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Drawing to benefit Thorn Creek Nature Center

“Prairie Chapel” by Marikay Peter Whitlock  |  Supplied photo

“Prairie Chapel” by Marikay Peter Whitlock | Supplied photo

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Updated: October 10, 2012 6:11AM



An original graphite drawing by artist Marikay Peter Witlock titled “Prairie Chapel” is available for a donation of $75 or more to the Friends of Thorn Creek Woods. All proceeds will benefit Thorn Creek Nature preserve, which was the inspiration for the drawing.

“Funding for the operation of the preserve and nature center — always a bare-bones budget — is experiencing severe difficulties, which resulted in the naturalists being laid off until funding can be increased,” Thorn Creek officials said in a news release.

Intrigued by a promise of a patch of prairie, Witlock visited Thorn Creek Nature Center in the late summer of 1988. She left that visit with a vision of prairie and chapel woven as one, and a profound sense of the sacred in the land.

“Prairie Chapel” became the first in a series of more than 35 drawings combining architectural elements with the grasses and forbs of Illinois.

Witlock is a local professional artist and volunteer for the arts. Her artwork is available through the Illinois Artisans’ Shop in Chicago and Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.

The “Prairie Chapel” print is a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered prints and has a finished image size of 18 by 21 inches. It is printed on acid-free, 80-pound paper.

Information: (708) 747-6320 or thorn_creek@att.net.

Staff reports



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