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Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center

August 20, 2015

By Mary Staackmann, Director of Lifelong Learning

You can find a hidden gem of an art gallery at North Shore Senior Center. Located in the Center’s Atrium, the Art Gallery showcases the beautiful and creative artwork of older adults through six exhibitions each year.

Approximately every two months, a new exhibition is installed, many featuring local arts organizations. The Chicago Society of Arts is the oldest artist organization in the county and holds an annual exhibition in the Art Gallery. The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) is an organization of artists ages 50 and older dedicated to expanding the horizons and promoting the art of older adults. The Chicago Women’s Caucus also exhibits in our Art Gallery. This organization began in 1979 to recognize the contribution of women to the arts and their profound impact on society. Other local arts organizations that exhibit in our Gallery include the Wilmette and Glenview Art Leagues and Oakton Community College.

Of course, North Shore Senior Center members feature prominently in our Art Gallery. Each year we host the Annual Members Exhibition showcasing the work of our sculpture, fiber arts, photography, painting, and collage artists. There is also usually a special exhibition highlighting the work of one art group or individual artist.

This opportunity to exhibit before your peers is tremendously meaningful to the artist. Member artist Carol Regan states that “Exhibiting my art work at the Center has given me a special incentive to do my best work. I am honored and proud to have my work viewed by members and guests.” Another NSSC artist, Lindsay Brown, states, “It is a real treat to see thirty of my paintings hanging together in a public place where I can consider how my skills have changed over time, and see what I might change in future work.” These exhibitions prove time and again to be enriching experiences for both artists and those that view them.

Frequently, at the start of a new exhibition, North Shore Senior Center will host an artist reception, in which the featured artists are available to discuss their work. The artists appreciate the opportunity to talk with guests about their art work and the arts programs at the Center. And, of course, the guests enjoy meeting the artists!

Much of the artwork is available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to North Shore Senior Center. For more information on our art groups and classes, as well as our Art Gallery Exhibitions, contact Lifelong Learning at 847-784-6030 or email LifelongLearning@nssc.org