Local opportunities for creation and appreciation

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5th Annual Community Showcase

November 28, 2021 - January 22, 2022

Crete Creative Gallery and School
1304 Main Street
Crete, IL 60417

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 pm or by appointment.

The Crete Creative Community Showcase is an independent survey of art in Crete, IL, and surrounding communities. This exhibition is intended to provide a unique opportunity for artists in the far south Chicago suburbs to showcase their work within their own community.

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Vogt Gallery Schedule


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MAPS Capturing Nature Photography Exhibit

January 22 - February 26, 2022

Tall Grass Gallery

367 Artists Walk
Park Forest, IL 60466

(708) 748-3377

Tuesday - Saturday

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tall Grass Gallery will present works by members of the Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS) from January 22 through February 26, 2022. The Gallery will hold an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 22 from 1 – 3pm. All are welcome to view the exhibit and meet the artists that afternoon.
Capturing Nature is an exhibit filled with powerful vistas of towering mountain ranges, immense canyons, rushing waterfalls, sun streaming through endless miles of dense forests, and shimmering glacial ice formations. On view as well are intimate views of baby birds, delicate flowers, frosted leaves, and shadowy animals peeking through branches. All of this within seasonal changes and a broad range of viewpoints. All of it surrounding us with the enormity, complexity, and breath-taking beauty of nature.
The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS) is a community of artists dedicated to exploring and detailing the world through photographic images. The Society is composed of professional and amateur photographers who freely share their expertise and passion for nature and the art of capturing compelling and artistic images.
Inspired by the Morton Arboretum’s dedication to protecting the environment and being the “Champion of Trees”, MAPS’ photographic art exhibits provide unique insight into the beautiful diversity of habitats, animals, waters, skies, trees, plants, and geology of planet earth.
Included in the exhibit are: Joanne Barsanti, Mark Bates, Darcy Berg, Diane Bodkin, Jim Bodkin, Maria Rosa Costanzo, Bill Dixon, Christine Foley, Anita Gielow, Jan Ivaska, David Jagodzinski, Joan Kalmanek, Terry Lee, Dulcey Lima, Sylvia Ortega Martinez, Mary Mehl, William Miotek, Sheila Newenham, Bonita Palma, Robert Erving Potter III, Lauren Rapinchuk, S. Louis Rathje, Jim Rendant, David Schooley, Dan Schumacher, Dave Sobotka, Sally Strong, Joan Trushin, Daniel Wagner, and Chong Wu.
Curated by Darcy Berg from MAPS and Claudia Craemer and Debbie Craemer from Tall Grass, the 2022 MAPS Capturing Nature Photography Exhibit will introduce many new, outstanding artists to the Tall Grass audience and present dozens of magnificent images of timeless beauty and inspiring moments discovered in the natural world.
Tall Grass Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm each day

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FAA Projects

Enhancing Our Community

Frankfort Cub Scouts

Gallery Tours

Cub Scouts Complete "Stories in Shapes" Elective

Cub Scouts were hosted at the FAA Gallery for a tour and hands-on art project.

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Christkindl Craft 

Creative Children's Activity

FAA Gallery hosted a children's craft table during the Christkindl Celebration hosted by the Frankfort Historic Business Alliance and the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce.

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Classroom Artist Presentation

Students Learn About Famous Artists

FAA President, Lisa Podlesak, gave a presentation with hands-on art activities to an Advanced ELA class at Chelsea Intermediate School. The students were working on a famous artist biography unit, and Lisa was happy to contribute to their learning.


Walking Art Exhibit

Frankfort Fall Festival Parade

FAA participated in the parade to promote our mission and upcoming events. Famous works for art were portrayed.

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Art on Display

FAA was happy to donate funds to support the Frankfort Public Library District's art wall. Local artists work with the library to exhibit fine art for the public to enjoy.

For information about exhibiting art at the library, contact Melissa Rice at

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Little Free Libraries

Public Art for Readers

Four Little Free Libraries will soon be installed in the Frankfort area. This project is a partnership with Friends of the Frankfort Library, Frankfort Park District, and Frankfort Square Park District. Four newspaper boxes were donated by Chicago Tribune, and Home Depot donated the use of a truck for transportation. FAA artists painted the boxes as community works of art.

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Grand Prairie Elementary School

A Map Renewed

In April 2018, FAA members repainted the U.S. map in the courtyard at Grand Prairie Elementary School.