Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October 27 Ridge Park and Vanderpoel Museum

This Saturday we will meet at Ridge Park, on the south side. The Vanderpoel Art Museum is there, and we will get the chance to look through their exhibition after we are done painting. If you've never been there, this would be a good time to go--Sid Hamper has kindly agreed to keep the museum open after its normal closing time in order to accomodate us.

John Vanderpoel was an instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th Century, back before the Art Institute essentially gave up on representational art. Vanderpoel instructed many young artists; he was famous for his classes in life drawing. Vanderpoel's book, The Human Figure, is still in print today and is widely used.

After Vanderpoel died in 1911, his colleagues, friends and former students donated works of art to what began as the John Vanderpoel Memorial Art Association. The association, along with Vanderpoel's devotees, petitioned the Ridge Park District Commission in the Beverly neighborhood to build a space for the collection. The Vanderpoel Gallery was built between 1929 and 1932; it's connected to the Ridge Park fieldhouse.

Be sure not to miss this one.

Where: Ridge Park

When: October 27, 8:30

Directions are here at mapquest.
Go down the Dan Ryan to 95th Street, west to Longwood (between Beverly and Western), south to the park.

See you there.


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