Schaumburg, IL (April 24, 2017) – From sculptures, portraits, oil and watercolor paintings, to poetry illustrated with black ink designs, the Northwest Cultural Council co-sponsors year’ round exhibits at a variety of Northwest suburban locations, including one at Meet Chicago Northwest, with the next shows running through Saturday, July 1.
The exhibits, free and open to the public during business hours, feature the work of longtime area artists including Lynnea Semasko at Meet Chicago Northwest, 1375 E. Woodfield Rd., Ste. 120, Schaumburg.
There are also two exhibits in Arlington Heights by Joseph A. Burlini and Charlotte Digregorio, respectively, at the Arlington Green Executive Center, 2101 S. Arlington Heights Rd. and at the Wellness Center of Northwest Community Hospital, 800 W. Central Rd.;
One by Steven Schroeder at the Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows; and another by Robert R. Cobb at Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein.
Lynnea Semasko of Arlington Heights is exhibiting her oil and water color paintings at Meet Chicago Northwest.
“My paintings invite you to step into them and travel with me,” says Semasko, who travels around the world for her artistic inspiration, painting scenes of cities and landmarks. Semasko is retired and taught gifted first graders in Chicago for 43 years.
Joseph A. Burlini of Arlington Heights, whose permanent sculptures are at The Pentagon in Washington D.C., the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and at the former Standard Oil Building—now Aon Center in Chicago, creates large outdoor pieces, some as tall as 70 feet. One of his large sculptures is at the entrance of the Wellness Center. He is exhibiting his smaller bronze, kinetic, steel and plexiglass sculptures, along with his portraits, at the Arlington Green Executive Center.
Charlotte Digregorio of Winnetka, poet and author of six books, including Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, is exhibiting her haiku and senryu (short poems) illustrated in the Japanese medium of sumi-e black ink painting and with modern graphic paintings and photography at the Wellness Center of NCH. The sumi-e paintings are by Vernon Hills artist Lidia Rozmus.
“Haiku and senryu capture the moments of our lives, whether happy or sad, and they are becoming a fad worldwide, written in about 56 languages,” Digregorio explains.
“My haiku/senryu exhibit isn’t just for poetry lovers, but for anyone who delights in art combined with the written word,” the author says. Digregorio believes that the Wellness Center is a great venue for her illustrated poems that are of a healing nature, “helping us all to put our daily lives into perspective.”
Digregorio is an award-winning “People’s Poet,” who attempts to reach those of all ages and backgrounds, working to make poetry more visible as a mainstream art.
Further, Steven Schroeder of Chicago is a painter and poet who is exhibiting his nature scenes and abstract paintings in vibrant colors at the Rolling Meadows Library.
“Emptiness plays an important role in both my poetry and my painting,” Schroeder says. “I often find myself spending as much time on what is not there, as on what it. This usually means focusing on a single image and letting the whole composition spring up around it,” he says.
Schroeder, co-founder of the Virtual Artists Collective of musicians, poets, and visual artists, is a professor of Asian Classics and Liberal Education at The University of Chicago.
Robert R. Cobb of Rolling Meadows, a retired art teacher from Maine Township High School District, is exhibiting his drawings, paintings and prints at Fremont Public Library. His paintings are both abstract and of landscapes, and he draws human figures. He also spends his retirement years writing poetry.
Cobb welcomes engaging with the public at exhibits to receive viewers’ impressions and interpretations of his work.
The Northwest Cultural Council serving the Northwest corridor, is a non-profit organization. It supports and promotes the work of area visual artists and poets, offering a variety of programs including corporate gallery exhibitions, co-sponsored by businesses, convention and visitors’ bureaus, libraries, and hospitals; “Kids Meet Art”™ programs to support art in the schools; and art competitions to stimulate, promote, and encourage artists.
For more information about the exhibits, call 847-382-6922.