Oliver Merriam is LCAL President-Elect

Oliver is new to leadership roles in the art league and is thus unknown to a lot of our members, so here is some background. To the right is a photograph of Oliver and his wife Joan, also a LCAL member.

Below is an “artistic journey” statement used in his 2015 solo show at the Jack Benny Center. To that he adds that he had stints as a city manager (not around Chicago), a not-for-profit association executive, and a community manager, and has been retired for many years.

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.

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Exhibits & Member News

September Leslie Nauta at the Jack Benny Center

Leslie Nauta, currently exhibiting her work at the Jack Benny Center through October 2, will have her opening reception on Saturday September 8, 1-4:00 pm. You can see a photo of Leslie and some of her art on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/leslie.nauta. The following profile of Leslie was written by Gail Gudgeon for Sketches.
We have finally tracked down our busy two-year member, Leslie Nauta. Always an art lover and collector, this former teacher and realtor took up a brush eight years ago and has not put it down. Her interest in watercolor led her to Roger Schule for instruction and then to study under David Becker (TWSA).
Through further workshops and classes Leslie improved her drawing skills and explored other mediums. Today you can find her signature on works in watercolor, acrylic and pastel. The fearlessness of this artist is evident in the variety of subject matter she tackles and the boldness of color in her work. She is drawn to and inspired by brightly colored subjects and generally paints from existing images rather than en plein air or using a model. Her focus is on good composition, whether the style of the piece is impressionistic or stylistic. Her memberships in the Antioch Fine Arts Federation, the Adler Cultural Center, the College of Lake County Gallery, Antioch Art Foundation and our very own Lake County art League clearly show her enthusiasm in pursuit of a career in the arts. In September Leslie will share the position of membership chair on the Lake County Art League board.
Did I mention Leslie was a busy artist? She will show at Antioch’s “Dog Days of Summer”, August 25-26 (see more at https://antiochfinearts.org/event/dog-days-of-summer-bash-2/ ) and her work is at the jack Benny Center through the month of September. Come take a look and meet a truly unique artist.