Local artist to show ‘Moments Captured’ in his 55-year career

Staff Report

Ron Wick has been painting works of fine art and teaching young artists to hone their craft for more than a half-century. Nov. 16-17, the Cherry Valley resident will present the culmination of his professional career in a themed showing — “Moments Captured” — that is open to art aficionados and the public at no cost.

The “Moments Captured” art showing will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17 at the locally well-recognized “White House” on the corner of Spring Creek and North Alpine roads (4320 Spring Creek Road, driveway entrance on Spring Creek).

Wick spent the majority of his career as an artist and painter in Chicago-area advertising agencies, and as an instructor at the prestigious American Academy of Art in Chicago. A classically-trained illustrator and painter, Wick has spent more than 55 years painting and studying his craft.

Today, he spends hours a day painting original works in his home studio in Cherry Valley.

At the academy, Wick was instructor to Rockford designer Jeff Larson of the Larson Design Group, and has been a mentor to him for many years. Larson has his offices from the “White House,” the location of the Wick showing.

Wick studied at the academy, graduating in 1957, and was later asked to join the faculty, which he did for 12 years. A painter of water colors, acrylic and mixed media, he has had many one-man shows, and his paintings are in corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe.

On his website, www.ronwick.com, he describes that he strives to capture moments in time and share it with others, hoping they receive the same joy in viewing his work that he had in painting that moment.

Wick’s original paintings will be available for sale at the showing, as will a collection of Giclee prints. Pricing ranges from $150 for prints to $1,500 for large original paintings. From sales at the event, or those generated by the event, Wick has committed that 5 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Christian ministry of the Rockford Rescue Mission.

Hors doeuvres, cheese, wine and soft beverages will be served at the showing in the lobby of the White House.

The event is being supported by “Friends of Ron,” including Larson Design Group, V2 Marketing (formerly Velasco Associates, and Argyle Marketing), Perfect Frame, Lemstone Books, Crimson Ridge Florists and others.

At the close of the Saturday night showing, the names of all registered attendees will be placed in a drawing for a free print from among Wick’s best works. To register your attendance in advance, visit www.ronwick.com and click on the event registration button.

For information, contact Jack Broughton at (608) 897-8641 or abroughton5456@gmail.com.

From the Nov. 14-20, 2012, issue

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