Cultural Council Features Large Art Show and Reception

The Northwest Cultural Council is featuring its annual spring show through Saturday, July 7 with a special public reception, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at the Arlington Green Executive Center, 2101 S. Arlington Heights Rd. in Arlington Heights. The reception is sponsored by the Law Offices of RF Wittmeyer, Ltd. at the Executive Center.

"This is our largest show of the year, featuring a variety of mediums that will inspire the public to be creative, and we're expecting a large turnout for the reception," Kathy Umlauf, NWCC Executive Director, said.

Umlauf says the reception will also feature poetry readings about the exhibited art by NWCC artists who write poetry, and by NWCC poets who participate in its "Second Saturday Poetry Workshops."

These area artists are exhibiting, and will meet and greet the public at the free reception:

From Arlington Heights: Joseph A. Burlini, painter and sculptor; Michael Stone, digital art; Gary Swiontek, photography; and Lynnea Semasko, oil and watercolor paintings.

From Buffalo Grove: Karen Meadows, stained glass, and John P. Green, pen and ink drawings.

From Mount Prospect: Moon Ja Park, paintings, and Tiffany Whisler, photography.

From Palatine: Dean Caminiti, wood reliefs and graphic art; and Nancy Wedow and Marlene Wood, watercolor paintings.

Other artists include: Claire Vogt Wally of Barrington, paintings; Barbara Burt of Warrenville, handmade paper artist; Robert R. Cobb of Rolling Meadows, acrylic paintings; Cheryl Calderon of Elk Grove Village, watercolor and pastel paintings; Roger W. Gates of Lake in the Hills, acrylic paintings; and Charlotte Digregorio of Winnetka, haiga (haiku poetry combined with paintings and graphic art).

"The artist's palette pales in comparison to nature's palette, but I try to create vivid work to bring out the beauty of things around us," Exhibitor Karen Meadows said about her stained glass.

Robert R. Cobb added: "I look forward to meeting the public at the reception to receive observers' input about my acrylic paintings."

Another exhibitor, Dean Caminiti, said his wood reliefs meld "creativity with craftsmanship." He uses a wide range of skills as cabinetmaker, cinematographer, filmmaker, architectural illustrator, and model maker to create his art.

At the reception, light refreshments will be served and musical entertainment will be offered. NWCC requests that the public RSVP for the reception by emailing:

The Northwest Cultural Council serving the Northwest corridor, is a non-profit organization. It supports and promotes the work of area visual artists and poets, offering a variety of programs including corporate gallery exhibitions, co-sponsored by businesses, convention and visitors' bureaus, libraries, and hospitals; art competitions to stimulate and promote artists; and poetry workshops and readings.

For more information about NWCC exhibits, call 847-382-6922.

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