4th Fridays Art Event | Call For Artists!

Call for ALL Artists for NMP’s 4th Fridays Art Event [IN PERSON] at The Dole.

Submit your artwork here – https://nancymerkling.com/4th-fridays/

Deadline May 15th

$900 in cash prizes.

Questions?  Connect here – we are happy to help – https://nancymerkling.com/about-nancy-merkling-productions/contact-nancy-merkling/

As always, thanks for all you do, Meredith!

Nancy Merkling
NMP | Nancy Merkling Productions 
www.NancyMerkling.com  815.347.8535
Studio 104 | The Dole Mansion
401 Country Club Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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4th Fridays Art Event at The Dole Mansion [circa 2011]
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4th Fridays are BACK at the Dole!

by Melissa Riske

Lively music, engaging art, and guests who come early and stay till the band plays its final notes. 

Fourth Fridays Art Event at The Dole isn’t your typical art show.

After the long pause, Fourth Fridays Art Event returns to The Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake on April 22. Founder and producer Nancy Merkling said the event’s reputation for featuring great art and toe-tapping music that you will be singing along to, is what draws crowds to the galleries. 

“People remember when they’ve been to a Fourth Fridays Art Show,” she said. 

Fourth Fridays Art Event features three art and photography exhibits. Watch for the third exhibit, a solo artist show, to return starting in May, Merkling said. 

All of the art pieces are selected by a jury, which changes each month, reviewing submissions and selecting pieces based on ability and merit. The art includes a variety of mediums such as sculptures, paintings and every piece is available for purchase. 

For the April show, her team received more than 100 submissions, with the jury selecting 60 pieces of art and 40 for the photography exhibit. The jury awards a blue ribbon to the best piece and visitors have the opportunity to cast their vote for the People’s Choice. Winning artists receive cash prizes. 

Artists represent a wide range of age and talents, Merkling said, adding she’s had submissions from teenagers and from those who’ve been painting for 50 years or more. The artists in each show represent emerging and established artists. 

Visitors wander the galleries but it’s the lively music from two stages that keeps guests lingering at The Dole, Merkling said. 

“We decided to create an event where people stay the whole night,” Merkling said. We wanted to create something that broke the mold of boring art events.”

At the art of Fourth Fridays Art is the opportunity to bring together art and patrons, with the entertainment adding to the great evening atmosphere. 

“Artists have always been the peacemakers, creating and sharing with others,” Merkling said. “Everyone needs art.”

Guests can also visit the 2nd floor of the Dole Mansion, which is open during the event. There is a cash bar and small bites available as well. 

The Dole is located at 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Admission is $10. The remaining 2022 dates include May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, and Oct. 28. For more information visit nancymerkling.com/4th-fridays

Call for ALL Artists for NMP’s 4th Fridays Art Event!

Call for ALL Artists for NMP’s 4th Fridays Art Event as we come back to full steam for our April 22nd event.

Submit your artwork here – https://nancymerkling.com/4th-fridays/

Deadline April 10th, 2022

$900 in cash prizes!

Questions?  Connect here – we are happy to help – https://nancymerkling.com/about-nancy-merkling-productions/contact-nancy-merkling/


Nancy Merkling
NMP | Nancy Merkling Productions 
www.NancyMerkling.com  815.347.8535
Studio 104 | The Dole Mansion
401 Country Club Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Professional Photography
Headshots & Portraits, Commercial, Branding & Websites
Photography Instruction
One-on-One Sessions
Group Workshops in Studio & On Location
Chicago Street Photography Workshops
Travel Workshops
Art Event Producer
4th Fridays Art Event at The Dole Mansion [circa 2011]
To Connect on Social Media

Calls For Artists For Fourth Annual 6X6 PROJECT at Raue Center

Join Raue Center For The Arts as they host the 4th Annual 6×6 Project Art Auction & Exhibition on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake.

Blank canvases are now available and anyone can be an artist! Canvases may be purchased for a $5 donation at either Raue Center’s box office at 26 William Street in downtown Crystal Lake or one of the other partner locations including Out of the Box (Crystal Lake), Brush Studio (Cary), Creative Arts Inc. (Crystal Lake), Material Things (Woodstock), and Piano Trends (Crystal Lake). The deadline to return the completed artwork is May 9, 2022. For more information on how to participate in this annual event visit rauecenter.org/6×6-project/

All artwork submitted to the 6×6 Project will be available for viewing online and can be bid on in an online auction starting June 6, 2022. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the Raue’s 6×6 Project Art Reception to be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Raue Center For The Arts.

“We are so happy to be kicking off our 4th year of the 6×6 Project! More people are learning about it and excited to participate and support Raue Center,” says 6×6 Project Co-Chairperson, Michelle Nowland. “The art reception will be open to the public again in June and we plan to have Raue Center School For The Arts students performing live. I think one of the best things though is that bidding is done online so you can be anywhere in the world and bid on (and hopefully win) original art.”

Last year, over 190 unique pieces of art were up for bidding. This year, bidding for the artwork begins on June 6th at charityauction.bid/6x6project2022 and continues through the evening of the public reception at Raue Center on June 25, 2022. Several mini installations of the art will be on display at various locations, prior to the reception, including Raue Center, Countryside Flowershop, Out of the Box in Crystal Lake, and at Material Things Artisan Market in Woodstock.

All proceeds of the 6×6 Project benefit Raue Center’s educational programs, Mission Imagination, and Raue Center School For The Arts, which have been enriching the lives of over 20,000 children each year in the local community since 2001.

The 4th Annual 6×6 Project is made possible through the generous support of Raue Center donors and grantors. If you’d like more information about becoming a sponsor, please email Meredith Schaefer at mschaefer@rauecenter.org. For more information on the 6×6 Project and Raue Center’s educational programs, please visit rauecenter.org or email 6x6project@rauecenter.org.

4th Friday Call for Artists!

Show us your best shots!
Submit your photography to NMP’s esteemed juried 4th Fridays Art Event for the February 2022 exhibit! [Deadline Sun Feb 20th]

$450 in cash prizes.

Your artwork lives online forever!

Everything you need to know is right here – https://nancymerkling.com/4th-fridays/.

Questions? Connect here – we are happy to help – https://nancymerkling.com/about-nancy-merkling-productions/contact-nancy-merkling/

4th Fridays Art Event is a regional art event that was held 10 months a year until … you know, Covid.

Although 4th Fridays have rocked the world of art events since April of 2011 with our juried mixed art exhibit, juried photo contest, featured artist solo exhibit, artist connect interactive, vendor artists, People’s Choice voting, 3 stages of live music, full cash bars, roving appetizers, food trucks [take a breath] … we must pause all IN PERSON events and openings until we are on the other side of the pandemic.

Our crowds are just that big and we kindly strive to put all people’s safety first.

NOW + DURING PANDEMIC September 2020 – until Post-Pandemic
4th Fridays are now VIRTUAL in our classy online gallery as a juried PHOTOGRAPHY only exhibit, [photography only for NOW].

Raue Center Announces 4th Annual 6×6 Project Arts Fundraiser

Raue Center’s 6×6 PROJECT  fundraiser and online art auction/exhibition celebrates its fourth year of supporting arts with Art!  All proceeds benefit Raue Center’s fine arts education programs, Mission Imagination and Raue Center School For The Arts, which have been enriching the lives of over 20,000 kids a year in the local community since 2001.

Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate by creating original works of art, in a variety of mediums, on 6×6” canvases.  Since our inaugural event in 2019, 6×6 Project has raised over $45,000 for MI and RCSA with canvases coming from around the nation!

All artwork submitted to the 6×6 PROJECT will be available for viewing and bidding online at Auctria.com starting June 6, 2022. Artists and the public are cordially invited to our Reception on June 25, 2022, from 5:30-8 pm to mix, mingle and bid on your favorite pieces!

Create a mini-masterpiece and support the arts in your community!

Purchase a canvas for $5 at one of the locations listed below. (No more than two (2) canvases submissions per artist, please) Create an original piece of art on your canvas. All mediums are allowed (i.e., paint, ink, photography, mixed media, clay, etc.). Return your completed canvas to Raue Center or one of the other participating locations by the drop-off deadline on May 9, 2022.

Your work of art will be included in our online auction and exhibition. Public and Artists are invited to attend the Reception on June 25, 2022, to mix, mingle and Bid on your favorite pieces before the auction closes at 8p!

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS:
Artists can purchase a canvas or drop off completed canvases at any of the locations listed below.
(Please check each participating locations’ hours of operations as they may differ.)

Out of the Box – 71 N. Williams Street | Crystal Lake, IL | (815) 444-7446

Brush Studio – 121 W. Main Street | Cary, IL | (847) 516-3880

Creative Arts Inc. – 400 Highland Avenue | Crystal Lake, IL | (815) 219-9243

Material Things – 103 E. Van Buren | Woodstock, IL | (815) 575-9710

Piano Trends – 35 Berkshire Dr | Crystal Lake, IL | (815) 477-4266

Raue Center For The Arts – 26 N. Williams St | Crystal Lake, IL | (815) 356-9212 | Tues – Fri from 2 to 4 pm

For more information visit rauecenter.org/6×6-project

RAUE CENTER WELCOMES PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN

Raue Center is excited to announce the addition of photography intern, Molly Devine, to its team. The photography internship runs through August of 2022 and will include event and headshot photography as well as support for the marketing department.

“Raue Center is very excited to welcome Molly to the team,” says marketing and institutional advancement director Meredith Schaefer. “ We strive to create an environment for her internship that is both educational and experimental, allowing her room to grow artistically.”

Molly is a senior at Prairie Ridge High School and plans to continue her education and photography career at Loyola University in Chicago in the fall. Her focus thus far has been portrait, fashion, event, sport, and candid photography.

“I never hesitate to explore past my boundaries with my artwork. I have always seen the art of photography as our way to capture those most precious, vulnerable moments in life,” explains Molly. “Photography has led me to a road of endless ways to express, communicate, and evoke emotions in the viewer. Not only has it helped define who I am as an artist, but it has brought some of the most influential people in my life. I am very excited to be working with the Raue Center and I can’t wait for the great opportunities it will provide for me!”

For more information visit rauecenter.org/covid/ For questions or concerns, please contact our Box Office at 815-356-9212. Raue Center now requires masks for all patrons 2+ and proof of vaccination or negative covid test within 72 hours to attend Raue Center shows and events.

About Raue Center For The Arts
Raue Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. For 20 years, they have provided quality programming – striving to make it pertinent, available, and affordable to all. As a painstakingly restored, 1920s regional showcase theatre named for its benefactor—Lucile Raue—Raue Center has attracted the finest stars, Broadway shows, musicians and artists. Named on the League of Historic American Theatres, Raue Center is one of the finest examples of restored art and decor in the nation. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination.

For additional information, visit rauecenter.org, facebook.com/RaueCenter, and twitter.com/RaueCenter.

D155 Celebrates Student Artists in SPARK Show at the Dole

SPARK was truly a standout show! This annual all-district art show showcased artwork from a talented group of CLC, CLS, Cary-Grove, Prairie Ridge, and Haber Oaks students. D155 art educators Aaron Cummins, Lindsey DiLeo, Wendy Guss, Bob Hewett, Michelle Kidd, Rigel Nelson, Kerry Parrish, Judd Shutt, Taylor Smith, and Zachary Wisser curated this remarkable show at the Dole. The closing was celebrated in a gathering of students, families, staff, and community to the background beat of the CG jazz ensemble.

For more information visit https://www.d155.org/about/district-news/all-d155-news

Raue Center For The Arts Announces 2022 Photography Fellow

Todd Heintz, of Todd Heintz Photography, joins the Raue Center team for the inaugural Photography Fellowship program.

Raue Center is excited to welcome Todd Heintz as the inaugural Fellow. This year-long role will give him the opportunity to explore his photography as art along with capturing Raue events and performances for promotional and archival purposes. 

As Raue Center Photography Fellow, Todd will capture images from our unique and culturally diverse shows and events. This year-long fellowship strives to approach each event as an individual assignment, capturing the voice, personality, and/or feeling of the performance. Upon completion, this program culminates with an exhibition in our historic theater.

View Todd’s work here!

Todd Heintz is a photographer, a videographer, a coffee lover, and a dad joke aficionado. His photography style is a blend of photojournalism and a touch of fine art. He loves not only documenting that moment in time but strives to capture what it feels like to be in that moment. Photography is emotional for Todd. He hopes his work evokes an emotion for the viewer.

McHENRY COUNTY ARTISTS WANTED TO CAPTURE HISTORY

The McHenry County Historical Society &; Museum is marking the 2nd year of its featured exhibit “Art of the Past: Discovering History through McHenry County Artists” with a juried art show titled “This Place Matters: Historic Structures and Landscapes of McHenry County.”

Artists are invited to use their creativity and ingenuity to paint or draw historically significant buildings, structures, and landscapes in McHenry County. The McHenry County Historical Society hopes this art show will foster an appreciation for history and create an awareness to preserve these historic structures for future generations.

Download our CONTEST FLYER  which includes complete entry guidelines. And, please share it! The contest rules are as follows:

  •   Registration opens Sept. 3, 2021, for artists 18 years old and older.
  •   Entries due online at GotHistory.org by Dec. 31, 2021.
  •   Up to three works may be submitted digitally. Entry fee is $35 for each artwork.
  •   Entries will be limited to two-dimensional paintings, drawings or watercolors.
  •   Entries must relate to McHenry County buildings, structures or landscapes.
  •   Maximum overall size is 24-by-36 inches, including mat or frame.
  •   Glassless or Plexiglass framing only, for safety.
  •   Submissions will be judged by Sandra Lang, retired MCC art gallery curator.
  •   Artists will be notified by letter regarding acceptance by Jan. 31, 2022.
  •   Artwork must be dropped off at the museum in Union by March 4, 2022.
  •   Art will be displayed and sold during the 2022 May-October museum season.
  •   Exhibit opening spring 2022.
  •   Artists may specify a reserve (minimum) price.
  •   Half of the proceeds from the painting will be paid to the artist, with the remaining half benefiting the McHenry County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
  •   The Best in Show submission will not be sold or returned to the artist but will become a permanent addition to the McHenry County Historical Society’s art collection.

For additional information, visit GotHistory.org or call the office at 815-923-2267.