Upcoming PleinAir
We will wind up 2017 with massive locomotives on September 23 at the Illinois Railroad Museum in Union; then peak fall color on October 21 at the ranch of Vivian Morrison in Antioch; and lastly overlook the Fox River valley from the comfort of McHenry County Conservation District’s Prairieview Education Center on November 18.


Reminder emails will be sent and posted on the website as the dates approach.

Plein Air

Lake County Art League Plein Air Group will hold a plein air session at the home of artist Vivian Morrison on Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Vivian suggested the extended time “for late comer's or for those who come from further away to stick around.”

This is a perfect time and place to capture the fall colors. We are expecting to hit the peak color on this date, and this is a charming former horse, sheep and mink farm has been converted to a private residence. You will find fall color in surprising new places.

Vivian’s is an old 21-acre farm six miles north of Gurnee Mills, a mile from the Wisconsin border. The stock are long gone, leaving clean stables and a mowed paddock, plus mowed access to scrubland, wetlands and an old nursery at the back of the ranch. For still more variety, there is a modest fieldstone-clad house surrounded by two acres of gardens, outbuildings and thoughtful landscaping. 

Vivian said to “tell the artists that they are welcome to bring paintings they have done to sell.” She will have a large temporary Art-in-the-Barn sign on her front fence that suggests this an art sale. “They can hang them up inside or outside the barn.  I will have nails and a hammer for hanging. Also encourage them to invite their friends.” Based on last year’s experience, a lot of her friends will be there.

Ever the hostess, Vivian said there will be food – chili, cider, home-baked goodies – so don’t worry about lunch. 

Enjoy: painting, drawing and photography with fellow artists from any medium at any level of expertise.
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, October 21.
General Directions: The GPS address for the Morrison home is 17115 W Edwards Rd., Antioch, though your GPS transponder may say the address is Old Mill Creek. This location is a little north and east of the intersection of IL 173 and Hunt Club Road. 
Directions from the east or west: Simply take IL 173, and coming from the south take Hunt Club Road or take I-94 north to the IL 173 Rosecrans Rd. exit and drive west a half-mile. Once at the intersection of IL 173 and Hunt Club Road, go north on Hunt Club one mile to Edwards Rd. and turn east (right). The Morrison home will be on your right in about 0.4 miles. Look for the “Art in the Barn” sign. Enter through the driveway and park in the mowed paddock.
Directions from Arlington Heights: Take Palatine and Willow roads east to I-294 and head north 24 miles to the IL 173 Rosecrans Rd. exit, then drive west a half-mile to Hunt Club Road and proceed as above.
Conclusion: At 1:00 those willing to discuss their results will gather in front or by the side of the barn to share the day’s experience.
Cautions: The host, organizers and sponsors that make this session possible cannot guarantee your safety or be responsible for personal injury, property damage and trespass resulting from your actions. Please respect any limitations set by our generous host. Have fun, but be careful. 
Guests: Guests are certainly welcome, subject to the above cautions. No children please, as everyone will be far too absorbed in their art to monitor the activity of a child.
Questions: Contact Vivian Morriston at 847-395-8022 or vm17115@yahoo.com.
Pending: November 18 art at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Prairieview Education Center, south of IL 176 just west of the Fox River. There you can paint the river valley in warm comfort behind windows if necessary.