These days foodie culture includes more than just eating. It’s tough to miss the increasingly popularity of sharing photographs of food on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram.
The country’s insatiable appetite to photograph perfectly stylized food inspired the North Shore Art League to host its Salon 2018 “The Art of the Burger” on April 13, at A. Perry Homes in Wilmette. Food stylist Laurel Z and photographer David Jackson will demonstrate how to orchestrate and photograph a meal as simple as the hamburger.
Historically, the Art League’s spring fundraiser has consisted of low key gatherings at homes where a speaker talks about the artwork on display. But this year the organization decided to try a new format, after realizing how food themed artwork is increasingly popular.
“This time we thought we’d change it up a bit and focus on something really current,” Nelson said.
While the event serves as a spring fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, it is as much about the intersection between art and food. “There seems to be so much interest in food art these days,” Linda Nelson, executive director of the Art League, told DailyNorthShore.
Laurel Z will demonstrate how to use various tools such as tweezers, a blow torch and glue, as well as other inedible items, to create a stylized plate of food to be photographed — not eaten.
But there will be plenty of things to eat at the event as well. “We will have edible things there definitely,” Nelson joked. Gourmet dishes catered by An Apple A Day catering will include a variety of burgers, including salmon, veggie, turkey and of course, traditional beef, as well as a selection of craft beer provided by Half Acre.
In addition to a reel of David Jackson’s photographs on display, there will also be a selection of 30 food-themed paintings and photographs from the Art League’s most recent juried art show.
“It’s a beautiful show. It ranges from a bowl of fruit to eggs in a carton,” Nelson said.
The show was juried by Paul Zurowski of Sawbridge Studio in Winnetka and Cynthia Burr, owner of Vivid Gallery, also in Winnetka.
Now celebrating its 94th year, the Art League continues to stay true to its roots and offer art classes, camps, workshops, special events, field trips, tours and lectures. Over a 1,000 students from all over the North Shore take advantage of classes held in the organization’s studio on the second floor of the Winnetka Community House. According to Nelson, the Art League’s superb faculty draw from the entire Chicagoland area, including from Columbia College and the Art Institute in Chicago.
Funds raised from the event are used to offset the Art League’s expenses, but also to pay for outreach programs that are free to students with disabilities and special needs, as well as to fund scholarships awarded to New Trier High School students who pursue art after graduation.
The Art of the Burger will be held on April 13, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at A. Perry Homes, 1220 Washington Avenue, Wilmette. RSVP by Friday, April 6 at 847-446-2870 or online at www.northshoreartleague.org.