Thursday, October 30, 2014

November News

Our General November meeting will be held on Sunday November 9th.  – Some our  members will be having a show and reception on November 2nd at the Marmion Scholl Mezzanine Gallery, in Aurora. Please support them by attending (see Member New Section below)

General Meeting (November 9th) Details:
Location:  1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL
Time: 12:30 – 3:00
Social time 12:30 – 1:00
1:00 - announcements and a presentation by Lezlie Lenz on the new Gelli Printing.
Lezlie is working on her 1000 angels project.
What to Bring: An apron and table protection, any papers you want to print plus any stencils or items to print texture. Bring a ball point pen. $5.00 studio fee applies
Goodies:  PLUS the Crescent Board sample goodie bags from Lynn Tsan's October presentation arrived and will be available! 

There will be a swap table.
Member News and Shows 

Marmion Scholl Mezzanine Gallery – MCS Members Show
When: November 2nd , 2014
What: Reception is 3:00 to 5:00
Who: Barb Boland, Tania Blanco, Marjorie Boyd, Sandy Finch, Maureen Gasek, Joan Lucht and Jerri Reimann
Where: The Marmion Scholl Mezzanine Gallery is located in Aurora at 1000 Butterfield Road.
The gallery is through the main drive; follow the first curve to the right and around back. There will be signs.
Nancy Staszak
Nancy Staszak won an honorable mention at the Senior Artists' Network show "Later Impressions". Her work "Things Seen and Unseen" will be at the Renaissance Court Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center through November 30th.

Nancy also has a two woman show with Pat Lagger at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville.  
The reception will be at about 9:00PM after the 8:00PM service Friday, November 21stThe show will be up through the end of November.

Turkan Ilkdemirci and Eve Ozer
MCS members Turkan Ilkdemirci and Eve Ozer will be exhibiting at 4Art Inc Gallery in November.
Reception is Friday, November 21, from 6-10 pm
Where: 1029 W. 35th Street, 4th floor, Chicago. 
For more info - , including links to the artists' individual web sites go to

A terrific exhibit of themed plexiglass houses made by 10 members of the Midwest Collage Society went up today at the Palos Park Library and will be up through Thanksgiving Day. It truly is a creative collection of assemblages. The directions to the library and the hours can be found on their website,

Call to Artists - Opportunity 

Art for a Good Cause!
Calling all Artists who would like to contribute art to help support The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, serving  Kane, Kendall, DuPage, Will and DeKalb counties.  Help Us Pack the Pantry by donating a creative work of art. We are looking for Artists to create a 2-D or 3D piece of art, using bags as a material source but not limited to a bag. Think out of the bag.

Art Requirements:
Donate a 2-D or 3D piece of art pieces along with a requested $5.00 donation to help supply food for those in need in our communities and combat hunger. 
All pieces must be gallery ready to hang or display.  Title, medium, Artist name and value are required.  Please put a value down for reference.
Pieces are due to If These Walls Could Talk by November 30, 2014.

December 5, 2014 - reception and silent auction, all pieces will start at $25.00.  If you wish your piece to start higher please indicate. Reason for the $25.00 starting bid - $25.00 can purchase approximately 100 lbs. of meat or 100 boxes of cereal.  $25.00 can give a lot.
Where: If These Walls Could Talk Framing Studio and Gallery
Time: 5:30- 10:00 PM
Location:  32 S. Stolp Ave. , Aurora IL 60506

To sign up or for more details contact If These Walls Could Talk at 1-331-212-5962 or wallstalk@itwct.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Plexiglass House Exhibit

The Plexiglass House Exhibit, a collection of themed, 3 dimensional houses created by members of the Midwest Collage Society, will be on display at the Palos Park Library until
Thanksgiving Day. Check the library's website,, for address, directions and hours. It's truly a unique grouping of assemblages!

Members Exhibiting at 4Art

Monday, October 6, 2014

November 9th

 Lezlie Lenz  - Gelli printing

We need tablecloths and Wet wipes. 

Gelli plates and Brayers (labeled with your name) if you have one.
Between Nancy and myself we have 6 or 7 (one for each table).

I will bring the ink/paint and paper.

It is going to be fun fun fun.


Lezlie Lenz Graphics
Get your ART OUT!!!
Artist, Instructor and Graphic Designer

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Our October meeting is this Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien.  Our Schedule is as follows:

12:00 noon social & set up
12:30 pm meeting
1:00 - 3:00 pm presentation
Studio fee is $5. 

Our special guest is Lynn Tsan of Crescent. She will have samples we can use to experiment with and she will also show her own art work.
Please bring any materials you would like to try out on the Crescent samples. 
As always, feel free to bring treats to share and items for the swap/sale table.  Please remember to take back home with you any leftovers from either!

Pack the Pantry is back  Calling all Artists who would like to contribute to helping support The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, which serves Kane, Kendall, DuPage, Will and DeKalb counties.

We are looking for Artists to create a piece of 2-D or 3D art using bags as a material source (but not limited to only bags), for a reception and silent auction that will be held December 5, 2014, at If These Walls Could Talk Framing Studio and Gallery.  A $5.00 donation to enter your piece is also requested to help the Pantry.  Pieces are due to If These Walls Could Talk by November 30, 2014, or if you have your piece finished, Maureen will pick them up at our November 9 MCS Meeting. 

To sign up, contact Maureen at or call her at 630-251-6631.  You can also get more info at If These Walls Could Talk at 331-212-5962

Tall Grass   January 23 – February 28, 2015
Downers Grove Library  “Homes”   March 2015

November 9  Lezlie Lenz  - Gelli printing  (NOTE DATE CHANGE; THIS IS THE SECOND SUNDAY OF NOVEMBER)
December 7  Traditional MCS Holiday Party and mini handmade gift exchange

Maureen Gasek
President, MCS

Friday, September 26, 2014

A wonderful Video

Some new information about being a Successful artist, Paul Klein is from Chicago IL.