Art teachers move on from Hinsdale Center for the Arts
Updated: July 31, 2012 2:19PM
HINSDALE — Madeline Shea, an art teacher at the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, said the center’s closing is very sad, and not just because the organization closed before it had paid all her wages.
“They still owe me some money,” Shea said. “They told the teachers they probably wouldn’t be able to pay us all they owe us.”
She plans to continue teaching in another location.
“At some point, you just have to cope with it.”
Shea, who lives in Western Springs, has taught drawing, painting, and sculpture to children and adults at the center for 20 years. This past summer, she had six students in an adult studio class that was supposed to run until Aug. 11.
Someone from the center notified her that the organization had decided to close July 20, because it did not have enough money to operate.
“I didn’t deal with the money and the books,” said Shea. But it seemer to her it has always been struggling and it has always kept going.
She called her students to tell them the news.
“I have some loyal students,” she said.
She has ideas how they can finish their summer sessions.
“We may paint outdoors. I also have a studio in my home, where they can paint to end the term.”
Beyond that, Shea is contacting Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook to find out if a classroom is available there for her to use for art lessons.