Our library has many books, videotapes, pattern packets, and the Decorative Painter magazines that are available to the membership on loan. The Library also collects demo pieces from the Education seminars along with a set of instructions. There is a limit checkout for the first year to those members who took the seminar.
After one year anyone may check out the sample. Members may check out the sample for one week during the first two months
following the seminar. After that period, it may be checked out from meeting to meeting.
Oc'tole'berfest is an event that takes place in October, usually the third weekend of the month. It begins on a Friday night and concludes Sunday morning. There are painting classes offered on Saturday morning and afternoon by members of our chapter. Various fun activities are planned throughout the weekend, ending with an optional Secret Pal gift exchange. It is a fun and relaxing way to get to know your fellow members. You never know what to expect!
This year's new Philanthropic project is Women Helping Women. We are painting canvas tote bags for battered women and their children who go to a shelter. The bags will be filled with requested items from a needs list and will be given to women and their children. Thanks go to all our members who are painting bags. If you have taken a bag to paint, please return it at the next meeting. If you would like to paint one, please feel free to purchase one to paint; Hobby Lobby normally has them at a reasonable price. Another way to help us make this project a success is by donating items from the list and bringing them to our next chapter meeting.
Women Helping Women - Needs List
Painted Memory Boxes
We continue to paint memory boxes for parents who lost a newborn baby. These boxes are donated to local hospitals for the parents to store special items in. The collection of pop can tops is still taking place to help support the Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to membership generosity, we currently have plenty of baby blankets and will let you know when our supply gets low.
For our crocheters and knitters, there is a group just starting out with prayer shawls and needs some help. If you would like to participate, please let Rose Schulz know and she will connect you with the group. The shawls are made for specific individuals who are in need, for example, someone who has an illness, has lost a job, is under a lot of stress, or is celebrating something joyful.
Our Publicity Chair, Toni Girten has created a Shutterfly account for IPP. Members can view photos from chapter meetings, seminars and other events related to our chapter at http://illinoisprairiepainters.shutterfly.com.
Janet Schipma is our SDP Liaison. You can check out Chapter Happenings at the SDP website: http://www.decorativepainters.org/chapters.php.
Traveling Display is on hiatis until further notice
Illinois Prairie Painters displays its members works of art in various libraries throughout DuPage, Cook and Will counties. If a member would like to loan a piece of artwork for the Traveling Display for one year or more, they will receive a $5.00 certificate good towards meeting fees, Ways 'n Means, raffle or seminar sign-up (limit 3 per year).
At every meeting held at the Lyonsville Church, our Vintage Book committee has a table of used, donated books for sale. These books are sold at a very low cost to meeting attendees; normally under $.25 per book. Donations are always welcome and your purchase helps support our Chapter.
Ways and Means
Look for the Ways and Means table at each meeting. Ways and Means has unique painting pins, shirts, aprons, canvas bags and other items for meeting attendees and members to purchase.