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Algonquin to host art open house

ALGONQUIN – Forty pieces of art will be unveiled Thursday as the village kicks its annual public art program.

During an open house at the village's municipal center, 40 new pieces of art including paintings, sculptures and photographs, will be on display, said village Senior Planner Ben Mason.

The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served during the reception, and many participating artists will be in attendance to speak about their work, according to a village news release.

This year's program has work from 19 artists from Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Mt. Prospect, Spring Grove, Elgin and North Barrington, among other communities.

Members of the Village Board and Public Arts Commission are scheduled to speak about the art display program.

Over the next month, the art pieces will then be displayed at more than 20 locations around the village including shops, schools, libraries, local restaurants and offices such as Horizon Chiropractic, Nero's Pizza & Pub, Cafe Firefly and Diamond Physical Therapy, among other places.

The pieces of art are on loan from participating artists for a year, the village said.

Algonquin started it's public art program in 2005.

It's "a way for the community to define itself, highlight culture and arts, create an image for the community that is unique, and bring artwork to the public and public places," Mason said.

To attend

The Algonquin Public Art Program Open House

When: 6 to 8 p.m Thursday

Where: William J. Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive.

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