President’s Letter

What inspires you?

We all, as artists, look for inspiration. We might have our favorite books, our favor-ite teachers, a video we enjoy, or we may look to nature. But I was reminded this past week that it is people who inspire me the most. I take inspiration from what my fellow artists are creating, the tools they are using, and their methods. I take in-spiration from, and find it astounding, hearing that some artists paint daily. I feed off of that enthusiasm. And, being a bit of a recluse (due to location and circum-stances of life), it is not always easy for me to be with people.

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Upcoming Events

  • Apr 1 – All Member Meeting | “Ink & Rouge (with a Twist)” – Pam Miller
    6:30pm | Peoria Heights Library
    Pam will define and demonstrate Ink & Rouge (with a twist). She will present a step-by-step, unique and easy way to enhance design depth and intensity using oil paints, acrylic, watercolor or inks. Pam Miller has been teaching acrylic painting for 30 years. She also has taught polymer clay techniques and jewelry making. Currently, Pam works at Michael’s in Peoria.
    Kathy Sherman – Moderator | Leslie Walsh – Hostess
  • May 4 – Member Taught Workshop | “Mixed Media My Way” – Barb Shreffler
    9:00am | Peoria Heights Library
    Workshop Information and Application
    In the morning Barb will demonstrate all processes: Multi-layer Backgrounds, Mediums & Gels, Using Photos, Building with Yupo Paper & Alcohol Inks, Molding Paste & Stencils, Clay, Resin, Pouring Paint Skins and Protecting Your Images. In the afternoon you will use these processes to construct a painting of your choice.
  • Jun 3 – All Member Meeting | “Best Light” – Barb Milaccio
    6:30pm | Peoria Heights Library
    Photographing, matting, framing and pricing your work.
    Kathy Sherman – Moderator
  • Jun 10 – 29 – Membership Show
    Fondulac Bank – Clocktower, East Peoria
    Pre-registration by Monday, May 20
    Art Drop-off: Monday, June 3 – 10:00 – Noon
    Hanging Art: Tuesday, June 4 – 1:00 – 4:00
    Show Opens: Monday, June 10 – 9:00am
    Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15 9:00 – 12:00pm
    Art Pick-up: Monday, July 29 3:00 – 5:00pm
    Membership Show Rules
    Membership Show Application
  • Aug 5 – All Member Meeting | “Story of Your Art Journey” – Jessica Bingham
    6:30pm | Peoria Heights Library
  • Oct 7 – All Member Meeting | Watercolor Batik Demo – Sharon Somers
    6:30pm | Peoria Heights Library
  • Oct 9 – 11 – 3-day Watercolor Workshop | “Lighten Up, Loosen Up” – Richard Stevens
    Workshop Information and Application
    When you take a Richard Stephens workshop you will be exposed to three main things. Informative technical information sprinkled with humor and anecdotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations and lots of one on one time with Richard. Stephens began his professional career as a commercial artist. After discovering transparent watercolor in the early 90’s, he became known for his confident, loose, impressionistic paintings. His works have won awards in numerous national competitions and he has earned signature member status in several major Watercolor Societies. His work has been published in Watercolor Magic, SPLASH, Watercolor Artist Magazine and The Art of Watercolor.
  • Nov 2 – Holiday Art Market
    9:00am | The Warehouse
    Artist Application
    Vendor Application