Augustine and Schubert bring design expertise to DOTI

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Oak Park designer Lisa Augustine has joined Designs of The Interior (DOTI), an interior design studio and showroom in Oak Park. Augustine has a bachelor of arts in interior design from Northern Illinois University and studied kitchen design at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She has 20 years residential and commercial design experience, and won the North Shore Key Award with Cesario Builders for her interior and custom cabinetry design.

Forest Park resident and designer Robert Schubert has also joined DOTI. He's a graduate of Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago and a professional member of ASID.

Big Sisters honor bishop with brunch
The Big Sisters of Chicago held a holiday brunch fundraiser at the Drake Hotel on Dec. 5. Rita Gibbs of Oak Park, a former president, serves on the senior advisory committee, and Elizabeth Brennan of River Forest is the current president of the organization, which has focused on the needs of women, young girls and children in Chicago for over 88 years. Through its scholarship program, young women in need are able to pursue a Catholic education. The party honored the memory of Bishop Edwin Conway, a former spiritual advisor of the organization. For more information on Big Sisters, call 312-715-0111.

Alumna artist at OPRF
Oak Park watercolor artist Roberta L. Raymond Larson is displaying 50 of her watercolors at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the second floor gallery area. The show is appropriately titled "50 Years Later," since it was 50 years ago that Larson began her art training with teacher Art Pelz at the high school. Subjects of her watercolors include architectural details of Oak Park buildings combined with compatible flowers; landscapes; portraits; and animal subjects. In 1990, Larson was the recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award from OPRF for her accomplishments as a sociologist, particularly the founding of the Oak Park Housing Center in 1972. She also exhibits in Door County, Wis., where she has a second home.

To see the watercolors, which will be on display until Jan. 9, 2005, check in with security at OPRF's main entrance on Scoville Avenue and go to the second floor.

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