Northbrook YMCA to open community gallery
Terry Luc with his paintings at the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook for an upcoming art exhibit. | Kevin Tanaka for~Sun-Times Media.
Luc’s exhibit will open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 with a special reception at The Community Gallery, 2705 Techny Road. The public is invited to greet the artist and tour the exhibit free of charge.
Anyone interested in displaying at the Community Gallery should contact Winnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public is also invited to attend the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Reception earlier that evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. hosted by the NSYMCA.
Tickets are available in advance at the Northbrook Chamber office or at the door. For information call (847) 498-5555.
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:30AM
NORTHBROOK — The North Suburban YMCA will begin a new art initiative Jan. 17 by opening The Community Gallery.
The Gallery will showcase artists who live in the northern suburbs by displaying rotating exhibits, probably monthly, throughout the Y’s public areas.
The idea of a gallery rose from the success of a recent juried art exhibit for junior high students that attracted more than 80 submissions.
They were displayed at the Y on a professional art hanging system, which was installed in the building’s renovated lobby and corridors.
“Visitors to the Y really enjoyed the junior high show,” noted Cathie Winnie, the Y’s Visual Arts Program Director.
“With hundreds of people passing through the corridors every day, we realized we had a wonderful opportunity to highlight the creativity and talent of artists in our community.”
Now art will be hung on the first floor of the Y’s lobby, along the main hallway and the hallway that runs along the pool, so the space is quite extensive, said Executive Director Howard Schultz.
“When we did our renovations to the Y, we decided there was a lack of space locally for people to display,” he added.
“But now we have a facility they can come to and we want to provide an opportunity for people to showcase their art here.”
In choosing Terry Luc known for his colorful, pop-art inspired compositions—as the Y’s first featured artist, it is recognizing the value of artistry, as well as community spirit, Schultz said.
Luc is a member of the Northbrook Arts Commission since 2004 and host of the cable TV program, Spotlight on Northbrook Arts.
He and his wife, Karie, are raising six children in Northbrook and he is a frequent community volunteer. Terry also works for Pioneer Press, and his wife is a frequent news contributor.
Terry is planning to show 20 to 25 pieces of artwork depicting three different styles, including some early pastels and comic illustrations, as well as the acrylic pop surrealism for which he is so well known.
“I’ll show five or six of my pastels that I have never or very rarely shown, and five pen and water color comic illustrations from my younger days, as well as my bolder work. It’s an odd mix, but it will be fun,” he said.
Terry also noted that he had served as an art director at the Y in the early 2000s.
“It’s really important to me to see art in general as a strong component of the YMCA, because it’s not just a fitness facility, although that’s the main focus,” Terry said.
“‘Mind, body and spirit’ is it’s motto. I feel that the spirit part is the art part, so I’m glad to see that art is being promoted.”