Q: I'm interested in lighthouse artwork, models, literature and related items. Are there any lighthouses open to the public in the Chicago area, or any lighthouse exhibitions, books, publications or organizations? Also, are there any lighthouse muralists?
A: Lighthouse lovers and collectors will beam upon seeing the "Eyes on the Sea: A Celebration of Lighthouses" exhibit on view through Dec. 31 at the John G. Shedd Aquarium at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill. The exhibit features seven detailed scale models of lighthouses handcrafted by Steven Skinner set against natural-looking surroundings created by Kathryn Field. Shedd Aquarium & Oceanarium attractions are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is $7 for adults or $5 for seniors and children ages 3 to 11; phone (312) 559-0200 for advance charge-by-phone tickets.
Lighthouse organizations include the U.S. Lighthouse Society, which offers an annual membership and quarterly 48-page Keeper's Log for $25 from 244 Kearny St., 5th floor, San Francisco, Calif. 94108; phone (415) 362-7255. The American Lighthouse Historical Society offers annual membership with quarterly Beacon newsletter for $25 by writing the group at Box 50186, Jack sonville Beach, Fla. 32250; phone (904) 241-8845.
Oil-on-canvas lighthouse art and murals copied from paintings by famous artists such as Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Fitz Hugh Lane and others are available from artist/muralist Andrew Weissman, 4350 Oakton St., Skokie, Ill. 60076. Enclose a description of any painting you wish copied, or phone him at (800) 282-0690 or (708) 679-2639 for information or a studio appointment. Also write Roger Howard, 15327 S. Grant, Dolton, Ill. 60419 about his 18-by-22 1/2 -inch Chicago Lighthouse limited, signed-edition prints, which he sells for $48 each postpaid; phone (708) 849-9599. Lighthouse-related books include "The Northern Lights: Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes" by Charles K. Hyde, available in hardcover for $33.20 postpaid from Michigan Book Central, Box 30034, Lansing, Mich. 48909; phone (800) 248-5848. "Lighthouses of the Pacific" by Jim Gibbs costs $31.95 (hardcover), postpaid from Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1469 Morstein Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380, (215) 696-1001; and "Four Sentinels: The Story of San Diego's Lighthouses" by June Moser costs $9.20 postpaid from Tecolote Publications, 4918 Del Monte Ave., San Diego, Calif. 92107; phone (619) 222-6066.
Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.