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Artist of the Month

Since January of 1979, the works of local artists have been displayed at the Library through our Artist of the Month program. The artwork is showcased in the spacious Net.Gallery on the mezzanine. For more information about the exhibit and the art that is showcased, or if you would like to feature your work, please call Denise Blaszynski at 630-584-0076, ext. 240.  

June 2014

Lisa Vargo - Photography

Lisa Vargo lives with her husband John of 19 years, three kids, three cats, one dog and two fish in Batavia Illinois. Lisa grew up in Lombard, Illinois and has always enjoyed taking pictures. In May of 2010, she bought her first “nice” camera and became more intentional with taking pictures. The camera often sits on her lap as she drives wherever she goes, whether it is going to the grocery store or on a long trip the camera is always close at hand.

Close friends and family strongly encouraged Lisa to keep pursuing her “eye” when Lisa would share a picture that she took with them. In February of 2012, LV Photography is now a registered business in the State of Illinois, and Lisa has sold more than 3000 photos on blank note cards and quite a few canvas and framed enlargements (as large as 24 x 36).

Lisa has sold over 90 flip albums containing 20 pictures with verses.

For the past 13 years, Lisa has held the Vice President position of her husband’s company Architectural Millwork. Prior to that, she worked in the Commercial Real Estate Industry for 10 years. Lisa has also served on the leadership team in Women’s Ministry at her church in Geneva Illinois for the past eight years.

To see a more complete collection of her pictures, go to

Lisa Vargo      Lisa Vargo 2      Lisa Vargo 3

May 2014 

LINDA C. MARASCO - Watercolor

Artist Statement
My watercolor paintings are inspired by places that I have visited and the beauty that I find in the area that I live. Being an artist has trained me to see beauty and interest in my everyday surroundings. I look for a strong design pattern of lights and darks and will sometimes create a painting from a very small portion of a photo that I have taken.

I enjoy creating art and although I do it for myself, it is a great source of pride and satisfaction when it is appreciated by others.  It is the highest compliment to be asked how I achieved certain effects in my paintings.

I have studied with many nationally known professional artists for over 20 years. I continue my studies today. There is always more to learn.

Linda Marasco

April 2014 

Barb Benstein - Oil, Pastel & Pencil

My name is Barb Benstein. I am a 22 year resident of Lake Zurich, Illinois. My love of art started at an early age and you could always find me sketching animals, especially horses. My Mom says I was born with a crayon in my hand! Mostly self-taught, I specialize in pastel and oil paintings of people and pets, as well as homes and landscapes. After working as a graphic artist for 10 years, I began painting full-time in1994.  Painting with pastels has always been my favorite medium. I love the vibrancy of the colors and the richness of the texture when applied to sand paper. I also love working in oil as well.

There is a story behind every commissioned piece I do. Many times I find myself “caught up in the moment” when working on a painting. I think about why my client wants this painting done and put those emotions into the painting.

When I complete a portrait and show it to my client for the first time, the emotional reaction I get tells me I’ve done my job well. That is what I love about painting the most. 

Barb B




  • CUSD #303 – Student Art Exhibit - Mixed Media


  • Andrew Rogers - Photography


  • Janet Wickham - Mixed Media


  • Bert Hoddinott - Mixed Media


  • Valerie Lorimer - Mixed Media


  • Wayne Art League - Mixed Media




  • Net.Gallery closed for Library remodeling project


  • Beech Tree Studio - Fine Art in Colored Pencil


Related Links

• The Arts - Booklists
• Research Guide: Arts & Humanities
• Illinois Women Artists Project
• St. Charles Arts Council