Guest Column — Memory Of A White Christmas

glencoeBy Herb Kawainui Kane

I had been attracted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago, and was held to that city from 1949 to 1970 by its vigor and professional opportunities.

For the decade 1960-1970 this was my home in the village of Glencoe, a northern suburb of Chicago facing that inland sea known as Lake Michigan. I moved there to be in a quiet neighborhood, close to the beach for catamaran sailing, to be close to the passenger trains and the expressway for commuting to my studio in Chicago, and because Glencoe had a great school system led by a superintendent who, to my disappointment, left Glencoe to head up the Punahou school in Honolulu.

Later on you’ll see some work done for Mainland clients in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Toronto. Initially, it was for advertising agencies. Later, I moved into editorial illustration and design for publishers of books and periodicals. I shared a studio on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s center of advertising and publishing, with another alumnus of the School of the Art Institute, the superbly-talented George Suyeoka from Honolulu; but when the long commute became tiresome I turned the attic of my home into a third floor studio and worked with an agent. Read more