Thursday, August 29, 2019

No Meeting in September...


Join us for the MCS Retreat! There are only a few places left... maximum registrations will be 30 people!

October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gasek
November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY
 
MCS EXHIBITS  
Next exhibit will be at Indian Prairie Library in Darien in February
This exhibit will feature altered books. Exhibit title is needed! 
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. Joan Lucht has 17 old Time-Life books 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. MCS had an exhibit like this at the Downers Grove Library several years ago that was well received. As an example, here is one of the pieces from that show:


Future exhibits needing an exhibit title:
Downers Grove Library - April
Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June
Woodridge Library - December
  
New Interim Exhibit CoChairs
Jocelyne Roy has found it necessary to resign her position as Exhibit Chair due to her extremely busy schedule.  A hearty THANK YOU you to Jocelyne for having taken on the MCS Exhibit Chair and providing continuity since Nancy Staszak's last term.  

Adrienne Austin and Joan Lucht have volunteered to serve as interim Co Chairs for this position until next year's election.  Please offer your support as they continue to establish additional exhibit opportunities for the MCS membership.  We all make art and these exhibits are an opportunity to display and offer it for purchase.  Whatever will we do with it all otherwise?  They also provide deadlines to complete projects, something many of us find necessary!

MCS RETREAT  
Wednesday, Sept 25 through Sunday, Sept 29, 2019
Camp Alexander Mack-Milford, Indiana
In just a few short weeks we'll gather in Milford, Indiana for the annual Artist Retreat.
The committee has several demo's planned for you.  If you have a Gelli Plate please bring it to retreat. Watch your snail mail for additional information!

Retreat Committee Members:
Margi Hafer (Registration) margihafer@yahoo.com
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

MEMBERS
Andrea Fox and Margi Hafer will be exhibiting in the Tall Grass Arts Association Members Show "The Skys the Limit"  through September 15.
Andrea and Margie also have artworks in “The Art of Illinois - 2019” opening October 2 
Opening Reception 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Public is welcome to this FREE event!
Gallery Seven, Gaylord Building, 200 W. 8th St., Lockport, IL
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   

Sandy Finch will has a solo show, A Montage of Original Art, at the Lisle Library through the end of September.

Laura Lein -Svencner has been invited to exhibit her work at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, September 13th-October 18th. 
Opening Reception September 14th. 6:30pm 305 SW Water St., Peoria, IL 61602 http://www.peoriacac.org/index.html
Laura  is offering several classes this fall: 
LaGrange Art League, Starting Thursday early evenings, Walking in this World, Artist Way Course. Check out the Details   HERE     
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Collage Totems are Back, This Class starts in Monday Mornings, September 9th, More Details  HERE 
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Nature, Words and Collage, Class starts on Thursday Mornings, September 26th Interested,  Details  HERE 
Naperville Art League, Explore the Surface with Collage, Friday Mornings starting September 20th, See on Calendar  Details
 HERE  Call to Register, 630-355-2530
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, One Day Workshop, September 15th Details   HERE 
LaGrange Art League, One Day Workshop, By Request, Image Transfer Workshop Saturday October 26th all Day. Find out more Details
 HERE 
5 Week -Basic Design Classes Start also locally at 
 Indian Prairie Public Library
Laura's Online Classes check them out on CourseCraft
  Here     

MCS BOARD
President--Nancy Castner  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Vice President--Tania Blanco   taniablanc@aol.com
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  artfox48@yahoo.com
Communications--Joan Lucht  joan.of.art33@gmail.com  
Membership--Cherie Denton  cherayden@yahoo.com
Exhibits--Adrienne Austin rbrbtrfly@aol.com and Joan Lucht  joan.of.art33@gmail.com  
Education--Margi Hafer  margihafer@yahoo.com 
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Please note that all members may submit news of their awards and exhibits one week before a scheduled meeting. We like to hear about you! Please send to Joan Lucht  joan.of.art33@gmail.com


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

MEETINGS August 4th 9 am - 2:30 pm



 “Things Once Loved”

Assemblage and Collage all day workshop with Donna Castellanos 
Donna Castellanos is well known for her assemblages  made from found objects. She will bring many objects that you may use to create your own small (6 inch) assemblage with the addition of small objects that have some interest or importance to your theme for your assemblage. She will also bring the glue you will need. Participants should bring the following: plastic table cloth, cutting surface. Exacto knife scissors,  a substrate (if you wish to create something in relief format. special papers and items of your choice that will work with a small format, and an old brush for gluing. The workshop will start at 9 am with a break at noon for a short meeting. Bring your beverage of choice, your lunch and, if you wish, a snack to share. The workshop will continue until 2:30 pm, after lunch break.




September- NO MEETING Join us for the MCS Retreat! There are only a few places left... maximum registrations will be 30 people!

October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gasek
November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY
 
MCS EXHIBITS  
Awards from the Tall Grass exhibit
1st prize -  Cherlyn Gradt - Soul Sitting
2nd prizes-  Andrea Fox -  Evolution
2nd prize- Laura Lein Svencner - Long Walking Tales
3rd prize - Barbara Pompei Boland-  Leavings
3rd prize- Tania Blanco - Outdoor Narratives
3rd prize - Fabra DiPaolo - Ligature
Honorable Mention -Carol Kazwick - Good girl, Bad girl

Below are exhibits lined up for 2020.  Woodridge library has a new process and will be wanting images of samples of work from exhibitors with the understanding that the samples might not be the ones on display.  Please forward any leads for future exhibits to jocelyne.roy@comcast.net.
Indian Prairie Library - February
Downers Grove Library - April
Woodridge Library - December

NATIONAL  COLLAGE SOCIETY
THE JURIED EXHIBIT PROSPECTUS IS AVAILABLE! 
The 35th Annual Juried Exhibit will be held in the Cummings Art Gallery at Mercyhurst
University in Erie, PA and online from November 4 - December 7. A reception will be held on November 14th.
The deadline to enter is Friday August 23rd!

The Jury will be meeting at the beginning of September and results will be emailed in late September. Delivery of accepted collages will be from Oct.1-15. 



MCS RETREAT  
Wednesday, Sept 25 through Sunday, Sept 29, 2019
Camp Alexander Mack-Milford, Indiana


A fun activity at the retreat is the exchange of a small collage. The shape is a 4" X 4" square with a favorite quote.  We will continue our tradition this year.  Some artists like to create their squares ahead of retreat. Others will use this activity as a warm-up at retreat.  Don't feel this is something you must do.  Not everyone will participate.  For those who would like to work ahead, there are now 27 registered.

Retreat Committee Members:
Margi Hafer (Registration) margihafer@yahoo.com
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



THE SISTERS PROJECT UPDATE by Margi 
The Sisters Project Exhibit was a big success! Over $10,000 was raised for charities through the Sisters Project so far. Artwork that has not sold will be donated to charities and arts organization that are in need os silent auction items for their fundraisers, or returned to The Sisters Project artists, upon request. Thank you to all of my MCS friends who participated in The Sisters Project and made the exhibit and book possible. I sold out of my books at the reception, but ordered 20 more soft cover books. Some of these books will be donated to Libraries, Cancer Support Centers, and Hospice Centers, and the rest will be sold. They will be $70 per book. 

Julie Dekker has a new exhibit in the gallery, but it is very small. She has asked me to keep unsold Sisters Project artwork in the gallery until August 31st. There will be a reception for the new exhibit on Friday, August 2nd from 7-9 p.m. She told me that the artist who has the new exhibit can't be there for the reception. However, I will be there for the reception and will tell people about the Sisters Project. I have slightly lowered the price on the remaining artwork in hopes of getting more donations to charities. Please let your friends know that there are several lovely pieces waiting for a new home! There will also be a jazz band in the gazebo again on Friday night! Artists who have requested to have their work returned to them will not have work in the gallery.

MEMBERS 
Andrea Fox and Margi Hafer will be exhibiting in the Tall Grass Arts Association Members Show "The Skys the Limit" Reception August 3rd Exhibit through September 15.

Sandy Finch will have a solo show, A Montage of Original Art, at the Lisle Library from August 9th through the end of September. The reception will be Friday, August 9th from 6:30-8pm.


Laura Lein -Svencner has  a workshop at The Clearing for those who might be heading up to Door County area in August. See attachment for details.

Nancy Staszak has six pieces in the watercolor show at Mayslake through the end of August. The postcard is attached.  She also has solo show at Villa St Benedict in Lisle with an artist talk on Wednesday, August 20, 2:00–4:00pm.

MCS BOARD
President--Nancy Castner  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Vice President--Tania Blanco   taniablanc@aol.com
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  artfox48@yahoo.com
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 


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

August Meeting and MCS News

July -  NO MEETING
August 4th 9 am - 2:30 pm
 “Things Once Loved” Assemblage and Collage all day workshop with Donna Castellanos Donna Castellanos is well known for her assemblages  made from found objects. She will bring many objects that you may use to create your own small (6 inch) assemblage with the addition of small objects that have some interest or importance to your theme for your assemblage. She will also bring the glue you will need. Participants should bring the following: plastic table cloth, cutting surface. Exacto knife scissors,  a substrate (if you wish to create something in relief format. special papers and items of your choice that will work with a small format, and sn old brush for gluing. The workshop will start at 9 am with a break at noon for a short meeting. Bring your beverage of choice, your lunch and, if you wish, a snack to share. The workshop will continue until 2:30 pm, after lunch break.
September- NO MEETING Join us for the MCS Retreat! There are only a few places left... maximum registrations will be 30 people!
October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gasek
November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY

MCS EXHIBITS  
Tall Grass Pickup is Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 21, 22, 23 from 10am to 2pm each day. 
If you can't make it at those times it would be great to have someone pick up for you. If that is not possible you can call and arrange a different time.
Tall Grass Arts Association is located in Downtown Park Forest
367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466
708 748 3377

MCS RETREAT  
Wednesday, Sept 25 through Sunday, Sept 29, 2019
Camp Alexander Mack-Milford, Indiana
2015 MCS Retreat.jpg
 Every year we see new techniques at retreat.  Here is a peek at a retreat demo by Cherie Denton, called "Soul Collage".  If you would like to share what you do at retreat - please contact a committee member.
Join us!  Be AN EARLY BIRD!  Send a $265.00 with the registration by August 1st.
 After 8/1/2019 $295.00.
MCS Retreat Registration forms are attached and will be available at the August meeting.  

Retreat Committee Members:
Margi Hafer (Registration) margihafer@yahoo.com
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.

THE SISTERS PROJECT UPDATE by Margi 
The Sisters Project Soft Cover book will be available at the Sisters Project Exhibit reception for $70.00 There will be a book signing at the event.
Thank you to all of my MCS friends who helped make this possible. I'm looking forward to the exhibit in July and hope to see many of you at the reception at the Vogt Visual Arts Center, 17420 67th Court, Tinley Park, IL 60477 on Friday, July 12th 7-9 pm! 
(just South of the railroad tracks and East of Oak Part Avenue)
Please promote The Sisters Project and the exhibit to your families and friends. People who purchase the artwork will choose from a list of charities to make a tax deductible donation to, in payment for the art, and in memory of my sister, Donna Lee Johnston. 
These charities include:
  • The American Cancer Society
  • JourneyCare Hospice
  • The North Shore University Health System Foundation
  • The Salvation Army
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago
  • The Cancer Support Center in Mokena, Misericordia in Chicago
  • Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association
  • The Crisis Center of South Suburbia,
  • PAWS in Tinley Park
  • The Frankfort KidsWork Museum
  • The Lincoln-Way Area Chorale
  • The Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest
  • The Frankfort Arts Association
  • Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights
  • Finally, a special support fund for Cici Belpedio (8 years old) who is fighting the rare disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis.
Vogt Fine Arts Center, Tinley Park Hours:
Sunday-Monday closed, Tuesday 7-9p.m.
Wednesday 4-7pm
Thursday 11-2 and 7-9p.m.
Friday 11-3pm (unless there is a reception)
Saturday 11am-4p.m


Tania Blanco, Margi Hafer, and Andrea Fox have had their art juried into the GOING IN STYLE Multi-Media Exhibition at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum June 29-July 20, 2019 with an OPENING RECEPTION on Sunday, July 7, 2-4
108 S Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108


Nancy Staszak has six pieces in the watercolor show at Mayslake. The reception is Monday, July 8, 6–8 PM . The postcard is attached

Sandy Finch will have a solo show, A Montage of Original Art, at the Lisle Library from August 9th through the end of September. The reception will be Friday, August 9th from 6:30-8pm.

Laura Lein -Svencner has a variety of Classes this Summer into Fall  At Mayslake Peabody Estate. These links are an easy way to check out the class information and sign up: 
Nature Collage and Design, July 11th- August 15th
Collage and Spirit Animals July 15th-August 26th
Collage Totems Sept 9th- Oct 28th
Nature Words and Collage Sept 26th- Nov 7th

Basic Design Collage Sketchbook at LaGrange Art League. Classes are set up in repeat four-week sections. Check out which month might be good for you. 

Laura's work can be seen at Wauconda Public Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda IL  until July 27th, with a Collage workshop at 1:00  on July 27th, 

MCS BOARD
President--Nancy Castner  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Vice President--Tania Blanco   taniablanc@aol.com
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  artfox48@yahoo.com
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