In the 1800’s, Illinois was covered in 22 million acres of prairie, giving the state its nickname “The Prairie State.” Today, only a tenth of 1% of original prairie remains intact, making this one of the most rare and endangered ecosystems in the world. Dee and many other land stewards are devoted to restoring fields in Illinois back to their presettlement prairie landscapes. When photographing the prairie, Hudson finds it exciting to discover such diversity among the prairie plants and animals compared to the surrounding environment. As she hikes with her camera mile after mile through the prairie, she feels at home and has made deep connections to the land and to the stewards who love and nurture it.
“As a young farm girl, I first became in tune to the land as I worked long and hard summer days removing weeds in my father’s soybean fields. It was in these fields that my roots first took hold and began to sink deep, like the prairie plant roots. Now as an adult, I have circled back to someplace familiar, yet now I have a greater purpose—to help restore and protect this land while I visually capture the beauty, diversity, and enthusiasm I have for the prairie and all nature. I hope my images inspire others to seek, to explore, and to make their own connections to the land and the prairie.”
A Long Look: Connecting to the Material World
Thursday, March 15–Tuesday, May 15 Artist: Deb Anderson • debrha.wordpress.com GALLERY TALK: Wednesday, April 4, 6:15 PM • Library Lobby
A wall of tangled foliage…the vast night sky…a shifting web of waves. When something catches Deb’s eye and touches an inner nerve, painting can be a way of staying with it, observing and mapping, even when the significance is not initially clear. That long, focused looking becomes a meditation, a way of forging a deeper connection with the material world. Deb’s oil paintings explore natural forms. Many are located in and near Glenview: the Grove, a forest preserve, and along the sides of roads. The horizon is high or not visible. The view is directed down or up, searching. Compositions are pulled out of a chaos of plants, waves, and stars. Deb loves the feeling of getting lost in the colors and shapes, like a jigsaw puzzle.
In Deb’s words,
“If I look long enough, with focus and curiosity, then I’ll see more, and perhaps see something new.”
Join April Art in the Library exhibitor Deb Anderson for a Gallery Talk, 6:15 PM, Library Lobby,followed by a Painting Workshop, 7 PM, Youth Program Room. Students paint a still life while Deb demonstrates her favorite techniques. Per Deb, “oil paint allows artists to rework and repaint areas. Mistakes happen and can add richness and depth to the vibrant colors of your work.” Limit 15.
Required material list: Oil paint: Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Transparent Red Earth (optional).Support: Gessoed canvas or wood panel, 8 by 10 inches or similar. Tools: Palette knife, #6 flat brush, Palette, small sealable plastic container (for leftover paint), odorless mineral spirits. Bring a portable easel (optional). Tables will be available.
The Gift of Art
Over the years, the Friends of the Glenview Library have not only contributed more than a million dollars to the Library, they also have given artwork for designated Library locations and have donated from their own collections. When you enter the Library from the underground garage, take notice of Field Scene. This colorful, evocative painting by David W. Voros was commissioned in 1986 to hang behind the Circulation Desk in the old Library. Treasures from the past have been recently installed in the Community Room. The Navajo rug and two Native American portraits were gifts from the Louann Van Zelst family. Age dimmed their beauty, but they now have been restored by the Friends. These three pieces help us remember our country’s first settlers and the beauty and craftsmanship of Native American handiwork for everyday use. The next time you attend a Library program, make sure to view these stunning works.
If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at the Glenview Public Library, please submit a proposal including:
General description of work
Size of work/frames
All artwork must be professionally framed and fit the standards of the exhibit hanging system
References/other shows in which the artist has exhibited
Mail or email photos representative of the artist’s proposed exhibit portfolio, or provide a link to a website with an online portfolio for proposal consideration
Contact information, including phone number, address, and email address
A limited number of exhibits are displayed each year. Many more requests are submitted than can be accommodated. Artists should not expect that proposals to exhibit will be accepted.