Are you searching for that “perfect” gift for someone on your list? Look no further than this website! ASV offers a wonderful selection of coasters, magnets, ornaments and note card sets, all created from photos taken by ASV artists. Click on XMAS GIFTS and GIFT SHOP on our HOMEPAGE to learn more!
Also: Don’t miss our gorgeous collection of Christmas and Holiday cards, guaranteed to bring your a smile to all who receive them! These cards also feature photos taken by the talented artists in the ASV program!
A reminder: ASV artists receive a portion of every sale, so your gift to others truly keeps on giving when you choose ASV this holiday season!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from everyone at After Supper Visions!
Throughout the month of December, Catholic Charities and its inspiring After Supper Visions program are being featured in the Main Lobby of First Bank of Highland Park, located at 1835 First Street in Highland Park, IL. The exhibit is presented on the bank’s “Ruth Fell Wander Community Art Wall,” and it includes After Supper Visions photos along with a wide variety of informational materials about the 174 programs Catholic Charites offers in Cook and Lake counties, to people of all races and religions.
At a special opening night reception at First Bank of Highland Park on December 3rd, Audrey Goldman, bank spokesperson, commended the finished display, saying, “I am amazed when I hear the number of one million people served each year by Catholic Charities. We were delighted to feature Catholic Charities on the art wall two years ago, and when I recently read about the After Supper Visions program, I immediately thought that it was time to feature Catholic Charities again, along with After Supper Visions.”
Angie Carlstrom, Assistant Vice-President at the bank and a Catholic Charities volunteer echoed the same thought. She said, “The photography is just beautiful.”
As a private, family owned and operated bank, First Bank of Highland Park includes community outreach in its mission statement. As stated by CEO Randy Green on the bank’s website, “With a bank-wide culture of caring and giving we consistently helpsupport our growing community.” In 2017, the bank’s directors, officers and staff served on boards and committees of local non-profit organizations to provide over 2,500 hours of volunteer service. As Audrey explains, “For over sixty years, giving back has been part of who we are.”
The community wall was created in 2002 to showcase artwork from local schools and non-profit organizations. The wall is named after Ruth Fell Wander, a former member of the bank’s Board of Directors who was extraordinarily generous with her time and talent in serving First Bank of Highland Park and numerous civic and philanthropic organizations. Audrey adds, “In honor of Ruth, this wall was designed to give greater visibility and increase public awareness about not-for-profits that promote worthy causes. In this case, self-esteem is so important, and After Supper Visions is all about building self-esteem, and opening doors to pathways.”
Terri Denny, Catholic Charities Senior Director, Lake County and Regional Services expressed appreciation for the bank’s generosity in offering Catholic Charities this exhibit. At the reception Terri said, “We are so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of Catholic Charities and After Supper Visions. Your community art wall provides an amazing venue for bank customers, and all neighboring residents to learnmore about the services we provide.” Catholic Charities Lake County Regional Program Manager Lisa Roti added, “We owe this all to Audrey! It was her great idea, and we so appreciate her making this all possible.”
On a recent visit to the bank, to set up the display, a passerby approached Lisa, expressing concern about several of her acquaintances who are seniors. “Do you investigate elderabuse?” the woman asked Lisa. Lisa responded, “Yes. We have a hotline that anyone can call, twenty four hours a day if they are concerned about any aspect of a senior’s life.” Lisa further explained, “We often meet people who are seeking assistance in one area while we are working on helping in another area. We are always grateful for any opportunity to help someone in need. More information can be found at catholiccharities.net.”
All are encouraged to go to First Bank of Highland Park’s Facebook page and “like” the December community art wall display. First Bank generously offers to make a monthly donation to each organization featured on its community art wall, $2 donation for every Facebook “like” up to $250. As Audrey says, “There are many benefits of us all supporting one another. We invite our clients and everyone in our area to stop in our bank this month and learn more about Catholic Charities and After Supper Visions.”
Attendees at last evening’s Opening Reception included (l. to r.): Audrey Goldman, Angie Carlstrom, Lisa Roti, Terri Denny and Karen Daniels.
See below for additional photos of this wonderful exhibition.
It was another very productive afternoon in ASV photo class today. As seen in these photos, the artists are learning and collaborating on all aspects of photography. Mike B. was on hand to share some of his pictures with his fellow artists, while Maurice and Nathaniel became more familiar with all of the features of their cameras. Sharon C. said, “It’s wonderful to look at each other’s photos, because they inspire you to do new things.” Andrea C. agreed and added, “I try to remember the things I learn in class when I’m out photographing. Class is so helpful!”
As Thanksgiving approaches and our thoughts start to turn to Christmas, we enthusiastically call your attention our wonderful selection of holiday cards and gifts that are sure to bring a smile to everyone on your gift and mailing list this year. Choose from beautiful Christmas/holiday cards, ornaments, note cards and magnets, all featuring stunning photos taken by ASV artists. Remember, too that ASV artists receive a portion of every purchase made on this website, so yours truly will be gifts that keep on giving!
Please note: Personalization is available for our Christmas and holiday cards. Our cards come in packages of 10 and the printing cost is based on the number of sets (one card and one envelope laser jet printed): 100 sets for $548; 150 sets for $605; 500 sets for $731; and 1,000 sets for $941. So, with printing it costs approximately $5.50 to print and $6.00 to print and mail each card.
As you make your selections, if you have any questions, please contact Katie Tuten, Catholic Charities Strategic Initiatives Manager at email@example.com.
We are most grateful for your interest and support of ASV and its artists. Happy Thanksgiving!
The growth of After Supper Visions over the past sixteen years could not have been possible without the support of our corporate donors. Some corporate donors make donations that help minimize costs of our photo exhibition, allowing more proceeds to go to the artists. Others offer discounts for reprinting artists’ photos on prints, cards and gifts. Still others have purchased numerous ASV prints and had them framed and hung in their corporate offices, helping to “spread the word” about the program and the immense talent of its artists. The management team at Sagence Consulting is among these generous donors, and we are delighted to have had the chance to catch up with them recently and share their donor experience with you.
Sagence Consulting is a management advisory firm that focuses on assisting clients through customization of their data management. Sagence works with Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, healthcare, insurance and technology industries. In 2012, Sagence CEO Bruce Quade and his wife, Leesa bought fourteen ASV prints and hung them as a collage on one, large wall in the Sagence Chicago offices. Leesa learned about ASV through her childhood friend, Katie Tuten, Catholic Charities Strategic Initiatives Manager, who coordinates ASV weekly operations.
As Leesa explains, “We were especially drawn to the black and white ASV photos. At the same time we made our ASV purchase, we also held a contest for photography majors at DePaul University and Columbia College. It was called, ‘The Art & Science of Data.’ We have moved locations since then, and now our offices are decorated with a combination of After Supper Visions photos and winning entries from that contest. ASV photos are displayed right along those of professional photographers. Our clients are so impressed with the caliber of the photography and they love the history behind our artwork.”
Upon hearing this story, ASV Photo Team member Jody O’Connor replied, “Thank you, Leesa. We hear that every year. Art enthusiasts come to our photo exhibition and tell the artists that their photos are as good as any they see at gallery openings across the city.”
Sagence Partner Marisela Lawson added, “Our website features After Supper Visions in ‘Our Community Work’ section, too. We want visitors to know we believe in this program, and we even encourage those who may want to seek employment with us to learn more about ASV.” Learn more at sagenceconsulting.com.
Our warmest thanks to Bruce and Leesa Quade, and everyone at Sagence Consulting for their extraordinary support of ASV. You are helping create greater awareness about ASV and its very talented artists. We are honored to partner with you in “Developing Film, Talent and Hope.”
Sagence Founding Partner and CEO Bruce Quade (right), with his wife Leesa (center) and Partner Marisela Lawson (left) at the office entrance of Sagence Consulting.
ASV photos are featured throughout the Sagence offices.
Admiring the ASV photos on another wall at Sagence are (l. to r.): Bruce Quade, Leesa Quade, Katie Tuten, Marisela Lawson and Jody O’Connor.
Another beautiful ASV photo of the Chicago skyline displayed at the Sagence offices.
(L. to R) Jody O’Connor, Katie Tuten, Leesa Quade, Bruce Quade and Marisela Lawson appreciate another collection of artwork combining ASV photos with those of professional photographers.
The sleek, innovative Sagence Chicago offices in which ASV photos are featured as part of the permanent décor.
After several weeks learning the basics of photography in a classroom setting, it was time last week for ASV artists to be outdoors and experience the joy of being behind the lens of a camera. In the first row of photos above, ASV Photo Team Member Michael Seward joined Andy A. and Regina H. in a photo shoot, where concepts such as lighting, background and focus all came together in creating beautiful photos.
The second row of photos above are also from last Tuesday, as the artists were supportively critiquing one another in class. Sheri H. said, “I need to go to different places toget the photos I want. I intend on taking my flower pictures. We had a garden when I was young and I always took care of the flowers. Thisproject is reminding me of then.” Pointing to one of Sheri’s photos, fellow artist Shar said, “This one looks like water in the Caribbean.” Recalling fond memories and making new ones makes for a very productive afternoon.
Mike B. is one of the most generous artists in the ASV program. As previously noted, Mike is always willing to share what he has learned about photography with new artists every year. This Tuesday, Mike was sharing his collection of photos with new artist Shar. Looking at a photo of Lake Michigan, Shar said, “How did you get such close shots of the waves?” Mike said, “It was raining and I kept my camera hidden and the minute a wave was about to hit, I snapped it. I didn’t care if I got wet. I just didn’t want my camera wet. Sometimes you risk to get the right photo.”
We are delighted to announce that, at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Catholic Charities Board of Advisors today, ASV Photo Team member Linda Roxe was honored as the 2018 Recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. As the description of the award reads, this prestigious honor “is presented to an individual or group who has made a significant impact in the community through their involvement with a Catholic Charities program.”
There are more than 15,000 Catholic Charities volunteers and Linda is a very active, humble, inspiring trailblazer among them. Linda has volunteered at Catholic Charities and contributed significantly to the Benefits Committee for more than ten years. She joined the Board of Advisors in 2011 and, since then, she has served on the Board Relations Committee and the Child Youth and Family Services Advisory Board, in addition to all of her work at After Supper Visions. In addition to her generously devoting her time as an ASV instructor, Linda also helps with important tasks involving computer set-ups, photo archiving, framing and display for our gallery showings each June in St. Vincent Hall. Linda is skilled at helping artists appreciate the creativity in photography, encouraging them to imagine, in Linda’s words, “not about what is but what might be.”
Linda and her family have also been generous advocates for Catholic Charities educational services for young children, opening a computer lab at the St. Joseph Child Development Center in the Back of the Yards neighborhood located on Chicago’s southwest side. This lab offers educational resources such as tutoring and ESL classes for children and their families.
In presenting Linda with this award, Catholic Charities Administrator, President and CEO Monsignor Michael M. Boland said, “Linda exemplifies the true meaning of volunteer as she takes advantage of every opportunity to promote Catholic Charities programs both with our own board members and with others she meets along the way.”
Congratulations, Linda! You are an inspiration to us all.
It is always a great day in September when a new season of ASV classes begin. Friendships are renewed among returning artists and members of the Photo Team. New artists are welcomed into the program and optimism fills the air as new goals are set for learning more about the art of photography.
As the first class got underway yesterday, returning artist Shari H. generously shared her experience with the new artists present. Shari said, “You need to get close to your flower and be careful for everything around it will be in your picture.” New artist Diana showed how perceptive she is in seeing more than the camera lens shows. Diana said, “The sand shapes look like tree roots.” Also, new artist Shar made an inspiring observation about how ASV classes go beyond art to relationships. Shar said, “I have found if I don’t share my story, I can never learn from others how to move forward and improve.” The world could use more collaboration and kindness. ASV artists show how it is done.
After Supper Visions kicked off its Fall season this week, welcoming new artists and new volunteers, greeting returning artists and filling Catholic Charities headquarters with smiles, optimism and excitement for another productive nine months ahead. The next ASV Photo Exhibition is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, 2019. Classes begin next week and all of the artists look forward to learning more about photography and challenging themselves to new heights of creativity and imagination, as they prepare to take new photos that they will proudly display at the exhibition.
After the sign-ups took place this week, a reception was help where Photo Team members, Catholic Charities executives and various department representatives, plus longtime friends and corporate benefactors all celebrated how far ASV has come, and renewed their commitment to supporting the artists who inspire everyone associated with this program. Included was an early birthday celebration for Co-Founder, Ellen Gorney, too. Happy Birthday Ellen!
All photos from the 2018 exhibition have been uploaded to this website.
You can purchase prints and gifts all year long in support of ASV artists! Click on GALLERY and GIFT SHOP to learn more. Thank you for your purchases and donations!
ALSO: MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 17th ANNUAL ASV PHOTO EXHIBITION: JUNE 7-9, 2019
“Great are the works of the LORD ; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are His deeds, and His righteousness endures forever.” Psalm 111:2-3 I am always pondering the beauty of this world. The unique symmetry of each variety of flower, shrub or tree is breathtaking. I choose the Daffodils, the Azaleas, the exotic Scilla Peruviana, and the leaf of the Papaya tree to display in this year’s photo show. I hope that you enjoy these selections.
I love the After Supper Visions program. It has made me become more appreciative of photography. A picture can say a lot of words. One is love for the ASV program…
It is my expression of my photography of my life vision is the vision of my life in the world of beauty.
I spent the summer in Cedar Michigan last year, and the view at most everywhere I went was breathtaking, so here are some of the sights I would like to share.
Pictures of any kind are the procreating and production of two God-given eyes correlating and collaborating. If only the world can see straight, eye-to-eye, that would make one perfect picture of a perfect family.
Photography puts us in the Here and Now. It teaches us beauty, and therefore life itself is fleeting.
It was a hard discussion to come up with all these very creative statements. It is the beauty a person can capture that gives me complete joy.
When I took the pictures, I was thinking of inspiration. The Cubs is my favorite team. The other pictures were about springtime with the colors of leaves and flowers. The bus stop picture was about still life, how peaceful the picture looks.
I have been taking pictures for eight years and I am still in the pictures. I like being in it because it helps me calm down and be happy. I like taking pictures outside a lot, hot, snow, that what I like doing. It shows what best comes out of me.
ONLY IN MY MIND’S EYE
Do I enjoy my perfect photographs.
I then raise my camera,
release the shutter,
and that original moment
in time is gone forever,
never to be repeated again.
That short delay of the shutter,
and dust on the lens,
the printer’s inks,
and even the texture of the photo paper,
all conspire to distort my “perfect image”.
It is with this in mind,
that I sincerely hope
that I can transport the v…
I live here in Chicago. I am an artist that really appreciate what Catholic Charities is doing with the photography sessions. Looking forward to doing more photo events with them.
People will forget what you said…But will never forget how you made this feel. A
Adapted from Maya Angelou
Winter comes to Spring in Douglas Park. A hidden jewel on Chicago’s west side is ready for its close up.
The photography class was great. It gave me a chance to be creative and to see the beauty of God.
When the light came this morning of this day God created a great view, it formed out to be a great picture, and that leaves a great memory in your mind.
A picture is worth a thousand words but I had nothing to do. Taking photos is a good hobby and I hope someone will like my talent.
I love photography. It is great fun. I really enjoyed the classes and learning how to take pictures. Everybody at Catholic Charities has been so nice, and I am very grateful to them.
My friend and I go out to take pictures as a team and enjoy and compare.
I have had done the photo project before and I have had fun doing it. My pictures tell you what I love and what I am. I love nature and art and animals, wildlife as well.
The photo class program gives you a chance to use your imagination to create an artistic way to express your feelings about photography. The reflections of my images, I tried to bring out the beauty of the world.
Be free to express yourself through the love of art of the art you love.
My photo vision scenes from Chicago lakefront. With the use of shade, shadows, shots were taken on angles using lines to draw the viewer into the photo scene
I love the “poetry” photo. When I was 14 years old Gwendolyn Brooks visited my High School and read her poems. It was my first introduction to a Poet Laureate. Ms. Brooks explained to my class the definition of a Poet Laureate. Ms. Brooks literally spoke these words “We Real Cool.” After Supper Visions teachers have inspired me. They are the reason why I took these photos.
Children of a lesser God. Light a candle in the window until the morning light. Take hold of your dreams- hold them tight. The future of this world is in your hands. Carl Anderson 1991 (Judas-Jesus Christ Superstar).
I am so proud and humbled to be in this show. I have for so long been called a loser, good for nothing, never amount to anything person. Today I know I am none of those negative things. Having been clean and sober for seven years I can truly say I feel a part of something good. I see myself as being a photographer and an artist. I’m grateful for this social opportunity. I thank God for everyone involved in making this event successful.
My personal escape…Spending years struggling to keep a roof over your head, a decent meal in your body and protective clothing from the elements causes one to lose sight of his surroundings. Photography taps into the soul and brings out the joy of freedom.
The heavens are higher than the earth symbolized by the globe, it is even higher than the Willis tower aka Sears Tower. It is higher than the flags along with the Willis Tower, and the new Ferris Wheel featured at Navy Pier. To err may be human, but heaven is always divine, and such are we.
I enjoy taking pictures of nature. That’s why I chose four pictures of birds from my day at the zoo. I’m inspired by the colors, background, and beauty.
Photography is like still poetry, looking through the lens of a camera, I try to find something that speaks directly to me. I love to escape. Photography is a perfect way to escape. When I am taking pictures, I go to a faraway place where I can become one with the camera, and nothing else matters.
I love my photography class. I have learned how to hold a camera correctly, at the same time choose a view that speaks directly to me.
My photos reflect how I see the city of Chicago. My city is so beautiful in so many ways in how I see it.
Had a good time doing it. Hope you love them as much as I do.
I like to take photos and the pictures I took. It is awesome!
This year’s photo show has helped me gain more insight to my own life persona in the eyes of this young artistic dragon-sized spirit of mine and I am forever grateful.
I like to talk to others and see a new life. Time is not good – I don’t have a job or home. Working for it all but pictures and the photo project are helping me to look up. Being with friends at photo project has helped me.
A very short summary about me. I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky. I have been living all over American streets since I was 16 years old. I have raised myself, so, trust Christianity and fairytales are my childhood. It does not exist, so I have been anti- social most of my life. It may be possible for me to learn how to become more sociable and a trade for a career in photography.
A. The lady blowing cool water out of her mouth is cool and refreshing for the kids during the hot summer.
B. As a native Chicagoan, I chose to show one of the city’s most popular attractions: the Bean.
C. The skyscrapers are one of the city’s most breath-taking attractions.
Thank you! I took the stain glass picture at Holy Name Cathedral. I took the Chicago underground train station picture at the Harrison stop on the red line. This one is looking out the window of the Harold Washington Library.
Photography is a recording of expression. My expression is freelance; the ability to share a message, my message is peace and excitement.
When I took the pictures, I felt full of joy and happiness. I smelled the colorful flowers and was inspired to take the pictures. The statue was about church. I felt I needed to take the picture because it was a still life. The picture with the grass is full of green, which is my favorite color and most of all it was a beautiful day.