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Artist in Park District Painting Group to Exhibit Piece at Morton Arboretum Nov. 2-4

One of the artists in the Naperville Park District’s Drop-In Painting Group, Joe Rizzo, will exhibit his watercolor, “Impressions of Zion 1: The Virgin River,” at The Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art Nov. 2-4 at the Morton Arboretum.

The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception Friday evening, Nov. 2 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. for friends and family members of the artists and members of the Morton Arboretum. Public exhibit hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 for visitors with paid admission to the Morton Arboretum, located at 4100 Route 53 in Lisle. The exhibit is in the Cudahy Room at the Administration Building.

Joe Rizzo explained that his piece is a triptych in a modified pointillism style based on a photo which he altered using interpretive software. The photo depicts a river in Zion National Park in Utah, a place he has visited often.

Rizzo is one of several artists in the Naperville Park District’s Tuesday morning drop-in workshop who have exhibited their work in local art shows. They work alongside each other in a classroom at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center and share not only new techniques and ideas but friendship and support. Some of the group participants started with an art class more than 30 years ago and continue meeting together to work on their latest pieces.

The Park District’s Drop-In Painting Group is one of the ongoing programs for those 50 and over at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center and is always open to new participants. More information and photos of the artwork by members of the group are available in a ParkTalk blog post at

Impressions of Zion I: The Virgin River, copyright by Joe Rizzo


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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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