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"Atomic Life" Gallery Show at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park

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  • Brochure for Atomic Life First Friday gallery event

    Brochure for Atomic Life First Friday gallery event

Erin McElroy

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park welcomes the community to the Friday, October 5th First Friday gallery event from 5pm to 8pm featuring Jeff Sevener and his Atomic Life collection of paintings. Equal to Jeff's love of painting is his love of 20th century American literature. He is a high-school English teacher in Illinois, and believes he has the "privilege of sharing this captivating era of history with young minds through the invaluable medium of literature." Jeff's artistic goal for Atomic Life is to capture aspects of modern life with a nod to mid-century America's transition from stark deprivation to vivid prosperity. "With the juxtaposition of the playful, plastic look of common spray paint against the dramatic sharpness of grayscale, I [Sevener] hope to create an atomic era lens through which I can portray modern life. Atomic Life will be up for viewing until October 26.

In the lobby of the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Jeff will be displaying his Crystal Lake - Modernizing History exhibit in an effort to provide a view of the Dole mansion and other familiar Crystal Lake sites through a lens that is both retro and modern. For more information about Jeff Sevener, please visit

The second and third floors of the Dole Mansion have much to offer as well, exhibiting an installation by Angela Swan. Expand your artistic senses with this incredible installation of unique and eclectic sculpture and composition while exploring and learning about the local history of the Dole.

Also as a part of the October 5th First Friday, Angela Swan will be doing Jumpshots in one of the historic rooms on the second floor of the Dole Mansion. Bring your friends and family for a unique, mid-air photo shoot opportunity! To see examples of Jumpshots, please visit First Friday gallery events are free and family-friendly featuring live music, art, Dole Mansion tours, cash bar and free light refreshments. First Friday's are supported by Crystal Lake Reprographics as well as Piano Trends and the Willow Springs Foundation. Artwork is for sale during First Fridays. A portion of each sale benefits the local artist and Lakeside. Artwork can be viewed and purchased Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. The public is welcome to explore the Dole and galleries. Private tours are available for groups of 4 or more. Custom tours with historic docents, night time flash-light tours, and tours with art education, food, and more available for customization. Contact Lakeside to learn more about private tour options for corporations, seniors, schools, and boys/girl scout troops.

For more information on the Lakeside Legacy Foundation, membership, volunteering and upcoming events please visit or contact the foundation at 815-455-8000.