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

List of events to be part of for this Rainy First Day of May

Some of our members are part of this exhibit also....reception today from Lisle

And the Best is Karen Sako will be presenting a mini workshop with the Midwest Collage Society Members...She's bring some stuff...but Members you know what you need to bring...glue, scissor, substrate-watercolor paper or mat board, papers, paint,brushes, baby wipes, container for water...collage papers and embellishments. And what ever else you would like to bring.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

May's News


April 27 & 28   9 to 5PM
Drop off AFA Best of the Best

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30
Pick up at Lisle Library
Ask at the Reference Desk for your work.

Saturday, April 3010 to 11am
Pick up at Downers Grove Library
Melody will have our work in her office area

Sunday, May 1, 12:30 to 3:00
Karen Sako

Members:  Please consider volunteering for one of these two positions:
AFA representative position beginning in September
Education/Program Chairman beginning in January.The temporary replacement would only be responsible for April, 2017.

There will be a brief Board meeting immediately following the regular meeting.

41W781 Rt 64,  St. Charles IL 60175
Contact Sharon:    
Theme: "Flora, Fauna and Mother Nature"
Exhibit dates June 1 to July 11
Drop off work Tuesday, May 31 from 11AM to 2 PM
Reception Saturday June 8th 4-6PM
MCS will pay the $5 hanging fee
There is a 33% total commission on works sold --- so price accordingly
Please use the attached MCS form and return MCS form to
Please let Nancy know by May 27th how many pieces you will have 
Print and Return the Wasco form along with your art work at drop off

DuPage Art League  218 W. Front Street,  Wheaton
Reception Sunday May 22nd,   2 to 4 PM
Eight prize-winning MCS members are participating.
Aurora Public Arts Commission: August 19 to October 22  (another judged show)
Open theme, but we are looking for a title for the  show.

Tall Grass Artists Association
April 30 through June 4,  
Reception and Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 3pm
Three MCS members are participating. See attachment for more information.