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Northbrook Art Show Draws Large Crowd

The Northbrook Public Library celebrated its grand opening of the 9th Annual Juried Art Show Friday, October 14th.  Over 200 people attended. An additional 300-400 people are expected to attend before the last day, November 30th.

116 artists entered the show and almost 300 pieces were submitted.

Every year a committee picks the theme that artists will explore. Catawampus, which is a real word meaning an off-balance or unusual perspective, is the theme this year.

Eric Robbins, Assistant Director of the library said, “We’ve got lots of idea proposals from previous shows that we consider along with themes that we think might elicit interesting work by artists.”

The show was started by Library Trustees as a fundraiser in 2000.  The fundraiser failed and the show turned into a community cultural event. At that point, the library staff began organizing the event.

Every year the library features new and seasoned artists who are 18 and older. To enter, artists must submit samples of their work for review. Once approved, artists call to register their work.  There is a first place $2,000 purchase prize, a $1,000 second place and a $500 third place prize. There are also two $200 viewer’s choice awards that are voted on by the people who came opening night.

One mother- daughter pair had trouble deciding  which artist would get their vote. Jen S., 46, who did not want her name to be published said, “This isn’t easy.  Each piece is unique and tells its own story.”

All types of artwork were showcased. Oil canvases, photography and embroidery were showcased. Clay, stoneware, and Paper mache sculptures were also submitted. Hanging artwork lined the library walls.

One piece that attracted many viewers was the “Cat A What Puss?” This was a piece made of mixed wire, wool and media. It was created by Marianne McKoveck from Palatine, Illinois.

Viewer’s prizes were distributed a few weeks after opening night.  The viewer’s choice prizes went to Susan Mart, for “Gatherings” and Patricia Alfini, for “Country Kitchen in a Pot.” The first and second place prizes were also chosen. The First Place winner was Peggy Wyman for “Gone All Wobbly.” The Second Place Winner was Christian Parks, “Something New?” and Third place was Kathy Yancey, “Where the Lava Stops.”


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