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WGN Radio Broadcasts Live!

Join WGN Radio’s Lou and Frank Fontana as we broadcast live from the 2015 Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier! Lou Manfredini will broadcast from 7-10am on Saturday, March 14th, and Frank Fontana will also broadcast live on Sunday, March 15th at 1pm

The roots of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced as far back as 1847!  The Show, held each March at Chicago’s Navy Pier (March 14-22, 2015), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long and cold Chicago winter.

Presented by Mariano’s, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show creates an experience that attendees will not soon forget by presenting realistic, as well as DIY solutions to inspire, educate and motivate the next generation of gardener. It is where gardeners and wannabe gardeners come to see the latest that the industry has to offer.



Oak Park Art League presents Kathy Hirsh painting our Feature Gardens live!

Saturday, March 14 - 10am - 2pm

Sunday, March 15 - 12pm - 4pm

Monday, March 16 - 10am - 4pm

Whether landscape or figurative work, Kathy seeks to let the painting have its particular voice. She begins with the abstract underpinnings and works to find the delicate balance in the tension between the abstract and representational.  She keeps the painting process visible/apparent,  the surface playful and maintains the integrity of the individual stroke. 

"I want to preserve the gesture, the movement of my hand, creating an illusion of space and light while simultaneously asserting the surface of the painting. I love being on the knife blade of time, painting to capture what I’m seeing as the moment passes, being focused, in the flow".

Kathy studied painting and botany in college and completed a Master’s in medical illustration. Always drawing and painting, she worked as a surgical illustrator for 25 years, and after many years of black and white found her passion in color. Kathy has been teaching painting and figure drawing for 10 years, here in the states and in China.

Nepal and China were Kathy’s home for 15 years. She has painted in wild and exotic places: Laos, Nepal, India, Mongolia and the western states.


Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690 - 1840

March 17, 2015 - June 7, 2015

The first exhibition of its kind, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840, captures a prolific point in time on the Emerald Isle when countless foreign architects, artists and artisans worked side by side with their native counterparts to forge a uniquely Irish style. From portraiture to landscapes, from Dublin to the Irish country house – the exhibition will celebrate the Irish as artists, collectors and patrons.







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