|Lego Display at The Museum|
November 29 - December 30
Gallery I - The 12 Days of Christmas
Gallery II - LEGO Working Train Set-up and Games (1920 to present)
Special Holiday Hours: Monday - Thursday, 4-8PM; Friday - Saturday, 5-9PM; Sunday, 4-8PM
In a departure from its traditional holiday art show, the Museum is hosting a nostalgic display in both galleries that recalls the magic of Christmas past with a dash of the present.
Randy Flones of South Elgin has designed and constructed a winter-wonderland Lego Village, complete with model trains that will delight both children and adults. The Lego display is huge, approximately 12 by 13 feet, consisting of at least fifty-thousand Lego pieces.
Flones has entered his Lego displays in various regional festivals, but none of these have matched the size of the Bloomingdale presentation. Flones has enjoyed model trains since his youth and has been a member of the Valley Model Railroad Club for the last six years. Today as Vice President of Engineering for an electronics manufacturing company, the Lego Village offers him a chance to add his own stamp of creativity to his engineering and architectural skills. Flones designs the village layout himself, but his wife and two daughters lend a helping hand assembling the village buildings and structures. "Putting it up the night before, feels a bit insane," Flones says, "but when the kids come in and see it, it makes it all worth it."
Surrounding the Lego Village, the Museum will display a variety of games dating as far back as 1920 to the present. Board games, video games, sidewalk games, card games and more will adorn the gallery walls. The gallery will also feature an interactive area for children to play hop scotch, work on puzzles, throw a bean bag, use a hula hoop, and more. The games are on loan from Museum staff collections.
In addition, the Museum will showcase a personal collection of various, festive objects entitled "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Christmas trees, ornaments, wall hangings and other holiday decorations will inspire visitors with decorating ideas for their own homes. On the exhibition's opening evening, Friday, November 29, the Museum will host a special event for children to make a seasonal ornament or card to decorate the Old Town Park tree from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in anticipation of the Park Lighting Ceremony to follow.
The Museum will continue to host Holiday Craft Workshops on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., and a special Cookie Decorating event on Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m., through December 20. Additional events, such as Elf-on-the-Shelf, a scavenger hunt and Create- a-Card activity, will be scheduled.
Visitors will not want to pass up the hot chocolate and cookies the museum will provide during all open exhibit hours, which have been extended through the end of December.
by Ruth Nelson
PHOTO 2014 "A Closer Look"
January 11 – February 15, 2014
Reception: Friday, January 17, between 6-8PM
This yearly juried photo show always receives fabulous reviews! Various
photographers from all over the local area enter this popular show featuring
contemporary artistic photography. Students 18+ are eligible. There is
a special photo seminar at the Museum in conjunction with this exhibit. See
below for more details.
Kids with Cameras Photo Seminar "Spin Cycle"
Saturday, March 29
Photographer Judy Kinal is offering a special "Spin Cycle" class for students
12+ years. Bring a digital camera and put your world in a twirl using this
amazing creative method – anyone can do it! Call the Museum at (630) 539-
3096 for dates, times and fee.
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