Vol. 2014 No. 1
A Publication of the Springfield Art Association
23RD ANNUAL “MOLLY SCHLICH” FILM SERIES Join us at the movies to experience these films the way they were meant to be seen! As always, any profits will support the Michael Victor II Art Library.
FILM SERIES PASSES ARE $45 FOR 8 FILMS. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ARE $8/ ADULTS & $4/ STUDENTS W/ VALID ID. UIS STUDENTS WITH A VALID ID ARE FREE. FILMS SCREEN ON SUN AT 1:00 & 4:00 PM AND TUES AT 7:00 PM ALL FILMS ARE SHOWN AT THE AMC PARKWAY 8 CINEMA, 3025 LINDBERGH BOULEVARD, SPRINGFIELD.
See the film trailers at our website:
www.springfieldart.org JANUARY 12 & 14: STORIES WE TELL This documentary by Oscar nominated writer/director Sarah Polley excavates her own story through layers of family myth and memory. English, PG-13.
JANUARY 19 & 21: THE GREAT BEAUTY Since the legendary success of his only novel, Jep has been a permanent fixture in the lavish nightlife of Rome, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, he sees past Rome’s nightclubs to its timeless landscape of absurd and exquisite beauty. Italian with English subtitles, N R.
JANUARY 26 & 28: ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE A visually stunning chronicle, filmed over 15 years by Frozen Planet photographer Anthony Powell, of the lives of workers at Antarctic science stations. English.
FEBRUARY 2 & 4: THE HUNT A lonely teacher’s life slowly improves as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. Danish with English subtitles, R.
FEBRUARY 9 & 11: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Using the original text, Joss Whedon puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s classic comedy. English, PG-13.
FEBRUARY 16 & 18: 20 FEET FROM STARDOM A historic music documentary about the lives of backup singers. Stars Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and Lisa Fischer. English, PG-13.
FEBRUARY 23 & 25: KON TIKI A depiction of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300 mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947. Norwegian with English subtitles, PG-13.
MARCH 2 & 4: WADJDA A Saudi girl signs up for a Koran recitation competition as a way to raise money to buy a green bicycle that her mother won’t purchase for her, fearing repercussions from the community. Arabic with English subtitles, PG.
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The Director’s Notes It’s a new year! Technically we have played out our centennial year, but honestly we are just getting started. We won’t let the technicality of a calendar year get in our way; we are going to keep celebrating, keep fund-raising, and keep building toward our goal of being the best, most vibrant visual arts center in central Illinois with 1200 active members, refurbished studios, a new ceramics and glass blowing studio, and a fully restored Edwards Place.
Opening the year with the new M.G. Nelson Family Gallery is exciting. The remodeled gallery gives us a tangible measure of all the hard work that has gone into the last couple of years and the regeneration of the Springfield Art Association. 2013 saw other great successes across our programs and departments; the biggest of which was Paint the Street Fest, nominated for best new event in Springfield by Downtown Springfield, Inc. We hope that it will grow into a signature event both for the SAA and Springfield.
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Record numbers of classes and attendance at all our events shows that people are taking notice and discovering this grand local resource. Please help us continue the celebration of the visual arts by taking a class, seeing an exhibition, painting the street, bringing your friends to the DEMO Project, attending a lecture, checking-out a book from the Michael Victor II Art Library, trying Canvas & Cocktails, telling your neighbors about us, seeing one of our films, and inviting your co-workers and friends to join. We truly are some of the best fun in town!
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.)
2013-2014 Officers David Reid ..................................................President Sarah Albracht ............................ 1st Vice President Allison Lacher ............................ 2nd Vice President Jennifer Bettis ............................................ Secretary Kate Ward.................................................. Treasurer Bronwyn Eves ................................. Past President
2013-2014 Board Ingrid Alexander Steven Arbuthnot, Jr. Kathy Badger Judith Barringer Tricia Becker Jennifer Bettis Mark Birtch Clay Crocker Robert Crosby Troy Freeman Shane Harris
Jackie Kelly Phil Locascio Elly Mackus Diane McEvoy Marci Petropoulos David Rolf Anthony Rubano Marsha Shomidie E. Cori Stuart Mary Trask Don Walton
SAA Staff Betsy Dollar ............................. Executive Director Erin Svendsen ................. Education Coordinator Erika Holst……….……..Curator of Collections Charlotte Kane ............................. Office Manager Jan Arnold .................................... Library Director Mary Beth Burke…...Development Coordinator Mark Jenkins ............................................. Librarian
The Palette (Volume 2014 No. 1) is published by the Springfield Art Association; subscriptions are obtained through SAA membership and are distributed by mail.
The Palette is produced by the SAA Staff. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the content but the SAA assumes no liability in cases of error or change in conditions.
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Betsy Dollar, Executive Director President’s Corner You have no excuse for being bored with winter! The Springfield Art Association has something for everyone. Winter classes have just begun. The film series is starting this month. Canvas and Cocktails commences anew. Edwards Place and its famous Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln “Courting Couch” are being restored. Check our website for details. Also, plans are underway for the 100th year Gala on Saturday, April 26, 2014 where we will celebrate one hundred (100) years of art in Springfield, Illinois. Further, let us continue to raise funds for the Community Visual Arts Center in Springfield through the Centennial Capital Campaign. To date, we have received $1.0 million in pledges towards our $4.0 million goal. Recently, there was a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the M.G. Nelson Family Art Gallery. This refurbished Gallery, made possible by a gift from Bubba and Donna Nelson and the Nelson family foundation, is truly a beautiful venue for art displays. We appreciate the Nelson family’s generous gift, as well as the fine work and efforts of Architect, Donald Walton, and Contractor, Evans Construction on the gallery project. Thank you all for your time, talent and resources. We hope to see you soon.
David Reid, Board President Visit us online! www.springfieldart.org Blog: springfieldartorg.blogspot.com Twitter: twitter.com/springfieldart Facebook: Search 'Springfield Art'
Upcoming events in 2014 JANUARY
MOLLY SCHLICH 23RD ANNUAL FILM SERIES Sundays, 1 and 4 pm • Tuesdays, 7 pm 8 International/Independent Films in 8 Weeks
RESTORED COURTING COUCH REVEALED 2/11 LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM 2/19, 2PM Continuing Education Lecture in Edwards Place
CENTRAL IL SCHOLASTICS HONORS DAY 2/28 Competition Award Winners Day
DOWNTON-ABBEY-THEMED TEA 3/1 ARTY PARTY WITH A TWIST 3/21 CIVIL WAR FASHION SHOW 3/30 Local Civil War re-enactors will be on hand with their loveliest dresses and uniforms to walk the runway in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery.
HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY PARTY GALA 4/26 For SAA’s 100th Birthday Party
CIVIL WAR ICE CREAM SOCIAL & BUFFALO FEST 6/14 Ice Cream, Civil War Dancing, and a celebration of the SAA mascot with Buffalo-themed activities
REGISTRATION needed for some
EVENTS DETAILS about each event is LOCATED on our website at
PAINT THE STREET FEST 7/26 Join us, as we paint the streets of Downtown Springfield! All day festival with a block party evening to view the painted streets!
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR 8/7-17 Join us in Conservation World at the Fairgrounds!
STUDIO HOP 9/12 Have a cocktail and hop from studio to studio trying your hand at different mediums throughout the night!
26TH EDWARDS PLACE FINE ART FAIR 9/20-21 OCTOBER
ROASTED: HOT POTS AND PORK 10/11 It’s the 3rd year of raku pots and a hog roast dinner!
MASKED NIGHT 10/23 NOVEMBER
83RD BEAUX ARTS BALL 11/29 A Family Gala Fundraiser for the Springfield Art Association
HOLIDAY HALL WORKSHOPS 12/1—12/19 Spr ingfield Art Ass ociation • 3
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery
The Big Reveal! The SAA is thrilled to unveil our new gallery space in 2014! Thanks to the generous contributions of the M.G. Nelson Family Foundation, we have been able to install new walls, wood floors, state of the art energy-efficient lighting, and an electronic projection screen. On January 8, 2014, an intimate opening ceremony was held. The Nelson familyâ€™s grandchildren, Brian, Megan, and Rachel Becker, honored the party by cutting the ceremonial ribbon and leading the crowd into the new space. The SAA is honored to have such an Before elegant new space to showcase art exhibitions for the Springfield community st Before in our 101 year. 4 â€˘ Spr ingfield Ar t Association
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery 2014 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE JAN 8
JAN 25—FEB 28
Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition Featuring Junior and High school student artworks Opening reception: January 25, 4-7 PM Awards day: January 26, 1-3 PM
MAR 5— MAR 28 Kathleen Scott: “Nocturne” Opening reception: March 7, 5:30-7:30
APR 4—APR 25
UIS Art Faculty Show Opening reception: April 4, 5:30-7:30
Sacred & Liturgical Arts Festival A national juried exhibition Opening reception: May 3, 4:30-6:30 Awards at 5:30
JUNE 6—JULY 12 Multiple Impressions A national juried printmaking exhibit Opening reception: June 6, 5:30-7:30
JULY 2—JUL 12
McKinny-Hall Indian Lithographs From the collection of Richard & Ann Hart Reception: July 12, 5:30-7:30
JULY 18—SEPT 9
Mud Slingers A national juried ceramics exhibition Opening reception: July 18, 5:30-7:30
SEPT 12-OCT 4
On the Prairie: Bronzes by Marshall Mitchell Opening reception: September 12, 5:30-7:30
Sangamon Valley Watercolor Society Opening reception: October 10, 5:30-7:30
NOV 1—NOV 15
A Moment in Time Prairie Pastel Society Opening Reception: November 1, 5:30-7:30
NOV 22—DEC 19 Holiday Hall Opening Reception: November 22, 5:00-8:00
GUIDELINES DETAILS about each exhibit is LOCATED on our website at Www.springfieldart.org
CALL FOR ENTRIES for sacred and liturgical arts festival ends January 31st
Michael Victor II Art Library Spring Brown Bag Lecture Series Pack a lunch and your inner artist (art critics and enthusiasts are also warmly invited), and attend the library’s “Brown Bag” lecture series. Occurring on the last Friday of each month, presentations begin at 12 noon and run approximately forty-five minutes to an hour in length within the Michael Victor II Art Library. No lunch? No problem! Refreshments are always provided. If you are interested in sponsoring a lecture series (or presenting one!), please contact the SAA.
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CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART -January 31stCrystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the modern and contemporary American artists. The Museum’s collection includes major works by Lichtenstein, O’Keeffe, Rockwell and Warhol. The building itself is a work of art. Designed by Moishe Safdie , it nestles into the rolling Arkansas terrain and hovers over a wandering stream. Walking trails and outdoor sculpture add greatly to the total experience. Avid museum and world travelers, Evelyn and her husband, Don collect studio glass art.
Ginny Lee on THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF VIVIAN MAIER -February 21stVivian Maier was an enigmatic street photographer who spent decades as a nanny in Chicago. Her massive photographic catalogue was discovered after her death in 2009 and eventually led to the documentary film Finding Vivian Maier. As an established photographer herself, Ginny Lee exhibits locally at the Prairie Art Alliance as well as various galleries nationwide. Ginny’s training includes graduate work at Savannah College of Art & Design, where she enjoyed using the same type of Rollei camera as Vivian Maier used to documented her surroundings.
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AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM -March 28thSheri Ramsey, pastelist, beloved teacher and long-time SAA supporter will speak on A m e r i c a n Impressionism. American Impressionism is a style of painting characterized by loose brushwork and vivid colors. This style of painting is related to European Impressionism and was practiced by American artists in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Thank you to our Film Series Sponsors! ROANNA VICTOR, DAVID & LAURIE FARRELL, CRAIG BATTERMAN & TANYA DESANTO, WENDELL HAHN, PETER & JOY BEAGLES, MARK & LINDA FLOTOW, MAURINE MAGLIOCCO, POLLY POSKIN, DONALD & EVELYN YURDIN, SHARON & ELVIN ZOOK, MOLLY SCHLICH, DAVID MIZEUR, THOMAS & SUZANN SPADA, ROBERT & AUDRIE HAAG, SANDRA BELLATI, MARY BEAUMONT, JOHN & CINDY JORDAN, LARRY SHINER & CATHERINE WALTERS, LESLIE CARLSON, JOHN & CATHERINE HUTHER, BRENDA VANEMAN, SHIRLEY WILSON
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Education Department ENJOY A WINTER WORKSHOP ADULT WORKSHOPS Felt Scarves on Silk Workshop Terry Moore. Sat 1-4PM . Feb 15. $30|M . $40|Non-M
Felted Hat Workshop Terry Moore. Sat, 1-4PM . Feb 22. $40|M . $50|Non-M
Needle Felting Animals + People Workshop Terry Moore. Sat 1-4PM . Mar 1. $25|M . $35|Non-M
Advanced Inkle Weaving - Pick-up Designs Linda Flotow. Mon, 6-9PM . Feb 10 - Mar 3 $45|M . $65|Non-M
PARENT + YOUTH WORKSHOPS Non-Traditional Bead Shapes Cookie Kienzler. Sat, 1-4PM . Feb 1. $20|M . $30|Non-M
Limbo Clay -How low can you go? Cookie Kienzler. Sat, 1-4PM . Feb 8. $20|M . $30|Non-M
Mokume Gane - (Mo-Goo-May Gone-Ay) Cookie Kienzler. Sat, 1-4PM . Feb 15. $20|M . $30|Non-M
Inclusions with Polymer Clay Cookie Kienzler. Sat, 1-4PM . Feb 22. $20|M . $30|Non-M
YOUTH DROP-IN CLASSES Little Artists: Parent and Tot Drop-in Art AGES 2-4 year olds Corrin McWhirter. Friday, 9:30-10:30AM . January 17 - March 7 . $5|M . $8|Non-M
THE BREAKFAST CLUB AGES 8—16 year olds ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FOR ALL WORKSHOPS AND DROP IN CLASSES OR CALL 217.523.2631 TO RESERVE SPOTS. 8 • Spr ingfield Ar t Association
Terry Moore . Saturday, 10 – NOON. $10|M . $15|Non-M February 1– Snow on the Farm: Painting on Canvas February 8– Sunset over the Ocean: Painting on Canvas February 15- Sargent | Homer-Inspired Seascape: Painting February 22- Woodland Waterfall: Painting on Canvas
SUMMER ART CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 SAA Members will have early online registration starting March 7. SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT
CONDELL STUDIO CAMPS MINI MONETS | Ages 4 + 5 WEE WARHOLS | K– 2nd grade WEE WARHOLS | K– 2nd grade WEE WARHOLS | K– 2nd grade VAN GO GOGH’S| 3rd—5th grade VAN GO GOGH’S| 3rd—5th grade VAN GO GOGH’S| 3rd—5th grade
JUNE 9—13 JUNE 16—20 JUNE 23—27 JUNE 30— JUL 3 JULY 7—11 JULY 14—18 JULY 28— AUG 1
9—NOON + 1:30—4:30PM 9—NOON + 1:30—4:30PM 9—NOON + 1:30—4:30PM 9—NOON + 1:30—4:30PM 9—NOON + 1:30—4:30PM 9AM—3PM 9AM—3PM
CERAMIC LAB CAMPS THE BISQUE KIDS | K– 2nd grade JUNE 9—13 RAKU RASCALS | 3rd—5th grade JUNE 23—27 CERAMIC HAVOC | 6th—8th grade JULY 7—11
BACK STUDIO CAMPS These camps are for 6th—8th graders. The schedule and mediums will be announced at the end of February.
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COMPUTER LAB CAMP This camp is for High School students. Introducing Digital Media classes discussing digital comics and more.
A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year, for both financial aid and artistic merit. For more information, or to receive a camp application (due June 2, regardless of camp session), please contact SAA.
Education Department FACULTY SPOtLIGHT Matthew Schultz
is truly a multimedia artist and designer covering a wide array of artwork and styles. As a graphic designer, print layout specialist, videographer and editor, he has over 15 years of experience. He is also an art director who has worked for both local and international firms. He has contributed to many publications including, The Illinois Times, Midwest Showcase and Abe Magazine. As a film maker, he was an editor on the feature film Never Give Up - Karmapa 17 and has worked on many TV commercials and corporate videos. As a musician, he has appeared on over 35 cds with nine solo productions. He was a founding member of the bands Pigface and Lab Report and he composed two feature film sound tracks for Hollywood director Bernard Rose. He is also the inventor of a type of lap steel guitar known as the A.T.G. As an educator, Matthew has a Master of Fine Arts degree and has taught at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Benedictine University, Robert Morris University and Lincoln Land College. His courses have included: Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design, 2D d e sign , A rt App re ciation , P rof essio nal Development, Typography, 2D Animation, Writing Copy for Marketing and Journalism and Interactive Digital Publication. As a fine artist, Matthew’s most recent body of work, The Exhibition for the History of The Division. is a farcical hermetic order that was conceived by him and then painstaking built by hand. With life-sized wax figures, costumes, and music, this show is presented as a museum exhibition replete with text plaques and audio tours. Schultz is also the author and creator of The Mandala Project, which features over 100 mandalas created by him along with meditative music and a book.
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Schultz Design Website http://www.designbymatthewschultz.com/ Schultz Mandala Website http://www.mandalaevent.com/ Schultz Fine Art Website http://www.mattschultz.info/
Web Design Without Coding or a Program Matt Schultz . Wed 6-9PM. Feb 19– Mar 5 M|$50 . N-Mem|$60 This course deals with designing a web page without the use of any programs or coding. This course will teach you how to "drop-and-drag" build a website using your browser. course to create your business website, a personal page or a portfolio.
Adobe Photoshop- Fundamentals Matt Schultz. Thurs 6-9PM . Feb 20—Mar 6 M|$75 . N-Mem|$85 This course covers the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop. The course teaches step-by-step instructions on: altering, sizing, and color correcting digital photos, preparing work for print and web, repairing old photos, cloning processes, masks and layers as well as smart filters and regular filters.
Kickstarter campaign funds restoration of “courting couch” Using 21st century technology to fund the restoration of a priceless piece of 19th century history, the Springfield Art Association has successfully undertaken a campaign on Kickstarter.com to restore its prized “courting couch,” the c. 1830 sofa on which Abraham Lincoln courted Mary Todd. More than 170 people made contributions totaling $4,500 to help finance the restoration of this highly significant piece of American history. The sofa was originally the property of Mary Todd’s sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Ninian Edwards, with whom Mary lived prior to her marriage. It was present in the parlor of the Edwards’ mansion on South Second Street when Mary Todd received her suitors, among them Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. A handwritten note from the Edwards’ granddaughter attests that it was present the night that Mary Todd married Abraham Lincoln. The sofa was passed down from Ninian and Elizabeth Edwards to their son, Charles. Charles sold it to Mrs. Charles Roberts, whose heirs donated it to the Springfield Art Association. Now almost 180 years old, the sofa suffered the ravages of time, including a broken caster, split crest rail, chipped veneer, and torn upholstery. It is currently at The Conservation Center in Chicago undergoing treatment by a team of skilled professionals, who made the thrilling discovery of the original upholstery under a replacement show cover. Treatment is nearing completion, and the couch will return to the SAA on January 28. It will be formally unveiled at a public reception in Edwards Place on February 11. The final bill for restoration work came to $8,290. In addition to the Kickstarter campaign, this endeavor was also funded by the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, the Prairie Eye and Lasik Center, and donations from several private individuals.
Join us at the “courting couch” reception February 11 You are cordially invited to view the newly-restored “courting couch” at a reception on Tuesday, February 11 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and an illustrated presentation on the significance of the courting couch as well as highlights from the restoration process. This event is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Association and is free and open to the public. Springfield Art Association • 11
Edwards Place launches two new websites This 19th century historic home has officially joined the 21st century with the launch of its own website at www.edwardsplace.org. This new site tells the story of the house, the Edwards family, and the collections; provides information on tours and rentals, and gives up-to-the-minute information on upcoming special events. Best of all, visitors will now be able to register for special events online! Anyone who missed “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Material Life of Early Springfield” can check out this exhibit of antebellum Springfield art, archaeology, decorative arts, and architecture at www.earlyspringfield.org. The SAA is partnering with other local museums to turn this website into a comprehensive digital database of early Springfield material culture.
Civil War Fashion Fair
Downton Abbey Themed Tea Party
Sunday, March 30, 2014 2 pm $15 per ticket
Saturday, March 1, 2014 11 am to 12:30 pm $30 / $25 members
Fans of historic fashion won't want to miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about Civil War-era dress. Stroll through the house and take in displays of bonnets, undergarments, accessories, ladies' handcrafts, and more, then stay for the show as local Civil War re-enactors and historical interpreters show off and interpret their beautiful reproduction clothes, from work dresses to undergarments to uniforms to ball dresses. UIS Assistant Professor of History Holly Kent will also deliver a short talk on the culture of fashion during the Civil War.
Join us for this interactive program where guest help The Tea Ladies weave Downton's fascinating story. Meet Lord and Lady Grantham and their charming daughters, and the men who changed these young ladies lives. Follow Carson, the Butler and Mrs. Hughes, the Housekeeper through their daily routines and meet their staff below stairs. The Tea Ladies will also wear Downton Abbey appropriate costumes and hats and will show two other costumes during this program. Edwardian dress is encouraged but not required.
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THE CENTENNIAL BALL
On November 30th, The Centennial Ball was celebrated by one and all as the Springfield Art Association hosted its 82nd Beaux Arts Ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. King Carter James Perrin, son of the Honorable Chris and Amy Segatto Perrin and the grandson of Nancy Segatto, and Queen Abigail Ellen Fliss, daughter of Todd and Ellen Fliss and the granddaughter of the Honorable Lyle and Elaine Lipe, presided over the royal court. The elegant evening included a silent auction, formal dinner, live auction, a cocktail lounge and dancing late into the evening to the live music of DK Money. Many thanks go out to our 2013 Ball Chairs Mary Trask and Jennifer Wagner, and their dedicated committee members who worked diligently to make this year’s Ball such a fun and successful evening. We offer our thanks as well to the Fliss and Perrin families and the families of the royal court for their service and commitment to the Springfield Art Association. In addition, we are grateful to the many families and individuals who sponsored this event, including our premier sponsor the Lowery-Muller Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Proceeds from this event support the Springfield Art Association’s mission.
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Centennial Campaign Fundraising Milestone Achieved The SAA is thrilled to announce that we have exceeded the $1,000,000 milestone pledged towards our $4 million Centennial Capital Campaign goal. Momentum is growing and there are many successes to build upon in 2014. The gallery has been remodeled and the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery is now a showcase exhibition space for presenting visual art in the community and providing the finest environment for local and nationally renowned artists. The SAA will also be able to restore the first floor of the historic Edwards Place, starting in May. Carpet is already on its way! The SAA would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to everyone who donated to this endeavor. With your help, we are able to provide Springfield with the best Community Visual Arts Center and can preserve our historical heritage for generations to come. Please Embrace The Future and join us in our efforts to expand and renovate our studio space! Donations may be made online or by contacting Mary Beth Burke, Development Coordinator.
To continue to honor the founders who have made a difference, we are profiling founding members who have contributed to the longevity of our organization, those that had a love, spark, vision, and passion for the arts in hopes that it will inspire the same in you.
Meet Devera Victor: From the time she was a child she had a flair of the dramatic, but it was her younger son Michael who really opened her eyes to the beauty and power of contemporary art. Michael, she said, had a “taste for the aesthetic” – what she called a “deep rooted enthusiasm and appreciation” for the arts. Longing to be near the art galleries and cultural programs of New York City, he went to Lawrenceville School in New Jersey for high school and afterward enrolled in Columbia University. His interest and enthusiasm for contemporary art was infectious, and soon Devera and her husband started collecting art. “Anything that’s beautiful fits in anywhere,” Michael had said, and Devera eventually came to agree. Michael died in 1960 of Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome at age 20. Four years later, Devera organized an art library at the Springfield Art Association in memory of her son. “Michael felt that art should be made available to everyone,” she said. “The idea of the library, the Michael Victor II Art Library, is to give everyone the chance to enjoy the great books there, to appreciate something about the world’s existence.” Today the Michael Victor II Art Library enriches the community through its outstanding collection of art books, the thriving Brown Bag art lecture series, and the annual Molly Schlich Film Series. Looking back on the library, Devera said that “it had grown from a day dream to a rewarding reality…My future prayer and hope is that eventually everyone will, in some way, have a goal, have a dream that will bring them as much joy and comfort as the Library has given us.” Devera Victor’s dream to make art accessible to all brought her fulfillment and comfort, even in the face of unspeakable loss.
Do you have a dream within you?
we’ve received Susan Cook House Illinois Arts Council Illinois Humanities Council Jeffris Family Foundation Rotary Club Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundat.
groups we’ve worked with Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, Sangamon County Historical Society, Slow Foods Society, Iles School, Anti-Rust Club, McClernand School, Springfield Heritage Sites, Do w n t o w n Spr in gfi el d , In c., Woodlawn Farm, Clayville Historic Site, 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition, Lincoln Land Community College, Looking for Lincoln, History Comes Alive, Mary Lincoln’s Coterie, Enos Park Neighborhood Assoc., Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Illinois Prairie Pastel Soc., Mayco, Sangamon Auditorium, Lincoln Memorial Gardens, Mac Art Fest, Illinois State Fair’s Conservation World, Alpha Delta Gamma, Springfield Green, Moms’ Group, Illinois Watercolor Society, Lanphier HS, UIS
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