Special Exhibit at Oak Park Public Library

December 28th, 2011  |  Published in Current Exhibits

Oak Park Art League Celebrates 90th Year with Special Exhibit at Oak Park Library

The Oak Park Art League is celebrating its 90th Anniversary with a special exhibit at Oak Park Public Library Gallery through January 30. The exhibit is titled “A Special Exhibition of the Permanent Collection of the Oak Park Art League: Celebrating 90 years of helping artists refine their unique voice in our studios and galleries.”

The exhibit will feature select pieces from the Art League’s  permanent collection made up of works donated by Artist Members from as early as 1912. A reception to celebrate the exhibit will be held on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery exhibit will be open seven days a week during regular Library hours. The Oak Park Public Library is located at 834 Lake Street in Oak Park.

The Art League’s rich history is punctuated with significant names in the art world such as E.E. Roberts, architect of the Art League’s current home, Grace Hall Hemmingway, founder Carl Kraftt, and notable members such as Charles Dahlgreen, Phillip White and James Eccles.

Founded in 1921, the Oak Park Art League has sustained an environment to develop, nurture and exhibit the work of local artists, past and present. The OPAL mission is to provide access to the disciplines and development processes so that artists of all ages, from amateur to hobbyist, enthusiast to professional may refine their unique creative voice in our studios and galleries.

In the early years,  the Oak Park Art League met in Frank Lloyd  Wright’s home studio before settling in our current building, at 720 Chicago Avenue.  This building was purchased in 1937, after a massive fund raising effort. Originally designed as a carriage house and stable in 1901 by architect, E. E. Roberts, the building was then redesigned for the Art League’s use by E. E. Roberts, an artist member himself at the time. This building was also used as a private school and the dance studio of famous choreographer Doris Humphrey.

For more on the Oak Park Art League’s rich history, visit the web site, www.opal-art.com

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