“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 http://www.arcgallery.org/after-supper-visions.

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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ASV Artists Prepare For June 9-11 Photo Exhibition With A Visit To Mary’s Closet

There is an old saying, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” ASV artists Allen, Daniel and Lamont understand this well. They recently took it upon themselves to make sure they will look professional and confident at the ASV Annual Photo Exhibition  June 9-11, by visiting Mary’s Closet, the Catholic Charities program that provides clients with all they need to look and feel their best,  at job interviews and at special events in their lives.

Created by Catholic Charities Board Members in 2011, the staff and volunteers at Mary’s Closet offer attire fitting, professional consultation and image preparation that is tailored to each client. Regarding her recent meetings with Allen, Daniel and Lamont, Mary’s Closet Coordinator Toyia E. Baker said “It has been such a joy fitting and styling the After Supper Visions artists for their upcoming exhibit. Consulting them on their attire as a group displayed a camaraderie that is both uplifting and spirit-filled.”  ASV Project Director Katie Tuten, who also attended the meetings agreed. She said, “It was such a joyful experience. The artists loved it!” 

These photos capture Allen, Daniel and Lamont, before and after they each had his personal consultation:






Seeing the joy that each artist had at the conclusion of his consultation, Toyia said, “They are living proof that your situation doesn’t have to dictate your character or the way one responds to the world.”

Mary’s closet works with many clients besides ASV artists. In fact, a visit to Mary’s Closet is one of the final steps toward self-sufficiency for Catholic Charities clients in these and other important programs:

Veteran’s Employment Program

Immigration and Naturalization Services

Family Shelter Programs

Refugee Services

CHA FamilyWorks

Maternity Services

Reflecting on the partnership between these two Catholic Charities programs, Mary’s Closet volunteer April Chandler says, “True service is being dedicated to helping others rise. The After Supper Visions team teaches hundreds of artists how to capture their powerful journey through photographs. This amazing Catholic Charities experience is as empowering and transformative for the artists as it is for the volunteers.”

Toyia agrees. She says, “Like many of our clients, when the artists see their transformation, you automatically feel the confidence radiating from them. This…is truly what makes what we do worthwhile.”

Thank you, Toyia, April and everyone at Mary’s Closet! We are inspired by your dedication to helping others, and honored to be partners with you.  

The ASV Photo Team is working diligently to print, mat and professionally frame every image specially chosen by the artists to be featured in this year’s photo show. Please plan to join us from 5-7PM on Friday, June 9th for the Gallery Opening, at 721 N. La Salle Street in Chicago. We are celebrating Fifteen Years of Developing Film, Talent and Hope. It will be a truly uplifting, memorable night for all.   

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2017 Photo Show Excitement Kicks Off At Lagunitas Tap


Thank you to everyone who came to join in the fun on Monday, April 24th in anticipation of the ASV 2017 Photo Exhibition! Many thanks to Lagunitas Brewing Co., too for allowing us once again to gather in the chic Lagunitas Tap Room, which was perfect in every way for the ASV crowd.  

Please mark your calendars for June 9, 10 and 11, when you can meet this year’s ASV artists and see the beautiful photography that they have been planning for months to showcase to the public. It will be a very special weekend.  

Thank you again to all who contributed to the night at Lagunitas!  

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THREE FABULOUS RAFFLE PRIZES will help make the ASV SPECIAL EVENT fundraiser at Lagunitas’ Tap Room next Monday, April 24th even more spectacular!

Tickets are $5 each, or $20 for FIVE tickets. Winner NEED NOT BE PRESENT to win!

You can win:

FOUR TICKETS, FIELD BOX SEATS, Cubs vs. Marlins, Monday, June 5th; 7:05PM Game Time 

TWO TICKETS, Cubs vs. Padres, Monday, June 19th, 7:05PM Game Time

FOUR TICKETS TO MURPHY’S ROOFTOP, Cubs vs. Mets, Tuesday, Sept. 12th, 7:05PM Game Time – Prize includes food, drinks and amazing view of the game! 

If anyone would like to purchase raffle tickets BEFORE next Monday, contact Catholic Charities Project Manager Katie Tuten at ktuten@catholiccharities.net, 312-655-7003.

THANK YOU for your support of After Supper Visions!

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Catholic Charities of Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Hope

This week, Catholic Charities of Chicago kicks off a year-long celebration of the people and events that have brought this life-giving and life-sustaining organization to its 100th birthday.

Catholic Charities Chicago is the largest Catholic Charities in the nation. After Supper Visions is one of the over 150 Catholic Charities programs in Cook and Lake Counties that serve over 1 million people a year, offering emergency, short-term and long-term assistance of every kind, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Everything Catholic Charities of Chicago does is designed to show compassion and respect to clients, affirm them of their dignity, and empower them with pragmatic solutions so they can return to self-sufficiency to the greatest extent possible. Catholic Charities is proud of its history, and committed to providing essential services to those in need for many years to come.

Learn more, by clicking below on yesterday’s announcement and on the link to the website created for this very special occasion.



May God bless the work of Catholic Charities, as another Century of Hope begins in Chicago!

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Second Annual ONE-OF-A-KIND Spring Show April 28-30

For the second year in a row, ASV is delighted to be one of 300 featured vendors and the widely-popular Spring One-Of-A-Kind Show, held at the Merchandise Mart April 28-30. This fabulous shopping experience features a wide range of items for home and personal use, plus wonderful food and entertainment. See the attached Press Release and Fact Sheet for details.

One of a Kind Spring Show Fact Sheet

OOAK Spring Show Announcement Press Release

AND…click this link to receive ONE FREE ENTRY PASS to the show!

one of a kind free pass

Help us help ASV artists as we prepare for the 2017 Photo Exhibition! Come see us at the One-Of-A-Kind Show!

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