From woodwork to paintings, a variety of art created by Ela Township residents was displayed at the second annual Ela Art Show at the community center on April 22.
Long Grove resident Bob Carlson said he creates his whimsical wooden figures by hand using “very sharp knives.” Amazingly, in the 20-plus years he’s had this hobby, he’s never once injured himself.
The former construction worker began woodworking when he retired. At home, he has a complete bar scene with a cast of characters. He also made an entire nativity scene for his daughter.
Joyce Klug, of Lake Zurich, is an accomplished portrait painter who used to sell her works in Lake Geneva. She creates her paintings from photographs and the likenesses are uncanny. Her work include portraits of her great aunt and her daughter Claudia and grandson Jack.
Klug demonstrated an artistic streak even as a little girl. “When I was sick in bed, I’d look through magazines for faces to paint.”
Kildeer resident Cecilia Ford, a retired teacher of 30 years, also creates paintings based on photographs. In fact, she’s done portraits of her entire family. She began by painting a scene from Switzerland that someone had sent her. When Ford’s husband saw her ability, “He dropped me off in New Orleans and I painted Jackson Square,” she said.
Photographer Jim Zekas, of Long Grove, has captured life with his camera for 60 years. “You don’t need fancy equipment to get a great shot,” he said.
Despite advances in technology, Zekas is partial to using a tiny Canon camera he’s owned for seven years. At the art show, he displayed photos he took of his wife in her younger days along with stunning sailboats and the seasons changing in Riverside, Illinois.
More artwork from the Ela Art Show