Monday, June 8, 2015

MCS Member Laura Lein-Svencner will be Exhibiting In June and July 2015

July Meeting Info

No Meeting In July 

The August meeting, Sunday, Aug. 2nd, will be a work day with member demos from 9:00-2:30.  Bring show and tell; perhaps your completed star books with the inserts you have added.  Pending further  confirmation, also bring art work you wish to have professionally photographed, not under glass.  First one free, $10 charge for additional photos.

EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY:  The 16th regional Juried Exhibition, August 30-September 27th.  Cash awards for First ($500), Second ($300) and Third Place ($200) at the Chesterton Art Center, 115 South 4th Street, Chesterton, IN 46304.  All 2D and 3D fine art media on any theme accepted.  

Entry fee for1-2 pieces, $30.  Call MCS member Mary AnnGradisher for details at 219-617-2548 or email to  She will be at the August meeting to accept and transport your entries for the August 18-19 judging and will return all work at the October meeting. This will save you the trouble of transporting it yourself.
More information can be found here 

MCS Member Nancy L Staszak will be exhibit her work in July

Sunday, May 24, 2015

June 7th Meeting and Mini Workshop with Mary Warner

June 7th meeting will be held at 12:30-2:30  Our Mini Workshop presenter is Mary Warner. 

Please bring your supplies and come assemble with us. 
Pocket Star Book

  • 2 cover boards- 4&1/4" by 5&1/2 "- cut from light weight board, such as tag board or cereal box
  • 2 cover papers-5&1/2 by 6&1/2" -that will cover these boards
  •  7 same colored card stock-4&1/4 by 11"-(these can be cut from 4 sheets of 8&1/2 by 11")
  • 7 pieces card stock-4 by 9"-in a coordinating color. (Can be cut from 4 sheets 8&1/2 by 11")
  •  Ribbon- 30" long, coordinating color
Bring extra pieces of card stock to use in making inserts for the pockets.
I will be supplying the papers for our pocket pages. These will be cut from maps. Keep that  in mind when choosing colors for the cover paper, card stock and ribbon. The maps will lend the book nicely to a travel, vacation or road trip theme.

Basic supplies: scissors, pencil, ruler, glue stick, tacky glue or something similar, toothpicks for applying glue, bone folder, wax or other paper to protect pages when assembling. If you forget or don't have something, we certainly can share.

Questions- email or call Mary Warner - or 630-833-0125

 Here are some of Mary' star books

 Close up MCS Working very hard at folding that papers.

NEWSFLASH Information 


If they are not paid by the June 7th meeting you will not be able to participate in the show at the Fine Line gallery in September because the list of participants must be finalized in June and you must be a paid member to participate.  You will also miss important news flashes about future programs and exhibits.  If you cannot attend the June 7th. meeting please contact Cherie Denton at


Please plan for this even if you take your own photos.
This is important for us as a group for proposals.

We have tentative plans to have Ben Cooley come and shoot photos
at the August 2 all day work meeting, in the morning, for a new cd to be used for proposals. 
Each artist will be allowed one free photo.  If you would like to have more
Ben can shoot them for $10 each (payable to Ben that day).  This is a great opportunity
for us individually  and especially as a group.  There is no size  restriction but no glass because
of the restriction of space at the police station. Please have a friend bring one piece if
you can not attend..

(dates have changed slightly)

"Reflections Within and Beyond"

Drop Off:    Tuesday,    September 1, 2015      10  am to Noon
Pick Up:     Monday,     October 12, 2015          10 am to Noon

Show runs from September 2 thru October 10, 2015

Reception:   Saturday,     September 12, 2015  from 2:00 to 4:00pm

we have a larger group showing this time so we will probably
be limited to one large or two smaller pieces

If you have any images to be used for publicity send them to   attention Rachel

Also please send images to Lezlie Lenz at 
She will be compiling an e-book of the show for us


The Fall Retreat still has limited number of spaces.  If you would like to attend the Camp Mack retreat, please send in your application and deposit as soon as possible to reserve a space.  Mail to TANIA BLANCO 1263 Bainbridge Drive, Naperville, IL 60563.  The application is available on the MIDWEST COLLAGE SOCIETY BLOG.


Tania Blanco and Mary Yezek are participating in a joint exhibit by the Lombard Arts Coalition during June and July at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard. The exhibit is located in the health clinic and is open Monday thruFriday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free.

If you have a website for your artwork, would you please send the website address to Nancy Staszak at,  for possible publicity purposes for upcoming exhibits.  If you have a website, you must want publicity.  Your work will not be used without your permission.

If you are in an exhibition, win an award, get published, or are teaching a class please email the news to Laura at for inclusion in  the MCS blog and to Maureen at for inclusion on our facebook page.

Please send information you would like included in the monthly news flash to Joan Lucht.

No Meeting for JULY 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Karen Sako's Demo-Recap

We have the information from Karen that was shared at our last meeting, click here   We hopeful will have a few photos to share with you soon. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

May's Meeting don't you miss this!!!

(From Elaine Rath:)
Hello everyone, 
I am deeply honored to serve as the new president of this wonderful organization.  I pledge to learn everyone's name as quickly as possible and to do the very best job I can going forward.  I am grateful for the great group of women on the Board and all the behind the scenes workers who keep things running smoothly.  To this end, I am calling a kick-off Board meeting on
                 Sunday MAY 17th at 2:30 PM at
                 Panera Bread Restaurant
                 1001 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 
If you are unable to attend, please tell me at the May meeting or contact me at  (Husband hogs the computer, but does a great job as my personal secretary.) 


IMPORTANT REMINDER:  DUES ARE NOW DUE!     Please send $20 for Midwest Collage Society only, or $55 for combined MCS and National Collage Society to 
                  Cherie Denton
                 4641 Stonewall Ave.
                 Downers Grove, IL 60515
If dues are not received by June 1st, you will miss out on important emails regarding news and upcoming opportunities to exhibit.  
Looking forward to another great year!
Elaine Rath   
Please Send all MCS News related information now to Joan Lucht at  jlucht  

Always check the Blog for all current Information at 

Midwest Collage Society Invites Karen Sako to our May's Meeting May 3rd at 12:30pm to 2:30pm
                                 1710 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL 60561, USA (map)
It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and try something completely different. In this demonstration, you will be taught the basic techniques guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. Karen Sako will lead you through a small project combining many different art styles by layering paper with other mixed media. Experiment with a variety of possibilities that each individual can then adapt to their own personal style. Work intuitively, surrendering your expectations and explore mixed media art!

Karen Sako is a graphic designer, art instructor and award winning mixed media artist with a BFA in Visual Communications from The Illinois Institute of Art. Her true love is fine art and she concentrates most of her time to teaching and creating mixed media pet portraits. Karen has been sharing her infectious love of art with students in the Chicago area for over 25 years. She is a member of the Long Grove Artists Guild and regularly teaches mixed media workshops at Mainstreet Art Center located in Lake Zurich.

Karen Sako 

Supply list  bring -baby wipes and pastels if they have them.  Everything else she will supply. 

MCS Exhibit Alert....

Our exhibition at FINE LINE'S KAVANAGH GALLERY will be August 28---October 10th
This will be a judged show with awards and ribbons.  More people can qualify for Best of the Best for 2016.
"Judged" means there are awards, it does not mean "juried" in which some works are chosen and some excluded.

If you want to participate, please give Barb Boland and Nancy Staszak your names
This time, send emails to Nancy Staszak

1. Your name if you want to participate---send to Nancy Staszak by Thursday May 23.

2. How many works would you enter?  1--2--or 3  by Thursday May 23 (Just give us an idea)

3. Send any jpg. images that might be used for publicity to Nancy by May 23

4. We will ask you for titles, size, prices, etc. a few weeks before the show so we can type the labels. 

5. Drop off Tuesday, August 25th   Pick-up October TBA
Here are some thoughts on the theme:
Reflections Within and Beyond

Reflections are something thrown back by a body whether light sent back
from a source, an image as in a mirror or shiny surface like water or a consequence
which is evidence or a manifestation of something else. Imitation.

But they can also be observations,  impressions, feelings and conclusions derived
through  serious thought, contemplation  and meditation. 

Reflections Within and Beyond challenge us to ponder that which we know
and that which we hope for.