A popular local historian and writer, Tara McClellan McAndrew, will tell us about the wayward way we became a state and how our first lawmakers in Kaskaskia started from scratch in creating state government.
Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape
Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), a Chicago painter who created surreal and dream-like imagery, is the subject of Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape. Abercrombie developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained her paintings saying “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include over 40 of the artist’s enigmatic works of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.”
Illinois is called the “Prairie State” for good reason – it once held millions of acres of native prairie in which biodiversity flourished. But over time most of the native habitat gave way to a diversity of human uses.