Art Group Finds History, Humanity in Touring
Scalf, Abby, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Carol Karas of Libertyville, like many art enthusiasts, has enjoyed viewing the collections at the Art Institute of Chicago over the years.
Through a not-for-profit group linked to the Art Institute, Karas has now gotten an opportunity to study the Institute's exhibits more closely, as well as see collections of other art media throughout the Chicago area.
"You have the small intricate shows to the larger pursuits of the city," Karas said.
The Central Lake County Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago, or CLCCA, is among 16 Chicago area chapters that focus to encourage membership at the Art Institute of Chicago, increase appreciation of its collections and programs and encourage awareness of art.
The central Lake County group, started in spring 1997, includes 69 members from Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Grayslake and Gurnee, said CLCCA chairwoman Marjorie Martin. Although the group is open to all ages, all must be members of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Martin, an Ivanhoe resident who joined the Lake Forest and Barrington chapters before the central Lake County chapter formed, said the group is educational and an excuse to go downtown.
"It affords suburbanites a look at the city and a world of art that you'd not get otherwise," she said.
The Associates plan programs throughout the year such as lectures, local artist spotlights and bus trips to the Art Institute and other art-related events.
Martin said their goal is to select a broad range of lectures geared for any person's interest. For example, she said, some people simply enjoy looking at Impressionist-era pieces, but may not understand them. …