Leading Passionate Lives Barrington Groups to Display Portraits of Seniors and Their Hobbies

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent

John Snow, 81, of East Dundee carved a name for himself serving as the longtime principal of Arnett C. Lines School in Barrington.

A new exhibit opening this month sheds light on a different passion of Snow's: woodcarving.

Snow's portrait, taken in black-and-white and featured with some of his carvings, is just one of 39 photos of older people displayed in the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Barrington Area Arts Council and the Barrington Area Council on Aging.

A public reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at both the Barrington Area Arts Council Gallery, 121-B Barrington Commons Court, and its gallery at The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington.

Local portrait photographer Thomas Balsamo shot the images and council members have created a narrative about each subject telling about their backgrounds and interest, as well as a direct quote. An anonymous donor underwrote the exhibit.

All of the people featured share one common trait: They are driven by a personal passion to create or give back to others.

Consequently, the exhibit is called: "Lives with Passion."

"My objective for this collection of interpretative portraits was to capture a glimpse into the souls of people who are aging," said Balsamo, who owns Portraits By Thomas in downtown Barrington. "Originally, I thought that wisdom would be the overshadowing quality.

"Surprisingly, that is not what I found," he said. …