We are planning for our next exhibit about the history of West Lake Forest, slated to open September 13, 2013. If you have ideas about what should be included in this exhibit, or artifacts you could loan to us, contact the Curator.
Crab Tree Farm - Paintings by Local Artists
May 9, 2013 to August 7, 2013
En plein air, a French expression meaning "in the open air," describes the act of painting outdoors. Three local artists have shared their paintings of Crab Tree Farm with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, some of which are painted under this method.
Katie Hale, Oil on Canvas
The play of light and shadows on the historic buildings at Crab Tree Farm perfectly lend themselves to Katie Hale’s love of Plein Air Painting. Many inspired fall mornings were spent painting with the odd goose or hen wandering by. A past student of local artist Diane Rath, Katie has also studied with noted Western Plein Air painters Matt Smith and Robert Grogan.
Jill Pilarski, Oil on Panels
Jill Pilarski has loved art all of her life. She received a degree from California College of Arts in 1985 and has been painting with oils for the past 11 years. Jill studied with Diane Rath for 9 years. Her interests are in Plein Air, Still Life and Dog Portraiture.
Bart Woloson, Oil on Canvas
The paintings created by Bart Woloson are based on photographs taken during the Historical Society’s October 2012 tour of Crab Tree Farm. Bart is an active member of the Plein Air Artists of Western Michigan.
The Historical Society is currently using the rotating exhibit gallery to conduct an inventory of our museum collections. The collections inventory will allow us to improve public access to research materials and to determine future storage needs. Stop by the Historical Society during our walk-in hours to take a sneak peak behind-the-scenes in our collections.
We need your help! Our collections inventory is uncovering lots of photographs of unidentified people and places. We hope to draw upon the collective knowledge of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents to put names to faces in the unidentified photos from our collection. We've got binders full of these mystery photographs available for visitors to browse.