Exhibits & Member News

Legacy Collection Program Approved

The art league board of directors approved Thom Kapheim’s proposed Legacy Collection program at its May meeting. The art league will protect, preserve and exhibit significant works of art from Lake County artists for the benefit of future generations. Works will be accumulated from donations and from families or artists themselves. These artists do not need to have been affiliated with the art league.

Those donating art will be required to have it framed and ready for hanging. They must then sign a release for transferring ownership to the collection unconditionally. Once art is catalogued as part of our Legacy Collection it will be exhibited at various commercial and government venues. These will be asked to donate to the project to pay some of the collection’s operating expenses.

The collection’s program costs will otherwise become part of the LCAL budget. For two years the art will be stored at no cost in Thom and Carol Kapheim’s leased Waukegan building, after which there will be a commercial storage cost of about $70 per month.

Thom Kapheim will serve as the first Chairman of a committee in charge of administering the collection as part of Lake County Art League. He will keep the Board of Directors and thus the art league informed monthly either in person at a board meeting or by email. Member volunteers will be needed to serve on the committee, screen possible donations and oversee displays of the art.

Member Opportunities in the Art League

• Adler Invitational Coordinator (see article below)
• Member News editor, compiling things sent by members
• Hospitality coordinator after the first of the year
• Presentation Chair for the 2019-20 year
• Historian

New Member Profile of Betty Perri by Gail Gudgeon


A warm open personality, a common trait among artists, is what I discovered during a delightful interview with Betty Perri. She humbly dismisses the title of artist, insisting that she is merely an appreciator and student of art. The soul of an artist was revealed when she spoke of her inspiration and showed me her work.
Born and raised in Waukegan, she developed a strong interest in the visual arts. Despite the encouragement of junior high and high school instructors to pursue her passion for art, Betty chose business management as a career goal, earning her degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee.
During her family raising and career years she was an avid art show attendant who admired artist’s diverse styles and mediums. Betty’s position with The American Art Therapy Association after her retirement from Abbott re-launched her involvement in the arts and led her to pursue her hobby in earnest. Always a sketcher, she pursued knowledge of oil painting through classes at the Gurnee Park District and improved her drawing skills in botanical drawing classes at the Botanic Garden and a pastel and charcoal class at CLC. She has shown her work with the Artists of Heather Ridge where she now resides.

November Member News - download here