Arlington Heights Art Guild, P. O. Box 621, Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Meeting date: February 15, 2018

Be careful of your health and that of others.  If you’re not feeling well, stay home and take care of yourself.

Following is information and some announcements.


MEETING FORMAT   Please note that we’re starting at 7:15!!!!!

Marcia Kozak will have a Treasurer’s Report available at the meeting for anyone interested.


Treats this month will be provided by Patty Spannagel, Larry Freson, Sandy Nowak and Patti Jostes.



This month’s demonstrating artist is Tom Henrichsen.  A little about him and his work is below.  Please come to see him paint!


As a young man, Tom Henrichsen had two passions, art and music. When he wasn’t painting or drawing caricatures, he was learning to play guitar. After studying fine art at Illinois State and the American Academy of Art, Tom decided to pursue his love of music and started to build a career as a musician and teacher.

In 1990 he purchased El Rey Music, a local institution in Chicago. During this period, in addition to teaching guitar, he drew caricatures for trade shows and corporate events and taught college-level drawing.

While on vacation in Scottsdale, Az, Tom met a western artist named Harold Lyons and was inspired to begin painting again. When he returned to Chicago, he began studying painting with Dominic Vignola and Frankie Johnson. Tom also counts portrait artist Bill Chambers as a mentor.

Since selling El Rey Music in 2005, Tom has devoted himself full time to painting.


“Painting en plein air-literally painting in the open air -is the foundation for all my work. Working from life teaches an artist how to see, and so I believe plein air painting is critical to my development as an artist. Even when I use a photo reference, I try to bring the quality of my outdoor work indoors.


I like to think that the subject matter in a painting is less important than how the contrast of light and shadow effects the composition as a whole. In the end, art is a non-verbal language. Ultimately, it is my desire to communicate my feelings about a scene through the language of painting.”






If you know of members who have difficulty attending the meetings due to transportation, let me know.  I can send a broadcast email to our members who might live nearby and are willing to provide a ride. And again, some members find it hard to see or hear the presenter during demonstrations.  If you are frustrated by an inability to hear or see what’s going on, please move up front.



Special thanks to Joan Zoia and Paula Rebbeck for their time and effort to get our work in the public’s eye.

For the Senior Center, artists who want to exhibit/change their work in the big room can bring two pieces in on March 25th  between 12 and 1:30 p.m.  There is also space available in the Dining Room and Hallway starting in March.  Please contact Paula directly if you would like to display in those locations, 847-714-4757.

We’ll be exhibiting at the Arlington Heights Village Hall from March-May, 2018, and making the rounds of other libraries—Mount Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg and Prospect Heights—later in the year. Drop-off date for the Arlington Heights Village Hall is February 26th.  Please contact Joan directly if you are interested since space is limited, 847-593-3029.



Please note that unless you are a member of these organizations, you will not be notified of any changes to information listed here.  Contact them directly if you have questions.

The Elk Grove Village Artists’ Association February meeting is on the 28th at 7:30.  Joy Christensen will offer critiques on 1 or 2 pieces by attendees.  Note that all demos are now in the Art Room of the Elk Grove Park District Pavilion, 1000 Wellington.

The Des Plaines Art Guild/Park Ridge Art League is sponsoring a hands-on ceramics workshop at Oakton Community College with Lou Peirozzi.  The workshop will be on Friday, February 16th at 7 p.m.   



To Pamela Gramith.  Pam was recently diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer and will undergo chemotherapy.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.



Patti Jostes and Jill Stark are working on a Facebook page for the Guild.  If you have suggestions or want to help out with this and other social media endeavors, please contact them.  Their emails are in the directory.


Pertinent and news of interest can be sent to me at:

by mail: Tom Warnke, 501 S. Wille St., Mount Prospect, IL 60056, or phone: 630-939-9391


PLEASE remember to bring a can/non-perishable food item for the Wheeling Township Food Pantry.


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