Saturday, November 17, 2018

MCS HOLIDAY PARTY Dec.2—12-2:30 pm




Holiday party from 2012...that was 6 years ago....lets make new memories. 

At Darien Police Station, 1710 Plainfield Rd, in Darien


Remember to bring either a gift you made or buy a gift that is art related unless you choose not to participate.
If you have not yet signed up for the holiday party and you intend to attend, please bring a dish. The “Menu” is attached so you can see what others are bringing. 25 people are attending so far. Come early if you would be so kind as to help up set up.

Also, a reminder to bring a wrapped gift if you would like to participate in the grab bag.  
If you have questions, please email Kathleen Schonauer at ks60455@aol.com .

EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is seeking applications for its inaugural juried art show, Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens.   No entry fee, no commission, easy online entry by February Check out the particulars here:
https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/news-events/news/applications-sought-juried-art-show

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Next meetings


REMINDER: Daylight Saving time ends. Set clocks back and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
Bring a drink for yourself and should you desire, a snack for yourself and/or to share.




November 4th  12-2:30 p.m.
Andrea Fox will present a workshop on creating a “Flutter Book”.
The Japanese call this style of book "senpuyo" and it is made with single folded signatures joined together at the four edges with narrow strips of glue. These are wrapped in a cover with a spine. Pages are not attached to the spine, only the front and back covers. Bring your supply of creative papers for covers and to collage pages.  Participants attending should come with their own ideas for a theme, story or poem. Other supplies you should bring: Paper cutters, Scissors, X-Acto knife, Glue sticks, Cutting surface, Bone folding tool, Scoring tool, Ruler, Drawing, stamping, painting tools as you wish in order to finish the book. Andrea will provide
65 lb. sheets of paper, as a base for the book. These are 8.5 x 11” and can be cut to the size you need for your book. Photos of Andrea's book attached.

December 2nd   12-2:30 p.m.MCS Annual Christmas Party
Jocelyn Roy has offered to host the party.

SAVE THE DATE!
The annual fall retreat will take place September 25-29, 2019.

MCS EXHIBITS 
Our next exhibit titled Breaking the Ice will be at the Woodridge Library for the month of December.  Check-in will be Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m.  Members may submit 2 pieces though, depending on the number of participants and space available, only one piece may be displayed. A total of 4 ribbons will be awarded: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention.  Our next confirmed exhibit is in April at the Downers Grove Library titled 'Being There'.  If anyone has venues in mind that MCS might exhibit, please forward your suggestions to jocelyne.roy@comcast.net

Definition of Collage for Exhibits
In its purest form, collage is the gluing of paper to another material.  Cut or torn pieces of paper are affixed to a base of paper, canvas or wood.  The composition may be figurative, abstract, simple or complex.  Collages may include found papers such as book pages, newspaper clippings, magazine photos, shipping labels or junk mail  They may also include other generally flat items such as cloth, metal, wire, mesh, photographs, leaves, or leather.  Most contemporary collage artists work with acrylic paints and mediums as they lend themselves to a layered approach and have the benefit of drying quickly.

Assemblage is the gathering together and assembling of a number of three dimensional objects into a composition.  Pieces may be freestanding or constructed inside a container such as a box, discarded drawer or shipping crate.  Work may be created using a single material such as wood or metal, or may bring together a large variety of objects like old toy and doll parts, household items, clothing jewelry and photographs.  Items are usually glued, soldered welded or wired together.

Mixed media refers to a work of art that was created using more than one art medium: an ink drawing combined with watercolor or a pencil drawing on top of an acrylic background.  It is used to describe work that combines multiple techniques and media: a stretched canvas covered with papers, paint, cloth, leaves and wired mesh, or a wood panel collaged with papers, texture with plaster or molding paste and then painted.  They may be more three-dimensional than a traditional collage.

CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
 If These Walls Could Talk, a gallery in Aurora, Illinois and the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry are sponsoring the 6thAnnual Pack the Pantry fundraiser in the form of a Holiday Art Auction.
Please consider making an art donation to this worthy cause.  Small works are a big hit.  Dig into your stash of completed artwork and donate to a good cause.
Deliver art to If These Walls Could Talk gallery before December 5.
Title, Medium, Price, Artist Name.  All artwork will be auctioned off starting with $25.00.

RECEPTION: Friday, Dec. 7 6-10 pm
32 S Stolp Ave, Aurora, IL 60506                 Tel     331 212 5962

The Midwest Collage Society has been well represented in the last 4 years and we hope to do this again this year. Anyone having difficulty delivering art to the gallery, Tania Blanco will happily take your art at the next meeting SUNDAY NOV. 4, 2018.
Thanks for caring.

CALL FOR ENTRY   
The Tall Grass Gallery is looking for entries for its Pentimento exhibit January 18th to February 23rd.  Artists are invited to submit entries for this exhibit of images that involve the process of pentimento, of correcting or reworking the art in order to reach its conclusion.  Have you ever put a canvas away because painting on it was unsuccessful? Ever stored a painting facing the wall because you lost interest in what you were painting or decided you wanted to change something you already painted. Maybe you revisited a painting and painted over an image or an object because you weren't happy with your first attempt. Perhaps the second time around you altered the posture of your portrait subject, changed the viewpoint or perspective on the still life objects or removed a portion of the composition all together by painting over it? If you have experience with any one of these phenomena, you have created art through the process of pentimento. Submissions are due November 30th. Click on the link below for more information.
 https://www.entrythingy.com/d=tallgrassarts.org#show=5137   

THE SISTERS PROJECT
From Margi: I still have not received photos of finished artwork from some people, however, the book is coming along. If I don't receive images for the book by December 1st, I will go ahead with what I have and complete the book. Please send me photos of your completed Sisters Project artwork as an attachment to your email with your artist statement for the Sisters Project book.  SEND TO:margihafer@yahoo.com
When you've finished the artwork you've created from Donna's art, please print her name, Donna Johnston and sign your name under her printed name. Your artist statement can say anything you want to about your experience with this project. It does not have to be more than a couple of sentences or a paragraph. I would like to include your artist statement along with your art in the book. 
Since the exhibit isn't until next year, I do not need the actual pieces of artwork at this time. The exhibit at the Vogt Gallery will be the month of July 2019, and the reception will be Friday, July 12th 6:30-9p.m. I will be adding images to the Sisters Project Facebook page and create the Sisters Project Web Site which will start promotion of the exhibit in early 2019. Artists may choose to keep their finished pieces and donate to a charity of their choice in Donna's memory. These pieces may still be in the exhibit, even though they are not for sale.
Thank you to all of you who are taking part in this special effort to finish my sister's art and help support worthy charitable organizations with the sale of the finished art pieces.
If you have questions or concerns please call or email me at 815-370-3345.

MEMBERS 
Margi Hafer received an Honorable Mention award at the Ilinois Watercolor Society Member Exhibit in September and an Honorable Mention at the Bloomingdale Multi-Media exhibit in October.

Andrea Fox entered two collage pieces at the Bloomingdale Art Show and placed 3rd for a work titled “Metamorphosis”.  

Joan Lucht will have a solo show at Natures Best Cafe, 1904 Brookdale Rd, Naperville from November 15 to December 15. Reception will be Saturday, December 8, 1-4pm.  

Please keep in mind that all members may submit news up to one week before each meeting. Send to Joan Lucht    joan.of.art33@gmail.com

Friday, September 28, 2018

October's Meeting


MEETINGS

REMINDER: Bring a drink for yourself and should you desire, a snack for yourself and/or to share
October 7th  12- 2:30 p.m. 





Sandra Bacon will present a Workshop/Demonstration on GOLDEN ACRYLIC PRODUCTS There will be free samples and lots of new ideas she’ll share.
Sandie will present an exciting overview with many new examples of the ways in which GOLDEN paints are used in mixed media pieces. From gels and pastes as adhesives to special effects with paints to incorporating unusual surfaces and papers into your artwork- this is a chance to understand the versatility of acrylics.
There will be a hands-on portion to this- participants are asked to bring their own brushes to work on some prepared boards.

Sandie Bacon is a classically trained, versatile artist known for both her paintings and her large-scale mixed media work. Her artwork is in many personal and corporate collections including Jim and Wendy Abrams, the Coyne Collection, William Blair Foundation, Chicago Department of the Environment. Her collaborative artwork with John Hatlestad (through Chicago Sculptors Inc) is currently in front of the Peggy Notebaert Museum, their artwork for Lighthouse for the Blind is in front of the John Hancock Building, she is painting a series of large-scale murals for Sunset Foods and showing nationwide in galleries.
Sandie has an MFA(Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting) and is a "working artist" for Golden Paints.
November 4th  12-2:30 p.m.Andrea Fox will present  a workshop on creating a “Flutter Book”. See attachment for supply list.

December 2nd   12-2:30 p.m.MCS Annual Christmas Party

MCS EXHIBITS 
Our next exhibit is at the Woodridge library in December and it will be a judged show.  The theme is 'Breaking the Ice' and only pieces that are true collages will be eligible for a ribbon. Details regarding the drop-off date and reception will follow in November.  

SISTERS PROJECT
Please send me photos of your completed Sisters Project artwork as an attachment to your email with your artist statement for the Sisters Project book. I would like to finish the book by November, if possible. When you've finished the artwork you've created from Donna's art, please print her name, Donna Johnston and sign your name under her printed name. Your artist statement can say anything you want to about your experience with this project. It does not have to be more than a couple of sentences or a paragraph. I would like to include your artist statement along with your art in the book. 
Since the exhibit isn't until next year, I do not need the actual pieces of artwork at this time. The exhibit at the Vogt Gallery will be the month of July 2019, and the reception will be Friday, July 12th 6:30-9p.m. I will be adding images to the Sisters Project Facebook page and start promotion of the exhibit in early 2019. Artists may choose to keep their finished pieces and donate to a charity of their choice in Donna's memory. These pieces may still be in the exhibit, even though they are not for sale. 
Thank you to all of you who are taking part in this special effort to finish my sister's art and help support worthy charitable organizations with the sale of the finished art pieces.


MEMBERS




Nancy Staszak has a solo show at Marmion running through October.



Laura Lein-Svencner will be the final Artist in Residence for the Month of October till December,  exhibiting her Collage work at Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Rd. Darien IL, Oct 1st till Oct 31st. Each Wednesday starting Oct 10th till Dec 19th, Laura will be demonstrating her process 9:30-11:30.



Laura's Spirit Animals Class starts Oct 11th till Nov 28thThursday Mornings 9:30-12:00 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL  Register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/Activity_Search/art-at-mayslake-abstracts-and-spirit-animals/9353




Designing A “Flutter Book” Workshop – Andrea Fox The Japanese call this style of book senpuyo and it is made with single folded signatures joined together at the fore edges with narrow strips of glue. 
These are wrapped in a cover with a spine. Pages are not attached to the spine, only the front and back covers. • Bring your supply of creative papers for covers and to collage pages. 
• Participants attending should come with their own ideas for a theme, story or poem. ************************* • Paper cutters • Scissors • X-Acto knife • Glue sticks • Cutting surface • Bone folding tool • Scoring tool • Ruler • Drawing, stamping, painting tools as you wish in order to finish the book. ************************************************************************ 65 lb. paper will be provided as a base for the book. These are 8.5 x 11” and can be cut to the size you need for your book.


Please keep in mind that all members may submit news up to one week before each meeting. Send to Joan Lucht    joan.of.art33@gmail.com