Wheaton Public Library hosts 'Monet in Giverny' Oct. 11

The Wheaton Public Library will present "Monet in Giverny: Artist and Gardner" with art historian Denise Laurin on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Presented in honor of Arts DuPage Month in October, this presentation is intended for anyone who has ever wanted to visit Monet's garden in Giverny, and even those who have.

Laurin will transport attendees to Monet's serene paradise in the valley of the Seine where much of his inspiration originated. She will discuss the artist's home and gardens and share insights about Monet as both a passionate horticulturist and innovative painter.

Through a seriously researched and curated sight and sound experience, attendees will learn about the design of the garden, the plants that grew there, and the artworks they inspired.

This free presentation, open to the public, will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 225 N. Cross St.

Online registrations can be made at Or call the library at (630) 668-1374.

Denise Laurin Visual Art

Through her art practice, Laurin has lectured on a variety of art-related topics throughout the Chicago area. She holds an M.A. in art history and a B.A. in studio art and art history from Northern Illinois University and taught both studio courses and art history on the college level between 2002-20.

As a Chicago-based visual artist, Laurin has exhibited widely at venues such as The Fine Arts Building and The Chicago Cultural Center. She holds a B.A. in studio art and continued to expand her skills under the guidance of nationally recognized artists Grace Cole, David Kassan and Brad Kunkle. Between 2009-2014, she lived in New York City, where she led a group show under the auspices of the MoMA education department and the Northern Manhattan Artists Alliance. She also taught art at a private Manhattan high school. Visit

Wheaton Public Library

The first library in Wheaton was built by resident and philanthropist John Quincy Adams in 1891. He was a successful businessman and a relation to the Adams line which produced two presidents. The library was free for the citizens of Wheaton and Mr. Adams created an endowment fund for the library.

Over the years as more people settled in the area, the library grew with it. In 1923, the City of Wheaton voted to levy a tax to operate the library. A new modern building was erected in the 1960s, and the 1970s saw a new addition. By the 1990s, a computerized circulation and cataloging system was installed. In 1999, the Wheaton Public Library was named a "Top Ten" library according to "Hennen's American Public Library Ratings Index". Another expansion to the library was completed in 2007.

Today, the Wheaton Public Library comprises 124,000 square feet, has 200 computers and wireless access to the Internet. Wheaton Public Library continues to be among the "Top Ten" libraries of its size in the country.

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