The Madonna was deaccessioned by the University of Chicago from their Smart Museum to the Kalo Foundation in November 2013. A professional art moving company removed it from the Museum on December 3 and delivered it to the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center on Friday, December 6, 2013. It was crated in its three major pieces, as it was sculpted and placed in the corner of the Studios. The mid-section is standing without its crate; the other two pieces are still safely crated. We invited donors and friends to view the statue on Sunday, December 8.
Through generous donations of community individuals, organizations and societies, the Mural Restoration Committee raised enough money to restore the Mural, “Indians Cede the Land,” a 1940 public works project paid for by the Treasury Department via the Treasury Relief Act. This mural depicts what is believed to be the first known transfer of Native American land from the Natives to the white settlers. The mural tells a story of an important part of not only the early history but a significant history in the late 1930’s and the purchase of the old post office building and the preservation of Depression Era art. The Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council granted awards to the project in 2011 and 2012.
The Spring 2013 concert of the Park Ridge Chorale will be entitled Music from the Civil War. It will feature selections from the musical The Civil War by Frank Wildhorn as well as other popular songs of the time such as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The concert will be held on Saturday, April 6 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge at 7:00 p.m. The Arts Fund grant will enable us to hire a small musical ensemble that specializes in music of the civil war area. Not only would such an ensemble accompany us on various choral selections, they would be able to perform some instrumental selections of their own.
The Park Ridge Art League has thrived for over fifty years in the northwest suburbs. It is a culmination of the art tradition that was in Park Ridge from the beginning of the 20th century. It unites artists of all media and gives them voice, place and an opportunity to learn. On the weekend of June 16th and 17th of 2012, the Park Ridge Art League will host its 60th annual art fair. The purpose of the show is to promote the appreciation and sale of fine art, and raise money for our scholarship fund. Each year the Art League awards scholarships to graduating art students at Maine East and Maine South High Schools. The project, to advertise the Art Fair and its 60th anniversary, will bring this cultural and historic event to the attention of the community.
The goal of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra is to develop a new home base for world-class professional chamber music performances and educational opportunities in Park Ridge, at a convenient location and at reasonable ticket prices and instill in new audiences, regardless of age, social or economic classification, an appreciation of music through the experience of personal connection, immediate relationship with the performers, and an understanding of the music through explanation and clarification of what they hear and experience. Chamber music serves as the elementary introduction to symphonic music; through the intimate familiarity with a smaller ensemble, an audience will understand in greater detail the expansion of artistic experience with a full orchestra. Our ultimate pleasure will be an increase in requests for “Families to the Philharmonic”