Sunday, July 27, 2014


Our August meeting will be Sunday, August 3, at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien. Details and schedule to follow, but we'll have a workday with demos.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Call for Collage Artists, Layers

Here's a call for artists you might be interested in. The entry deadline is fast approaching and entries must be done through Juried Art Services. Visit or use Juried Art Services link below. The prospectus indicates that both collage and assemblage are being sought.
"Layers" Collage Show Entries Due

Fine Line Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Road
St. Charles, IL  60175

"Layers" A Nationally Juried Collage Show
This show is open to all collage artists.
Application available on Juried Art Services.
Application Dates: Nov 27, 2013 - Jul 10, 2014
Application Fee: $30.00
Late App. Dates: Jul 11 - Jul 17, 2014
Additional Late Fee: $15.00
Notification Date: Aug 1, 2014
Reception: Friday, September 12th from 5:30 - 8 PM
Show Dates: September 5th to October 11th (6 wks.)

Friday, July 4, 2014

News Flash Details-No Meeting for July

Happy Independence Day!  Hope you're enjoying the summer weather and having a good time with family, friends and fireworks.

A few things to let you know about:

As always, we will NOT have a July meeting. 

Our August meeting will be Sunday, August 3, at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien. Details and schedule to follow, but we'll have a workday with demos.


Explorations in Oil & Cold Wax
Explore the diversity of oil and cold wax to create richly layered abstracted paintings. Unlike
encaustic, the wax is used at room temperature without heat. Using non-traditional tools, combine powdered pigments, oil bars, and other media along with the oil paint and wax medium to create depth, line and textured color fields. Learn through demonstrations, discussion and exploration. Discover the versatility of this medium through the experimental, intuitive nature of the class.
Ages 18+
Prerequisite: some experience in any medium
Supply list available online at

Instructor Dianne Martia
Members $235 / non-Members $255
Sa-Su July 12, 13
9a-3p PNT4204-A

Water Street Studios
160 S. Water St. || Batavia, IL 60510 || 630.761.9977

4. CONDOLENCESMany of  you already know this, but our wonderful hospitality coordinator, Barb Arntzen, lost her dear husband Jack in June.  
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m., followed by a service at 11:00 a.m., at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 516 S. Washington Street in downtown Naperville.  Our love and sympathy go out to Barb and her family.


Mary Yezek 
won Best of Show at the AFA Best of the Best exhibit in Wheaton with a collage of her daughter titled "Red Queen."

Margi Hafer won first place at the Gallery 2014 show at Moraine Valley Community College.

Laura Lein-Svencner was featured in a 6-page article in the July/August 2014 issue of "Cloth Paper Scissors."  It's a lovely piece with lots of color photos of her work and studio.

Exhibit and ReceptionReal and Imagined: Works by Tom Maakestad and Dianne Martia
July 3 - August 8; Reception July 6, 4:30-6:30pm
Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, WI

Call for Submission.....

We know more than we can use. Look at all this stuff I’ve got in my head: rockets and Venetian churches, David Bowie and Big Macs, sunglasses and orgasms. —Susan Sontag

(SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing, MI is currently accepting submissions for a juried exhibition featuring COLLAGE + ASSEMBLAGE. Submitted work should make use of COLLAGE or ASSEMBLAGE including works on/of paper as well as painting, sculpture, installation, video etc. that explores collage or a collaged aesthetic as a primary component.

Located near the campus of Michigan State University, (SCENE) is across the street from the newly opened Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum MSU designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Juror Michelle Word is a faculty member in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University and Interim Director of Education at the Broad Art Museum. Among other courses, she frequently teaches studio and lecture classes on collage.
Application Instructions
Entries must be submitted via the EntryThingy online system. Each entrant may submit three works for an entry fee of $25.00 (paid via Paypal). Up to three additional works may be submitted for a fee of $5.00 per work (four works for a total of $30, five works for a total of $35, six works for a total of $40).

EntryThingy allows image and/or video documentation for each work submitted. When submitting images, you have the option to include three details or alternate views for each work. Please be sure to provide title, dimensions, media, and price information for each submitted work. EntryThingy also has space to include a description of the work - this may be used to include a short artist statement or to provide additional details relative to installation and display needs.

Submissions close on Sunday, August 3 and accepted entrants will be notified via e-mail on Monday, August 11. Artists are responsible for shipping and handling costs to and from the exhibition. Works should be delivered in person or via mail no later than Monday, August 22. Shipped works should be packaged in a reusable container for the return of artwork. A prepaid return shipping form (UPS, Fed-Ex, or USPS) must be included in the shipping for return shipping.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

In Memory of JoAnn Deck, MCS Member

Memorial Exhibit is now on display at Indian Prairie Public Library for one of our fond members JoAnn Deck. Wonderful works of art.
Article- Plainfield Suburban Life. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014



The Aurora Public Art Commission presents Art in City Hall, XI: Works by 30 Artists from the Midwest Collage Society. This eleventh Art in City Hall exhibit will feature collage work from 30 artists from June 2, 2014 through January 15, 2015 at Aurora City Hall.
Styles of works on display will range from traditional collage to mixed media and assemblage. The more than 60 artists who belong to the Midwest Collage Society work in media that includes paper, paint, wood, fiber, metal, photographs, found objects and more, and artists range from no formal training to graduate-level fine art degrees. Their collective works include figurative, representational, and abstract art.
Participating artists are: Barb Arntzen, Barbara Pompei Boland, Tania Blanco, Marge Boyd, Nadine Buck, Cherie Denton, Sandy Finch, Maureen Gasek, LuEllen Joy Giera, MaryAnn Gradisher, Margi Hafer, Donna Johnston, Carol Kazwick, Sylvia Koch, Cynthia Lee, Laura Lein-Svencner, Janet Lewandowski, Eve Ozer, Maria Palomino, Pam Peterson, Pat Pope, Elaine Rath, Jerri Reimann, Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg, Rochelle Sproviero, Nancy Staszak, Sally Tibbetts, Melinda VanDril-Beer, Mary Warner and Mary Yezek.
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner established the Art in City Hall exhibitseries in 2005 to create a more dynamic, welcoming environment in City Hall. Art in City Hall includes two professionally juried shows each year representing a wide variety of artistic styles and traditions. Works may be viewed during regular City Hall hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding national holidays.
The Aurora Public Art Commission produces the shows, which occupy all five floors of City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place, and is currently accepting applications from interested art groups. Interested groups should send a CD of between six and ten works, a resume, a statement, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Aurora Public Arts Commission, Art in City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507. Electronic submissions may be sent to Rena Church at
The Aurora Public Art Commission is a civic organization dedicated to the presentation of all forms of public art.  For more information on the Commission or the gallery visit the City of Aurora's website at
Location: Aurora, IL

Monday, June 2, 2014

Exciting News from National Collage Society

Margi Hafer Member of both National and Midwest Collage Society has become one of the winners in the 16th Postcard exhibit. More details here...NCS 2014 Postcards 

Congratulation Margi!!!

Also some other added information that is share is an article in the May Times Magazine Featuring George Braque

On an added note with all this wonderful information coming out here is a great PBS video of Eunice Parson 96 year old  collage artist. An inspiration for us all.