“Collages on Demand” at Undercroft Gallery

Marilyn O'Marilyn by Dr. Noreen Cashman

Press Release from Lake County Arts League

The artwork of Dr. Noreen Cashman is currently on display in her show “Collage on Demand” through March 2 at the Undercroft Gallery, located in the lower level of Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Avenue in Waukegan.  Two artist receptions, open to the public, are currently scheduled:  Saturday, February 8th from 5 to 7 pm and Friday, February 28th from 5 to 7pm.  Both artist receptions will have a Q&A session from 5:45 – 6:15pm.

Dr. Cashman says she called the show “Collage on Demand” because each series of the 13-piece show “evolved from very impromptu, spontaneous collage sessions I shared with my family and friends. I love that each piece sprung from the joy of the moment in each circumstance, with no preconceived notions which, of course, is why I love collage.”

A resident of Winnetka, Dr. Cashman received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Chicago Medical School and now teaches Anatomy, Pathology and Clinical Diagnosis at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.

Although medicine is her career, Dr. Cashman states that she has been an artist her entire life. “Making art is as vital to me as breathing,” she said. “I teach my students ways to be creative in learning their coursework and stress that exercising their creative muscles will make them better diagnosticians.”

Dr. Cashman says she has worked in just about every media, including watercolors, acrylics, oils, oil pastels, charcoal and has dabbled in watercolor portraiture. Because she sews and is an avid knitter, she also incorporates a lot of fiber in her work. However, her overall favorite medium is mixed media collage.

Her collage work is both analytical and fanciful, from the clay and fiber boards she works on to the shimmering backgrounds and items she incorporates into her colorful 3-D collages. She has studied with a multitude of collage artists, but says her favorite artist is her friend and mentor, Sandie Bacon, who introduced her to the endless possibilities of “Golden Mediums,” which are mediums used to change the properties and control the transparency, viscosity and surface sheen of paint.

She is currently an artist member of the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan.   She is also a playwright, poet and member of the Chicago Screenwriters Network and Filmmakers Guild.  Dr. Cashman says her greatest accomplishment is her extremely creative son who is also an artist and now studying Filmmaking and Writing at DePaul University in Chicago.

The “Collage on Demand” show and receptions are free and open to the public, with light refreshments served during the receptions. The Undercroft Gallery is located in the lower level of the Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Avenue in Waukegan, with entry off Grand Avenue, and is the joint effort of Christ Episcopal Church, Lake County Arts Magazine and the Lake County Art League.

The Gallery will be open February 15th from 4 – 6pm in conjunction with ArtWauk.  Generally, the Gallery is open by appointment only. Call Ali Albakri, Gallery Director, at (244) 381-0321 or the Church office (847) 622-7081 to see the gallery. Individuals or groups are welcome.

CLC Lakeshore Campus says “Good-Bye” to Big Ed’s

CLC Lakeshore Campus courtesy of CLC

CLC Lakeshore Campus is throwing a “Big Ed’s Going-Away Reception” on Thursday, January 30th from 5 – 8 pm in the LSC Conference Center, 1 North Genesee, lower level, Room# 008.

The event is free of charge.  RSVP to lsc283@clcillinois.edu by Wednesday, January 29th.

Big Ed’s is moving to its new location at Fountain Square in February.  We wish them well, but will miss their smiles and the wonderful smell from the smoker.

Images of the Past

Ted's Last Day in the Sunx

Through January 2014 the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive in Waukegan Park District’s Bowen Park will feature the work of Photographer and documentarian Wayne Munn. Selected works historic celebrity photographs by LIFE Magazine photographer Brian Seed are also on display.


Wayne Munn is exhibiting 48 images from his portfolio. They include historic buildings from Waukegan, many now gone, in all their glory. For the first time Wayne is exhibiting select images of the pre-restoration Genesee Theatre taken throughout the facility over several weeks in 2001. You can peek in one of the abandoned apartments, sneak into the basement and even climb into the organ pipe chambers. There are also “Lost Places” locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and other areas.

Brian Seed is exhibiting 1960s images of prize fighter Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) in London, golfer Arnold Palmer after winning the British Open, and rare images from 1956 London following Marilyn Monroe and her entourage including playwright and husband Arthur Miller, Sir Laurence Olivier, and actress Vivian Leigh.


Wayne Munn has been a practicing photographer since the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s he was an assignment photographer and darkroom/printing technician for the daily newspaper of Michigan State University. He worked under the direction of the master commercial photographer who headed the photography department and was an attentive mentor in both assignment photography and B&W. Wayne’s major was in media including TV and Radio production and filmmaking.

While the desire for regular meals and shelter led him to the “dark side” in corporate positions for almost 30 years, he made time to indulge his passions whether through photo excursions, teaching college classes in photography and TV production, and writing the “Latent Images” column for a professional photography society for nearly a decade. Several years ago Wayne returned to focusing on his artistic passions full-time.

Wayne invests a good deal of time producing professional digital images and prints. He also employs leading edge imaging technology and techniques to convert his four decade portfolio of 35mm and 4×5 film, bringing them into the realm of high-definition, archival digital imaging. This often includes employing leading edge technology in the restoration of important historic and heirloom pictures. He does similar work for other photographers and artists.

Over the past four decades Wayne’s core work features old buildings and communities. His “Lost Places” series features out of the way locations that were once bustling with life. Ghost towns, abandoned houses and farms, factories and commercial buildings. Even a “hidden” 2nd story apartment in an 1890s Waukegan building, known as the “Time Capsule Apartment”, that had been sealed off and largely forgotten since for over 50 years.

Beginning in 1975 and extending to today Wayne has documented what was once a lumber company town on the shore of Lake Michigan. When the timber ran out in 1953 the mill shut down and the whole town was “sold, lock, stock, and barrel.” The hotel, general store, school, and dozens of other buildings were closed and kept under seal for many years.

On lucky occasions Wayne was the right person in the right place at the right time. He arranged access to record views of treasure troves of memories. Wayne lives to capture images of abandoned spaces so that each viewer’s imagination can take them “into that place and time.” Many times Wayne is fortunate to be able to meet people who share captivating stories of early times in these places. For every picture in the “Lost Places” Series, there is a story.

Brian Seed was a long time London photographer for LIFE, beginning with them in 1947. His feature story work appeared in all their publications, LIFE (both the US and International editions), TIME, and Sports Illustrated. Brian’s photographs were the cover of Sport Illustrated on six occasions.

Jack Benny Center for the Arts, located at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park, is open Monday through Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday, 10am – 5pm; and Saturday, 9am – 4pm.

Sterns-Sauter Bldg, photo credit Wayne Munn

Photos were taken by and credit goes to Wayne Munn.

Marketing on Facebook?

We use Facebook regularly to share information about events going on in and around our Main Street District.  We also know a lot of our Main Street businesses use Facebook to keep in contact with their customers.  But are we using it wisely?

Here are two great articles concerning Facebook best practices:

So, Main Street Businesses, are there topics you would like us to research and share? We’re here for you!
~Jane Ferry
Executive Director

Help for Rhythm Academy of Dance

Dance First Think Later

Rhythm Academy of Dance(RAD) has been part of the Main Street District and Waukegan’s downtown for nearly five years ago, and has been a community staple since the start. RAD and its dancing, and its expanded voice, music, and acting programs, have been featured by the City of Waukegan, Waukegan Public Library, American Cancer Society Relay For Life Greater Waukegan/Far North Shore.  The kids have performed with Parallels and Lies at the VH1 Save the Music Benefit in Milwaukee and at Stiner Pavilion on Waukegan’s lakefront.  Last year RAD’s annual showcase was at the historic Genesee Theatre.

Unfortunately the space RAD has occupied is being renovated for other use and they have had to move.  RAD has moved temporarily into Three Brothers Theatre, while looking for a permanent home, but the move means that plans that were in the works, or carried out, are in a place of uncertainty, the main piece being, the custom built sprung floor.

This floor, a vision of Cathi Sullivan (executive director and owner of RAD),  is the main component of the studio, and as such, is vital to the longevity of RAD.  It currently has been moved – all 20+ pieces (each 300 pounds) – into storage.  RAD is looking for help funding the storage and, once they are ‘permanently home again’ reassembly of the sprung floor.  They have asked for help from the community, dancers, people at large through indiegogo, a crowdsourcing site.  Click here here and help if you can. And tell your friends!

Inc. Article and Help for Small Businesses

Waukegan Main Street has the pleasure of working with our local businesses one-on-one and in general – and we’re always interested when someone forwards an article to help keep our Main Street District booming and bustling.  One such recent article was The Failure Myth printed in Inc.:

We liked these bullet points in the article concerning keeping the doors open:

    First, find someone willing to pay for your product or service.
    Second, hoard your cash. In the words of one successful entrepreneur, “Throw nickels around like they’re manhole covers.”
    Third, find a mentor — someone who’s been through the start-up process, preferably more than once.

But there’s so much more to a successful business and much of it starts with planning.  Remember, Main Street businesses, we are here to help.  And we are lucky enough to have the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) right here on Genesee Street.  It’s free, although appointments are necessary.

The second article that crossed our desks, this one from Bloomberg Businessweek contained this interesting link to a Small Business Toolkit. Lots of information specific to different types of businesses.

Happy reading – and Happy New Year!

At the Curb: New Literary Magazine based in Waukegan!

At The Curb

What’s new and exciting in Waukegan you ask?  At the Curb, the new quarterly literary magazine.

At the Curb is just getting off the ground and is currently accepting submissions for the first and second issues. Submissions of poetry, short stories, non-fiction observations and black & white art sketches are all welcome. According to Editor, Bill Paterson, “The first few issues will focus on Waukegan. We desire pieces that reveal this city of ours. Whether you walk, bike or just ramble through this most unique city, we know it can inspire your itchy, typing fingers. And, we want to read what you see and feel. Join us as we put together something that is: ‘graced with guts and gutted with grace‘ which is from “let’s start a magazine” by e.e. cummings.”

All submissions will be subject to editorial changes. Submission information is:

  • Poetry submissions: please limit poetry submissions to three poems of two or less pages.
  • Short Story submissions: Limit stories to 2000 words or less. Two story submissions per author.
  • Non-fiction piece (observations): Limit pieces to 2000 words or less. Two non-fiction submissions per author.
  • All written submissions must be typed in Microsoft Word or Notepad and sent via email to:  atthecurbmag@gmail.com. Author’s name and contact info must accompany each submission.

At this time, At the Curb will not be able to pay for published work.  However, creators of published works will receive invitations to gatherings hosted at various venues in Waukegan and several copies of At The Curb.

HolidayWauk a Hit!

Despite the cold weather this Saturday, HolidayWauk was a hit.  In fact, one of the biggest draws was the s’mores-making at Jack Benny Plaza – yes, outside!



We had plenty of indoor activities, too, from making your own antlers to writing holiday cards to veterans to making frames and ornaments.

activity collage


And, if all those things didn’t get you in the holiday spirit, Waukegan High School’s Tri-M Honor Choir caroled throughout the Main Street District, City Clerk Artis Yancey read holiday stories on the stage of the Genesee Theatre and Mayor Wayne Motley lit the tree to much applause!  Click here to see the tree come alive with lights.

Much thanks goes to our hardy volunteers who help decorate storefronts, staffed craft tables and stoked fires to keep the holiday atmosphere alive.  And thanks, too, to Waukegan Main Street’s Juan L. Garcia for documenting the day in pictures – including those seen here – and video, all readily available on our Facebook page.

For more information about the event, check out these articles featured in the Lake County News-Sun.
~Jane Ferry
Executive Director

HolidayWauk Schedule of Events

HolidayWauk Child with smores


Our Waukegan Main Street elves and the downtown business have been working hard to put together a great day of activities, entertainment, shopping, and dining for HolidayWauk.  Whether you say, ‘Buon Natale’, ‘mele Kalikimaka’, ‘feliz Navidad’, or ‘Merry Christmas’ we know you’ll have a great time!  Here’s the list of events, in general time slots:

FREE PARKING in all city-owned street parking spots and parking lots all day (except the parking structure at County and Clayton).

Everything is free, unless otherwise noted.


10AM – 4:30PM – Check-in/Information Booth at Urban Edge
10AM – 4PM – Decorate cookies with Nettie. Bring a non-perishable food item. Nele’s Art Gallery
11AM – Create holiday ornaments with Patrick, Tufo Galerie
11am – 5PM Holiday Coloring Contest. Bags containing a holiday coloring sheet, a set of crayons and a coupon. Return completed sheets for judging according to age category for cash prizes. Your This And That Shop
11AM – 4PM – Holiday Cards for Veterans. Create cards for veterans at Lovell Medical Center, State Rep. Rita Mayfield’s office
Noon – 4PM – Pre-Kwanzaa Demonstration, Crafts and Marketplace, with crafts for children. College of Lake County
Noon – 3:30PM – Snowman frame and snow measuring tool projects, sponsored by the Waukegan Park District. Lake Surf Designs
Noon – 4:30PM Make a paper Christmas chain, button wreath or ornament. Starlight Room (upstairs) at 17 North
Noon – 6PM Holiday Pet Photos, sponsored by WAGS. Participation fee required. Karcher ArtSpace
Noon – 6PM Karcher Kinder Fest, child-friendly creative craft workshop. Karcher ArtSpace
Noon – 6PM Create your own wrapping paper. Dandelion Gallery
1 – 2PM Caroling led by Waukegan High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter. Your This And That Shop
1 – 4PM – Free cupcakes and affordable art at Backroom Gallery
1:30 – 4PM – Pictures with Santa, for children of all ages, hot chocolate and crafts for kids. Genesee Theatre
3 – 6PM – Adoption Dog Petting Zoo at Clockwise Theatre
4:15 – 4:45PM – Holiday Story Time with free cookies. Genesee Theatre
5PM – Holiday Tree Lighting, featuring Mayor Wayne Motley. Jack Benny Plaza at the corner of Clayton and Genesee

8AM – Ace Hardware has seasonal sales to set your spirits soaring.
10AM – Horsefeathers is holding its winter sale with 20% off full-priced merchandise and special offers on body jewelry.
11AM – Your This And That Shop offers unique gifts for the holidays. Free light beverages to keep warm.
11AM –Tufo Galerie has original art and prints for sale.
Noon – The Gift Cellar celebrates its ninth anniversary with seasonal sales, hot soups and ciders and much more.
Noon – Federal Supply, 116 Washington St., offers seasonal snacks and sales. Check their Facebook page for a 10% off coupon!
Noon – Dandelion Gallery will be open for shopping with plenty of unique gift ideas.
Noon – 6PM Karcher ArtSpace Lofts presents area artisans demonstrating their talents; wares for sale.
Noon – Big Ed’s, 30 N. Genesee St., will host a Scentsy rep.
Noon –6PM Waukegan Arts District will be selling Saturday Summer Concert Series tickets and taking orders for Waukegan calendars, Water Street Gallery

Dining Specials
10:30AM Big Ed’s is offering a special on their famous pulled pork sandwich.
11AM – Fong’s is offering a HolidayWauk of 10% off your bill.

10AM – Three Bully Goats Gruff (live theatre) at Three Brothers Theatre. (Cost)
Noon – 1:30PM – Winter concert performances by Glen Flora Elementary School, Jack Benny Middle School and Abbott Middle School at Genesee Theatre
Noon – 4PM – Accordion-playing Santa Claus accompanied by equally talented elves at Family Piano
1:30 -5PM – Salvation Army Band, in front of the Genesee Theatre
1PM – Three Bully Goats Gruff (live theatre) at Three Brothers Theatre (Cost)
1:30PM – “The Santa Clause” (movie) at Waukegan Public Library
3PM – Readings of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Mason Absher every 15 minutes or so. Clockwise Theatre
4:15 – 4:45PM – Holiday Story Time and free cookies. Genesee Theatre
5PM – Holiday Tree Lighting, featuring Mayor Wayne Motley, at Jack Benny Plaza at the corner of Clayton and Genesee
7PM – “White Christmas” (movie) at Genesee Theatre (Cost)
7PM – Chris Greene Quartet at Big Ed’s Bar & Grill
8PM – “Side Effects May Include…” (live theatre) at Clockwise Theatre (Cost)