April 2020


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

Special Note from Arlington Heights Art Guild President, Tom Warnke: To all Arlington Heights Art Guild members, our fellow artists and friends, 

It will come as no surprise that the Board has decided to cancel the April meeting for our members scheduled for April 16th. During these extraordinary times, uncertainty and risk reign supreme. Still, the isolation forced upon us has brought us together in other ways. Phone calls and emails are an excellent means of checking up on one another, looking for or dispensing advice, and perhaps most importantly, making sure that no one is forgotten. 

We hope that both Paulette (our March demo artist) and Rashmi (our April demo artist) will be on our roster in the future. In the meantime, we hope to have our May meeting, a Critique, on May 21st. We will confirm that meeting’s status the first week of May. 

You may be wondering about the Scholarship program. Rita Molepske has some ideas on how we may still have the judging but it all depends on the school’s opening and students’ availability. We will contact the judges when there is some solid news. 

As of now, the trip to Cedarburg in June is on. Also, Linda Campuzano has received a very encouraging number of vendor applications for A Walk in the Park fair in August. Please keep the trip and the fair on your calendars. Cross your fingers that the world is a more peaceful and healthy place by May. Sincerely, Tom Warnke President, Arlington Heights Art Guild 


Heartfelt thanks to Eileen Fogell for her efforts in lining up this year’s demonstrating artists. 5/21/20 Critique 

MEMBERSHIP If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Arlington Heights Art Guild, you may send your check/membership forms to our P. O. Box, c/o Patti Jostes. New membership forms can be downloaded from our website,  

OUR GUILD HISTORIAN Please feel free to submit any “historical” Guild photos to Jill Stark, our Social Media Committee Chair and Guild Historian. Jill’s email is in the directory. Thank you, Jill! 

ONGOING and FUTURE EXHIBITS The Guild arranges for members to display their work at various local venues. You must be a member to participate. Special thanks go to Sue Ciccone and Paula Rebbeck for their time and effort to get our work in the public’s eye. Arlington Heights Senior Center The Senior Center is closed. Paula Rebbeck will let us know of any future opportunities, when the Senior Center opens again. 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. Please watch for any cancellations or updates. The following exhibits are on the 2020 calendar: 

• Transitional Care Center of Arlington Heights—May 1, July 3, September 4 and November 6. This is an ongoing exhibit with take-down and install on the stated dates, Fridays at 1 pm. 

• Village of Arlington Heights—March through May. The following members were selected to exhibit two paintings each: Sue Ciccone, Mary Hess, Patti Jostes, Bob Packheiser, Trish Ramsey, Tom Rybarczyk, Carol VanderMay, and Tom Warnke. Drop-off and pick-up dates are the first and last week of exhibit period. Since the Village hangs the work, no one is required for the installation and take-down. 

• Lutheran Home Exhibition – July 18. Details to follow. 

• Mount Prospect Library—August. We’ll have the display cases in the front lobby. Annalee Strasburg has volunteered to manage this exhibit. 

• Prospect Heights Library—August. Lobby and all hanging cases. 

• Schaumburg Library—October. Exhibit space to be confirmed. 

• Palatine Library—December exhibit has been cancelled due to remodeling of the library. If you have questions, please contact Sue Ciccone by email or by phone. Her information is in our Directory. 

OUR WEBSITE and MEMBER GALLERY The following members are currently exhibiting their talent in our website’s Member Gallery through May, 2020: Eileen Fogell, Tom Rybarczyk, and JoAnn Varga Tatge. If members want to show their work on the Member Gallery, please contact Tom Warnke. Tom will need 3 digital images. 

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS Because of these unusual times, please check their websites for updated information. 

Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village - September through May, monthly meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Elk Grove Village Library*, Main Conference Room, 1001 Wellington, Elk Grove Village. Meetings are free to members, $5 for guests. (*Occasionally, meetings are held in the Pavilion. Always check the website before attending. 

Des Plaines Art Guild/Park Ridge Art League – “Paint & Sip” events are held Fridays from 7- 9:30 pm, at Lake Park Pavillion, 1015 Howard St, Des Plaines. Cost is $30, which includes all materials and artists are encouraged to BYOB. Register through the Park District/adult classes or call 847-293- 8431 for more information. Dates: March 27, April 24, May 22, and June 26. Visit for more information. 

Colored Pencil Society of America - Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, September, October, January, February, March, April and May at the Palatine Public Library, Palatine, IL, starting at 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM. Meetings may include demonstrations, miniworkshops, draw-ins, and critiques. For more information, visit contact Sylvia Westgard. 

SOCIAL MEDIA 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. 

GETTING THE WORD OUT Art-related News from and about our Members – All Arlington Heights Art Guild members are encouraged to share their exciting news about exhibits, contests, and other happenings. Please contact Trish Ramsey for inclusion in the Newsletter. We can only include local items of interest in this newsletter. However, for information about other events around the country, please visit 

• Rita Molepske sold her painting, “Full Moon,” which was included in the Expressions: Art & Voice Exhibit at Addison Art Center. The exhibit coordinated poets from the Illinois Poetry Society with artists from Art Association of Elk Grove Village to create poems describing particular paintings. 

• Evelyn Milano sold her painting, “Dogs on a Chair” during the exhibit at Transitional Care, 1/3- 3/6. 

• Members exhibiting work at Transitional Care 3/6-5/1 are Jim Aquirre, Marcia Carlisle, Mary Hess, Bob Packheiser, Eileen Fogell, Tom Rybarczyk, Tom Warnke, Joan Zoia, Ken Nosalik, Sue Ciccone, and new member Stella Spirdononva. 

• A note from Ellen Sharpe, Monart Drawing Studio: “Our annual Student Art Exhibit celebrating our artists is on Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 20l Schaumburg Ct. in Schaumburg. It is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!” Please contact Monart Drawing Studio for updates. 


1) Abstract techniques with Tom Rybarczyk: This AHAG-sponsored workshop has been postponed. Tara Riley will be contacting all registered members. Tom, an AHAG member, will demonstrate 3 exciting techniques to create colorful abstract and representational abstract images. 

3) Prairie Plein Air Competition, April 24 - May 8. Please check website for updates. 

4) Prairie Arts Festival, May 23 and 24. Thanks to Eileen Fogell for passing on this information! 

5) Mural Opportunity: A note from Melanie Kaplan, Communications and Development Coordinator, Housing Opportunity Development Corp., 847-564-2900 I am reaching out from the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC) on behalf of the tenants in one of our supportive housing developments in Arlington Heights, Heart's Place. Heart's Place is an apartment building that serves as home for people living with disabilities. Our building celebrated the open house for Heart's Place in September, 2019, and will soon achieve full capacity. As a special welcome for the residents, we are looking for support of an art project in which an artist who is experienced in working with this population would lead residents in creating a group mural in the main entryway of the building. Research has found that such a group art project can generate opportunities for discussion, create a sense of community, empower residents with a sense of ownership of their environment, and increase self-esteem. As community leaders and supporters of art in Arlington Heights, I’m reaching out to see if this is something your group would support. I would be happy to provide more specifics and to meet with your members if you are interested. With gratitude, Melani Kaplan If you are interested in this inspirational project, please contact Melani Kaplan directly. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS ! Our former President, Mary Devoney, will now be spending most of her time in Texas. She hopes to come to our May meeting, so be sure to say “Hello!” 

SAVE THE DATE(s) June 11- Field Trip to Cedarburg. Thanks to Eileen Fogell for planning our summer field trip! August 30 - A Walk in the Park, 2020. MARCH 

MEETING MINUTES The March, 2020, meeting of the Arlington Heights Art Guild was cancelled.