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EAG February 2016 Meeting


Photo of Irene’s Dream

President Notes:

We have two art shows coming up: The EAG art show/reception at Dr Malone and Flaig’s office will be on Thursday March 10th from 5 till 7pm this year to coincide with the Chamber meeting. The Malone & Flaig show drop off is 9-5 on Wednesday, the 2nd of March. If you have artwork there please pick it up at the same time you drop off. Hanging will start at 5pm on Wednesday. The Effingham Art Guild 22nd Annual Fine Art and Photography Show is in May, please see information in this newsletter. Time flies by quickly so start making your plans to exhibit now. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

Membership directories will be available at the meetings. If you want one mailed to your home, expect to pay the postage.

Just a reminder, if you have newsletter information, get it to Stacey Zerrusen by mid-month to ensure getting it in the newsletter either via email at staceyzerrusen@yahoo.com or via phone at (217)821-8064.


Irene’s Dream

Located at 301 E. Jefferson, Irene’s Dream is a new facility perfectly cut out for any artist in your life. This unique store carries a variety of art supplies, antiques, quilts, and professional artwork from local artists. She also builds and stretches her own canvases, carrying a variety of sizes.

Watch for classes coming soon as well as a large deck being added this Spring for artist’s to network, create, and Irene’s Dream is open from 10-5pm Tuesday-Friday and 9-2pm on Saturdays.


February 13-14, 2016
University of Illinois Extension
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL

February 13 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
February 14 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 14, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Awards announced at 3:30pm

We will be looking for volunteers to assist with setup and sitting at the show February 12th-14th. Registration forms available on www.effinghamartguild.com. Please have some dates and times ready to sign up at our February meeting.



A field trip is currently being planned to visit Larkfield Glass in Paris, IL. A date will be scheduled this spring on either a Saturday or Sunday. This will be a tour and demonstration only. Lessons can be arranged on an individual basis. We will be discussing possible field trip dates at our February meeting.


The Effingham Art Guild will present a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for tuition, and/or expenses for a higher education course.

*Resident of Effingham County (may be living on campus)
*At least 17 years of age
*Must have a student I.D. number
Application available at www.effinghamartguild.com.


Using Complementary Colors
The main complementary colors are yellow and violet, blue and orange, and red and green. When these colors are mixed they create gray but when they are next to each other, they create a stark contrast. Consider using complementary colors in your work.


Drop Off: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m
Please pick up artwork at the same time artwork is dropped off for the 2016 display.
Artwork hanging will begin on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Call For Artists

2nd Annual Juried Spring Exhibition by Our Common Ground Artist Guild
Landscape: The Geography of the Soul
Deadline for Entry March 12th, 2016
Landscape Seascape, Cityscape.. in all Medium

Exhibition Dates and Place:
March 25th (Opeining – April 29th, 2016
at the OCG Artist Guild Gallery @ 2Marthas:
422 W. Harris Ave. Greenville, IL 62246

For Entry Form and more information:
618-664-9443, Email: ocgartistguild@gmail.com
www.ocgart.org, www.facebook.com/ocgartistguild

22nd Annual EAG Fine Art and Photography Show

Important Dates/Times:
* Entry drop off: Friday, April 29th, 10:00AM to 2:00 PM–Hanging will begin promptly at 2:00 PM

* Reception/Award presentations
Artists are asked to arrive by 6:00 PM
Reception: 6:30 PM
Award Presentation/Judges Comments: 7:00 PM
* Public Exhibition during store hours Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th
* Art pickup/exhibit tear down: Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PMArt not picked up will be taken home with Barb Althoff arrangements can be made for pick up.

* Professional and Amateur Artists will be combined into one category
Awards presented include Best in Show, Artist’s Choice, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd ribbons and
Merit Awards (dependent upon donations)

A meeting will be set in the future with individuals who have collected donations in the past. Any members that have talked with donors in the past are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Sign up sheets will be passed around for food and other items for the reception as well as volunteers willing to assist with setup and tear down.

Questions / Concerns?
Please direct to Barb Althoff via althoff.johnbarb@yahoo.com, Facebook message or by phone # is 342-6459 (home) or 821-9766 (cell).

Topics for Discussion:
During our February meeting, decisions will be made regarding the number of entries and fee as well as limiting the show to members only as opposed to including non-members as in previous years.

Entry forms will be made available following the February meeting.
Our Judge:
M.Ben Cohan has agreed to be our judge for the 2016 EAG Art Show. Ben is a 2D arts
instructor and art history lecturer at Lake Land College. He earned his Associate of Arts from LLC in 2004, Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Millikin University in 2006 and a Master of Fine Arts from SIU at Carbondale in 2009. He has said the secret to seeing poetry in quiet places lies in looking. “My preoccupation with looking has led me to believe in the worth of the road often traveled and even more often overlooked.” Ben has taught art classes for the Sullivan.


  1. Linda Stuckey-Hollinshead Reply

    A question of exhibitor eligibility has arisen in that a number of show winners are not from EAG. Historically, artists other than EAG members are able to compete in EAG sponsored shows by paying an increased fee. Rumblings have been heard. Remedies recommended so far are: (1) limit participation to EAG members only and (2) increase the fees for non-EAG members to encourage them to become members. (Feb 2016 EAG Newsletter)

    Read the above statements again …. now again ….. does that sound like an organization to which you want to belong?

    I am disturbed that Guild would give breath to such a grievance let alone share it publicly on website. More in question should be EAG membership eligibility of those ‘rumbling’ souls. If you see fit to discuss this matter ask yourselves (1) are you so self-serving as to rig the system in your favor by eliminating competition and (2) do you want to be required to belong to every organization with which you exhibit or think it fair to be priced out of exhibiting in a show? Has ‘promoting the arts’ been stricken from EAG’s mission? Why have a show, why push yourselves out of your comfort zone ….. just pass a ribbon around amongst yourselves.

    Professional and Amateur Artist’s now combined in one category, seriously …… another idea born out of ‘rumblings’? The Guild is losing/lost its way …..

    Know I am not an ‘active’ member, but now question my membership at all. Good luck with ‘the vote’ you should not be having …… Linda Stuckey-Hollinshead

    To the ‘rumblers’: Be thankful of ability to express yourself. Need a ribbon/monetary award to feel like a winner ….. then get your game on

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