Lakeside Legacy Arts Park welcomes Creative Artistry School of Fine Art to the First Friday gallery exhibit from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 3.
Directed by Amber Larsen, a former Crystal Lake Community School District 47 art instructor, the has been thriving since 2008.
Larsen and her seven other instructors offer workshops and classes for adults and kids all year round, providing an outlet for students to express their creativity.
Larsen believes that “creating art develops how you see the world, waking up your visual perceptions and giving deeper meaning to your life.”
Located in the Dole Mansion’s former caretaker’s cottage, Creative Artistry is directly affiliated with Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, and Larsen is considered a resident partner artist.
Anyone with an appreciation for art and local history is invited to attend First Friday, meet Larsen, view her students' pieces and see two other art exhibits at the free event.
Origami, face painting, coloring and other crafts will be available. Other artists featured are Martin Lopez and 4 Strings Attached violinists, Patricia Bell and her “Make a Wish” installation, oil painter Danuta Loane, and jazz pianist Scott Tarson.
Creative Artistries, as well as the other exhibits, will be viewable for the entire month of August from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lakeside Legacy Arts Park is located at 401 Country Club Road. For more information, visit www.lakesidelegacy.org or call 815-455-8000.
Erin McElroy is the Advancement Coordinator for Lakeside Legacy Foundation.