This summer, the Commission was thrilled to host the second annual Art in the Yard at Concerts on the Green. Oak Lawnians had the opportunity to enjoy unique pieces of art by local artists before the concerts.
The concert goers also had the opportunity to participate in creating their own art by making a temporary drawing from sea shells or a community poem by cutting words from book pages and pasting them to a piece of paper where others previously posted their own poetry lines.
A special thank you to our Art in the Yard artists: Ashley Centanni, Erin Doyle, Tori Hartin, Rong Liang, Jeremy Mazurek, Michelle Melendez, Allyssa Micele, Samantha Mortensen, Joseph Pitts, Amanda Pletsch, Katie Roma, Linda Vorderer, Heather Young, and Erik Yunker.
ARTWORK: Five Bronze Sculptures
ARTIST: Abbott Pattison, sculptor
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., south exterior walls along 95th St.
BACK STORY: Made of welded bronze, these 8 ½ foot tall abstract sculptures of human figures were dedicated in a public ceremony on December 9, 1979. On that occasion, the artist, Abbott Pattison, stated: “I hope to portray the relationship of reading and knowledge to the community and how that endeavor is again returned to the community. I have made the figures with a certain aura of mystery to show the enigmatic character of Man and how the mysteries of life can be unlocked by the Library.”
This new “Art in Oak Lawn” public awareness project is spearheaded by Linda Vorderer, art educator, and past chair of the Oak Lawn Arts Commission. With the support of the Arts Commission, Vorderer has created this personal challenge to reveal: Where is the Art in Oak Lawn?
“While I research and dig for information, I am hoping that I can catalogue a rich collection within our borders. I am confident, when the information is compiled and published, we can put to rest the notion that Oak Lawn is not a destination to view fine art, but instead, it IS a place to discover surprising treasures within our borders and within our public buildings,” said Vorderer.
You can contribute to this research by emailing Commissioner Vorderer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Arts Commission is eager to showcase the public art in Oak Lawn. Let us know if you have information about the history and makers of our fine art treasures.
For this first article, special thanks go out to Kevin Korst, local history coordinator at the Oak Lawn Public Library, for his assistance, guidance and support.