Discover pleasures for art lovers of all ages through an exhibit and related special events at the Elmhurst Art Museum, which for the first time devotes its entire space to its own collection. The exhibit recently opened, and a free reception is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
Spanning three centuries, it boasts such artists as Frederic Remington, Sonia Delaunay and Thomas Eakins, with holdings that focus on contemporary local and national artists. The show is called "Inventory – The EAM Collection," and continues until Jan. 5.
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., is closed Mondays. Admission costs $5, $3 for seniors and students. For more information, contact 630-834-0202 or www.ElmhurstArtMuseum.org.
Myriad free programs are linked to the exhibit.
Free Friday Night Artist Talks and Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m.
• Oct. 4
Artist Talk by Phyllis Bramson
Distinguished artist Phyllis Bramson speaks about her lively figurative painting practice that she calls "love and affection in a hostile world." "Inventory" includes her painting "Idle Hours."
• Oct. 18
The Art of Collecting, A Talk by art collectors Peter and Eileen Broido
Generous donors to EAM's Collection, the Broidos' prestigious collection holds a wide range of work composed of established, emerging and mid-career artists from around the world.
• Nov. 8
Artist Talk by Helen Maurene Cooper
Represented in EAM's Collection with the vibrant color photograph "Junk n' Juice," Chicago artist Helen Maurene Cooper discusses her love and investigation of Chicago's unique nail art scene.
• Dec. 6
American Folk Artist Sheldon Peck and the Underground Railroad, A Talk by Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society.
A nationally recognized portrait painter, Sheldon Peck was also a well-known abolitionist. His clapboard house in Lombard was a safe house for freedom seekers prior to the Civil War. Two portraits attributed to Peck are in EAM's Collection.
Talking about Books
Book Discussions are partnerships with the Elmhurst Public Library and take place at EAM.
Reservations are appreciated, but not required by calling 630-834-0202.
• Saturday, Oct. 5, 10:45 a.m.
Storytime at the Museum
Come as a family to enjoy an interactive story time with art-filled picture books, stylish rhymes, and a craft to celebrate art and art museums. Best for ages 3 to 8 with an adult.
• Friday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Book Discussion: "Hare with the Amber Eyes" by Edmund De Waal
By investigating a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings called netsuke, De Waal discovers his family's history, rise to prominence, fall back into obscurity and the objects they revered enough to save through it all. Adult program.
• Friday, Nov. 8, 4 to 5 p.m.
Art Museum Book Party for youth
At home, read From the "Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg and then join a program of fun trivia, games, and crafts all focusing on art in museums. The timeless book tells the story of two siblings' mysterious adventures living among the masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Designed for grades four to six.
Drop-in for Creative Fun
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Art on the Run
Your family can create your own artwork based on the new exhibition. Projects change often, so come back each Saturday morning. Missed Art on the Run? Check out Art on the Run Boxes anytime at the front desk for art materials and instructions to make your child's museum experience more memorable.
When all the different artworks in "Inventory" were unwrapped, the museum used hundreds of special tags to identify each piece. At the Artivity wall, add your own history to the exhibition by drawing or writing your favorite memories, your house, or whatever represents you – then hang your tag with all the others to make a new collection.