Elmhurst Artists Guild celebrates 75 years of promoting the arts
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, founded in 1946 by Eleanor King Hookham and 11 other artists from the community of Elmhurst.
Their mission was to provide exhibitions, workshops and lectures to encourage and promote the advancement and development of the arts. Since that day, the membership of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild has grown to 135 artists and arts patrons, including 10 life / honorary members and eight staff members of the Elmhurst Art Museum. The guild attracts its members from Elmhurst, the Chicago suburbs, and even other states.
The Elmhurst Artists Guild Gallery is located in the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. The gallery is free to the public and open during regular museum hours.
As a member of the guild, artists have the opportunity to show their work in four shows per year, as well as many local businesses across the community.
It’s been a tough year with closures due to health risks, but the guild has adjusted with board member meetings held on Zoom and member shows available virtually. You can find the Elmhurst Artists Guild at Facebook and Instagram or on its website, elmhurstartistsguild.org.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, members met on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. The meetings provide a social and educational experience for members. Typically, artists demonstrate their technique and share their process and works with members.
But with the current health restrictions, the meetings have been suspended. We look forward to the time when we can meet again and welcome new members.
The first member show of 2021 ended on April 10. The winter exhibition featured more than 40 works of art – from painting to sculpture and photography to polymer clay.
The Spring Membership Show runs through May 22. It features a dynamic mix of artists who work in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, woodblock, sculpture, clay, digital, mixed media, and colored pencil. Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Here are some interesting events across the Guild:
• A call for artists to participate in an art exhibition in September inspired by Frida Kahlo and the College of DuPage’s summer exhibition, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless”.
• The teenage member of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild board of directors is organizing an exhibition of local teenage art to be showcased by the Elmhurst Art Museum. This exhibition is scheduled for 2022.
• Volunteer opportunities to be a docent in the gallery, as well as other ways to get involved.
Robert Bunda, President of the EAG, sums it up best.
“For the formal or the self-taught, the Elmhurst Artists Guild continues the mission begun 75 years ago by Eleanor King Hookham by providing a welcoming environment open to all who love art,” Bunda said. “If you would like to become a member, please visit the website.”