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"Vince and Carolyn [Tolpo] have experienced "Art Osmosis" living in their home studio atmosphere where drawing, painting, sculpture, and art philosophy discussion is a daily diet."

March 11, 1965 edition of the Barrington Courier-Review

This quote from an article discussing an art show by the Tolpo teens Vince and Carolyn poetically describes the Tolpo family's busy and productive years in Barrington. Carl Tolpo and his wife Lily were both professionally trained artists who had developed a positive reputation and successful business in the Chicago art community. By 1955 they could afford to buy a niche chunk of land and build their own home and studio complex. The home quickly became a productive center for Carl to work on his commissioned portraits, Lily to paint and sketch, and for both of them to begin exploring sculpture as a serious medium. Their three children, Tina, Carolyn, and Vincent all went to Barrington High School and were quite involved with theater, baseball, and the Broncettes. Carl recieved national acclaim for his giant depictions of Abraham Lincoln, which can be seen on the Barrington High School campus, outside the Lake County Courthouse, and inside the historic Ford's Theatre where Lincoln was assassinated. 

In this exhibit are featured many works that present an intimate look at a family whose creative instinct seems boundless. It includes sculptures, paintings, newspaper articles, and sketches, most of which have never been exhibited outside the family home before, providing an excellent opportunity to understand the exciting lives of a local family. The Barrington Historical Society would like to thank Vincent Tolpo for the donation of almost all of the works on display.

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Carl and Lily Tolpo: Art Osmosis

Kyle Dockery is a 6th generation Barrington resident and 5th generation student at Barrington Schools. He graduated from BHS in 2011 and went on to study history and art history at Lawrence University, graduating in 2015. Kyle hopes to find a career in the museum field, ideally working with works of art, so curating the exhibit Carl and Lily Tolpo: Art Osmosis was an excellent opportunity.

Personal Paintings, Notes, Photographs, & Memories 

Barrington History Museum Intern, Kyle Dockery
Curator of the Carl and Lily Tolpo:
Art Osmosis Exhibit