Vol. 2013, No. 2
A Publication of the Springfield Art Association
springfield art association summer art camp We can’t wait for all the campers to come back this summer, and CAMPS ARE FILLING UP! We have great team of instructors lined up: the Condell Studios instructors are Kristen Sowinski and Hannah Bradshaw, Ceramic Lab instructor is Kathy Adams, and the Rocking Rembrandts instructors are Richard Kohlrus and Mary Brooks. We have a lot of fun projects and themes planned for every age. Our website, www.springfieldart.org, has the most accurate numbers of spots left in each camp. We look forward to introducing a range of mediums and techniques of these art forms. Call today to save your child a seat!
MINI MONETS (AGES 4 & 5) FUNdamentals!: JUNE 10-14 9:30—NOON (AM) or 1:30—4:30(PM)
WEE WARHOLS (ENTERING K—2nd) GLOW IN THE DARK: JUNE 17-21 9:30—NOON (AM) [FULL; wait list] or 1:30—4:30(PM) IDENTITY: JUNE 24– 28 9:30—NOON (AM) or 1:30—4:30(PM) [FULL; wait list] CONTEMPORARY ART: JULY 8-12 9:30—NOON (AM) or 1:30—4:30(PM)
VAN GOGH GO’s
WORLDWIDE CELEBRATIONS: JULY 15-19, 9AM—3 PM [FULL; wait list]
SOUND: JUNE 24-28 10-1PM [FULL; wait list]
ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP: JULY 22-26 9AM—3 PM [FULL; wait list]
THE BISQUE KIDS (ENTERING K—2nd) POLKA DOTS: JUNE 10-26, 10—1PM [FULL; wait list]
Sponsor an Art Camp Scholar! Do you remember how fun Art Camp was for your children, or perhaps yourself? You can share that joy with another child by sponsoring an Art Camp Scholar! The SAA awards scholarships to art campers based on artistic merit or financial need. On the first day of registration, we had multiple people calling to ask about scholarship opportunities, and we expect more than 40 applicants this year. While we hope to award as many scholarships as possible through our Scholarship Fund and the Susan Cook House grant, we could use your help. Contact us to learn more about how you can become a sponsor!
ROCKIN’ REMBRANDTS (ENTERING 6th—8th) PRINT PACK: JUNE 10–14, 9-NOON SCULPTURE WEEK: JUNE 17-21 9– NOON [FULL; wait list] COMIC CON: JUNE 24-28 9-NOON [FULL; wait list] CERAMIC HAVOC: JULY 15-19 10 AM—1PM [FULL; wait list]
Springfield Art Association Founded 1913 700 North Fourth Street Springfield, Illinois 62702 Contacts SAA Fax Ceramics Lab Email Website
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Hours Office: 9 to 5 Monday to Friday Library: 9 to 5 Monday to Friday 10 to 3 Saturday Gallery: 10 to 5 Monday to Friday 10 to 3 Saturday Edwards Place: 11 to 2 Tuesday to Saturday (Tours begin on the hour.)
Board of Directors 2012-2013 Officers
Bronwyn Eves ........................................... President David Reid .................................. 1st Vice President Sarah Albracht ........................... 2nd Vice President Allison Lacher ............................................ Secretary Marci Petropoulos .................................... Treasurer Ellen Fliss ......................................... Past President
2012-2013 Board Ingrid Alexander Judith Barringer Tricia Becker Jennifer Bettis Mark Birtch Clay Crocker Robert Crosby Cathy Denney Terry Farmer
Troy Freeman Shane Harris Jackie Kelly Phil Locascio David Rolf Rich Owens Mary Trask Don Walton Kate Ward
SAA Staff Betsy Dollar ............................ Executive Director Erin Svendsen ................. Education Coordinator Erika Holst……….……..Curator of Collections Megan DeMaris ............................Office Manager Jan Arnold .................................... Library Director Mary Beth Burke…...Development Coordinator Mark Jenkins ..............................................Librarian Jen Cory……………....Administrative Assistant
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The Director’s Notes George Bernard Shaw once said, “… all progress depends on the unreasonable man [woman].” The Springfield Art Association was founded by a small group of “unreasonable” people who believed that a knowledge and embrace of the arts could elevate society and that all of Springfield’s residents deserved the opportunity to be exposed to the arts. I doubt that many of those founders believed that their little organization would survive one hundred years, yet here we are with the same belief that all Springfield’s residents deserve to experience the visual arts. I believe myself to be one of those “unreasonable” people who is here to tap into that founding spirit and generate progress for the Springfield Art Association and the visual arts climate of Springfield in general. I truly have a vision and dream for the SAA’s next hundred years. This dream includes new structures and well appointed facilities, new programs, the restoration of the interiors of Edwards Place, and the retention of all our best programs and events from the last century. This dream has a big price tag, four million dollars. Many have told me that they find this goal admirable, but unreasonable for Springfield. Maybe it is, but progress is rarely conceived, much less achieved, with a “reasonable” approach. As an SAA member, I hope that you will learn more about our plans through one of our informational meetings, find your spark of “unreasonable”, and join us in our three year campaign to build the Springfield Visual Arts Center.
Betsy Dollar, Executive Director
President’s Corner I’m beginning to feel like a broken record, but here I go again… have you been to the Springfield Art Association lately? The campus is buzzing with birthday parties for the young and old, classes for the young and old, a Civil War fashion show, lectures, gallery events, archaeological revelations, and general gatherings of artists, hobbyists, and those that support them! The sounds of laughter and artistic discourse fill the historic home, the gallery, the library and the classrooms. It’s truly a wonderful place to spend some time! So, take a class, come to a lecture, stop on by and see how you can Discover, Experience, and Join the SAA. On behalf of the Board of Directors thank you to everyone who has visited the SAA campus or participated in an event lately. A special thanks to those who have volunteered as one of the many events. Volunteers are a critical component to the success of the SAA and we appreciate your time! I am looking forward to the spring fundraiser, Personalities Paint, and I encourage you to attend. An exciting evening is planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the SAA. Thanks in advance to Jane and Phil Locascio for chairing this event. As my time as board president winds down I would like to thank my fellow board members for their dedication to the SAA. I also would like to thank the SAA staff--some of the most talented and loyal people I’ve had the privilege to work alongside. You have all inspired me in different ways and I appreciate the opportunity to get to know you each better. Bronwyn Eves, Board President
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9th Annual Personalities Paint Saturday, April 20, 2013
6 - 9 PM
Live Auction. Art Sale. Hors d’Oeuvres. Cash Bar. Tickets $25 (available at the door or in advance by calling the SAA at 523-2631) 10x the fun. 10x the excitement. 100% good time! This simple equation is both the theme and the format for the 2013 (Centennial) Personalities Paint event. In honor of our 100th birthday, we invited every artist who has shown in our gallery over the years to create a work that is 10 inches by 10 inches square.
2013 PERSONALITY ARTISTS Mark Birtch • Tamara Burris • Cass Casper • Jodi Cole • Kim Collins • Jim DiCenso Anne Dondanville • Michelle Eccles • John Eck • Suzie Fessler • Melissa Grady Grussenmeyer Jordan Hammer • Hope School Artists • Tom Irwin • Jennifer Isringhausen • Kyle Killebrew Phil Locascio • Lynell Loftus • Kevin Lust • Amie Meneghetti • Bob Murray Grace Luttrell Nanavati • Amy Nelson • Charles Joseph Pell • Camille Proud David R. Radwine • Bob Ritz • Dr. Diane Rutledge • John Shafer • PJ Staab • Angie Thuma Don Walton • Susan Wilkey • Liz Willis Soldwedel • Sara Workman • Dr. Sandra Yeh We also have invited a number of professional artists to participate in this event, including local favorites Bill Crook, Charlie Houska, Felicia Olin, Sheri Ramsey, and Janet Seitz Carlson. We will live auction select pieces and the remaining works will be sold at a fixed price. The artists are working in various different mediums, including 3-dimensional works. Jane and Phil Locascio are chairing this year’s event with their usual exuberance. They and the Personalities Paint Committee Thanks also to this year’s are looking forward to an exciting centennial twist on our usual format. Premier Sponsor: All proceeds go to benefit the program and operations of the Springfield Art Association. Springfield Art Association • 3
Gallery of Art BOTANICALS April 26 through May 18 After Personalities Paint, spring will be blooming across the walls of our Gallery of Art. Botanicals is a juried exhibition of works featuring flora by artists from across the Midwest. A variety of media will be featured, including printmaking, painting and pastel, with some glass and ceramic works added to the mix. We hope that you will join us as we visually celebrate spring at the opening of this exhibition on Saturday, April 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. At left: Amaryllis II by Priscilla Steele
JEAN POKLOP: A RETROSPECTIVE The Journey of A Woman As An Artist Opening Reception May 25, running through June 22 Jean once wrote that she was born an artist. A photograph of her as a young girl, sketchbook spread across her lap, indicates that this is the case. Without any particular artist role models in her family, she was drawing and attending classes at Chicago’s Art Institute at a young age. She later studied painting at the University of Illinois in the early 1950’s. She married, had a family and fulfilled the role of suburban housewife, painting when her schedule allowed. In the fall of 1976, Jean’s world turned upside down with the sudden death of her husband, and at 42 she was forced to reconsider her identity. Eventually, the women’s movement and her painting led her, as she wrote, “back into the world.” The work in this retrospective chronicles her work from the mid 1970s to her death in 2012. Jean’s work is beautiful, powerful and introspective. It documents her personal journey as an artist and a woman of the second half of the 20th century.
Genesis by Jean Poklop
CHARLES HOUSKA June 28 through July 20, Opening Reception June 29 5:30 - 7:30 The SAA welcomes Charlie back to Springfield for a new exhibition of his bold, graphic, colorful paintings. Houska has created his own pop-art style, recognizable by its whimsical cast of characters and bright colors, bordered "obsessively" by black lines. Houska constantly focuses his energies on creating new, visually arresting, fun art to make people smile.
Frank Lloyd Wright & Japan One Night Only: Wednesday, April 24, 7:00PM Wright credited the Japanese print with changing how he saw the world around him, that influence is obvious in many of his masterworks. Join us for a presentation by Margo Stipe, Curator Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ and the exhibition of Japanese prints from local collectors. This event is sponsored by the Dana-Thomas House Foundation. 4 • Spr ingfield Ar t Association
Education Department TEACHER SPOTLIGHT : JOHN McCLAREY We are proud to introduce SAA’s new Sculpture instructor! John McClarey specializes in the thought and form of bronze-casted historical figures. His works are found in fifteen Illinois sites and in three foreign countries. In 1998 he served as a “Lincoln Ambassador” to Russia under a State Department grant where he gave talks to school groups and spoke at the dedication of his sculpture for the Russian State Library for Foreign Literature. His works are found in the Library of Congress, the Illinois and U.S. Supreme Court, several law schools including the University of Illinois, the Eastern National Park Service, the Henry Horner Collection, Drew University, as well as in many private collections. He was the 2005 recipient of the Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement, the Order of Lincoln in 2009, inducted in to the Hall of Fame into the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University in 2008, and named Alumni of Merit at Millikin University in 2007. The artist’s works have appeared in Illinois Issues, Illinois Heritage, the American Art Review, as well as in many books and film documentaries including PBS Illinois Stories. He holds a B.A. from Millikin, and a M.S. from Illinois State University. He taught American History and Sociology and developed his own curriculum for teaching Indian and Illinois Studies. His class, Sculpting, Moldmaking + Casting, runs on Tuesday night 6 – 9 PM from April 2-May 28, 2013.
SPRING ART WORKSHOPS MOTHER’S DAY PENDANT WORKSHOP
COPTIC BINDING WORKSHOP
Meghan Reese | Saturday, April 27. 10:30AM – 12:30PM $20/M; $25/NM
Betsy Dollar | Saturday, May 25. 10 – 3 PM $25/M; $35/NM | Ages 13 – Adult
Ages 16 – Adult; children younger than 16 must be This daylong workshop teaches how to fold, punch, and sew a accompanied with a parent. Open to students of all levels, or Coptic binding with covers made of decorated binder’s board no experience at all. Workshop participants will make a sterling to create your own journal. Bring a lunch. silver pendant with their own individual touch using hammers and stamps in this Saturday workshop. SELF-PUBLISHING WORKSHOP
ART OF MOVEMENT Chery Miller + Meg Evans | Saturday, May 11. 9 – Noon $10/M, $15/NM | Adults 18 + Why take this journey? Dance is a powerful agent for physical and emotional self-discovery, spiritual enrichment and joy. Anyone who can move at all can dance.
PAPERMAKING | PULP PAINTING WORKSHOP Betsy Dollar | Saturday, May 18. 10 – 3 PM $25/M; $35/NM | Ages 13 – Adult When dried, the painting is an actual part of the paper, which can stand alone or be transformed further through drawing, printing, traditional painting, etc. Bring a lunch.
Tish Cook | Saturday, May 18. 9 AM-3 PM $35/M; $55/ NM Learn how to self- publish. A one-day workshop will explore the pros & cons of both the traditional and self publishing industries. Bring a Lunch.
COLLAGRAPH WORKSHOP Betsy Dollar | Thursdays, May 9 and 16, 6- 9PM $30/M; $45/NM | Ages 13 – Adult Day one will be spent exploring the versatility of the collagraph technique using various methods and mediums to construct the plate. On day two you’ll learn how to ink the plate and take an image using a printing press, inking techniques, using color rubs and relief rolls on these plates. Spr ingfield Art Ass ociation • 5
Education Department MARK YOUR CALENDARS, THINGS ARE HAPPENIN'! THAT’S RIGHT, WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN!
ROASTED: June 15th, 4-8 PM Enjoy a delicious pig roast dinner while participating in a rare Raku opportunity! The SAA Ceramics faculty will provide pre-made bisque pots, bowls, vessels and more for you to glaze as you wish. Then, you will fire your glazed piece in our Raku kiln. You’ll be amazed at the fire-glazed results that are pulled from the ashes! Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy this unique evening activity which is sure to delight. There will be plenty of food and music to entertain you while your piece is firing.
TICKETS ARE $20 and include a pot, food, and entertainment PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT GO TOWARD STUDIO RENOVATIONS THANK YOU TO THOSE THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN MAKING POTS SO FAR: KATHY ADAMS, CHRIS KLAUS, PAULA DIAZ-SYLVESTER, CARL KAMP, AND TIM CLARK If you would like to volunteer to make pots we meet at the ceramics lab on Tuesday night from 6– 9PM, please call in advance.
INTRODUCING “PAINT THE STREET FEST”! JULY 20th, 2-10 PM Get ready to (literally) paint the town this summer at Springfield’s first-ever Paint the Street Fest! Artists, families, and the community at large are invited paint 6 ft. squares of Washington Street in front of the Old State Capitol Plaza while enjoying live music and fantastic food. You can register to paint alone or with friends. Participants will receive an assigned 6 foot x 6 foot square on the street and a bag containing all the supplies needed to create your masterpiece: water-based tempera paint in primary colors and black and white; one narrow brush for lining and one wide brush for filling; chalk for sketching; cups, stirrers and instructions for mixing colors; a logo t-shirt; and giveaway goodies from sponsors. Painting will begin at 2 PM and continue for as long as the muse is whispering in your ear. Food vendors will be on hand to tempt your tastebuds, and live music will help to get your creativity flowing. When the painting is finished the music will continue under the stars, providing the perfect backdrop for dancing and strolling the street to admire the artwork. Children are invited to design kites and fly them in the Old State Capitol Plaza. This children’s activity is generously sponsored by the Drachen Foundation. Pre- registration is advised; all registrations are taken on a first- come first served basis. Don’t miss your chance to turn downtown Springfield into a work of art! TICKETS ARE $30 per square ($25 for students and SAA members) in advance; $35 the day of the event PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT GO TOWARD THE CENTENNIAL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 6 • Spr ingfield Ar t Association
Education Department You may have noticed some changes in the studio lately! Our goal is to make the studios as efficient and user friendly as possible for our artists and students, and we have so many people to thank for helping to turn our vision into a reality.
JOIN US FOR
“ART 21 HAPPY HOUR” prior to Canvas & Cocktails in the Michael Victor II Art Library. We will be showing PBS’s ART21, FREE OF CHARGE! FRIDAYS 6 –7PM, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31
Alex DeMaris of AllanWorks, Inc. has built two beautiful storage units in our Condell Studio. The one on the west wall of the Condell Studio now houses the Art Outreach portfolios, which gives us more space to work with in the back studio. The new unit on the east wall includes drying racks for 2D artwork and 20 storage lockers where artists may keep their materials in between classes. Alex Hodges is creating a storage cabinet in the Jewelry + Metals lab as his Eagle Scout project. This cabinet will provide a proper place to store chemicals and tools along the east wall of the lab. He is hoping to finish by the end of May.
Bring a drink, snack, dinner, or all of the above and join Janelle Marshall has donated a the equipment to us before Canvas & Cocktails as we watch ART21 to furnish a complete dark room for photography discover what’s new and hot in contemporary art. classes. Because of this generous gift, we will begin This PBS series is the only series on United States television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists. Designed to make contemporary art more accessible to the public and to document 21stcentury art and artists from the artists' own perspectives, the goal of this series is to raise the profile of major players in the world of contemporary art and to encourage creativity.
to offer classic black and white wet development process classes in the fall. We will be renting out 6 film SLR cameras to be used by the students enrolled in the classes for the duration of that session. To say the least we are thrilled with the progress happening at SAA, and our students can look forward to all the new opportunities we have in store for them in the coming years!
ATTENTION GIRL SCOUTS: EARN YOUR POTTER’S BADGE HERE AT SAA! Troop Leaders can schedule a time with our ceramics staff through the Education Department. We have all 4 steps to earn your badge: VISIT AN ART GALLERY. GO TO A POTTERY CLASS AT A COMMUNITY CENTER . MAKE A SIMPLE POT. GLAZE YOUR PIECE. Spr ingfield Art Ass ociation • 7
EDWARDS PLACE HISTORIC HOME Presenting the restored dining room!
The Springfield Art Association proudly announces the restoration of the dining room of Edwards Place to its mid-19th century appearance. The dining room is part of the original core of Edwards Place, which was built in 1833. The house was significantly remodeled in 1857, during which time the dining room was foreshortened and the adjacent sitting room was created. The dining room has been restored to reflect the time immediately following the house’s 1857 remodel, when Abraham Lincoln and his contemporaries were frequent dinner guests. Restoration work, which began in June of 2012, included structural repairs to the plaster and updated electrical systems, faux walnut graining on the trim, the installation of new wallpaper and carpeting; a painted plaster ceiling medallion and window cornice, and the restoration and rewiring of an original c. 1850s chandelier. The work was based on specifications set forth in the Interior Finishes and Furnishing Plan created for Edwards Place by Anne Sullivan of Sullivan Preservation, Inc and funded in part by the Jeffris Family Foundation.
The dining room before restoration
The total cost to restore the dining room was $36,000. The bulk of the funds were raised as a “fund-a-project” at the 2011 Beaux Arts Ball, with private donations and the Springfield Art Association’s general operating funds supplying the balance. The dining room after restoration Furnishings include a table constructed from the legs of the Edwards family piano; a Late Classical Revival buffet signed by the cabinetmaker in 1831 (originally the property of Pascal and Salome Enos, one of Springfield’s founding families); portraits of George, Lucy, and Lillie Judd by GPA Healy; and original family silver, glassware, and porcelain. On public view for the first time is a newly-acquired kitchen shelf clock, as well as a reproduction of a print that hung in the dining room when the Edwards family lived here. Be sure to stop by Edwards Place for a tour of this wonderful new room, and stay tuned as we move forward with the restoration!
Your contribution makes a difference!
Consider supporting the restoration of Edwards Place The dining room of Edwards Place is fully restored and looking fabulous...now imagine how the rest of the house will look with new carpeting, wallpaper, lighting, and trim! We need your help to make this vision a reality. The projected cost to restore the entire house is $1,000,000. To help meet this goal, the SAA has obtained a challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation that will match the first $300,000 we raise with $150,000. To date we have raised approximately 1/3 of the required $300,000 to receive the matching funds. Once this target has been reached, restoration will commence on the downstairs rooms of Edwards Place. Please consider making a gift to support the restoration of Edwards Place. There are so many stories and layers of history within its walls—from Abraham and Mary Lincoln coming to legislative parties to Gutzon Borglum and Lorado Taft coming to art exhibits to all of us who have made memories there. Your investment in this unparalleled historic structure helps to ensure that the house, and its history, are preserved and interpreted for generations to come. All donations are fully tax deductible. 8 • Spr ingfield Ar t Association
Centennial Capital Campaign A Vision for the next 100 years: The Springfield Community Visual Arts Center The Springfield Art Association (SAA) is celebrating 100 years of visual arts education in central Illinois. This longevity is a testament to the tireless dedication and generosity of countless volunteers and the community to keep the organization alive. For more than five generations the SAAâ€™s members, Board of Directors, faculty, staff, and friends have given their time, talents, and resources to keep the visual arts vital in Springfield. We are grateful to EVERYONE for helping the SAA reach this important milestone. In many ways the SAA is 100 years young, not old. There are so many things yet to be accomplished. There are many new media to be explored, many artistic skills to be mastered, a great deal of exciting art to be discovered, displayed and viewed, and volumes of history to be preserved and interpreted for the generations to come. In honor of our 100 years of service, we have generated a vision and plan to set the SAA on a clear track into a second successful century of art education and historic preservation. These goals come with a sizable price tag; but each project is an investment in the future of the arts and in our community.
Edwards Place Despite 60 years of good intentions, Edwards Place has yet to be fully restored to its mid-19th century style and charm. In 2010, an interior finishes study was performed and a plan was produced by Sullivan Preservation.* One of the primary goals of the SAA in the next five years is to implement this plan and bring Edwards Place to its full historic appearance while making it more inviting and functional. The price to fulfill this plan is $1,000,000. The SAA has received a challenge grant toward this goal. The first $300,000 that we raise will be matched with $150,000 by the Jeffris Foundation out of Janesville, WI. (*The Sullivan plan is available for review upon request)
A Vision of The Springfield Community Visual Arts Center
Centennial Capital Campaign A Vision for the next 100 years: The Springfield Community Visual Arts Center
School of Art Our School of Art is outgrowing the current studio space. Our most popular classes in ceramics and metals are constrained by tight spaces, poor ventilation, and inefficient lighting. Due to the limited space, we turn students away in these media on a regular basis. The lack of storage space is making it hard for the classes in different media to share the workspaces and offer quality experiences. We have designed a new building to house the ceramics lab, a glass blowing studio, and a sculpture workshop ($1,200,000). This new building will sit to the north of the current gallery and attach through the current library. The current ceramics lab will be removed to make way for this new, 6,840 square foot structure. The Condell Studio has been praised for its perfect north light by which to draw and paint. We donâ€™t plan to do anything but make that space better. The north wall and windows will remain untouched. The south wall is another story. The studio complex needs more bathrooms, better sinks, and much better entrances. By building out to the south lot line we can create a core space of services and a central vestibule where parents can wait for their children while viewing art or browsing through the library. This 6,520 square foot structure will eliminate the maze of doors across the south side, create a computer lab, give the library a space that is less like a hallway, and add office spaces for the staff. The current jewelry/metals lab will be expanded and upgraded. This phase includes upgrading the lighting, ventilation and physical plant components to increase efficiency throughout the campus ($1,800,000*). *$300,000 for increased operating costs has been factored into this budget
Pledges Throughout the year the SAA will be collecting pledges for contributions toward this ambitious goal. The pledge/payment period can be stretched over the next three years. Our goal is to have a majority of the pledges complete by December 31, 2015.
Our Campaign Team This is a lofty yet attainable goal that will continue the creative legacy built by the founders and leaders of the Springfield Art Study Club (Georgia Miner, Elizabeth Capps, Grace Noblett, Mrs. John Deal, and Harriett Cantrall). Our leaders for this campaign are long time SAA members Don and Carole Walton. The Capital Campaign Committee include Dr. Ingrid Alexander, Steve Arbuthnot, Tricia Becker, Bronwyn Eves, Ellen Fliss, Jeffrey Gibbs, Dana Kinion, Jane Locascio, Steve Myers, David Reid and Dr. Diana Widicus; plus Mary Beth Burke as the SAAâ€™s Development Coordinator and Executive Director, Betsy Dollar. Contact Mary Beth at the SAA for an information packet and a brief explanation. Any of the committee members can also answer your questions, concerns and ideas. Thank you for helping us achieve 100 years of visual arts education. We hope you will help us build the foundation for the next one hundred.
EDWARDS PLACE HISTORIC HOME Storied objects grace the restored dining room
Reproduction print Family porcelain Items from the Edwards family’s porcelain dinner service dating to c. 1835-1850 once again grace the dining room in Edwards Place. The porcelain platter at right was given to the Springfield Art Association by an Edwards daughter or granddaughter. The fragments of matching dishes to the left were excavated out of an early privy on the property, thus reuniting pieces of the same set that had been separated for more than 150 years. This gold-banded French porcelain was a classic style of the second quarter of the 19th century. Porcelain was ~14 times as expensive as glazed earthenware and was therefore a luxury item and a status symbol.
One of the two existing photographs of the interior of Edwards Place was taken in the dining room. This photo, which dates to about 1900, shows an aged Helen Edwards with her great-grandson Henry McCoy on her lap. Behind her sit her granddaughter Alice McCoy and her husband Theodore, and behind them are Helen’s daughter Helen Condell and her husband Moses. Just as interesting to us as we restored the dining room was the print behind them on the east wall. A little bit of research determined that this scene is “Wild Cattle of Chillingham” by Edward Landseer. With this information in hand, the SAA was able to reproduce an image of this print and hang it near to where the original once hung. Edwin Landseer was an extraordinarily popular artist in the mid-19th century. His subjects were often animals such as horses, dogs, or stags. Imagery of “food” animals such as cattle and stags were often placed in Victorian dining rooms, where the evoked a feeling culinary abundance and plenty. David Davis, judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit and a friend of the Edwards family, had the exact same print hanging in his dining room in Bloomington. It is still on view at the Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
A clock used by the Edwards family’s longtime cook as she worked in the kitchen of Edwards Place now hangs in a place of honor in the restored dining room. Helen Edwards gave the clock to Ellen Bonner, her cook of thirty years, when Ellen left service. The clock was passed down through Bonner’s family and donated to the SAA by John Graham, her great-great nephew. The clock is an Ingraham eight-day model and dates to c. 1885-1895. Clocks were standard features of nineteenth-century kitchens, where they were frequently consulted to ensure proper cooking and baking times. They were also the focus of superstition among household servants, who believed that if the clock stopped in the middle of the night it was an omen that either signified that company was coming or that a member of the household would soon die. Ellen Bonner was born in Ireland in 1830. Other than the fact that she was a widow, little is known about her before she started work at Edwards Place around 1875. She worked at Edwards Place until at least 1901, and probably served as something of a companion for Helen after she was widowed in 1886. Helen wrote that Mrs. Bonner was “a tender hearted woman” who was “a real comfort to me” in times of sorrow. Helen Edwards generally kept a cook, parlor maid, dining room servant, and hired man on staff. The female servants slept in the attic, where remnants of a call bell are still visible over one of the doors.
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EDWARDS PLACE HISTORIC HOME From the Desk of Anna Ridgely Anna Ridgely was a daughter of wealthy Springfield banker Nicholas Ridgely. Born in 1841, she was a year younger than her friend Helen Maria Edwards. The Edwards and Ridgely families moved in the same social circles, and Anna was a frequent guest at the Edwards’ parties. Below are excerpts from her Civil War-era diary:
February 9, 1863 ...Monday I was at home nearly all day. I received a note from Mr. C. asking me to go with him to a party at Mrs. B. S. Edwards the next evening. I consented. I enjoyed the evening quite well. The entertainment was delightful. The supper room was open all evening and the guests walked around the table admiring the delicacies. A band of music enlivened the scene. We did not come home until quite late…. June 12, 1864 ...Thursday night again we went to a wedding. Alice Edwards and Ben Ferguson were united together in a bond to be broken only by death. The affair was a splendid one. Everything was elegant. The house was thrown open and filled with guests. The bride was lovely in her beautiful attire and white silk, lace and pearls...
Mother’s Day Tea Saturday, May 11 2 to 3:30 pm $25 per person Give mom the gift of an afternoon out this Mother’s Day! Join us at Edwards Place for a Victorian Tea in the parlors. As always, the menu will include scrumptious sandwiches, delicious desserts and the Queen of England’s favorite tea! The Tea Ladies will discuss a favorite Victorian summer pastime: the summer social. Picnic hats, lawn dresses and parasols will be on display. Register by May 7.
Edwards Place to hold docent training on May 1 There is always something new to learn about Edwards Place! If you enjoy history, antiques, old houses, and meeting new people, consider becoming an Edwards Place docent. You will receive one-on-one training from Curator of Collections Erika Holst, which will include anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Edwards family, the house, and its collections, as well as an interpretive guide to study at home. Docent opportunities are varied and flexible—you can volunteer weekly, monthly, or for special events. Help us bring the fantastic history of Edwards Place to life in our community! The meeting will take place at the Springfield Art Association at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 1. 1 0 • Spr ingfield Art Ass ociation
Library As we close out the 2013 Molly Schlich Film Series with the German film, “Barbara” on April 7 th and 9th, we would like to thank everyone for turning out to see the films and supporting this effort. The selection committee, Molly Schlich, Jim Houston, Paul Povse, Steven Meyer and Betsy Dollar did an especially good job of choosing award winners and audience pleasers this season. It has been our pleasure to offer so many fantastic films, and we sincerely appreciate all of the support you have shown for the series. Many thanks to the volunteers from the Board, the membership, the Library Committee, and everyone else who sold tickets, distributed posters and helped with check in.
Thank you to our 2013 Film Series sponsors: Craig Batterman & Tanya DeSanto, Sandra Bellatti, Dee Belter, Johnnie & Leslie Carlson, Delinda Chapman, Mary Cleverdon, Judith Everson, David and Laurie Farrell, Linda Flotow, Wendell Hahn, Barbara Hartman, John & Catherine Huther, Katie Joshu & Steven Kapple, Elizabeth Leonard, Maurine Magliocco, Polly Poskin, Mark Russillo, Molly Schlich, Larry Shiner & Catherine Walters, Roanna Victor, Don & Evelyn Yurdin, and Sharon & Elvin
New to Our Library From Larry Shiner: Art of the 30s; Annie Leibovitz: Photographs; The Indignant Eye; Hollywood Glamour: 1924-1956; Zaha Hadid: Architektur; Observations: Essays on Documentary Photography; The Art and Architecture of Japan, and more!
From Anthony Rubano: Book of Drawings: Herbert Bayer; Bridges; Vasarely; Agam
From George King: “30 Minute Art” book and four DVD set
From Pat Kreppert:
From Terry Moore: Felt: Easy and Fun, Needle Felted Figures, Wool Pets, etc.
Decorative Furniture; The Big Book of Decorative Painting
From Ramona Boston: Inside the Bungalow: America’s Arts & Crafts Interiors
From Judith Barringer: Erte’s Theatrical Costumes
From Ken Wade: Vincent van Gogh Paintings; Vincent van Gogh Drawings Springfield Art Association • 11
Discover, Experience, Join! For almost a year now you have been seeing and hearing our slogan Discover, Experience, Join. We hope that you have embraced the concept and are inviting your friends and neighbors to Discover Experience, and Join the Springfield Art Association. Every week we hear about people who are interested in the arts and are looking for visual arts resources, they may even live in the neighborhood or drive by every day but they don’t have any idea what we offer. Advertising is a piece of the puzzle to resolve this challenge; but as an SAA member, you can do more than any advertising piece by inviting your friends to an exhibition, to visit Edwards Place for a tour, or attend a Canvas and Cocktails class on a Friday night. We have a lot to offer these days with an ever expanding list of events and classes and we need to emerge from the status of “well kept secret” or “invisible” to being the best community visual arts center in Central Illinois. You can be a big part of the desired shift by simply talking us up and participating. We thank you for your support.
Welcome, New Members! December 15, 2012 — March 30, 2013 Nancy Alexander Penelope Anderson Julie Baliva Nathan and Kristina Belcher Barbara Bonansinga Sharolyn Bradley Roger Bricker and Rose Blackburn Shirley Clark Jennifer Cox Jen Dillman Nancy Drew Sandra England Tina Freeman Jim Fulgenzi Audrie & Robb Haag Nicole Hager & Peter Sheehan Dorothy Homeier 1 2 • Spr ingfield Art Ass ociation
Melissa Hostetter Jamie Humphreys Judie Hyde Holly Kent Carolyn Kienzler Ms. Jessica Kuzel Alfred and Karen Lairo Jo Dell Langdon Ross Lord Boyd and Eloise Mackus Linda Mahoney Linda Mattson-Novak Mr. David Mizer Jim Nelson Rob Newbold Phyllis Nichols Rob and Susan Pappas Brooke & Amy Peterson
Richard Ruyle Leslie and Angie Satchivi Joshua and Christina Scanlon Donna Schechter Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Sharpe Michael Shipman Marsha Shomidie Jim Coventry & Kelly Taylor Barbara Tripp Brenda Vaneman & Nicole Horve Laura Vaught Levi and Beth Vincent Carol Washburn Ms. Betty Washko Jody Westerberg Abigail Yoley
82nd Beaux Arts Ball
“ Centennial Ball” The Springfield Art Association is proud to announce that Abigail Ellen Fliss will reign as Queen and Carter Perrin will reign as King over the 82nd Annual Beaux Arts Ball being held on Saturday, November 30th at the Crowne Plaza. Abigail Ellen Fliss is the daughter of Todd and Ellen Fliss and the granddaughter of the Honorable Lyle and Elaine Lipe. She is currently a junior at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois majoring in Communications with a minor in Digital Media Design. Abby is a Student Ambassador for the LFC Career Advancement Center and is the Director of Philanthropy for the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority. She is currently studying abroad in Greece and recently completed an internship with Rolling Stone. Abby has grown up with the Springfield Art Association. Not only has she participated in classes and art camp, but she also has assisted the organization whenever possible including being a greeter at openings, serving hors d’oeuvres, and helping with the Fine Art Fair. The Springfield Art Association will always be a very special place for Abby and she is honored and thrilled to serve as the Queen for the 82nd Beaux Arts Ball. Carter Perrin is the son of the Honorable Chris Perrin and Amy Segatto Perrin and the grandson of Nancy Segatto. He is a junior at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Finance and minoring in Energy Studies. On campus he is an active member of both the Club Sailing Team and the College Republicans. Carter spent the first semester of his junior year studying in London, where he interned in the office of a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In the past, he has completed internships at both Brandt Consolidated and the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer. Art has always been important to Carter, and his favorite memories of the Springfield Art Association include taking summer art classes and volunteering for the SAA at events such as the Fine Art Fair. Carter is honored to serve as the King of this year’s Beaux Arts Ball.
Thanks to this year’s Premiere Sponsor: the Lowery-Muller Group of Wells Fargo Advisors! The Springfield Art Association and the Beaux Arts Ball Committee invite all eligible children to take part in the Royal Court of the Beaux Arts Ball. If your child will be in Kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, 11th grade or 12th grade or will be a senior in college in September of 2013, and if your family is an SAA member in good standing at the Patron level or above, your child is eligible to participate in the Court. If your child is eligible and has not received an invitation, please contact the SAA office at 523-2631 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All participating families must submit their Fashion Fee and Court Fee at or before the Court Reception.
You are cordially invited to attend the
Royal Court Reception August 2013 Edwards Place 700 North Fourth Street, Springfield, IL Spr ingfield Art Ass ociation • 13
PLAN YOUR ARTY PARTY! THE SAA HAS RENTAL SPACE FOR ALL YOUR ENTERTAINING NEEDS! KIDS BIRTHDAY ARTY PARTIES or TEA PARTIES $100|M and $130|NM for a 2 hour party with 2 crafts. (Tea Parties have one craft with games.) ADULT ARTY PARTIES: BIRTHDAYS. BACHELORETTE. SHOWERS. REUNIONS. SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS We’ve done them all! Come check out our space and see if it works for you! Studio rental is $25 per hour just for the space Parties that include a craft are $10|M and $15| NM COMPANY TEAM BUILDING We have worked with groups like Horace Mann to create activities for the entire work staff!
TOUR GROUPS : Brunch & Brush or tea & tour For those visiting Springfield, through conventions or family reunions, we offer these themed activities for your groups!
Tour & Tea $15 Guided tour of Edwards Place followed by a tea (finger sandwiches, desserts) served in the parlors of Edwards Place; approximately 1.5 hours
Brunch & Brush $15 Craft activity in the Studio of Art (batiking a scarf or painting a canvas*) with light continental breakfast/brunch provided; approximately 1-1.5 hours *other crafts may be available with prior arrangement
Brunch & Brush with tour $20 Same as above, but includes a tour of Edwards Place
Tour & Tea with craft $25 Same as tour & tea, but includes a craft activity (batiking a scarf or painting a canvas*) in the Studio of Art (approximately 1.5-2 hours) 1 4 • Spr ingfield Art Ass ociation
In the Middle: An Exhibit by Betsy Dollar at the Chatham Public Library Opening Reception: April 13, 1-3 pm April 13– June 11
12– Marketing mtg.
12—Facilities & Grounds mtg.
12 - Edwards Place mtg. 12—Long Range Planning mtg.
12 - BOARD mtg.
12– Education mtg.
7—Frank Lloyd Wright & Japan
12– Library mtg.
5:30-7:30: Black & White exhibit reception
27 5:30-7:30: Botanicals exhibit reception
7—Edwards Place docent training
11 12—Facilities & Grounds mtg.
12– Marketing mtg.
2-3:30 —Mother’s Day Tea in Edwards Place
12 - Edwards Place mtg.
12– Library mtg.
MEMORIAL DAY SAA Office closed
5:30-7:30: Poklop retrospective exhibit reception
12—Long Range Planning mtg.
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12 - BOARD mtg.
15 12—Facilities & Grounds mtg.
12– Marketing mtg.
4-8 —Roasted: Hot Pots and Pork
12 - Edwards Place mtg.
24 12– Library mtg.
12– Education mtg.
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Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Springfield, IL Permit No. 185
700 North Fourth Street Springfield, IL 62702 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
LIVE AUCTION ART SALE HORS D’OEUVRES CASH BAR 10x the fun • 10x the excitement • 100% good time!
9 ANNUAL PERSONALITIES PAINT TH
SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013 • 6
TICKETS $25 (available at the door or in advance by contacting the SAA) 2013 PERSONALITY ARTISTS Mark Birtch • Tamara Burris • Cass Casper • Jodi Cole • Kim Collins • Jim DiCenso • Anne Dondanville • Michelle Eccles John Eck • Suzie Fessler • Melissa Grady Grussenmeyer • Jordan Hammer • Hope School Artists • Tom Irwin Jennifer Isringhausen • Kyle Killebrew • Phil Locascio • Lynell Loftus • Kevin Lust • Amie Meneghetti • Bob Murray Grace Luttrell Nanavati • Amy Nelson • Charles Joseph Pell • Camille Proud • David R. Radwine • Bob Ritz Dr. Diane Rutledge • John Shafer • PJ Staab • Angie Thuma • Don Walton • Susan Wilkey Liz Willis Soldwedel • Sara Workman • Dr. Sandra Yeh The Art Sale will also feature work by over 40 professional artists including local favorites such as Bill Crook, Charlie Houska, Felicia Olin, Sheri Ramsey, and Janet Seitz Carlson.
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