Wednesday, February 27, 2019

March Meeting and Tons of Great Information

Membership renewals are due April 1st. 

MEETINGS
March 3rd  noon - 2:30 pm
Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing
1283 S. Naper Blvd. Naperville, IL 60540    
Tour of facilities for framing and Giclee printing process
The owner, Stephanie Colbert, will be there to talk about all of the wonderful services they offer for artists, including special framing ideas for collage, Giclee printing, in-house frame stock for quick orders, and more. Refreshments will be served. Margi has had several things framed by them and she is very impressed with their knowledgeable service.

April 7th noon - 2:30 pm 
“Oil and Cold Wax”   Demonstration by  Charlotte Cziperle
May 5th  noon - 2:30 pm 
“Gold Leaf for Collage”  Demonstration by Denise Lauin Donatelle
June 2nd  noon - 2:30 pm  “Pouring Watercolors for synthetic texture”  Demonstration by Sandy Newell
July -  NO MEETING
August 4th 9 am - 2:30 pm
 “Things Once Loved” Assemblage and Collage all day workshop with Donna Castellanos
September- NO MEETING
October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gazek
November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY



MCS RETREAT 
 Mark Your Calendars:  Wednesday, Sept 25 through Sunday, Sept 30 2019
Camp Alexander Mack-Milford, Indiana
Spacious work area, beautiful view.  Now is the time to create art, enjoy fellow artists, laugh with friends, learn and share new techniques . Start planning!




EARLY BIRD FEE: $ 265.00 must be received by August 1, 2019.  Space is limited. 
Margi Hafer will be handling the registrations this year.
Registration Forms will be available from Margi Hafer after April 15 2019.
Other members of the committee are:
Adrienne Austin (Marketing, Recruiting and PR)  rbrbtrfly@aol.com
Nancy Castner (Marketing, Program ideas)  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Joan Lucht (Promotions through Facebook , etc) joan.of.art33@gmail.com
We hope all our members will be helping to promote this excellent opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting.

MCS EXHIBITS  
Next Exhibit - April, Downers Grove Library
Theme - Outside the Ordinary



Jocelyne Roy handles exhibit communication. If you have questions please contact her directly.  Jocelyne.roy@comcast.net

Guidelines for Exhibiting in Judged Shows.
 Recently there have been questions about submitting collage art for  MCS exhibitions. The following are the guidelines we have tried to follow:
(1)  Art submitted should have been created within the last 3 years.  We encourage artists to submit freshly created work.
(2)   Art that received an award at a judged exhibit, are not eligible to be exhibited in another judged exhibit.
(3)  Art that appeared in a venue (such as Downers Grove Library) where we have an annual exhibit, should not be exhibited a second time.
(4)  When there is a low turnout of art in a non-judged show, there may be more flexibility and it would be at the discretion of the Exhibit Chair and the committee to decline work.

AFA BEST OF THE BEST SHOW
Exhibition will be held March 13 through April 29 at the
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 31st St., Oak Brook, IL 60523
Gallery hours are M-F 9:00am-3:00pm and Sat 9:00am-1:00pm

Reception and awards presentation
Thursday, April 4, from 6:00pm through 8:00pm
Judge’s presentation and critique will begin at 7:15pm.

THE SISTERS PROJECT UPDATE by Margi
An article about Margi Hafer and The Sisters Project is now live on Voyage Chicago! :
http://voyagechicago.com/interview/art-life-margi-hafer/
On the site, you can find it in the Thought-Provokers series midway down the homepage as part of the Southwest Side collection
.  

If you click on the links below the photo you can preview a part of The Sisters Project book. It is available in Hard Cover ($89.39), Soft Cover ($73.39), and Ebook ($5.99) editions. The Ebook edition is not printable but can be on Kindle, iPad and computer. Hope you like it!
Thank you to all of my MCS friends that that helped make this possible. I'm looking forward to the exhibit in July!
I am now working on updating my Sisters Project information on my website and Facebook. I will also be contacting some charities and working on promotional ideas for the exhibit and the fund-raising sale of artwork.
I also still have some of Donna's pieces to finish...I brought some with me to Florida.

Please promote The Sisters Project and the exhibit to your families and friends
Exhibit in July at Vogt Fine Arts Center, Tinley Park
Reception July 12th 7-9 pm  

MEMBERS 
Laura Lein-Svencner will be exhibiting a select group of collage works at Downers Grove Public Library, March 1- March 28th.

Artists Way Starts March 4th at Mayslake Peabody Estate.  It's a pop-up class and you need to register  https://apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/Activity_Search/10509

Tania Blanco invites all members to her solo exhibit:  Traces of the Sacred 
Artist reception to be held Saturday  March 2, from 4-7
Addison Center for the Arts 213 N Lombad Rd., Door 4 Addison, Il 60101 630-458-4500
Adjacent to the Addison Trail High School
www.addisoncenterforthearts.com
Exhibit continues until March 15 with gallery hours: Wed through Sat 1-4 pm.

MCS BOARD
All current members of the Midwest Collage Society Board have agreed to serve again for the coming year.  We will vote on this slate at the April meeting. 
President--Nancy Castner  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Vice President--Tania Blanco   taniablanc@aol.com
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  jnafox@comcast.net 
Communications--Joan Lucht  joan.of.art33@gmail.com  
Membership--Cherie Denton  cherayden@yahoo.com
Exhibits--Jocelyne Roy  Jocelyne.roy@comcast.net
Education--Margi Hafer  margihafer@yahoo.com 

OF INTEREST
MIdwinter Festival - Dillman's  March 8th at LaGrange Art League 4-7pm 122 Calendar Ave, LaGrange IL  https://www.lagrangeartleague.org/


Information for collage and mixed media artists!
 – You may want to check out the Tall Grass Gallery space in which the Midwest Collage Society will have a future exhibit and while you’re there enjoy the upcoming show of mixed media works. March 9- April 14, 2019. Reception: March 9 from 1-3 P.M.
Studio Conversations is an exhibit of mixed media works that have been created
by Mary Bookwalter, Janice Meister, and Carol Weber, artists-friends who have
for years collectively discussed and critiqued their artwork.

 TALL GRASS ARTS ASSOCIATION, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466  
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All members may submit news up to one week before each meeting. Send to Joan Lucht, joan.of.art33@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

February Meeting...All Day Work Day and More....


MEETINGS
February 3rd  9 am - 2:30 pm Work Day
Bring a sack llunch and your supplies for whatever you want to do that day.

March 3rd noon - 2:30 pm
Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing
1283 S. Naper Blvd. Naperville, IL 60540    
Tour of facilities for framing and Giclee printing process
The owner, Stephanie Colbert, will be there to talk about all of the wonderful services they offer for artists, including special framing ideas for collage, Giclee printing, in-house frame stock for quick orders, and more. Refreshments will be served. Margi has had several things framed by them and she is very impressed with their knowledgeable service.

April 7th noon - 2:30 pm 
“Oil and Cold Wax”   Demonstration by  Charlotte Cziperle
May 5th  noon - 2:30 pm 
“Gold Leaf for Collage”  Demonstration by Denise Lauin Donatelle
June 2nd  noon - 2:30 pm  “Pouring Watercolors for synthetic texture”  Demonstration by Sandy Newell
July -  NO MEETING
August 4th 9 am - 2:30 pm
 “Things Once Loved” Assemblage and Collage all day workshop with Donna Castellanos
September- NO MEETING
October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gazek
November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY
 
MCS RETREAT 
 Mark Your Calendars:  Wednesday, Sept 25 through Sunday, Sept 30 2019
Camp Alexander Mack-Milford, Indiana
Move in to Sarah Major Lodge on Wednesday September 25th.   
Pick your bedroom and pick your work space.





The MCS Fall Retreat committee met in January to plant the 2019 Fall Retreat.
EARLY BIRD FEE: $ 265.00 must be received by August 1, 2019.  Space is limited. 
 Margi Hafer will be handling the registrations this year.
Registration Forms will be available at the February Meeting or from Margi Hafer after April 15 2019.
Other members of the committee are:
Adrienne Austin (Marketing, Recruiting and PR)  rbrbtrfly@aol.com
Nancy Castner (Marketing, Program ideas)  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Joan Lucht (Promotions through Facebook , etc) joan.of.art33@gmail.com
We hope all our members will be helping to promote this excellent opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting.

MCS EXHIBITS
Pickup Lemont Center for the Arts - Sunday, February 24, 2-4pm.

Next Exhibit - April, Downers Grove Library
Theme - Outside the Ordinary

AFA BEST OF THE BEST SHOW
Margaret Swedzikowski contacted via email all eligible artists for this exhibit. 
If you haven't respond yet, please do so asap since this year it is in March.

Exhibition will be held March 13 through April 29 at the
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 31st St., Oak Brook, IL 60523
Gallery hours are M-F 9:00am-3:00pm and Sat 9:00am-1:00pm

Reception and awards presentation
Thursday, April 4, from 6:00pm through 8:00pm
Judge’s presentation and critique will begin at 7:15pm.

Call for Entry National Collage Society, Small Format, if you signed up last year in membership dues for both MCS/NCS you don't have to pay the $35.00 dues, you have already. 

THE SISTERS PROJECT UPDATE by Margi
If you click on the links below the photo you can preview a part of The Sisters Project book. It is available in Hard Cover ($89.39), Soft Cover ($73.39), and Ebook ($5.99) editions. The Ebook edition is not printable but can be on Kindle, iPad and computer. Hope you like it!
Thank you to all of my MCS friends that that helped make this possible. I'm looking forward to the exhibit in July!
I am now working on updating my Sisters Project information on my website and Facebook. I will also be contacting some charities and working on promotional ideas for the exhibit and the fund-raising sale of artwork.
I also still have some of Donna's pieces to finish...I brought some with me to Florida.

Please promote The Sisters Project and the exhibit to your families and friends
Exhibit in July at Vogt Fine Arts Center, Tinley Park
Reception July 12th 7-9 pm  





MEMBERS 
Tania Blanco will have a solo exhibit at the Addison Center for the Arts From February 13 through March 15, 2019.
TRACES OF THE SACRED
Reception: Saturday March 2, 2019  4-7pm
Addison Center for the Arts - Attached to the the Addison High School
213 N Lombard Road
Addison, IL 60101
AddisonCenterfortheArts.com

Cherylyn Gnadt will have her first solo show of relief and monoprints at Expressions Graphics Printing Cooperative. The show entitled "Maiden", will be at 29 W. Harrison Street, Oak Park from March 1 - 31. The reception will coincide with 3rd Fridays, March 15th. She will have other artist talks and workshops scheduled throughout the month.

Laura Lein Svencner will have a selection of Abstract Mixed Media Collage works on exhibit at Downers Grove Public Library, March 1st - March 27th, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL.
Laura will also be presenting Floating Collage Workshop Three Days - March 15th-17th, LaGrange Art League, Register HERE

OF INTEREST
Dillman's Winter Festival
Friday March 8th, 4-7pm
LaGrange Art League, 122 Calendar Street, LaGrange IL 
Presenting Artists: David R. Becker, Sarah E. Rehmer, Sharon Reilly, Anna Winette Repke, and Laura Lein-Svencner

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All members may submit news up to one week before each meeting. Send to Joan Lucht, joan.of.art33@gmail.com

Saturday, January 26, 2019

MCS at Lemont Center for the Arts







 Midwest Collage Society -"Endless Possibility" is on exhibit at Lemont Center for the Arts. The exhibit is up till Feb 24th, Viewing Hours  Friday: 12 noon - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 4pm

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sisters Project, by Margi Hafer (MCS Member)

A Collaboration of Artists Honoring My Sister by Completing her Unfinished Work


To view and purchase the book you can check Here 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Year, Meeting Scheduled, Exhibits, Retreats

Dear Members for reference on the meeting dates and more information please go to the Visual Calendar on this blog and click on the dates. 

January No meeting

February 3rd  9 am - 2:30 pm Work Day

March 3rd noon - 2:30 pm
Meeting at Colbert Framing in Naperville: Tour of facilities for framing, and Giclee printing process

April 7th noon - 2:30 pm 
“Oil and Cold Wax”   Demonstration by  Charlotte Cziperle

May 5th  noon - 2:30 pm 
“Gold Leaf for Collage”  Demonstration by Denise Lauin Donatelle

June 2nd  noon - 2:30 pm  “Pouring Watercolors for synthetic texture”  Demonstration by Sandy Newell

July -  NO MEETING

August 4th 9 am - 2:30 pm
 “Things Once Loved” Assemblage and Collage all day workshop with Donna Castellanos

September- NO MEETING

October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gazek

November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin

December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY
 
MCS RETREAT Save the Dates!

Wednesday, September 25th to Sunday 29th
We need a Coordinator, Program committee, and Registrar.
Please come to our first meeting
Saturday Jan 18  at 10 am at 
Panera,1199 E Ogden Ave., Naperville

RSVP  Tania Blanco   630-464-3749 or taniablanc@aol.com

MCS EXHIBITS
Reception 
January 26, 1-4 pm 
Lemont Center for the Arts,1243 State Street, Unit 101, Lemont, Illinois 60439
630-243-7375

Theme needed ASAP for the Downers Grove Library show in April and the Tall Grass show this summer. Please send ideas to Jocelyne and Nancy Castner.

THE SISTERS PROJECT
The Sisters Project Book is finally at the printers. Margi purchased the first copy, but is planning to do a final proof of that copy, so the book will probably not be for sale until the end of January. Next she will be working on her website to include additional information about The Sisters Project and links to how to purchase the book.
Exhibit in July at Vogt Fine Arts Center, Tinley Park
Reception July 12th 7-9 pm  

MEMBERS 
Nancy Staszak has a Solo Show “More Dinosaurs “ at the Downers Grove Recreation Center in Belmont Road just south of Ogden Avenue. It will be up til the middle of January. 

Jerri Reimann has a solo show of assemblages entitled Skateboard Angels and Curious Beings at Smith Studio & Gallery, 124 S. State St, Geneseo, IL 61254 until the end of January.

Laura Lein Svencner will have a selection of Abstract Mixed Media Collage works on exhibit at Downers Grove Public Library, March 1st - March 27th, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove IL. 

OF INTEREST
Dillman's Winter Festival
Friday March 8th, 4-7pm
LaGrange Art League, 122 Calendar Street, LaGrange IL 
Presenting Artists: David R. Becker, Sarah E. Rehmer, Sharon Reilly, Anna Winette Repke, and Laura Lein-Svencner

LuEllen Joy Giera is taking applications and collecting collaged playing cards for a show at Vogt Visual Art Center. 
Playing with a Full Deck IV
Vogt Visual Art Center
April 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019
You can find her group on Facebook.   Planetcollage.net  
Click HERE for application 
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All members may submit news up to one week before each meeting. Send to Joan Lucht, joan.of.art33@gmail.com.



Monday, January 7, 2019

Endless Possibilities, Exhibit Lemont Center for the Arts

Midwest Collage Society
Presents
Endless Possibilities



Exhibiting at the Lemont Center for the Arts
January 11 through February 24, 2019

Reception: Saturday, January 26th, 1 – 4 p.m.
Everyone welcome - free