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Oakton's Koehnline Museum features Chicago artists

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  • This oil painting by Chicago artist Leon Garland entitled Hull House Courtyard, 1930-31, is part of an exhibit opening Thursday, Aug. 1, at Koehnline Museum at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.

      This oil painting by Chicago artist Leon Garland entitled Hull House Courtyard, 1930-31, is part of an exhibit opening Thursday, Aug. 1, at Koehnline Museum at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.
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In the last decade, Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art has produced several significant exhibitions featuring Chicago artists and their contributions during the Great Depression.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, this tradition continues with the opening of The Art of Leon and Sadie Garland -- the first major exhibit celebrating this married artist couple, whose work captured Chicago and Europe during the early 20th century.

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Enjoy a public reception for The Art of Leon and Sadie Garland from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the museum, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. The free showcase runs through Friday, Sept. 20.

Russian-born Leon Garland (1896-1941) came to Chicago in 1913. A student of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hull House, he created an extensive body of work, including a large number of paintings for the WPA (Works Progress Administration, a federal public works program that provided jobs during the Depression).

His wife, Sadie Ellis Garland Dreikurs (1900-1906), grew up in the Windy City, took art classes at Hull House (a settlement house on the Near West Side), and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

After their marriage, the two traveled and studied in France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Switzerland. On their return to Chicago, the duo experimented with a variety of subjects and styles, including cubism.

The Koehnline Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (847) 635-2633, or visit www.oakton.edu/museum.

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