Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December 6th Meeting,

 


MEETINGS
December 6 - 1pm  Secret Artiste Zoom 🎅
13 members signed up for the Secret Artiste handmade ornament exchange. They will receive an email invitation from Mary Warner to join the Zoom meeting to see some of the ornaments that were made. 
All members are welcome to share in our holiday greetings. Email Mary Warner  m.warner5@sbcglobal.net if you want the zoom invitation information.

2021 Upcoming Meetings 
All meetings are scheduled to be on Sundays at the Darien Police Department
January: No Meeting

February 7th, 9am-2:30pm All Day Work Day Participants work on their own projects and share ideas
March 7th, Noon-2:30 pm “Creating Collage on Altered Canvas”  Joan Lucht, presenter
April 11, Noon-2:30 pm “Making Marks in Collage and Mixed Media”  Andrea Fox, presenter
May 2, Noon-2:30 pm “Creating Original Collage Cards” Tania Blanco, presenter
June 6, Noon-2:30 pm “Paste Papers Workshop” Marge Boyd, presenter
July: No Meeting
August 1,9am-2:30pm All’s Day Workshop “Special Fabric Dyeing Workshop”  Barrie Mason, presenter
September 12, Noon-2:30pm “Create a Rainbow Star Book”  Mary Warner, presenter
October 6-10 MCS. Fall Retreat at Camp Alexander MAC, SAVE THE DATES!
November 7, Noon-2:30pm “Special Paper Ornaments Workshop”  Bonnie Jaswith, presenter
December 5, Noon-2:30pm  MCS Holiday Party

EXHIBITS
Between the Lines April 2021 Downers Grove Public Library  
We continue to try to reschedule the 2020 exhibit at Bloomingdale as well as search for new opportunities.
If you have a suggestion for a future exhibit please contact Adrienne Austin, Rbrbtrfly@aol.com  

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Sunday, November 1st, 12(noon) - 2:30pm



November 1st Meeting has been cancelled, as the meeting space is being used for Polling place for Voting. 

Upcoming Meetings
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party (if possible) ?
January 2021 NO MEETING

Anyone interested in presenting a workshop at a 2021 MCS meeting please contact Margi Hafer 815-370-3345 or margihafer@yahoo.com. She hopes to have a schedule of 2021 meetings and presenters set-up by our December newsletter.

MCS EXHIBITS
Between the Lines April 2021 Downers Grove Public Library

In this most difficult year MCS continues to seek venues for future exhibits. Letters, along with our new MCS brochure (thank you Andrea!), have been sent to the following galleries:
    Illinois State Museum, Lockport
    Batavia Public Library, Batavia
    Water Street Galleries, Batavia
    Fermilab, Batavia
    North Central College, Oesterle Library Gallery, Naperville
    Benedictine University, Lisle
    Burning Bush Gallery, Wheaton
We continue to try to reschedule the 2020 exhibit at Bloomingdale. 
If you have a suggestion for a future exhibit please contact Adrienne Austin, Rbrbtrfly@aol.com

MEMBERS  
Nancy Staszak will be featured in Glancer Magazine, an online publication, in their local artists column. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Junk Jewelry or found jewelry necklace


Mary's demonstration piece. 

Mary W. our demonstrated for the day. 


Assembling the jewelry charms...to the necklace 


Chris smiling bright behind her mask showing off her necklace.  



 Debbie working away at her charms. Were were limited to the amount of members we could have the space we meet at and it worked out just right for this meeting. 
Thank You everyone for making it possible.  

Friday, September 25, 2020

Octobers Meeting

 MEETINGS

October 4th, 12 noon-2:30p.m.
At the Darien Police Station
Found Object Jewelry - presented by Mary Warner
For many of us collage artists, the FOUND OBJECT is THE BEST. So let's put some of those found objects on jewelry. 
Mary will be bringing supplies (such as game pieces, charms,  wire, rings, beads) ready for each to make several "found object charms." 
Bring your own chain with larger links to hang them on OR if you'd like, for a small fee, she'll have the chain and clasps to finish  a necklace or bracelet with your handmade charms. 
For supplies, bring if you have them
     a round nose pliers 
     a flat nose plier
     a wire cutter 
(Mary has a few extras  of these pliers and we can share if we need to)
     Your own, or buy from Mary, jewelry chain with larger links on which to attach your charms   
     Any of your own found objects and decorative beads you'd like to use.
Mary will  be bringing gold, 24 gauge wire, pins and jump rings. 
Note: If you've never done this kind of work, you might like to check out one of the many 
tutorials on the basics of jewelry making.To actually make a necklace like the one shown here 
will take hours to make, but this will give us a start in knowing how to prepare the found object charms.

Charm necklac.jpg
Advance registration will be necessary: Due to the need for social distancing we can only have 12 participants at (one person per table) our meeting/workshop. Masks must be worn.  
Register for the Meeting by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS October 4th Meeting  
All participants must be paid members of the MCS. 
If you haven't paid your dues yet, use the attached membership form and mail it to Cherie Denton with your payment.
If rules change and we are unable to meet at the Darien Police Station due to the Pandemic an email notification will be sent.

Upcoming Meetings
November 1st  "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party
Anyone interested in presenting a workshop at a 2021 MCS meeting please contact Margi Hafer 815-370-3345

MCS EXHIBITS
Many thanks to Margi and Andrea for their work on the Vogt exhibit. And thanks to all of you who participated to help fill the gallery walls. It has been very difficult to schedule exhibits. Many galleries are not taking reservations and many curators don't return phone calls. An effort will be made to create an online exhibit. 
Sheltering in Place at Woodridge Library scheduled for December 2020 has been cancelled.  
Between the Lines at Downers Grove Library is rescheduled for April 2021
Archeological Imagination  at Bloomingdale Park District Museum - we are working on rescheduling for 2021

MEMBERS

Included with Patricia Moore’s Mixed Media students and Maryann Trysna’s Life Drawing students, some of Margi Hafer’s watercolor students will be on exhibit at the Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery in Park Forest October 3-24
Open viewing during gallery hours.  


Laura Lein-Svencner  also has a Workshop Believing Art, Process and Series, Theme-House or our Home, Oct 22nd-Oct 25th

Shake Rag Alley, 18 Shake Rag Street, Mineral Point WI   Link Here


FREE ONLINE CLASS
Several members have been enjoying  Crystal Marie Neubauer's free mini collage course, live every weekday morning of September at 10:30 CST. Go to her Facebook group, Crystal Marie: Canary Risingjoin, and then attend the class. The classes are short, 30 to 45 minutes, with the aim of getting some creating done every day of the month. 
All classes are available to watch at your convenience. Click on the units button at the top of the page, then Unit 2 - Sweet Days of September.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September

 September 13 - Noon to 2:30pm

In place of this year's retreat the Darien Police Station has been reserved for a meeting
Program Title: Process and Practice-Collage Art

Laura Lein-Svencner has been working in the medium of collage for 25 years. She has established a process and a practice around her art. Laura will share how artists can break rules, connect authentically and if you’ve become distant your art how you can fall back in love with it. The demonstration of her “Tack Down Tuesday’s” will be shared for all to see from beginning to end. 

See attachment for Laura's Artist Statement and Bio

Advance registration will be necessary: Due to the need for social distancing we can only have 16 participants at our meeting and masks must be worn.  
Register for the Meeting by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS September 13th Meeting  
All participants must be paid members of the MCS. 
If you haven't paid your dues yet, use the attached membership form and mail it to Cherie Denton with your payment.
If rules change and we are unable to meet at the Darien Police Station due to the Pandemic, Laura will present an online meeting and you will be notified by email.  

October 4th   "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter  
November 1st  "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party 

MCS EXHIBITS
A Compendium of Curiosities ended August 31
PICK-UP of artwork will be during gallery hours September 1-4 (or by appointment) 
You may also arrange for your artwork to be picked-up at the September 13 MCS Meeting at the Darien Police Station. Please call Margi Hafer if you want her to bring your work to the meeting.  815-370-3345
Vogt Visual Art Center, 17420 67th Ct, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Gallery Hours
Tuesday 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday 4-7 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.- 2p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-3p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4p.m.
Sheltering in Place scheduled for December 2020 has been cancelled
Between the Lines 2020 exhibit is rescheduled for April 2021
Archeological Imagination  scheduled for June 2020 will be rescheduled

MEMBERS

Laura Lein-Svencner has a new online workshop starting up September 10th, Integration of Collage and Mixed Media, Check it out at CourseCraft, "Lonecrow Collage Studio"   


Laura also has a Workshop 
Believing Art, Process and Series, Theme-House or our Home, Oct 22nd-Oct 25th

Shake Rag Alley, 18 Shake Rag Street, Mineral Point WI   Link Here


FREE ONLINE CLASS
Starting today, Crystal Marie (Neubauer) is starting a free mini collage course, every weekday morning of September at 10:30 CST. Go to her Facebook group, join, and then attend the class. The classes are to be short, 30 to 45 minutes, with the aim of getting some creating done every day of the month.
Her Facebook site: Crystal Marie: Canary Rising.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

"Compendium of Curiosites"

 Congratulations Members of Midwest Collage Society 


1st Place    Express Yourself         Alice Christy Jacobson 

2nd Place   Contemplation             Tania Blanco 

2nd Place    Blue Feathers              Laura Lein-Svencner 

3rd Place     Wired                          Joan Lucht 

3rd Place     Play the Game            Mary Warner

3rd Place     Go Confidently           Andrea Fox

Merit Award  Winter Goddess        Nancy Castner 

Merit Award   Inspired by Nature   Andrea Fox 

Merit Award  Sunny Garden          Alice Christy Jacobson 

Watch the Virtual Exhibit on Facebook Here 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

August Meeting and More~


MEETINGS
August 2 Due to the virus travel restrictions and concerns, Barrie Mason will not be able to come to the Chicago area to give her "No touch Parfait Dying" Workshop. Hopefully she will be able to come in August 2021 to give her workshop.
Instead we will have an open-air work-day. Each participant should bring whatever she wants to work on while we are together for a work day. 
In addition Mary Warner has offered to teach some simple book-making techniques in the morning. It is a workshop of various fairly simple bookmaking ideas in which she will supply all of the paper and cover material. For those who want to make books bring scissors, a cutting mat or tray-like surface, a couple of glue sticks, some wax paper to keep the surface clean as one works, perhaps a ruler and pencil. (Make 1 of them, 2, or all 3... during the morning. Bring embellishments if you want to decorate them in the afternoon)  Participants who want to make these small books can pay Mary Warner $5 for book-making supplies. See the photo below for a sampling of the types of non-stitch books that you can make.
We will have our MCS Meeting at Noon while we have lunch.
Advance registration will be necessary: Due to the need for social distancing we can only have 24 participants at our meeting (2 people per picnic table) 
Register for the Meeting/Workshop by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS August Meeting  
All participants must be paid members of the MCS. 
If you haven't paid your dues yet, use the attached membership form and mail it to Cherie Denton with your payment.  
Meeting will be held in the pavilion in Seager Park, 1163 Plank Rd, Naperville, IL 60563





     
Participants should bring:
· Plastic tablecloth for your work area.  A large trash bag cut open would work
· Folding chair & TV tray table or use the picnic tables in the pavilion.(Two people to a table)
· Lunch and beverage of your choice
· Paper towels and disinfectant to wipe your work surface
· note paper to take note during our meeting
· Bone folder if you have one
· Face mask
· OPTIONAL: Those who want to drop off artwork for the Vogt Gallery Exhibit may bring their art and Prospectus form to the meeting. Margi Hafer and Andrea Fox have volunteered to take artwork to the Vogt Art Center 
September 13th   In place of this year's retreat the Darien Police Station is reserved for a MCS meeting Noon-2:30 p.m. Please save the date. 
Program Title: "Process and Practice-Collage Art" Our Presenter will be Laura Lein-Svencner, who has been working in the medium of collage for 25 years. She has established a process and a practice around her art. Laura will share how artists can break rules, connect authentically and if you’ve become distant from your art how you can fall back in love with it. The demonstration of her “Tack Down Tuesday’s” will be shared for all to see from beginning to end.
October 4th   "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter 
November 1st  "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party 

MCS EXHIBITS
Erin Cortilet from the Tinley Park Park District is planning for us to have a REAL exhibit in the gallery in August. (since we are in stage 4 of recovery)  She is also willing to put together a virtual exhibit of our art so people who are unable to come to the gallery can view it.
In addition to submitting a prospectus (attached) all MCS members are invited to submit 2-3 pieces via email with any size jpeg image for the virtual exhibit.
This exhibit will be juried for Awards
For each image Include:    Artist's name
                                           Title
                                           Medium (2D and 3D accepted)
                                           Price or NFS
Save jpeg with Last Name_Title.jpg SAMPLE: (Hafer_Flowers.jpeg)
Submit images to:  margihafer@yahoo.com   by July 31

NOTE:
DROP-OFF  You may deliver your original collages to the gallery anytime during gallery hours throughout the month of July, or bring your artwork with you to the August 2nd MCS Meeting and give it to Margi Hafer or Andrea Fox. They will deliver your artwork to the Vogt Gallery for you. Julie Dekker, the Vogt Gallery Director will hang the exhibit and make tags for all of the artwork. Please put your Name, Title, Media and Price/or NFS on the back of your artwork. 
OPENING on August 4th and the reception will be on Friday, August 7th, 7-9p.m.  No refreshments will be available, but you may bring your own. There will be a band performing in the gazebo during the reception. Anyone who wants to sit in the lawn area to listen to the band must register through the Park District website. However you will be able to hear the music in the Gallery as well (no registration required. Masks will be required in the gallery. The exhibit will close August 29. 
PICK-UP of artwork will be during gallery hours September 1-4 ( or by appointment) 
You may also arrange for your artwork to be picked-up at the September 13 MCS Meeting at the Darien Police Station. Please call Margi Hafer if you want her to bring your work to the meeting.  815-370-3345
Vogt Visual Art Center, 17420 67th Ct, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Gallery Hours
Tuesday 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday 4-7 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.- 2p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-3p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4p.m.