Wilmette, IL

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Thu, 2015-11-26 14:51


Special Events

2015 Art in the Parks Showcase

Artwork on Display 
Community Recreation Center

Monday, July 27 through Friday, August 7

Artwork created by Arts in the Parks summer campers.

Art Department Staff

Jan Borre has her degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and has become a popular instructor at the Wilmette Park District. Talented in many areas, Jan brings her expertise and creativity to her preschool and youth classes, as well as unique seasonal workshops.

Kathleen Brej has a degree from the American Academy of Art with an emphasis on drawing and design. She has worked as a graphic illustrator and has done extensive freelance work. Kathleen is a well-liked instructor with our multi-genre classes, such as Theater & Art.

Rick Flintz is a ceramics and youth art instructor, primarily teaching pottery and hand built ceramics. He holds a Fine Arts degree with dual emphasis in pottery and design. He is also a freelance artist, creating watercolor paintings and ink sketches that have been sold nation-wide.

Bob McLuckie holds a degree from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The early years of his career include work as a photography supervisor for a Fortune 500 company, and he founded the McLuckie Design Group, a photography studio serving the needs of corporate and industrial clients. After working with clients such as Ameritech, Baxter Heathlcare, Bluecross/Blueshield, Leo Burnett, Motorola and Siemens, Bob has transitioned to an educator, committed to elevating the craft of future professionals.

Laurie Panucci has a M.A. in elementary education from DePaul University, but has found passion and gratification working with adults. In her ceramics classes students have created bowls, vases, plates and a variety of decorative and distinctive pieces.

Vanessa Lambrecht is a classically trained artist who earned a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute and attended the prestigious summer program for painting and drawing at Yale University. She has exhibited work throughout the city of Chicago. At the Wilmette Park District, she provides students the opportunity to work with mixed and varied media.

Chris Porter is an experienced art teacher, honing her skills in Wilmette Public Schools District 39 for many years. She has worked with a variety of age groups and a wide range of media, and has developed a fascinating curriculum for the lesser-known art of weaving.

Katy Russell learned to knit and crochet as an elementary school student and has become a well-known expert in yarns and technical skills.

Judee Sims has shared her expertise and creativity with many students in a variety of classes over the years. Her background in fine arts allows her to give students proper instruction, structure and foundation, while her personality allows young artists the freedom to be creative, insightful and to have fun.

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