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Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Exhibit Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9 AM-PM
Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 1 PM-5 PM

Illustration By Design

May 19–July 19

Artist/Illustrator: Kathy O’Malley

Website: kathyomalley.com

From the time Kathy O’Malley was six years old, when her grade school teacher praised her simple drawing of a bumblebee, art has been her passion. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago, O’Malley embarked on a rewarding career that has culminated in realizing her dream job of illustrating children’s books—with 60 published to date. Kathy’s style can best be described as “realistic whimsy,” and her detailed watercolor art has appeared in books, greeting cards, limited-edition collectibles, ornaments, kitchen product designs, doll designs, and more. Working primarily with watercolor, pencil, and some ink, O’Malley has also painted over 800 privately commissioned architectural home portraits across the country and was recently commissioned to paint the Glenview Public Library for its stationery note cards. A selection of her original illustrations will be on exhibit.

"I warmly invite you to join me on Saturday, July 8, 2-3 PM in the Community Room. I will explain how children’s books are illustrated from the ground up—from manuscript to publication. I will read from one of my books, walk with you through my Art in the Library exhibit, and encourage aspiring artists, young and old alike, to follow their dreams. 'Find your passion, never stop learning, serve others and don’t underestimate gratitude.'” ~Kathy O’Malley

An Artist’s Journey: Vistas, Landscapes & Far Away Places

July 21–September 13

Artist: Lynn Miller

Website: lynnmillerartist.com

Inspired by her collection of photographs, artist and retired Glenview District #34 art teacher, Lynn Miller, combines imagery with finely-honed artistic technique to create richly realistic paintings that appeal to the senses as well as the emotions. Her landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes are sumptuous and vibrant, full of a cornucopia of color and a profusion of texture. Working in pastel and watercolor, Lynn pushes each medium’s unique characteristics to their fullest. In many of her works, Miller juxtaposes the soft edges of natural objects against the rigid lines of architectural structures to create yet another level of visual appeal.

"Travel the world with me and also enjoy some of my paintings of delectable desserts—my newest collection of sumptuous, mouth watering pastries." ~Lynn Miller


The Gift of Art

Over the years, the Friends of the Glenview Library have not only contributed more than a million dollars to the Library, they also have given artwork for designated Library locations and have donated from their own collections. When you enter the Library from the underground garage, take notice of Field Scene. This colorful, evocative painting by David W. Voros was commissioned in 1986 to hang behind the Circulation Desk in the old Library. Treasures from the past have been recently installed in the Community Room. The Navajo rug and two Native American portraits were gifts from the Louann Van Zelst family. Age dimmed their beauty, but they now have been restored by the Friends. These three pieces help us remember our country’s first settlers and the beauty and craftsmanship of Native American handiwork for everyday use. The next time you attend a Library program, make sure to view these stunning works.

Art Submission

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at the Glenview Public Library, please submit a proposal including:

General description of work

Artist statement

Size of work/frames

All artwork must be professionally framed and fit the standards of the exhibit hanging system
References/other shows in which the artist has exhibited

Mail or email photos representative of the artist’s proposed exhibit portfolio, or provide a link to a website with an online portfolio for proposal consideration

Contact information, including phone number, address, and email address

A limited number of exhibits are displayed each year. Many more requests are submitted than can be accommodated. Artists should not expect that proposals to exhibit will be accepted.

Public Gallery Policy (PDF)

Direct your proposal by mail or email to:
Communications Director
Glenview Public Library
1930 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
communicationsdept@glenviewpl.org

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