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Village Viewpoint – June 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today, I am filled with gratitude! Together we experienced another great set of events for our community!! Thank you to all those who participated and volunteered to make the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour and the Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade huge successes.

These events bring over 5,000 people together in our community and would not be possible without the 300 volunteers who step up each year to help. More than ever we count on volunteers to support the BAPA staff and make these events special. Every May I am humbled by the thousands of participants and volunteers who connect with our community through BAPA. It is truly inspiring! THANK YOU!

The Beverly Area Planning Association’s mission is “to sustain and enhance Beverly/Morgan Park as a safe, culturally diverse Village in the City with increasing home values, high quality schools, thriving commercial areas and a low crime rate.” But more than that, our mission is to highlight the neighborhood to potential investors, attract new neighbors and continue the tradition of excellence this neighborhood as long enjoyed. To me, year after year the events presented in May and throughout the summer complete this mission.

In addition to volunteers these events would not be possible without our generous sponsors who love this community as we do. Please take time to support those businesses that support our community and the Beverly Area Planning Association.

Looking forward to June and the summer is very exciting as well! As the weather warms we will see the parks and libraries fill up with kids for summer programs and, hopefully, take time to enjoy our community. Each Thursday in June beginning June 8, meet us at the 103rd Street Metra for free Family Fun Nights. There will be food, entertainment and lots of fun for the family! Also mark your calendars for Bikes and Brews, the 15th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, Fri., July 14 at 107th and Longwood. Most of all have a safe and happy kick off to summer! I look forward to seeing everyone!

All the best,

Margot

Beverly Hills Cycling Classic: Bikes & Brews

Join us on Fri., July 14 when the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) presents the 15th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic: Bikes and Brews. The start/finish and festival grounds are centered at Beacon Therapeutic Center, 107th and Longwood Drive, with the race course running in a one-mile loop between 105th Place and 108th Place, Longwood Drive to Hoyne and Seeley avenues.

On the schedule of the Prairie States Cycling Series Intelligentsia Cup, the local event features four exciting pro/am races sure to provide plenty of action for spectators all around the race course.

The Bikes and Brews festival opens at 4 p.m. and features craft beers from Lagunitas and other favorite breweries.  The expanded Kids Zone includes a game truck, bike activities from the Pedalpushers and more. Food trucks include the Roost Carolina Kitchen serving friend chicken and homestyle fixings. Live music starts at 8 p.m.

The Racing

Founded in 2012 as the Prairie State Cycling Series, the Intelligentsia Cup brings competitive bicycle racing to the Chicago metro area, featuring top-level professional and elite amateur athletes. The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is day one of the nine-day series. The Beverly Hills Cycling Classic will host a Masters’ race, women’s race and two men’s races.

Area residents are invited to ride their bikes to the event and join the fun for a ½ mile family ride on the race course. All riders must wear helmets! Free bike valet will be provided at the festival site.

The Bike Raffle

Tickets to BAPA’s Bike Raffle are now on sale. Don’t miss your chance to win a brand new bike donated by Beverly Bike and Ski.

The Sponsors

Beverly Bike-Vee Pak Racing Team returns as presenting sponsor. Underwritten by Beverly Bike and Ski and Vee Pak Manufacturing, the racing team is composed of several amateur riders who compete in races throughout the area.

Also sponsoring the event are Mike Haggery Buick – GMC – Volkswagen, Beverly Bank & Trust, the 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Smith Village, AT&T, Beverly Bike and Ski, The Beverly Review,

BAPA hosts the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic as a community-building summer event, the suggested donation for admission to the Bikes & Brews festival area is $5 and supports BAPA’s community-based programs.

For more information or to volunteer to help with Bikes and Brews, call 773-233-3100 or email bapa@bapa.org.

Free Family Fun Nights Start June 8

Make a date with your kids for Family Fun Nights, Thursdays, June 8, 15. 22 and 29, 5:30 to 7p.m., across from the Metra Station adjacent to the Beverly Bank parking lot, 1908 W. 103rd St.

Every week a different theme will be celebrated with special guests, activities, music, fun and food. Little Company of Mary Hospital will be handing out giveaways to the kids and doctors will be available to talk about family health.

On June 8, Miss Jamie’s Farm will hold a Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown with songs and activities sure to appeal to all her barnyard buddies. Jamie performs at parties around Chicagoland, and is a favorite among kids and their parents.

The DJ John from Beverly Records will be playing the tunes for a Dance Party on June 15.

The June 22 event features No Business Like Show Business, a performance by the Storybox Improv Theater. Actors will create a story from an audience suggestion in this imaginative and fully improvised show.

On June 29, families will join in the official Summer Kick-Off Party! Music and lots of fun activities are in store as we celebrate everyone’s favorite time of year.

Each week Pedalheads will be offering tips on bike safety and more, and Calabria Imports will be selling food and beverages. Bring your chairs and blankets, and get ready for a good time!

Family Fun Nights are co-sponsored by the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), Little Company of Mary Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine/Comer Children’s Hospital, Beverly Bank and Trust, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Calabria Imports, People’s Gas and Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen.

Family Fun Nights will be presented as planned, weather permitting.

Ward-Wide Programs Promote Healthy Summer Activities

Local organizations are coming together to make sure people in the 19th Ward have a healthy summer. Free activities range from programs and seminars to training and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Partnering to sponsor the programs are 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, BAPA, Smith Village, Humana, Sports & Ortho Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, MetroSouth Medical Center, TreadFit, Southtown Health Foods, JenCare Senior Medical Center, ATI Physical Therapy, Southside Knockout and Fit Code.

The Healthy Summer Campaign schedule includes: and Running Excels Running Club, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 a.m., Running Excels, 10328 S. Western; Preventing & Treating Diabetes, Sat., June 3, 2 p.m., MetroSouth Health Center, 11250 S. Western; Strength Training for Runners, Sun., June 4, Cosme Park, 9201 S. Longwood Dr. (bring yoga mat); Self-Defense Seminar, Thurs., June 8, 6 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St.; Strength Training for Runners, Sun., June 11, 9 a.m., Barnard Park, 10431 S. Longwood Dr.; Senior Citizen Chair Yoga, Thurs., June 15, 1 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western; Tabata in the Park, Sun., June 18, McKiernan Park, 10714 S. Sawyer; Senior Citizen Health Fair, Mon., June 19, 10 a.m., Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.; Women’s Self-Defense Class,  Mon., June 19, 6 p.m., St. Xavier University Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St.; Managing Stress and Energy With Nutrition, Tues., June 20, 7 p.m., Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St.; Strength Training for Runners,. Fri., June 23, 9 a.m., Beverly Park, 2460 W. 103rd St.; Metabolic Core Conditioning, Sun., June 25, 9 a.m., Prospect Park, 10940 S. Prospect Ave.; and Healthy Cooking with Chef Gautham Rao, Tues., June 27, 7 p.m., Smith Village, 2340 W. 113th Pl. Find schedule in the 19th Ward Quarterly

Free smoothies will be provided to participants at outdoor sessions courtesy of Southtown Health Foods and BAPA. Additional information available at mattoshea@the19thward.com.

‘Untouchable’ Gangster Tour Turning 30

Beverly/Morgan Park-based Untouchable Tours is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary as one of the top-rated downtown bus tours. With its distinct black bus and cast of theatre-trained guides, the company credits its success to a unique entertainment philosophy.

“The production level of our tour is second-to-none,” said co-owner Craig Alton of the theatre-on-wheels tour. “Our guides are talented actors who have studied Chicago crime chronicles and Prohibition society and conventions. They have truly perfected their personas and offer plenty of laughs while providing a knowledgeable voice on the rise of the Chicago mob.”

This formula has proven a hit since Alton, along with his sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Don Fielding, first launched the concept.

The live action tour continues to sell out regularly and reflects an unwavering interest in Chicago mob history.

From Dion O’Banion’s flower shop to Holy Name Cathedral, the 18- mile journey takes passengers on a comprehensive and compelling trip back in time to Al Capone’s Chicago. Guides with names like “Johnny Three Knives” and “Matches Malone” provide multi-generational appeal to new and repeat customers. In addition to regular public tours, the company also offers private tours to groups.

“While we do go over some rather unsavory moments in Chicago history, the tone of the tour is still light and fun. We book many private tours including school-aged children as well as seniors,” said Don Fielding. “We felt it was important to reiterate how the ultimate result of crime is prison or worse. This is the reason we embraced the word ‘Untouchable.’ Eliot Ness and his colleagues did incredible work in ridding Chicago of Organized Crime. We wanted to tip our hats to them.”

With a three decade history of delighted customers, Untouchable Tours is now active on social media.  “We always knew our passengers enjoyed our tours, but we have been astounded by the overwhelmingly positive and thoughtful comments left on sites like Trip Advisor and Yelp,” said Alton. “So many people have shared how much they love the tour and how eager they are to bring friends and family back to do it again. It means a lot to us.”

To commemorate its 30th year anniversary, Untouchable Tours is offering a $2 discount to Beverly/Morgan Park residents who book any tour online before June 15. Enter the code BEVERLY at www.gangstertour.com

Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour Features Two Wright Homes on May 21

Two unusual homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a tiny house built by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences are among the outstanding stops on the 2017 Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour hosted by the Beverly Area Planning Association on Sun., May 21, 12 to 5 p.m.

2 Rare Wrights

This is the 150th anniversary of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, as well as the 100th anniversary of the construction of Wright’s Guy C. Smith House in Beverly/Morgan Park. The Guy C. Smith House and the Jesse & William Adams House, both Chicago Landmarks, will be open for the Tour. They are rare and distinctive examples of Wright’s work.

The Guy C. Smith house is one of two American System Built homes designed by Wright and built in our community in 1917.  Wright’s goal was to offer livable and beautiful prefabricated housing at a moderate price.  Only a few of the homes were built before the US entered World War I and construction was halted.  The current owners have spent more than 25 years carefully restoring the house. It was last on BAPA’s Home Tour a decade ago, and since that time has undergone a complete renovation of its spacious yard that includes the installation of a Wright-inspired pond and all new landscaping.

Built in 1901, the Jesse and William Adams house was designed during an important period of transition for Frank Lloyd Wright as he was developing his Prairie Style. The home’s owner, William Adams, a contractor and builder who worked with prominent architects on residential and commercial buildings, commissioned Wright to design it. Prairie Style elements in the Adams house can be seen in the horizontal design and the way the porch connects the home’s interior and exterior. The Adams house was last on BAPA’s Home Tour in 1996.

Also Featured on the Tour

The Home Tour starts at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, where people must check-in to receive their booklets, which are required for admission into the homes. All tours must begin by 3 p.m. The Ridge Park fieldhouse is the first stop on the tour, and people are invited to visit meeting rooms and spaces not usually open the public, as well as the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association art gallery which, during the Home Tour, will be hosting the opening of an exhibit by Steve Gerhartz, a plein air artist from Two Rivers, Wisc.

The Tour will also open the doors to an exceptional Prairie Style house built in 1910 that has been renovated from top to bottom for a contemporary family lifestyle; an English style home designed by Homer G. Sailor and built in 1930 for a prominent Chicago financier; a Colonial Revival Foursquare built in 1903 on a wooded lot atop ridge; as well as the tiny house built for display at Chicago’s Home and Garden Show by students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Home Tour stops feature a cooking demonstration and tasting by Chef Alvin Green, experts offering home and garden advice, a Paint Showcase sponsored by Calumet Paint and Benjamin Moore, a mead tasting by Wild Blossom Meadery, a vintage golf activity by Klees Golf Shop, an art demonstration by Judie Anderson and more.

Home Tour Sponsors

The Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour is sponsored by Mike Haggerty Buick GMC Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Marquette Bank, The Private Bank, Road Home Program, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, AT&T, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, County Fair Foods, Pendo Advisors, PLS, PRS Professional Real Estate Services, Pacor Mortgage Corp., Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Smith Village, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Biros Real Estate, Steuber Florist & Greenhouses, Coldwell Banker, Ryan & Joyce Developers, Solution 3 Graphics, The Beverly Review, RMH Interiors + Design.

Buy Your Tickets Today!

Tickets for the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and available online at www.bapa.org or at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St., Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the event, volunteering or becoming a sponsor, contact bapa@bapa.org.

Free Family Fun Nights Start June 8

Make a date with your kids for Family Fun Nights, Thursdays, June 8, 15. 22 and 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., across from the Metra Station adjacent to the Beverly Bank parking lot, 1908 W. 103rd St.

Every week a different theme will be celebrated with special guests, activities, music, fun and food. Little Company of Mary Hospital will be handing out giveaways to the kids and doctors will be available to talk about family health.

For Choose Kind Week, on June 8 will feature Miss Jamie’s Farm celebrating the Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown with songs and activities sure to appeal to all her barnyard buddies. Jamie has been performing at parties in Chicagoland since 2013, and is a favorite among kids and their parents.

The Beverly Records DJ will be playing the tunes for a Dance Party on June 15.

The June 22 event features a performance by the Storybox Improv Theater who will generate a story from an from audience suggestion in this imaginative and fully improvised show.

On June 29, families will join in the official Summer Kick-Off Party! Music and lots of fun activities are in store as we celebrate everyone’s favorite time of year.

Each week will Calabria Imports will be selling food and beverages. Bring your chairs and blankets, and get ready for a good time!

Family Fun Nights are co-sponsored by the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), Little Company of Mary Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine/Comer Children’s Hospital, Beverly Bank and Trust, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Calabria Imports, People’s Gas and Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen.

The events will be presented as planned, weather permitting.

‘A Constant Struggle: Exhibit Focus is Race and Identity

By Scott Smith

“A Constant Struggle,” a multi-form art exhibition about racism, equality and identity, is open through June 8 in the Simmerling Gallery at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St.  The exhibit is co-produced by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance (The Alliance), and two live events at the BAC will build on the show’s themes.

The show is anchored by the work of three artists who explore “the insidious reach of racism woven deeply into our nation’s history and culture, and its continuing legacy of inequality in America today,” according to an exhibit statement. The artists are Dorothy C. Straughter, Jomo Cheatham and Dawn Liddicoat.

Straughter is an artist, educator, occupational therapist and researcher whose detailed quilts tell stories of the Underground Railroad, the Great Migration and the stereotypes behind “negrobilia” artifacts. Straughter debuted many new quilts as part of “A Constant Struggle,” including one which pays tribute to first responders throughout history, from Harriet Tubman to police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

Cheatham is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an arts educator whose work “Reparations for Interruptions” continues his intensive investigation of lynching in North America.

Liddicoat is a ceramicist who created the “Lynch Pots” series to visually represent the racial disparity of fatal police killings

The exhibition is co-curated by Straughter and Sal Campbell, a co-founder of The Alliance.

“The strength of the Alliance comes from celebrating the wide range of voices and perspectives among our local artists,” said Campbell. “We believe art can be a powerful way to engage in dialogue about difficult issues and we’re honored to work with Dorothy, Jomo and Dawn on this and to present it at the Beverly Arts Center.”

Additional work on display at the BAC includes photography documenting life in the neighborhood by Tonika Johnson of Englewood, and a series of pieces by artist Cathy Sorich, inspired by the “Constant Struggle” exhibit, which move to the Edna White Garden on Monterey Avenue after the reception.

In addition to the visual art of the exhibit, the Alliance will hold an open mic storytelling event on Thurs., May 18 and a panel on youth empowerment on Wed., May 31. Both events will take place at 7 p.m. in the BAC’s Simmerling Gallery.

The open mic topic is “Where Are You From?” and it will be emceed by Cole Lavalais, author and founder of Chicago Writers’ Studio. Poet Bryant Smith a.k.a. B Love, and Sandra Jackson Opoku, a poet, screenwriter, journalist and award-winning author of “The River Where Blood Is Born,” are scheduled to perform.

The youth empowerment panel will discuss ways to create programs that motivate and celebrate youth of color. The panel will include: Dr. Pancho MacFarland, head of sociology from Chicago State University, a published author who is active in food and social justice movements; Christopher Rudd, a youth and community program designer who ran a successful 10-month teen empowerment program as part of the Civic Innovation Fellowship at the Stanford Design School; Shaka Rawls, principal of Leo High School, who founded a program called IMPACT (Inspiring and Motivating Positive Actions for City Teens); Dr. Kathleen McInerney, a professor from Saint Xavier University who has been named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and whose current interests include issues of power, privilege, and education policy in communities and their schools.

“We’re glad to once again host the Beverly Area Arts Alliance in the Simmerling Gallery,” said Shellee Frazee, BAC Interim Executive and Artistic Director. “The Beverly Arts Center’s mission focuses on building community through this kind of diverse, quality arts programming and education.”

A closing reception is planned for the exhibit. Campbell said the Alliance has been in discussions with the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative, a local group that advocates for diversity issues, on participating in the closing event.

For more information about “A Constant Struggle,” visit beverlyarts.org or beverlyartcenter.org.

Road Home Program Reaches Out With Resources

By Grace Kuikman

For Beverly/Morgan Park resident Modie Lavin, working with the Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families is a calling, not a career. The program, which opened in March 2014 at Rush University Medical Center, helps veterans recently deployed from active duty resume life with their families, friends and neighbors back home. That’s not always easy.

Whether or not the men and women in our armed services have been in combat, a tour of duty in the military is often filled with stress and difficulty. Because of what these veterans have experienced, they frequently come home changed — some of them profoundly – by what Lavin, who joined the Road Home Program as a Community Outreach Coordinator in March 2015, calls “the invisible wounds of war.”

For the veterans, those “invisible wounds” range from depression and anxiety to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and other combat- or service-related issues for which the Road Home Program offers a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and outpatient services. The program also provides services for the families of veterans that help partners, spouses, parents and children better understand what the veterans are going through, provide support to the veteran, and cope with family challenges.

Lavin, whose son, Marie Cpl. Conner T. Lowry, died during combat operations in Afghanistan in March 2012, feels especially committed to reaching military families with the help they need and deserve.

“So often we forget about the family members,” Lavin said, recalling her own loss, grief and ongoing recovery, “Families are not only affected by a death, but by the enlistment and the changes that take place in the household. The family’s dynamics change, their worries change.”

When Lavin accepted her job with the Road Home Program, she viewed it as a way to fill a void in her life as well as a way to help others whose struggles she so deeply understands. “It was part of my journey and mission to overcome the tremendous loss of Cpl. Conner T. Lowry. I do this work in honor of him, and to help his brothers and sisters who are returning home from their service in the military.”

As a Community Outreach Coordinator, Lavin works with area families providing education and awareness about the “invisible wounds of war” and the services available at the Road Home Program. She meets with individuals, makes presentations at meetings and schools to help people better understand and identify the unique issues facing veterans, hosts events designed to enlighten and educate, and works hard to make sure that the many veterans in our community and beyond know that high quality help is available.

“For families that might need me, I’m here to help,” she said.

Lavin also puts a focus on local veterans through events. The Road Home is presenting sponsor of this year’s Beverly/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade on May 29.  Lavin is also working with the Chicago Park District, Warrior Summit Coalition, City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations and Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea to organize the Veterans Softball Tournament and Family Fest on Sat., July 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St. Info is available at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/progams/veterans.

Road Home Program services are confidential, accessible, and available regardless of the ability to pay, and supported by the high level of health care available at Rush. They also fill in the gaps that Veterans Administration services are unable to cover.

“The Road Home Program offers access to therapy, counseling, resources, and world renowned doctors,” Lavin said. “It’s an amazing place for veterans because it treats the ‘whole’ veteran, including the family.”

Most of the program’s services are open to the greater Chicago region. The Intensive Outpatient Program is a three-week, full spectrum treatment program open to veterans and families across the Midwest, providing comprehensive, individualized care for trauma-based disorders and injuries.

Life-long Beverly/Morgan Park resident, Lavin finds meaning and healing is her work with area veterans and their families. Her message: “I understand what you’re going through.” Her mission: “Call on me, I can help.”

Get in touch with Lavin at 773-590-8244 or Modwene_lavin@rush.edu.

 

Road Home Program  Veterans Softball Tournament

The Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center invites area Veterans and their families to the Veterans Softball Tournament and Family Fest, Sat., July 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St.

Team registration continues until July 1. Standard ASA rules apply. Teams need a minimum of 8 and maximum of 10 players, men and women, and 70% of the team must be veterans, active duty military or direct family of either. Individuals without a team can register under “open team.”  Registration information is available from Joel Gutierrez, 312-745-2170, joel.gutierrez@chicagoparkdistrict.com or www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/progams/veterans.

The tournament and fest features free food, games, bouncy house, face painter and DJ for families who come to the park to cheer on the teams. Hosting the event are the Chicago Park District, Warrior Summit Coalition, City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations and Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea.

 

Plein Air Artist Exhibits Work at Vanderpoel Gallery

By Kristin Boza

The next exhibit at Vanderpoel Art Association Gallery in Ridge Park is the perfect inspiration to enjoy the great outdoors. Wisconsin artist Steve Gerhartz is a plein air artist — a French expression meaning “in the open air” — and an opening reception for his work will take place during BAPA’s Home Tour on Sun., May 21. People participating in BAPA’s tour are encouraged to enjoy the exhibit and the gallery.

Gerhartz began painting at the age of 14 with his older brother, Dan, using oil paint to create a landscape painting while outdoors during a November snow storm. This experience was pivotal in Gerhartz’s life and subsequent career. He attended Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Conn., studying figure drawing, painting and sculpture in figure and portrait subjects.

With a solid background in the arts, Gerhartz now focuses all of his work on landscape painting, he said. This focus was solidified after he earned the John Stobart Outdoor Painting Fellowship in the year after his training at the Academy was complete.

Gerhartz’s exhibit at Vanderpoel Art Association is the latest of numerous exhibits over the last 30 years across the country.

“I am collected by major corporations in Wisconsin, and I have work in the Museum of Wisconsin Art,” Gerhartz said. “The thing I enjoy most about painting is being in the company of all of nature and being able to experience the relationships in nature.”

Gerhartz is moved most by the light present at different times of the day and as the seasons change. “The different effects of light are a major source of inspiration to me,” he said. “My favorite painters are many from the 19th century who were true to the subject matter they saw, whose brushwork captured the life of the subject.”

At the exhibit opening, Gerhartz will be in attendance. People on the Home Tour and the community can view Gerhartz’s work and meet him in person.