LAKE FOREST/LAKE BLUFF—Kate Danaher, a Lake Forest Country Day School sixth grader and art student from Lake Forest, likes to put the message of female strength into some of her creations.
Danaher’s graphic design featuring an image of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy is one of 133 works displayed on the walls of the Re-invent Gallery in Lake Forest through March as part of the Deer Path Art League’s emerging artists show.
“This is a tribute to strong women,” Danaher said as she stood in front of her print. “Jackie Kennedy may have been behind a strong man but she was still a strong woman on her own.”
Danaher’s classmate, Naomi Fleisch of Glencoe, chose ceramics as her medium creating a multicolored vase.
“I did it with coils and blended them together,” Fleisch said. “I like it,” she added expressing her feelings about seeing her work in a professional gallery.
The art on display, which includes paintings, drawings, graphic arts, ceramics, three dimensional creations and mixed media, is selected by the art teachers at the 11 participating schools in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, according to Pam Payton, the league director.
“March is Youth Art Month across the country,” Payton said. “People can see what students from around the North Shore are doing.”
Wendy Antrim, the art department chair at Lake Forest High School, said she picked the work not only its quality but also diversity.
“We want to show off student success,” Antrim said. “We like them to have the opportunity to see their work hanging in a professional gallery.”
One Lake Forest High School student, Mary Rinaolo, said her print was created to show a balance of nature between humans, animals and the plants that surround them.
“You can see the little deer eyes in the woods peeping out at the snowman that was made by people,” Rinaolo said. “The elk is very stoic, it shows power,” she added referring to the image at the print’s forefront.
Rinaolo said seeing the work hanging in a professional gallery is rewarding.
“I feel proud,” Rinaolo said. “I feel good because it was hard to carve it all out. It is what I wanted it to be.”
Kaito Gundry, a Lake Bluff Elementary School fifth grader, made what he called a mondala. He said he and his classmates put ink on paper and spun it around to turn it into a design.
“I like seeing it here,” Gundry said of the opportunity to see his effort on public display.
“I feel really proud, happy,” Lake Bluff Elementary School fourth grade student Audrey Waite added as she stood beneath her painting of a hilly scene.
Other participating schools are Deer Path Middle School, Lake Bluff Middle School, Lake Forest Academy, Cherokee Elementary School, Sheridan Elementary School, Everett Elementary School, Woodlands Academy and the School of St. Mary.