Friday, July 8, 2016

Call For Art Gallery Seven

Gallery Seven 
116 N. Chicago Street, Suite 102, Joliet Il 60432 Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday; 10 AM – 4 PM, 1 st Saturday of Month- 10-Noon, and by appointment 815-483-4310
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Next meeting is Sunday, August 7 - a work day from 9:00-3:00 pm where members can share techniques, experiences or ideas they have had.  Bring a bag lunch.

MCS Membership Renewal Deadline is July 1, 2016.  If you have not paid your 2016-17 dues by July 1st, your name will be dropped from the active membership list and you will lose member privileges. If you wish to remain a member, please send $20 to Cherie Denton at 4641 Stonewall Ave., Downers Grove IL 60515. If you are not sure whether or not you paid your dues, contact Cherie at or call her at 630-969-2762.

September 21-25
Reminder: registration for September retreat is now due. Please send deposit of $120 or complete payment of $240 (checks payable to MCS). Membership in MCS is not a requirement.
1263 Bainbridge Dr. Naperville 60563.
Forms are available on Midwest Collage Society Blog: 
The Flora, Fauna & Mother Nature Exhibit at the Gallery of Nature at Wasco Nursery will be ending July 11th.
Pick-up time for the artists is Tuesday, July 12th from 11AM to 2PM.
If you cannot get your own work, please call another member near you to get your work.
The gallery is located at 41W781 Route 64 (North Avenue) in Saint Charles.
Sharon Schmidt is the Gallery Director and curated our work and arranged a lovely reception for us. Be sure to thank her when you pick up  your work!

Our next Exhibit will be at the Aurora Public Arts Commission curated by Rena Church.
The theme is The Collective Muse
The exhibit will run from August 19th to October 22nd.
We do not yet have drop off, reception or pick up dates and times.
We will mail you entry forms when we have those dates. People can enter two or three pieces.

This exhibit will be judged for cash awards and all pieces should have collage elements in them.
***Attached are MCS guidelines for you to review***
Also, Rena would really like to have some images for their publicity.
You can send jpeg images to Rena Church at either of these two email addresses:
Be sure to put MCS Exhibit in the subject line so she knows what she is getting!

View Exhibit information for All Members. 

Annette Plettau has two collage pieces that were juried into Gallery 2016, Moraine Valley Community College art show, in Palos Hills.  She won 2nd prize for her collage "Natural Arch, St. Lucia." This show runs fromJune 2 through Aug. 8.  Hours are MondayThursday 9:00am. to 4:30 pm., and during most Fine and Performing Arts Center performances. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Annette Perone Leiber, Artist and Demonstration today

Sunday, June 5, 12:30 to 3:00
The meeting of MCS will feature Annette Perone Leiber, noted artist, educator, founder of the Addison Art Guild and Center for the Arts, whose work work appears in many collections, will demonstrate collage techniques using cheesecloth, fiber fill, modeling paste, plastic wrap and acrylics.  Members do not need to bring supplies as this will be a demonstration only.

 Annette share her work and materials today with us.  Very textural with molding pastes and gauze and other fibers.

 Layering the materials and letting them dry first before she adds the Acrylic paints.
 Here Annette is gluing down some of the colored gauze and fibers.
Pre Demo pieces

 No blue or orange were added prior to demo but look what it did to the piece.

 This is a finished piece of Annette's she shared with us, I had to take a few more images of it at different angles.

 You can see the rich textures.

 Here Annette is adding back in the paints to embellish her papers which are photo copies of the painted gauze...kind of cool.
 Looking down at one of Annette's famous sculptures.

Some many wanted to come up and really see what she was doing. 


Always something interesting at the Swap Table. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MCS Next Exhibit Wasco Nursery and Garden Center

Check out there website there at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center

June's Newletter

TODAY, May 31!
Drop off for the Wasco Nursery Gallery of Nature show Flora, Fauna and Mother Nature is 10:00 to 2:00

Sunday, June 5, 12:30 to 3:00
The meeting of MCS will feature Annette Perone Leiber, noted artist, educator, founder of the Addison Art Guild and Center for the Arts, whose work work appears in many collections, will demonstrate collage techniques using cheesecloth, fiber fill, modeling paste, plastic wrap and acrylics.  Members do not need to bring supplies as this will be a demonstration only.

SWAP TABLE:  For the last few meetings items were left behind and Elaine or Tania have had to take these swap items in their cars for disposal. PLEASE take any items that were not adopted back. We also do not wish to stuff the police department's trash basket to the top.

September 21-25
MCS retreat in Indiana is coming up soon. Please send your deposits to Tania as soon as possible or bring to the meeting on June 5. The application is on our Midwest Collage society Blog. There will be some paper applications at the meeting.  Membership to the society in not a prerequisite to attend. You may bring a friend or relative..  

Tania will be out of state from June 6 to August 1, so she would appreciate knowing how many are attending by the time she goes on her road trip. 
Flora, Fauna and Mother Nature
June 1st through July 11th.
Reception: SaturdayJune 18th, 3:00 to 5:00  (Bring cookies, etc)
Pick up: Tuesday, July 12th.
Commission fee is 33% for those selling work.
MCS will cover the hanging fee of $5.00 this time.
Information is listed on the calendar too. 

The Collective Muse
 Aurora Public Arts Commission
August 19 through October 22.
Please let Nancy ( know as soon as possible if you are going to participate so your name can be listed in the publicity.  This is a large space, so plan on  two or three pieces per member---or only one if really large!

Here is a write-up for the show:
When a group of artists with a common interest interact, nurture, support and educate one another you'll find "The Collective Muse".  The Midwest Collage Society(MCS) combines a wealth of talent from an array of artistic disciplines with one common thread: collage.  Collage is so much more than paper and paste.

Collage artists reuse and repurpose items often considered expendable.  A cast off item can provide the inspiration and focal point for award winning artwork.  Collage artists are never at a loss for materials.  They collect ephemera anywhere from garage sales to paper stores to the street.  They create hand made papers.  They alter and layer till their vision is complete.

The MCS artists' portfolio ranges from the literal to the imaginary:  landscapes, portraits, imagined visions and abstracts that reveal secret thoughts and emotions. Midwest Collage Society artists elevate collage to a fine art.

"The Collective Muse" will transcend and inspire.

Laura Lein-Svencner has been nominated for a 3Arts Award Grant in the category of Teaching Arts, 3Arts is for Chicago Artist. Laura is 1-25 teaching artist nominated for this award in 2016.  Announcements of awards granted will be in August 2016.

If anyone has any news regarding awards, shows/exhibits or other good news to share please let Joan know so she can feature it in our newsletter. Celebrating accomplishments is a good thing!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 1st Meeting with Karen Sako

 Our tasty bits to keep our energy for the creating that will be done.

 We think there was about 35 members today, the most in along time.  We were having a hard time finding chairs and tables...but everyone had a place when the meeting started.

 Downers Grove Public Library exhibit Winners...Nancy C. won 2 ribbons.
 Nancy S. won a Ribbon too.
 Joan L won a Ribbon
 Margi H. won a Ribbon
 Our president Elaine Won 2 Ribbons.

 And Our Mary Yezek Won 1st.

List of Award Winner-Downers Grove Public Library Annual Exhibit. 
1st place  Mary Yezek  "Laura in the White Hat"
2nd Carol Weber   "Unlocked"
2nd Elaine Rath  "Birds of a Feather"
3rd Nancy Castner  "1891"
3rd Nancy Staszak  "Young Readers"
3rd Elaine Rath "A Library for the People"
Honorable Mention Barbara Pompei Boland "Stories Within Stories"
HM Joan Lucht  Altered
HM Margi Hafer  "The Butterfly Garden"
HM  Nancy Castner "Away We Go"

 Yea...for Karen Sako!!!
 Karen's dog with collage and Pastels.

 Karen starts off an acrylic wash and working Charcoal to define the shapes.

 Karen has brought in collage papers and adding a bit more color in spots.

 Now the pop  colors come out...some yellow, red and white.

 Close up ....of Karen's demo today.

 Close with the collage cool the way paper is integrity

 Karen challenged our members to a Mystery Envelope collage... the members could use the envelope and the papers inside of with the piece of papers provided.
 A few samples of Karen's

Staring off with an acrylic wash and then the collaging will start.

Samples of member's pieces from Demo