Woodstock 'Adam & Eve' art exhibit to feature figurative nudes, landscapes

An upcoming “Adam & Eve” exhibit at the Old Courthouse Arts Center in Woodstock will feature figurative nude works, landscapes and other art relating to innocence, beauty and relationships.

The national exhibit, opening Jan. 28 a the center, 101. N. Johnson St., will showcase the work of 30 national and area artists. The collection of about 80 pieces will be on display through Feb. 25.

Having hosted numerous McHenry County art shows, Kathleen Isacson of J + K Isacson – the curator of the show in partnership with the Northern Area Arts Council and the Old Courthouse Arts Center – came up with the theme upon noticing numerous high-quality figurative artwork in the area and beyond.

She and her husband, Joe, thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a show that talked about the beauty of things in their natural state, and just vulnerability and innocence.”

“I think it’s going to be a gorgeous exhibit,” Kathleen Isacson said. “Hopefully, people will come to it and be refreshed by the beauty, have something to think about with the different works and be enriched.”

An opening reception with complimentary food and a cash bar is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28. Admission is free. Those who attend will have the chance to mingle with artists. All of the work on display will be for sale.

Along with the Isacsons, other McHenry County artists featured in the exhibit include Pat Brutchin, Jen Schneck, Lisa Callahan and Cindy Lesperance. For a complete list of artists and information, visit

Among the highlights of the exhibit, Kathleen Isacson said, is a detailed piece by Schneck, a surreal portrait artist and illustrator, fittingly entitled “Adam & Eve.” It’s a large portrait interwoven with smaller pictures.

“That is a piece that’s worth experiencing in person,” Kathleen Isacson said.

Joe Isacson already had come up with exhibit name before coming upon Schneck’s work of the same title.

Kathleen Isacson also pointed out the landscape work of Didier Nolet, who lived and studied in Paris before coming to the United States, and the sculpture work of area artist Brutchin.

Finding more people interested in conceptional-based art shows, Kathleen Isacson said the upcoming exhibit focuses on vulnerability.

“It’s overall meant to be a beautiful show,” Kathleen Isacson said.

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