Meet Deborah

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!

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Scenes From ASV 2017

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:

Enjoy and THANK YOU again to all who came, all who made purchases, all who donated to the reception, and all who shared their talents with us!


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“A Room Full Of Joy And Fascinating Photos”

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:

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!



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All Are Welcome THIS FRIDAY

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.”

Come and believe, Friday.

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ASV 2017 Is Here

Come Join Us This Friday!

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.








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“A Blessing For Everyone”

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.








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ARC Gallery ASV Exhibit Reception Tonight

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.

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Mary’s Closet Continues To Welcome ASV 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.

Ralph W.








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ASV Celebrates Fifteen Years Developing Film, Talent and Hope: Join Us, June 9-11

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ARC Gallery To Host ASV Exhibit May 24-June 17

Chicago’s renowned ARC Gallery, 2156 N. Damen Avenue has generously offered to host a special exhibit featuring photos taken by ASV artists.

The show will run from May 24 through June 17. An Opening Night reception will take place this Friday, May 26, from 6-9PM. The gallery hours will be: Wednesday- Saturday, 12-6PM and Sunday, 12-4PM.

ARC Gallery is a non-profit cooperative operated since 1973 by women artists. As the ARC website states, “ARC works to empower women by providing professional and mentoring opportunities in the visual arts.” One way ARC does this by offering assistance to underserved populations.  

Regarding the upcoming ASV exhibit, longtime ARC Gallery Member Amy Zucker says, “ARC is committed to being not just an exhibition space, but an educational foundation, as well. Part of that is providing experiences that feature artists who might benefit from showcasing their work at our gallery, while at the same time bringing attention to important issues. We are glad to soon feature the work of artists from After Supper Visions.”   

Beyond donating the gallery space to display ASV photos for over three weeks, ARC Gallery also is generously foregoing the fee to host the exhibit and the 50% commission most galleries make for revenues generated while an exhibit is on display. ARC also is donating the refreshments for the Opening Night Reception on May 26. As ASV volunteer Linda Roxe explains, “I submitted an application on the ARC website’s Community Service link and we have been astounded at the generosity of their response.”  

Every artist who participated in the 2016 ASV Photo Exhibition will have one photo on display at the ARC exhibit. Prints of these photos will be available for purchase and ASV will have other new items for sale at ARC, including magnets, coasters, cards and ornaments, all made from photo prints taken by the artists. Learn more at

Our sincere thanks to Amy, ARC President Cheri Naselli and everyone at ARC Gallery for this fantastic opportunity. Please join us this Friday from 6-9PM!


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