West Leyden students’ artwork displayed at Wingstop restaurant in Northlake
Students Sergio Farfan (left) and Mat Zuska from West Leyden High School created a combined ink drawing and landscape painting in their advanced art class, then approached Wingstop restaurant in Northlake, which agreed to display it. | Provided
Updated: March 8, 2013 7:14AM
NORTHLAKE — For 18 years, art teacher Steve Lappe has told his students to try to have their artwork displayed in the community. His advice, however, has rarely been heeded.
“Last year I had a young lady do it at the Franklin Park library,” Lappe said.
In November, two students in his advanced art class at West Leyden High School also listened. Sergio Farfan and Mat Zuska created a mixed work of paint and ink. Then they went out to Wingstop restaurant in Northlake.
“A lot of people from high school go out there to eat,” Sergio said.
The manager said he would look at it when they were finished. So twice a week for two months the two worked on their piece, which they titled “Into the Wild Blue Yonder.”
The manager must have liked what he saw, because the finished piece now hangs at Wingstop. With their first success, Mat says he and Sergio are “just trying to do as much artwork as we can.”
Meanwhile, Lappe stands vindicated.
“It’s such a pleasure to see them take the initiative,” Lappe said.