Category: Art Shows

CALL FOR ARTISTS: “An Artful Protest: Liberty & Justice for All” Online Art Show

CALL FOR ARTISTS: “An Artful Protest: Liberty & Justice for All” Online Art Show

June 13, 2020
For Immediate Release
Compassion Center for the Arts
404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington, IL
Marcie.Taylor@secondpres.com
309-530-1693

An Invitation for Amateur and Professional Artists to Unite and Express on the Topic of Racism and Injustice

Why Art? The Arts allow us to express ourselves in a way that no other platform can. Visual and performance art gives us a way to express our individual passion and release raw emotions. Compassion Center for the Arts, the Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, and Bloomington-Normal NAACP have joined to invite people of every race, age, and denomination
to an online community event called: “An Artful Protest: Liberty and Justice for All”.

Who, What, When, Where? During this online event, we welcome anyone who is passionate about uniting against Racism and Social Injustice to submit their original works of art. This can include any form of art including paintings, sketches, photographs, sculpture, mixed-media, poetry, dramatic works, journal entries, vocal and instrumental music, rap, any form of dance and more. The Facebook event will be active from June 19 (Juneteenth) through July 4. Participation is free and open to everyone regardless of age, race, denomination, and gender. Our organizations do not wish to stifle creative expression. We would like to remind everyone that this event has been created as an outlet for expression, awareness and unification; not further division.

Instructions: Simply post photos or videos of your visual or performance art directly to the Facebook event: “An Artful Protest: Liberty and Justice for All”. Your art post can stand-alone or you may add details such as title,art medium, art size, and an explanation. Posts will go live in the order they are submitted and approved as non-divisive, from June 19 through July 4. While participation in this event is free, donations can be made to the Bloomington-Normal NAACP if you feel led to do so. Each individual artist can decide whether or not their art is for sale. We ask that art sale inquiries occur between the artist and art patron off wall via Facebook Messenger. Artists keep 100% of any art sales. Sponsors are not responsible for art transactions.
EVENT LINK: https://facebook.com/events/s/an-artful-protest-liberty-and-/267445644479613/?ti=ia

About the Sponsors of this Event:
Compassion Center for the Arts is a non-profit aiming to educate, enrich, and mentor our wonderfully diverse community in McLean County through the arts. We are passionate about compassion and want to use creative arts to bring our lives together…appreciating and embracing all of our God-given gifts and differences. To learn more, go to our website: https://marcietaylor.wixsite.com/compassionctrarts

Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Information about Art Circle can be found at www.artcirclebn.com

The Bloomington-Normal NAACP is our local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the vision to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. The NAACP local chapter’s webpage is www.bnnaacp.org

Summer Sabbatical: No Meeting in June and July

Summer Sabbatical: No Meeting in June and July

Art Circle is going to take a sabbatical in both June and July. Our hope is to have an in person meeting in August.

Dear Art Circle,

There is no June First Friday tonight on Friday, June 5, in downtown Bloomington. However, if you are looking for an art-themed outing, both Inside Out:Accessible Art and Main Gallery 404 have reopened their galleries to visitors wearing facemasks with social distancing while admiring the art for sale.

Even though quarantine ended on May 30, there are still restrictions about groups of more than ten meeting in person. Art Circle last met in March. Our April and May meetings were cancelled due to the governor’s shelter in place order and COVID-19.

Jacob’s Well, Art Circle’s meeting place, is remaining closed to in real life gatherings as a protection to their parishioners who are more vulnerable to coronavirus. In this time of transition, from Phase 2 to Phase 3 (where we are now in re-opening Illinois), Art Circle is going to take a sabbatical in both June and July. Art Circle will not be holding a monthly meeting in June and July. If there is art news to share we will continue to email you the details.

Our hope is to have an in person meeting in August. Our hope is to meet in person on September 10 with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a guest speaker from 7:15-8pm with art sharing to follow in the time remaining. We hope Illinois is able to safely move to Phase 4 of the re-open Illinois plan this summer.

REMINDER: Sign up for the next art show at the Community Cancer Center from September 2020 to January 2021 is complete. Artist confirmation emails will be sent in August, when we hope to know for sure CCC #2 2020 will be able to be installed on Monday, September 14 as planned now.

We hope you are able to make art during this time of summer sabbatical. We miss seeing you in real life and gathering together monthly at Jacob’s Well. Our prayers are with you and for you.

Blessings,
Janean, LizBeth, and Angel

*Our Mission Statement*
Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois is a creative community
gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness
through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts.

* Art Circle is volunteer run.
* There is no cost to join Art Circle.
* Each artist keeps 100% of proceeds of art sales at Art Circle art shows.

*Connect with Art Circle online:
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11th Annual What’s So Good About Good Friday? Art Show

11th Annual What’s So Good About Good Friday? Art Show

Eleventh annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Bloomington on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10, 2020. This art show centers on the power of Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something impactful and lifechanging.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  (John 8:12)

    The idea for this show was birthed in 2010, when one of Angel Ambrose’s friends asked the question, “Why do Christ-followers think the cross is a good thing, when it was such an instrument of torture?” Her friend’s curiosity and discomfort were apparent as she inquired. Angel answered, “Because for the Christ-follower, the cross isn’t the end of the story, it is the beginning of our new story.” This show allows artists to shine their artistic light for Christ.

    We ask each artist to express the meaning of “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” in your own life. This meaning will be different for artist and that’s the beauty of this art show.  For some it is a literal depiction of Scripture. For others, it is an abstract of shapes and colors.  Each year, we see artistic creations that stir our souls and help us contemplate the beauty of the cross. Our greatest desire is to glorify God through art that will point viewers to the heart of our Lord.

    Art will be on display on Thursday, April 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Good Friday, April 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.. Reception for artists from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 10. Second Presbyterian Church invites you to worship at the Good Friday Tenebrae service to follow the reception at 7:00 p.m. Artwork will also be on display during Easter Sunday services.

Artist Reception & Open House @ Broadview Mansion

Artist Reception & Open House @ Broadview Mansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Art Circle Reception and Open House at Broadview Mansion
Members of Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal will show their work at Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave, in Normal, Illinois. More than 20 pieces of artwork will be on display in this annual exhibit by Art Circle. Some art is available for purchase.
A reception with the artists will be held Tuesday, December 17, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Mansion. The Immanuel Bible Foundation will be holding a Christmas Open House in conjunction that will include music, mansion tours, and dessert. Broadview Mansion is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Parking is available on the street near the mansion and in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center east parking lot.
While the Mansion will be decorated for Christmas, art created by the Art Circle members will be displayed on walls throughout the house. Art Circle members create in many media, which will be reflected in the show, including: watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, charcoal, pen and ink, computer graphics, and bronze sculpture. Last year, nearly 900 people saw artwork by Art Circle members at the Mansion.
Art, musical performances, and premier evening tours will be held on December 10, 12, 17, and 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.. Evening tours are held in between performances from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.. Art at the Mansion can also be viewed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. through December 19. Daytime tours of the Mansion are available by appointment on Thursday, December 12 and 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. Contact Annette Klinzing at 309-452-6710 to schedule a daytime tour.
Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Connect with Art Circle online: www.artcirclebn.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN and Instagram/Twitter: @artcirclebn.

Call For Artists: nightshop October 2019

Call For Artists: nightshop October 2019

CALL FOR ARTISTS from Heaven Scott at nightshop, 517 N Main, Bloomington, IL:
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Heaven Scott at nightshop is offering to host an art exhibit on nightshop’s stage in October that features the work of those who have used art as an outlet to overcome and work through the challenges domestic abuse has created in their life or in the life of a loved one. Heaven’s hope is to end the social stigma, spread awareness, provide informational resources, and celebrate survivors of domestic violence in our community. This art exhibit would be in place during October 4 First Friday and remain on display at nightshop for several weeks. Finer details still evolving. For now, if interested in participating, email Heaven Scott at heavenleescott309@yahoo.com and include your full name, address, and contact information.Estimating the first week of October for art drop off, and the third week of October for pick up.

*Our Mission Statement*
Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois is a creative community 
gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness 
through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts.

*Connect with Art Circle online:
www.artcirclebn.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN
Twitter: @artcirclebn
Instagram: @artcirclebn

Tenth Annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” Art Show: April 19, 2019

Tenth Annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” Art Show: April 19, 2019

Christian artists respond to meaning of Good Friday 
in tenth annual exhibit at Second Presbyterian Church

     The tenth annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show presents local artists’ work about Good Friday and their Christian faith. More than 25 artists will exhibit their creations that center on the power of Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something beautiful. The show will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie Street, in downtown Bloomington, Friday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
     The exhibit is organized by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, a faith-based group of artists and creative people, in conjunction with Second Presbyterian Church. 
     Artists will display paintings, drawings, watercolors, mixed media, computer generated art and sculptures on Good Friday. A reception with refreshments will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., which will include artists talking informally about their work. Art will remain on display throughout Easter weekend.
     Kathy Stoner-Lasala, Transitional Minister/Head of Staff at Second Presbyterian Church. “We pray that ‘What’s So Good About Good Friday?’ will offer an experience of blessing and mercy to all who attend the exhibit, reception, and Tenebrae worship service.”
     Last year, more than 1,000 people viewed the work by artists who are professional artists, accomplished amateur artists and school children. 
     “For the Christ-follower, the cross isn’t the end of the story, it is the beginning of our new story. This show allows artists to shine their artistic light for Christ,” said Angel Ambrose, an artist and one of the Art Circle organizers. 
     The Good Friday Community Service will be at noon at Second Presbyterian on Friday, April 19. Second Presbyterian’s solemn Good Friday worship service begins at 8 p.m., after the artists’ reception. The thoughtful service features Bible readings with diminishing light, art, and music until the sanctuary is dark and utterly quiet. Sunday’s Sunrise Easter Service is at 6 a.m. Additional Easter Services are at 8 a.m., 9 a.m, and 10:30 a.m.. All are welcome.   
     Second Presbyterian is committed to helping people deepen their love for Christ and one another. Information about Second Presbyterian Church can be found at: www.secondpres.com.
     The Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal mission is to foster a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Information about Art Circle can be found at www.artcirclebn.com.

GLT’s Sound Ideas: Art Show Reveals How Good Friday Leads To Renewal

GLT’s Sound Ideas [Audio Only]

Dec. 5 Art Circle Reception & Open House

Dec. 5 Art Circle Reception & Open House

Art Circle Reception & Open House, Wed., Dec. 5 from 6-8:15 p.m. at Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave., Normal, IL

Art Circle Reception and Open House at Broadview Mansion

Members of Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal will show their work at Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave, in Normal, Illinois. More than 20 pieces of artwork will be on display in this annual exhibit by Art Circle. Some art is available for purchase.

An opening reception with the artists for the show will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6 – 8:15 p.m. at the Mansion. The Immanuel Bible Foundation will be holding a Christmas Open House in conjunction that will include music, mansion tours and dessert.

While the Mansion will be decorated for Christmas, art created by the Art Circle members will be displayed on walls throughout the house. Art Circle members create in many media, which will be reflected in the show, including: watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, charcoal, pen and ink, computer graphics and needle-felted wool. Last year, nearly 900 people saw artwork by Art Circle members at the Mansion.

Art, musical performances and mansion tours will be held December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 from 6 – 8:15 p.m.. Tours are held in between performances from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.. Art at the Mansion can also be viewed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. beginning Dec. 4 through Dec. 20.

Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts.

Connect with Art Circle online: www.artcirclebn.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN.

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