A few local artists put out a call to gauge interest in starting a network to advocate for visual artists, especially those trying to make a living in their field. Brainstorming meetings were attended by painters, fiber artists, photographers, 3-D artists, and generalists the second Fridays of May, June, and July 2013 at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center Galleries. Interest was strongly positive and all visual artists are invited to join in future sessions.
The new group will be sponsoring many events with the first free, public activity kicking-off the planned educational series scheduled for this Monday, August 26 at 7 p.m. at the DAWC Galleries. It is “How to Look at Art” conducted by Carmen Armstrong using her own paintings as examples. The target audience is the general public, most of whom have not experienced a class in art. The objectives are to allow people to become comfortable in attending art exhibits/receptions, to learn some art vocabulary, to gain some understanding of what goes into the meaning of an artwork, to see color and composition in a new way. It will be a gallery talk by an experienced art educator who is enthused about her creations.
Imagine a tuition-free, short-course in art appreciation with no tests and you are invited! Please come to the gallery at 1021 State Street, east of downtown DeKalb, 4 blocks north of Lincoln Highway (Rte. 38) between 10th and 11th Streets; also 1 block south of Pleasant Street to the west of Peace Road. It’s in the old Finn Hall with a parking lot one-half block south at 415 North 11th Street and an accessible lift which can be reached from the alley just north of the building.