Glenview Art League Mourns Passing of Long-Standing Member and Former President, Robert T. Sherman, Jr. 8/19/1937-6/9/2015
The Glenview Art League has lost one of its most dedicated members with the passing of Bob Sherman on June 9th, 2015. Bob was one of the earliest members of the League and since then has held every officer position on the Board of Directors, encouraged other artists, and shared not only his skills as an artist but his many business skills as well.
Bob’s interest in commercial art started at New Trier High School where he enjoyed lettering and designing ads for the school paper. He later worked as a commercial artist for “Penny Saver”, and advertising paper in the south suburbs and has consulted on web design, business analysis, quality assurance analysis, and software support. Although he tried other types of media, he preferred oil paint and strove for color intensity and contrast. To keep his colors pure, he used eight small jars of turpentine, each with its own set of brushes.
He joined the Glenview Art League during its early years in the mid-1950’s and was instrumental in organizing the first Outdoor Summer Art Fair in 1955, which was a handful of artists who set up card tables to sell their work. The Summer Art Fair is now a two day event and draws more than 80 artists from across the country to exhibit their work.
Bob also organized the very first Youth Art Fair (52 years ago), now held annually for students of all ages with prizes awarded in every grade. As the YAF grew, he built over 20 wooden easels to help display the work and brought those easels to and from storage every year, setting them up and breaking them down! The 2015 YAF featured the work of 235 students.