Art for All - November - January events!
Thursday, November 19 – 6:00 p.m. – move art from the main level of Hemmens to its new home in the Art Gallery downstairs. The space is well lit and has approximately three times the amount of available hanging space. Additionally, a limited number of 3 dimensional works can be included.
Monday, November 30th – Tuesday, December 1st – Drop off “Holiday/Winter themed” artwork for an exhibit in Elgin Artspace Gallery in conjunction with Elgin Artspace residents. While artwork need not follow the theme, we are striving to include as much “season-appropriate” work as possible. ARTISTS NEEDED! This is a shared exhibit with Elgin Artspace residents.
Tuesday, December 1st – Thursday, December 3rd – Hanging artwork in the Elgin Artspace gallery. Day and time to be determined by volunteer hanging team. Takedown will probably be Wednesday, December 30th. This is also the deadline for the drop off of all “sweater ornament cut-outs”. The cut outs will be decorated as “Ugly Sweaters” by children attending the “Home for the Holidays” event in downtown Elgin from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
First Friday at Elgin Artspace Lofts – Friday, December 4th. While we aren’t having a big “event” and no snacks we want to have the gallery open on Friday night. Volunteers could certainly be “creating art” during this time if they prefer though it is not necessary. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Saturday, December 5th – noon – 5:00 p.m. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Help with children’s activities inside Elgin Artspace Gallery – games, decorating the “sweater” ornaments, etc.
Monday, December 7th – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Winter show at Gail Borden Library – DROP OFF ONLY by qualifying member of ONE work of art at Gail Borden library. Our hanging team will take care of the hanging and participating members should leave and trust them to do a great job as always. The works may not exceed 24” x 30”. We currently have 47 qualifying members. As this is a shared exhibit and competition, please take the size of your entry into consideration. Works MUST have a hanging wire that is sufficient to display your work. Please submit works that exhibit your ORIGINAL concepts rather than an interpretation of another work of art. Artists are to complete a 2-part form and a tag (prices are not allowed on the tags – we write “Call” instead. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – some “hanging helpers” are needed to work under the guidance and decisions of Jean & Bettina!
Saturday, December 12th – Art for All luncheon/library show awards event.
11:00 a.m. at Romance Premium Café – 154 E. Chicago Street Elgin. Restaurant has received very good reviews and our members who have gone there gave it a thumbs up!
Cost is $15 per person. Spouses or significant others are invited. Please be prepared to sign up and pay either prior to or on the day of the library show drop off day.
Restaurant is downstairs (requiring steps) from Pastigel Bakery. An elevator is available, though it is through another building around the corner. If you require an elevator, please contact Margie Olszewski at 847-558-3888 or Nanette Turetgen at 847-888-2344. Parking in the Spring Street lot, on Chicago Street, or in the main municipal lot at the corner of Highland and Douglas. If you would like to carpool, please call Karen Castillo at 847-530-6828.
Saturday, December 12th – Art for All Children’s Craft Activities at Gail Borden Library
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Bernice & Karen will have everything ready, but extra hands to help the children would be appreciated. Located in the South Story room in the Children’s section 1-3 p.m.
Even those attending the luncheon could volunteer to help. Please call Karen Murray at 847-608-0743 if you know you will be able to help.
Saturday, January 30th – Pick up art from the library 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Once again, Art for All will be holding a show at Gail Borden Library in Elgin. The show will feature one piece of art from each interested Art for All artist who has completed the required volunteer time.
The drop off for art will be on Monday, December 7th from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Please note this is a revised date due to a conflict with another event being held at the library. Due to our willingness to change our plans, our work will remain on display throughout the month of January. This extension of time will be a great opportunity resulting in more visitors to the library being able to view our work.
Each artist will complete one of our standard 2-part forms and then will place their work against the wall. We do NOT include pricing on our identification slips for this event per library policy. There will be a sign hung alongside the artwork which will provide contact information for anyone who may be interested in receiving more information about any of the artwork.
Artists are NOT to stay during the hanging process. Please be assured that our experienced hanging team will place each of the works of art in the best possible spot to create a beautiful display.
The show includes cash prizes donated by Art for All and totaling $1000 in the following amounts:
1st place = $300
2nd place = $250
3rd place = $150
Three (3) Honorable mention awards = $100 each
Art & Soul is just around the corner! We have filled all of the outside booth spots with a total of 66 artists and artisans with ten of those being our Art for All members!
This year we will be "filling the gallery" with art from our members in our shared exhibit inside Elgin Artspace Lofts instead of being in a tent as in the past. This year, the shared exhibit will include the works of interested artist residents of Elgin Artspace Lofts, too! It is bound to be an awesome exhibit!
IMPORTANT! If anyone could help with the hanging, this Saturday it would be most appreciated!
The following members have expressed an interest in participating in participating in this shared exhibit to display and SELL their work! I'm certain there are others who have not specifically let me know yet so please complete the application or contact me as soon as possible! I apologize if I have overlooked anyone who has previously contacted me.
Arnold Kinast - 1 table space PAID & application completed
Jeanette Hubiak - 1 table space PAID & application completed
Jeffree Hansen - 1 space PAID & application completed
Ivan Mayo - 2 spaces requested
Karen Castillo - 2 spaces PAID & application completed
First Star Art - 2 spaces
Karen McGuire - 2 spaces PAID (our newest member) - application needed
Reba Young - 1 space
Kimberly Witz - 1 space
Marcia Gutierrez & Geannina Gutierrez - 1 space
Sandy Nickerson - 2 spaces
The next general membership meeting of Art for All will be held on Tuesday, April 21st and will include a presentation by world champion wood carver, Josh Guge. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Community room in Elgin Artspace. Following a short membership meeting, we will go from Elgin Artspace to the Guge Institute and Studio at 51 S. Spring St. Suite C. This will most certainly be an interesting and informative meeting you won't want to miss!
Our next general membership held on Tuesday, February 17th at Elgin Artspace 51 S Spring, Elgin. We will have a social hour from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. followed by a presentation by Marcia Gutierrez on woodburning. Members and non-members alike are invited to attend.
Photography might be Marcia's first love but she is always looking for ways to integrate her photos into other art medias. That’s how she became interested in woodburning. She loves the smell of the wood as she works (a great winter art) and how she can create different textures and patterns with the variety of woodburning tools available. The original photograph starts to take on a new life of its own as it slowly appears on burnt wood. Color is added with either watercolor paints or stains. As for the photography, Marcia says that, “now when I go out to photograph I not only visualize how it will look as a final print but I also consider how I can work with the image on wood.
Our October exhibit at Artspace was once again a validation of the amazing art produced by our members along with being a testament to the willingness of our members to step up to make it a success through their volunteer efforts.
Eighty-three works from twenty-six artists transformed the Artspace gallery from blank walls to a beautiful gallery show! We are so fortunate to be able to utilize the Artspace gallery
What did it take to make this happen?
Volunteers working each week at Artspace. The willingness of those who donate their time makes the availability of the space possible. We have a contract with Artspace that outlines the exchange of our volunteer time with our gallery availability along with our rotating display on the Artspace wall. We recently provided the corporate office of Artspace with a retrospective of the past year of our relationship and are optimistic that our contract will be renewed for the coming year.
Reba Young took on the role of Chair for the event and did an awesome job! From planning through the final stages, she was there every step of the way. She and her husband also took down the art then patched and painted even before pick up was completed.
Jean Pechtel orchestrated her team of nine “hanging team” volunteers, finding the best way to showcase the work then hanging the art to create a coehsive and beautiful exhibit.
Ten volunteers assisted with the reception through the donation
of food, decorations, equipment, and/or time with the actual set
up and clean up jobs.
Charlotte Nolan set up a very nice table featuring finger food for
the “Artists Creating Art” events on Sunday afternoons.
Seven AFA artists volunteered one or both Sunday afternoons as
“Artists Creating Art”. While “working” on their art in the
gallery space they were available to interact with visitors and
made it possible for the gallery to be open at a time when it is
normally closed to the public.
Our organization, and what we are able to accomplish, is directly related to the“CAN DO” attitude and willingness of our member volunteers!
A huge THANK YOU to all who have helped in the past
and to those of you who will step forward in the future!
Art for All Show & Contest at
Gail Borden Public Library
Who: Open to all Art for All artists in good standing (dues are
current) and who have met the requirement for at least 3
hours of volunteer work for AFA by November 15th.
What: A showcase of art created by AFA members and judged
event which includes a total of $1000 in cash awards
divided among five awards.
Our judge is an individual who is very knowledgeable in a variety
of artistic mediums.
Each AFA artist is limited to one (1) piece of art.
All artists will complete a form and check in prior to having
their work submitted for hanging.
When: Drop off - Monday, December 1st at the library
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Please be prompt as there is limited time to hang the works
Pick up - Monday, December 29th (6:30 - 7:00 p.m.)
You may designate another person to drop off or pick up your piece.
How: An Art for All display card must be attached to your work
NO PRICES ARE PERMITTED!
The word “CALL” must appear on the price line on the card.
The library will keep a list with the contact information
ART FOR ALL DECEMBER LUNCHEON
Library Show winners will be announced!
Saturday, Dec. 13 - 1:15pm
THE BIG SKILLET - 90 Tyler Creek Plaza, Elgin,
located just north of the McLean & Big Timber intersection,
across from Burger King.
Total price per person $13 includes lunch, tax, and tip.
(Friends and family welcome to attend.)
PAYMENT for all attending is due no later than December 1st
(the date of the Library art show drop off)
Please pay by check payable to "Art For All", or give cash
(exact amount, please) to Nanette. You will receive a receipt for cash. You may also pay at either the November Membership or Board meeting.
There will be Six (6) menu options for our group:
1. TURKEY BACON CLUB on sourdough toast, with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheddar & mayo.
2. TUNA CLUB served with lettuce & tomato.
3. CHICKEN CHEDDAR MELT TORTILLA WRAP served with grilled onions,lettuce & honey dijon dressing.
4. VEGGIE TORTILLA WRAP contains spinach, red onions,green peppers, mushrooms, avocado,lettuce, cheddar & jack cheese with a side of raspberry dressing.
5. PATTI MELT 1/2 lb. burger and includes American cheese & grilled onion, on grilled rye.
6. GRANNY'S MEATLOAF MELT, Sliced meatloaf on Grilled Sourdough bread with melted Swiss cheese and grilled onions.
All meals are served with cole slaw, and choice of french fries or fresh fruit and include your choice of one of two “Chef’s Choice” soup.
Beverages included are your choice of coffee, hot or iced tea with lemon, Pepsi, diet Pepsi, Siera Mist, root beer, milk.
By making one simple change in the way you shop on Amazon.com, your purchases can benefit Art for All!
Use the "Get started" button in the box above and then just remember to use "Amazon Smile" rather than the regular "Amazon" each time you shop! Amazon will donate a small percentage of each purchase through Amazon Smile to Art for All when we are the chosen organization.
Feel free to leave a comment relating to any of the newsletter pages! However, please be aware that an "Approve First" setting has been added. This is to prevent Spam comments from "outside sources" who are not connected to AFA at all and also to filter any comments that may be hurtful or damaging to any of our members. All comments must be read and reviewed prior to posting so there will be a delay between the time you write the comment and when it will appear. Thank you for understanding!
September/October 2014 Newsletter
Our Vision is to Encourage the Creation and Appreciation of
Visual Art in the Elgin and Fox Valley Area
On August 2nd & 3rd, downtown Elgin was transformed into an art and entertainment destination and . . . Art for All, working with the City of Elgin, made that happen! The weather was wonderful, but more importantly, the art was amazing! To see some terrific photographs of the event, including many of our members, please go to our event website http://elginartandsoul.com
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the event either as
an artist or as a volunteer. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Plans are underway for our 2015 show with a stronger marketing
presence and signage, along with a further reach to artists who might
be interested in participating in the show. We are looking into funding sources for musical entertainment and/or cash awards and are intending to make stronger connections with Elgin business owners.
We had a 78% response rate from the artists on our survey and received a good deal of valuable information from them. Both positive and negative comments will be taken into consideration to help in planning the 2015 event. Pie charts illustrating the artist responses to our three “Super Simple Survey” questions are shown below. Additionally, artists supported their answers with written comments.
If you have not already made suggestions about ways to improve the show, please either use the Comments form on either the main or event website, or connect with either Karen Castillo or Marcia Gutierrez.
The dates of next year’s show will be August 1st & 2nd, 2015, but there are ways you can help as early as NOW!
If you are looking for volunteer hours, one important task is to make a list and a strategy for placing posters for our events in local sites. If this is something you are interested in doing, we could use your help! We have 50 posters and 250 postcards for our “Fall for Art” show in October and need to get them distributed. We will be able to use the same lists for future events such as Art and Soul on the Fox.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please leave a message for Karen Castillo at 866-256-0723 or by email at email@example.com.
Will YOUR Artwork be Included?????
October 11th -25th Artspace Gallery
December Library Show & Contest
We want YOUR art to be included in our major shows which are seen by a large number of Elginites and visitors from other towns, along with gallery owners! In the past, any individual who was an Art for All member in good standing (being current with their annual dues) was permitted to hang their artwork at our major shows. It has become increasingly apparent, however, that while the number of members has grown, only a small number of those members are supporting the organization by providing volunteer hours. It takes the effort of many to run a nonprofit organization such as ours which promotes visual art in the
As a result of this disparity, and in fairness to those who are always willing to help, the Board of Directors of Art for All has adopted the policy stated below. This does not apply to the rotating exhibits at The Hemmens Cultural Center, The Centre, City Hall, nor to our wall at ArtSpace Lofts which will continue to be opportunities for all members in good standing.
A list of members who have met the requirement for either the October show or both that show and the Library show, has been included in this issue. If you are interested in exhibiting at one or both of these major shows and have not met the 3 hour volunteer requirement, please contact Marcia Gutiérrez at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!
Art for All Policy regarding Hanging Privileges for Our Three Major Exhibits Adopted by the AFA Board of Directors