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The Farm: Images from the Heartland - Winners Announced

The Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, in cooperation with the Lake County Discovery Museum, announces the opening of the art show The Farm: Images from the Heartland.  Eighty seven pieces were submitted for judging in this juried show and 50 were selected for the exhibition that opened August 23.  The artists award ceremony and opening reception, was held August 24, from 1-3pm at the Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 Forest Preserve Dr., Wauconda IL.  The show runs through November 4, 2014.

 At the reception six cash prizes were awarded.

Grand Prize to Larry Lemm of Antioch, Illinois for Hill Farm

First Place in 2-Dimensional Art to Diana Mitchel of Wheaton, Illinois for Prairie Stone School House 

Second Place in 2-Dimensional Art to  Dona Blunt of Long Grove, Illinois for Farmyard Friends

First Place in Photography to James Hojnacki of Hoffman Estates, Illinois for Farm Fence View

Second Place in Photography to Karen Castillo of Elgin, Illinois for Photo

Lake County Image Prize to Paulette Colo of Buffalo Grove, Illinois for  In the Field 

Sponsors for prizes include the Liberty Prairie Foundation and Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum, Golden Oaks Farm, and Schumm Consulting LLC. Entries were judged on July 8 at the offices of the Ela Historical Society in Lake Zurich by professional photographer Shannon Ramsdale of Barrington, and former art teacher and Director of the Long Grove Art Guild, Georgia Cawley.

A complete list of artists featured in the exhibition can be found on the LCHFF Facebook page.. 


The Farm: Images from the Heartland 2014: Call for Entries

The Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, in cooperation with the Lake County Discovery Museum, has issued a call for entries for artists, eighteen years or older, from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. The topic of The Farm: Images from the Heartland is farm scenes: buildings, equipment, animals, farm fields, crops, and people. The art will be juried, and prizes will be awarded. Work of winning artists will be displayed at the Lake County Discovery Museum, Lakewood Forest Preserve, from August 23 through November 4, 2014.

Any original two-dimensional medium reproducible by photographic process is acceptable. Computer-generated or digital art must be labeled as such. Original photography is also encouraged. Giclees are not acceptable. 2-dimensional media and Photography will be judged on originality of concept, technical expertise and emotional impact.

Each of the winning artists will be eligible for 6 cash prizes, cash grand prize, for first and second, in each division (photography or 2-dimensional media), and a Special Award of $250 will be given for a Lake County, Illinois, image. Sponsors for prizes include the Liberty Prairie Foundation and Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum.

Entries will be accepted between March 1, 2014 and June 15, 2014.

Be sure to follow follow lchff on Twitter for the latest information on the competition and show.


Lake County Discovery Museum Images

This month’s images are from the substantial collection of historic images of Midwestern rural life held in the archives of the Lake County Discovery Museum, a department of the Lake County Forest Preserve, and a nationally accredited museum by the American Alliance of Museums. (At the request of the Discovery Museum, the ability to open images in a separate tab has been disabled.)

 The Lake County Discovery Museum will proudly present the 21st annual Farm Heritage Festival at Lakewood Forest Preserve on September 21 & 22, 2013. For more information: http://www.lcfpd.org/html_lc/farmheritageweb/index.html

 The public is welcome to do research at the museum’s two archives—the Lake County History Archives and Curt Teich Postcard Archives. Please contact the archives at 847-968-3381 or www.LakeCountyDiscoveryMuseum.org


LAKE COUNTY HERITAGE FARM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ART SHOW AWARDS

The awardees of The Farm: Images from the Heartland art competition were announced during the artists’ reception at the opening of the exhibition on Sunday, August 26, 2012. The exhibition is at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda and will end November 4. Admission is charged, with discounts offered on Tuesdays.

 Marci Jumisko, Treasurer of the Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum,  presented the Special Lake County Image award to Patricia Reeve Mead for her watercolor Lake County Shadows. This is the second time Ms. Mead has received an award of excellence at this show, the last being in the 2010 exhibition.  Awards of Excellence were presented to Karen Altschul for her first place photograph The Cows and to Vera Asheko for her second place oil Mill Creek Farms. Third place award, provided by the Lake County Farm Bureau, was given to Alice Morse for her scratch board work Ba Ba Black Sheep.  Chris Geiselhart, of the Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, presented the awards.

During the presentation, Ms. Geiselhart said, “We know that farming in Lake County--dairy farming in particular- was the defining event in Lake County’s history for many decades, and this exhibit is a way to honor that history. We are pleased with the number of artists who participated this year and with the number of art works in the show. We had ten artists who were chosen again, anonymously by different jurors. What a testimony to the excellent work we received!”

This juried show features high quality works in various media by artists from ten Illinois counties as well as Wisconsin and Indiana. Almost eighty artists submitted 230 works, with many well-known local artists participating. Fifty-one pieces by forty-nine artists are displayed. Jurors Didier Nolet, Joy Horwich, and Nancy Schumm agreed that the quality of works submitted made their process enjoyable and challenging. Members of the public are encouraged to visit

The exhibition is presented through the cooperation of the Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, the Lake County Discovery Museum, the Liberty Prairie Foundation, and the Lake County Farm Bureau.

Names of the 49 finalists can be found below.

  • Karen Altschul - 1st Place
  • Robert Anderson
  • Vera Asheko - 2nd Place
  • Dianne Batzkall
  • Debbie Beller
  • Dona Blunt
  • Laurie Schirmer Carpenter
  • Sinead Carus
  • Georgia Cawley
  • Susanne Clark
  • Cecilia Comito
  • Vicki Crone
  • Karen DeWitt
  • Kimberly Dou
  • Jane Ellefson
  • Cindy Garwood
  • John Grede
  • Charles Haddon
  • Carole Hennessy
  • Carol Herrington
  • James Hojnacki
  • Betty Hughes
  • Michelle Jensen
  • Anne Kauff
  • James Keefe
  • Cindy Cardinal Kennedy
  • Susan Kronowitz
  • Doris E. Kucik
  • Tom Linden
  • Patricia Reeve Mead - Lake County Prize
  • Diana Mitchell
  • Doris Monti
  • Alice Morse - 3rd Place
  • Diane Mueller
  • Maryanne Natarajan
  • Stuart Pearson
  • Katrina Peterson
  • John Plishka
  • Susan Ploughe
  • Lee Radtke
  • Marie Rakoczy
  • Tony Reynes
  • Betty Schmidt
  • Susan Schneider
  • Jack Schuler
  • Katherine Weber
  • Christine Woodard
  • Kate Worman-Becker
  • Richard Wunsch

Ela Historical Society & Museum News and Updates

New Museum Hours: The Ela Historical Society’s Museum is now open Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Monthly General Meeting: The third Sunday of every month at 1:00 pm.


 

 


The Farm: Images from the Heartland 2012 Show


(Please Note: The entry period for this competition has now closed.)


The Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, in cooperation with the Lake County Discovery Museum, has issued a call for entries for artists, eighteen years or older, from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Building on the very successful 2010 show, it is projected to have well in excess of the 220 plus entries submitted for the previous show.  The topic of The Farm: Images from the Heartland 2012 is farm scenes: buildings, equipment, animals, farm fields, crops, people. The art will be juried, and prizes will be awarded. Work of winning artists will be displayed for ten weeks in the White Room at the Discovery Museum, Lakewood Forest Preserve, from August 25 through November 4, 2012.

 

Any original two-dimensional medium reproducible by photographic process is acceptable. Computer-generated or digital art must be labeled as such. Original photography is also encouraged. Giclees are not acceptable. Work will be judged on originality of concept, technical expertise and emotional impact.

 

Each of the winning artists will be eligible for Awards of Excellence in the amount of $300, $200 and $100 for first, second and third place positions.  A Special Award of $250 will be given for a Lake County, Illinois, image. Well-known artist and teacher Didier Nolet, author and photographer Nancy Schumm, and gallery owner Joy Horwich will act as jurors for the exhibit.

 

Some facts about the 2010 exhibit:

August 24-November 14, 2010

Number of works entered: 228

Number of artists participating: 68

Number of artists selected for exhibition: 27

First Prize: Patricia Meade Sunny Side

Second Prize: Jacob Ryckman Tamed Land

Third Prize: John Plishka Counting People

Lake County Prize: Roger Kaiser Starzec Farm, Rte. 83