The goals of Evans Art Guild are to empower member artists to achieve their artistic potential in the visual arts and crafts, and to foster and help promote a cultural interest in our area.
In the winter of 1973, four young, local, aspiring artists met with the purpose establishing the Evans Art Guild. During the next few years there were art workshops on Monday nights, figure drawing with models at least once a month, and a lively exchange of creative criticism, discussion, and good humor. Monthly meetings and workshops were held all over town including a chicken coop on Sturgeon Point Road, churches, fire halls, and parks. Art education for young students was supported and encouraged by early members (and art teachers) of the guild, such as Roberta Baer, Therese Brodie, Florence Duncan, Margaret Greene, Randall Grimm, Donald Haug, Sally Patterson, and Paul Von Buhr.
Early supporters of the EAG Outdoor Art Festival were the Town of Evans Historical Society, Robert R. Catalino - Supervisor of the Town of Evans, Angola Odd Fellow, Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce, Marine Midland Band Western, Ryan Homes, Heimburg Funeral Home, Super Duper Grand View Market, Corrine's Restaurant, Metrics Foreign Car Repair, Evans National Bank, Highland Plaza Super Market, Carl E. Barrett General Insurance, Stu and Bob's Snack Bar, L and L Fencing Company, Mickey Rats, A. F. Shultz and Company Plumbing Hardware Appliances, Mansion Art School, Furnco Construction, Green Gables Retirement Home, Derby Pharmacy, Hamburg Art Supply, New Woodbine, Sam's Lumber Company, Lake Shore Chrysler-Plymouth, South Towns Lincoln Mercury, Oswald's Bakery, Engler Lumber, and many other members of the Chamber of Commerce and individuals.
Over the next 40 years, these artists and the art guild have influenced many generations of young student artists and have produces public art in the Derby post office, town hall, several churches, and public areas. In addition, the annual Evans Art Guild Calendars have continued since 1989 to showcase the art of members of the Guild and the history of Evans. An amazing total of over 280 pen and ink drawings represent community events, buildings, and people from the surrounding area, including the building of the post office, old town hall, and the opening of the Grandview Theater. Evans Art Guild celebrated 40 years in 2013.
Sabine Baeckmann, President
Jim Bonavito, Treasurer †