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Artist Mort Luby: On Exhibit From September 26 - November 27, 2016

Enjoy colorful and engaging scenes of life in Barrington and many of Chicago's most iconic landmarks, in oil and watercolor by Mort Luby.


Mort Luby has won more than 50 awards in national, regional, and local art competitions, including six best-of-show citations. He has twice won first place in Barrington’s “Art in Nature” show at Crabtree Forest Preserve.

He studied art at the Universities of Wisconsin and Notre Dame, where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1953. He has also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Scottsdale Artists School, and other leading art institutions. He has participated in workshops with America’s greatest artists, including Clyde Aspevig, Romel de la Torre, Phil Kantz, Charles Movali, David Demers, Kim English, Matt Smith, and others.

“Chicago Brushstrokes,” a book with 100 of his paintings of the Windy City, has been sold at the Art Institute, the Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Historical Society, the bookstore at Willis Tower, and many other locations. The first edition sold out in less than two years.

Luby’s paintings and book are featured in many nearby galleries and stores, including Algonquin’s Savour and Barrington’s Norton’s USA. Norton’s also produces an annual calendar of his watercolors. He is a featured artist in galleries operated by the Maui Hands company in Hawaii.

Luby paints watercolors and oils in his Dundee studio and in his part-time home on Maui. He is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago, the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii, and the Palette and Chisel Academy in downtown Chicago. He began his full-time art career 20 years ago after retiring as CEO of Luby Publishing, a 103-year-old publisher of sports magazines headquartered in downtown Chicago. He was also a stringer for Associated Press for more than 40 years.

Download the artist biography and price sheet for Mort Luby.

To purchase work by Mort Luby, contact the artist directly. Phone: 847-426-9769. Email: MortLuby@sbcglobal.net





Atrium Art Installation - now through early 2017

Minnesota-based, internationally known artist HOTTEA describes his work as “interacting with public spaces non-destructively.” HOTTEA, whose full name is Eric Rieger, has created an original work of art, "Elaine," commissioned by the Library for its beautiful atrium. The work may be viewed during the Library's regular hours, or experienced in a deeper way at our "Sundays With Elaine" events. Details.

Rieger's work has been seen on the streets of Chicago and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, on the stages of New York Fashion Week, at musical experiences like the Eaux Claires Festival and a series of concerts by Bon Iver at the Sydney Opera House, and on the sands of Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu. He has even appeared on Sesame Street and recently worked at Paisley Park to honor the passing of Prince. His work will be on display at the Barrington Area Library through 2016.