Spotlight on – Nora Zaring – Visual Artist – Updated 7/2

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Visual Artist:

Nora Zaring

1. What medium(s) do you work in and why?

I normally work in Oils or Acrylics.  I started in oils with lessons from a Bob Ross certified instructor.  I took lesson from her for about 12 years. Then I started teaching to my clients at Home Sweet Home Ministries where I worked in addiction recovery and later later was Education Coordinator.  Art was a powerful tool for helping people to see their own potential and become more engaged in their own recovery.  Art brought a new light to their eyes and purpose to their lives.  It was from this that our nonprofit, Threshold to Hope, Inc. was later born.

 

 

2. Is this how you make your living?  

Not exclusively.  I am a co-founder of Inside Out: Accessible Art, which is a co-op of a large variety of artists with many different mediums.  I have a studio there which acts as a showroom for my art as well as being featured in the gallery.  I also teach classes in their classroom and between the sale of art and teaching fees, I make enough to keep me in rent and art supplies.  I am currently retired but have started a nonprofit, Threshold to Hope, Inc., that offers art opportunities to those who cannot afford to take traditional classes.  These free classes offer people a safe place to express themselves and gives the healing power of art.

*(Newly Added!)

Threshold to Hope will be moving into the classroom of Inside Out: Accessible Art as our new home. Our hours will be changing to Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-2pm. At this time we will be creating only there. We will still be looking for places and opportunities to sell the budding artists’ works.

 

 

3. What message(s) do you try to convey/express through your work, if any?

I love working with clouds and water.  To me they embody the joy of God’s creation.  I also enjoy working with landscapes and florals.  They all express the beauty of God’s world.

 

 

 

4. What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of selling your work?

I’m not a natural born salesperson.  I’m more of an introvert, so promoting myself is difficult for me.  I can do it for short periods of time but I’m not good at it.

5. Do you have a studio/upcoming shows where people can find your work?  

My work can be seen during business hours at Inside Out: Accessible Art in the gallery and in my studio.  I will also be showing my art alongside my student from Threshold to Hope, Inc. at the Art Fair at Sugar Grove Nature Center on July 22nd from 10:00-2:00.  We will also be demonstrating spin art at the art fair.

6. Anything else to add? 

I call myself an ADD artist because I love to do so many different things.  I learn a lot of what I do on YouTube and love to share it with my students at Threshold to Hope.  I currently am teaching two days a week at our rented space with Palms Together Yoga and alternate between Home Sweet Home and Salvation Army on Wednesdays.  I love when my artists bring my a picture and ask if we can paint it.  It often is an experiment, but many times it turns out great and it’s fun for them to see my work through the creative process.

 

My work can be seen on the Facebook pages of Inside Out: Accessible Art, Glorious Expressions, or Threshold to Hope, Inc.

My websites are:  www.gloriousexpressions.com (my personal art)  or  www.thresholdtohope.org  for my students’ art.

Nora

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Tony Cade:

Visual Artist

What medium(s) do you work in and why?  

Oil, acrylic, watercolors,colored pencil,sculpture. Either they’re handy at the time or it’s just what floated my boat

Is this how you make your living?

I wish.

What message(s) do you try to convey/express through your work, if any?  

Not really a message. Just like to do art.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of selling your work?

Getting someone to buy it.

Do you have a studio/upcoming shows where people can find your work?

No. Not really.

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Joann Goetzinger:

Visual Artist

 

Bio:

Music education was my main study in undergraduate school at Illinois Wesleyan. I studied vocal performance at the American Conservatory of Music and taught voice at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State for some time. I worked also at the library at Illinois State.

I became interested in the visual arts, studied at Illinois State and received an MFA in art there in 1988. Since then I have been working in metal working, sculpture and painting. My interests are many. Cooking and gardening are my favorite hobbies.

My jobs have been an interesting variety also. I have worked in a canning factory as a corn taster, as a waitress, in a factory making washing machine coils, working in a music store and a store selling cooking supplies, in a bookstore as an order clerk, working in a laundry, working as a nanny and cook, teaching voice, piano, choral music and metal working. I also sang two years with the Norman Luboff touring choir. In April 2008, Martha Burk and I started Main Gallery 404 in downtown Bloomington and owned it until 2013.

Needless to say, I am never bored.

What medium(s) do you work in and why?  

I work in painting with both oil and acrylic paint because the expression of color, along with shape and line, is primary to my work. In addition, I utilize wood and metal to construct a painting.

Is this how you make your living?  

No, I am retired from Illinois State University and now work in art full time, but do not necessarily make a living from it.

What message(s) do you try to convey/express through your work, if any?  

I work with shape, color and line and the message of the resulting work is largely left to the viewer.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of selling your work?

Many viewers in this area want their purchased art to be recognizable subjects. My work is not meant to be any recognizable subject but is abstract in nature.

Do you have a studio/upcoming shows where people can find your work?

My studio is in downtown Bloomington Illinois at 313A North Main Street. I am open usually on W-F from 12-5 and Saturdays 9-4.   I am always open on first Fridays until 8 pm.

Anything else to add? 

The following piece is one from a series of recent works.  It is called “Silver Threads”. Painted in acrylic and oil on wood.   Size is 24” x 18”.

 

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