The Village of Lincolnwood proudly displays artwork of local artists in Village Hall. The art gallery is located in Village Hall at 6900 N. Lincoln Ave. and available for public viewing Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Exhibits typically run for two months. This page will provide current information on the artists that are currently showcasing their art work at the gallery. Please refer to this site for updated information. For more information contact Shirley Engelstein, Fine Arts Coordinator, at (847) 674-3806.
Current Exhibit: The Jazz Alphabet by Neil Shapiro
Meet the artist on March 5 at a free Art Gallery reception in Village Hall, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, IL 60712, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
March 4 through April 25
The Jazz Alphabet is a project that has taken me over 20 years to complete. I love jazz, but I’m no expert – these portraits (and the book that contains them) are my way of honoring the music and the incredible artists that created the music. In a previous incarnation, I was an advertising art director here in Chicago, creating national campaigns for a diverse array of clients, from McDonald’s to Gatorade to Cap’n Crunch.
But back to these portraits: since most of these musicians are gone, I work from photographs, often more than one, to capture the sense of the subject. After initial roughs are done, I do a tight pencil drawing, working out the values (light and dark), creating in essence a road map to follow as I begin to paint. Using watercolor and gouache, I build up successive layers of tone, in many cases obliterating the pencil drawing, in some cases letting bits and pieces of it show through. From the beginning of the process I incorporate hand drawn letterforms (in the form of quotes from the artist, or quotes about the artist, or in some cases just information about the artist) into the image. I love drawing letterforms, and they have become an essential part of my artistic toolbox.
From A to Z, with stops along the way at the Chicago’s Green Mill Lounge and Birdland in New York, here is The Art of The Jazz Alphabet.