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Local Painter's Plein Air Show Features Schaumburg's 1938 Schweikher House Reflected in All Seasons


Maggie Capettini's solo painting exhibit celebrates the iconic Modernist Schweikher house and its surrounding landscape March 1 – 31, 2023 at the Prairie Center for the Arts East Gallery, 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, Illinois. Pictured above: Early Summer at Schweikher House, 14"x11" oil on board Scroll down to see more art...

Opening March 1, 2023 at Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, en plein air at Schweikher House features paintings created outdoors by Downers Grove artist, Maggie Capettini, over a period of four years and throughout all seasons. Capettini honors the architecture while celebrating the surrounding nature, dancing back and forth between contrasts: geometric and organic, tight and loose, a fidelity to the literal subject and a more artistic interpretation.

“When I stand in the landscape with the home and studio in view, I feel like I am in another world; I could even imagine I am in another time,” says Capettini. “Though surrounded by neighborhoods and not too far from dense commercialism, the Schweikher House property is embraced by a meadow, adjacent to a creek, and filled with evergreens, deciduous trees, and beautiful gardens, including an extensive peony collection and a Zen garden. The architecture is unique: it embodies a connection between structure and nature, reflected (literally) in the large windows, as well as in the choice of wood as a primary building material.”

The exhibit of fifteen paintings, along with five photographs of the artist at work in the field, will be enhanced with historical context of the home contributed by The Schweikher House Preservation Trust, including historic photographs and a reproduction of the 1949 Franz Lipp landscape plan, as well as highlights of painter and former resident Martyl Langsdorf.

Capettini shares, “Most of all, my paintings are intended to celebrate and call attention to this historic treasure, to encourage others to visit and experience the house and grounds for themselves.”

En plein air at Schweikher House, on exhibit March 1 – 31 at Prairie Center for the Arts East Gallery, 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, Illinois Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. www.prairiecenter.org/programs/herb-aigner-gallery

Visit Schweikher House at 645 South Meacham Road, Schaumburg, Illinois. Tours are offered on the first and second Saturday of the month at 11 am & 1pm. Tours are also offered every Wednesday at 1pm and every Friday at 11 am. Additionally, grounds are open to the public every Wednesday, Friday and the first and second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 2 pm. Details at www.schweikherhouse.org


. Fall Ginkgo (Schweikher House), 14"x18" oil on board

Winter Retreat, 11"x14" oil on oil primed linen panel

. Martyl's Peonies, 6"x8" oil on board

Maggie Capettini beginning a painting on location at Schweikher House, July 2021. Photo courtesy of The Schweikher House Preservation Trust

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