In addition to all the excitement before and now after the annual Photo Exhibition, we also would like to share some exciting news that was announced this Spring for our leader, Kathy Donahue, Sr. Vice-President for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski recently honored Kathy with the 16th District Unsung Hero Award, acknowledging Kathy’s 32 years of service as a licensed clinical social worker for Catholic Charities. Each year the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues sponsors the “Unsung Heroine” award and chooses one woman from each of the seventeen Cook County Districts “whose contributions have silently, yet notably, made a positive impactin their communities,” according to a recent article in the Lawndale News featuring Kathy’s award.
As Senior Vice-President of Program Development, Kathy is well-known and respected as a brilliant business leader in Chicago. She is skilled at helping Catholic Charities continually develop and refine its programs to address the needs of its clients, always with warmth, a positive attitude, patience, creativity and compassion, for those she works with and those that Catholic Charities serves.
Feedback continues, from this year’s spectacular photo exhibition. More attendees than ever came to the photo show this year for the first time. Most often, people commented on how “professional” the artists and their photographs were. Many people also complimented the photos of each artist that were framed along side each artists’ pictures, saying it was great to identify each photographer with his/her photo collection. All who came said their expectations were exceeded, whether it was their first time there or not!
What other attendees said the ASV photo exhibition…
“The portraits are BEAUTIFUL!”
This photo show “Expresses Chicago”
It is “Sophisticated yet cozy.”
“This should be a travelling show!”
It is a “Great idea to have the show on Sunday (too)!”
“The artist statements are powerful and thought-provoking.”
“I was tearing up when I read the artist statements.”
Thank you for each of these poignant remarks. We always welcome all Comments and Suggestions! Thank you for your continued support of ASV and its artists.
Deborah A. is a remarkably talented person. Her creativity and skill as a photographer are so impressive that her photo (shown below) was chosen as the featured photo on the official ASV 2017 Photo Exhibition invitation. As the photo show approached, and Deborah was asked to make a statement regarding her photos and/or her thoughts about the ASV program, she said, “A word to the wise: Be creative in what you see…for the lens can be a window to one’s soul. Thank you ALL for your amazing support.”
Thank YOU, Deborah for your inspiring words. CONGRATULATIONS on all of your accomplishments in the ASV program this year!
Thanks to Catholic Charities Communications Director Kristine Kappel and Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Lynn Ferguson, some fantastic photos were taken last weekend to capture the Opening Night Reception for ASV 2017:
The 15th Annual After Supper Visions Photo Exhibition generated so much optimism and excitement this weekend that one Friday attendee was almost at a loss for words as she left the reception. Shaking her head, she smiled and said, “That was a room full of joy and fascinating photos. What an accomplishment for everyone in the program!”
Those feelings were shared by many others as guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres and strolled about the gallery, visiting with the artists to learn more about their thoughts on photography, Chicago and life. Many people commented on how professional the artists and their photographic prints are again this year. Others reflected on how far the ASV program has come over the past fifteen years. One thing all agreed on: there is much more that can be done to spread the word about ASV artists and the beautiful artwork they have created.
Our corporate sponsors have been tremendous in this regard, and this list of generous benefactors continues to grow! For example, Sagence consulting firm has been a staunch supporter of ASV for years. Sagence has purchased numerous ASV photos to decorate their offices and they have graciously added a separate link on the “Our Community Work” tab to share the ASV story with all who visit their website: http://bit.ly/2tdbXFD
Thank you Sagence!
The entire gallery of 2017 ASV photos will be uploaded soon on this website for the public to continue to make purchases online. For now, thank you to all who came and supported ASV 2017! Congratulations to all of the artists as well!
Sixty-six artists, with the After Supper Visions Photo Team of volunteers and Catholic Charities staff members, all together cordially invite you to the ASV 2017 Photo Exhibition this Friday, June 9 from 5-7PM at 721 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago. The exhibit continues Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 from 12NOON-3PM each day.
Come meet the artists to discuss art, photography and life. See their photographic prints that, time and again, have been compared to artwork found in the finest galleries in the city.
Print copies can be ordered and mailed to you promptly. Our standard size is 8×10 but we are glad to order any print size you prefer. Ask us about our framing services, as well. Coasters, magnets and note cards will be available for purchase, too, with proceeds going directly to the artists who took each photo. In some years, gallery guests have purchased one print from every artist in the ASV show!
Photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams (1902-1984) once said, “Not everybody trusts paintings, but people believe photographs.”
The long-awaited ASV 2017 Photo Exhibition is here. The artists are ready to unveil the photographs that they have worked very hard to take and present to the public. The ASV Photo Team also has been working on overdrive to help the artists prepare for this big weekend.
See creative images of Chicago’s world-renowned architecture, breathtaking pictures of our vast and beautiful skyline and poignant moments in time captured along our city streets and in our magnificent natural settings.
The Opening Night Reception will be from 5-7PM THIS FRIDAY, June 9th. The exhibit continues SATURDAY, JUNE 10 and SUNDAY, June 11 from 12NOON-3PM each day.
Come meet the very talented artists and see their amazing photographic artwork. This art gallery exhibition is one of the Best Of The Summer in Chicago! Don’t Miss It! Three days only! THIS WEEKEND!
Five additional artists visited Mary’s Closet this week (see below). We congratulate them and ALL of their fellow artists on their individual and collective efforts that brought them to this weekend. Come meet them and experience ASV 2017! We look forward to seeing you THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 9 from 5-7PM at 721 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago.
Six additional artists visited Mary’s Closet yesterday to receive a personal consultation and choose attire for the Opening Night Gallery Reception June 9th. Toyia Baker and April Chandler have been trying very hard to help the artists look and feel their best in anticipation of the upcoming three-day photo show. Toyia is the skilled Program Coordinator who works for Catholic Charities and April is a very generous volunteer in the program. They are quite a team, as evidenced by a story April shared of what transpired with the ASV artists yesterday:
“We really enjoy meeting each of the artists. Yesterday, William’s story was special. Toyia and I were desperately looking for shoes in the right size shoe for William. Fifteen minutes before William arrived, Michael Seward (from the ASV Photo Team) dropped off a donation that included the most beautiful shoes that fit William perfectly. He was thrilled… Toyia was working non-stop today. She has been so gracious and kind to the artists. She is a blessing for everyone.”
Thank you Toyia and April!
Bring your family, friends and work colleagues as the artists debut their new looks, and their photos while they welcome the opportunity to visit with everyone who comes to see the amazing gallery of photos. Join us for the 15th Annual After Supper Visions Photo Exhibition, June 9th, 5-7PM, 721 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago.
Here are Roberta, Jerry, Reggie, Valerie, William and Ralph C. while at their personal visit to Mary’s Closet.
Join us from 6-9PM TONIGHT at 2156 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago, as the iconic ARC Gallery opens an exciting new exhibit featuring photographic artwork created by ASV artists. Our warmest thanks to everyone at ARC Gallery for this wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of this remarkable groups of imaginative, hard-working artists.
This week, more ASV artists have stopped by Mary’s Closet to receive a personal consultation as everyone prepares for the Annual Photo Exhibition Opening Night reception on June 9th. The artists look fantastic and the gallery of prints they have created is amazing. Bring your colleagues, friends and family June 9-11 as ASV celebrates 15 Years Developing Film, Talent and Hope.
Our standard size is 8×10 prints, but we are glad to discuss printing other sizes. Contact Katie Tuten, email@example.com to ask about our framing services as well.
And don’t forget our beautiful collection of cards, magnets and ornaments, all made from photos taken by ASV artists.
THANK YOU very much for joining us in support of all of the artists!
The Catholic Charities “After Supper Visions Photography”. This career of 17 years has brought out my hidden artistic talent thanks to the “Master Teacher, Jody” of the photography program.
Showing my pictures of outdoor nature and city landscape.
We only must tap into the very inter beings of our souls to awaken the art forms in us all. If you do not enjoy what you are doing you will never be good at it. By Luke Parker. If you don’t start somewhere, you’re gonna go nowhere. By Bob Marley. When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white you photograph their soul. Hippy Ted Grant
I have been in the show for 3 years. I love taking pictures outdoors. The way the shadows fall, the way the color grows and flower. City life catches my eyes!
It is amazing to join the 2017 photo show. Welcome to Chicago.
A) L Train going south on Orleans St.
B) A local “lodge” bar on Division and State.
C) Eye catching of trees with different direction.
D) Here we Chicagoans still have rules.
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
This is my seventh year in the photo show and I love to take pictures of trees and plants outdoors. I like how the shadows fall on the shot. My best picture is the tree with sunshine just on the front.
Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities I have even seen in the world. At night it is magnificent and serene and it is always the talk of the town. My building photos make me think of clear blue skies. Buildings have been here for many years and they are as beautiful as they are landmarks. As I keep photographing I keep finding new and beautiful places the city has to offer.
I wanted to take pictures of the Cubs celebration because this is the first time they won since 1908. Who knows when they will do it again. Hopefully the Cubs will win in 200, too!
My second time trying this medium for expression. I usually draw, paint or write. But this turned out to be very helpful in choosing what to capture on film. Also why to capture on film. So I can only say if it looks interesting I try to capture the interest.
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.
Feels exciting to be part of the photo project. I got a chance to create something to capture nature and it makes me feel more of a part of creation.
Everything must be rooted and grounded in love according to the Bible. The flower, carrots and the celery were rooted and grounded in love, so was our country, symbolized by the flag and Patriot on the Horse. Want to change the world… root for love, by loving yourself and others, by making a world a better place for all to love. That is how you change the world; root for love, by being rooted in love. Sow love, reap love, reap what showed and grounded in love.
Like the quote by Tess Flanders “A picture is worth a thousand words”.
Photography puts us in the Here and Now. It teaches us beauty, and therefore life itself is fleeting.
I began doing this art project for a year now… but at first I thought it was going to be a waste of my time, but now I’m beginning to really like this program… I love to see the different photos that have been entered in the art show.
Where do we go when we go. Do you know yet life goes on. Life at time could feel like a cage. Most people have no idea it exist be it up top or at the bottom, we are all seeking of some sort of freedom.
What I like about the project is that it was fun doing it and I hope some sell. I like water and the river because they are peaceful and quiet. I wanted to capture the moment.
Pictures give me a pleasure of good time. I like taking pictures in the mid-day hours because it makes my day go smoother and faster. Catholic Charities inspires me because of their hospitality every day in serving the homeless. I have been a part of Catholic Charities for 17 years – a very good organization.
I came to Catholic Charities to be in the class on Wednesday and one of my friends told me about the class on Tuesday. I love to take pictures of colors and shapes. Pictures to me is artwork, each picture to me has a shape and color, it tell you a story about something. As a child I was in art classes and I find art is a melody. It’s also like a book, it has a beginning and an ending.
I am so glad that there is that thing called After Supper Visions. I look forward to the show each year. It give me another reason to be a happy person. To see things and record them is magic. I am grateful that we can share this wonderful moment.
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.
I like to take pictures of the places I used to stay at when I was homeless. These photos remind me of my past, and the After Supper Visions Program is helping me move forward to a better place.
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 love photography. My late uncle was a photographer before he became a businessman. I love photography for the light, the color, the shadows, and all the varied shapes and dimensions. It is a wonderful hobby, and could turn out to be an extremely interesting profession. It’s also a fun way to be an artist.
Stormy morning – waiting for the sun to rise. Geese and ducklings swimming and dipping in the water. Getting lost between sunrise and sunset. The beautiful colors, the dark blue water and skylights. Bird watching early morning – what did I miss? Beautiful colors of water and sky.
A Weekend in the Swamp
I’m Happy to be back in the show. It is a wonderful place to show my work and see the other artists’ work. I was lucky enough to go to Georgia with a friend to the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge. I would like to share some photos of the prehistoric place.
As the saying goes: A picture is worth a thousand words. In other words, pictures can tell a story. Good or bad, happiness, sadness, whatever the story might be; a visual of what you are trying to say could help the story be told better.
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.
I love the way Chicago is. It is my kind of town. I take pictures.
I took photography in high school. I have been involved with Catholic Charities for three years. This is my first time doing the Visions’ class. I have also sold artwork with the Chicago Association of Retarded Citizens. What inspired me to take the picture of the moon was the way it was, kind of play hide and seek with clouds on a cold winter’s night; a clock is a work beauty, and river on a cold winter day with the city what a sight to look at.
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 came to Catholic Charities to be in the class on Wednesday and one of my friends told me about the class on Tuesday. I love to take pictures of colors and shapes. Pictures to me is artwork. Each picture to me has a shape and color; it tells you a story about something. As a child, I was in art classes and I find art is a melody; it is also like a book with a beginning and an ending.
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.
The reason why I am writing this note is because I love to take nice pictures of buildings, cars, windows, animals and others too. Now, the reason why I take pictures is because it makes me feel good about myself. I need something positive to do. Photography is a nice thing to do, indoors and outdoors. Just holding a camera makes me feel special.
Enjoying the sun reflecting on the building while walking through the city.
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 one thing I love about art is that it is relaxing. I love nature, the flowers, plants and landscape. The two pictures of the landscape, the one with the water was in the Gurnee area. It is so beautiful up there! The second one was taken in McHenry County. The tulip picture was just a random one. I was caught in the rain, I thought, “wow, the water droplets on the tulip, this will make a great picture”. I hope that we, as humans, will not destroy the beauty of our Planet!
At a young age I was given a camera, and from there I just fell in love with photography, no schooling. Just a passion.
The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier Chicago is awesome. I wanted everyone to know how it feels when you stand at the bottom of the stairs, excited and afraid to get on. So, I laid on the ground and took this picture, and then I ran away!