Category: Speakers & Presentations

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.

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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

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

A Ginger (Ale) Toast to Art Circle

A Ginger (Ale) Toast to Art Circle

by Ralston Scott Jones, Art Circle Member

September 2017

A toast to Art Circle from Ralston Scott Jones

on September 14, 2017

Here’s to the many marvelous members of my Art Circle…including:

Painters of pictures in a multitude of mediums.

Weavers of words & pundits of poetry.

Creative manipulators of materials 

into artistic artifacts of fashion & function.

Developers of designs of distinction. 

Phenomenal photographers.

Innovative interlocutors of the internet.

Vocal virtuosoes & theatrical thespians.

Gifted gadgeteers & their gyrating gizmos.

Clever cartoonists & illustrators 

of inner feelings & beliefs.

Elegant expressions of everyday existence 

produced by artisans of every stripe & disposition, 

bound together by a deep rooted devotion 

to the one who designed us all,

and in whose name 

we likewise all express ourselves.

To you, one and all, I pledge my allegiance sine die!

Good Friday 2018

CCC Art Show 2018 #2

Christmas Party 2017