Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Art and Soul Listings

Art & Soul – Mixed-Media Art Retreat, Kansas City, April 27-May 1, 2015

This dynamic, fun, and inspiring week of art classes will be here in the Kansas City area bringing great instructors from throughout the US.  “Connect with like-minded people who share your passion for creative exploration at Art & Soul.  Follow your sense of adventure as you choose from dozens of workshops in collage, assemblage, jewelry, fiber arts, journaling, painting, art dolls, sculpture, altered books and so much more.  No matter what your level of artistic experience, their talented instructors will take you under their wing and make your creative spirit soar!”  Check out the extensive offerings at their website:
http://www.artandsoulretreat.com/ .  You will want to register soon.  It just happens to be located here in my town, just outside Kansas City, at the historic Elms hotel.  Know you have a Midwest Collage member here who will gladly help you with your outside-the-Retreat plans.  Once you attend, I think you will agree, we want to keep this valuable art opportunity in here in the Midwest.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Award Winners, Tall Grass Art Assoc., Journeys, Passages, Retreats

MCS Exhibit at Tall Grass- Judged
Our judge, Jessica Segal of the Union Street Gallery
Juror Comments

Overall Comments
This show was extraordinary. The range of work was impressive, really showcasing the diversity of collage as a medium. The layout was well thought out, creating interesting connections and dialogue between pieces that would not normally occur. It was overall a very enjoyable show.

Judges Individual Comments
1st-Laura Lein Svencner
Paths on This Good Earth
Very successful composition and masterful use of technique and layers. There was sort of an odd playful whimsy to the piece that I loved. I was drawn to it and came back to it several times, each time finding something new and exciting in the piece.

2nd-Jerri Reiman
Tipping Point
Simple but powerful. Subject matter provokes emotion and viewer can relate or sympathize. Wonderful attention to detail in the laying in regards to the direction of the lines of text and the overlapping of edges. This helped add both literal and metaphorical depth and weight to the imagery.

2nd-Pamela Peterson
De La Terre A La Lune
Very beautiful, there was such depth and soul to this piece. The imagery of light penetrating dark is powerful and here it was handled with such subtle delicacy. Smart use of texture and text/illustrative elements to enhance the composition.

3rd-Barb Pompei Boland
I loved this piece! This little piece packed so much punch. It had a very appealing composition with a wonderful upbeat color palette which drew you in, then up close you could really see the depth to the layers.  A very successful marriage of collage and abstraction and a smart use of map and text imagery to reinforce this idea of "searching".

3rd-Joan Lucht
Below the Surface
Love this approach to this piece and the fun mix of media.

3rd-Margi Hafer
Thank You Marcel
Well constructed, a fun homage to Marcel Duchamp. Especially enjoyed the small book of art that allowed viewers to interact with the piece. Each small work in the book was a successful piece in of itself which was impressive.

HM-Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg
In Memory
This piece had a sort of eerie or ghostly feeling which I was fascinated by.  The implication of layers in the composition was clever, the way the components of this composition overlap and connect. I enjoyed the relationship between the geometric and organic shapes, the way the organic component sort flowed throughout the piece, often appearing to be squeezed or forced by the geometric shapes.

HM-Rachelle Hickey
In Transition: Unfolding
Innovative and progressive use of collage. Imagery is powerful, evoking a lot of emotions and preconceived ideas of meaning.

HM-Nancy Staszak
Speak To Me
Beautifully constructed composition with depth and meaning.

HM Carol Kazwik
Traveling 3: Bee Messages
Fun mix of styles and inferred nostalgia.

HM-Honorable Mention 
Ribbon will be passed out at our next Midwest Collage Society meeting on March 1st.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MCS Newsflash - March 2015

March 1st Meeting 

Meeting Location: 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL
Time: All day open studio workday 9:30 to 2:30 (stay all day or part of the day)

Time to Share:  Come and enjoy a creative day. This will be a great time to hang out with creative artists and learn from each other. Note: There is no formal program. - There will not be a photographer at the March meeting.

What to bring: A project, sack lunch and snacks to share (if you wish).
Bring swap items.  

Optional – If you participated in the Downers Grove library bring projects for critique if you wish.
There is no formal program. - There will not be a photographer at the March meeting.

Board Members
- We will have a short meeting is the current Board in the afternoon at 1:30. 

MCS Indiana Retreat - Save the Date– Wednesday, September 23 to Sunday, September 27 2015
Location:  Camp Mack Indiana
Cost:  $225 for 4 nights and 11 meals.  A true bargain for all the fun we pack in.  
Ready to Register:  Registration forms will be available at meetings and will be e-mailed to past members.  
If you wish to be included in the e-mail please contact Tania Blanco   taniablanc@aol.com

Upcoming Meetings

The April meeting will begin at NOON in order to renew memberships and elect new board members.  For the program, Veronica Fremont, a sculptor, jewelry artist and owner of Cicada Pi Studios in Oak Park will give a workshop on cold connections for mixed media, will be demonstrating how to use rivets and other means to attach objects in 3D projects.

Karen Sako, a collage artist and instructor at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, will give a demonstration of her collage technique and a hands-on workshop for members.

Exhibit Opportunities

Downers Grove Library Exhibit - Theme "Celebrating Home"
Registration:  February 20, 2015
Drop off:  Feb. 28th from 11am - noon

We have very few participants so far… Please respond as soon as you can.  

Tall Grass Show

Pick up from tall grass is Sunday march 1 and Monday march 2.  10am - 4pm
Claudia would appreciate all work picked to be picked up these two dates as she needs to hang 
another show.

The tall grass show is in the process of being judged so that MCS can participate in the Alliance of Fine Arts http://allianceoffineart.org/

Best of the Best Show
March at Mayslake Peabody Estate -  http://www.mayslakepeabody.com/

Eligible artists will be notified early next week.  Please promptly respond to Nancy Staszak if you are awarded a ribbon and plan to be in the show so we can notify Alliance of Fine Arts.

Official Registration will be the responsibility of each artist.  Details will be sent.
Questions – Barb Boland  barbidoodle@comcast.net

Member News

Intro to Oil & Cold Wax Painting with Dianne Martia
Naperville Art League, 508 N. Center St., Naperville, IL 60563
Mondays., February 23 – March 23; 1:30–4:00 pm
Fee: $130 + $6 Supply Fee
Register through Naperville Art League at 630-355-2530
For more info: www.napervilleartleague.com or www.diannemartia.com  

All Members - Look for a MCS News Bulletin in your email this will be sent as an attachment to your March Newsletter.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jerri Reimann is exhibiting her work in Norris Gallery

Whimsy Encore!Norris Gallery, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
Reception: Sunday, February 8, 2-4 pm
Free admission, free parking

On the campus of St. Charles East High School, towards the east side of the campus. Has a large sculpture of dancing children out front.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

February News - 2015


We have decided to cancel the meeting tomorrow because of the snow.  Since we do not
know if the weather will be worse in the morning or afternoon Maureen decided we should
cancel for the safety of all members. We also had to consider the photographer coming all
the way out and not knowing how many people would show up.  We are hoping to be able
to add him in to the March meeting.  We will send an update later this month.
Be safe and we'll see you in March.

February Monthly Meeting and Program:  Photograph Opportunity and All Work Day

Important - Hours are  9-3
PLEASE RSVP TO NOW Barb Boland at  barbidoodle@comcast.net  ASAP

Date:  February 1, 2015 will be an all-day work day but we will have photographer available in the first part of the meeting only. (morning)

Important - Hours are  9-3   Bring a lunch

Photographer: Ben Cooley who photographed our work for the Zhou B. Art Center show.

Cost: 1st piece free. Any additional pieces $10 charge payable to Ben Cooley on the day of the shoot.


All members have the opportunity to have one piece of artwork photographed but the main purpose of this opportunity is to have a cd with new images to send out with proposals for new shows.

There are no restrictions on size but due to limitations of lighting at the police station Ben requests no glass on the artwork.

Please let Barb Boland know if you are going to bring a piece - barbidoodle@comcast.net


Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Saturday - February 28th   DROP-OFF for Downers Grove Library Exhibit   
Title Theme- "Celebrating Home"

Celebrating Home may refer to the home you live in now or as a child, something that makes you feel at home.

Home can be… a dwelling for humans or animals, any habitat, shelter or refuge a safe place. The family or social unit that occupies a space, a place where one feels secure or happy.

Registration will be sent out soon.

If you are interested the number of participants will determine how many pieces each artist can show.

What we need from you NOW

·         Do you plan on having work photographed?

·         How many pieces?

Please respond only if you plan on participating in either event.   PLEASE RSVP TO Barb Boland at barbidoodle@comcast.net


2015 Annual Retreat for 5 days in Camp Mack Indiana.

Space will be limited to 22 people.
Dates: Wednesday, Sept 23 2015 to Sunday Sept 27, 2015. Price: $225 includes lodging and meals.

Member News

Laura Lein-Svencner was accepted to participate in the Kalamazoo Garage Sale Art Fair this year on February 28th this is an annual event year. For more information please view the website. http://www.garagesaleartfair.com

Artist Way, The book by Julia Cameron will begin a 13 week session with Laura Lein-Svencner at Mayslake Peabody Estate Starting Monday mornings February 23rd from 9:00 – 11:30. For more information please view the website http://www.mayslakepeabody.com

Members Sharing

Submitted by Cynthia Lee
Call for artists working in paper and thought you might want to send it out to the MCS members.  It's for an exhibit in the western suburbs:


Monday, December 29, 2014

January News

January 4th, 2015 Meeting

Midwest Collage Society Newsflash
When: January 4th 
Where:  1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL
Time: 12:30 to 3:00

Program: Art Critique
Who will be conducting the critique?  
Dorothea Bilder, Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University, her expertise is printing, painting and collage.

What should I bring if I want to participate?
Bring one to two pieces for critique.

How many pieces can I bring?
Expect at least one piece each to be considered for review. If time allows there may be time to critique a second piece depending on time and the number of members participating. 

Do I have to participate? 
No, this is optional. It should be fun, interesting and educational to hear feedback even if you decide not to participate. 

I don't know if I'm ready to be critiqued. 
This is a great opportunity to learn about your work and others in a friendly environment. This is a great opportunity don't pass it up.

2015 Programs

Please take the time to look at the 2015 upcoming programs. Thank you to Maureen M. and all who secured our program participants. 

Looking forward:

February Meeting - Photograph Opportunity

Date:  February 1, 2015 will be an all-day work day but we will have photographer available in the morning.

Photographer: Ben Cooley who photographed our work for the Zhou B. Art Center show.  

Cost: 1st piece free. If someone would like more than one piece photographed there is a $10 charge to be  payable to Ben that day.

All members have the opportunity to have one piece of artwork photographed but the main purpose of this opportunity is to have a cd with new images to send out with proposals for new shows.  

There are no restrictions on size but due to limitations of lighting at the police station Ben requests no glass on the artwork.

Note: Please let Barb Boland know if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity and the number of pieces by January 15th so we have an idea of count for Ben.  barbidoodle@comcast.net

Important Update
Show: Aurora City Hall Midwest Collage Society Exhibit
Activity: Pickup - New date Friday - January 23    9am to 11am

Retreat 2015

2015 Annual Retreat for 5 days in Camp Mack Indiana.  
Space will be limited to 22 people. 
Dates: Wednesday, Sept 23 2015 to Sunday Sept 27, 2015. Price: $225 includes lodging and meals.


Show: Tall Grass
Activity: Drop Off for Tall Grass:   
When: January 12, 13, or 14 from 10am to 4 pm (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday):10am to 4 pm 
Please be sure that all artwork is marked with your name on back and that the piece is properly wired.

Member News 

Jerri Reimann had 4 pieces accepted into the Whimsy Encore show at Norris Gallery in St Charles. 

Show runs Saturday, January 20 thru Saturday, February 28.

Reception on Sunday, February 8 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Normal gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Laura Lein-Svencner

Laura will be conducting collage classes  at the following locations:

Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 West 31st Street Oak Brook IL 60523
Call to Register (630) 206-9566

Naperville Art League

508 North Center, Naperville IL 60565 
Register by phone 630-355-2530

Class: Collage-Sketchbook to Canvas
For more class information or to contact Laura visit Laura's website www.lauralein-svencner.com