Exhibits & Member News

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LCAL initiates grass-roots Membership Drive

The art league Board of Directors, at its October meeting, committed to a low-key membership drive through personal contact. Our membership has held steady, with new members offsetting those who leave, but we need to grow a bit to better pursue our purpose of bringing the visual arts to the citizens of Lake County. The drive itself will promote discussion of the arts and help us connect better with county artists and what Oliver Merriam calls the “continuously evolving art scene” there. Most importantly, new members will expand our contact within the community as a whole. Just like we acknowledge a member’s artistic efforts, we must now make a point if acknowledging members who bring in new members.


A portion of our general meetings will be allotted to this effort. We will get 200 new trifold brochures printed so they can be distributed at general meetings. Members will be encouraged to brainstorm ideas to increase our number. All members should have and hand out LCAL brochures, engage in conversations about the benefits of any art league, and those who have volunteered should mention the benefits of that as well.

Our own experience is that pervasive sharing among ourselves helps amateurs as well as professionals, so we should recruit both. We get excited by accomplished art, growth at any level, and bold experiments. Our conversations are about successes and our frustrations. We guide and complement each other and we individually feed on the energy, enthusiasm and pride of the whole. Talk about how all of this generosity has helped you as an artist.

Members also need to visit other art organizations and even become involved with them. Some if our best presentations and ideas come from contact with groups like our own. Every organization is different and we learn about the needs and concerns of both artist and citizen from those differences.

Undercroft Gallery Fall Exhibition Will Feature Many LCAL Artists
The Undercroft Gallery Fall Exhibition will feature Mary Neely, Debbie Kalinowski and other Lake County artists among whom are Skip Weise, Maggie Schwarz-Krause, members of the North Shore Camera Club and others.
The reception for Mary Neely and Debbie Kalinowski will be Sunday, November 17th 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The gallery is located on the lower level of Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085.

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.