Sunday, February 9, 2020

Indian Prairie Public Library Exhibit,


Stop in to the Library and see this Wonderful Exhibit, Ex Libris  Inspired from a Workshop with Donna Castellanos 
Show ends February 28.
Indian Prairie Library Hours
Sunday       1–5PM
Monday       9AM–9PM
Tuesday      9AM–9PM
Wednesday 9AM–9PM
Thursday     9AM–9PM
Friday          9AM–9PM
Saturday      9AM–5PM 
  Pickup on Saturday, February 29 from 10 am until noon. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Feb 2020 Newsletter

MEETINGS 
February 2nd - 9am-2:30pm 
Work Day -  Spend time with fellow MCS members: creating and sharing ideas during this winter workshop. Bring what ever supplies you need for your project. Items for the swap table are welcome.  

March 1  noon-2:30pm "Sculpting with Paper" Carrie Ann Bronkowski, presenter
April 5th  noon-2:30pm "Process and Practice - Collage" Laura Lein-Svencner, presenter
May 3rd  noon-2:30pm "Making Original Notecards with Collage" Tania Blanco, presenter
June 7th "Altered Canvas for Collage" Joan Lucht, presenter
July  NO MEETING
August 2nd - "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter
September  NO MEETING, MCS RETREAT  September 23-27 Camp Alexander Mac
October 4th  "Parfait Dying Fabric for Use in Collage" Barrie Mason, presenter
November 1st  "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party

Anyone interested in presenting a demonstration or workshop during our 2021 MCS meetings please call Margi Hafer 815-370-3345 or email: margihafer@yahoo.com

MCS EXHIBITS  
Ex Libris at Indian Prairie Library in Darien 
Drop off Saturday, February 1, 10am to 12pm
Pickup Saturday, February 29, 10am to 12pm
A list of participants in this exhibit is attached. If you submitted a prospectus and additional work by email please make sure the information is correct. As you can see, even with the few added pieces this will be a very small show. Again, if you have a piece from the Downers Grove show email the title and price to Joan joan.of.art33@gmail.com by Thursday morning to give time to create labels.
The exhibit chair people worked hard to line up exhibits for 2020. This is your first opportunity to show your art this year. Exposure creates sales opportunities. Take advantage of the Indian Prairie Library exhibit. You never know who is out there, or who is a potential buyer of your artwork.  

Future exhibits:
Between the Lines  Downers Grove Library - April
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June  (Judged)
A Compendium of Curiosities   Vogt Gallery - August (Judged)
Please submit title ideas for Woodridge Library - December 

MEMBERS  
Dorothy Bury-Shaw, Nancy Castner, Cherie Denton Laura Lein-Svencner, Joan Lucht, Nancy Staszak, Gale Vance and Mary Warner have work In Nature's Storied Paths, an exhibit by the Book Club Artists through March 8. 
Reception is on March 8th, 2-4pm.
Mayslake Peabody Estate,1717 W. 31st Streetl, Oak Brook.
Postcard is attached.

Laura Lein-Svencner has a Pop Up Workshop, February 8th 10:00- 3:30
Just in time for Valentine’s Day Love Boxes
Collage and Assemblage 1-Day Workshop
LaGrange Art League 122 Calendar Ave. LaGrange IL
Register online, https://www.lagrangeartleague.org
Look for the supply list or Call 708-352-3101

Thursday, January 2, 2020

2020 Jan Newsletter


MEETINGS 
January - NO MEETING!
February 2nd -  9am-2:30pm Work Day
Spend time with fellow MCS members creating and sharing ideas.
March 1st - noon-2:30pm
"Sculpting with Paper" Carrie Ann Bronkowski, presenter
April 5th - noon-2:30pm
"Process and Practice - Collage" Laura Lein-Svencner, presenter
May 3rd - noon-2:30pm
"Making Original Notecards with Collage" Tania Blanco, presenter
June 7th - noon-2:30pm 
"Altered Canvas for Collage" Joan Lucht, presenter
July - NO MEETING
August 2nd - noon-2:30pm 
"Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter
September - NO MEETING, MCS RETREAT
September 23-27 Camp Alexander Mac
October 4th - noon-2:30pm  
"Parfait Dying Fabric for Use in Collage" Barrie Mason, presenter
November 1st - noon -2:30pm
"Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th - noon-2:30pm  
MCS Holiday Party

Anyone interested in presenting a demonstration or workshop during our 2021 MCS meetings please call Margi Hafer 815-370-3345 or email: margihafer@yahoo.com

MCS EXHIBITS  
Ex Libris at Indian Prairie Library in Darien in February 
PROSPECTUS DUE JANUARY 15!

Prospectus attached below.
Drop off - Saturday, February 1, 10am to 12pm
Pickup - Saturday, February 29, 10am to 12pm
Needed - 
Assemblages from our workshop with Donna Castellanos. Donna will have one of hers on display
Hanging pieces using an old book or books. 
As of this mailing there are ony two participants. Hopefully all of you have been busy creating!
If you don't have time to create you may exhibit an altered book from a past exhibit. The show we had several years ago at Downers Grove Library was a huge success. 

Future exhibits:
Between the Lines  Downers Grove Library - April
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June  (Judged)
A Compendium of Curiosities   Vogt Gallery - August (Judged)
Please submit title ideas for Woodridge Library - December


MEMBERS
Nancy Castner, Cherie Denton, Joan Lucht,  Dorothy Bury Shaw, Nancy Staszak, Laura, Lein-Svencner, Mary Warner and Gale Vance will have work in their Book Club Artists show Nature's Storied Past  at Mayslake, January 15 to March 8. 
Reception Sunday, March 8, 2-4pm.




Laura, Lein-Svencner is offering a Vision Board Workshop Jan 12th, All day, at Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook through DuPage Forest Preserve, 
This has been an annual workshop for the past 4 years, You do need to bring some supplies See details here-https://www.dupageforest.org/calendar-of-events/mayslake#/?i=1
Some other classes for the New Year are at LaGrange Art League (scroll down) https://www.lagrangeartleague.org/studio.html#/

If you're interested in learning more about the design principles in art you might like to see the eCourses Laura has on line, 
Lonecrow Collage Studio  done in a sketchbook at your own pace and at home. 


Monday, November 25, 2019

MCS HOLIDAY PARTY






December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
Mary Warner still hopes to receive emails from more people telling her that they are coming.Let her know what dish you are bringing to share. There are now quite a few desserts.
Mary Warner, 630-833-0125   m.warner5@sbcglobal.net

Everyone is welcome to participate in a gift exchange at the MCS Holiday Party. Bring something you have made, something artistic you have purchased, or art materials that you think  a fellow collage artist would like to use. All gifts should be wrapped, and a note may be included. All participants in the exchange will draw a number, and receive a gift with that number on it.  

Upcoming MCS Sunday Meetings in 2020 Save the Dates!!!
January - NO MEETING!
February 2nd  9am-2:30pm Work Day - Spend time with fellow MCS members creating and sharing ideas.
March 1 - noon-2:30pm "Sculpting with Paper" Carrie Ann Bronkowski, presenter
April 5th - noon-2:30pm "Process and Practice - Collage" Laura Lein-Svencner, presenter
May 3rd - noon-2:30pm "Making Original Notecards with Collage" Tania Blanco, presenter
June 7th -"Altered Canvas for Collage" Joan Lucht, presenter
July - NO MEETING
August 2nd - "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter
September - NO MEETING, MCS RETREAT  September 23-27 Camp Alexander Mac
October 4th - "Parfait Dying Fabric for Use in Collage" Barrie Mason, presenter
November 1st - "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th - MCS Holiday Party

Anyone interested in presenting a demonstration or workshop during our 2021 MCS meetings please call Margi Hafer 815-370-3345 or email: margihafer@yahoo.com

MCS EXHIBITS  
Ex Libris at Indian Prairie Library in Darien in February 
Drop off Saturday, February 1, 10am to 12pm
Pickup Saturday, February 29, 10am to 12pm
PLEASE! - We need a volunteer to help hang the exhibit on February 1.
Don't forget to finish your assemblages from our workshop with Donna Castellanos. Donna will exhibit one of hers to show our inspiration.
In keeping with the theme, create a hanging piece using an old book or books. These could also be in the style of Donna's. Several old Time-Life books will be available at the party for those who wish to have one. If you don't have time to create you may exhibit an altered book from a past exhibit. 
A prospectus will be available at the party on December 1 and in the January Newsflash. These will be due on January 15th.

Future exhibits:
Between the Lines  Downers Grove Library - April
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June  (Judged)
A Compendium of Curiosities   Vogt Gallery - August (Judged)
Please submit title ideas for Woodridge Library - December 

OTHER EXHIBITS  
Pack the Pantry Art Auction
Please consider donating a creative work of art to help support the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, which serves Kane, Kendall, DuPage, Will and DeKalb counties. Drop off at the gallery (address below) by December 4.
All pieces will start at $25.00. If you wish your piece to start higher please indicate.
($25.00 can purchase approximately 100 lbs. of meat or 100 boxes of cereal.)
A reception and silent auction will be held December 6, 2019
If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery
6PM until 10PM at 32 S. Stolp Ave, Aurora IL 60506

Tall Grass exhibit SYMMETRY
There are still a few days to submit entries.
Andrea Fox is curating this exhibit and would like to see fellow MCS artists participate. Look to see if your work incorporates symmetry within the work suggesting a harmony and balance to the art. This is a juried show.
SYMMETRY – The Concepts Captured in Art
March 14 – April 18, 2020
Deadline for entries is December 14, 2019
https://www.tallgrassarts.org/Call-For-Entries---SYMMETRY.html

Nature’s Best Cafe in Naperville is seeking artists to exhibit on their wall. One month period in 2020. Please text or email Tania Blanco taniablanc@aol.com if interested. 

Lynne Kornecki is publisher of a new website to promote artists and their exhibits. She interviewed Tania Blanco during a tour of Tania’s studio, took photos and wrote a lovely article. She is interested in meeting and promoting other artists in the western suburbs. Please feel free to contact her.
 Check out the website: www.foxvalleyartbeat.com and view the article under Artist Spotlight.

WORKSHOP
Living Creatively GPS Workshop with Denise Laurin-Donatelle, Artist and Educator
DATE: SAT January 4, 2020
TIME: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W. 501 Nielson Lane, Willowbrook, IL 60527
TO REGISTER CALL: 630-455-5885COST: $85 before December 19; $105 after.
Living Creatively is a one-day retreat presented by artist and educator, Denise Laurin-Donatelle, for anyone desiring to make creativity a priority in their lives. Each participant will create a customized GPS road map and  guidebook to provide direction for living a creative life in 2020 and beyond.
Guided meditation, reflection and writing exercises form the basis of the day's personal insights.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sharing info from one Artist Guild to another.


Lemont Artists Guild
Building Appreciation for the Arts

October 25, 2019
Attention: Community Calendar
For Immediate Release
Lemont Artists Guild Contact: Liz Connelly, (815)341-1145, lizzypopp@hotmail.com

November 20, 2019 – FLOWER COLLAGE USING WATERCOLOR EFFECTS presented by Elizabeth Waddington

The public is welcome; a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated. Free parking.  Refreshments will be served.
       
   For more information call Liz Connelly (815)341-1145 or www.lemontartistsguild.org

 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.

Thank you,
Liz Connelly
Lemont Artists Guild President


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

MEETINGS November 3rd noon-2:30 pm

“The Core Book”  workshop with Adrienne Austin
   
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What you will need for the Mini Core Book:
  • Pick a theme - Suggestions: Beach, Birthday, Christmas, Family, Nature, Vacation
  • Decide if you want your book to have 4 or 5 cores. Cut 4 or 5 coordinating decorative papers 4" X 6"
  • Coordinating cardstock for 4 or 5 tag inserts
  • Papers for making mini envelopes, corner pockets, etc.(use odds and ends of decorative papers)
  • Embellishments to fit your theme: charms, brads, buttons, ribbons, quotes, mini photos, stickers, flowers, collage materials
  • Glue, glue brush, exacto knife, cutting pad, small scissors, ruler
NOTE: Adrienne will provide cores and will bind the books.

December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  MCS HOLIDAY PARTY
Everyone is welcome to participate in a gift exchange at the MCS Holiday Party. Bring something you have made, something artistic you have purchased, or art materials that you think  a fellow collage artist would like to use. All gifts should be wrapped, and a note may be included.
All participants in the exchange will draw a number, and receive a gift with that number on it.  

Upcoming MCS Sunday Meetings in 2020 Save the Dates!!!
January - NO MEETING!
February 2nd  9am-2:30pm Work Day - Spend time with fellow MCS members creating and sharing ideas.
March 1 - noon-2:30pm "Sculpting with Paper" Carrie Ann Bronkowski, presenter
April 5th - noon-2:30pm "Process and Practice - Collage" Laura Lein-Svencner, presenter
May 3rd - noon-2:30pm "Making Original Notecards with Collage" Tania Blanco, presenter
June 7th -"Altered Canvas for Collage" Joan Lucht, presenter
July - NO MEETING
August 2nd - "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter
September - NO MEETING, MCS RETREAT  September 23-27 Camp Alexander Mac
October 4th - "Parfait Dying Fabric for Use in Collage" Barrie Mason, presenter
November 1st - "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th - MCS Holiday Party

MCS EXHIBITS  
Ex Libris at Indian Prairie Library in Darien in February 
Don't forget to finish your assemblages from our workshop with Donna Castellanos. In keeping with the theme, create a hanging piece using an old book or books. Several old Time-Life books will be available at the meeting for those who wish to have one. This is an example of an altered Time-Life book:
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Future exhibits:
Between the Lines  Downers Grove Library - April
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June  (Judged)
A Compendium of Curiosities   Vogt Gallery - August (Judged)
Please submit title ideas for Woodridge Library - December 


OTHER EXHIBITS  
New Call for Entries at Tall Grass Arts Association!
SYMMETRY – The Concepts Captured in Art
March 14 – April 18, 2020
Deadline for entries is December 14, 2019
https://www.tallgrassarts.org/Call-For-Entries---SYMMETRY.html

Nature’s Best Cafe in Naperville is seeking artists to exhibit on their wall. One month period in 2020. Please text or email Tania Blanco taniablanc@aol.com if interested. 

Lynne Kornecki is publisher of a new website to promote artists and their exhibits. She interviewed Tania Blanco during a tour of Tania’s studio, took photos and wrote a lovely article. She is interested in meeting and promoting other artists in the western suburbs. Please feel free to contact her. 
Check out the website: www.foxvalleyartbeat.com and view the article under Artist Spotlight. 

MEMBERS
Tania Blanco extends an Invitation to attend the reception for  her exhibit, Sacred Spaces, at If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S Stolp Ave., Aurora, IL on FRIDAY NOV. 1.   7-10 PM. Refreshments will be served

Nancy Staszak will be showing a retrospective of her work at Knox College in Galesburg the first weekend of November at their Whitcomb Art Center. It will include her collages, water colors, etchings, Dinosaurs and the works! 

Nancy Staszak and Eva Holy will have work in the Nature Artists' Guild show at the Morton Arboretum on November 8 and 9. Reception will be held on Friday evening, November 7. For more information: 

Laura Lein -Svencner has a couple of classes available:
Collage Open Studio at Mayslake Peabody Estate, Starting Nov 11th-Dec 16th, https://apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/Activity_Search/11333

eCourses available online, to do at your own pace in a sketchbook about the basics in design,  https://coursecraft.net/users/csFh

Thursday, October 3, 2019

MEETINGS October 6th noon-2:30 pm



Collaging with Skins - Creating Dimensional Work -  Maureen Gasek, presenter
Participants will explore and learn how to work on different acrylic grounds and create skins from mediums to build up a 3-D piece of work.  Be ready to explore dimension with paint.
Participants should bring acrylic paint, brushes, water containers. Paper towels etc to be ready to paint.  Everyone should bring a pair of scissors, an exacto blade, palette knife and a flexible cutting board if they have one.  If you have different mediums bring the heavier/thicker ones that will hold a shape. Also bring a plastic table cloth to protect the table.
Maureen will provide sample boards of grounds to work on, mediums, some paint and some pre-made skins to play with on you board.

November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”  workshop with Adrienne Austin
Start thinking of a theme for your "Core Book"  A sample book will be available to view at the October meeting. A list of supplies will also be available.
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY  We will discuss details at the November meeting  

 
MCS RETREAT
Wow...what a great retreat! Kudos to all the artists for sharing some new techniques. We tried texture paste and gelli printing, made Soul Collage cards and ATC cards. What fun to have two pop-up demonstrations using artist embossing powder and a mouth atomizer.  And we were challenged with a brown bag collage. For all who didn't attend this year...take heart, we will do it again next year, so save these dates - September 23rd - 27th, 2020.  Until then Donna, Patty, Joan, Adrienne, Tania and Margi say, "May the Forest be With You!"


MCS EXHIBITS  
Possible exhibit titles were collected from suggestions at retreat and from those who replied to last month's newsletter. A vote was tallied, and here are the winners to get your ideas flowing:
EX Libris  Darien Library - February
Between the Lines  Downers Grove Library - April
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June  (Judged)
A Compendium of Curiosities   Vogt Gallery - August (Judged)
Please submit ideas for Woodridge Library - December 



EX Libris This exhibit will feature altered books. 
We will be able to display assemblages from our workshop with Donna Castellanos in two of the library's display cases, so finish your masterpieces! In keeping with the theme, create a hanging piece using an old book or books. 17 old Time-Life books will be available at the October meeting for those who wish to have one. Depending on size we should be able to hang 30 to 40. Donna will be invited to display a piece along with ours. Here is an example from a former show in Downers Grove (This was created in a folding workshop at an MCS meeting) :




OTHER EXHIBITS
 Cosmic Blueprint: Archetypes in Contemporary Art Over 40 artists collaboration with Ilinois State Poetry Society Curated by Jennifer Hereth Burning Bush Gallery.

St Thomas the Apostle Church Celebration of the Arts
We invite you to participate in the "Celebration of the Arts Ministry”
Fine Art and Craft Fair at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville, Illinois.
This year, the event will be held Saturday, November 9th from 10-6
and Sunday, November 10th from 9-1 and will take place in the church gymnasium.

To complete the Art Fair application form, please click on the link below:

Registration Form:

Art Fair Information and Rules for Entry are available in the link below:

MEMBERS
Nancy Staszak will have work in the Woodridge Community Art Show at the Woodridge Public Library. The reception is this Friday October 4th from 6:00 to 8:00PM.
Nancy also has work at Indian Prairie Library in a group show, and work at the Mayslake Peabody Mansion.  Mayslake is celebrating its historic past by transforming the halls with rustic agricultural antiques. The art work is based on its past as a working farm. Nancy also has her herd of dinosaurs at the SciTech Children’s Museum in Aurora. The dinosaurs will come down the end of the month and travel to Knox College for a 50th year reunion !

Cherylyn Gnadt won third prize in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Fall Member Show for her multiprocess ink monoprint "In Between" 

Joan Lucht has a solo show at the Downers Grove Library in the cafe during October. She will have a display of materials and be present to answer questions at the library on October 30, 7-9pm.

Andrea Fox and Margi Hafer have artworks in “The Art of Illinois - 2019” 

Tania Blanco has one painting juried into The Art of Illinois:2019 show at Gallery Seven in Lockport. Opening reception is Saturday,October 5, 2019. 6-8 pm   

Laura Lein-Svencner  is offering classes and workshops this fall: 
1-Day Workshop, Three different ways to make Image Transfers - LaGrange Art League Oct 26th  https://www.lagrangeartleague.org/store/p214/imagetransferworkshop.html
Classes at Indian Prairie Public Library, Magazine Collage Animals, Basic Design with Collage -http://www.lauralein-svencner.com/onlinepdf/ipplfall2019.pdf

MCS BOARD
President--Nancy Castner  
Vice President--Tania Blanco   
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  
Communications--Joan Lucht  j  
Membership--Cherie Denton  
Exhibits--Adrienne Austin  and Joan Lucht    
Education--Margi Hafer