Agriculture into Art: Steven Carrelli
Aug
12
2:00 PM14:00

Agriculture into Art: Steven Carrelli

unLOCK Artist Steven Carrelli will lead a presentation and discussion exploring agricultural imagery as inspiration in art from ancient times to the present. We will look at many images of artworks that feature agrarian imagery ¬– and wheat in particular – from the ancient Egyptian examples, through Medieval illuminations, to modern and contemporary works, and we'll invite thoughtful and lively discussion about how these works reflect the interrelationships between culture and nature, and between the urban and rural. We'll begin indoors at the Illinois State Museum, and then we'll wander outside to consider Carrelli's unLOCK installation "Harvest," and its relationship to the canal and the Norton Building. 

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Star Party: Mars in Opposition
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Star Party: Mars in Opposition

Join, NIU Assoc. Prof. Art/ Director, School of Art and Design, John Siblik and Keith Nyquist, Instructor, Department of Management for a Star Party to enjoy Mars in Opposition.

Just after Mars reaches opposition with the sun July 27, 2018, observers on Earth will have their closest view of the planet since 2003. Just after Mars reaches opposition with the sun July 27, 2018, observers on Earth will have their closest view of the planet since 2003.

9-10:30 p.m. After dark, watch Mars in Opposition and view the night sky through your own telescope or those provided.

Speakers: John Siblik, NIU Assoc. Prof. Art/ Director, School of Art and Design on Garden in the Sky http://niuarts.com/2018/07/garden-in-the-sky-at-the-illinois-state-museum-in-lockport-gallery/ his latest installation.

Keith Nyquist, Instructor, Department of Management Mars in Opposition.

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Artist Talk: Colin Lyons
Jul
26
5:30 PM17:30

Artist Talk: Colin Lyons

As part of the Gaylord Building's unLOCK programming, artist Colin Lyons will discuss several recent projects that consider preservation in an age of planned obsolescence and resource depletion.

Fusing sculpture, printmaking, and land art, Lyons’ work employs the chemistry of printmaking as a re-enactment of the boom and bust cycles of industrial economies.  These projects consider industrial ruins and sacrificial landscapes through the lens of geo-engineering, urban renewal, and brownfield rehabilitation practices, and propose new models for how we might memorialize and honor our collective history by reintegrating ritual and enactment into acts of remembrance.

Lyon's presentation will focus on his ongoing site-specific installation located at Lock no. 1. Throughout his summer in Lockport, he is creating a micro-hydro and printmaking powered laboratory which looks to the canal’s industrial, environmental and labor legacy.  This prototype will perform local water testing, restore historic industrial artifacts, and produce theoretical ‘solutions’ for future ecological threats upstream.

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Poetry Walking Tour of Lockport
Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

Poetry Walking Tour of Lockport

Poetry Walking Tour of Downtown Lockport
Special for Old Canal Days Craft and Art Fair 2018
HOSTED BY unLOCK ARTIST SAM LOVE.

The Lockport Poetry Project will offer a Downtown Lockport "walking/writing tour", based on landmarks mentioned in the Dorothy Dow Fitzgerald poem "Flowers of Time". 

This "walking/writing tour" will stop at six points mentioned in the poem or related to Dow's life in Lockport. At each stop participants will be given special prompts, asking them to reflect on features of the contemporary landscape. Together we will create a long group poem in the style of Dorothy Dow Fitzgerald.

 

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Pop up Painting Demo
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Pop up Painting Demo

unLOCK Maggie Capettini will be painting on location at Will County Historical Museum's Heritage Village from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17th during Old Canal Days. Stop by to observe the creative process and satisfy your curiosity about the logistics of painting outdoors. A mini-exhibit of Capettini's paintings done on location in Lockport in 2017 will also be on display and available for purchase.

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John McDavitt: Live Painting
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

John McDavitt: Live Painting

The Library is pleased to host unLOCK artist John McDavitt as he executes “Lockport by Lockport”, a mural that captures the history of Lockport, painted in part with the assistance of community members. Here’s your chance to connect with the city’s rich cultural history – just sign up for a 15-minute “community paint” time during the month of June at the Library. Call 815-552-4265 to reserve a time. John welcomes adults, teens, and children accompanied by an adult. Families with children should sign up for one time slot. Must be 14+ to sign up without an adult.

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