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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! 


*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:
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:
     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

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.

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Art Circle Meeting and News – July

Art Circle Meeting and News – July

Dear Art Circle,

Our July meeting will be tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 12, at 7pm at Jacob’s Well on Jersey in Normal, IL. We’ll have brief announcements and then discuss the art and other creative pursuits of those present. Each person is invited to bring one or two pieces of art or writing to share. Hope to see you there! 


Sugar Creek Arts Festival is this coming weekend in uptown Normal on Saturday, July 14 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, July 15 from 11am-4pm. Presented by the McLean County Arts Center and The Town of Normal. 


Bluegrass & Brass at Broadview Mansion

Saturday, July 14
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Free Admission 
More Information at the Immanuel Bible Foundation website


CALL FOR ARTISTSThe Community Cancer Center

CCC 2018 #3: August 27, 2018 – January 14, 2019

It’s time to sign up for the third art show of 2018 at the Community Cancer Center. You have untilFriday, August 10 to sign up online for CCC 2018 #3 beginning Monday, August 27, 2018and continuing through Monday, January 14, 2019. Contact Art Circle with any questions you may have at

It’s time to register for the third of three 2018 Art Circle Art Shows at the Community Cancer Center, 407 East Vernon Ave., Normal, IL. CCC 2018 #3 will be in place fromAugust 27, 2018 through January 14, 2019. Please sign up online and mark your calendars for Art Drop Off, Monday, August 27 from 4:30-6pm AND Art Pick Up, Monday, January 14, 2019 from 4:30-6pm. 


Fifth Annual Inside Out Arts Fair
at Sugar Grove Nature Center

Saturday, July 21, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by:

Inside Out: Accessible Art Cooperative & Gallery
Sugar Grove Nature Center
Bloomington Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department

Free Art Activities
10-10:45 Stamped Muslin Bags
11-11:45 Visors
12-12:45 Alcohol Ink Tiles
1-1:45 Bead Alphabet Bracelets
2-2:45 Glass Globes

Adoption Event 11 am – 2 pm
Wish Bone Canine Rescue

Concessions provided by Heyworth FFA Chapter
Pulled Pork/Hot Dogs

Blacksmiths & Irish Music Jam
Other music and entertainment will be added soon.
Loads of Free art activities!
Some classes will be offered for a small fee.

Sugar Grove Nature Center4532 N 725 East RdMcLean Illinois 61754571-336-6383


Hope to see you at Jacob’s Well tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 12 at 7pm. 
on behalf of Art Circle

*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:

Twitter: @artcirclebn
Instagram: @artcirclebn

Good Friday 2018

CCC Art Show 2018 #2

Christmas Party 2017