Monday, May 24, 2010

Plainfield Fine Art Gallery

May 24, 3:14 PMPlainfield ExaminerAnn Ilibasic

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The Plainfield Art League formed in 2003 to promote interest, knowledge, support and participation in the cultural and fine arts for the greater Plainfield area. So when they were told they were cut-off from Village funding in November of 2009, the organization was unsure of its future. Without these funds, they could no longer afford the space costs of their fairly new location on Chicago Street. Ready to close the gallery all together, Theresa Schulz of Schulz Properties and Michael Guinta stepped in and donated space in the Vintage Harvest Plaza strip mall at 16108 S Route 59, Suite 104.

Since their Grand Opening event in January of 2010, the Plainfield Art League's new space is home to a spacious Members' Art Gallery and also houses room for classes, workshops and monthly artist demonstrations. The members' gallery has themed exhibits, rotating on a bi-monthly basis.

The remaining 2010 Exhibit Calendar is:

"Local Images" Now through July 14th
"Reflections" July 17th – September 9th
"Summers End" September 11th – November 10th
"Best of the Best" Through Year End

Currently there are 26 pieces of various mediums hanging in the gallery. Stop in to purchase or simply admire the various works of art. Gallery hours are Friday, 12pm – 4 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Additionally, the Plainfield Art League hosts several public art exhibits. Join them for:

"Art in the Garden" at the Fields on Caton Farm on July 11th,
"Ida's Garden Art Show" at Ida's Garden Paradise on June 12th, and
"Plainfield River Days Art Fair" In conjunction with Plainfield River Days
on September 11th

Stuff to know: Annual membership fees are: Individual Membership $40; Family Membership $50; Student Membership $20; and Lifetime Membership $350. You can also become a sponsor at the following levels and tiered benefits: Picasso ($50); Rembrandt ($100) plus business card add in newsletter; Da Vinci ($250) plus promotion for your business at one art show; Monet ($500) plus business card add in newsletter; Van Gogh ($1,000) plus event/project recognition; Yeats ($2,500) plus logo on website, event/project sponsor, and included in mass media; Rockwell ($5,000) plus major event recognition; Corporate ($12,000).