Exhibits & Member News

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

March Member News CLICK HERE

Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival

The Lake County Art League has long participated in the annual Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Art & Music Festival which on this, its 20th year, will be Saturday, June 1, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. A 10x10 foot space will cost $50-105 depending on extras like chairs, a table and a tent, but this will be discounted by $15 for applications filed before April and $10 before May. Get an application form from the Corresponding Secretary, or from JBC Cultural Arts Specialist Debra Carl at 847-360-4740 and dcarl@waukeganparks.org.

Anyone interested in sharing a booth should start organizing that now. You can get your own tent space or share a space with a friend. Becky Schwarz has paid for a single LCAL tent space for members who just have a handful of pieces to display. Contact her at 847-623-8863 or qbecky@msn.com. The art league will be happy to help you connect with other members through Member News or Sketches.

The festival handout says it is “an annual family event that celebrates the start of summer. The festival is dedicated to showcasing local and regional arts and venues, championing the arts, remaining free to the public, offering low participation fees to artists, and remembering Waukegan’s Ray Bradbury.” A variety arts and crafts are encouraged, including graphics, drawing, painting, print making, photography, sculpture, weaving, ceramics, glass, leather, wood and fiber. The festival takes place in the pleasant environs of Waukegan’s Bowen Park, with works shown in tents along sidewalks and a brook under a towering tree canopy.

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.