Arlington Heights Art Guild




Arlington Heights Art Guild, P. O. Box 621, Arlington Heights, IL 60006


Meeting date: September 19, 2019

Welcome to the 2019/2020 season of the Arlington Heights Art Guild! My name is Patricia Prakope Ramsey (Trish Ramsey), and I am the Corresponding Secretary for this year. Please feel free to contact me ( or 847-791-0978) if you have any information you’d like the membership to know about.

This newsletter is being sent to all members listed in the 2018/2019 Membership Directory along with all new members for this year. Patti Jostes should have received your membership dues by June 30 for you to be included in the 2019/2020 Membership Directory and on the mailing list for this newsletter. This deadline was in previous newsletters. Your name will be removed after September if you have not renewed, and you will no longer receive the newsletter. 


Please note that the social part of the meeting starts at 7:15 p.m., although coming earlier is fine.

The business part will begin at 7:30 p.m. If you would like a ride to or from meetings, please contact Tara Riley at 847-431-8639 prior to the meeting date.

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


Many thanks to Eileen Fogell for her efforts in lining up the following demonstrating artists: 

9/19/19  Susan Ploughe, Lecture: Design Strategies for Better Art 

10/17/19  Patricia Mroczka, Watercolor with ink

11/14/19  Maureen McKee, Oil

1/16/20  Peter Thaddeus, Acrylic 

2/20/20  Carol Zack, Mixed media oil pastel 

3/19/20  Paulette Colo, Oil

4/16/20  Rashmi Ranganath, Acrylic 

5/21/20  Critique 


- General announcements from President Tom Warnke and others.

- Auction of works from previous artist demonstrations.

- September artist demonstration, Susan Ploughe.


Design Strategies for Better Art – Susan Ploughe

Much of the success of a work of art is established before you ever touch brush to canvas or pastel to paper. Having a good understanding of the different decisions that you face during the creative process will result in consistently better work. Topics include choosing subject matter wisely, finding a point of view, arranging the elements (composition), developing a strong value structure, enhancing the focal point, and other design principles. 


Susan Ploughe (Ploughe rhymes with blue) is an award-winning painter and an enthusiastic instructor who loves helping people develop their skills. She is a Signature Member of both the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. Susan’s artwork is in private and corporate collections, and she has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and International Artist magazines. See her paintings at 


Membership dues for this year were due by June 30th. If you could not make that deadline, you may pay at the September meeting. You may also send your check/membership forms to our P. O. Box, c/o Patti Jostes.  New membership forms can be downloaded from the website, and will be available at the meeting. The new directory will be distributed at the September meeting. Only members who renewed prior to September will be in the directory.


We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to become our Arlington Heights Art Guild Historian. As you may know, the Guild was founded more than 40 years ago! If interested, please contact Tom Warnke at 630-939-9391 or Until this position is filled, you may submit any “historical” Guild photos to Tom Warnke. He will be creating a Photo Gallery for our website,


The Guild arranges for members to display their work at various local venues. You must be a member to participate. Special thanks go to Joan Zoia and Paula Rebbeck for their time and effort to get our work in the public’s eye.

Arlington Heights Senior Center

Members may display their work in Program Room 1 for two months or be invited to exhibit their work in the Hallway. Contact Paula Rebbeck for information.

• The current exhibit (Program Room 1) will be on display until September 27 (Friday). This is one day later than the usual exchange date due to scheduling conflicts. Pick-up and drop-off is from 11-12:30 pm. All Guild members are invited to bring two pieces (only) of their artwork to exhibit on the exchange day, which is usually the fourth Thursday of every other month, from 12-1:30pm. The November exchange date will also be unusual due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. That exchange will be November 20 (Wednesday), from 12-1:30pm. 

• Eleanor McDonald and Jan Pawlowski are currently exhibiting their artwork in the Hallway at the Center, from September 9 – November 4. 

Libraries, Municipal Buildings and Other

Our members are invited to display their work at various facilities. Space constraints may limit the number of members. Sign-up information is available at each meeting from Joan Zoia.

Transition Care of Arlington Heights 

Ø Artwork is exchanged on the first Friday every two months. The gallery changed during the summer on July 5th and was on display until September 6. The current exhibition will run until November 1 at 1:00pm. 

Mount Prospect Library 

Exhibitors dropped off their artwork on Sunday, September 1. Artists are asked to pick up their artwork on Monday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Schaumburg and Palatine Libraries will show our work during October and November, respectively.

Barrington's 3rd Annual Plein Air Event is set for October 12, 2019. Officials hope to attract up to 30 plein air artists this year, with $500 going to the winner, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.  Artists must complete and submit the registration form found on the Village of Barrington Cultural Commission website, or pick up a form at Barrington Village Hall, 200 South Hough Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The completed entry form and entry fee must be submitted to the Village of Barrington, first floor, attention “Paint the Town Barrington!” by 4:30pm, October 1. 


The website’s Member Gallery changed July 1 and again September 1. The following members are currently exhibiting their talent until November 30:  Audrey Freson, Larry Freson, Sue Ciccone and Kasia Lynch. If members want to show their work on the Member Gallery, please contact Tom Warnke. Tom will need 3 digital images.


Artists Association of Elk Grove Village - Meeting on September 25 at 7:30 p.m., Elk Grove Library - 1001 Wellington. Artist Carol Keene will give a relief/mixed media demo. 

Des Plaines Art Guild/Park Ridge Art League

Paint & Sip events are held Fridays from 7 - 9:30 p.m., at Lake Park Pavillion, 1015 Howard St, Des Plaines. Cost is $30, which includes all materials and artists are encouraged to BYOB! Register through Park District - adult classes or call 847.293.8431 for more information. Dates: August 23, September 27, October 25, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26. Visit more information.

Colored Pencil Society of America

The Chicago District Chapter is meeting Sunday, September 15 at 1:30pm at the Palatine Public Library.

For more information, please look at their website or contact Sylvia Westgard.


Jill Stark is our Facebook liaison. If you have any questions or suggestions for our page there, please contact her. Jill’s email is in the directory. Our Facebook page is Please LIKE and FOLLOW to spread the word about our Guild and our activities.

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


Art-related News from and about our Members

Mike Stone submitted 3 designs to the Flossmoor Public Art Commission Fundraiser, The Flags of Flossmoor. He was chosen to have 2 of his works printed on a flag and displayed in downtown Flossmoor starting in July until the Flossmoor Fest, which begins September 7. 

A Walk in the Park – The Guild sponsors this one-day outdoor art fair at North School Park in Arlington Heights on the last Sunday in August every year. The art fair was a huge success this year! Special thanks go to our Committee Chairs, Linda Campuzano and Larry Freson for their outstanding efforts to coordinate this year’s wonderful event. A note from Linda and Larry:

“We had a spectacular show, thanks in part to the weather. The show was very, very well attended. The food trucks were a big hit and we definitely need to have them back next year. And our guitarist, Wesley Hixson, was amazing as usual, especially when he brings his trio with him to perform. 

We had a few challenges at set up time, but we will work to correct any issues for future shows. We did add additional signage this year pointing show attendees to the path to walk towards additional vendors. Still, more works needs to be done with a better configuration in the grassy areas. 

The biggest issue we face with putting on a show of this size is having enough volunteers to help us. It’s not just days or weeks but months of planning and preparation. We need more guild members to step up and assist us. This is not difficult work but does require some of your time. 

We could use help in recruiting new vendors at art shows from May to July. Help distribute flyers throughout the area for placement in store windows in early August. On show day we need help at the information table, being an usher to assist vendors and some extra hands to help set up the guild tent. And, a person to oversee the guild tent itself would be great. 

Our show is always the fourth Sunday of August. Please think about what you would like to do to be a part of this fantastic annual event. Whether you are an artist yourself or just enjoy the arts and want to be a part of the guild for social reasons, remember, all of us are what makes this guild special.”

Linda Campuzano
Larry Freson
Art Fair Co-coordinators

Tom Warnke is exhibiting his artwork at Hoffman Estates Village Hall during the month of September.

The Watercooler Sisters (Rita Molepske and Betty Morley) exhibition, “Divergent Paths” is on display at Arlington Green Executive Center (2101 S. Arlington Hts. Rd., Arlington Hts.) through Friday, September 27. A reception will be held on September 14 from 1-3 p.m. at Arlington Green Executive Center.

Tobi Abrams will be exhibiting at “Women and Anger: Resistance, Power and Inspiration,” a juried art exhibition that explores the relationship between women and anger, opening Thursday, September 28 at Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Enjoy a free gala reception with the artists from 5-8 p.m. on opening night.


Please circle your calendar for the Arlington Heights Art Guild Holiday Party, scheduled for December 1, 2019. Details to follow!


Arlington Heights Art Guild – Meeting May 16, 2019


Treasurer’s Report on back table

Thank you for treats

Scholarship Winners – Rita Molepske 

1st Place – Lisandra Vazquez Elk Grove High School; 2nd Place Emily Wachter - Wheeling High School; 3rd Anna Slezak - Elk Grove High School

Business Portion:

Installation of 2019 -2020 Officers and Committee Chairs:

President – Tom Warnke

Vice President – Ann Musolf and Kathy Wolan

Treasurer – Marcia Kozak

Recording Secretary – Tara Riley

Corresponding Secretary – Trish Ramsey

Auditor – Bob Packheiser

Art Fair – Linda Campuzano and Larry Freson

Exhibitions – Paula Rebbeck and Joan Zoia

Historian – Kathy Wolan

Hospitality Tom Rybarczyk

Membership – Patti Jostes

Program and Publicity – Eileen Fogell

Scholarships – Rita Molepske

Social Media – Jill Stark

Exhibitions – Paula Rebbeck – Senior Center exchange is May 30 (not May 23)

Joan Zoia – Lutheran Home show May 21st 2-5pm; 

Art Fair – 2 food trucks for west side of Evergreen 12-5pm.

Members who have signed up to display in the members booth must be present at the fair to sell their own work.

Membership – Dues due today. June 30th is cutoff to be included in directory. Directory to be distributed at September 2019 meeting.

Fieldtrip – June 6th TWSA exhibit Kenosha Museum, Lunch and ______; cost $35

Silent Auction of donated artwork by Demonstrators is moved to the September meeting

Anything additional?

Demonstration and Critique by Enid Silverman. 

Minutes submitted by Tara Riley, Recording Secretary