GALLERY HOURS
Closed Sunday-Monday

1-5 pm Tuesday-Friday 
1-4 pm Saturday  

720 Chicago Ave. 
Oak Park, Illinois 60302 
(708) 386-9853 
oakparkartleague@gmail.com 

The Oak Park Art League is partially funded by grants from the Oak Park Area Arts Council and the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency

©2019 by Oak Park Art League

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MISSION:  The Oak Park Art League believes in the freedom of expression and the importance of the creative voice. For nearly one century, OPAL has sustained an environment to develop, nurture and exhibit the work of local artists, past and present while cultivating art appreciation in the community. Our mission is to provide access to the disciplines and development processes so that artists of all ages, from amateur to hobbyist, enthusiast to professional may refine their unique creative voice in our studios and galleries.

The Oak Park Art League Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated community members. The Board is responsible for the governance and finances of the non-profit organization. The Board sponsors many fundraising projects throughout the year. Individual Board members chair committees and aid the staff in specific program projects. OPAL members are encouraged to share ideas and thoughts with Board members. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Board should contact Executive Director or any Board member. Board membership is voluntary. As a member of the Board, volunteers serve a two-year term and are able to serve for three consecutive terms.

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD: Kim Robinson

Kim Robinson and her husband Kevin have called Oak Park home for over 25 years. They have
raised their three kids, Jay, Kyle and Lauren, here along with their two golden doodles, Duke
and Dallas. After graduating from law school at the University of Iowa in 1986, Kim headed to
Chicago to begin her legal career, clerking for Gene Wedoff, a now retired bankruptcy judge
from Oak Park. Kim “retired” from her almost 30-year commercial bankruptcy law practice in
2015, and now concentrates on various pro bono activities, focusing on the needs of at risk
kids, vulnerable women, and those suffering from the debilitating effects of mental health
disease. Kim has volunteered in various capacities with Infant Welfare and The Childrens’ Clinic
for the past 20 years and she also now helps out with Sarah’s Inn, an Oak Park agency
advocating for victims of domestic abuse. Kim added a creative component to her focus on
giving back in September, 2018 by joining the Board of OPAL, hoping to spearhead fundraising
efforts.

VICE PRESIDENT: Linda DeViller

Linda DeViller received her BFA in Fine Arts from Bridgewater University in Massachusetts and her MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her thesis research explored possible alternatives to traditional art and design instruction for the midlife adult learner and was the catalyst in becoming reconnected to her own creativity. Linda enjoys facilitating art experiences for adults, giving them a space to explore and create, and has hosted a monthly Open Studio for midlife women since 2013. She has volunteered for workshops and programming for the Art Institute of Chicago's Family and Community Programs, was a facilitator for inter-generational programming at a senior living facility in Rogers Park, and has been a part of the curatorial team for FIGMENTChicago since 2014.

TREASURER: Peter Vlerick

Peter Vlerick is the Chief Financial Officer for BravoSolution, responsible for all financial activities at the company. He has 25 years of experience in both public and private equity environments with extensive international experience. Prior to joining BravoSolution, Peter was the Chief Financial Officer for Avatar Solutions, a SaaS based research, analytics and performance improvement company specializing in healthcare and employee surveys. Peter’s career also includes financial leadership positions at Servigistics, Orbitz Worldwide, RR Donnelley and Ernst & Young LLP. He holds a BS in Accounting at Boston College and an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant. He lives with his family in River Forest.  

SECRETARY: Maria Gedroc

Maria Gedroc is an artist, designer and art educator who has been in more than 125 art shows and galleries, including the Oak Park Art League, Dancing Krow in the Oak Park Harrison Arts District, Chicago Public Library, Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago, and It's Liquid in Venice and New York. Her artwork is included in the Chicago Art Scene by Crow Wood Publishing and Motif, a creative arts journal. Ms. Gedroc received her Masters in Arts Administration from

The School of Art Institute of Chicago.

EDUCATION: Pam Penney

With a B.A. degree in Interior Design and A.A.S. in Architectural Technology Pam worked in the field of architecture for many years but gravitated back to her love of fiber in the early 1990’s.  Pam has a passion for combining traditional needle art and fiber techniques in unique and contemporary methods to create her own textile art.  She is also passionate about sharing these skills and has taught knitting, sewing, crocheting and felting for over 25 years to both adults and children. 

FUNDRAISING: Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper received her BA in Art History from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and her MA in Public Art Studies with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has worked throughout her career in arts administration, most notable as a public art consultant at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, maintaining and conserving public art in the Los Angeles area.  After returning to the Midwest with her husband Scott, they moved to the Oak Park area and started their family.  Lauren currently works at the Oak Park Public Library.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS: John Signorelli

BOARD MEMBER: David Baker

David Baker is a broadcast engineer with degrees both in Electrical Engineering and Television Production from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Columbia College Chicago, respectively.  David’s interests lie in both the technical as well as artistic side of television, and has utilized both skills and interests working for the Village of Addison in their Community Relations television studio since 2002.  He also serves on the Civic Information Systems Commission in Oak Park, a citizen volunteer commission tasked with advising the Village Board on technology, information management/resources and policy issues within the Village. He enjoys music, playing guitar and international travel in his spare time, and credits oil painting as his introduction to love of art as a child.  David returned to Oak Park in 2014, realizing the diversity, architecture, and strong volunteer efforts were just a small part of what make it a great community to live in.

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