The Waukegan Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Waukegan, has announced the opening of ArtWise: A Community Cultural Arts Series.
ArtWise 2015 will offer a variety of art-related events on the theme of "Those Who Serve" to honor those who serve the United States in the military.
The opening event will be an exhibition of the photographs of Ryan Spencer Reed at Urban Edge Gallery in downtown Waukegan at 220 W. Clayton St. The exhibit runs Friday, Sept. 11, through Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Ryan Spencer Reed is an award-winning photojournalist who was embedded with the 101st Airborne Band of Brothers in Afghanistan. His photographs speak to the experiences of the young men and women who are sent to war on behalf of the United States.
Other ArtWise events will include a writer's series at the library, live theatrical performances at our local theaters, film screenings and complementary art exhibits, including the works of veterans in the art therapy program at the VA.
The Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan, will present a writer's series. Benjamin Busch, author of "Dust to Dust," will speak Sept. 19. Michael Pitre, author of "Five and Twenty-Fives," will speak Oct. 8. Kirsten Holmstedt, author of "Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq," will speak Nov. 5. Admission is free.
Three Brothers Theatre, 115 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, will present "Two Rooms" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, the military and students.
Clockwise Theatre, 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, will present "Soldier's Heart" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 25 to Oct. 8. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors, the military and veterans.
Bowen Park Theatre Company, 39 Jack Benny Drive, in Bowen Park in Waukegan, will present two plays: "The Guys" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26, and "The Mercy Seat" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2-11. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and the military and $10 for students.
Waukegan History Museum, 1917 N. Sheridan Road, will present World War II photographs of combat photographer Albert Klein from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 11 through Nov. 11.
Lake County Courthouse and Administration Building will display artwork by veterans receiving care from the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 11 to Nov. 11.
Karcher 405 Gallery, 405 Washington St., Waukegan, will exhibit the oil paintings of Richard Laurent, an art instructor at Columbia College who served during the Vietnam War, as well as the work of resident artists.
Dandelion Gallery, 109 S. Genesee St., Waukegan, will exhibit "Honorary Man: Adventures of a Military Woman," featuring the works of artist Leisa Corbett, from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and 24 and Oct. 17 and 22.
Lake County Tech Hub, 13 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, will host the artwork from children of military families depicting veterans with PTSD and TBI and their rescued service dogs through a partnership with Kids Rank and War Dogs Making It Home, Sept. 19 through Nov. 11. Admission to exhibits is free.
For a complete listing of events, visit www.waukeganartwise.com.