of art making was more of a calling than a career.”
In 1997, Evers helped establish the Awakenings Project, a statewide organization of artists with mental illnesses. Her generosity to the Awakenings Project was substantial, as she had much more art and exhibition experience than the rest of us. She helped move the Project along from being a single “Awakenings Art Show” at a NAMI-IL conference to developing it into a community-based cultural and social service organization. Upon learning that her illness was terminal, as a collaborative effort, dozens of friends from different circles, old and new, contributed hand-painted squares to a “Healing Quilt” for her. On May 20, 2000, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award in the arts from Awakenings. She had been able to compete within the larger art community, but never felt so accepted and appreciated until she worked with Awakenings. She also contributed her seminal piece, Eldest Daughter, to the cover of the inaugural edition of The Awakenings Review. If you were fortunate enough to have known Trish during her life, you were blessed by her phenomenal sense of humor and her profound wisdom, which she generously shared with everyone who knew her. THANK YOU.