Active in the Galleries

Works by John Bigelow

On display through March 27

In the Café


After returning to art following a 33-year hiatus (required to buy a house and raise a family), I realized that my best approach would be to concentrate on the things I love best—watercolor pictures showing people doing things in Downers Grove. It seems that no matter the subject if a picture contains people, the viewer’s first impulse is to see what those people are doing and how they fit in with the overall image portrayed by the artist.


Consequently, what I hope to show here are a number of scenes which depict the unique surroundings, activities, and people of Downers Grove. 

Featured: Prince Pond (detail)

Works by Laura Lein-Svencner

On display through March 27

In the North Gallery


Laura’s collages are a combination of symbolism, form, meaning, and content. Inspired by daily events and walks in the woods, she likes to stay open emotionally and spiritually as ideas play out in her imagination. The edges of the paper—some clean and some raw or torn—reflect life itself.  


Leaning heavy on design and composition with recycled papers—painted engineer plans, nautical maps, sheet music, old book pages, stained tissue papers—hand and machine stitched papers reflect an invisible voice. Connecting the inner with the outer feelings and emotions are built upon layers of mixed media, allowing a rich personal storyline that reaches out into the world. 


The individual collage papers are coated for protection and the heat seal method of adhering without wet glue is formed with a tack iron. The play of the basic elements, color, line, shape, size, and value are strongly emphasized her work.  


Laura grew up in Downers Grove close to her grandfather’s farm and now resides in Darien. She’s married with four grown children and a home full of loving creatures.   


Laura is a signature member of the National Collage Society and co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society. She has won many awards and her works have been published in Incite 1, 2, 3, and and many magazines throughout the years. Laura has self-published a Collage Sketchbook-Instructional Design Book, and she continues her second love of teaching the fine art of collage in classroom settings, workshops, and online, as she’s done for the past 22 years. From 2015 to present, Laura’s work was selected to be printed on material by a clothing design company Dolcezza-Simply Art from Canada (


Featured at the library:

Make a Collage Sketchbook

Sat., Apr. 6, 10:00 a.m.


Collage artist Laura Lein-Svencner will guide attendees in creating a collage sketchbook. Supplies provide.

Register at a service desk or online at


Featured: Homestead


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