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Paint the Parks

August 29, 3-4:30PM
@ Johnston Recreation Center

Thirteen works of art by 13 of Bloomingdale's finest artists will be unveiled at a public reception scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m., August 29 at the Johnston Recreation Center, 172 S. Circle Ave., in Bloomingdale. 

The talented members of the Bloomingdale Artists Association (BAA) created nine canvas paintings and four photographs of Bloomingdale parks which will be permanently displayed in the Johnston Recreation Center (JRC). The initiative began in 2019 when then Bloomingdale Park District Executive Director Carrie Fullerton approached the BAA about a collaborative project to bring artwork into the JRC. The BAA agreed to the newly-named Paint the Parks initiative, but the project was delayed because of the pandemic. 

The Park District thanks the BAA and the artists for creating these wonderful works for everyone to enjoy. The public is invited to the opening reception to view the artwork and meet the artists. All are welcome!     

Image Above: Lakeview Memories by Irene Peterson

Group 22: "Inspirit"

Exhibition Dates: August 21 - September 18
@ Museum, Gallery I

In the mid-fifties, a group of Arlington Heights artists met to stimulate, support and educate their art making. All had a goal of a career with their art, and in this unified spirit, they founded the Countryside Art Center. After 40 years of community involvement, the village razed the building, but the mission remained strong, with Group 22 emerging. Thus, in unified diversity, Group 22 presents the multimedia exhibit: Inspirit.

Gene McCormick: "People, Places & Pleasures: Living with Gusto"

Exhibition Dates: August 21 - September 18
@ Museum, Gallery II

More than 50 recent paintings illuminate the artistic visions of Gene McCormick. Done in a neo-expressionistic style that bows more to passion and spontaneity than technical verity, the paintings emphasize the coloration of bright, vivid lives, places and pleasures in a manner accessible to the most casual viewer. 

Gene McCormick's paintings are in private and commercial collections nationwide. He has designed more than twenty small press book covers and is the illustrator for the venerable online poetry journal, For several years he designed a line of women's casual couture wear for a charitable foundation. McCormick regularly has solo exhibitions in the greater Chicago area, where he resides with his wife, Marie, and dog, Jack. He can be contacted at 

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