Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PAL - May Demo on Art Marketing at LImestone Brewery


Dear Members,

Our demonstration on May 11, 2011 - 7pm will be held at Limestone Brewery, 12337 S Route 59 (on the east side of Rt. 59, one block North of WalMart), in Plainfield. This event is free and open to the public.

"The Business of Art: It Is About People" - A mini seminar on effective marketing for today's artist by entrepreneur and art marketing speaker, Ed Hart.

Ed Hart, husband and manager of professional artist, Pamela Hart, will speak on diverse ways for artists to market their artwork to the public and what it takes to "take your art sales to the next level." Discussion will include how to put today's technology to use, showing at art fairs, approaching galleries and other practical advice for marketing your artwork. For those artists who want to sell a few pieces or for those who aspire to make art their full time job, this is a terrific opportunity to learn the secrets to successful art marketing from a full-time art entrepreneur.

Do you want to sell your artwork or make your art into a full-time business?

Ed will take questions and discuss the following:

- What is an Artist? What is a professional Artist? And what are the differences?

- So You want to go Pro. Are you Sure?

- What will you sell? What makes your heart sing? Does anyone want to buy it?

- Where will you sell it? Gift shops, Galleries, Street Fairs?

- Where will you produce it?

- Where will you store it, and how will you transport it.?

- How will you price it?

- Art Fairs

- Websites, Computer stuff

- Galleries

- Network Groups

Speaker Information:

Ed Hart was born and raised in the Midwest. He received a degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Ball State University but finds his true education has been earned by working with customers over the past thirty years. He worked in the Electrical Supply Industry as District Manager for Rome Cable and founded Heartland Electrical Representatives.

Married to Pamela Hart, a professional artist, for over 30, Ed has acted as her adviser and business partner, marketing and growing Pamela's thriving art sales.

Ed is involved in every aspect of Pamela's business except actual painting. He maintains the website, digitally photographs finished works, maintains an Access data base of clients and inventory, handles most of the contacts with gallery partners, stretches canvas, fills out show applications, and even orders supplies. This allows Pamela the freedom to create unhindered and is an important factor in their collaborative success.

Should be very informative and a terrific time!  Hope to see your there!

Plainfield Art League
16108 Route 59, Suite 104
Plainfield, IL 60586

Friday, April 15, 2011

Call for AFA Member Artists - Application for AFA Fine Art Fair

Dear PAL Members:
Here is an opportunity to show and/or sell your work at Alliance of Fine Art's Mayslake Fine art Fair.  Please use the links provided for more information, if you are interested. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: G Hoffman <>
Date: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 8:44 AM
Subject: Call for AFA Member Artists - Application for AFA Fine Art Fair
To: Glen Hoffman <>

Dear Delegates and Presidents,

Please help publicize the 2011 AFA Mayslake Peabody Estate Fine
Art Fair to your membership. The AFA is encouraging, all art fair ready
artists, to apply for this year's fine art fair. It will be held
Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th at the Mayslake Peabody
Estate in Oak Brook. Additional details can be found in the attached
application and on the web at We at the
Alliance of Fine Art would love for this fine art fair to be a local showcase
for artists belonging to AFA member organizations. The application
deadline is June 1st.

Thank you and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Glen Hoffman - Director
Alliance of Fine Art

Plainfield Art League
16108 Route 59, Suite 104
Plainfield, IL 60586

Monday, April 11, 2011

Opportunity for Pastel Artists

The Chicago Pastel Painters are proud to present Master Pastelist & Internationally distinguished artist Desmond O'Hagan in a three day Presentation & Worshop September 16, 17th & 18th, 2011.
Mr. O'Hagan will give a slide presentation, demo and workshop commencing Friday evening 7-9:30. 
The presentation will be followed by a two day Workshop for pastel artists of all levels, from 9:30-4:30 both Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th.
This popular Workshop will be limited.  We suggested all interested artists send a deposit of $150 as soon as possible, to hold your attendance. 
Contact person & email address below for further information & inquires.
Workshop Fee:  $295
Location:  Northeastern University, Chicago, IL (studio room TBA)
Dates: September 16, 17 & 18, 2011
Contact: Randie Hope LeVan, Chicago Pastel Painters Workshop Coordinator

Plainfield Art League
16108 Route 59, Suite 104
Plainfield, IL 60586

Sunday, April 10, 2011

PAL April Events

Plainfield Art League 

 Upcoming Events For April – 2011

Welcome New Members!

Pal would like to welcome the Butlers, Alex Ocala, Connie Simons, Judy Irwin and Paige Hval. We hope you will enjoy your participation within our network of art professionals, patrons and life-long learners. We're glad you're here!

PAL is Moving!

In March, we were notified by our current landlord that a paying tenant was found for PAL's space. Through some discussion, it was decided that we would vacate the space May 21St. Good news though! The very nice people at Limestone Brewery, north on Rt 59, have graciously agreed to allow us to hold our meetings, demos, workshops and occasional open studios there and are encouraging us to also hold our exhibits there as "Saturday Art Shows" (from noon to 4pm with artwork for sale) where members could then vote on "Best of Theme," etc. Limestone has wonderful meeting rooms and a stage area for our shows, all with easy access. Further opportunities for showing art at Limestone are also being discussed and more details will be forthcoming. We are very optimistic that the benefits of this collaboration will be fruitful for PAL's artists.

We are still looking for a permanent, longer-term home for PAL. If you know of any available space that might be donated or rented at a reduced rate to our organization, please let the Board know.

ON THE MOVE.... If anyone is available to volunteer to help pack up and clean out our old space, please let us know. We would appreciate the help! We will be doing some clean up at the studio starting Saturday, May 14th and will be officially moving out starting May 21 around 10am. We will also be needing a couple trucks to haul larger items. If you can, stop by and lend a hand. Thanks!

PAL Board Elections:

Annual elections for PAL's Board will be held at Limestone Brewery during our May member's meeting on Wednesday, May 11th. The following positions are still in need of filling: Vice President and Exhibit Coordinator. We need the gift of your time and talents to help PAL to continue to survive and thrive. The jobs are not time-intensive but FUN. Please consider volunteering in any way you can...PAL needs YOU!

Current "Burst of Color" Exhibit Pick-up:

Because of the imminent move, pick-up for the current "Burst of Color" exhibit at the gallery will be from Friday, May 13 - noon to 4pm & Saturday, May 14th – 10:00am – 1pm. If you are unable to pick up your artwork at these times, please call to make other arrangements.

April Demo Info:

Our next demo on plein air style/ palette knife oil painting will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 13, by Debbie Hart at the PAL Gallery. She will discuss and demonstrate blocking in solid color, color choice, composition, technique and proper tool use for painting on location.

Debbie's Bio:

Debbie's art career initially started after receiving an AAS in Graphic Design. She has held various art-related positions ranging from publishing to design of ornamental pewter jewelry.

Debbie's interest changed to Scientific Illustration where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in illustration from Northern Illinois University. Her accomplishments include being chosen as a finalist in the International Exhibit for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in Denver, Colorado where her work was on display for six months. She has also displayed at an open studio in conjunction with a National Geographic Exhibit held in Kenosha, Wisconsin, showcasing Peter Bianchi's work.

May Demo Info:

Our May demo will be held at Limestone Brewery on May 11, 2011. Ed Hart from will give a talk on marketing and promoting your artwork and preparation for art shows. Ed is the husband of Pamela J. Hart, who is represented in various galleries across the country – from Caramel, CA, Illinois, and Door County, WI, to name a few.

Call for Artists – Plainfield Riverdays:

Plainfield Riverdays will be a 2 day event this year – September 10th & 11th. Entrants must participate for both days and the space requirements will be the same at last year. The entry fee will be $100 per tent (or for those registering before June 1st, only $75). Overnight security will be provided and a secure building for storage will be available. The entrant's application must be approved by the Riverdays Committee. Applications should be available later this week. More information to come....

Just a Reminder – Exhibit Rules:

PAL wants to remind our members that only original art (art created from your own photographs...concept, design and execution) are allowed in PAL exhibits. Workshop/class artwork created as a group from instructor supplied photos will not be eligible for shows, however class/workshop projects using your own photos are eligible. After much discussion, we are trying to make a distinction between "practice" work and original artwork in our shows. If you have any questions regarding eligibility of a piece of your artwork, please ask/call and we will try to help.

Because of our new situation at Limestone Brewery, future shows will have different parameters – namely single day, 4 hour shows on specified Saturdays. This will require artists to be available in that 4 hour period to not only deliver your artwork, but also to set up AND pick-up their work afterward. Artwork will need to be set up by each artist on their own easels (depending on size, either table-top or free-standing easels are acceptable – PAL does not supply the easels). If you are unable to do so, you should either arrange to have someone bring in / set up / pick up your work for you or simply wait until the next show.

Although we try to accommodate busy schedules, we depend on volunteers' limited time to make our exhibits happen. So since this will be a new approach for all of us, adhering to drop-off and pick-up times will be especially important as we will have no space or leeway to leave any artwork behind. PAL and Limestone Brewery cannot be responsible for your artwork. We will include more details once we have the date for our first show.

With all the changes taking place at PAL, we realize it will take some time to settle into a new routine where everyone feels comfortable. Please bear with us!

As always, if you have any questions about the above topics/events, classes, exhibits or other PAL related info, please feel free to contact us via email or call the PAL number below. We will be updating everyone as we go. Thanks for being a part of the PAL family and have a wonderfully creative month!

Plainfield Art League
16108 Route 59, Suite 104
Plainfield, IL 60586

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PAL Board Meeting - All Invited

Members ~
Just a reminder that we would like you to please consider volunteering to join the Plainfield Art League's Board!   If you are interested in helping, please come to our board meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00 pm at the gallery...we'd love to see you there, answer any questions you might have and get your input! 
Have a terrific day and hope to see you tomorrow night....
Plainfield Art League
16108 Route 59, Suite 104
Plainfield, IL 60586

Monday, April 4, 2011

Members ~
Here are several opportunities brought to our attention, if you are interested.  Have a good week!
DuPage Art League

Presents Winter/Spring WORKSHOPS

(630) 653-7090

Watercolors with Tom Lynch

Tom will show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor.

Learn to put emotion and conviction into painting by

pushing the limits of color, contrast and light. Tom has an

organized program that sets a goal for each day and sees

that each student has an example and understanding of

that day's lesson. Daily demonstrations with explanations

of all the hows and whys.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 16 from

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $225.00 Number: W/S


Wax Encaustic Painting WITH Sarah


Encaustic, a painting medium dating back to the Ancient

Greeks and Egyptians, is a mixture of beeswax, dammar

resin, and pigment, heated on a palette and fused with

heat. Workshop provides an understanding of technique,

safe studio practices, making encaustic and setting up a


studio. Covers topics of supports, preparation, fusing, and

demos on painting, layering, collage, solvent free image

transfer, and mixed media techniques. Most materials

included. All levels.

Date:Saturday, June 4 and Sunday,

June 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost $240

Number: W/S


Plainfield Art League
16108 Route 59, Suite 104
Plainfield, IL 60586