The Midwest Collage Society (MCS), founded in 2003, promotes collage as a fine art by providing exhibit opportunities and professional development activities to our members.
Meetings are held at 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL, usually the first Sunday of the month from 12:30-3:00pm. No meetings in January and July unless otherwise posted.
Midwest Collage Society celebrates over 100 years of Collage As a Fine Art since 1912.
Attention All Members This months Meeting will be held on April 12th
Early Start time: 12:00 - 3:00
The April meeting will begin at NOON in order to renew memberships and elect new board members.
Followed by the program, Veronica Fremont, a sculptor, jewelry artist and owner of Cicada Pi Studios in Oak Park will give a presentation on cold connections for mixed media, with the demonstrating on how to use rivets and other means to attach objects in 3D projects.
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.
Our judge, Jessica Segal of the Union Street Gallery
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.
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.
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
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
Below the Surface
Love this approach to this piece and the fun mix of media.
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
HM-Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg
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.
In Transition: Unfolding
Innovative and progressive use of collage. Imagery is powerful, evoking
a lot of emotions and preconceived ideas of meaning.
Speak To Me
Beautifully constructed composition with depth and meaning.
HM Carol Kazwik
Traveling 3: Bee Messages
Fun mix of styles and inferred nostalgia.
Ribbon will be passed out at our next Midwest Collage Society meeting on March 1st.
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.
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
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.
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