Thursday, January 12, 2023



In the 1940s, Franklin McMahon was a cartoonist depicting conditions in WWII POW camps. He mailed his drawings back to Extensions Magazine in Chicago. In 1955 McMahon covered the Emmett Till Trial for Life Magazine in Sumner, Mississippi which transformed him into an artist-reporter. The 1960’s began with him drawing the construction of the Berlin Wall and continued with his art coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King’s peaceful protests, including the march from Montgomery to Selma across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial. Five decades of social change are documented in his brilliantly painted graphite-on-paper images through to 2008 when Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debated. In capturing historic events through art or major publications from the Chicago press to national publications McMahon chronicled current events that nudged society in a more just direction.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art / 17 December 2022 – 12 February 2023

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Thank you for your ongoing interest, feedback, and getting together!

I'm going to take this Thanksgiving opportunity, at the risk of sounding sappy, to thank you for your ongoing encouragement and responses that have helped every book, event, and note.  It has been far more fun to share the releases with you.  Thanks for "being there!"  I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

PRE-ORDER RESIST! A Visual History of Protest

 Franklin McMahon's fifty years of painting protests                  informed Margot McMahon's writing in              RESIST!: A Visual History of Protest.
From Franklin McMahon's 1940s WWII POW experience, his 1950s covering the Emmett Till Trial for Life, and our 1960s through 2012, times of social justice change culminating with Senators Obama and Clinton debates, his paintings and her written experiences come together to

Please join us at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art on December 17 at 12:00!

I'm looking forward to getting together with you this December and viewing individual resistance who gathered into crowds of people who came together for a larger voice for social change.  RESIST! will be exhibited at UIMA from         December 17th, 2022 through February 12, 2023.

If Trees Could Talk, Mac and Irene: A WWII Saga, and Airdrie are perfect gifts for the holidays.

Books are available at Lake Forest BookstoreThe Book Table in Oak Park, Bookstall in Winnetka, Book Nook in Saranac Lake NY, and Books Plus in Lake Placid, NY, or and most online providers. Please request these books at your local library or order through Ingrams from any bookstore.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022


Ukranian Institute of Modern Art Exhibition
2320 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
12:00 pm
Saturday, December 17th, 2022 - February 12th, 2023.          

Release of
RESIST!: A Visual History of Protest
Margot McMahon

Exhibition of Paintings
Franklin McMahon  

Please click on the images above for links, reservations, and more information.

Winnetka Public Library Will host Hollie Smurthwaite and Margot McMahon on October 19th at 7:00 pm. They will give prep advice for writing your story in November.

Oak Park Public Library is hosting Margot's presentation on Finding Your Family Story through gifted heirlooms in November. 

The Artists Book House in Evanston offers A House Haunted with art installations throughout the mansion based on original short stories.


If Trees Could Talk is available near you!

Local Bookstores that carry If Trees Could TalkMac and Irene: A WWII Sagaand Airdrie:

  • Book Table in Oak Park, IL.
  • Lake Forest Bookstore, IL.
  • Bookstall in Winnetka, IL.
  • Book Nook in Saranac Lake, NY.
  • Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, NY.

Please ask your library for If Trees Could Talk.  The Margot McMahon Collection can be found in Lake Forest, Oak Park, Rolling Meadow, and Winnetka libraries.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Printers Row Lit Fest September 10th-11th  9:00-5:00


Aquarius Press' Margot McMahon Collection will be at the IWPA Tent  (FF) Saturday and Sunday morning. And at the Chicago Writers Tent (EE) Saturday afternoon from 12:30-3:00 pm. Please stop and say hey!

East on Central Lit Fest in The Lot (Central and St. Johns) Saturday, September 10th 12:00-5::00 Please look for my and Romayne Kazmer's books between 12:00 and 2:00 pm at the Art Center of Highland Park.

More to come on the Wicker Park Lit Fest.  

Thank you Nancy Nichols for an August newsletter correction: “A Yellow Raft in Blue Water” was written by Michael Dorris.  It was his debut novel and written by him alone.  He and his wife, Louise Erdrich, did collaborate on and co-author two books:  “The Crown of Columbus” and “Route Two and Back.” 

Art Heals
Sculpture Dedication at Hephzibah

September16, 4:00-6:00 Please Register
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TERRAIN Art in Place
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Oak Park Library Book Reading
Sunday, November 13,       3:00-4:00 pm
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Sunday, July 10, 2022


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If Trees Could Talk,
now in paperback
received the Mate E. Palmer First Place Book Award (IWPA) and is a
Finalist for the National (NFPW) Book Award
Please visit neighborhood stores for If Trees Could Talk or order from your local bookstore.
Book Table, Lake Street, Oak Park
Bookstall, Elm Street, Winnetka
The Art Center of Highland Park, Sheridan Rd
Lake Forest Bookstore, Western Ave, Lake Forest
Palauan Coral Paintings-Sculpture
2022 Exhibitions
Margot McMahon
3D4D CSI June 3-July 9
1912 N Damen, Chicago: W-S 1:00-6:00
2022 Art on the Trails June 13-September 11
Elaine & Philip Beals Preserve
Southborough, Massachusettes
Oak Park Art League Cross Function Gallery June 15-September 4
Palauan Coral, Cape Cod Shells, Ernest Hemingway
1033 South Blvd, Oak Park: M-F 9:00-5:00
The Art Center of Highland Park June 17-July 30
Nature vs Nurture
1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park: M-S 10:00-4:00
ARC Gallery June 23- July 16
Consciousness of Abstraction
1463 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
Koehnline Museum of Art July 14-September 30
CSI Biennial
1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines: M-Th 10:00-7:00

The Art Center of Highland Park
June 17-July 30 M-S 10:00-4:00
Oak Park Art League Cross Function Gallery
June 15-September 4
ARC Gallery, Chicago
June 23-July 16
June 3-July 9
Koehnline Museum of Art
July 14-September 30
M-Th 10:00-7:00
The Margot McMahon Collection
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If Trees Could Talk received the 2022 National Book Award (NFPW)

If Trees Could Talk can be purchased at The Book Table on Lake Street in Oak Park, The Book Stall in Winnetka, The Art Center of Highland Park on Sheridan Road, Lake Forest Book Store on Western

If Trees Could Talk is now in paperback. An Artbook,  Franklin McMahon's original artwork gave the clues to reveal untold family stories and is beautifully printed by Aquarius Press.

Glints, Comets, Ticks and Warblers short story is published in Shades of Chaos of the Write Volumes series. Please click on the image to watch an excerpt video.

Perch • Preen at Sculpture Invasion exhibit: Koehnline Museum in DesPlaines July 14-September 30

A Diversity of Birds was carved from a 300-year-old Maple blown over from a volatile wind off Lake Michigan. With stronger winds what is happening to the hollow-boned birds?

Coral Paintings on Exhibit

Art Center of Highland Park
Nature v Nurture 6/16-8/1
ARC Gallery, Chicago 6/23-7/16 Consciousness of Abstraction
Oak Park Art League
Cross Function 6/1-9/5
3D4D CSI, Chicago  
SCALE  6/3-7/9


Soar in EXPOSURE Exhibit 6/13-9/11
Southborough, Massachusetts

Elaine and Philip Beals Nature Center

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