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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:
www.artcirclebn.com YOU ARE HERE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN
Twitter: @artcirclebn
Instagram: @artcirclebn

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.

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

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

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]

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.

Good Friday 2018

CCC Art Show 2018 #2

Christmas Party 2017