Dedication of Tom Vanderpoel Memorial a Moving Tribute
BARRINGTON HILLS, IL - In a moving tribute to a humble, yet larger-than-life figure in the environmental world, the Tom Vanderpoel Memorial Park was dedicated on a perfect fall afternoon. "The project was one of many partnerships," said Bob Lee, photographer and point man for the project. Many in the small, invitation only audience fought to hold back tears as speakers spoke of the enduring legacy Vanderpoel left behind. A brilliant "earth whisperer" Vanderpoel knew how to read the landscape and what steps to take to return it to health. His career was spent doing what he loved most, working to restore the land to health and mentoring everyone who came within his reach who to do the same. His untimely death in 2017 was a shock to all who knew and loved him.
The Tom Vanderpeol Memorial Park is a 12-acre preserve located on Chapel Road in Barrington Hills, Il on private land, be respectful. "This preserve is for all who wander in, wonder and remember."
Wallis Featured in Viterbo University Alumni Magazine
Honored that my alma mater, Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI chose to feature me in an alumni magazine featuring entrepreneurs. Thank you, Randy J. Erickson, for being such a wonderful interviewer and writer.
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Wallis creates poster commemorating prairie restoration
BELOIT, WI—Artist Lynda Wallis recently created a “Works Progress Administration” style design for the poster commemorating 25 years of prairie restoration at America’s National Tallgrass Prairie—the USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
The poster was produced for the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Silver Anniversary in 2021. History is reflected through interpretive designs of prairie ecosystems and many of the human dimensions at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located near Wilmington in Will County, Illinois.
The representations come together through the style that is reminiscent of Works Progress Administration artwork. WPA artwork is iconic of 1930s America and has a history of portraying and promoting natural areas.
Exciting new updates to the website are being built behind the scenes. Stay tuned. You may see YOUR project highlighted on the opening page of Freelance Illustrations
Meanwhile, grab a cuppa your favorite something, find yourself a comfortable spot and click the link below to read the story about my early days when I worked for a taxidermist.
Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn is Spectacular