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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com as soon as possible!
Art for All Policy regarding Hanging Privileges for Our Three Major Exhibits Adopted by the AFA Board of Directors