Elk Grove museum to feature Bonnie Casey exhibit
A temporary museum exhibit, "A Palette for Preservation: Paintings by Bonnie Casey," will open at the Elk Grove Historical Museum Friday, March 9.
As with past exhibits, the Elk Grove Historical Museum strives to highlight unique aspects of the community's history from a fresh perspective.
Inspired by the ever-changing landscape of Elk Grove Village and the surrounding area, artist and former resident Bonnie Casey painted a number of rural homesteads during the 1970s as a final record of their existence.
Unlike traditional art exhibits, images and historic items from associated properties will be displayed alongside a series of Casey's original paintings to revive these locations once more.
Visitors can watch a video of Casey painting, sketch a simple still-life, and share thoughts on current locations that should be preserved in the community.
Artwork by current Elk Grove Artist Association members will be featured throughout the museum's farmhouse to complement the theme of local preservation. Exhibit visitors are eligible for entry into a monthly raffle drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Blick Art Materials.
"A Palette for Preservation" will be on view March 9 through Aug. 31. Admission is free.
Exhibit hours are as follows:
• March through May: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment
• June through August: noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment
On Friday, March 9, there will be an opening reception for the exhibit. Visitors are encouraged to view the exhibit from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the museum, 399 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, before the reception. At 5:30 p.m. at the Al Hattendorf Center, 225 E. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village, there will be a portrayal of artist and modernist Georgia O'Keeffe.
In this living history performance, historian Leslie Goddard captures the complexity of O'Keeffe's life and work. A light dinner will be provided by a local vendor beginning at 5:15 p.m. The program is appropriate for ages 13 and older.
Registration is required by Monday, March 5, by calling (847) 439-3994. There is a $5 fee per person to attend the program and payment is due at the door. Cash or credit card will be accepted. Admission is free for Elk Grove Historical Society and Artist Association of Elk Grove members.
To supplement the exhibit, the museum will host a variety of free or low-cost programs and drop-in activities. Visit http://www.elkgroveparks.org/Museum/Exhibit for more details.