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posted: 5/28/2014 6:41 PM

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park hosts local art show on June First Friday

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Cori Cooper

Here at Lakeside, we know commuting to and from the city is not always enjoyable. Not only does it take a lot of time, it also gets pricey. For this reason and so many more, the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park is proud to bring the community art and cultural events. Have you ever been to the Art Institute of Chicago? There is no need to make the trip into the city because Lakeside is bringing a high caliber art show to Crystal Lake.

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the Historic Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake hosts a monthly art show called First Friday that is the perfect, local event. The public is welcome at the upcoming showcase from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, which is free to attend but donations are appreciated, as Lakeside is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization.

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Lakeside Legacy Arts Park's First Friday provides the community with a cultural evening consisting of art, live music, complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar. In addition to showcasing local and regional artists, these monthly events are designed to showcase the beautiful property and encourage the community to explore and experience the arts.

Donations at First Friday support the organizations mission, which is to protect and preserve the historic Dole Mansion and Arts Park for generations to come while being a creative cultural arts center offering programs, events, and concerts for the community to enjoy.

The June 6 exhibits are titled "Divergent Roads" and "Color Splash," which features countless artists specializing in watercolor, oil painting, and pastel.

"Divergent Roads" by the Watercooler Sisters will be in the Dole Gallery and "Color Splash" by the Lakes Region Watercolor Guild will be featured in the Sage Gallery.

Also, in the Sage Gallery will be a floral installation by Joyce Konstantinow, the owner of McHenry's Blooms and Rooms and Studio Farmhouse. The installation is an interpretation of waterscapes and her designs create the illusion of water.

The Watercooler Sisters are a group of 10 women who have the common desire to express themselves in painting and drawing to explore new media, support each other's efforts, and have lots of laughs together. They paint in various media, such as: oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, casein, pen, ink, and combinations of each. June's First Friday will be the first time the Watercooler Sisters have exhibited together and their works were done in watercolor, oil painting, and pastel.

The Lakes Region Watercolor Guild's purpose is to enhance, enrich, and further work in watercolor while promoting a better understanding of creative art. During the June First Friday exhibit, they will be evoking summertime pleasures, like sipping lemonade, sunbathing, blooming gardens, and sunsets through their work.

For more information on the June 6 First Friday and other events at Lakeside, visit www.LakesideLegacy.org. Lakeside Legacy Arts Park is located at 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake.

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