Henken, David - Arend, Dr. Jack House

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Henken, David - Arend, Dr. Jack House - By VENDT ROSS Tto Visitor etitettng the hallway...
By VENDT ROSS Tto Visitor etitettng the hallway of the towering Victorian : bouse at 450 Somonauk St. in Sycamore fully expects to enter another era one of wicker chain, marMo fireplacei and homemade preserves. , What be finds, however, is not one world but several "My taste la art doesn't ran to any M period," says Dr. Jack Arends, chairman since 1S$2 of the art department el Northern Illinois University. "I guess you snight call me an eclectic.' Furnishings In bis borne, built fn W69, bear out this assessment i of himself as a collector of works from many periods. The foyer is a succinct stater ment of Arends deep interest In his vocation, the arts, and in his avocation, travel. He holds a doctorate in art from Columbia University, and ho has made numerous art-oriented trips to Europe, North Africa and the Far East, j He and his wife, Margaret, have also traveled around the world and plan to ge again ta the Far East in February. Far Eastern- influwwe in the, foyer is found in a stately Thai buddha, specially lighted to cast a tall shadow against one wall. Near it is the trunk of a Mexican nun. a Welsh beer mug and an Indian water-basket crafted with hsrsehaif and beeswax. Also Eastern in tone are Japanese prints on paper interwoven with human hair,' while the West is represented by an antique book about exploration in the northern hemisphere. Leaded glass windows, a stairway flanked by a bannister and a crystal chandelier all belong to the foyer itself, and although they reflect a different age, they create a quiet harmony with a carpet from Kashmir and a contemporary rug woven by Arenas himself. The carpet and the rug contrast strikingly m design, but they have something in common each was woven using the same techniques. "At one time, when I was in Kashmir, 1 learned how Orientals do their weaving," Arendsi explained. He applies their tech- mques to his own tugs, scatter-' ed throughout the 16-room house. J In a house filled with art objects, his rugs are the only representations of his work, with the exception of a water-: color done as a class exercise; years ago. "I used to paint." Arnds saysj almost wistfully, "but now there! isn't time." j This is easy to understand1 when one consider! the nature of hu work as chairman of a university department. In the five years he has directed the art program, the staff has grown from 11 members to 4. with a projected staff of 69 or more in the next two years. A new building housing the fine arts and related disciplines will b completed wear the Klsb- waukea by MS h said. Under Arends' guidance, the department nag been divided into sections, specializing to particular area of tna arts: draw ing, painting, printmaking, design, art history and art education, for instance. "Wa are also developing major areas in photography, Interior design and commercial design, he said. Hit background Includes co ordinating the art program Is elementary and high achoolt In Hasttags-an-mMsao, N.Y., at wen aa teaching art la the public schools of Port Cheater, N.Y. He directed a training school for photography officers ta Westover Field, N.Y while in the U.S. Army, and was also a ataff member of the Boston College of Fine Arts. After he received his doctorate from Columbia, ha joined the staff and taught there from 1950-62. Ha has held administrative positions la regional and national art associations and is presi dent of the Illinois Art Educa tion Association. la addition, ha i an editorial consultant la aesthetics for a national publisher, and has contributed to various art publications. Arends is also a garden and landscape enthusiast Hit pre-v.ous home in New York, de signed by David Henken, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright (who was a consultant on tha project), was landscaped according to Arends' design. This home, constructed of brick and twamp cypress, was thoroughly modem, in contrast with the Arend'i present dwelling, which also features a Tiffany lampshade suspended from the dining room ceiling, marble-fronted fireplaces and arched, carved doors. But there are modern touches, too, as In the paintings and prints in tht dining room. Signatures on the work Identify them as having been by Gertrude Stein. d'Arcy Hayman, Frederick Castilloa and Northern staff members David Driesbach and David Hickman. In some places especially on fireplace mantels the new mingles with the old. Again in the dining room, chairs from the homt of Arends' greatgrandfather and a kettle and ladle from Columbia University m the 1800's mix with an enameled free-form sculpture, an Eskimo carving of a pregnant musk-ox. a family tread mold and an Ethiopian shield. One of the most interesting pieces in the house is a family heirloom, the small wooden ( hrst Mrs. Arends' father built and in which he packed "bread, cheese and all his worldy possessions" for the crossing from Norway to America, Arends said "The old arts are just is good now as in the age in which they were produced," Arends says. itr at Of

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  1. The Daily Chronicle,
  2. 21 Jun 1967, Wed,
  3. Page 4

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