The Century Walk Corporation

At least 18 Century Walk artists plan to attend launch...

August 10, 2010 — Source: The Chicago Tribune Local — Author: ClareCommunications

A unique gathering of 18 or more talented Century Walk artists will be one of the highlights of the book-signing event and reception for Century Walk: Art Imitating History, which will be held on Wednesday, July 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall near downtown Naperville. Hosted by Anderson’s Bookshops, the event is free. The public is invited to attend the event and to meet the author and artists.

Written by Naperville author Jini Leeds Clare, the colorful 112-page, four-color coffee-table book tells the story of Century Walk, Naperville’s public art project that began in 1995. Beautifully designed with over 300 photographs, the book provides rich details about the 35 murals, sculptures, and mosaics that comprise this unusual outdoor gallery. The book also offers a glimpse into the lives of the accomplished artists who created each piece.

“We hope members of the community will take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet these artists and to learn more about the wealth of public art that Century Walk has helped to establish in Naperville,” said Clare. “Many of our artists are known nationally or internationally, and many are leaders in their fields. These talented individuals are excited about this event and the community’s appreciation of their art.”

Shirley McWorter-Moss, who sculpted College, Community and Country and Veterans’ Valor, is traveling from California with her husband. She stated, “We are very excited about the event. We think your project is fitting tribute to a unique American Community.”

The artists who plan to attend the event and the artworks they created for Century Walk include:

 Jeff Adams

            Symbiotic Sojourn

            Two in a Million

Robert Buono

            Horse Market Days – The Auction Horse

Pamela S. Carpenter


            Horse Market Days – The Auction Runner

Ernest Claycomb

            Volunteers Welcome

Mariah de Forest

            A City in Transit

Timm Etters

            The Printed Word, First Edition

            The Printed Word, Second Edition

Kathleen Farrell

            Heartland Harvest

Riverwalk Visionaries

Jennifer Hereth

            River Reveries

Jack Holme

            Growth and Change

Sheri Law Art Glass

            Cars of the Century

Marianne Lisson Kuhn

            The Way We Were

            World’s Greatest Artists

Dick Locher

            Dick Tracy

Shirley McWorter-Moss

            College, Community and Country

            Veterans’ Valor

Diosdado “Dodie” Mondero

            Pillars of the Community

S. Michael Re

            Naperville’s Own

Christine Rojek

            Parting the Prairie

Kathleen Scarboro

            Heartland Harvest

Mike Venezia

            World’s Greatest Artists

            Several other artists have also indicated they will try to attend.

While describing Century Walk: Art Imitating History as the most fascinating and rewarding work of her career, Clare has published several other books, including The Naperville Area Handbook and Guide, a coffee-table book entitled Naperville: Reflections of Community, and Naperville’s Riverwalk: Where History and Community Flow Together. The author owns Clare Communications, a marketing/public relations firm, and was a member of the Century Walk Board of Directors for 12 years.

Century Walk: Art Imitating History is now available at Anderson’s Bookshops in Naperville and retails for $39.99. Profits help support Century Walk, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

The book was commissioned by the Century Walk Corporation and was financed by a City of Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) grant and by developers Dwight and Ruth Yackley, owners of BBM Incorporated. The book was beautifully designed by Lisa Johnson and Jack Jacobi of Gerard Design in Warrenville and was printed in Ohio by RR Donnelley. Photographs in the book were taken by Don Manderscheid, Robert McKendrick, Jini Clare, and others.

For more information, please contact Anderson’s Bookshops at 630-355-2665 or visit www.centurywalk.org. Free tickets for the book-signing and reception can be obtained at Anderson’s and are recommended, but they are not required for attendance if space is available in the concert hall. Wentz Concert Hall is located at 171 East Chicago Avenue near downtown Naperville.

Author Jini Clare

caption: Written by local author Jini Clare, "Century Walk: Art Imitating History" features the art and and artists that comprise Naperville's gallery of public art. Here the author poses near Jeff Adams' Symbiotic Sojourn sculpture.



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