Carpe Weekend: Behind door of ‘intrigue’ lies love of art
By Jason Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org June 13, 2012 3:30PM
In addition to having some of her work featured in the "Focus 4" exhibit at the lllinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, Rebecca Wolfram offers the Museum of Objects Found on the Street outside her home. | File photo
Jay’s other weekend picks
GOLDEN COIN: Chicago author Kim Strickland will discuss her new novel, “Down at the Golden Coin” (Eckhartz Press), during a meeting of the BAC Book Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Beverly Arts Center,
2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Information: beverlyartcenter.org.
FIVE MOES: The group Five Guys Named Moe will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Theater, 12952 S. Western Ave., Blue Island. Tickets are $5 and will go on sale at 5 p.m. the day of the concert. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Information: jamesstreetassoc.com/latest-news.
Updated: July 15, 2012 6:13AM
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Art can be a jargon-filled enigma if you’re not in the business. You can like a painting without knowing how the artist created it or what it’s supposed to mean.
But if you thought art was mysterious, wait until you get a load of what the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery has in store.
Mystery and intrigue will abound during the Great Canal Caper from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 201 W. 10th St., Lockport, (815) 838-7400.
Participants will use clues and codes hidden in the gallery’s “Focus 4” exhibit to help fictional gumshoes Nancy Draw and the Arty Boys solve the mystery of stolen artwork.
“We set the stage, so to speak,” said Jim Zimmer, director of the Lockport Gallery. “We give the background, and we’ve come up with the characters and the person who stole the artwork to begin with.”
The fictional thief in question is Stealee Dan, whose parents must have known a name like that would lead to a life of crime.
“There’s a lot of intrigue and double cross in this,” Zimmer said.
“(Stealee) is the one who stole (the artwork) with the help of his gang, but he gets caught first, and so he’s incarcerated right at the very beginning.”
Participants will receive clue slips and a guide to the gallery to help them solve the mystery.
“They have to go around and glean the information from the artwork or from the label on the artwork,” Zimmer said.
“Once they’ve gone around and collected all of that, then there’s a single-word clue they’ll have to put together, which reveals the location of the stolen piece of artwork.”
Those who solve the mystery will receive a small magnifying glass and a badge that reads, “I solved the Great Canal Caper.”
“It’s going to be great fun,” Zimmer said.
The idea of combining art and mystery didn’t come easily at first, he added.
“It was one of those afternoon ideas,” he said. “We did some brainstorming and asked ourselves, ‘What do we have to work with? We have to connect.’ That was the starting point.”
“A lot of times, (events like this) are people’s first introduction to the Illinois State Museum,” Zimmer added.
“They’ve not been inside before, and so we want to make sure that we provide them with opportunities and encouragements to take a look at what it is we do.”
Zimmer added that the lighthearted fun of the event will be a springboard for some participants to a much more serious love of all things art.
“It’s using a different door to get in, and that door has the word ‘intrigue’ written across it,” he said.