The After Supper Visions program has been featured in a wonderful article just published in Adobe Creative Magazine, a monthly online publication that has a following of readers from all over the world. Click on the link below. Congratulations to all ASV artists – your story continues to inspire many people, at the holidays and all year long!
As mentioned in previous posts, one very special part of the ASV program is the genuine support that returning artists give to new artists each year, as they learn more about photography. The returning artists often have poignant, powerful things to say, about life and taking pictures as they share their experiences, in the photography classes and at the Tuesday Supper. However, we also still love to hear passionate comments from new artists, as they start to explore their own creative talents. One of the new artists this year is Andrea C. and this is what she recently said about participating in the ASV program:
“I can’t wait to take photos with my new camera. I learned a lot in the class; I learned about shadows and abstract photos. I do a lot of moving around and I hope to get some photos of the west side and south side. I want to go to the lake front and take photos there, too. I am so looking forward to seeing my photos. I truly enjoyed the class and the teachers who were very helpful. I now have something to look forward to when I start my day.”
We welcome Andrea and all of the new artists who have joined the program this year! May all of the artists find new heights of creativity and beauty in their images, as we prepare for the ASV 2018 Photo Exhibition!
As the 2017 holiday season kicks off, we are delighted to present to you a beautiful collection of ASV photos that have been turned into fantastic cards and gifts! Each purchase benefits the artist who took each photo, which makes it every more meaningful. The ornaments, coasters, magnets and note card sets are perfect for housewarming gifts, stocking stuffers or just special additions to your own home décor. ASV 8×10 prints are lovely gifts as well, for the homes and offices of your colleagues and friends. Click on the red X-MAS GIFTS link on our HOME page, to order Christmas cards and gifts. Click on the purple GIFTS link to see the gorgeous note card collection. And when you click on the blue tab, you will find the entire gallery of 2017 ASV Exhibition Photos to choose from. Quantities are limited so place your order today!
To the artists who took these photos: Thank you for sharing your inspiring talents with everyone who visits this website! Happy Holidays to all!
The pilgrims who came to this New World first celebrated a meal of Thanksgiving in 1621, after the success of their first harvest. The United States of America celebrated Thanksgiving as a nation, on and off since 1789, once our Constitution was established. Then, President Abraham Lincoln officially made Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1863. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation that year, President Lincoln wrote:
“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
We are most grateful to all who have supported ASV and its artists this year. Our warmest wishes to you, for a very Happy Thanksgiving, from everyone at After Supper Visions.
ASV photographer Mike Becker is an inspiring artist. He is gifted in use of imagination and creativity in capturing moments in time on film. He also is unusually generous in sharing what he knows about photography with other artists in the ASV program.
The Autumn, 2017 issue of Catholic Charities’ Spirit Magazine includes a special article on Mike. Click the link below to read the full article. Congratulations and Thank You, Mike for all you bring to After Supper Visions!
After Supper Visions is delighted to be included among the featured vendors selling specialty items at a Holiday Tea and Boutique on November 9th. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Lake County, this annual event will be held at the Wynstone Golf Club in North Barrington. The event promises to be a great day of high tea and holiday shopping, from 9AM until 3PM. Reservations are $65 per person. See below or contact Karen Daniels at 847-782-4115 for further details.
The first class of the new After Supper Visions season takes place tomorrow, September 12th. At a recent Tuesday Night Supper, volunteers showed a slideshow of the June, 2017 Opening Night event, including a collage of photos that were taken last year. The presentation was so engaging that seventeen NEW artists signed up for the program. All look forward to exploring new heights of creativity and imagination with each other, while learning more about photography and capturing special moments in time on film. Join us, as another season of discovery begins.
The office of Cook Country Treasurer Maria Pappas recently was enhanced with the addition of a gallery of ASV photos. All are welcome to come see the display at 118 North Clark Street. Congratulations to all of the artists whose work continues to be admired and appreciated by more and more people in Chicago! In addition, we extend our warmest thanks to Treasurer Pappas and her staff for helping us share the talents of the inspiring ASV artists.
On Thursday, June 15th, ASV was grateful to be one of the select group of vendors chosen to be represented at the “Diamonds Are Forever” luncheon and boutique at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette. Sponsored by Catholic Charities North Regional Office, this annual summer gathering offered a lovely range of items to generous shoppers who enjoy spending time together while raising funds for Catholic Charities. ASV Project Manager Katie Tuten and ASV Photo Team Member Jody O’Connor sold ASV prints, ornaments and other gifts, even selling out of the ASV note cards they had brought! Thank you, to all who came and bought ASV items at this special event. AND thank you, Katie and Jody, for your relentless dedication to ASV and its artists!
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.
Thursday, February 15, 6-8PM: HINSDALE LIBRARY RECEPTION FOR AFTER SUPPER VISIONS
Monday, April 16: EVERY SIP COUNTS FUNDRAISER at Lagunitas’ Tap Room
Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10: ANNUAL PHOTO EXHIBITION at Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle Street
ALSO: 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!
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.
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.
I like to take photos and the pictures I took. It is awesome!
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
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
“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 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!
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.
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.
I like the colors of my photos and their shapes; how they grow from the ground and blend it out.
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.
I like the photography because it makes me feel like I’ve done something important.
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.
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I started taking photos as a hobby. I was bored with a lot of free time. I started paying attention to the scenery that I took for granted every day. For example, sunrise, moon and sunshine. As dusk starts to settle in that’s when things get calm and relaxing, my perfect time for photos/photography.
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.
This is a photo catch of Chicago’s Rye. One of many beautiful aspects of architectural foundation. Look, see, wonder.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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…
Showing my pictures of outdoor nature and city landscape.
I like to talk to others and see a new life Time is not good, I don 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 the photo project has helped me.
I love the way Chicago is. It is my kind of town. I take pictures.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Photography puts us in the Here and Now. It teaches us beauty, and therefore life itself is fleeting.
Up a Creek
The Road to Oz
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!