Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery is the Evanston art gallery with nature and beauty in mind.

At Cultivate, not only do we offer the best selection of house plants, gardening supplies, home furnishings, and gifts, we are also committed to helping you decorate your home with the most beautiful nature-themed art we can find. We’ve started to make a name for ourselves as a world-class art gallery by building a network of renowned gallery artists, both local and global, and offering artworks that echo the feelings of our shop: rejuvenating, calming, and reconnecting to nature.

Every two or three months we feature the art of a particular artist along our “gallery wall.” At the same time we have filled the walls and shelves of our 1400-square-foot store—which is set up like a series of living rooms—with the works of an incredible array of textile artists, painters, sculptors, and ceramicists. Read more about our current and upcoming art gallery shows below.

unfurling tender vitality

macro photography by ilze arajs

opening reception:

Saturday, april 8, 6-8pm

gallery talk with artist:
thursday, may 4, 6:30pm
april 8- june 4,2017



unfurling tender vitality 5 by ilze arajs, 2017, pigment print

Artist’s statement:

In early spring at dawn, have you ever rested your head on the ground and looked upward at the first 1 or 2 inches of newly unfurling ferns?

Witnessing the first unrolling of these primordial plants in earliest morning light, can feel like an archetypal moment that captures the essence, the power and vulnerability, of beginning anew.

I hope the viewer of the larger-than-life scaled prints in this exhibit will also feel the unspiraling of new potential from the ground up, and the inside out.


Other artists whose works are on display :

Barbara Schneider / Sharon Bladholm / Susan McBride / Catherine Tweedie

Jeanine Coupe Ryding