Old Town School celebrates artist & activist

peggy in the studio

CHICAGO IL - On Friday, December 7, artist, illustrator and activist Peggy Lipschutz will be honored at a gala reception at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. The event is free and open to the public and runs from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Lipschutz, who turns 94 on December 11,  will celebrate the dedication of her most recent work, an oil portrait of musician and activist Joe Hill.

"A group of us here at the Old Town School decided that we needed to purchase the painting and add it to the permanent collection at the Old Town School," said Peg Browning, project administrator for the Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund. "The portrait is beautiful. It is vibrant, colorful and timeless."

"Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase the painting, and to make a separate donation to the Old Town School Building Fund in the name of Joe Hill."


Although musician, song writer and activist Joe Hill was executed in Salt Lake City, Utah in November, 1915, he was immortalized in the folk song written by Alfred Hays and Earl Robinson in the 1930s.

"That song supplied us with a lot of inspiration for the project," said Browning. "The lyrics go, 'I never died, said he,' and in a way we're working to make that promise come true."

The event will feature other works by Lipschutz, refreshments, and musical performances by Mark Dvorak, Old Town School of Folk Music Executive Director Bau Graves, and others. 

To make a contribution to the Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund, click here or on the image to download and print a donation form. For more information phone 773 267 0052 or email pegbrown7@aol.com.

Watch a YouTube video interview with Peggy Lipschutz here.

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