Our Purpose: "To promote artistic activities and to encourage community interest in the field of creative art."
DPAG & PRAL demos for 2016-2017
The Des Plaines Art Guild and the Park Ridge Art League are combining their schedule of art demonstrations for the upcoming year. The monthly art demo will alternate between the DPAG meeting location and the PRAL meeting location. By joining the DPAG, you will automatically receive a reciprocal membership in the Park Ridge Art League, whose meetings are held at the South Park Rec Center, 833 Talcott Avenue (at Cumberland) on the 3rd Friday of the month. The combined groups will take turns hosting demos, exhibits and special events in the upcoming season.
"On the Street Where You Live, Work, and Play."
The public is invited to participate in a community photo project in Des Plaines called "On the Street Where You Live, Work, and Play." Residents of all ages can submit photos of their house, favorite building, or other interesting structure located in Des Plaines. The effort is sponsored by the Des Plaines History Center, the Des Plaines Arts Council, Des Plaines Memory, and the Des Plaines Public Library.
"This project is about having fun," said Rhonda Popko of the Arts Council. "People can contribute without feeling intimidated. It's not an art competition. Everyone has phones. Everyone can snap a picture."
The project was launched in conjunction with the Des Plaines History Center's current show, "Des Plaines Architecture: An Exhibit about our Homes and City." Community members can upload up to three photos to desplainesmemory.org, where they will be posted online. Photos can also be scanned at the History Center, which is open to the public Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. All photo submissions can include a brief description of the image or a memory of the scene or a statement about why the photo is meaningful.
Popko hopes the effort will create a sense of place by photographically portraying daily life in Des Plaines. She added that the photos will be displayed in a traveling mural and a sculptural work of the photos.
"This project gives people a chance to leave a mark and be part of something that everyone can partake in. It can make you feel good about where you live or worship or what you are passionate about."
Photos will be accepted until July 31. For more information or help with submitting or scanning photos, call the History Center at 847-391-5399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The art of Rhonda Popko is being displayed at the library during July.
The art of Elaine Tejcek is being displayed at the Leela Arts Center.
Des Plaines City Hall Exhibit
A group show of DPAG artists is being displayed in the council chambers for the months of July and August.
Frisbie Center Exhibit
A group show of DPAG artists is being displayed at the Frisbie Center for the months of June, July, and August.