EAM extends current exhibitions into Feb.

By Dee Longfellow

The Elmhurst Art Museum, located at 150 Cottage Hill in Wilder Park, has announced that it has extended the dates of its two exhibitions which are currently on display.

Sentrock: The Boy Who Wanted to Fly was expected to close Jan. 15, but has been extended through Sunday, Feb. 12 due to popular demand. The display has been featured on WTTW, CBS, WGN, NBC and other media outlets.

Sentrock whose real name is Joseph Perez, is a self-taught street artist who creates large-scale, colorful public mural works. He views street art as “a gesture of compassion for his community” and a powerful form of expression that encapsulates his Mexican American background, upbringing, and history. He developed his work from graffiti-writing to his now highly-stylized and recognized street art featuring the Bird City Saint character that wears a bird mask. Perez describes this signature mask as a means of an individual’s personal expression, strength, and hope.

The Museum is still offering tours for groups and schools. The Sentrock exhibit has been sponsored by Wintrust and the Museum’s Development and Programming Committees. For information, visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

The Elmhurst Art Museum’s 25th anniversary celebration has featured the artworks of museum founder Eleanor King Hookham since Sept. 9 and was scheduled to end Jan. 16, but it has also been extended through Monday, Feb. 13.

Hookham, who passed away in 2003, was an educator, an exhibiting artist on the international arena, and the main driving force behind the museum for many decades. Artwork by Hookham from the museum’s collection is on view in the McCormick House, along with historical photos and documents that show her leadership in securing the historic home for the museum’s future patrons to enjoy.

The works by the trailblazing Hookham appear in the McCormick House Children’s Wing and includes oil paintings, watercolors, and her signature ink-and-coffee drawings. Professionally, she called herself El King and exhibited around the world.

For more information, call 630-834-0202 or visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.