A Family Is ... Local Artists, Poets Create Visual, Verbal Interpretations

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent

Nothing fuels an artist more than the image of family. Whether working in a print or visual medium, the concept of family can be interpreted in many different ways.

So it should come as no surprise the Northwest Cultural Council's latest exhibit, "A Family Is..." drew a wide ranging response from visual artists and poets alike.

The exhibit opened Thursday and runs through Dec. 28, with an opening reception and awards ceremony from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 19. The Northwest Cultural Council/Kimball Hill galleries are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission is free.

"It's a juried exhibition of art and poetry that celebrates families of all kinds," says Kathy Umlauf, executive director of the Rolling Meadows arts council.

In all, 31 visual pieces of art were selected for the show by juror Nina Weiss, a landscape artist who teaches at the School of the Art Institute, Columbia College Chicago and at the Evanston Art Center.

Among the 31 pieces of art selected for the show are some by local artists: Claire Vogt Wally of Barrington; Fred Lowenthal of Highland Park; Vashti Varnado of Oak Park; Judy Langston of Park Ridge; Mary Tousman of Rockford; Jean Reindl and Jennifer Romaniszak of Palatine; and Wayne Atkinson of Winfield.

Wally's oil painting is of her son-in-law, Paul, helping his toddler son, Graeme, drink out of a fancy water glass at their first Father's Day celebration at a restaurant.

"I had been studying Mary Cassatt and, after I saw my photo, I realized that she had painted a mother helping her daughter drink a glass of milk, in much the same pose," Wally says. …