Endangered landscapes: painting in the Aux Sable Creek watershed
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In conjunction with an exhibition of watercolor paintings entitled Endangered Landscapes: Painting in the Aux Sable Creek Watershed, study was made of the issues involved in the destruction of the rural agricultural landscape for the construction of new homes, businesses, and industry. A research paper on "Suburban Sprawl: Its Origins, the Problems and Some Possible Solutions" broadly outlines the concerns with the trend in areas of prime farmland of the Midwest, specifically in the rural fringe of the Chicago metropolitan area. The watercolor paintings were for the most part painted on site (" en plein aire") at locations in the watershed of the pristine Aux Sable Creek in Kendall County that are targeted for development. This area is currently agricultural but much of it is in a planning area of the city of Joliet. The paintings, each 22" by 30" or larger, were photographed; photos of the paintings and the educational materials in the exhibit are included with this report. Also included is a journal kept during the painting process andphotographs of the mounted exhibition and gallery opening reception in the Nature Museum Gallery of the Kendall County Forest Preserve at the Historic Kendall County Courthouse, Yorkville, Illinois.