A wine and cheese reception will take place for the opening of a new art installation, “Zig Sokolnicki: A Retrospective,” from 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in the Narrow Gallery at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The reception is free and open to the public.
A very accomplished man, Zygmunt Sokolnicki attended Chicago’s Lane Tech High School, Wright Junior College, and the University of Illinois. At age 65, he received a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School.
He won a small scholarship to the Art Institute while in elementary school, but that was the end of art, until Sokolniki and his wife Irma joined the Peace Corps in 1996 and were sent to Jamaica. Needing something to do on weekends, the couple began to dabble in art. More recently, Sokolnicki has taken lessons from Nancy Fong at the Oak Park Seniors Center and from various teachers at Triton College.
Watercolor is his passion, but he has worked in acrylic and pencil as well. He does still life, landscapes and waterscapes.
Sokolnicki will donate 80 percent of the first purchase of the day to the charity of the purchaser’s choice.
The gallery can be viewed daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 7.
The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.
For more information call 708-386-4040.