Monday, February 1, 2016

February Newsletter 2016, Exhibits and Extra's

February 6 - (Saturday)  Please note the change in day!
9:30am-3pm at Naperville Art League, 508 North Center St., Naperville
All day workday with a short demo at 10:30 by Debbie McEllenborough 

Bring your supplies and what you are working on as well as a table cover. Bring a lunch and drink. 
There is a small kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and hot water and coffee maker.  
Workshop fee for the day is $5.00. (20% collected will be donated for use of the studio space) 
Please contact Maureen,  if you are planning on attending. She needs a head count. 

March 13 -  Note the change to the second Sunday of the month. We will be back at the Darien police station. 
Ginni Guzior will be presenting tunnel books.

Please contact Maureen if you have program suggestions for our October and November meetings.  
Nothing has been scheduled for those 2 months.

SAVE THE DATE - Fall MCS Retreat in Indiana.
September 21-25, 2016.
Applications will be available by April Meeting.

Following Hidden Paths, Uncovering Hidden Truths
Works by artists of the Midwest Collage Society
Victorian House Gallery
577 S. Main Street, Bourbonnais, IL
February 11 - March 18, 2016
The gallery will be closed March 6-13
Please see attached press release for further information.

Lisle Library Poets and Artists
Deadline is February 18th.
Email entry forms & jpegs to Nancy Staszak:  (Entry form attached)
All entries should be technically collage - with glued on layers. Even one piece glued on counts.
 No entry fee, no commission on sales.
Delivery to the Library is March 1, 2, or 3.    
Tatiana from the library will contact you when to drop things off.
The show will run all of March while poets have the chance to compose poetry for the pieces.
Reception and poetry reading at the Library 
Saturday, April 8th 6 - 8PM
They will provide refreshments and everything! Then the show continues through April.
Pick up dates are April 29 and 30 (Fri & Sat)
Contact Tatiana, who is in charge of Adult Programs.

Piece by Piece - CAVA and MCS show at Oak Park Library
The Oak Park Library has a beautiful gallery on the second floor level and you will really like it.
(CAVA is the old Senior Artists Network of Chicago -- now Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists)
This is their first all collage show---so all entries must have at least one element glued on.

The entries are to be done online through EntryThingy by February 15th
Give it some time---you will need to scroll down by date to the show Piece by Piece and click on that.
It will take a little bit of ingenuity to fill it out, but more shows are choosing to use EntryThingy, 
so we might as well learn to adapt. 

Downers Grove Library April show celebrating 125th Anniversary, history & libraries Late March entry
 DGL show will be judged for cash prizes

Flora, Fauna and Mother Nature - Wasco Nursery Gallery  June & July. Images to Nancy soon for publicity.

Aurora Public Arts Commission August - October no theme  This will also be a judged show for $$ prizes.

CALL FOR ART from Claudia Craemer
From Earth - Tall Grass Art Association
It is supposed to be anything that is of earth---particularly plants, seeds, bulbs, flowers, leaves, etc.
The entry deadline is March 5th
Show is April 29 to June 4th

Laura Lein-Svencner is the featured in Somerset Studio January 2016 issue in the Artist Profile section. She is also offering a few On Line classes held in a blog setting for more information you can check here.   And if your interested in assemblage and collage  Laura is offering a class at Mayslake Peabody Estate starting  on Monday's Feb 29th 9:00-11:30, check this link above for more information.

Marbling on Paper presented by Betty Burian Kirk - February 17, 2016
Lemont Artists Guild meeting, will begin at 7 PM at the Homer Township Public Library,14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen, IL. Betty will give a lecture covering history, supplies, different techniques and then some hands on marbling by participants will be done. Please note that the inks and paints used for this process will not wash out of clothes.
The public is welcome, a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated.
Free parking. Refreshments will be served.
For more information call Liz Popp (815)341-1145 or

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Collage Exhibit for all to see..Ukrainian Institute,


February 5 - March 27, 2016

At the Ukrainian Instute of Modern Art in Ukrainian Village 2320 W Chicago Avenue,

Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 2016 (6-9pm)

In “Sentience,” five Chicago-based artists embrace mediums of construction, assemblage or collage in a range of vastly differing practices. Though David CrinerMarcos RayaTom Torluemke, Kathy Weaver and Stacia Yeapanis each work within their own unique artistic intentions, their works share a strangeness that results from the tension of commingling imagination with the stuff of everyday life.
In his work, David Criner transforms twentieth century collage material in pursuit of an image that celebrates the present moment. The antiquated “pop” sensibility imbued by Criner’s sourced matter is countered by his gestural, spontaneous mark-making, creating compositions that manage to reference the past while also feeling timeless.
Sometimes autobiographical, and sometimes socially engaged or critical, Marcos Raya’sworks are always a reflection of his unique vision. Though renowned as a painter and muralist, Raya also possess a proficiency for found objects, turning ordinary things into complex tableaus that are thoroughly surreal.
Tom Torluemke, a master of many mediums, here presents a large-scale painted paper installation. Torluemke is well known for his unflinching depictions of highly emotive narratives, and in this piece, objects and figures occupy three-dimensional space with the viewer, making his handcrafted creations feel unsettlingly real.
Kathy Weaver emphasizes the uncanniness of our relationships with seemingly sentient machines with the use of soft charcoals, burning and hand stitching. Her longtime use of robots as subject matter has evolved throughout her oeuvre, varying in character from whimsical to sinister. Here, Weaver employs familiar settings viewers associate with home and the Midwest to relate narratives that are far darker.
For this exhibition, Stacia Yeapanis creates a site-specific installation assembled from recycled materials. In this work, manmade media like newspaper and plastic are completely transformed into a vast, organic-looking construction, blurring the lines between the artificial, the natural and the completely invented.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

MCS Exhibit Pick Up and Feb. Meeting plans

Our pick up time and date is 10:00 until noon on Saturday, January 2nd.
We have received many compliments on the show. The library director, Susan McNeil Marshall said she wishes she had more space and more money!!!!  If you have made a sale, please let Nancy Staszak ( know for our records.
Thanks to all who participated---it was truly a beautiful exhibit.

Our next MCS show, Following Hidden Paths, Uncovering Secret Truths, will be at the Victorian House in Bourbonnais.  Laura Lein-Svencner has offered to take work there on February  6th. Contact her about delivering your work.   Our spring show is in April at the Downers Grove Library.  All exhibit information is on the blog.

Saturday Feb. 6thfrom 9:30- 3:00
Naperville Art League at 508 North Center St., Naperville, IL
All day workday with a short demo by Debbie McEllenborough  
Bring your supplies and what you are working on. Bring a lunch and drink. 
There is a small kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and hot water and coffee maker.  
Workshop fee for the day is $5.00. (20% collected will be donated for use of the studio space)
Thanks to Laura for securing this space.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Decembers Newsletter

In case you were not aware, our long time member and retreat participant for several years, Debbie McEllenborough, recently lost her Mother which was sudden and unexpected.  If anyone would like to send her a sympathy card, her address is:
Debbie McEllenborough
29 W550 Winchester Circle
Warrenville, IL 60555.

Sunday, December 612:00-2:30
Holiday Party. Please bring a dish to pass and a lovely, wrapped, hand-made gift if you wish to participate in the exchange.
February 7
All-day work day. Demo by Debbie McEllenborough
March 6
Tunnel book with collage by Ginni Guzior (Book & Paper Arts Guild Pres.)

Save the Date for 2016 MCS Camp Mack Retreat:  
Wednesday Sept 21 through Sunday, 25 2016.  COST: $225
Registration forms will be available April, 2016

Anyone who paid for the retreat in August or September and has not had their check clear, please contact me and let me know the amount of the check and the date it was written.  There may have been some checks that were lost in the mail and not deposited to the MCS account.   
TANIA BLANCO   630-464-3749          Thank you.

Woodridge Library
One last reminder for drop-off:
Tuesday, December 1st from 10:00 until noon.

See attachment for future MCS exhibits and calls for art.

For MCS members who are participating in 
Following Hidden Paths, Uncovering Secret Truths 
Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais with Claudia Craemer 

Laura will be the driver and drop off  your artwork for this exhibit.  Please read the following and contact her so your artwork can be dropped of on Feb 6th.  If you are planning on dropping your art work off yourself no need to call. 
Dates and times for drop off. 
Call before to schedule drop off Laura Lein-Svencner, 630-655-4492 
 Friday Jan 29th evening drop off 6-8pm
Saturday Jan 30th 1-5pm drop off
Sunday Jan 31st 1-5 pm drop off
Margi Hafer received the 1st Place Award for her collage "Reminiscence" in the Bloomingdale show, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".

Mary Yesek and Margi Hafer both entered in the Mystery Build 2015 competition. Although voting has ended we await news of the announcement of winners.

Classes On-line and at Maysake Peabody Estates 
Instructor - Laura Lein-Svencner 
Laura will be start a series of On Line "Basic Collage Sketchbook Classes in January, these classes can be taken at home in our PJ's with simple materials; Magazine, glue stick, ruler, spiral bound sketchbook. Brush up on your Elements and Principles, to working a single composition and the last one is a study of all the different compositions.  Computer skills are needed, Classes are presented in a blog setting and images of your sketchbook work would need to be share on line.  Though you can still take the on-line class because all lessons are sent in a pdf format and you received a video of the lesson, you can work at you own pace. 

Collage and Assemblage Boxes
Instructor - Laura Lein-Svencner 
January 11 – February 8
Mondays: 9 – 11:30 AM

Dig out those old photos, found papers and junk drawer objects from the past. This class invites new life and inspiration to build a piece of art like the famous artist Joseph Cornell. Students will learn about making collage papers, the art of tacking them to the watercolor surface. Combined with preparation and mounting their collages in wood panel with the use of acrylics, mixed media, glue, nails and other hardware. Adults. $165 plus $20 supply fee. To register, call 630-206-9566.  Mayslake Peabody Estate

Please send information you would like included in the monthly newsflash (by one week before scheduled meetings) to Joan Lucht: 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Members exhibiting

Members exhibiting outside of Midwest Collage Society exhibits, come see what it's all about 18th Annual "Celebration of the Arts" 

Monday, October 26, 2015

No Meeting in November

Our field trip to the Mexican American Museum was enjoyed by all. The museum is beautiful, the tour was very interesting and the food at Nuevo Leon was beyond yummy! Thanks Maureen for planning this wonderful day!

Remember that there is no meeting next Sunday, November 1.

The next meeting will be our holiday party on December 6. More on that in a month, but start creating something wonderful for the gift exchange if you want to participate. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 25, 2015