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Monday, July 22, 2024  |  9 am – 9 pm

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Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm

Gallery Wall

Bi-monthly, the library features a different artist or group of artists on the Gallery Wall and in the display case on the 2nd floor. Please email the Adult Programming Librarian with questions about the Gallery Wall. Artists interested in displaying their art can submit an Art Display Proposal form.


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On the Wall

Art created by members of The Awakenings Project

Sunflower by Irene O’Neill
Anger by William Alexander
The Dreamtime by Sandy Mazurek
Beautiful Day by Sandy Mazurek
“Breathe” by John Rakow
Waterlilies by Irene O’Neill
Sea Turtle by Sandy Mazurek
Goldfinch by Merle Margolis
Serene Sunset by Lynne Elms
Fairy Tales by Julie Hough
Madman Series by William Alexander
Anger by William Alexander
Orange Oval by Kurt Taecker
Hat Lady by Mandy Rakow
For my brother Matt by Kurt Taecker
Empathy by Sandy Mazurek and Dori Poni
The Eyes Have It by Peter Austin
Frida by Irene O’Neill
Feelings fly high by Julie Hough
Monument at Cantigny by Robert Lundin
#1 Mandala by Laura Jardine
Thelonious Monk by Anton Witek
Lost are welcome by John Rakow
Fire and Ice by Kelsey Paulsen (nee Kowalski)
Beach Scene by Merle Margolis
Farmer’s Tomato by Mark Hull
Neptune Tomato by Mark Hull

In the Case

Art created by members of The Awakenings Project

Big Tree by Gerard Uribe
Various cats and bunnies and bunnies and cats by Linda
Pink Hibiscus by Irene O’Neill Stepanek
Bandsaw Box by Sean T. Lamb
The Rose by Brenda Alcantar
Time in the Balance by Sean T. Lamb
Dutch Masters Oreo by Anton Witek
Ageing Rocker by Michael Allen
Dream Big, short stories by Greg Brendel
Deconstructing Yin/Yang by Nancy Voross
Undersea Fantasy by Julie Hough and Noelle Hoppe


What is your (or your group’s) connection to Glen Ellyn?
Our studio was in Glen Ellyn, at 413 N. Main St. from 1999 until 2008. It was a wonderful location, with other artists also having their studios upstairs, near ours. However, the new landlord was renovating, and all the artists had to find new locations. We tried to find something else in Glen Ellyn, or at the least in DuPage County, but we are starving artists and we ended up finding an affordable space in Elgin, where we have been since the summer of 2008.

What is the title or theme of the collection?
Awakening the Healing Power of Creativity

Briefly describe the collection.
The main thing that all the artists have in common is that they have some diagnosis of a mental health condition. We are not art therapists. We are simply artists who love to express ourselves creatively.

What type of media is used in the collection?
The wall art is mainly oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, mixed media, or assemblage, which is a collage base and a multitude of found objects attached to it.

Do you work with other types of media?
Yes, hopefully we can exhibit some pottery, hand-made ceramic objects, such as small pinch pots, bunnies and cats.

What was your inspiration for the collection?
As one of the less prolific artists, I get inspired by seeing the great pleasure people get when they create something useful and/or beautiful. Some of our artists have Bachelors or MFA’s, but most of us are self-taught. We have an Open Studio twice weekly, we never charge for supplies, we talk openly about what is going on in our lives, and I believe that all art is therapeutic.

What inspired you to become an artist?
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be an artist. In the back of a magazine was an opportunity to “Draw Winky,” a comic character. So I did it, sent it in, and they sent me a pamphlet with a number of pages, telling me to do all the exercises, which I did, and then they sent someone to my house, but my mom said we couldn’t afford the art school.

What is your artistic (or professional) background?
I co-owned an art gallery with a few other women, from 1995 until 2010 in Naperville, then we moved to Lisle and changed our name from Four Corners Artists to Gallery Trio. Professionally, I worked at Bell Labs, which became Lucent Technologies for 19 years, then I worked at the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), helping others with mental illnesses to recover.

How did you reach the current point of your career?
I finally retired from DCHD last year at the age of 67. It was a wonderful second career, much more rewarding than working at Bell Labs.

How has art influenced your life?
I’ve always admired people who had artistic talent, and I’ve been extremely impressed with the many artists throughout history who have lived with mental health challenges.

What do you like most about being an artist?
Hanging out with other artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, etc.


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