NCA/AIC opens eyes to art
L-R, Anne Brown of Highland Park and Beverly Baker of Northbrook, also Northbrook Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago (NCA/AIC) members, at the sell-out Exmoor Country Club spring luncheon April 18. Karie Angell Luc~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 8, 2012 8:10AM
The Northbrook Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago spring luncheon April 18 was a sellout event; it also was a highlight of a productive year.
The Highland Park Exmoor Country Club Vine Avenue location offered a sparkling spring venue on a sunny day, where members and guests converged on a banquet room done up in French country décor.
Marcia Dunn, a registered nurse from Northbrook who served this year as NCA/AIC spokesperson, was grateful for the opportunities associated with the organization.
“I’m learning about art, the different centuries, what they [époques, artists] produced,” said Dunn. “It’s just eye-opening for me because I wanted to expand my art knowledge and that’s why this [NCA/AIC] is so great. I’m learning all of the time.”
“This is adult education of the visual arts, and we are affiliated with the Art Institute of Chicago,” said Nadine Minnig, also an NCA/AIC member. And it’s a great way to connect with other art lovers in Northbrook and to encourage the appreciation of all art forms.”
Speaker Bill Kerr presented “Fabric Art–Fun Quilts” and explained how timeless designs are also a vibrant contemporary art form.
Quilts offer a fascinating timeline with comparable design features that parallel changes in art, architecture, design and society.
Kerr’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Time and Oprah magazines.
Lee Block, Glenbrook North High School art instructor, was in attendance because the NCA/AIC awarded scholarships to GBN students.
“I am very fortunate to be invited to this scholarship luncheon,” Block said. The NCA/AIC “generously provided three scholarships for three students to go to the college of the School of the Art Institute [of Chicago] this summer.”
The next NCA/AIC event will be its September membership coffee. Call (847) 564-1051 to learn more about joining the group.