Our free programs are open to the public and preceded by coffee and cookies at 7pm. Programs begin at 7:30 following announcements and end by 9 pm.
Ann Leslie – Stained Art & Beveled Glass
Ann Leslie is an accomplished stained glass artist with work in the homes of many prominent Chicagoans. Far from the typical church-window style of stained glass, Ann's art is more like a painting. She "paints" with glass pieces of many colors, working them into intricate designs for everything from windows and doors to jewelry and sculpture.
Ann will show us her own work as well as cover highlights in the history of stained art and beveled glass. She is bringing her magnificent collection of glass pieces and jewels, many of which are very rare, for us to view. Her interactive presentation will touch on the Egyptian Glass works, the very secretive Glass Guilds of Europe and the greatest decorative glasswork ever made by Lewis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Karen Johnson – "Nature Art"
Karen is a freelance illustrator/fine artist with double degrees in biological illustration and entymology (the study of insects). Her realistic depictions of plants, animals and insects are done on a variety of backgrounds ranging from plain to abstract. She works in many different media including watercolor/gouache, acrylic, pastel, and scratchboard. Karen currently teaches pen and ink, scratchboard, and insect illustration classes at Morton Arboretum.
Karen will demonstrate how she achieves the incredible detail that makes her illustrations come alive. She will discuss her vivid color palette and show you how to develop abstract backgrounds and use the dry brush technique for fine details. You will have the opportunity to see her work and learn how to achieve the brilliant, glowing color seen in her illustrations.