Sunday, October 29, 2017

Collage Demo Wednesday Night November 1st

Plainfield Art League

Nov 1st 7pm meeting, demo and ONS
open to the public at
American House Cederlake-AHC

         ---------- We are NOT meeting at the Library!!!!!!!!!!!! -----------
                This and all demos are free and open to the public

American House Cederlake-AHC is located at 14800 S Van Dyke Rd, Plainfield, IL 60544.

Demo by Laura Lein-Svencner “The Fine Art of Collage”
National Award Winner and National Collage Society Signature member, co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society, Laura Lein-Svencner will share the process of creating your own collage papers; assembling a collage with a tack iron and the application of an image transfer. As a self-taught artist, Laura has been working in the medium of hand papermaking and collage for 21 years, learning and exploring all the ins and outs of paper itself. She primarily focuses on composition, layering, color and ability to create depth in her collage artwork. Her works have been published in many books by North Light Publishing, The Artist Magazine and The Professional Artist. This demonstration is a must see if you are interested in beginning, or have had some experience with, collage.

American House Cederlake - AHC is located at 14800 S Van Dyke Rd, Plainfield, IL click=map



November 5    12 - 2:30pm 
Tammy Deck, fabric artist, will present a program on felted collage. 
Tammy will have a collection of her finished pieces which include works she considers "collage" in layout and sensibility. She will be demonstrating this wet felt variation for the group.
Tammy L Deck creates one-of-a-kind textiles that blur the lines between fashion and art by intertwining fibers, threads and fabric in a painterly, collage and even sculptural approach which are all transformed, as if by magic, by hand through water.  Deck’s award-winning work has been featured on HGTV and DIY television, appeared in books, magazines and numerous Chicago area Fine Art Shows, as well as, solo and group exhibits. Her body of work has captured numerous "Best of Show" and various ribbon awards. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Deck studied fashion design and holds a degree in Clothing and Textile Science with Fashion Design and Fiber Art Emphasis (1985).  Deck has been teaching textile art and design from her own Studio & Gallery in Westmont, IL since 1993 and added a second location in Berwyn, IL with the purchase of a live/work building in 2015.
Learn more about her artreprenurial career at
Deck currently has work featured in a group exhibit at the State Street Gallery of Morris University in Chicago and will be exhibiting for the 6th year during the "One of a Kind Show" at Chicago's Merchandise Mart December 7-10.

December 3  Christmas Holiday Party/pot luck /gift exchange.
It is suggested that gifts be a hand-made object or be useful art supplies. We will probably not have room for the swap table at the December meeting. Mo will have a sign-up sheet at the November meeting for helping with set-up and clean-up, as well as sign-up for type of food (appetiser, salad, hot dish, dessert).

Margi Hafer is in the process of lining-up presenters for demonstrations and workshops for 2018. Since she will not be in town for the March meeting, we hope that a MCS member will offer to do something for that month. 
Please email or call Margi if you are interested in presenting a demonstration or workshop during 2018, or if you have a suggestion for a non-member presenter. 


Open Spaces at If These Walls Could Talk Gallery
Postcards are ready You can stop over there and get them any time or wait until you drop off your work next week. Digital postcard is attached if you want to send them out by email to your friends and neighbors sooner.

Drop off is Wednesday, November 1st during gallery hours from 9AM to 7PM
32 S. Stolp Avenue, Aurora on the east side of the street between Downer Place and Galena Blvd. Some navigation systems cannot find the address, so try "Building 30"  if you are having trouble.
Everyone who got their entry forms in by the 18th may enter two pieces.
If your entry form was later than that, you are allowed your first choice piece.
You may park right outside the gallery and leave your lights blinking when you drop off your work.

The Reception is Friday night, November 3rd 7PM-11PM
We may bring home baked goodies or anything IF we want----but they will have beverages and treats.There are parking garages along both Stolp Street and Galena Avenue.  Parking is inexpensive for the evenings.

Remember, your work should be properly wired, and have your name, title, medium, price and contact information on the back. The commission is 50%, so your work should have been priced accordingly.

Come out and support your fellow collage artists.
Tania Blanco, Nancy Castner, Cherie Denton, Carol Kazwick, and Nancy Staszak are vendors at the 20th Annual St. Thomas the Apostle Church Art Fair. 20% of Sales benefit the Haiti Education fund.
Saturday, Nov 1, 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday Nov 12,  9:30 am – 1:30 pm
St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL 60563

Congratulations to Fabra DiPaoloElaine Rath and Lezlie Lenz for having their artwork accepted in the National Collage Society 33rd Annual Juried Exhibit.  Also Laura Lein-Svencer was one of three jurists.  376 collages and assemblages were entered from 39 states and 7 countries.  Only 67 pieces were selected.

Laura Lein-Svencner won Theme Award for Winged MessengerAssemblage Violin, at the Naperville Art League's October exhibit, Steampunk Revolution.

Pack the Pantry Project V. If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery and the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will host the fundraiser again this year.  Artists are called to donate 2D or 3D art for the silent auction.  Reception and Silent Auction will be held FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 6-10 pm.
All art is due at If These Wall Could Talk Gallery,32 S Stolp Ave, Aurora, IL 60506, by November 29, 2017.  If you deliver art to Tania Blanco 1263 Bainbridge Drive Naperville 60563 by November 21, she will deliver it for you. More information is available at gallery 331-212-5962.

Cat Guardians annual New Hope Art Auction  Artists are called to donate cat-themed art for the annual auction on January 6, 2018. Proceeds will help the no-kill cat shelter, Cat Guardians, find homes for homeless kitties. See attached flier for information.

Please keep in mind that all members may submit news up to one week before each meeting.
Send to Joan Lucht

Monday, October 9, 2017

From our meeting yesterday....Assemblage box with Pam Eberlin

Our MCS meet at our local police department training room so if you wonder about you know...we are very grateful for the use of the room for this large group. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017


October 8 (Second Sunday due to a conflict at the police station) Pam Eberlin, award winning assemblage artist, will present a cigar box assemblage workshop. Artists will create a small assemblage with their own supplies, including a small box of choice ( a cigar Box is suggested) and items from Pam Eberlin's stash of small things.
Artists should have a theme in mind; inspired by life, events, or their own supplies. Pam is sometimes inspired by objects which in turn suggest the theme. Pam Eberlin is a hopeless collector who creates art from found objects, especially vintage ones. She creates assemblages, sculpture, and jewelry, mostly from found objects. Pam is a Studio Artist at Union Street Gallery in Chicago heights. She teaches Art to 1st-8th grade students at St. Agnes School in Chicago Heights. Every year her 8th graders create a shrine for their Saint (Confirmation name) from cigar boxes and found objects. Some of the attached samples are similar to what the students created.
List of Supplies:
1-2 cigar boxes, collage papers, assemblage items, paint brushes, acrylic paint, water and paint containers, tacky glue (or similar) E6000 glue (or similar), "Modge Podge" or polymer medium, objects and supplies that fit your theme for your assemblage box.
Be sure to bring a plastic table cloth to protect the table.

November 5  Tammy Deck, fabric artist, will present a program on felted collage. More details in October.

December 3  Christmas Holiday Party/pot luck /gift exchange

Remnants and Remembrances  at the Chicago Cultural Center continues through October 20thEnter through the Randolph Street side---it takes you directly to our exhibit in the Renaissance Court Gallery.
The show is gorgeous, and the award ribbons are up for the public to see. A list of the award winning artists and the judge's comments are attached.
There is a lot of foot traffic there, and people are really taking time to look at the work!

Our Reception is Thursday, October 5th  4:00----6:30PMMo needs your information on what refreshments you can bring to the reception.
ALL refreshments must be store bought and still wrapped.  City of Chicago does not allow home made things! A list of promised refreshments is attached.

Pick up from Chicago Cultural Center will be Monday, October 23rd.
Good news----we have your wrappings if you left them
Not so good news----the wrappings are in large plastic bags with Tania, Margi and Nancy SR---so we will need a strategy to get them downtown ahead of time so work can be rewrapped.
Anyone got any good ideas?  More information to follow---at October meeting.

OPEN SPACES at If These Walls Could Talk (Gallery) goes up in November.
Attached are an information sheet and an entry form to be returned by October 18th.
You will receive more information soon----but get to work on OPEN SPACES now
They would like images for their publicity----so send them something and you might be the featured artist!!!!

"The Sisters Project" by Margi Hafer
My sister, Donna Johnston, left behind a stack of unfinished paintings and collages when she died in February 2017. During her last year of life, Donna's eye sight failed her due to radiation that compromised her optic nerve, thus she was not able to complete many of the lovely paintings and collages that she started.
In an effort to honor Donna and her talent, I have created "The Sisters Project".  I am asking fellow artists to help me by choosing one or two of Donna's unfinished works and completing them with watercolor or collage, or mixed media techniques of their choice. Both Donna's name and the collaborative artist's name will be on each piece. Then the collaborative artist is asked to donate the piece/s to a charity of their choice. I am photographing all of Donna's unfinished work, and will want photos of the works completed by her collaborative Artist "Sisters". This special collaboration will be documented in a book called "The Sisters Project" that will showcase Donna's efforts and those of the artists that complete her work. Each artist is asked to write a short artist statement about their collaboration, mentioning who received the donated art. I will photograph the finished pieces, or artists may send me a digital image, for print, for the book. I would like to be able to start work on the book by April 1, 2018. I will be bringing some of Donna's unfinished paintings to the October 8th Collage Society meeting in case some of you are interested in helping me with this project. When the book is finished I will bring a copy to one of our meetings so that you can enjoy this celebration of Donna's art, and the art of her collaborative "Sisters". 
I hope you will join me in this special tribute to my sister.

Laura Lein-Svencner has many classes starting up in October, 1. Collage and Spirit Animals, 2. Artists Way Course, 3. Mind, Body and Creative Spirit 1-Day Retreat- See on

Elaine Rath is having a moving sale at 640 W.58th Street, Hinsdale on October 13-149:00-3:00Some art related items include:
Complete set of metal smith tools, in a tool box that includes jeweler's saw, extra blades, ring mandrel, many files,  needle nose pliers, sterling stamps, complete alphabet letter stamps, many files, rouge for polishing, wax for casting, some cabochons and sheet metal, Also book, "Design and Creation of Jewelry"  All $20.
Airbrush equipment  includes tool chest, 3 airbrushes, generator and "Complete Guide to Airbrushing".  All $20
 *Block print tools:  5 linoleum cutter with assorted blades,  2 brayers, linoleum. All  $15
36" T-square $3
32" tall, fully articulated skeleton in stand, $30

If anything interests you, call Elaine at 630-536-4404 and she will bring it to the October 8th meeting  PRE-SALE!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

National Collage Society Exhibit-Union Street Gallery

Mark the Calendar...September 29th, National Collage Society 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition. Information on the site will be posted soon...Union Street Gallery located in Chicago Heights IL.