LCAL Member News, May 2019

Instruction Demo by Pat King and Skip Wiese at June LCAL Meeting Pat King and Skip Wiese will be teaching two Waukegan Park District staff members, both beginning artists, to paint at the monthly LCAL meeting on June 17, 2019. The subject will be a scene from Waukegan. All LCAL members will have the opportunity to observe how the instructors coach these new art students.

Les Scott to be Featured at the Lemon Street Gallery Les Scott will be part of a three-person exhibit which will be hosted by Lemon Street Gallery in Kenosha WI. It will be a Featured Artist program from May 1-26, 2019. The reception will be on Saturday, May 11 from 6:00-9:00 pm. There will be free refreshments and the reception is open to the public. Les will feature 11 new paintings. The location is 4601 Sheridan Rd at 46th Ave. Any questions contact Les at call at 224-610-0682 or

Michael McConville to be Featured at the Dandelion Gallery

Michael McConville will be showing his latest Batik painting the Dandelion Gallery, 109 S Genesee St, Waukegan, IL this month (May). For information about the gallery, please see: or call 224.627.6039.

Judy Williams to Show at the Grayslake Art Alliance May Fest The Grayslake Arts Alliance is holding a May Fest on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 12:00-4:00 pm (rain or shine), at the Grayslake Heritage Center (located next to the fire station on Lake Street in downtown Grayslake). There will be painting, photography, pencil art, collage, children's crafts, music and refreshments. Access the website for more information:

Phil Schorn will be in 3 Outdoor Shows in May
Phil Schorn says “May will be one of the busiest months in a long time. With three outdoor shows in the next four weeks. Also did a commission piece and some teaching. It seems like a lot, but I look at it this way, it is five months after being
cleared of cancer.” His May shows will be:
Grayslake Arts Alliance, May Fest Art Show May 4, 12-4:00 pm
Prairie Arts Festival, Schaumburg - May 25-26, 10-5:00 pm
Dandelion Wine Arts Festival, Waukegan - June 1, 11-6:00 pm
Art & Wine Fest, Grayslake - June 22, 10-4:00 pm

Then this summer:
Festival of the Arts, Libertyville - August 3-4, 10-5:00 pm
A Walk in the Park, Arlington Heights - August 25, 10-5:00 pm


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, 2019, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The location will be at Waukegan’s Bowen Park. 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 Chris Tanner at 847.340.0275 and, or from JBC Cultural Arts Specialist Debra Carl at 847.30.4740 and 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 and expect to arrive between 8:30-10:30 am
to deliver your artwork.

Lee Radtke to Show at the Old Town Art Fair
Lee Radtke will be at the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago again this year – June 8-9, 2019. He will have many new pieces from different parts of the city, as well as a variety of other subject matter. Below is a sample of his work to be displayed.
The website will provide information about the event.

Antioch Fine Arts Foundation 7th Annual Art on the Lawn
Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (rain or shine). Each spot is 10’x10’. Setup is the morning of the show, 7:00-8:30 am. Tear down starts at 4:00 pm.
For more information and an application, see: or contact Linda Richter,, 847.525.0727.

Grayslake Art Festival, Fine Crafts Show and Wine Tasting
This multipurpose festival will take place on June 22, 2019, 10:00 am-4:00 pm at Whitney Street, Downtown Grayslake.
Applications are Now Available. at the link: This is a Juried Art Show. Apply Early!

David Adler Music & Arts Center
The Adler Festival of the Arts will take place on August 3-4, 2019, 10:00 am-5:00 pm in Cook Park, historic downtown Libertyville. For more information:

On-The-Wall Director Chris Tanner had a proposal accepted by David Adler Music & Arts
Center that should renew their annual February LCAL Invitational show starting in 2020. In

2018 Adler changed the Exhibitions program to be nearly revenue-neutral, to attract more visitors with an interesting theme, and to sell more art. The timing and scope of this change caused the 2019 LCAL Invitational to be lost to other exhibitors, but we have been assured of  2020 LCAL Invitational. Starting in 2012 Adler has annually selected five LCAL artists for a February exhibition. Each was invited to show 5-8 pieces based on the single piece entered in the Fall Membership Show. The resulting Adler invitational show carried no theme beyond the honor of being selected, but was reliably viewed by family, friends and patrons of the artists. Adler chose not to select artists a second time, so over time their selections reached deep into the LCAL talent pool to showcase of the works of probably a third of art league members. Such diffuse recognition nicely reflected the LCAL emphasis on friendly competition and mentoring to grow its member’s skills, and the Adler opportunity has been well received by our members. Starting with our 2019 LCAL submission for a 2020 exhibition, LCAL will each year make a fresh proposal to the Adler Exhibitions Committee. Over time these submissions will reflect a growing Adler and LCAL understanding of how to stage an interesting theme within an invitational framework.
Now and in coming years the themes for the LCAL February Adler Show will somehow echo our stated purpose to “create more interest in art in Lake County … and to develop a higher appreciation of visual art.” We will address important elements of visual art, like the artistic quest, creative processes and how engaging the viewer will lead to viewer insight. The February 2020 Adler show will probably have a title like “Where Fine Art Starts.” At a new Gallery Night feature each artist will discuss his or her displayed work, explain how a particular piece was entered in the 2019 Fall Membership Show, and how their collective artistic journeys converged at that moment. It will be about sharing and mentoring, and how artists speak to their viewers through art. It will be personal and compelling, and it will convince Adler that we should continue to be part of their annual exhibition series.

Arlington Heights, A Walk in the Park
This art fair will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 pm at the North School Park, located at

E. Eastman St. & N. Evergreen Ave. For more information see the website:


For inclusion in a future Member News, please send your news of exhibits, classes, awards and art-related comments to: Anne-Marie Bracken,

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.

May Member News CLICK HERE

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