45th Anniversary

Our son is nonverbal, but by his body language, we gather that he is proud, happy, he feels accepted and important, and that he belongs to an extended family – Rimland. Rimland nurtures his self-esteem, structures his daily activities, and installs goals. He used to be crabby, but now we often see him smile.

— The Crisostomos Family
The First Annual Visionary Outsider Art Show

rimland_10-15-16_by_elliotmandel-30As part of the organization’s 45th anniversary celebration, Rimland presented its first annual Visionary Outsider Art Show on Saturday October 15. Guests viewed 22 works of art by highly individualistic artists – self-defined as raw, marginalized, outsider, self-taught, visionary, or naïve, including artists who face physical or cognitive challenges.

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Guests at the show had the opportunity to be mystified by the sleight of hand of magicians and attorneys Mel Siegel and Fred Lane, a/k/a the Great Fredini. (At 91 years old, Fred Lane still practices law and delights audiences with his prestidigitations!)

Mel Siegel shows his sleight of hand.

Mel Siegel shows his sleight of hand.

The Great Fedini!

The Great Fedini!

Double magic!

Two magicians = double magic!

Guests also witnessed a performance of the group Mother-Daughter Tribal, who performed American Tribal Style belly dance. All told, Nine pieces of art were sold, with proceeds benefiting the artists and Rimland. Thanks to all who viewed and purchased art. We’ll see you next year!

Associate Executive Director Tina Jones and daughter visited the art show.

Associate Executive Director Tina Jones and daughter visited the art show.

Art show organizer Kathy Miller (r) and guest.

Art show organizer Kathy Miller (r) and guest.

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Our 45th Anniversary Benefit Bash!
It was quite a crowd!

It was quite a crowd!

On October 14 Rimland clients, family members, staff, friends, and supporters came together at Rimland’s headquarters to celebrate the organization’s 45th anniversary.

The "red" carpet.

The “red” carpet.

Executive Director Carolyn Keel welcomes guests.

Executive Director Carolyn Keel welcomes guests.

Festivities included a preview of the first annual Visionary Outsider Art Show, a wine pull, a new video about Rimland’s history and programs, upbeat jazz standards by the David Jennings Trio, and a beautifully catered menu of tasty delights.

Scene from a Wine Pull

Scene from a Wine Pull

Previewing visionary outsider art...

Previewing visionary outsider art…

Rimland by night.

Rimland by night.

Master of Ceremonies Judy Hsu (of ABC 7) hosted the evening’s program with skill and humor.

Judy Hsu at the mic.

Judy Hsu at the mic.

Judy Hsu with event organizer Kathy Miller.

Judy Hsu with event organizer Kathy Miller.

Rimland CEO Pamela Watson offered words of welcome and gratitude to the attendees, and board member Bill Egan charted the organization’s development over 45 years and shared stories from Rimland’s history.

CEO Pamela Watson

CEO Pamela Watson

Bill Egan tells Rimland's story.

Bill Egan tells Rimland’s story.

Also during the program, Rimland bestowed special recognition on three of the organization’s most faithful associates for their longtime partnership and service: Ann Moltz, a Rimland parent and volunteer who directs Rimland’s art program; Dave Work, a Rimland employee since 1975; and community development partner Lycrecia Parks, Director of Portfolio Management at the Chicago Community Loan Fund.

Associate Executive Director Terrance Wimberly introduces award recipient Ann Moltz.

Associate Executive Director Terrance Wimberly introduces award recipient Ann Moltz.

Judge Martin Moltz and Ann Motz.

Judge Martin Moltz and Ann Moltz

Dave Work accepts congratulations from the audience.

Dave Work accepts congratulations from the audience.

Rimland COO Brendy Sims introduces award recipient Lycrecia Parks.

Rimland COO Brendy Sims introduces award recipient Lycrecia Parks.

Brendy Sims, Lycrecia Parks, Judy Hsu

Brendy Sims, Lycrecia Parks, Judy Hsu

And a good time was had by all!

Benefit guests mix and mingle.

Benefit guests mix and mingle.

Anniversary committee member Nina Yoo takes a selfie with a friend.

Anniversary committee member Nina Yoo takes a selfie with a friend.

All smiles for Rimland!

All smiles for Rimland!

Standing room only!

Standing room only!

Ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille
Lorraine Ganz is ready for her close-up.

Lorraine Ganz is ready for her close-up.

Amid the fun and games at Friday’s Anniversary Benefit, we’ll be unveiling a new video that tells Rimland’s story and celebrates our 45 years of service. Here are some behind-the-scenes moments from the video shoot with videographers Crisanti and Co. and Board President Lorraine Ganz as she prepares for the video shoot. As you can see, Mrs. Ganz is ready for her close-up!

Crisanti and Co. prepare the set.

Crisanti and Co. prepare the set.

Rimland Visionary Outsider Art Show

Rimland Visionary Outsider Art Show

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
10 AM – 4 PM
Rimland Headquarters
1265 Hartrey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Free and Open to the Public

 

Rimland Services is sponsoring a Visionary Outsider Art Show to bring awareness of adults living with autism and to the truth that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or cognitive challenges. The artists in this show are highly individualistic – whether self-defined as raw, marginalized, outsider, self-taught, visionary, or naïve. The Visionary Outsider Art Show will showcase the work of eight artists from six states whose works will all be for sale.*

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Michael Banks – Widely recognized and exhibited outsider artist experiments with both found objects, building materials as well as artists’ materials. (Alabama)

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Tarik Echols – Obsessive marks extracted from a single written word or phrase result in complex relationships between words and background space. (Illinois)

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Ritchie Exilas – Resources for Human Development-RI artist who works with pencils and markers in a bold yet whimsical style. (Rhode Island)

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Joe Flasch – Prolific artist who has developed a collection of symbols which function like pictograms. (Illinois)

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Harold Jeffries – Little City Foundation artist creating blueprinted plans for Heaven. (Illinois)

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Bill Miller – Collage artist who uses vintage linoleum for pictorial assemblages of memory and nature lie somewhere between collage and stained glass. (Pennsylvania)

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P Miller – Military veteran whose “doodles” offset the demands of daily life (Nebraska)

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Sarah Rakes – Rural painter whose works exude a concern with living things and a love for animals, highly patterned backgrounds spill over onto the frames she creates for each work. (Georgia)

Rimland Art Selection Committee member Cleo Wilson, said she was pleased with the depth and breadth of the submissions to the show. The Committee introduced key elements of the show. We are indebted to these outstanding individuals:

Rebecca Hoffberger – Founder/Director of the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, an official national museum, education center, and repository for intuitive, self-taught artistry

Pam Horowitz – The Pamela S. Horowitz & H. Julian Bond Outsider Art Collection, Washington, DC

Judith Joseph – Chicago North Shore artist & arts educator

Larry Singer – Director, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

Cleo Wilson – President, Intuit, the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and collector of self-taught art

Joe Wilkinson – Chairman Emeritus and Founder, Schools That Can (formerly Bill Traylor Foundation), Traylor collector since 1978

Rimland Services NFP supports the most critical needs of adults with classic autism through three programs – Residential Living, Developmental Training, and Health & Wellness. Our residents are all adults, having matriculated out of every other private and state-based school and/or organization. Rimland commits to providing life-long support. Our mission is to remove the barriers restricting equal access for adults with autism. Proceeds from the Visionary Outsider Art Show will support long-term sustainability of Rimland Services NFP.

Rimland promotes exhibiting artists by inviting the public, members of the art world, and the press to attend the show.

 

Sponsored by ABT Electronics, Bob Bradish and Kathy Tate-Bradish, Laura Bernstein, Barbara Cooper, Erin Hsu, Michael and Ann McNamara, Dr. Eugene Schnitzler, the Sun and Nina Yoo Family

 

* Art may be purchased prior to the show at a benefit on Friday, Oct. 14. Go to Rimland.org for more information.

Caught in the Act (of Kindness)
l to r: Maggie Wilson, Nancy Bloch, Sharon Sanders

L-R: Maggie Wilson, Nancy Bloch, Sharon Sanders

We spotted three of our wonderful volunteers creating centerpieces for Rimland 45th Anniversary Benefit: Maggie Wilson of Evanston, Nancy Bloch of Glencoe, and Sharon Sanders of Northbrook. Ms. Wilson organized a group of Unitarians who are helping to transform Rimland’s headquarters into an art gallery and party venue for the 45th Anniversary Benefit on October 14th and the Visionary Outsider Art Show on 15th. Attendees at the benefit will have advance opportunities to purchase art from the art show. Thank you, Maggie, Nancy, and Sharon!

It’s Time! New Details about our 45th Anniversary Benefit
Rimland 45th Anniversary Benefit

& Visionary Outsider Art Show



ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT

Friday October 14, 2016
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Tickets required
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Visionary Outsider
Art Show

Saturday, October 15
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Open to the Public

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Rimland Services NFP
1265 Hartrey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

For more information, contact Kathy Miller at KMiller@Rimland.org

On Friday, October 14, Rimland will celebrate with dining, dancing, jazz by the David Jennings Trio, a Wine Pull, a Rimland information station, craft room, and preview & pre-purchase of artworks in advance of the Visionary Outsider Art Show opening the next day.

We’ve planned a fun-filled evening emceed by ABC news anchor Judy Hsu. Come honor the people who have made this organization extraordinary! Proceeds from the benefit support Rimland’s long-term sustainability.

See, appreciate and buy art by highly individualistic artists – whether self-defined as raw, marginalized, outsider, self-taught, visionary, or naive. This includes artists who face physical or cognitive challenges.

Win our deep appreciation by becoming a sponsor & ticket purchaser TODAY!

$10,000 – VISIONARY* – 20 tickets.

$5,000 – TRAILBLAZER* – 15 tickets.

$2,500 – INNOVATOR* – 10 tickets.

$1,000 – BUILDER* – 5 tickets.

$100 – INDIVIDUAL ticket

Buy Tickets NOW!
* Sponsors will be recognized in the program book. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

 

Thank you for your attention to this request. Your generosity supports Rimland’s long-term sustainability.  Please encourage your friends, family, colleagues & neighbors to join the fun and purchase tickets TODAY!

Sponsored by ABT Electronics, Bob Bradish and Kathy Tate-Bradish, Laura Bernstein, Barbara Cooper, Erin Hsu, Michael and Ann McNamara, Dr. Eugene Schnitzler, the Sun and Nina Yoo Family

 

 

Two Unique Events Honor Rimland’s 45th Anniversary

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45th Anniversary Benefit

& Visionary Outsider Art Show

Two unique events to honor Rimland Services’ 45 years of support for adults with autism

Our Anniversary Benefit –- An evening of inspiration, celebration, and fun, emceed by ABC News anchor Judy Hsu. Dining, dancing, jazz by the David Jennings Trio, a wine pull and craft room. Come honor the people who make Rimland extraordinary. Proceeds support our long-term sustainability. Tickets are $100.

Friday, October 14, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Our Visionary Outsider Art Show — See, appreciate, and buy art created by artists from around the country – from Alabama to the southside of Chicago. Their art is highly individualistic – whether self-defined as raw, marginalized, outsider, self-taught, visionary, or naïve, and includes artists who face physical, cognitive or emotional challenges. Free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

REGISTER at WWW.RIMLAND.ORG

Both events are at Rimland Services, 1265 Hartrey, Evanston

Attend the Friday benefit and get a sneak preview of the art show, and the opportunity to

pre-purchase the works on display.

 

For further information, contact Kathy Miller at 847.328.4090

Join Rimland this October for a landmark event and a celebration of our history!

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We are pleased to announce details of Rimland’s 45th Anniversary Benefit Celebration on October 14 and 15, 2016. On Friday, October 14, come celebrate 45 years of service with jazz with the Dave Jennings Trio, dancing, dining, visionary art, a “wine pull,” and more during a fun-filled evening at our Evanston headquarters, emceed by ABC news anchor Judy Hsu. Benefit tickets are $100, and proceeds will help to establish an endowment fund to support the long-term sustainability of Rimland Services. The weekend’s festivities will culminate in a Visionary Outsider Art Show, open to the public at no cost, on Saturday, October 15. Friday benefit attendees will have an opportunity to preview and purchase artworks in advance of Saturday’s art show.

We are grateful to the 45th Anniversary Benefit Committee for their efforts in the event planning. Bob Bradish, recently retired Senior Vice President of Strategy and Sales for Kraft Foods and its spin-off, Mondelez International, and Rimland family member Nina Yoo, a former Senior Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, serve as the committee’s chair and vice-chair. Other committee members include:

Steve Levitt

Ann Moltz

Helen O’Shaughnessy

Laura Salter

Nicole Schnitzler

Paula Wiggins

Rimland is also privileged to have a team of nationally recognized individuals serving on the art selection committee for the Visionary Outsider Art Show. Intuit, the Chicago Center for Outsider Art, describes visionary outsider artists as demonstrating “little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions.” We expect to see submissions of art in the areas of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book, ceramics, stained glass, and sculpture. Art selection committee members include:

Rebecca Hoffberger – Founder, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.

Pam Horowitz – The Pamela S. Horowitz & H. Julian Bond Outsider Art Collection, Washington, DC

Judith Joseph – Chicago North Shore artist & arts educator

Larry Singer – Director, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

Cleo Wilson – President, Intuit, the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Joe Wilkinson – Bill Traylor collector since 1978

We look forward to celebrating with you in October!