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Visual artist Cicely Michalak, a 33-year resident of Winnetka, paints watercolor images often inspired by nature or things she sees on the road, such as this barn when she was driving her children to college. Images Submitted
Megan Maginity, Assistant Editor
2:42 am CDT July 17, 2014

Back when phones had a rotary dial and children played outside until the streetlights came on, Winnetka’s Cicely Michalak discovered her passion that eventually would turn lifelong.

Michalak and some of her young friends turned to a friendly neighbor, who worked as a commercial artist, for entertainment one summer afternoon when her mom wanted her out of the house.