Before Robert K. Elder became an author and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, he cut his teeth as arts photographer in the 1990s. Slinging a Pentax K1000 camera with a broken light meter, Elder found himself photographing artists such as U2, Pearl Jam, Beck, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine and Sarah McLachlan. The young photographer's odyssey led him to take portraits of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Ken Kesey, Studs Terkel and filmmaker Oliver Stone, who had just published his first novel.
Oak Park photographer Mary Vostal has created a photographic walk down the streets of this architecturally rich area of Oak Park. Homes are documented with historical information when available. All photos were taken in the winter/spring of 2012 and each block shows the homes morphed together presenting one view of the entire block. A reception for Mary Vostal will be Thursday, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is open seven days a week during regular library hours.
Oak Park Artist Beth Ryza will display paintings in an exhibit titled "Flower Power" from Jan. 2 through Jan. 29 at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery. The Gallery is open seven days a week during regular library hours.
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Home and Studio by seeing Frank Lloyd Wright The Oak Park Years Exhibit in the Oak Park Library Gallery in February. A reception for the artist will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
In the past several years, photographer James Caulfield, in collaboration with architectural writer Patrick F. Cannon, has produced four books with contemporary images of the exteriors and interiors of the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and other Chicago-area architects.
See the exhibit titled "Printmakers of Oak Park Art League" featuring the prints of 23 artists curated by Oak Park artist and printmaker Nancy Fong. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, March 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Oak Park Art League collaborates with Expressions raphics to offer classes in printmaking. For more information, see www.oakparkartleague.org.
Local artist Jill Kramer will display new paintings in her Landscape Reinterpreted exhibit at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery from Dec. 2 to Dec. 30. A reception for the artist will be Sunday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.
Oak Park resident and tenured professor of art, design and photography, Jay Boersa, will exhibit recent photographs taken in Oak Park and around the world Nov. 2 - 29 at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery, 834 Lake Street. You can meet photographer Jay Boersa at a reception on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Art Galley.
November's aMAZEing artist, Steve Fisher, will display portraits of library patrons' pets! This heartwarming display will be on exhibit through the end of the month.
To particpate: Submit your request with a digital image of you and your pet to email@example.com. Steve will select 20 images to paint. All submissions must be received by Sunday, Sept 1.
Learn more about Art in the Library
Oak Park Artist Marion Sirefman will have an exhibit titled Journeys in the Oak Park Public Library Gallery through August 2 through Aug. 30. A reception for the artist will be Sunday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Sarah Koten, an accomplished artist who lived in Oak Park for 10 years, will exhibit recent paintings in an exhibit titled " Color and Light" at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery Sept. 2 through 29. The exhibit is open seven days a week during regular Library hours.
A reception for Sarah Koten will be in the Art Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.