Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sharing info from one Artist Guild to another.


Lemont Artists Guild
Building Appreciation for the Arts

October 25, 2019
Attention: Community Calendar
For Immediate Release
Lemont Artists Guild Contact: Liz Connelly, (815)341-1145, lizzypopp@hotmail.com

November 20, 2019 – FLOWER COLLAGE USING WATERCOLOR EFFECTS presented by Elizabeth Waddington

The public is welcome; a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated. Free parking.  Refreshments will be served.
       
   For more information call Liz Connelly (815)341-1145 or www.lemontartistsguild.org

 Lemont Artists Guild Mission Statement: Our mission is to enhance life in Lemont and surrounding communities by providing fine art education, instruction, programming and appreciation through a supportive environment that nurtures creativity and individuality.

Thank you,
Liz Connelly
Lemont Artists Guild President


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

MEETINGS November 3rd noon-2:30 pm

 
“The Core Book”  workshop with Adrienne Austin
   
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What you will need for the Mini Core Book:
  • Pick a theme - Suggestions: Beach, Birthday, Christmas, Family, Nature, Vacation
  • Decide if you want your book to have 4 or 5 cores. Cut 4 or 5 coordinating decorative papers 4" X 6"
  • Coordinating cardstock for 4 or 5 tag inserts
  • Papers for making mini envelopes, corner pockets, etc.(use odds and ends of decorative papers)
  • Embellishments to fit your theme: charms, brads, buttons, ribbons, quotes, mini photos, stickers, flowers, collage materials
  • Glue, glue brush, exacto knife, cutting pad, small scissors, ruler
NOTE: Adrienne will provide cores and will bind the books.

December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  MCS HOLIDAY PARTY
Everyone is welcome to participate in a gift exchange at the MCS Holiday Party. Bring something you have made, something artistic you have purchased, or art materials that you think  a fellow collage artist would like to use. All gifts should be wrapped, and a note may be included.
All participants in the exchange will draw a number, and receive a gift with that number on it.  

Upcoming MCS Sunday Meetings in 2020 Save the Dates!!!
January - NO MEETING!
February 2nd  9am-2:30pm Work Day - Spend time with fellow MCS members creating and sharing ideas.
March 1 - noon-2:30pm "Sculpting with Paper" Carrie Ann Bronkowski, presenter
April 5th - noon-2:30pm "Process and Practice - Collage" Laura Lein-Svencner, presenter
May 3rd - noon-2:30pm "Making Original Notecards with Collage" Tania Blanco, presenter
June 7th -"Altered Canvas for Collage" Joan Lucht, presenter
July - NO MEETING
August 2nd - "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter
September - NO MEETING, MCS RETREAT  September 23-27 Camp Alexander Mac
October 4th - "Parfait Dying Fabric for Use in Collage" Barrie Mason, presenter
November 1st - "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th - MCS Holiday Party
 
MCS EXHIBITS  
Ex Libris at Indian Prairie Library in Darien in February 
Don't forget to finish your assemblages from our workshop with Donna Castellanos. In keeping with the theme, create a hanging piece using an old book or books. Several old Time-Life books will be available at the meeting for those who wish to have one. This is an example of an altered Time-Life book:
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Future exhibits:
Between the Lines  Downers Grove Library - April
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June  (Judged)
A Compendium of Curiosities   Vogt Gallery - August (Judged)
Please submit title ideas for Woodridge Library - December 


OTHER EXHIBITS  
New Call for Entries at Tall Grass Arts Association!
SYMMETRY – The Concepts Captured in Art
March 14 – April 18, 2020
Deadline for entries is December 14, 2019
https://www.tallgrassarts.org/Call-For-Entries---SYMMETRY.html

Nature’s Best Cafe in Naperville is seeking artists to exhibit on their wall. One month period in 2020. Please text or email Tania Blanco taniablanc@aol.com if interested. 

Lynne Kornecki is publisher of a new website to promote artists and their exhibits. She interviewed Tania Blanco during a tour of Tania’s studio, took photos and wrote a lovely article. She is interested in meeting and promoting other artists in the western suburbs. Please feel free to contact her. 
Check out the website: www.foxvalleyartbeat.com and view the article under Artist Spotlight. 

MEMBERS
Tania Blanco extends an Invitation to attend the reception for  her exhibit, Sacred Spaces, at If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S Stolp Ave., Aurora, IL on FRIDAY NOV. 1.   7-10 PM. Refreshments will be served

Nancy Staszak will be showing a retrospective of her work at Knox College in Galesburg the first weekend of November at their Whitcomb Art Center. It will include her collages, water colors, etchings, Dinosaurs and the works! 

Nancy Staszak and Eva Holy will have work in the Nature Artists' Guild show at the Morton Arboretum on November 8 and 9. Reception will be held on Friday evening, November 7. For more information: 

Laura Lein -Svencner has a couple of classes available:
Collage Open Studio at Mayslake Peabody Estate, Starting Nov 11th-Dec 16th, https://apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/Activity_Search/11333

eCourses available online, to do at your own pace in a sketchbook about the basics in design,  https://coursecraft.net/users/csFh

Thursday, October 3, 2019

MEETINGS October 6th noon-2:30 pm



Collaging with Skins - Creating Dimensional Work -  Maureen Gasek, presenter
Participants will explore and learn how to work on different acrylic grounds and create skins from mediums to build up a 3-D piece of work.  Be ready to explore dimension with paint.
Participants should bring acrylic paint, brushes, water containers. Paper towels etc to be ready to paint.  Everyone should bring a pair of scissors, an exacto blade, palette knife and a flexible cutting board if they have one.  If you have different mediums bring the heavier/thicker ones that will hold a shape. Also bring a plastic table cloth to protect the table.
Maureen will provide sample boards of grounds to work on, mediums, some paint and some pre-made skins to play with on you board.

November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”  workshop with Adrienne Austin
Start thinking of a theme for your "Core Book"  A sample book will be available to view at the October meeting. A list of supplies will also be available.
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY  We will discuss details at the November meeting  

 
MCS RETREAT
Wow...what a great retreat! Kudos to all the artists for sharing some new techniques. We tried texture paste and gelli printing, made Soul Collage cards and ATC cards. What fun to have two pop-up demonstrations using artist embossing powder and a mouth atomizer.  And we were challenged with a brown bag collage. For all who didn't attend this year...take heart, we will do it again next year, so save these dates - September 23rd - 27th, 2020.  Until then Donna, Patty, Joan, Adrienne, Tania and Margi say, "May the Forest be With You!"


MCS EXHIBITS  
Possible exhibit titles were collected from suggestions at retreat and from those who replied to last month's newsletter. A vote was tallied, and here are the winners to get your ideas flowing:
EX Libris  Darien Library - February
Between the Lines  Downers Grove Library - April
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - June  (Judged)
A Compendium of Curiosities   Vogt Gallery - August (Judged)
Please submit ideas for Woodridge Library - December 



EX Libris This exhibit will feature altered books. 
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. 17 old Time-Life books will be available at the October meeting 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. Here is an example from a former show in Downers Grove (This was created in a folding workshop at an MCS meeting) :




OTHER EXHIBITS
 Cosmic Blueprint: Archetypes in Contemporary Art Over 40 artists collaboration with Ilinois State Poetry Society Curated by Jennifer Hereth Burning Bush Gallery.

St Thomas the Apostle Church Celebration of the Arts
We invite you to participate in the "Celebration of the Arts Ministry”
Fine Art and Craft Fair at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville, Illinois.
This year, the event will be held Saturday, November 9th from 10-6
and Sunday, November 10th from 9-1 and will take place in the church gymnasium.

To complete the Art Fair application form, please click on the link below:

Registration Form:

Art Fair Information and Rules for Entry are available in the link below:

MEMBERS
Nancy Staszak will have work in the Woodridge Community Art Show at the Woodridge Public Library. The reception is this Friday October 4th from 6:00 to 8:00PM.
Nancy also has work at Indian Prairie Library in a group show, and work at the Mayslake Peabody Mansion.  Mayslake is celebrating its historic past by transforming the halls with rustic agricultural antiques. The art work is based on its past as a working farm. Nancy also has her herd of dinosaurs at the SciTech Children’s Museum in Aurora. The dinosaurs will come down the end of the month and travel to Knox College for a 50th year reunion !

Cherylyn Gnadt won third prize in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Fall Member Show for her multiprocess ink monoprint "In Between" 

Joan Lucht has a solo show at the Downers Grove Library in the cafe during October. She will have a display of materials and be present to answer questions at the library on October 30, 7-9pm.

Andrea Fox and Margi Hafer have artworks in “The Art of Illinois - 2019” 

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   

Laura Lein-Svencner  is offering classes and workshops this fall: 
1-Day Workshop, Three different ways to make Image Transfers - LaGrange Art League Oct 26th  https://www.lagrangeartleague.org/store/p214/imagetransferworkshop.html
Classes at Indian Prairie Public Library, Magazine Collage Animals, Basic Design with Collage -http://www.lauralein-svencner.com/onlinepdf/ipplfall2019.pdf

MCS BOARD
President--Nancy Castner  
Vice President--Tania Blanco   
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  
Communications--Joan Lucht  j  
Membership--Cherie Denton  
Exhibits--Adrienne Austin  and Joan Lucht    
Education--Margi Hafer  

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