Our Programs

Women's Works 2014 Winners

Here are NAAC's 27th Annual 2014 Women's Works award winners, announced at our opening reception March 22nd:

1st Place -The Straw Hat
Colored Pencil by Carol Maltby of Hamburg, NY

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Orson Welles Festivals coming in 2014 & 2015

Like NAAC, Woodstock Celebrates is a volunteer organization. They were established in 2012 and are entirely focused on celebrating notable persons and entities associated with Woodstock

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News about the Old McHenry County Courthouse

   If you've been involved with NAAC for any length of time, you probably know our primary exposition location is the Old Court House Arts Center

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2014 Instructor Invitational now closed

NAAC's short-run exhibition, showcasing the work of 17 local art instructors, ended March 2nd

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Real People 2013 - Online!

Even though our 2013 Real People exhibition has come and gone, you can now visit our dedicated Real People website, which provides a look at all the entries.


Womens Works 2014 Opens March 13th

Women's Works 2014 will run from March 13th - April 27th at the Old Court House Arts Center

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June ArtBEAT now available

Please download it here <ArtBEAT June 2013>


May edition of ArtBEAT now available

Now that Women's Works 2013 has closed, we're ready for our summer wave of activities, and we're inviting you to join along. We've just released our latest issue of ArtBEAT. Please download it here <ArtBEAT May 2013> or via our DOWNLOADS tab, above.


Free Folk Performance

Award-winning musician Tricia Alexander helped us celebrate the 26th anniversary of Women’s Works

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Little Women's Works 2013

An Exhibition of Artwork by Girls, Ages 6 - 17 Years Old

Exhibit dates: March 7 - April 28, 2013 at The Old Courthouse Arts Center, 101 N. Johnson Street, Woodstock, IL 60098 

Artists Reception: Saturday, April 20, 2013 2-4 p.m.

For more information e-mail LWW2013@naac4art.org or call 815-363-9855


March edition of ArtBEAT now available

As an all-volunteer organization, we don't publish our newsletter, ArtBEAT, as often as we'd like. But the latest issue, published last week, is chock full of important information. Please download it here <ArtBEAT March 2013> or via our DOWNLOADS tab, above.


Women's Works 2013 - Now Open!

NAAC's 26th annual international exhibition of Women's Art, Women's Works, opened March 7th at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock. The Gala Artists' Reception was held March 16th. It was a festive occasion, with lively conversation, good food and drink and a great exhibition to view. Just half a block away, two of our artists, Cristy Corso & Tye Johnson also held a pop-up gallery experience called "The Current Show" at Mixin Mingle. It was a great tie-in, enjoyed by many of our participants.

Women's Works 2013 will close on April 28th at 5:00pm.

Many hours of planning and preparation were performed by our dedicated show chairs, Therese Cooper-Wiser and Denise Lambrechts, as well as many other NAAC volunteer workers.

Last year, we celebrated Women's Works 25th Anniversary. That event was chaired by Kim Gust. She put together a special website, which is available here: Women's Works


Women's Works 2013 Postcard

Our 2013 Women's Works Postcard has been mailed. On the front, seven works are represented. On the back, show details are provided. A (low-res) PDF has been posted and is available here: 2013WWpostcard


Cambridge Lakes Fine Art Festival - April 2013

Cambridge Lakes Learning Center, of Pingree Grove, Illinois sponsored a Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, April 6th, 2013.

This family friendly event included fine art, musicians, vocalists, dancers, ensembles and cuisine from local restaurants. For more information, contact Leslie LaMarca leslielamarca@comcast.net


Illinois Women Artists Project

The Illinois Women Artists Project is a non-profit organization, actively gathering information about artists who worked throughout Illinois between 1840 and 1940 and providing an appreciation of their work and experiences.
Their unique, interdisciplinary Symposium:


will be held November 7 & 8, 2013.
Visit their sites for a rich collection of additional information, including a Call for Symposium Papers:


Call for Women’s Works 2013 Entries

NAAC’s 26th annual (2013), juried visual art exhibit for female artists is now open for entries. Women's Works is held in March and April at the historic Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock. The program is funded by contributions and by entry fees. Cash awards are given in various categories. Visit our Women's Works page on Call for Entry for complete details. We appreciate your interest.


Real People Closes after Successful Run

SPECIAL NOTE: GALA TRIPLE RECEPTION date changed to Saturday, August 25th. See below for details.

Reports are in...this year's Real People Exhibiion at the Old Court House Arts Center is one of our best collections of artwork featuring the human face or form!

More information is available below, in our earlier article.

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Kids & Nature Reception

The Board of Directors of the Northwest Area Arts Council celebrated our NEW summer fine arts exhibition, Kids & Nature, featuring work by young artists. The Artists Reception was held July 21st at the Old Court House Art Center on the Historic Square in Woodstock, and featured music, food and nature art activities for kids.


The Woodstock Group

River Art Studio in Algonquin hosted a successful exhibit, "The Woodstock Group" with work by Betty Schmidt, Barbara Brown, Carol Keene, Marilyn Olsen, Astrid Enskat, Anita Kaiser and photography by Tom Schmidt (in memory).

The work displayed included original art as well as affordable prints, giclees and small works and was shown Friday, July 13th through August 3rd. Visit the River Art Website for venue details.


Fine Fiber and Vintage Handbag Exhibits

NAAC again coordinated the Fine Fiber & Folk Art Exhibit, an integral part of the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, held June 22-24 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The exhibit was then moved to the Old Court House Art Center in Woodstock, IL from July 5th-29th. The artists' reception was held July 21st from 7-9pm.

In addition, each year, we honor those who have inspired the work of our hands with a Vintage Handbag Exhibit. This year, designers based their work on  a 1945 Coats & Clark handbag, featuring  diamonds, squares, and circles. These were the rules: Bag front and back must be square and kept in proportion - smallest bag: 4" tall x 4' across; largest bag: 18" tall x 18" across. Bags must have at least three diamonds and buttons, beads, knobs or circles. The bags traveled with the fine fiber items for both venues. Visit fiberandfolk.com for more information.