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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Modern Designer Jewelry from the Smithsonian

    December 16, 2013 - September 25, 2014 @ 220 S Cottage Hill Ave

    As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Lizzadro Museum is able to co-curate special exhibits from the Smithsonian collections. The Modern Designer Jewelry exhibit is on loan from the gem vault of the National Museum of Natural History. Russell Feather, the Smithsonian’s gem curator and Dorothy Asher, Lizzadro Museum’s Director worked together to create this exhibit. The display features eleven pieces from the Smithsonian gem collection, created by award-winning American jewelry designers from the 1960s to 2010. Each piece has a description.

  2. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Faces of Eternity

    July 1 - November 2

    Inspired by the juxtaposition of human mortality and the timelessness of gemstones, Peruvian artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio created 15 life size skulls each with a distinctive personality.

  3. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Visiting Artist R.W. Grant - Treasures Returned Aboard the HMS Beagle

    July 1 - September 28

    On display July 1 thru September 28, 2014 - In the lower level's Visiting Artist case, see the work of Illinois artist Randy Grant. His work focuses on diorama-like illuminated collages created with carved objects, rocks, minerals, and fossils. As he describes,"My inspiration comes from photographing mountains, caves, undersea, and the macro world at large, and then finding nature's miniature complement in the hopes that these timeless keepsakes, which I put together will further spotlight the beauty of the planet."

  4. Elmhurst Artist's Guild: The Art of R. M. Proce 35 Years

    August 26 - October 3 @ Elmhurst Artist's Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum

    Portraits of "50 over 50" premier in EAG solo art show Bob Proce is exhibiting for the first time his "50 over 50" series of portraits of 50 of his friends and acquaintances over the age of 50 in a solo show in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery. Entitled "The Art of R. M. Proce: 35 Years," the show, which includes other works by the artist, can be seen from August 26 through October 3 in the gallery located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. An artist's reception, free and open to the public, is set for Friday, August 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery. The Proce exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm; Friday from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Friday is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free.

  5. Elmhurst Art Museum: Richard Koppe

    September 6, 2014 - January 11, 2015

    This fall, in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Elmhurst Art Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Richard Koppe's inventive work in more than forty years. Including 70 rarely seen paintings, prints and drawings, the exhibition highlights Koppe's signature canvases from the mid-20th century - from his earlier compositions of stylized fish and birds to his distinctive versions of abstract expressionism and hard-edge abstraction.

  6. Elmhurst Art Museum: In the House - Laura Davis

    September 13, 2014 - January 11, 2015 @ Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House

    Continuing our lively exploration and use of the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House from 1952, EAM is premiering an ongoing exhibition series called “In the House.” On a regular basis, artists, designers and architects will be invited to respond to the modernist structure by producing a site-specific installation in the house that takes into consideration its unique space and history. The first artist invited to participate in EAM’s new “In the House” series is Laura Davis, a Chicago-based artist whose sculpture and installations examine the intersection of craft, design and art.

  7. Elmhurst College: Hispanic Heritage Exhibition - This Is Not a Fairy Tale

    September 15 - October 24 @ Founders Lounge of the Frick Center

    The work of graphic artist CHema Skandal! and artist/illustrator Diana Solís will be featured in “Este no es un cuento de hadas/This is not a fairy tale,” this year’s Hispanic Heritage Exhibition at Elmhurst College. Solís and Skandal! describe their exhibition as “a journey through the bittersweetness of humanity, personified in children.” The main body of work reflects contemporary concerns and issues through almost whimsical images of childhood, notions of home, community, migration and displacement while still maintaining the instructional and cautionary tale aspect of their fairy tale background. Other work in the exhibit exemplifies the artists' love of popular culture, graphics and music through their use of illustrations, paintings, posters and silk-screened work. “Este no es un cuento de hadas/This is not a fairy tale” can be viewed days and evenings in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center from Monday, September 15, through Friday, October 24. A reception with the art

  8. Elmhurst Public Library: Celebrate German Cuisine

    September 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Chef Carolynn Friedman will show you how to prepare some delectable German dishes to celebrate Oktoberfest. Register online, in person, or by phone.

  9. York & Vallette Business Association: Farmers Market

    September 24, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ On Vallette just east of York

  10. Spring Road Business Association: Teachers' Night Out

    September 25, 3:15 PM - 9:00 PM @ 551 S Spring Rd

  11. Elmhurst College: Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    September 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Founders Lounge of the Frick Center

    "Parenting is no sport for perfectionists," Andrew Solomon writes in Far From the Tree: Children and the Search for Identity, his groundbreaking and compassionate book about what it really means to be a parent. A lecturer in psychiatry at Cornell University, Solomon spent 10 years interviewing more than 300 families for the book. He focused on parents of children with a range of physical, cognitive or psychological differences, and concluded that “the unhappy families who reject their variant children have much in common, while the happy ones who strive to accept them are happy in a multitude of ways.”

  12. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day

    September 27, All Day

    As a Smithsonian Affiliate the Lizzadro Museum is featuring your last chance to see “Modern Designer Jewelry” from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Free admission is offered to visitors presenting a Museum Day Ticket available on-line at smithsonianmag.com/museumday. The Museum Day Ticket provides free admission to one person, and a guest. Regular Museum Admission or Free with Smithsonian Museum Day Ticket Museum Members Free

  13. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Jeffrey Post Presents The Smithsonian Gem Collection

    September 28, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    In closing the popular exhibit on “Modern Designer Jewelry from the Smithsonian”, Dr. Jeffrey Post, geologist and curator of gems and minerals at the National Museum of Natural History will present a program on the most important and awe inspiring gems in the Smithsonian collection. Learn about the legends and lore behind famous gems and the variety mineral species represented. Sunday Lecture - Youth to Adult - 2 p.m. - 60 minutes Fee: $15.00 per person, Museum Members $10.00 Reservations Recommended: (630) 833-1616

  14. Elmhurst Choral Union: Auditions

    September 29, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Membership is open to singers with previous choral experience and/or the ability to read music. You will have a brief, low-key audition with our director to determine vocal strength and range. Please be prepared to vocalize and sing one prepared song (in any language) or The Star-Spangled Banner. At this time, we especially need basses and tenors. Auditions for the upcoming season will be held on Monday evening, September 29. To reserve an audition appointment or to learn more, please go to the Contact page and choose "Sing with ECU" as the subject.

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  1. New Exhibit: Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

    May 16 - September 28 @ 120 E. Park Ave.

    Major League Baseball in the City of Chicago is divided geographically by only ten miles, but the distance between their fan bases is far greater. In its new summer exhibit, EHM hits it out of the park highlighting the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera. Unlike the actual game of baseball, there are no rain-outs with this exhibit, but catch it while you can!

  2. Churchville Schoolhouse Open House

    September 27, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Churchville Schoolhouse

    Go back to school with EHM! Celebrate our area's longtime commitment to education at the Churchville Schoolhouse Open House. The Schoolhouse, built c. 1846, will be open to the public. Conrad Fischer Singers, students from Conrad Fischer elementary school, will perform numbers from yesteryear and folk singer Bucky Halker will share classic Illinois folk songs. Old fashioned games, vintage crafts, and a story time are sure to engage the young and young at heart. Lemonade and light refreshments are provided. Rain or shine. Program Line-up 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. - Conrad Fischer Singers perform 12:15 p.m. & 1:45 p.m. - Folk Singer Bucky Halker performs


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