Monthly Archives: June 2011

Scoop on Emerging Artists

I have some scoop! You may recall my April challenge for ACE Blog readers to get to know the artists behind the art — to look at artists as people with unique stories. Well, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the ACE 2011 emerging artists, and I’m excited to share their unique stories with you. You’ll certainly want to get to know them better before taking their art home with you in August!

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ACE Chair on Bring it Home Chicago

This month, our very own 2011 ACE co-chair Marge Gambow filmed a segment for Bring it Home Chicago, a WGN Sunday show which ACE will be featured on in the weeks to come (stay tuned for more details)! I had the pleasure of chatting with Marge about her experience and am excited to share what she had to say about this exciting opportunity for ACE!

Q: What was it like filming for a television show?

A: It was interesting, as it isn’t what I normally do!  I’ll admit that I was nervous and focused on trying my best to act like myself, but I must say that, all in all, it was a very exciting experience. Everyone—from the film crew to the producer who interviewed me—was so gracious. It all took place in Evanston Hospital in front of the Purchase Awards Cabinet, which is the display of the crafts purchased by the hospital each year at ACE. The Cabinet is near Radiology, so, as you can imagine, it was a bit challenging filming in such a high-traffic area. We had to make sure doors didn’t slam and people didn’t walk through the shot.

Q: What kind of questions did the producer ask you?

A: She asked me basic questions about ACE: its history, its artists, and, of course, its fundraising efforts and goals.

Q: Can you tell us more about your fundraising discussion?

A:Well, the challenge is always reaching the widest number of people so that they understand what ACE supports. We strive to make it clear that ACE is different from other fine craft shows, in that the funds go to a very specific Auxiliary Board approved goal.

Q: That’s why I love ACE. You mentioned that one of the challenges you and your co-chair Melissa have is to make sure that you reach the widest audience. How much impact do you think this television show special will have in terms of reaching a more diverse audience?

A: Like I always say, it’s about weaving the story between the hospital and the research projects that we support, the craft and of course, the artists making the craft. It’s not like an ovarian cancer walk or just a fine craft show – It’s way more than that. We’re really trying to tell our audience that the funds go into a specific project!

Q: I’m excited to watch the show now and see how you weaved the two stories together! It really seems like you had a very interesting experience. Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: We hope everyone will watch the segment and come to the show! We would love to welcome you to ACE 2011. ACE showcases so many beautiful crafts and, of course, supports a fabulous cause!

ACE in the News

I hope everyone tuned to PBS to watch Messages – It was certainly a really awesome broadcast!

ACE 2011 is nearing and the press is certainly psyched. Be sure to read about us in the Evanston Review and Make it Better Magazine

Also, If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our fantastic  ACE Video.

We are thrilled for ACE this year and I certainly can’t wait to see who will be in the show!

Here are some noteworthy events to look forward to:

This year’s exposition will feature a fashion show and outstanding, informative booth chats with our ACE artists!

Summer is here!

Warm weather has finally made its way to Chicago, and we all know what that means: Summer art season has arrived! Moving forward to the next phase of ACE preparations, I can promise you an exciting lineup of special events at ACE 2011. Stay tuned for updates!

Next up, the 2011 ACE artists will be announced! In case you missed it, check out my inside scoop on the jurying process and be sure to check back soon for exciting ACE news!