- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to SpecialtiesJune 25, 2015
Jeff Mishur shares his expertise as an art historian
Maybe you have seen the sculptures of Lorado Taft or gazed at the images created by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Virtually! It’s likely, then, that you sat in on one of Jeff Mishur’s Lifelong Learning presentations at North Shore Senior Center. If you missed Taft or Toulouse-Lautrec but do want to learn more about art history, watch for his upcoming lectures, like “Art Appreciation 101” or “Frida & Diego: The Art of Kahlo and Rivera.”
Jeff is an art historian who has been a university teacher for 20+ years. In 1998, he teamed up with his wife, Dr. Michelle Mishur, to form Art Excursions, Inc. They offer private art tours and a variety of lectures, such as those both Jeff and Michelle have been giving at the Center for many years.
When asked about the pathway to his current work, Jeff said, “As an English major at Northern Illinois, I wanted to prepare for a career in writing, but the program actually was geared more toward those headed into teaching.” So he switched to art history and received his bachelor’s as well as master’s degrees in the field. Interestingly, Jeff began to earn his living in the business world where he ran computer systems and handled accounting. “I learned a lot about business on the job,” he laughed.
Jeff was teaching as an adjunct instructor in art history at the same time. But not completely satisfied, he began to recognize that when touring students at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the coursework, other visitors would attach themselves to the group. Ah-ha! The marketing bud started to blossom: “We can offer educational experiences to those outside an academic community!” His accounting and business strategy background was solid preparation for managing what now is a flourishing company. Although Art Excursions is his full-time job, he continues teaching undergrads and giving lectures at libraries, businesses, organizations, and clubs.
Jeff likes lecturing to adult audiences. “The casual, informal, and fun atmosphere I create at a lecture draws a different audience than the academic classroom does. With mature adults engaged in continuing education,” he said, “100% choose to be there … and they’re interesting people!” For example, some of those who attend each of Jeff’s lectures at the Center are art collectors. Some are artists themselves. And some have zero experience in art.
To Jeff, another positive aspect of giving continuing education lectures is that he is able to go into depth in specific areas, unlike with his basic art history undergraduate classes. “Every year I develop new topics that broaden and deepen my own knowledge,” he said. “I enjoy the opportunity to lecture on anything I choose. There is enough enthusiasm for and interest in art in this community that even specialized topics go over well.”
Jeff added that some of his lectures are related to exhibits locally. “People attend my lectures because they want to gain as much exposure to the artist’s work and learn more about the background.”
So check out the Lifelong Learning catalog to find an art history learning opportunity that fits your interests and schedule.