Since its premiere on June 4, the After Supper Visions’ 2021 video has been receiving wonderful feedback. Below are some of the comments we have been receiving. THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so that After Super Visions can continue to reach as many artists as possible!
“I really liked the mix of communication from staff and from the guests. It was great that the guests had equal time to speak. The appreciation of the guests and the benefits of the program to them really came through. And the video quality was just terrific!”
“What an inspiring show. After Supper Visions is incredible. This program keeps getting better and better, reaching more people every year.”
“It’s touching to see how much this program means in the lives of the photographers who participate in it.”
“I like donating to programs that I know are making a positive difference in people’s lives. This is one of them.”
THANK YOU to all who are donating to ASV and its artists through the green DONATE button on the HOME page of this website. For those who would like to pay by check, please make the check payable to After Supper Visions and mail your check to: After Supper Visions, c/o Noreen Russo Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago 721 N. LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60654
Questions? Contact Noreen at email@example.com; 312-655-7932. After Supper Visions: Nineteen Years Developing Film, Talent & Hope
Catholic Charities cordially invites you to a celebration of After Supper Visions and its artists. JOIN FR. WAYNE WATTS at 5:00PM TODAY for a special, 30-minute, virtual program featuring beautiful photos, and powerful interviews with the artists who will share their perspectives on photography, and on life. Click here to join the show: https://youtu.be/g5bljRJMEs8.
Gather your friends and join Fr. Wayne Watts for a celebration of ALL that the ASV artists have accomplished this year, DESPITE the pandemic! FRIDAY, JUNE 4 at 5:00PM – JOIN US! You will be SO glad you did!
You’ve heard about the extraordinary talent that has been discovered at Catholic Charities After Supper Visions program. You’ve seen the stunning photography on this website.
Now is your chance to meet some of the artists! On FRIDAY, JUNE 4 from 5:00-5:30PM (CST), After Supper Visions will host a very special online program to celebrate all of the achievements in photography that have occurred over the past nineteen years. Even during the pandemic, the artists have continued to come to Catholic Charities on Tuesdays, to grow in their skills as photographers, using all CDC COVID-19 guidelines.
Go to the HOME PAGE of this website and read powerful quotes from the artists. Then plan to join us on Friday, June 4 where you will hear from the artists, themselves, and learn how much this program means to them.
Catholic Charities After Supper Visions is celebrating “Nineteen Years Developing Film, Talent and Hope” in a special online event June 4th. Get insights into the history of the program, meet some wonderful artists and hear how After Supper Visions has had a positive impact in their lives. Follow this space to get the link to the show, and spread the word, as JUNE 4 nears! This 30-minute program will be a MUST-SEE program this summer!
After Supper Visions will present an inspiring, online event on Friday, June 4th, 2021 celebrating “Nineteen Years of Developing Film, Talent and Hope.” Watch this space for details as this special event nears!
After Supper Visions photography classes continue this winter, and the artists are remarkably optimistic, despite the challenges of cold weather and COVID-19. In a recent interview, Joe D. said that he likes to take multiple images of a photo, at different times of the day, and compare them. He says, “When you’re looking at a photograph, you’re looking at a moment in time…people can see that art, life, and photography are moments in time…they are life. Especially in a time like this, when we are all in lockdown, we want to do something…that helps us feel like we are human and still connected to the rest of the world.”
Stay tuned as After Supper Visions finds new and creative ways to showcase the photographic work of all of the artists this year.
Click on GIFTS from our HOME page to see a gorgeous collection of Christmas cards, ornaments, note card sets and a coaster set, all made from photos taken by ASV artists. Every purchase directly benefits the artists who took the photos.
Also, as you make your end-of-year donations, please consider ASV among the programs and organizations that you support. The artists have made tremendous progress this year, despite the pandemic, and they look forward to a New Year of discovery in 2021, as they continue to grow in their skills as photographers.
My photos reflect how I see the city of Chicago. My city is so beautiful in so many ways in how I see it.
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 really enjoy the photo show.
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.
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 love this project because it makes me feel proud taking pictures of doors, windows, plants, animals, and buildings. I do enjoy taking pictures; it makes me feel good about animals, plants, building, food, and myself.
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.
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!
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.
These three shots were done during the late day because I was trying to capture shade, light and shadow to produce a scene that would be appealing and comfortable to the eye. The third shot with bike was an expression of reflection, light, and shadow.
The shape of my photo picture is the flower, the color shape of it like shape from the build is how it was the color in it is so good. I like my photo. It is good to have the shape bring out the color in it, just great. It must be my flower that the color brings out. It’s ok to me.
Many things you see can inspire you and help you see things differently, but the moment the eyes to your heart are open it will inspire you even more because now it’s not only the eye that captures what inspires yo…
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!
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.
When I am taking pictures of different things, I try to do the best I can. However, I take my time when I am shooting the pictures and find buildings and nice areas like parks and other clean places and community. Nevertheless, this is my first time being a photographer and it is very interesting and challenging. Therefore, I hope you all enjoy looking at my beautiful pictures. Thank you very much. P.S. I did my best.
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.
The photos give us good idea of the future of Chicago: buildings and landscapes that are beautiful. The photo project inspires me to look for pictures I want to take.
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.
Showing my pictures of outdoor nature and city landscape.
I am 48 years old, AA, disabled, single female; who is both an educated mason that is both poor and homeless. I am also a non-veteran, non-gang member, without children. Due to gentrification, I was evicted out of public housing after a quarter of a century.
All praises and thanks to Father God and Catholic Charities. I am moving from being barred from low-income housing to the bus and park bench to a new home of my own.
Step by step.
Photography relaxes me. It makes me feel proud to be a Chicagoan. Our city is so beautiful – we should never take for granted. We are blessed to live here.
I like taking pictures hoping that someone will be inspired by what Chicago looks like through my vision of what I see.
The one thing I love about art is the flowers, plants and the way you can capture it all if you have that eye for the perfect picture before it is all gone.
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.
Everything changes through the eye of a camera. Whether it is a flower, a tire, an ant or a person, there is beauty in everything.
Random photography of the city. From the early morning not as bitterly cold outside as it feels.
The photography class was great. It gave me a chance to be creative and to see the beauty of God.
Photography is my calling. I have been with the “After Supper Visions” program for 16 years. I am a pioneer of this program. It enabled me to show my love for my two sons through this art. Thank you for helping me to support my sons as a single parent.
At a young age I was given a camera, and from there I just fell in love with photography, no schooling. Just a passion.
These photos were taken in Hawaii while I worked on a cruise ship this past summer. Although I was working 10-hour days, I was able to get off every now and then and take photos every chance I got. I hope you enjoy them.
I enjoy photography. It brings back memories when I was smart kid, who loved my teachers. Teachers who took the time and showed us how much fun it was to learn. We went on field trips, that was exciting to us when I was in grammar school and high school.
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.
The photo project has improved my creative and artistic expressions. My images are an expression of my creative side. Thanks to Catholic Charities for giving me a chance to become an artist.
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.
It is very hard for me to get out. Taking the pictures I found relaxing and enjoyed doing more than I thought. I hope you find a picture you enjoy as much.
My friend and I go out to take pictures as a team and enjoy and compare.
As I walked off the escalator at Harold Washington Library and caught sight of all those extraordinary dog tags, I thought of all the lives sacrificed. That in itself was enough to inspire me. The dog tags tell stories of men and women, some who lost lives and some MIA. My words cannot express how I felt when I took these photos. I can only say that my heart goes out to all those courageous men and women whom they represent.
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.
People will forget what you said…But will never forget how you made this feel. A
Adapted from Maya Angelou
I was born and raised in Chicago. A city of big buildings and beautiful people. When I take pictures this is my way to express myself, using the camera. I love it.
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.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.