Friday, September 30, 2016

Sharing Local Event

Building Appreciation for the Arts
 
September 27, 2016
Attention: Community Calendar
For Immediate Release
Lemont Artists Guild Contact: Liz Popp, (815)341-1145lizzypopp@hotmail.com
 
October 19, 2016 – Business of Art presented by Sergio Gomez
 
The October 19th Lemont Artists Guild meeting will begin at 7 PM at the Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen. Sergio Gomez will discuss how to take your art and promote yourself by learning the business aspect in the world of art. Besides being an artist and running his own gallery, Sergio Gomez offers professional development resources for artists and does professional speaking helping artists manage their art career. He has a talk on "Closing the Gap" that he presents in the US and Europe. Check out Sergio's website at www.33contemporary.com. Sergio is also on the faculty at South Suburban College.
 
Sergio Gómez is a Chicago based visual artist. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. As an art student at Governors State University, Sergio was recipient of the Lincoln Laureate Medallion Award given by the Lincoln Academy and former Governor of Illinois Mr. Jim Edgar. Sergio’s work has been subject of solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy, Mexico and Vienna. He has participated in Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Sergio Gomez numerous group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, Mexico, Korea and the US. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among others.
 
The public is welcome, a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated.
          Free parking.  Refreshments will be served.
          For more information call 
 
 Lemont Artists Guild Mission Statement: Our mission is to enhance life in Lemont and surrounding communities by providing fine art education, instruction, programming and appreciation through a supportive environment that nurtures creativity and individuality.


Lemont Artists Guild presents
Business of Art
By Sergio Gomez
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016 7-9 p.m.
at Homer Township Public Library
14320 W 151st St., Homer Glen
Information: (815)341-1145
 
 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MEETINGS


October 2, 11am-2:30pm.
PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME!
Kathleen Schönauer, one of our new MCS members, will be presenting a workshop ""Uncovering the Mandala".
Participants should bring: glue, sticks, scissors, magazines, drawing compass and drawing materials of choice.  

November 612-2:30pm.
Our November artist will be Kelly Pocci from the Book and Paper Arts Guild. Her program will be on Mail Art.

December 612-2:30pm.
Holiday Party  

MCS EXHIBITS
The Collective Muse at the Aurora Public Arts Commission (APAC) continues through September and endsOctober 22nd.
Pick up dates will be that next week ---TBA. Probably noon to 4pm ---  Wed 10/26Th 10/27Fri 10/28Sat 10/29
This is our last scheduled exhibit for 2016.
Gallery hours at APAC are noon to 4pmWednesday to Saturday and during "First Fridays"   Oct 7,  6-9pm.
20 E. Downer Place - third floor. Bring your friends if they haven't seen the show yet!

Prizes for the Aurora show will be awarded at the October 2nd regular meeting in Darien. 
Ribbons are at the show so the public can see which works got awards. You will get your ribbons when you pick up your work.See attachment for a list of award winners and judge's comments.

Rena is planning a reception for a national ceramicists exhibition FridayOctober 7th from 6--9PM.   
It could serve as a closing reception for us too. 
There will be refreshments and a cash bar again for anyone who missed the first time (or just wants to come again with more friends)

2017 EXHIBIT SCHEDULE IS ATTACHED
Please start thinking about Remnants and Remembrances August 25th --October 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
They will want a list of artists and art works a few months in advance---so you have fair warning!  Get working!
There is a lot of space, so everyone can have at least one large or possibly two medium/smaller entries.

Themes for upcoming shows
Curious Discoveries   Downers Grove Library
Visual Music in Our Souls   Vogt Art Center
Open Spaces   If These Walls Could Talk Gallery in Aurora

RETREAT
It was a warm (literally) and wonderful 5 days at Camp Mack. A big thank you to Tania for organizing it, Laura for leading drum circles, Cherie for leading Soul Collage, Ellen for leading Tai Chi, Cherie and Mary Warner for alcohol ink pendant demo and Margaret for demonstrating her alcohol ink techniques.

MEMBERS
Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg has solo exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 14 through December 9. This is the same Renaissance Gallery that our group will be in early next year. 

FYI - All members may submit news. Send items (without formatting, please) to Joan Lucht. joan.of.art33@gmail.com

EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITIES
An opportunity to be part of the St Thomas art fair in November. No cost to exhibit but 20% of sales support Haiti education fund. Cherie and Tania are doing it. For application and details send email to Tania.
Taniablanc@aol.com

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Collaborative Cloth Book Exhibit

A select group of the Midwest Collage Society member have been working together on an independent project and collaborated on Cloth book. A year and a half in the making, the presentation of the collaborative creative project will be on October 8th at 10:30 am at North Central Collage in the Smith Hall on 2nd Floor in the Old Main Building at 30 N. Brainard, (entrance off of 30 N Loomis) Naperville IL Direction

Friday, September 16, 2016

Judges Statement and Awards-Collective Muses

Judge’s Bio:  Pat Lager is an artist and musician.  She has shown her work in galleries throughout the United States and abroad.  Her artwork has been featured on the cover of St. Xavier University’s magazine, Structural Integrity.  NBC selected six of her monoprints for the set of the nationally syndicated television show, Starting Over.  Pat is the recipient of a Ragdale Foundation artist residency.


JUDGING: (one 1st place, two 2nd place, three 3rd place, four honorable mentions)

1st place  Mary Yezek
title: Reflections
Comments: Yezek presents a strong shadowed portrait against a background of quirky time pieces, some of which spill over into the frame.  Dynamic lower diagonal compliments the design.  The viewer is led into thoughts of time travel, nostalgia and fantasy.  Compelling design and imagery, along with technical mastery earn Reflections, by Mary Yezek, first prize.

2nd place  Laura Lein-Svencner
title: Shaggy Bark, Painted Mare
Comments:  Lein-Svencner perfectly balances the square and rectangular divisions, to reward the viewer with satisfying imagery in rhythmic patterns throughout the piece.  This is accessible fantasy in a harmonized color palette.

2nd place  Joan Lucht
title:  A Tree Whispers
Comments:  First the viewer notices the sculptural quality and dimensionality of the trees, then the mobile-like movement of the leaves, and finally the vague feminine spirit form.  This piece leads the viewer, little by little, to imagine secrets.

3rd place Marjorie Boyd
title:  River of Words II
Comments:  Mysterious calligraphy, diagonal thrust of the dark tree, great color choices and design encourage the viewer to look and look again.

3rd place Rose Kostan-Schwartz
title:  Ojai Joy
Comments:  This large work on a grid tells a happy story, presents strong graphic appeal, great value variation and color harmony.  It is impressive collage on a grand scale.

3rd place  Karen Sako
title:  La Coqueta
Comments:  Sako’s limited use of collage in this painterly rendering of the figure is subtle and effective.  The exquisitely modeled figure fills the page gracefully.  There is classic use of lights and darks.

Honorable Mention  Teresa Cash
title:  Appearing
Comments: This female portrait diffuses into an enigmatic background.  The story seems open-ended.

Honorable Mention    Margie Hafer
title:  On the Wings of Spring
Comments:  Hafer’s tactile materials overreach their boundaries and spill over the substrate.  The artist makes creatures that seem the stuff of dreams, and that definitely have a “boing” springy factor.

Honorable Mention  Susan Sharp
title: Ideas are the Stuff of Life
Comments: This free standing serendipity sculpture is full of ideas to stimulate any viewer’s imagination.

Honorable Mention  Nancy Staszak
title:  Calligraphy Thoughts

Comments:  The bold calligraphy contrasts strongly with the subtle background.  This piece has a grace and satisfying economy in its expressive strokes.  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Flash....


SEPTEMBER - NO MEETING

OCTOBER 2, 11am-2:30pm.
PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME!
Kathleen Schönauer, one of our new MCS members, will be presenting a workshop ""Uncovering the Mandala".
Participants should bring: glue, sticks, scissors, magazines, drawing compass and drawing materials of choice.  

NOVEMBER 6, 12am-2:30pm.
Our November artist will be Kelly Pocci from the Book and Paper Arts Guild. Her program will be on Mail Art.

DECEMBER 6, 12am-2:30pm.
Holiday Party 

RETREAT
If you haven't made your final payment please send a check made out to MCS to:
Tania Blanco 
1263 Bainbridge Dr
Naperville, IL 60563
For those attending and wishing to participate, the format for the collage exchange is again 4 x 4" square with a quote of the artist's choice.

MCS EXHIBITS
"The Collective Muse" at the Aurora Public Arts Commission (APAC) continues through September and ends October 22nd.
The pick up dates will be that next week ---TBA. Probably noon to three ---  Wed 10/26Th 10/27Fri 10/28,Sat 10/29
This is our last scheduled exhibit for 2016.
Gallery hours at APAC are noon to 4pmWednesday to Saturday and during "First Fridays" on Sept 2 and  Oct 7,  6-9pm.
20 E. Downer Place - third floor. Bring your friends if they haven't seen the show yet!

Ribbons and prizes for the Aurora show will be awarded at the October 2nd regular meeting in Darien. List of Award Winners and Judges Comments

Rena is planning a reception for a national ceramicists exhibition in October at APAC.   
She will give us details soon. (It could serve as a closing reception for us too. )
There will be refreshments and a cash bar again for anyone who missed the first time (or just wants to come again!)

2017 EXHIBIT SCHEDULE IS ATTACHED
Please start thinking about "Remnants and Remembrances" August 25th --October 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
They will want a list of artists and art works a few months in advance---so you have fair warning!  Get working!
There is a lot of space, so everyone can have at least one large or possibly two medium/smaller entries.

We would like suggestions for the titles of our Downers Grove Library, Vogt Art Center, and Benedictine University exhibits.
Give your ideas to Nancy Staszak  astaszak@aol.com or Barb Boland   barbidoodle@comcast.net 

MEMBERS
Collage - Sketchbook to Canvas Class by Laura Lein-Svencner
Thursday Mornings 9:30am – 12:00
Mayslake Peabody Estate 1717 W 31st Street Oak Brook IL 60523
Sept 29thOct 6th, 13th, (No class October 20th), Oct 2nd  Nov 3rdNov 10th 
Everyone wants to create a nice piece of artwork but it seems composition is the stumbling block. In this class we will first work in a sketchbook with magazines exploring the process of how some compositions work and others don’t.  Students can work in an abstract or realistic style, developing strategies to rebuild and break through creative blocks with basic design skills.  Emphasis on personally visual style will be explored.  Some collage palette creating will be introduced along with image transfers and the tack Iron method of collage application. Student will move their sketches to the substrates of watercolor paper and canvas. Independent study of influential artists of our past and present with image references will be shared in class discussion.
6 Weeks  $175.00   Material fee $10.00 collected on first day of class. 

Midwest Collage Society member Laura Lein-Svencner also has this event coming up 

 




CALL FOR SUBMISSION
2016 NUHS Art Gallery
“Open” Fine Art Show
October 5th – December 5th, 2016

The National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) Art Gallery, managed by Lombard Arts Coalition (LAC), will be hosting their annual “open” fine art show October 5th through December 5th.  LAC invites you to participate.  This show is juried and judged with cash awards going to the top artists.  In addition, those artists will be eligible to enter their winning piece in the Alliance of Fine Art’s “Best of the Best” Show in the spring.

The art gallery is located inside NUHS Clinic Building B, 200 E. Roosevelt Road (corner of Roosevelt Road and Highland Avenue) in Lombard.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other artists you may know.  For more information about this event, please e-mail Lombard Arts Coalition at info@LombardArtsCoalition.comor call (331) 645-3992.

The artist application is attached.  If you prefer to receive a packet in the mail, e-mail info@LombardArtsCoalition.com.
Application Postmark Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 16th, 2016
Artwork Drop-off:  Monday, October 3rd from 7 to 9 p.m.
Artwork Pick-up:  Monday, December 5th from 7 to 9 p.m.

Reception & “Meet the Artist:”  Sunday, October 16th from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Exhibit- Collective Muse, Aurora Public Art Commission










A few highlights from last night reception at Aurora's Public Art Commission Gallery Space with the Midwest Collage Society .


Aurora – The Aurora Public Art Commission and the Midwest Collage Society are proud to present The Collective Muse, an exhibit featuring the work of 31 collage artists.

The Midwest Collage Society, a regional affiliate of the National Collage Society founded in 2003, promotes collage as fine art, exhibiting three or more times per year at galleries across the Chicago metropolitan area. 

The Midwest Collage Society boasts more than 60 members from Chicagoland and northwest Indiana, and includes both formally trained graduates and the self-taught. Styles range from traditional collage to mixed media and assemblage.  Artists use paper, paint, wood, fiber, metal, found objects, photographs and more.  The collective works of its members include figurative, representational and abstract art.

“When a group of artists with a common interest interact, nurture, support and educate one another, you’ll find ‘The Collective Muse,’” according to the artists’ statement. “Collage is so much more than paper and paste. Collage artists reuse and repurpose items often considered expendable. A cast-off item can provide the inspiration and focal point for award-winning artwork.”

Artists who will be exhibiting work include Nancy Castner, Nancy Staszak, June Fuerstenhaefer, Elaine Rath, Cherie Denton, Barb Boland, Mary Yezek, Pat Pope,  LuEllen Joy Giera, Melinda VanDril-Beer, Turkan Ildekmirci, Joan Lucht, Marge Boyd, Jerri Reimann, Tania Blanco, Margi Hafer, Donna Johnston, Maureen Gasek, Cindy Hughes, Gale C. Vance, Kathy Schoenauer, Dee De Schneider, Laura Lein-Svencner, Fabra DiPaolo, Margaret Swedzikowski, Rose Kostan-Schwartz, Meg Guttman, Teresa Cash, Karen Sako, Susan Sharp and Mary Alice DeRose.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, in the third floor gallery of the Aurora Public Art Commission, in the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora. Admission is free and light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.


The Collective Muse, presented by the Aurora Public Art Commission and the Midwest Collage Society, will be on display until October 22, 2016, during regular gallery hours, noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, contact Rena Church at 630-256-3340. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Midwest Collage Society and Aurora Public Art Commission


 An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, in the third floor gallery of the Aurora Public Art Commission, in the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora. Admission is free and light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, MIDWEST COLLAGE SOCIETY
TO PRESENT ‘THE COLLECTIVE MUSE’
Exhibit features traditional, mixed media and assemblage collage works from 30 artists
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Aurora – The Aurora Public Art Commission and the Midwest Collage Society are proud to present The Collective Muse, an exhibit featuring the work of 31 collage artists.

The Midwest Collage Society, a regional affiliate of the National Collage Society founded in 2003, promotes collage as fine art, exhibiting three or more times per year at galleries across the Chicago metropolitan area. 

The Midwest Collage Society boasts more than 60 members from Chicagoland and northwest Indiana, and includes both formally trained graduates and the self-taught. Styles range from traditional collage to mixed media and assemblage.  Artists use paper, paint, wood, fiber, metal, found objects, photographs and more.  The collective works of its members include figurative, representational and abstract art.

“When a group of artists with a common interest interact, nurture, support and educate one another, you’ll find ‘The Collective Muse,’” according to the artists’ statement. “Collage is so much more than paper and paste. Collage artists reuse and repurpose items often considered expendable. A cast-off item can provide the inspiration and focal point for award-winning artwork.”

Artists who will be exhibiting work include Nancy Castner, Nancy Staszak, June Fuerstenhaefer, Elaine Rath, Cherie Denton, Barb Boland, Mary Yezek, Pat Pope,  LuEllen Joy Giera, Melinda VanDril-Beer, Turkan Ildekmirci, Joan Lucht, Marge Boyd, Jerri Reimann, Tania Blanco, Margi Hafer, Donna Johnston, Maureen Gasek, Cindy Hughes, Gale C. Vance, Kathy Schoenauer, Dee De Schneider, Laura Lein-Svencner, Fabra DiPaolo, Margaret Swedzikowski, Rose Kostan-Schwartz, Meg Guttman, Teresa Cash, Karen Sako, Susan Sharp and Mary Alice DeRose.



The Collective Muse, presented by the Aurora Public Art Commission and the Midwest Collage Society, will be on display until October 22, 2016, during regular gallery hours, noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, contact Rena Church at 630-256-3340.