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Geneva Forms 'Guild' for Artists and Art Lovers

First public meet-and-greet is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Gibby's Wine Den.

Calling all artists and art lovers! The newly formed Greater Geneva Art Guild wants you. Learn more about the art guild at its first public event, a meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at , 1772 S. Randall Road, Geneva (cash bar). The guild aims to provide a forum for artists and art lovers. 

In addition to supporting, encouraging and creating opportunities for the arts in Geneva, the Guild will act as a cultural forum where artists can participate in arts education, critiques, and networking. It is sponsored by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission. Gibby's will donate 10 percent of bar proceeds from the event to the Cultural Arts Commission.

The GGAG was formed in response to an artist's quest to find like-minded people interested in the arts. Lorraine Ochsner, an artist and longtime Geneva resident, was looking for a way to connect artists in Geneva. She'd floated the idea of a Geneva Art Guild at a public meeting of the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission last year and found she immediately had support from fellow artists Jan Schmuckal and Mary Ann Diggory. They invited Theresa Jaeger to join them and got to work crafting goals and bylaws. 

The art guild “is something the arts commission always hoped would happen,” said Tim Vetang, chair of the cultural arts commission. “We're excited for the potential.”

On March 1, they presented their proposed art guild to the Cultural Arts Commission, and were formally approved as part of the arts commission. The art guild's  motto is “expanding the creative attitude.” Membership dues are $35 per year; member benefits include monthly meetings and programs, art education and appreciation, interaction with fellow artists, networking, exhibition opportunities and raiding community awareness of fine art. Members also will receive a discount on art supplies purchased at the Art Box in Geneva. 

Two other membership events will be held:

Saturday, April 14, 1 to 3 p.m. at Gallery 28, 28 N. Fourth St., Geneva


Friday, May 4, 5 to 8 p.m., Art Box, 514 W. State St., Geneva

The art guild is “one way for the public to see how the arts enhance daily lives,” Vetang said.

For more information about the art guild, visit http://ggaguild.com or find the Greater Geneva Art Guild on Facebook. 

 

SOURCE: city of Geneva press release

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