Month: June 2015

Introducing Our New Full-Time Employee, Kayla!

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Kayla Obert: Art Programs and Office Manager

As of July 1, 2015, Kayla will be merging the responsibilities associated with both the Quincy Art Center and the Midsummer Arts Faire Coordinator.

At the Art Center, Kayla takes care of phone calls, mailing and bills, filing, and organizing registrations for events, classes, and exhibits. She also organizes gallery receptions, coordinates the annual ArtFest, and greets guests by providing information about the center.

Kayla is about to finish her first year as coordinator for the Midsummer Arts Faire. For Arts Faire, she assumes tasks that keep the events organized all year long.

With her new position, Kayla will take on the additional tasks of assisting with the smART Kids: Art Mentor Program, managing the volunteer programs, assisting with bookkeeping, and she will be able to complete her Midsummer Arts Faire tasks during the Art Center hours.

Kayla is relieved the positions are merging. “With my Art Center and Art Faire jobs merged, I can get all of my work done at one place without having to work evening hours on Midsummer Arts Faire work. I hope to free up my evenings a bit more for the other things I love to do. ” One of Kayla’s goals for the full-time position is to revitalize the volunteer system, improving it for both the volunteers and the Art Center. She also hope to brings new ideas to and help improve the already successful Midsummer Arts Faire.

In her free time (“when I can find free time…”), Kayla enjoys flower and vegetable gardening, hanging out with her many pets, being outdoors, writing music, playing guitar and singing at local venues and events, and painting and drawing. She also sings weekly at the IL. Veterans Home and is a volunteer musician at her church and on retreats.

When asked what is her favorite part about working at the Art Center, Kayla was far from short of answers. “I enjoy being around so many other artists and getting to meet and know them. I learn about their style and am able to recognize it. I also love watching the new exhibits and seeing art from everywhere.”

In addition to her management duties, Kayla teaches painting and drawing classes as well as holiday workshops at the Art Center. She will be instructing the upcoming Thirsty Palette Party on Sunday, July 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Hy-Vee Market Cafe on Broadway.

Meet Our Summer Intern: Courtney Stewart!

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Courtney Stewart

This summer will be Courtney’s second year working the Summer Art Camp program. She recently graduated from home school and is planning on continuing on to the Professional Conservatory at Steven’s College for musical theater. Aside from working at the Art Camp, Courtney will be teaching private music lessons over the summer.

Courtney will be working as a summer youth intern doing maintenance in the studio as well as working with the kids’ classes. Her favorite art form is painting and mixed media, but she has experience with a variety of other forms.

The best experience Courtney has had with the program was last summer. “Having the kids look forward to seeing you at camp everyday is just a great feeling!” She also says it is a great opportunity to work with kids and improve her teaching skills. Courtney is looking forward to getting to know the kids again this year and seeing the joy that they have in doing art.

2015 Summer Art Camp Q&A with Steven Stoll

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Steven Stoll, Education Coordinator

This summer will be the first time Stoll will be teaching and managing the camp classes. He is very excited to be working with the program and has spent his time and efforts to make sure everything is perfect!

Q: What should kids expect from the summer classes?

A: This summer we have a lot of different classes; its very broad, which is very good medium wise. There’s collage classes, there’s classes where you can make outdoor art like outdoor sculptures. Most of our classes try to lean towards what is modern, what kids are into now and are interested in. We have a class on selfies, which is going to focus on self portraits. There’s even a Frozen class that’s centered around the movie and Mindcraft (both are full!).

Q: What classes are available for adults?

A: There is a sculpture materials and processes class that teaches more advanced forms of art. There’s Raku pottery, beginner wheel throwing, painting and drawing classes, and a grocery list of jewelry classes as well.

Q: Why is it important for kids to get involved with art early on?

A: It’s basically like planting seeds. I remember when I was young I was never really exposed to the Art Center but I had my own little projects going on at home. I was always making something. It all really stemmed from my dad drawing with me and so now it’s always been this hobby of mine that I’m able to use in my career. By planting the seeds when they are really young, the kids get really engaged with it. By starting out young you learn a lot about yourself through art. It’s very therapeutic.

Q: Is there anything parents should know about the classes?

A: This is a program that keeps kids entertained, engages their skills and includes educational components. Registration fills up quickly so it’s important to sign them up as soon as you can!

Stoll received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. He likes meeting the different Art Center patrons and having some studio time for his own projects too. His responsibilities include class registration, working with instructors to get ready for classes, facilitating Paint Your Own Pottery, and setting up Art Parties.

Meet Our Summer Intern Courtney!

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Courtney Gear

New to the Quincy area, Courtney gets her energy and inspiration from exploring the environment around her. She enjoys art, theater and music, but is also learning more about the sports world. Some of her hobbies include swimming, walks or bike rides, movies and video games. As a communications major, Courtney loves conversations and can find something to talk about with just about anyone.

Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Courtney Gear is the third of five children. She graduated Xavier High School in 2012 and continued with college at Quincy University. There she is working complete her degree in Communications with a double focus in Broadcasting and Public Relations and a minor in Advertising Production.

Courtney is a member of the honorary communications fraternity Lambda Pi Eta and the honorary music fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. She is also involved with the music department and enjoys playing percussion in the Hawks Marching Band and Symphonic Band. She has been one of the anchors for the Quincy University campus news QUTV since January.

Courtney will graduate in December and plans to continue on to graduate school to get her Master’s degree in communications. She is very excited to be working with the Quincy Art Center and learning Marketing and Public Relations skills. Courtney also considers herself an amateur artist and hopes to learn more about art through her experience at the Art Center.