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Center Dedicated To Chicago Artist Ed Paschke Opens In Jefferson Park

The Ed Paschke Art Center has many works by the artist on display and a replica of his studio. (Credit: Steve Miller)

The Ed Paschke Art Center has many works by the artist on display and a replica of his studio. (Credit: Steve Miller)

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(CBS) — The Ed Paschke Art Center opened Sunday in Jefferson Park – a tribute to the internationally acclaimed Chicago artist who died 10 years ago.

“His work is challenging. It’s inspiring. It’s beautiful. It’s real,” said Lionel Rabb.

Rabb is one of the main benefactors behind the Ed Paschke Art Center – which has a space for an artist in residence – and of course, has lots of Paschke’s art on display.

“I think he’d be blown away… He’d probably be a little shy, like, ‘Just for me? Why’d you go to the trouble?'” said Sharon Paschke, Ed’s daughter.

Center Dedicated To Chicago Artist Ed Paschke Opens In Jefferson Park

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“I like the fact that you constantly keep discovering things. Like you see the image and you think, yeah, I know it.

“And then maybe a year later (you think), ‘How did I not notice that one thing that’s so obvious in there? It’s like a time release… That’s how he would refer to it. Time release.”

Ed Paschke died on Thanksgiving Day, 2004. He was 65.

Marc Paschke, the son of the artist Ed. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Marc Paschke, the son of the artist Ed. (Credit: Steve Miller)

The son of Ed Paschke – Marc – gave his children a tour Sunday of their grandfather’s art. The art centercontains a replica of Ed Paschke’s studio at the time of his death and the studio door, which had a calendar on it from Nevember 2004.

“My oldest daughter was born a month before he died and he was supposed to meet her for the first time a week later. So if you look on the calendar of the door of the studio, it says, ‘San Francisco,” that’s when he was coming to visit. And he wasn’t able to.

“So it kind of gives them a sense of a little bit more of the person… who he was, how he affected other people.”