Please join us for the 2023 After Supper Visions (ASV) Photo Exhibition
Friday. September 22, 2023 from 5-7pm
Vincent Hall, 721 North LaSalle Street in Chicago
The photo above was taken by Sheri H., an artist in the ASV program. Meet Sheri and all of the other artists and see the extraordinary photos they have taken over the past year. For more information, email email@example.com. We hope to see you at this very special Gallery Opening experience!
Special thanks to Bay Photo for supporting ASV and its artists.
After Supper Visions cordially invites you to the 2023 ASV Photo Exhibition on Friday, September 22 from 5-7pm in Vincent Hall at 721 North LaSalle Street in Chicago. Be among the first to see the extraordinary photographic works of art captured on film over the past year by the artists in the ASV program. Meet the artists and join in the excitement of this very special art gallery experience. We are delighted to be back in-person for this annual event! For more information, call (312) 655-7425.
Excitement was in the air this week as After Supper Visions (ASV) photography classes resumed, starting a new season of enjoyment and discovery for the artists who have signed up to participate this year. New and returning artists will soon … Continue reading →
It started with a donation of cameras. In 2002, Fr. Wayne Watts, Associate Administrator of Catholic Charities and Ellen Gorney, a Catholic Charities executive at the time came up with the idea to share this generous donation with the guests of Charities Charities Tuesday Night Suppers. Soon Jody O’Connor, Noreen Russo and Maureen Kelly joined the group, creating the original Photo Team, and they got to work, trying to make After Supper Visions the most positive photography experience possible for the artists who chose to participate in the program.
Twenty years later, the goal of After Supper Visions is still the same. New and returning artists challenge themselves to new heights of imagination and creativity each year. Their talent, resiliency and support for one another continue to inspire us all! Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold our in-person Photo Exhibition this year. However, we invite you to watch this space for further developments as After Supper Visions continues to offer our guests the opportunity to see beautiful, interesting things in life from the lens of a camera, and grow in their skills as photographers.
We offer heartfelt gratitude to the many other volunteers, individual benefactors and corporate donors who continue to support ASV and its artists. Happy 20th Anniversary to all!
After Supper Visions Photo Team members continue to work with the artists in this program to the extent that we are able to safely do so. The artists are taking impressive photos and when we are able to meet in person, we are working with them on editing to bring out the best in each of their photos.
We are hoping to have our 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibition on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, 2022 IN PERSON at 721 N. LaSalle Street. However, we will need to continue to follow all city and state COVID-19 guidelines as the date nears. Stay tuned for the latest news on this very special event.
You can support ASV artists all year long on this website, by purchasing prints and gifts and making a donation. Thank you for your ongoing support of the artists and the art of photography!
After Supper Visions: Twenty Years Developing Film, Talent & Hope
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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!
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.
Children of a lesser God. Light a candle in the window until the morning light. Take hold of your dreams- hold them tight. The future of this world is in your hands. Carl Anderson 1991 (Judas-Jesus Christ Superstar).
“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 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.
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.
This is my second year doing the After Supper Visions show. I really enjoyed it. Last year I took the picture of the rose during the Christmas dinner at Catholic Charities, a reflection of another building hitting the garage made an interesting light show and a mirror image on glass with dancing rain on a stormy night.
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.
Photography is like still poetry, looking through the lens of a camera, I try to find something that speaks directly to me. I love to escape. Photography is a perfect way to escape. When I am taking pictures, I go to a faraway place where I can become one with the camera, and nothing else matters.
I love my photography class. I have learned how to hold a camera correctly, at the same time choose a view that speaks directly to me.
I have had done the photo project before and I have had fun doing it. My pictures tell you what I love and what I am. I love nature and art and animals, wildlife as well.
In final, the weather would be dirty to a photographer, but we call this skyscrapers. Can fun time and the pictures make you smile? It did for me and that’s why I had fun.
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.
At a young age I was given a camera, and from there I just fell in love with photography, no schooling. Just a passion.
Winter comes to Spring in Douglas Park. A hidden jewel on Chicago’s west side is ready for its close up.
The photo class program gives you a chance to use your imagination to create an artistic way to express your feelings about photography. The reflections of my images, I tried to bring out the beauty of the world.
This is my first year in the photo class. The more I relaxed the more fun I started having. It you think it is beautiful it is probably a good picture.
It is my expression of my photography of my life vision is the vision of my life in the world of beauty.
I have been taking pictures for eight years and I am still in the pictures. I like being in it because it helps me calm down and be happy. I like taking pictures outside a lot, hot, snow, that what I like doing. It shows what best comes out of me.
I like taking pictures around the holidays because everything is so decorative. I like taking pictures of the Bulls, the Sox, the Blackhawks and the Cubs, all in Chicago because they are all winners.
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
Showing my pictures of outdoor nature and city landscape.
Be free to express yourself through the love of art of the art you love.
What I like about photography is trying to find that next great shot. It is the hunt for that picture I find the most fun.
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!
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.
I started photography as a hobby and it turned into a passion. I find it fascinating to shoot a sunrise and a sunset. Noticing how the colors change as the sun rises in the early morning is like God creating his art. Nothing to me can replace photographing God at this best artwork.
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!
The day is to be a man’s job. I like to walk and see the Chicago waters.
I like the photography because it makes me feel like I’ve done something important.
Random photography of the city. From the early morning not as bitterly cold outside as it feels.
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 picture is worth a thousand words but I had nothing to do. Taking photos is a good hobby and I hope someone will like my talent.
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.
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.
My friend and I go out to take pictures as a team and enjoy and compare.
Enjoying the sun reflecting on the building while walking through the city.
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.
Photography puts us in the Here and Now. It teaches us beauty, and therefore life itself is fleeting.
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.
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
Please find smiles inside…
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.