ASV artist Mary M. found a great-looking dress and jacket to wear to the photo exhibition. While visiting Mary’s Closet, Mary said, “I enjoyed going to Mary’s Closet. The young lady who helped me was so patient. It makes me more excited about showing my pictures to people.”
ASV artist Chester P. found a very polished look with his new suit to wear to the photo exhibition. While visiting Mary’s Closet, Chester said, “After seeing myself in the suit Mary’s Closet put together for me, I felt like I did when I was a young man, full of pride. My family won’t believe it’s me, when they see me all dressed up.”
ASV artist Andy A. found a terrific suit to wear to the photo exhibition. While visiting Mary’s Closet, Andy said, “Each year, ASV continues to get better. With Mary’s Closet dressing us for the exhibit, the artists truly feel special. I’m amazed how the coordinator of Mary’s Closet is always able to fit me perfectly with a suit I love, the very first time, each time that I’ve had the opportunity to visit.”
Andrea C. found a very professional suit to wear to the ASV Photo Exhibition. While visiting Mary’s Closet, Andrea said, “Wow, I truly feel I got the artist treatment in Mary’s Closet. The stylist worked to dress me for me…in a way that I’m comfortable with, without being judgmental. Way to go, Catholic Charities.”
ASV Photo Team volunteers are spending many hours together this week, meticulously cleaning, matting and framing the photographs chosen by each artist to be displayed in the June 8-10 photo exhibition. Seen below are ASV Co-Founder Ellen Gorney (left) with fellow volunteer Carolyn Winterfield.
All of the volunteers are excited to have so many new artists in this year’s show- 1/3 of the total participating. They also are surprised and pleased by the quality of the images taken by the new artists. The photographs reflect ideas presented in ASV photography classes regarding light, shadows and reflection, showing that the artists truly put into action what they learned in class.
Another terrific development this year has been the number of artists who have become skilled at editing their own photos, so their creativity and talent can continue to grow along with their knowledge of technology. The photos that will be unveiled to the public for the first time on June 8th will be the culmination of a great deal of work by all involved in the ASV program. Come experience this very special event!
The 74 artists participating in this year’s photo exhibition show great promise. Their talent, creativity and imagination have grown immensely through the winter and now final preparations are being made before their photographic artwork is introduced to the public June 8-10 at 721 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago.
For the artists, preparations include choosing which photos to display in the show, writing Artist Statements and having their individual portraits taken. The statements and portraits will be framed and hung alongside each artist’s photos. Photo Team volunteers are spending a great deal of time in these last three weeks carefully cleaning picture frames and meticulously framing each new photo to be displayed. With 74 artists and numerous photos per artist, it is a big job, one that many of these volunteers have joyfully done every year since the first ASV Photo Exhibition, 16 years ago.
Come see the extraordinary results of all of this hard work! The ASV Photo Exhibition is one of the most inspiring events on the Chicago art/civic calendar each summer. Join us, Friday, June 8 from 5-7PM, for the Opening Gallery Reception, with the exhibit continuing Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 from NOON-2PM each day. We look forward to welcoming you to ASV 2018!
This captivating photo, taken by photographer John L. is just one of the hundreds of multi-dimensional photos that will be unveiled at the 2018 ASV Photo Exhibition June 8-10. Spread the word! Share this invitation with your family, friends and work colleagues and encourage them to come meet the artists and experience this unique gallery opening event. After Supper Visions: Developing Film, Talent and Hope.
A great time was had by all last evening, as Lagunitas Brewing Co. opened its doors to ASV for a kick-off event in anticipation of the 2018 Photo Exhibition. ASV Photo Team members, along with Catholic Charities executives, staff members and guests enjoyed a fabulous buffet generously donated by Robert Finnegan of Prime Food Catering, while listening to the crowd-pleasing music of Platform 29. One newcomer to the event remarked, “What a great spirit in the room. Everyone there was really nice and so genuine in their support for the artists and this program.” All proceeds will be used toward efforts to make this year’s photo show the most successful one to date. Please mark your calendars, come meet the artists and join us, June 8-10 for a truly unique, uplifting photo gallery experience. Thank you, to everyone at Lagunitas and to all who attended last night!
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!
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 want to thank Ellen, Jody, Katie, Fr. Wayne, Linda, Noreen, Michael and everyone else I have forgotten for the chance to display my pictures.
People will forget what you said…But will never forget how you made this feel. A
Adapted from Maya Angelou
Photography is a recording of expression. My expression is freelance; the ability to share a message, my message is peace and excitement.
This is a photo catch of Chicago’s Rye. One of many beautiful aspects of architectural foundation. Look, see, wonder.
I love the way Chicago is. It is my kind of town. I take pictures.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoying the sun reflecting on the building while walking through the city.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
Be free to express yourself through the love of art of the art you love.
It is my expression of my photography of my life vision is the vision of my life in the world of beauty.
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 try to take photos that show beauty in its many forms.
I have named my photos (for fun):
A) High on LSD
B) Beau Bridges
C) Monet Tree
D) Rhapsody in Blue
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.
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.
I like the colors of my photos and their shapes; how they grow from the ground and blend it out.
Bike photo: I wanted a straight photo with a diagonal feel to it. I thought it was cool to take a photo like this. I tried to grasp a photo that no one else takes – a unique perspective. I like my photos to be an art piece hung in someone’s living room or office space.
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 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.
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.
The day is to be a man’s job. I like to walk and see the Chicago waters.
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
Up a Creek
The Road to Oz
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!
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.
The Catholic Charities is where I spend time doing things I like to do like taking photos of Chicago and yoga and whatever they have but most of all is taking photography.
Winter comes to Spring in Douglas Park. A hidden jewel on Chicago’s west side is ready for its close up.
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.
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.
Art is my happy place especially photography. This is my escape; I can be whoever I want to be. My husband and I are named as the “Art Couple Who’s Still Standing.
Um.. Hello, this is America.
You can salute the Flags.
You can pray like Mary.
You can roar like a lion.
You can soar and fly like an eagle.
The world of structure, enthusiasm, accomplishment in photo synthesizing and obedience in learning. These are my feelings about photography.
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.
Photography puts us in the Here and Now. It teaches us beauty, and therefore life itself is fleeting.