Monday, September 14, 2009
MEMBERSHIP - ANNUAL RENEWAL. PAL is streamlining its membership renewal procedures. All members will renew on October 1st of every year beginning 2009. Letters will be mailed to all members this month explaining the change and enclosing a new and improved membership application. Membership dues will not be increased.
PAL's NEXT BEST OF THE BEST exhibit to select its 2010 entries will be November 14 through Saturday, December 5, 2009. Members will be able to vote for the 10 BEST during gallery open hours or at the December 5th reception before final votes are tallied and the winners are announced. The reception will be held on a Saturday evening to make it a gala event. This exhibit will replace the currently scheduled "Celebrate Art" exhibit. Art on exhibit for BEST OF THE BEST will be taken home from the gallery after the December 5th reception or as may be arranged during the week following. This will leave the walls empty for the holiday art show/bazaar.
HOLIDAY ART SHOW & BAZAAR on Saturday, December 12th (Noon to 6 pm) will be limited to 10 artists (PAL members only). A $20 fee is required and must be paid before a space is considered "reserved." No bake sale. No admission fee for visitors. A second show may be scheduled for December 19th depending on interest.
NO DECEMBER DEMO will be scheduled.
PAL GALLERY WILL GO DARK for January and early February, followed by the high school exhibits in February and into early March. Member exhibits will resume in March. Classes and other activities will continue as announced during these months.
Friday, September 4, 2009
PLAINFIELD -- Members of the Plainfield Art League donated works in watercolor, pastels, oil, pottery and textiles to be auctioned off during the group's Art in the Park event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Village Green Park, Chicago and Fox River streets.
Plainfield School District students will display their art, too, and children's groups will perform throughout the day.
As part of the event, members' donated work will be auctioned off in a silent auction at the gallery, 24114 W. Chicago St., across the street from the park.
The auction items can be previewed from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the gallery.
During the auction, bids will start at 50 percent of the estimated value of the work. Each item will also have a "buy it now" price set at 20 percent above the estimated value. Winning bidders will be notified by phone after the auction closes at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The league's members from throughout the area donated their work as a fundraiser for the nonprofit group.
"I am so grateful to our members for their generous donations," league President Sheryl Jones said. "I hope every wonderful piece finds a new home this weekend."
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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Artists transform simple materials, like paint and canvas, into stunning masterpieces. On Sept. 5, Plainfield Art League's members will transform Village Green Park into a free outdoor gallery. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, artists will display and sell their work in the park, at Chicago and Fox River streets near downtown Plainfield.
The league's dozens of members come from throughout Will County and work in many media, creating everything from photos and paintings to pottery and prints. Plus, other community artists have been invited to take part in the fine arts show.
Visitors can stroll through the park, take part in a silent auction of works donated by league members or view a show by Plainfield School District artists.
At the show, you can enjoy culture without the long drive or the hefty museum admission fee and see local sites in a new way through the eyes of local artists.
Visit www.plainfieldartleague.org for more information. For questions, call 815-436-4351 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The Plainfield Art League is moving beyond the confines of its gallery to bring high-quality art programs and exhibits to the surroundings communities.
At the same time, the group is offering an ever-changing flow of exhibits at its gallery to spur more involvement.
"By encouraging our artists to set up these high-quality public exhibits, I think we are starting to see a visible art community," said Sheryl Jones, president of the Plainfield Art League (PAL). "This has the potential to draw people into our community from a large geographical area."
From July to September, the league has scheduled several events and invites art lovers of all ages to attend.
For instance, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, PAL will resurrect the "Art in the Garden" show at The Fields on Caton Farm, 1850 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill. Artists from Plainfield and the surrounding suburbs will sell their works in many mediums (drawings, glass, mixed media, paintings, photography, pottery and sculpture) in the landscaping company's display gardens. The Fields' annual day lily sale will occur, too.
Added to the ambience from 1 to 4 p.m., instrumentalists will perform live, acoustic music.
"This is a small show that gives artists who normally don't participate in the big shows (an opportunity) to showcase their work," Jones said. "Our artists love that show because the setting is beautiful and we make it very artist friendly. Parking for the artists is nearby and they receive help setting up."
Beginning July 13, PAL will begin a new exhibit at the Plainfield Township Building, 1025 E. Lockport Road in Plainfield. This exhibit, Jones said, is part of a new, ongoing project to showcase eight to 10 artists for three months at a time. That building is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
At the PAL gallery and school in downtown Plainfield, 24114 W. Chicago St., members participate in two-months- long themed exhibits.
The summer-related exhibit, "Sizzling," begins July 18 with an artist reception from noon to 5 p.m. That exhibit runs through Sept. 9.
Beginning July 13, PAL gallery hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Another outdoor show is slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1. A small group of artists will display their work, as well as paint or draw on-site, at Ida's Garden Paradise/Dahl Landscaping, 14960 W. 159th St., Lockport. Admission and parking are free.
On Sept. 5, PAL will host an Art at the Park event at the Village Green in Plainfield.
The group is working with Plainfield School District's art teachers to set up a student art exhibit at the Art in the Park exhibit, too. Jones said the goal is to continue to grow the relationship that began with a 40-piece exhibit in the district's administration building.
Such community art shows are now feasible because financial assistance from the Village of Plainfield and partly because membership is at an all-time high, Jones said. She said 75 artists currently belong to the Plainfield Art League.
"We have maintained a high level of activity in the past year," Jones said. "We are definitely breaking out. We have some exceptionally talented artists in our community, and as we get out there more, we will make them more visible to the public. From there, the quality of the art we produce here can only go up."
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Committee Chairs: Along with PAL officers, more committee chairs are needed to insure PAL growth and leadership. These include:
Program planning (primarily lining up demo artists)
Managing classes and instructors (recruiting, scheduling, communicating with Promotions Chair)
PAL has received requests for classes in pastels, life drawing, and children's drawing classes.
Promotions and communications
Fund raising and sponsorship
Nominating Committee presented a slate of proposed officers and directors for the 2009-2010 year. The Executive Board slate of officers is Sheryl Jones - President, Christine Kohn - Secretary, Mike Bessler-Treasurer. The office of Vice President is open. Continuing board members are Cheryl Carman (Hospitality), Joe Hadamik (Artist at Large), Mike Bessler (Webmaster), and Tina Storey (Exhibits). Board nominees are Al Tampa, Barb Tampa, and Leif Rogers.
A proposal for Handling Institutional Memberships (where several individuals are members of the member institution) was discussed. It was decided that rather than set a new membership fee for institutions in general, PAL will offer teachers from Plainfield's District 202 annual memberships at the Student Rate of $20.
Credit Card / Paypal Use: PAL now accepts credit cards for payment of membership dues and to sign up for classes and workshops and can be paid online on PAL's website. The issues that were addressed included: (1) calculation of the PayPal transaction fees; (2) approving the forms for members to pay online for PAL membership and for class registrations; (3) procedure for instructors to accept completed credit card information forms to register for classes; (4) method to advise instructors of paid registrations for classes.
AFA Art Show Booth: July 25-26 event at the Peabody Estate will be entered only with volunteers to manage booth. Appeals for volunteers will be made at monthly meetings.
Ottawa Art League Request to exchange and post information regarding art events and opportunities was approved. Both PAL and OAL will post links to the other's websites. After discussion, it was decided that links to other AFA member art leagues would be posted.
Volunteer Hours of service requirement for members. After discussion a resolution was adopted. Resolved, that PAL members are expected to volunteer a total of 6 hours of service to PAL over a year's membership. Note of the requirement will be added to Membership Application and Renewal that "members are expected to volunteer for a total of 6 hours over the membership year. Board membership satisfies the requirement."
A Gallery Clean Up Day will be organized for April 18 to add to wall hanging system, stabilize shelf units, and do general cleaning.
Email "Subscribers" who have attended classes but are not members should have right to "unsubscribe." A note will be added to class registration forms to accept or decline email notices from PAL.
Fundraiser Proposal for a plein aire "Paint Out" in September or October 2009. Sunday of the Labor Day weekend was discussed as a possible event day with the Village Park across from the gallery as the site. To reserve the park for the day, the event would be run in conjunction with the Plainfield Park District.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
The Plainfield Art League and Plainfield Township are proud to announce that the work of eight members of the Plainfield Art League is currently on exhibit at the Plainfield Township building located at 22525 W. Lockport Road in Plainfield.
The exhibit is comprised of 30 works including pottery, photography and paintings done in watercolor and oil. All of the pieces are available for sale.
"The quality of the artwork is outstanding. There is so much talent right here in Plainfield Township," said Township Administrative Assistant Monika McMillen.
The exhibit will be up through the end of May. At the end of May, new art pieces will be hung throughout the Township's administrative offices. We encourage you to come visit the Township building during our normal business hours of 8am to 4pm to take a look at this fine art.
President, Plainfield Art League
Administrative Assistant, Plainfield Township
Monday, March 16, 2009
Imagine the time it would take to paint the hair of 15 lions, strand by strand?
Yet it is time happily spent for Gerardo Valerio Trigueros, winner of multinational honors and awards during his 38-year career. He says he uses his paintbrushes to fight for the preservation of ecology, especially endangered wildlife.
"I work 12 to 18 hours a day and that is still not enough time for me to finish projects," Trigueros said. "I will need another two lives for me to finish the projects in my brain."
On March 28 and 29, Trigueros will host a two-day painting workshop at the Plainfield Art League. There, he will provide his students "recipes" for creating whatever subject matter they desire.
"I don't see myself as a teacher or a professor or a master. I'm a helper," Trigueros said. "Through my experiences I help my students develop many things that they had only dreamed to do. I think it's important for everybody to find their own subject."
Last summer, Trigueros won Best Painting at the Joliet Festival of the Arts.
Trigueros' interest in wildlife was fostered by his grandfather, Dr. Manuel Valerio, biologist, entomologist and naturalistic studies professor, who often sent the young Trigueros and Trigueros' father into the Costa Rican rainforest to collect specimens for his studies.
Then, at age 9, Trigueros officially became recognized as an artist when he won a contest with his drawing of Costa Rican ex-president Jesus Jimenez.
Later, at the University of Costa Rica, Trigueros excelled in art, including drawing, painting, sculpture, xylography (wood engraving) and engraving. He graduated with a bachelor's degree.
"I decided to paint animals in their environment and all my colleagues told me that I would die of starvation," Trigueros said. "At that time, no one in my country talked about the environment. Many times when I was starving I thought about quitting, but through the years I began to understand the passion I had for the work. It's a matter of love and of patience."
Trigueros creates artwork in two styles -- hyperrealistic and abstract -- and employs a variety of mediums to accomplish it. He paints in acrylic, oil and watercolor. He also creates sculpted pieces and pencil drawings and works in pastel.
His paintings are exhibited in the Costa Rican presidential palace and in government collections.
Others are on permanent exhibition at the Ministry of Education, Nature and Energy, Justice and Grace and in the collections of the National Bank of Costa Rica and University for Peace.
For more information, visit www.gerardovaleriotrigueros.com.
Friday, March 13, 2009
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A Chroma artist will introduce the product, speak to its features and benefits, and then get the attendees to begin painting. The Chroma artist facilitating the event will be available for questions and comment. This event is designed to be interactive and fun - giving us the opportunity to introduce the product and get people excited. Support materials include presentation boards and printed collateral. Chroma will supply the paint and mediums necessary. The attendees will supply their own surfaces, brushes, and associated materials.
- Event Type: Workshop
- Brands Used: Atelier Interactive.
- Painting Styles: Landscape, Portrait, Still Life, Abstract, Nature.
- Painting Mediums: Acrylic.
- When: from 15-Apr-2009 to 15-Apr-2009, 6:00pm / 9:00pm
- Where: Plainfield Art League, 24114 W Chicago St, Plainfield, Illinois 60544 across from the Village Green Park in downtown Plainfield
- WEST of Rt 59, not east like it shows on some maps
- Price: $0.00
- Open to the public
Thursday, March 12, 2009
PLAINFIELD -- Artist Gerardo Valerio Trigueros will host a two-day painting workshop at the Plainfield Art League, 24114 W. Chicago St.
The cost is $250; $50 will go to the art league. Spots must be reserved by Sunday. The balance is due the first day of the workshop.
For more information, call 815-436-4351.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Board of Directors meeting was attended by directors Mike Bessler, Cheryl Carman, Joe Hadamik, Sheryl Jones, Chairman, Tina Storey, Treasurer, and Christine Kohn, Secretary and by Jane Scheutz, a PAL member with experience with exhibiting work of individual artists.
Nominating Committee As required by PAL bylaws, a nominating committee was appointed to select of slate of officers and directors to announced to members at the April demo night. Christine Kohn and Tina Storey will serve on the committee.
Review of application and agreement for Featured Artist Exhibit. Proposed draft s of an application for individual artist s exhibits and the agreement to be signed by the featured artist were circulated to the board members prior to the meeting. Comments and changes were discussed including the following:
1. Title changed from" Individual" to "Featured" artist exhibit to allow for two members to share the allotted exhibit space for an exhibit month if the artists request it.
2. Members may exhibit once per year, unless there is no one on the waiting list for a desired month, in which case a member may have a second featured artist exhibit within the year.
3. Key deposit changed to $25. Fees for prime and non-prime months were confirmed.
4. Featured Artists may donate a portion of the proceeds of sales from his or her Featured Artist Exhibit and, if that is the intent , the featured artist is encouraged to advertise that intention by a sign displayed as part of the exhibit. Artists' donations of a percentage of exhibit proceeds will be acknowledged in the PAL Newsletter.
5. Featured Artist Exhibits will be announced at March demo and opened for applications for the remainder of 2009, with the first Featured Artist Exhibit beginning April 4, 2009. In case more than one artist requests the same month, names will be drawn from a hat to determine the featured artist for that month.
Copies of the revised application and agreement are attached.
1. Clock near from door has been replaced. A bulletin board to be mounted over the water cooler will be donated and the monthly calendar of events will be posted.
2. Exhibit judges will continue to be recruited as they have been in the past. There will be only one judge per exhibit. Judges are not paid a fee.
3. The coming Renaissance exhibit will be judged by Gary Schirmer and awards will be made at the March 21 Exhibit Reception .
4. As decided at February meeting, the Exhibit Entry Form has been updated.
5. A list of March announcements was circulated for comments before being published.
Discussion of Credit Card / Paypal Use
The possible acceptance of credit cards for payment of membership dues and to sign up for classes and workshops was discussed. Further discussion will be had pending research into questions.
1. For PayPal, the cost is 3.4% of total or roughly $2 per transaction. There are no monthly fees regardless of usage. (No Paypal account is necessary in order to use any credit card.)
2. Determine how to handle the $2 transaction fee. Investigate how Illinois handles: a "handling fee"?
3. Develop forms for members to pay online for PAL membership and class registrations (for submitting personal info and payment options).
4. Work out procedures for instructors to accept credit cards for class registrations.
5. Need bank account information for PayPal to pay PAL.
6. If payment made on line, figure out how to indicate what payment is for (since payment is made on line and the registrations are sent by mail).
7. Determine how to let instructors know that payment has been received.
PAL Booth at Mayslake Art Fair (Oak Brook) July 25-26 As discussed at the February meeting, each Art League will be allowed to set up one booth free of charge. A brief discussion of the possible uses of such a booth included having members' work on display To proceed we need volunteers to manage this as a project and one person to manage the volunteers. As none of the board members are available to manage the project, a final announcement and call for volunteers will be made at the March 11 demo night.
Christine Kohn, Secretary
March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Twenty Plainfield Art League members selected what they consider to be their best pieces for the first Best of the Best exhibit.
The exhibit, which features a variety of mediums including oil, watercolor and colored pencil, will be available for viewing through March 11 at the Plainfield Art League and Gallery.
Although the league regularly features member shows that are open to the public, this show is also the prelude to the Alliance of Fine Arts Best of the Best Show, which opens Sept. 19 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.
Because each of the 14 leagues that comprise the alliance can only submit 10 pieces of art to the show, PAL president Sheryl Jones said having their own show is a fun way to narrow down those selections.
"Last January we only had 39 members and we're up to over 60 now," Jones said. "Each member was asked to pick their very favorite piece of art for our show and each member could only enter one piece. Members can vote on their 10 favorite pieces."
Although every member had the opportunity to submit artwork for the PAL show, some, such as some of the students at PAL art classes, chose not to do so. One member who did not participate was Jones herself.
Jones usually does glass work, she said, and has just recently started painting. "I just don't feel I'm ready to exhibit yet," she said.
Nevertheless, the artists represented in this show are a mixture of professional artists accustomed to regularly exhibiting and artists who only occasionally publicly display their work, Jones noted.
This show is a means for the public to see the array of artistic talent that exists in the community.
"I'm astonished at the high caliber of art we're getting," Jones said. "The number of high-quality artists and entries has increased with every exhibit. If you have children, this is a great opportunity to introduce them to art in an accessible way."
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Board of Directors meeting was attended by Mike Bessler, Cheryl Carman, Joe Hadamik, Sheryl Jones, Chairman, Tina Storey, Treasurer, and Christine Kohn, Secretary.
COMING EVENTS were discussed and information updated or confirmed for the following:
Artist's Swap Event Christine Kohn will organize and draft a communication piece to be circulated to members for a date to be determined. The swap will be for members only, and will include only art related items (art supplies and materials, books, videos, frames etc.).
Art drop-off for the AFA High School Senior's scholarship competition will be Feb 19 from 1pm to 9pm. Entry forms have been circulated. So far, only response has been from PNHS.
Gerardo Valerio Workshop The workshop has been rescheduled for March 28th and 29th. The fee for the two day workshop with be $250. The workshop will be added to the Class Schedule on the PAL website. Press releases have been handled.
Feb 21 - "RU in the Know" Workshop hosted by the AFA; group discount available. Registration encouraged. Sponsorships still available with opportunity to promote artist specific businesses.
Fundraising activities and community events were discussed to determine whether to participate: including St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 8); Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo (March 28); Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo (March 7); Eggstraordinary window painting (April 4 paint date for April 11 event); Springfest (May 15, 16,17) and Plainfield Fest (July 17, 18, 19).
It was decided that PAL would not participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, nor either of the business expos, based on costs and little potential benefit to PAL. Preliminary plans were made to participate in Eggstraordinary window painting, Springfest and Plainfield Fest.
Eggstraordinary window painting will be managed by Sheryl Jones. The "Adventures in Art" class will not meet on paint day (April 4), although the students will be encouraged to participate in painting windows. The art class will meet the following Saturday (April 11) during the Eggstraordinary event.
Springfest (May 15, 16, 17)
Registration fee for NFP's is $25; to participate NFP's may hand out literature, but must host one game or event that can also be a fundraiser. Face painting was suggested as a possible activity (Christine Kohn to price face paints.) Sheryl and Tina will survey contacts for appropriate price to charge. Volunteers will be needed for Friday, 5/15 in the gallery for student AP show opening (1), and for Saturday and Sunday (4 to face paint and 1 for gallery).
Note: Student AP show will be running concurrently in the Gallery. Installation will be May 14. Opening for students and parents will be May 15. Cupcakes and coffee to be served.
Plainfield Fest (July 17, 18, 19)
Registration fee and NFP participation rules same deal as Springfest. Face painting may again be the activity if successful at Springfest. Other suggested activities were tatoos (Oriental Trading Company a possible source), henna art, making coffee filter butterflies.
Art Show at Mayslake Peabody Estate (Oak Brook) (July 25, 26)
Each Art League will be allowed to set up one booth free of charge. A brief discussion of the possible uses of such a booth included having members' work on display (with exhibiting members present); exhibit Best of the Best selections; permit members to exhibit for a fee payable to PAL. To proceed we need volunteers to manage this as a project.
UPDATES ON PRIOR MATTERS
Funding: the Village of Plainfield is working on its budget now; an update on the Village's plan for continued funding of non-profit organizations is expected after the Village's budget meeting on 2/5/09.
Sponsor's Email: a draft proposal for ads to appear in PAL's newsletter was presented by Joe Hadamik. The PAL Newsletter will include a Sponsor's Page which will raise funds by charging fees for ads to appear for one year in a bi-monthly or possibly monthly newsletter. After discussion, the following price structure was decided for an annual fee: full page $1000;
1/2 page ad $500; 1/4 page ad $250; 1/8 page ad $100.
Status with instructors' W-9's and issuance of 1099's: The Board unanimously approved the following resolution:
RESOLVED, that all instructors of classes or workshops conducted on behalf of Plainfield Art League must submit a complete and signed W-9 (or W-8 for foreign instructors) before a class will be scheduled beginning January 2009.
Exhibit Art Not Picked Up: following review of prior discussions on the problem of artists not picking up exhibited art work on the pickup date or within a reasonable time afterwards, the Board unanimously approved the following resolution:
RESOLVED, that the following policy is adopted and shall be noted on all exhibit forms: "Artwork that is not picked up within10 days of the designated pickup date will become the property of Plainfield Art League and may be disposed of at PAL's discretion."
Individual Member Exhibits: The possibility of individual members exhibiting and selling their work was discussed. Two areas in the gallery could be made available at a relatively small cost. Schedules, fees to be charged, and the responsibilities of the artist and PAL were suggested. Tina Storey and Christine Kohn will begin drafting forms for these exhibits which we may be ready to begin March or April, 2009. Although handling exhibit times will be first come first served, the first schedule will be determined by some fair method like drawing names and months from a hat.
Open House for Exhibits: A member brought up the idea of holding an Open House for the opening a each new exhibit. Members could come and bring guests to show off their artwork. Plainfield TVcould be invited. New volunteers to manage this would be needed.
Prices for Artwork: Although PAL does not sell artwork, artists will be contacted on request of an interested buyer. Beginning with the March exhibit, space to enter the price of each piece will be provided on the exhibit entry form, on the card identifying the work in the exhibit, and on the exhibit log.
Expanding Exhibit Area: The price of purchasing moulding to increase the wall exhibit space was discussed and tabled pending outcome of Village's budgeting decisions.
Cleaning and Organizing Studio: Volunteers will be recruited to clean and organize.
Lighting: An electrician provided by the landlord will be working on removing the fans and installing new fixtures to improve the overhead lighting.
Christine Kohn, Secretary
February 9, 2009