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14 | April 12, 2018 | The Northbrook tower News Northbrook Originals Exhibit opens, features work of Northbrook residents Nathan Worcester Freelance Reporter On the evening of Thursday, April 5, the Northbrook Public Library, normally a space of silence, reflection, and last-minute cramming, was alive with the sound of local artists and art enthusiasts. They had gathered for the opening reception of the Northbrook Originals Art Show, which was organized by the Northbrook Arts Commission. Northbrook Arts Commission Chairman Bruce Bondy explained that all of the exhibiting artists were Northbrook residents. He also elaborated on the wide range of styles on display. “You have [the] artists who are very focused on representation and the idea of transcribing what you see. And then you have artists that are more interpretive or work strictly from their imagination,” Bondy said. One artist who bridges those categories is Karina Llergo. She exhibited her oil painting “Break Through,” a robust piece that drips in Dalian fashion from a watery reflection overhead past an impasto dress to the central female figure’s arching, en pointe foot. Llergo explained that this surrealistic painting is derived from her own life experiences and reflects the three central themes of water, dance and air that permeate her work. “I have always been attracted to figurative painting since I was little, so I have always [painted] bodies,” Llergo said. “I used to be a dancer for many years and a competitive swimmer, so that’s what I’m mixing. ... The water for me Northbrook resident Felissa Onixt poses with her work, which is a color landscape photograph taken at Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs, Colo. Onixt and other Northbrook residents first displayed their work on April 5 at an opening reception for the Northbrook Originals Art Show. Photos by Nathan Worcester/22nd Century Media. represents my meditation time. I still swim, so that’s where I find my peace and my time to think about everything. I have four kids, so you can imagine that it’s always crazy.” Llergo credits Northbrook’s public swimming pools with helping her keep up her exercise routine during the summer. Her daughters, who are students at Glenbrook North High School, have also served as models for her work. Artist Ken Call has been a Northbrook resident since 1995. Although he specializes in portraiture, Call submitted “Sunset Harbor,” a watercolor landscape that he painted in 2005 for his wife. He explained that the painting was based on several pictures that he took while living in France. “[Northbrook] is such a nice community — it’s easy to find people to model and paint,” said Call, who counts John Singer Sargent and Norman Rockwell as key influences. Photographer, painter and art therapist Jerry Lidsky described his piece, a photograph called “Side by Side,” in more psychological and philosophical terms. “Art therapy is a nonverbal communication,” Lidsky said. “So if someone is so caught up in whatever’s going on in their lives that they really can’t talk about it, and yet the expression comes out in the painting or in the drawing or whatever it happens to be — then suddenly, they realize that someone understands something — that there’s a communication. And then it opens up the door. So, many times, one of the things that I attempt to do is open up for myself some of that intensity.” He explained that by depicting his colorful subject matter — in this case, flowers — on a larger scale and in greater detail, he can provide himself and the viewer what he calls “the entrance into another world.” “If you allow yourself those moments to slow down and take the chance to go into another space, then you experience something,” Lidsky said. “So that’s what that’s about; allowing one to go deeper and quieter and closer.” Photographer Rob Sills hews closer to the abstract end of the spectrum. Entitled “Autumn Leaves,” his submission represents autumn leaves at the Chicago Botanic Garden using images taken with a mobile camera. Sills then manipulated and combined the images using Photoshop. Jerry Lidsky with his work, “Side by Side.” “I’m intrigued with photography and finding ways of adding abstraction to the representation so that it’s more of a feeling [and] a question for the viewer to complete than pure realism,” said Sills, who has been able to pursue photography more seriously since retiring from IBM. “When I take pictures that are more realistic, I tend to look at their potential surrealistic dimensions based on the topic. I’m intrigued by color and shape and the way those play with each other.” New Trier High School photography teacher and photographer Felissa Onixt explained that working with students had kept her well aware of the technological changes in photography. However, she emphasized that she still taught basic darkroom techniques to her students, who almost always said that they preferred it to working with digital tools. “Years ago, when I started teaching, to see a photograph took days,” Onixt said. “We still do that at New Trier, too. But now pictures are so quick. Well, they never were… Now we’re still doing film in high school, and we do digital, but now I’m really trying to teach them to slow down.” Onixt’s piece is a color landscape photograph taken at Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs, Colo. This photograph, which is appropriately titled “Red Rock Open Space,” is printed on metal. “I think when I’m shooting I’m just 100 percent in my element, hiking around,” Onixt said. “It gives me a huge sense of peace when I’m out there with my camera. And then when I can bring it in the lab, then it’s super fun to alter things a little bit.” The Northbrook Originals Art Show will be on display at Northbrook Public Library until May 29. News the northbrook tower | April 12, 2018 | 15 Feeling good and giving back Halo Medicine donating portion of proceeds to Northbrook YMCA Jacqueline Glosniak Contributing Editor For the past three years, Northfield business Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine has helped local adults combat the aging process through their Botox services, laser skin treatments and platelet-rich plasma therapies. And, along with helping adults feel their best, Halo has also made it a priority to help combat financial strains area children and their families may have through fundraising for various programs at Northbrook-based North Suburban YMCA. After all, Halo owner Dr. Promila Banerjee — who serves on the board for the North Suburban YMCA — has strong roots with the organization, as she and her siblings grew up participating in various programs with her local YMCA while growing up in Wilmington, Del. So, at the medical center’s third anniversary celebration and open house on April 21, Banerjee and her husband, Stan Menezes, are hosting a party with specials on treatments and earmarking 10 percent of the day’s profits to the Strong Kids Charity at the North Suburban YMCA, an annual fundraising campaign which helps give financial assistance to families in need for YMCA programs. This year, many of the YMCA’s Strong Kids funds will go towards summer camp and swim lesson assistance. “We firmly believe in the Northbrook residents and owners of Northfield’s Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Promila Banerjee and Stan Menezes, are donating 10 percent of their anniversary celebration proceeds from April 21 to the North Suburban YMCA. PHOTOS SUBMITTED YMCA because it benefits local woman and children,” Banerjee said. “We are in a very affluent community, but we don’t realize how many families need assistance to pay for summer camp or life-saving swim lessons.” At their community open house, the Halo team will offer tours of their office, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and specials all day long, including Botox specials at $8.25 per unit, 25 percent off coupons for select services and raffles every half hour. In the last year alone, Halo has already donated $5,500 to Strong Kids. “When the Y has any event, we have a table there, so we go and support all of these events,” Menezes said. “[We have a table] to show that we support their causes.” Overall, Menezes said they’ve enjoyed having their business in Northfield and that their customers appreciate their efforts to give back to youths in need. “Being at Teddie Kossof Salon and giving back to the community has helped us a lot,” Menezes said. 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