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A place of make believe and enlightenment
By Barry Schrader.................................September
After a fruitless trip to Springfield last week for a state
board meeting we really found a waste of time, Kay and I needed
a day of carefree abandon, a getaway to a land of make believe
No, we didnt fly off
to Disney World, but joined a group bus tour to the Art Institute
of Chicago. Now some people may consider this less than a flight
from reality, but some of the Impressionist art is out of this
world, and, being Senior Celebrations Day last Thursday, the
price was right. After we got home, our neighbor Harriett Kallich
asked how we liked the Picassos, and we realized we were so engrossed
in the first two floors and the new Modern Wing encompassing
an additional 264,000 square feet we never even got to the third
floor so missed Picasso this trip.
Even my Genoa-Kingston
classmate Paul Buzzell would find some art of interest among
the hangings. One of the all-time greats, in fact the most iconic
painting of the 20th Century, American Gothic, is on display.
You may remember that Grant Wood classic of a farmer and his
daughter in front of their house, the man with pitchfork. If
Paul was the farmer being portrayed like this today, the three-pronged
fork would be replaced by a golf club, Im sure.
through some other rooms of American art we found paintings by
Georgia OKeeffe whose home studio we once visited in Santa
This photo shows the iconic American
Gothic painting o the armer and daughterA colorful painting done on staves from a used wine barrel.
The artwork has a tie to the Last Supper according to the artist.
My particular favorite is Sunflower done in 1935 and reproduced
in poster form all over the world, one of which we possess. That
painting wasnt in the exhibition, but several others of
her best work were there.
Then a special exhibit
that opened this summer is titled A Case for Wine: from
King Tut to Today. It was a bit disappointing there were
no corks to sniff, tastings to enjoy or even the aroma from an
empty oak wine barrel. You had to imagine the mustiness of a
winery as you wandered from room to room experiencing the wine
art and artifacts from many countries over the centuries. One
piece of art was painted on the bowed staves of a used wine barrel.
What a colorful and creative creation!
go on describing many other works of art, but it is much better
if you take a day and visit in person. But for now maybe you
should think about the Sandwich Fair this week. There you will
find lots of local artwork as well as hundreds of crafts, baked
goods, farm produce including some mighty big pumpkins.
cant expect to compete with 11-year-old Kailey Mulligan
of Sycamore who has the goal of entering 100 things in competition
this year, but I did manage to drive two entries of my own down
there on Labor Day. Ill give you a hintone has a
corn dog in it. (Check out the photography exhibit)
look forward to meeting up with my friend Bill Heriaud from Sandwich
who can be found there every day from Wednesday through Sunday
maneuvering his cart through the crowds. Bills going to
show me where I can buy one of those 2009 souvenir pins to wear
on my bright yellow DeKalb Ag cap. An extra treat for me will
be reuniting with a first-grade classmate formerly from Somonauk,
Karol Orstedt, who is coming all the way from Arizona to see
the fair and her old friends.
See you at the fair.
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