It’s hard to believe that the 2017-18 Guild year is coming to a end! The Tuesday, June 12th meeting will begin at 6 PM with our annual potluck and we ask that everyone bring a dish to share. Also, I want to remind you that everyone participating in this year’s group project should bring their version of the chosen theme, “Ocean Fish or Anything Aquatic”.
The 2018-19 EAG year will begin the second Tuesday of September, 2018 @ 7PM. The officers and the advisory committee will meet in the summer to layout a preliminary plan for the year. We ask that all of you let one of the officers or committee members know if you have an idea about presenters, or if you would like to present or be the artist of the month. At the September meeting we will pass out signup sheets for the artist of the month and for the one’s bringing refreshments.
The June 12th meeting will be the last meeting of Ham Hampton’s tenure as treasurer. We will have to appoint someone as treasurer before we start the new year in September. Please, if anyone is willing to serve as treasurer, call me at 217-821-9766.
Thanks goes out for Ham Hampton and Dale Wagoner for the Drawing and Value Study Demo they provided for the May meeting. Thank you Barb Brummer and Nancy Gulliams for refreshments for the May Meeting.
Thank You Dale Wagoner for providing the props and taking the pictures for this event!
Fun At The “Fluid Acrylic Collage” Workshop
On May 24th and 25th 12 people attended a workshop presented by Becky Marcussen on “Fluid Acrylic Collage” held at the U of I Extension Center in Effingham, Il. This was a new technique for many of us but we all had fun for sure and here are a few pictures to prove it!
Several members filled the EAG booth with their art at the Artisan Fair this year on May 5th. Thanks to Chris Detwiler for the use of her tent & to Bonnie Siebert for managing the details, & thanks to all the members that manned the booth for the day & helped with the setup & tear down.
The Bonutti Art Show Reception will be on June 20th at 6:30 PM.
Your entries may be dropped off on Thursday & Friday, June 14th & 15th from 8:00AM-4:30PM each day with none being accepted after 4:30 on Friday. Last year’s art is to be picked during the same time frame.
The EAG’s 12×12 Show at Joe Sippers Cafe will run July 1st thru August 1st. The entry fee is $15.00 with NO limit on the number of canvases entered. The award presentation will be July 11th at 6 PM.
Joe’s is located @ 114 S. 4th St. in downtown Effingham.
You can start dropping of your work anytime at Jan VonBokel’s Effingham Studio on S. Glenwood St. in Effingham. Her studio is the last house on the left with the round portal. Call Jan at 217-690-7066 for further information about the show or delivery of your work.
Congratulations to EAG member, Jan Kappes, on the merit award she received in the “Paint Illinois” Show in Paris, Il.
On May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd several of us attended the Southern Illinois Art Camp West of Mt. Vernon, Il. at the DuBois Center. Two of our EAG Members were instructors, Jan VonBokel taught “No Fear Acrylics” and Becky Marcussen taught Pastels. This is a wonderful opportunity to get in a lot of uninterrupted painting time and the camp sets in beautiful, quiet area of southern Illinois. They try to have two camps per year and they are looking for instructors for an October weekend art camp which would be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We should have flyers for this by our September meeting.
President Notes May 2018
We had a great art show this year, as always, thanks to the wonderful artists we have participating. We can’t say enough for our hosts, Dennis and Jamie Miller and the staff at WS Broom Furniture for helping to make this another great show. I want to personally thank all the EAG members that helped pull all the details together and get things done!
I want to remind everyone that our group painting project for our June Meeting is “ Ocean, Fish or Anything Aquatic”. Also, remember our June meeting will start at 6 PM and we ask that everyone bring a dish for the potluck.
Jan VonBokel tells me that the Bonutti Show will be June 20th with details to follow.
April Artist Presenters
A special thanks to Stacey Zerrusen for her presentation on Barn Quilts and to Jan Clair Mason for her presentation on Ecostics. Both were extremely informative, interactive and just plain FUN!
May Artist Presenters
Our presenters for May will be Dale Wagoner and Ham Hampton, both long time EAG members and very talented artists. They will help us explore various ways of adding more value in our artwork. They will bring props and equipment to allow us to better understand values and how we can improve our art by honing in on these skills. Ham says that they will have pencils, Matt board pieces and kneaded erasers available for the group to use.
The 2018 Jacky Anderson Scholarship has been awarded to Brianna Schmidt, daughter of David and Beth Schmidt of Effingham. Brianna attended Effingham High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society for 2 years and Academic Hall of Fame for 3 years. Brianna also placed 2nd in the 2017 Effingham Children’s Art Show. Brianna will be attending Lake Land College in the fall and plans to work toward a degree in the field of art.
The 13th Annual Olney, Il. Arts Council Art Show was held April 10th through the 13th.
Barb Brummer took 2nd place for her watercolor “Golden Daylilies”
Mary Hagg took 3rd place for her photograph “Yosemite Chapel in Winter”
The 52nd Annual Shelby Co. Art Show was held April 14th & 15th.
Barb Brummer took a 1st prize on the following paintings: “Daylily #3” an oil, “Yellow Iris” a watercolor
and “Fall Pastures” an oil. Barb also received a 2nd on her “Spring is Here” watercolor.
Also in the Shelby Co. Show, Ham Hampton won 2nd Place for his oil painting “Friends” and he took
3rd place for an oil, “Lisa”.
Be sure and check out our members listed in the awards list from our April Adult Art & Photography
Show also in this Newsletter.
Congratulations to all of you, great job!
Be sure to let Barb Althoff (217-821-9766) know if you have any show news that you would like to share.
May Featured Artist Of The Month
Mary Haag will share with us her love of photography through stories and visually through pieces of her work. Mary had taken many awards for her photography and most recently at the Olney Arts Council Show (see Member’s Spotlights).
REFRESHMENTS for the May meeting will be provided by Nancy Gulliams and Barb Brummer.
Thanks to Chris Detwiler and Sue Drummond for bringing refreshments for the April meeting.
The Effingham Art Guild’s 24th Annual Art and Photography Show opened this past Saturday, April 21st with a reception and award presentation. The EAG wishes to thank Jamie and Dennis Miller and their gracious staff at W. S. Broom Furniture for hosting the show. We would also like to extend thanks to Mark Hillard of Charleston for judging the show. All of the EAG members would like to thank all the community supporters that donated the awards.
The Art Show will be open to the community from Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th during W. S. Broom’s Store Hours. Visitors are welcome to participate in a painting raffle that will continue throughout the week. The drawing for the watercolor donated by John Gabb was held at the end of the show. Dale Wagoner was our lucky winner.
Congratulations to all of the following Award winners:
Best of Show went to Jan Kappes for Backyard Flash Back #2—“Lassie Came Home”
Artist Choice went to John Gabb for “Portrait of Young Girl”
1st Place winner went to Deanne Donoho for “Blue Asters”
2nd Place winner went J.R. Caldwell for “Life’s Turmoil”
3rd Place winner went to Lynn Reznick for “Park Creek & Current”
14 Merits were also awarded to the following artists:
John .Gabb “Along the Ganges”
Christine Detwiler “Illinois Sunset”
Greg Brandt “The Bridge”
Jan VonBokel “Day of the Poppy”
James Graham “Tango Dip”
Barbara Brummer “Untitled”
Sue Drummond “Morgan & Masen”
Whitney Ruger “French Café”
Al Church “Point of Contention”
Ham Hampton “America’s Loss”
Eydie Carruthers “Birchscape”
Hugh Rosen “Which Necktie to Choose”
Stephen O. Griffith “Swamp Cotton”
Barbara Grant “Gardenia”
Framily Fest is a two day music and art festival on Lake Sara in Effingham, IL. The venue is part of Larson’s Landing with a full restaurant, marina with boat rentals, and “The Stage” area for festivals and concerts. The Lake Sara Campground is located adjacent to Larson’s Landing and is open for paid camping during the event. Framily Fest will feature vendors, performance artists, visual artists, and live music all weekend. The bands to play noon to midnight each day.
THE STAGE at LARSON’S LANDING
8724 E. Marine Drive
ALL AGES WELCOME
SHOWTIME : noon to midnight each day – 2 stages
Featuring live music by
GRATEFUL DEAD EXPERIENCE : THE SCHWAG
TERRAPIN FLYER with
TOM CONSTANTEN FROM THE GRATEFUL DEAD
THE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
More to be announced.
Community Support Systems
Annual Art Auction
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Artwork from CSS Artists will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
East Side of the Courthouse Museum,next to the Wine Tasting Tent
All items will be available for viewing 2 hours prior to the auction.
Exhibit at Joe Sipper’s Café
March 26, 2018 to May 6, 2018 – ALL Paintings on Exhibit will be for Sale
Proceeds of the auction will benefit the CSS Art Program.
When: Thursday, May 24th and Friday, May 25th from 9am – 4pm each day
Where: Effingham U of I Extension Center located at 1209 N Wenthe Dr., in Effingham
Becky Marcussen is from Effingham and a long time current EAG member and held many past Guild posts. Becky is a multimedia artist whose most current work is in watercolor, pastel, and egg tempera. Those of you that know Becky know that she is extremely talented and a wonderful art instructor. She is semi-retired from teaching for 16 years at Lake Land Community College at both the Mattoon and Effingham, IL campuses.
She taught all ages and mediums at here Illinos stucio for 16 years and also taught adults with disabilities for 8 years before moving to Pooler, GA to be closer to her grown children and grandchildren. Becky teaches out of her Sangrena Woods Studio and various other locations in and around Savannah and Tibee Island, GA. She is represented by the Savannah Art Association Gallery, Chippewa Square in downtown Savannah. You may visit here website at www.marcussenmarks.com. Many of you will meet Becky at the Southern Illinois Art Workshop May 21st-23rd at the Dubois Center where she will be teaching Soft Pastels.
*Painting surfaces: heavy weight surfaces work best such as 300 pound hot press paper
or crescent illustration board number 200 or Strathmore heavy vellum illustration board.
I also like canvas boards that have been gessoed. Smooth mat board acid-free also works.
Please gesso ahead of time. Bring some 10 x 10 squares or 11 x 14‘s, a total of six or eight
for the class.
*Small plastic cups to mix with water to thin out paint for the tissue.
*Spray bottle to mist tissue to take paint.
*Scissors although tearing is probably preferable.
*A few tall kitchen bags cheap cheap.
*Golden fluid acrylics work the best but you may use any acrylics you have to save money.
We can make them work and for two days I wouldn’t invest. If you have fluid acrylics
Quinacridone magenta, Quinacridone azo gold, turquoise thalo, Black gesso and white
gesso. This limited palette will make a wide range of colored tissue.
*Polymer gloss medium for gluing also a glass jar with wide opening to fit a sizeable brush.
*Plastic dinner trays, Styrofoam trays, paper plates etc. to mix paint on.
*A brayer and paper towels.
*An assortment of brushes, especially a flat cheap brush to apply polymer when adhering papers.
Feel free to bring any interesting paper, rice paper, patterns and textures from magazines
newspapers, prisma color pencils, oil pastels, strings, etc. I also used old watercolors.
Patterns, print or type, stencils, use your imagination.
Supply List -PDF -Download Link
Registrations with $50.00 fee need sent to
EAG, Box #111, Effingham, Il. 62401 by
Tuesday, May 5th, 2018. Contact 217-821-9766
for available space after the deadline.
President Notes April 2018
The 19th Effingham Art Guild Children’s Art Show (March 15th through the 17th) was held at the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library. The EAG is very grateful to the Effingham Library management and staff for hosting the Children’s Show this year and to Andrew Dougherty, from the library, for judging the show. Thank you to Co-Chairmen Barb Grant and Stacey Zerrusen for the long hours and hard work that it took to put a show of this caliber together. Thank you Dale Wagoner for all the pictures you took and downloading them on the EAG FB page and website for all to enjoy! A huge thank you goes to any of you that helped with the setup, reception and teardown (I have left out names for fear of forgetting someone). Thank you to Dawn Schabbing, Daily News Reporter for the complete coverage of the show, including winners and pictures in the Monday, March 19th Effingham Daily News. (See further information and thank you’s written by Co-Chairman, Barb Grant, below).
The 24th Annual Fine Arts and Photography Show starts Friday, April 20th with art delivery and show setup at W.S. Broom Furniture, 304 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Effingham. The reception and award ceremony will be on Saturday, April 21st and art pickup and teardown will be on Saturday, April 27th. Signup sheets for helpers for setup, reception and teardown days will again circulate at the April 10th meeting. Participation in putting on this show is a very important part and obligation of EAG Membership. Please call me at 217-821-9766 if you can help but will not be at the meeting.
SPECIAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT AT 6PM: ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE REGULAR 7PM TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH MEETING. I am asking officers, the Advisory Board and those willing to help with the adult show to come at 6 PM to see where we’re at with the planning and what needs to be finalized in the remaining 10 days prior to the show..
Ham Hampton, the EAG treasurer will be finishing his 2 year term so we have an opening to fill by the May meeting for the 2018-19 year starting in September. Please think on this and let us know at the April meeting if you are interested. A new treasurer will be announced at the June meeting.
April Artist Presenter
April 10th’s Presenter will be EAG member, Stacey Zerrusen from Teutopolis, Il. Stacey is a very busy lady but she is always gracious to share her art accomplishments with the EAG. A barn quilt is a large, hand painted wooden block typically displayed on the front or side of a barn.
Stacey Zerrusen will discuss the barn quilt movement sweeping the U.S. and Canada. Meetingattendees will have the chance to make their own small barn quilt. All materials will be provided.
Elizabeth Thurston, EAG Member, was our “Featured Artist of the Month” for March. Elizabeth shared a
wonderful display of her work showing her varied artistic interests from acrylic/oils on different surfaces of
varying sizes from “mini” to large canvases. She also works with fabric, using paint & appliqué to design
beautiful wall art pieces. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your wonderful creations!
Thanks goes to Paula Boll of Effingham for sharing a portfolio of her beautifully detailed watercolors varying from landscapes to still life’s.
***Please remember that any of you may bring in a piece or pieces you are working on or have finished to share and remember critiquing is FREE!
REFRESHMENTS for the April Meeting will be provided by Chris Detwiler and Sue Drummond.
Thanks to Elizabeth Thurston and Whitney Ruger for bringing refreshments to the March meeting.
The EAG will have a booth at the Artisan Fair on Saturday May 5th. This is the group’s opportunity to show and sell their art. To go ahead with this project, we need commitment from those of you willing to help setup the tent, get the racks, man the booth for the day and tear down and deliver racks back to the Park District Ron Diehl Center. The Guild has paid the $25.00 entry fee and Jan is providing us with a tent. We need to have an accurate number of who will be participating and how many paintings there will be by the April 10th meeting. Those wanting to participate but unable to make the meeting, please call Bonnie Siebert @ 217-821-7577 or Barb Althoff @ 217-821-9766 with your information.
Reminder: Each year we designate a theme to create a piece of artwork to bring to the final Meeting of the year in June. The group chose “Anything Aquatic” as the group project for 2018. No other rules apply to this endeavor, it’s all for the fun of it! (Kill two birds with one stone–create the project on a 12×12 canvas & enter into the EAG 12×12 Show in July!)
We are out of raffle items so, if anyone has an art related item that they want no longer need or want, bring them in. The raffle is $1.00 per ticket & is set up at the sign in table.
The show at Doctor’s Flaig and Malone will be in the fall at their request due to all the construction going on in and around their office building. They asked, if anyone needs to pick up a piece of art before the next show, that they replace it with another so that the waiting room has enough artwork left for the patient’s to enjoy.
Hope to see everyone at the Tuesday, April 10th @ 7PM meeting!
Drawing and painting has been a part of my life since an early age. I graduated with a non-art related degree from EIU and ultimately followed a career in business. During this time I pursued my artistic interests only intermittently. Following retirement, I returned to art and reinvested myself in refining my skills and direction.
My primary interests are color and the geometry of the human form. I feel most successful when I can move past the initial composition and fully engage myself, experimenting with color while integrating and improvising shapes within the form. I most frequently work in oil, or acrylic. Most recently, I have been challenged with bringing the spontaneous nature of a “napkin sketch” or doodle to a large canvas.
My work shows at the Houska Gallery in St. Louis, MO. and at the Vault Artist’s Cooperative in Tuscola, IL
Children’s Art Show – A Great Success
Children’s Show information and Thank you’s by show co-chairman, Barb Grant: We had 287 students with 425 pieces of art work displayed. This is the most students and artwork we have ever had. The attendance for the reception was the largest ever and over 12 dozen cookies were consumed!
Thanks to Teutopolis High School art teacher, Emily Petty, for the use of their racks. We had extra help on Wednesday night from some Effingham High School students, art teachers that stayed and helped with hanging and also with teardown on Saturday. Many thanks to all the art guild members that helped with the show, you know who you are.
Thank You Whitney!
A big THANK YOU goes out to Whitney Ruger for her wonderful presentation on watercolor medium.
Her work is stunningly detailed, beautiful and her control of watercolor is amazing!
The EAG is hosting a “ Oceans, Fish Or Any Aquatic Life “ Workshop with focus on composition on Thursday, May 24th & Friday, May 25th from 9A-4P each day. The work shop will be held in the small room in the basement of the Effingham U of I Extension Center located at 1209 N. Wenthe Dr., in Effingham. The cost will be $50.00 total for both days. Registrations with WS fee of $50.00 must be sent to EAG, Box #111, Effingham, Il. 62401 by Tuesday, May 5th, 2018. Contact # for available space after the deadline is 217-821-9766. The flyers with registration form will be available within the next two weeks so mark your calendars for this great art experience!
Becky Marcussen is from Effingham and a long time current EAG member and held many past Guild posts. Becky is a multimedia artist whose most current work is in watercolor, pastel and egg tempera. Those of you that know Becky know that she is extremely talented and a wonderful art instructor. She is semi-retired from teaching for 16 years at Lake Land Community College at both the Mattoon and Effingham, Il. campuses.
She taught all ages and mediums at her Illinois studio for 16 years and also taught challenged adults for 8 years before moving to Pooler, Ga. to be closer to her grown children and grandchildren. Becky teaches out of her Sangrena Woods Studio and various other locations in and around Savannah and Tibee Island, Ga. She is represented by the Savannah Art Association Gallery, Chippewa Square in downtown Savannah. You may visit her website at www.marcussenmarks.com . A full description of the Workshop, supplies needed and other pertinent details will be widely distributed to you by the preference you indicated in the Guild Roster. The Workshop flyer will include paintings to view done with this technique. Becky has attended several 3 day workshops on this subject and will be attending yet another one prior to coming to Illinois for this one. Many of you will meet Becky at the Southern Illinois Art Workshop May 21st-23rd at the Dubois Center where she will be teaching Soft Pastels.