Is anyone else having a hard time keeping track of what day it is? Just me??? June is fast approaching and I am anxious to see things slowly opening back up again. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would love to stroll through an art supply store or have a glass of wine in a restaurant.
The Ron Diehl center has decided to remain closed until September. We feel it is in our best interest to cancel the June meeting with the intent to hold an outdoor meeting in July. My hope is to find a location to hold a short meeting and do some plein air artwork to kick off our 2020-2021 year. If you have a location we could use for this meeting, please contact me at
217-821-8064. More information will be included in the July newsletter.
We are needing a secretary and treasurer for the next two years. These positions require very little work and we could make them shared positions if you are concerned about the time investment. Please contact me if you are interested or just want to know more information.
In May, the Effingham Art Guild delivered 95 hand-painted cards to the employees and residents at Newton Care Center.
If you have any cards that were painted, I encourage you to mail them out. If you are unsure of who to send them to, I can get you a list of people that would love to have them. A huge thank you to Barb Althoff for helping include messages in all the cards and donating some cards of her own. There were dozens of cards created by artists in our guild over the past several years and we really appreciate those donations as well.
We do intend to keep up with the hand-created cards at the Broom’s show and are hoping with the quarantine, we can stock back up by next Spring.
What you need to know:
*Please mail entry fees of $15 to Jan Vonbokel, 8588 Dunbar Rd, Argenta, IL
*Artists can submit up to 6 paintings, which can be dropped off at Joe Sipper’s Cafe between June 24-30.
*All artwork must be 12”x12” in dimensions, the subject matter is up to the artist.
We will have 2 positions, Secretary and Treasurer, open for the 2020-2022 term. Anyone interested please contact Stacey Zerrusen or Sue Drummond. This is a great way to be involved in decision making within the Art Guild.
The positions really are not much work and your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
A few things that were left out of the newsletter… The display of student artwork is now being ran on the marquee located at the front of the EPC. Please see the attachment for more details. We have chosen to donate the remainder of the grant money that is typically used on the Children’s Art Show to the EPC for putting all their hard work into this display. It is a great event promoting the arts in a time that has been a struggle for many. CARDS! We had many hand-painted cards we had collected over the years that we typically sell at the Broom’s Fine Arts Show. We chose to take those cards and write messages in them of solidarity to the residents and employees of Newton Care Center. Members that have completed cards are encouraged to mail them to someone in need of cheering up. We can always create more cards, this is a time to share joy. I am willing to donate more blank cards next year in order to restock our stash. If you need suggestions of places to mail them to, I would encourage you to send them to nursing homes, any of the elderly living alone, and hospital staff. Do not hesitate to call me or email me if you need anything.
Letter from the President
As we embark on whatever May has in store for us, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. While it has been a challenge to maintain social distancing over the past two months, it has awakened us to some of the great things we are all missing. I know I have enjoyed the time with my kids, I’ve learned to appreciate the good weather, and have done my best to find ways that I can give back while still keeping myself and my family healthy. Stay strong, stay safe, and know that if you need anything, I am here to help.
Due to the current situation, we will be canceling our May meeting as well. Please cross your fingers that come June 9th (at 7 pm), we will all be able to gather together again at the Ron Diehl building.
We will have 2 positions, Secretary and Treasurer, open for the 2020-2022 term. Anyone interested please contact Stacey Zerrusen or Sue Drummond. This is a great way to be involved in decision making within the Art Guild. The positions really are not much work and your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Our yearly theme is the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire. As in previous years, members create a piece of work that falls into this theme and bring their work to our end of year meeting in June. Now is a great time to come up with an idea and get started!
Another group suggested trying to create daily to lift spirits and do a sort of creative journaling on the current state of our nation. This would be fun to bring to our next meeting to share how the COVID19 epidemic is affecting each of us.
12×12 show will be coming up in July. This is a show held at Joe Sipper’s where all work is to be created on a 12”x12” canvas, the subject matter is up to the artist.
Children’s Art Show – CANCELLED, well sort of
The Children’s Art Show being held at the Effingham Public Library has been canceled in its normal capacity. See the statement below for more information. At a time where innovation and community support are more necessary than ever, local art educators have looked to embrace both in order to give local students an opportunity to show off their creative talents. The Children’s Art Show, normally held during this time, was unfortunately canceled due to the current circumstances. However, working with the EPC, the opportunity for students to once more participate in the show was made available. We are appreciative of those at the Effingham Performance Center for being such huge supporters of the arts and their assistance in showcasing the talent in Effingham county. In early May, the community will have the opportunity to view the young and talented students’ work on the marquee at the EPC from the safety of their cars. We thank all who support the arts and in bringing the community together as we all navigate new and uncharted territory.
Emily Petty (Teutopolis Unit 50)
Stacey Zerrusen (Dieterich Unit 30)
Weston Peno (Effingham Unit 40)
Rita Feldhake (Sacred Heart)
NOTE: Please keep an eye on the Facebook page and local media outlets for
an exact date. We intend to have them show-up and running by May 7th but are still working out some of the details.