Northbrook Park District is bursting with creativity, and some of that talent will be on display during the 2018 Northbrook Artists Studio Tour.
Painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers and other artists will show their work from noon to 4 p.m., Nov. 3 at the Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. Art also will be displayed at Village Green, 1810 Walters Ave. and six home studios throughout Northbrook.
Sponsored by the Northbrook Arts Commission, the show includes several Senior Center members whose work will be on display at the Leisure Center, said Recreation Supervisor Laura Wassinger. The event is supported by the Village of Northbrook and the Park District.
“These people are true artists,” Wassinger said. “They’re here working on their art two to three times a week. The Studio Tour gives us an opportunity to show the public all the arts programming the Park District offers.”
Maps to studio locations will be available at Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane and Northbrook Village Hall, 1225 Cedar Lane. Maps also may be downloaded at northbrookarts.org.
“The purpose of this studio tour is to get people involved in the arts, see what studios look like and meet their neighbors,” said Cheryl Fayne-dePersio, Communications Manager for the Village of Northbrook. “It makes you realize all the talent right here in the community.”
Art classes available at the Leisure Center include ceramics, painting and drawing. The Senior Center hosts a Drop-in Art Studio from 12:45 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays where members can perfect their work and receive guidance for various mediums such as oils, pencils and acrylics.
“All skill levels are welcome and it’s a relaxed, friendly atmosphere,” Wassinger said. “Artists work together and help each other out. It’s a very collaborative environment.”
Among artists set to show their work at the Studio Tour is 91-year-old Northbrook resident Herb Katz, who has been painting since he was 5. Katz is a regular at the Senior Center’s painting class, The Palette Pals and one of the program’s top artists.
“I’ve been painting all my life,” Katz said. “This event shows what us seniors are capable of as artists.”
Palette Pals participant Vibba Jain has come a long way from learning to paint two years ago to joining fellow artists in the Studio Tour.
“I didn’t even know how to hold a brush at first,” said Jain, of Northbrook. “I want people who come to the tour to see if you are ready to paint, you can paint.”
A knitting, crochet and ceramics instructor at the District for 30 years, Sharon Robbins hopes the tour will serve as inspiration to the public. Robbins will show a collection of children’s sweaters and wool scarves she’s made. Some artists, including Robbins, will work on their masterpieces at the event so people can witness their creativity in action.
“It’s good for the neighborhood to see what we do here at the Leisure Center so they can come take part in our many art classes,” she said.
For information and a full list of Park District art classes, visit nbparks.org.