Category: Educational

Pamela Cather “Wildlife Photography”: September 12

Pamela Cather “Wildlife Photography”: September 12

Pamela Cather “Wildlife Photography” Art Circle Guest Speaker on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Jacob’s Well, 304 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL

Pamela Cather “Wildlife Photography” 
Guest Speaker @ Art Circle on Thursday, September 12
7:00 p.m. @ Jacob’s Well, 304 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL

Master Photographer Pamela Cather will talk about her passion for wildlife photography at Art Circle on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m at Jacob’s Well Community Church in Normal, IL. Pamela will share some of her favorite images; many of which were taken locally at or around Lake Bloomington. You’ll also learn some basic tips that you can use photographing wildlife for yourself. 
We can see wildlife all around us. From the simplicity of a bumble bee collecting pollen or a fox playing or stalking its prey, capturing the essence of the beast is what every wildlife photographer seeks. Finding those special moments when the animals display their own behavioral patterns or human-like characteristics require patience but are well worth it once that unique photo is captured.
Art Circle’s September meeting with local art announcements and art sharing will follow Pamela’s wildlife photography presentation. We are looking forward to a great evening. All are welcome. 

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

Small Business Development Center: October 10 Art Circle

Small Business Development Center: October 10 Art Circle

SBDC Small Business Development Center will be a guest speaker at Art Circle
on Thursday, October 10 at 7pm at Jacob’s Well, 304 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL.

SBDC Small Business Development Center
Guest Speaker @ Art Circle on Thursday, October 10
7:00 p.m. @ Jacob’s Well, 304 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL

Karen Bussone, Director of the SBDC Small Business Development Center, will be a guest speaker at Art Circle’s Thursday, October 10 meeting at 7pm at Jacob’s Well, 304 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL. 

This presentation is an introduction to the things that someone starting up a small business has to think about and the services the SBDC has to offer our artists. The SBDC presentation will be approximately 45 minutes including Q&A.

An introduction to SBDC services such as:

• Business planning
• Guidance on business financing 
• Market research and marketing plans 
• Developing new markets 
• Working with local government 
• Import/export resources 
• Upgrading your technology tools
• Connections to additional resources 
• And much more as it pertains to artists of all kinds.

Art Circle’s October meeting with local art announcements and art sharing will follow Karen Bussone’s SBDC presentation on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Jacob’s Well. We are looking forward to a great evening. All are welcome. 

A week later, on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the SBDC will be presenting, “Passion Into Action: Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts” at the McLean County Arts Center. “Passion Into Action” is for any visual artists, theatre artists, writers, and musicians interested in learning about, “social media marketing strategies/how to price work fairly by Doug Johnson, how to invest finances as an artist, and how taxes function depending on the type of work the artist does by Kevin Kuebler, CPA, CFP and Nicole Allen, CPA.”

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

WANTED: Volunteer Art Teachers @ Threshold To Hope

WANTED: Volunteer Art Teachers @ Threshold To Hope

Threshold To Hope, non-profit, Bloomington, IL

Volunteer request from Nora Zaring on behalf of Threshold To Hope:

Threshold to Hope is looking for artists to volunteer to lead an art class in the upcoming months. We love to learn new things so any medium would be appreciated. We do art on Mondays from 10-2 and Fridays from noon-4pm. However, you do not need to fill the full time. We usually have 6-10 people in a class. Our clients are mostly low income or those with disabilities that can not afford to do regular paid art classes. Please contact Nora Zaring at nora@zaring.name with questions or to book a date. 
Thanks!

Follow/Find Threshold To Hope online:
Website: https://thresholdtohope.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thresholdtohope/
Twitter: @ThresholdHope
Instagram: @thresholdtohope 

Cross Pollination: 7pm Thurs., March 14 @ Jacob’s Well

Cross Pollination: 7pm Thurs., March 14 @ Jacob’s Well

Dear Art Circle,

Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 14, at 7pm at Jacob’s Well on Jersey in Normal, IL. …and, since it’s Pi Day 3.14, there will also be pie as refreshment.   

We hope you’ll plan to join us for Q&A discussion on a myriad of creative topics. 

This will be our first Cross Pollination meeting of the year and we will combine the Cross Pollination discussion with art sharing. 

Cross Pollination Background:
At an Art Circle meeting nine years ago in spring of 2010 two things happened: 
Angel shared her frustration over trying to set up a postcard to industry standard print specs requiring a 1/4″ type safety and an 1/8″ of bleed and Janean said she had to google how to mix brown using primary color tempera paint before teaching an elementary art lesson. Angel’s type safety and bleed prepress stress was second nature for Janean who worked in mail order advertising for sixteen years. The brown paint thing was easy peasy for Angel who has been painting for even longer than that! Angel said aloud, “We should have gotten together and cross pollinated!” [And in case you are wondering, google gave two formulas for mixing brown. The first was to remember a Christmas tree and mix red + green and the second was orange + blue.]

Experimenter’s Cross-Pollination 
At our March 14, 2019 meeting we invite you to bring one example of an art form or art supply you have experimented with. Then we will take turns presenting our experiment to the group and answering questions that arise. 

What have you tinkered with? Did it work? Has it become a part of your artistic repertoire? 

In September 2018, Angel’s example was the use of gel mediums and what she has done with them. Angel showed a triptych of three identical subject matters with gel medium handled in very different ways on each piece to see what effect/affect they would have in the final piece.

We want to be resources for one another. We’ll go around the circle one at a time so everyone can hear both the Q and the A. In this way we can learn from one another. We all have knowledge to share. We ask for courtesy during the Q&A discussion, taking turns speaking and please limit side conversations, so that we can hear one another as a group. 

We hope to see you Thursday, March 14 at 7pm at Jacob’s Well for our Cross Pollination meeting. Invite friends! Everyone is welcome. We can always expand the circle by adding more chairs, literally and figuratively. Plus, there will be pie for 3.14 Pi Day! 

Blessings

*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

Special Guest Speaker, Judith Valente – Oct. 11

Special Guest Speaker, Judith Valente – Oct. 11

Judith Valente will speak on “The Art of an Everyday Contemplative” at a presentation to Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal. The presentation will be Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 pm at Jacob’s Well Church, 304 Jersey Ave., Normal.

Art Circle, a faith-based group of artists and creative people, is opening the free event to the community.

Valente’s talk will be based on her new book How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community. In her book, she shows how the guidebook Benedict centuries ago created for successful community living has applications to contemporary life. Valente is a lay associate (also called oblate) of the Benedictine monastery Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS.

“Being contemplative doesn’t mean we don’t or can’t live dynamic and energetic lives. It means that we bring a reflective, attentive attitude to whatever we do,” Valente said.

Valente is an award-winning author, poet, and journalist. She is the senior correspondent for WGLT Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate in central Illinois. She writes for U.S. Catholic and National Catholic Reporterand is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She was a correspondent for Chicago Public Radio andReligion & Ethics Newsweekly on national PBS-TV.

Valente’s books will be available for purchase at this event. Cash and check accepted.

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.

Connect with Art Circle online: www.artcirclebn.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN. If you have any questions please contact at artcirclebn@gmail.com

Meeting THIS THURSDAY 9/13/18

Meeting THIS THURSDAY 9/13/18

We’re meeting THIS THURSDAY, September 13, at 7pm at Jacob’s Well on Jersey in Normal, IL.

We hope you’ll plan to join us for Q&A discussion on a myriad of creative topics.

This will be our second Cross Pollination meeting of the year and we are tweaking the format a bit by combining Cross Pollination discussion and art sharing. 

Cross Pollination Background:

At an Art Circle meeting eight years ago in spring of 2010 two things happened:
Angel shared her frustration over trying to set up a postcard to industry standard print specs requiring a 1/4″ type safety and an 1/8″ of bleed and Janean said she had to google how to mix brown using primary color tempera paint before teaching an elementary art lesson. Angel’s type safety and bleed prepress stress was second nature for Janean who worked in mail order advertising for sixteen years. The brown paint thing was easy peasy for Angel who has been painting for even longer than that! Angel said aloud, “We should have gotten together and cross pollinated!” [And in case you are wondering, google gave two formulas for mixing brown. The first was to remember a Christmas tree and mix red + green and the second was orange + blue.]

NEW! Experimenter’s Cross-Pollination:

At our September 13, 2018 meeting we invite you to bring one example of an art form or art supply you have experimented with. Then we will take turns presenting our experiment to the group and answering questions that arise.

What have you tinkered with? Did it work? Has it become a part of your artistic repertoire?

[Spoiler Alert] Angel’s example will be the use of gel mediums and what she has done with them. Angel has a triptych of three identical subject matters with gel medium handled in very different ways on each piece to see what effect/affect they would have in the final piece.

We want to be resources for one another. We’ll go around the circle one at a time so everyone can hear both the Q and the A. In this way we can learn from one another. We all have knowledge to share. We ask for courtesy during the Q&A discussion, taking turns speaking and please limit side conversations, so that we can hear one another as a group.

Book List

Book List

Here’s a listing of books on or about creativity & its obstacles our group has found helpful & repeatedly mentioned in Circle. Ask about these books at your independent & local bookstore or check out the links.

 

In no particular order:

 

The Creative Call: An Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit

by Janice Elsheimer 

This book has been a repeating theme at Art Circle since the group moved to Jacob’s Well in June of 2009.

 


 

The Courage to Create

By Rollo May

“Rollo May helps all of us find those creative impulses that, once liberated, offer new possibilities for achievement.”

 


 

Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

by Jeff Goins

“One of my favorite chapters is about having a creative community where you live.  Hmmm, sound familiar? :-)” ~Janean

 


 

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

by David Bayles and Ted Orland

“Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues.” ~Bayles & Orland

 


 

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield

“Defines the battles of creating and offers some strategies for winning the war.”   ~LizBeth

 

If you have anything to add to this list

please email us your suggestion

with a brief description why.

Good Friday 2018

CCC Art Show 2018 #2

Christmas Party 2017