Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Feb 7th 2010 Meeting

Sunday February 7th
Workday with a Bookmaking program
9AM to 4PM
Bring your supplies and whatever art project you are working for a fun filled day of Creating together with your collage friends.
Our program will start around 1:00 or 1:30, depending how long it takes them to set up. Lauren Shover and Angela Ventrella will present a workshop on bookmaking.
They have conducted a very popular workshop for the Illinois Art Educators Association in the past. Angela showed us how to do paper marbling and construction of a simple book in October 2008. Lauren has a collection of beautiful handmade books and papers which she will show and share with us.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Call for Artists-Union Street Gallery

Spring National Juried Event
March 12 - April 9, 2010
Artists from across the country are encouraged to submit entries to "Image Attitude Impression", the Spring National Juried Art Event at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL. Juror Geoffrey Bates, Director and Curator of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Governors State University, University Park, IL, will choose works for the show that cover the spectrum of ideas the title alludes to, from portraits to masks, games and masquerades, beliefs and affectations, and the creation and transformation of identities.

Artist awards
1st Place $500 2nd Place $350 3rd Place $150

PROSPECTUS online at

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

ArtClay Silver Certified Instructor and Collage Artist Debbie Wojnarowski

Stop by the you tube site and view one of our members

Deb Wojnarowski
ArtClay silver Certified Instructor
PMC Certified Artisan

Monday, December 7, 2009

Secrets of Selling Art-Beyond the Tent

Passing along some great information about an upcoming event.
Secrets of Selling you Art
Sponsored by Alliance of Fine Art.

Please take a look at the site below for more details.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

No Meeting for Jan 2010

"Memory" Mayslake Peabody Estate-Midwest Collage Society

Midwest Collage Society members will be presenting a Exhibit "Memory" at Maylake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Oak Brook IL 60532, January 12th-March 6th 2010. Opening Reception Saturday Jan. 16th, 4-6 pm Closing Reception Saturday Mar 6th 1-3pm.

Along with this exhibit there will be a
Collage Workshop offered to interested indiviuals,
"The Intuitive Process of Collage"
Workshop will be held at

Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook IL 60523

Workshop Description:

The Intuitive Process of Collage
The art form of collage is an intuitive process of concealing and revealing, adding and subtracting until you reach a desired image. Students will learn the fundamentals of collage, design skills and the opportunity for new spontaneity as they explore exciting collage techniques. We will cover the proper techniques, adhesives and materials for the fine art of collage. Both those new to collage and people with previous experience will benefit from this workshop as it is designed to engage any level of interest. Each participant is ensured to come away inspired. Day one will be about creating individual unique collage papers, coating them with polymer medium to prepare for the tack iron process. Day two consists of exercises in compositional layouts; images transfer techniques and exploring the intuitive process of creativity in their collage artwork. Please note the collage workshop is set up on two separate Saturdays to give working individuals the opportunity to participate in this Collage workshop.

Collage Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner- Award winning National Artist, Teacher and Demonstrator, member of the National Collage Society, LaGrange Art League, Naperville Art League, co founder of the Midwest Collage Society.

Dates: Saturday Feb 20th 9-4pm
Saturday Feb 27th 9-4pm

Fee $185.00 Check made out to Forest Preserve District Dupage County or pay by credit card (Visa/Master/Discover)
Plus a $20.00 packet/supply fee collect on Feb 20th by instructor day one.
Check made out to: Laura Lein-Svencner or cash.
Call to reserve you space in the workshop: (630)206-9566

Students supply list:
Workshop Participates are asked to bring a brown back lunch and drink, wear comfortable cloths, bring an apron to wear.
Coffee and small snacks will be served.
All other supplies will be provided for the workshop.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Last Meeting of 2009 Dec 6th

Dear MCS Members,

Our next meeting will be Dec 6th, from 1-4pm at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road. We will be having our annual Pot Luck holiday lunch with treats, You may like to bring a Gift exchange or a small handmade art piece wrapped. Discussion about exhibiting and selling our work and brainstorming for the 2010 year. Postcards will be passed out at this meeting for the Memory Exhibit at Mayslake Peabody Estates so be sure to be there to pick up you postcards.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

MCS President Tania Blanco is exhibiting in ArtFest Holiday Open House

an art show among friends

When: Friday, November 13th 5pm to 9pm, Saturday, November 14th 10am to 4pm

Where: 745 Chesterfield Dr. in Naperville. (off Naper Blvd. between Chicago Av. and 75th Street. Turn west on Chesterfield one block south of Greentrails Drive

Who: Eight talented local artists showcasing artwork in all medias

Meg Bandyk: Fused glass and silver clay jewelry/ceramics
Tania Blanco: Mixed media/collage/ small works
Susan Borghesi: Clay sculpture/ornaments/ cement crosses
Kris Cromwell: Oil and acrylic on canvas/mixed media surfaces
Debbie Egizio: Whimsical mixed media mini art/ornaments
Nancy Gelband: Acrylic on canvas/hand painted garden pots
Debra Morse: Shimmerbling/cool accessories
Michael Taylor: Mixed media collage

One of a kind unique artwork in all price ranges for holiday gift giving!

Refreshments served!

Cash or check only please!

Your support of local art and artists is appreciated!!

For further info. contact: Nancy Gelband 630-416-7670

Friday, October 30, 2009

Camp Mack 3 days of creative bliss~

Camp Mack or bust... about 20 or so collage artists are heading or third Collage retreat together more details after we all get back. We would like this to be an annual events for MCS members and non members.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Info on Camp Mack,

Hi Ladies,

I couldn't help but need to know what to bring for the collage retreat. How about you?

I will bring my pc140 copier with some hp papers so if we need to make copies we have that till the toner goes out and then I'll put a donation bowl out.
I'll bring my usual supplies
I do have a CD player and CD's I'll bring that.

Just got off the phone with Pat Pope.


Bring a blanket to lay on and then a sheet or a sleeping bag as the beds are not soft. I think I'll bring a few top sheets so I can tuck them in and be save for size all the way around. Make sure you bring a pillow too.

But this is the list she has on the paper.

Casual Clothing
Over night necessities,
pillow and towels, robe extra....(No hotel bath stuff there)
Sleeping bag or bedding most of the beds are twin or double
Bottled water and snacks. No alcohol on camp grounds. (Only water is from the bathrooms)
Projects you wish to work on supplies books dvd-(tv's are old though) Music CD that inspire
Creativity or teach a technique and enthusiasm to create.

There is a microwave and small kitchen are by the upstairs bedding area,

We do need someone to bring coffee, cream and sugar, in dry form thanks... and maybe some filters. If you want bring your own tea too.
How about your own coffee cup.
popcorn if you like
and don't forget you camera and batteries etc,

Extension cords but there are a lot of outlets Pat said.

I'll bring my hair dryer and tack irons plus my extension cords. but if you use the tack iron technique you may want to bring your own too.

there are alot of tables there so we are set.

It's not camping out but it's not the hotel scene so we have to make it what we want... but the food is plentiful and good. I hear.

No smoking in the buildings please be respectful..

If you have any question after this email please contact Pat Pope at 630-852-2778

Looking forward to a great time together

There is still room for more collage people to come so please contact Pat Pope.

New Oct Meeting Field trip plans..

In view of the Marathon on Oct 11th, we will be postponing our trip to the Art Institute until Sunday Oct. 18 with the same basic plan as for this Sunday. Please pass this on to as many members as possibly.
TaniaMCS President.

Sunday, October 11, 2009
We will take our annual field trip in October. This year, we’ll visit the Art Institute to see a Victorian collage exhibit and the new modern wing. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Columbus Circle entrance to the Art Institute. Passes will be available for free entrance through various members. We encourage you to carpool or take a train. Parking is discounted before 10 a.m.More information to follow at the September meeting.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

For members going to the Retreat at the end of the Oct 2009

Fall Collage Retreat
October 30 – Nov 1, 2009

Camp Alexander Mack
891 E Shady Banks Ln
Milford, IN 46542
(574) 658-3342
This Retreat Center is located on 200+ acres on the eastern shore of Lake Waubee in North Central Indiana. Camp Alexander Mack is only 1 hour from both South Bend and Fort Wayne and 2 1/2 hours from Indianapolis and Chicago.

Why go to an Artist Retreat? This is a unique opportunity for artists to be together and share their passion and enjoy the atmosphere of Camp Mack. Learn new techniques from fellow artists, share ideas and supplies, experiment, and dedicate a whole weekend to your creative endeavors.

Accommodations: Housing is in Becker Lodge and Mission Village. Workshops are in the lower level of Becker Lodge. Becker Lodge has an elevator.

Registration Costs: $ 108.00 – Includes 5 meals, two nights


Friday: 2:00 pm Arrival, Set up
5:00 pm Evening Meal

Saturday 8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 Workshops/demos/
12:00 Lunch
1:00 pm Work on personal art, Demos, Free Time
5:00 pm Dinner 5:45 pm Continue working on projects
8:00 Show and Tell/ Critique

Sunday 8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Continue work
3:30 Cleanup and Packup
4:30 Departure
What to Bring:
Casual Clothing
Overnight necessities
Pillows and Towels
Sleeping Bag or bedding: most of the beds are twin or double
Bottled water and snacks - Alcohol is not permitted at the camp
Projects you wish to work on, supplies, books, DVD’s, Music CD’s that inspire creativity or teach a technique and enthusiasm to create.
Fall Collage Retreat
October 30 – Nov 1, 2009

Camp Alexander Mack
891 E Shady Banks Ln
Milford, IN 46542

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Octobers Meeting- Postponed Field Trip

In view of the Marathon we will be postponing our trip to the Art Institute until Sunday Oct. 18 with the same basic plan as for this Sunday. Please pass this on to as many members as possibly.
MCS President.

OCTOBER MEETINGSunday, October 11, 2009 We will take our annual field trip in October. This year, we’ll visit the Art Institute to see a Victorian collage exhibit and the new modern wing. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Columbus Circle entrance to the Art Institute. Passes will be available for free entrance through various members. We encourage you to carpool or take a train. Parking is discounted before 10 a.m.More information to follow at the September meeting.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tin Ladies - this Sunday's project!

Here's some extensive "info" on the tin ladies that I had written up a couple months ago for a whole day workshop. I know we're only going to have a couple of hours, but that should be sufficient time to get your tin lady basically constructed. DO NOT WORRY if you don't have or can't get supplies together. I have plenty of tin cans opened and ready to cut and extra pliers and supplies to share.
This will be fun!!!

I'm repeating here FOR EMPHASIS - the following info was for a full day workshop. For the MCS meeting it's meant as an informative guideline. Don't think yo have to collect all this stuff!

Tin Ladies

I’ve titled this project “Tin Ladies” because the basic parts of the doll body are made from tin cans. Really, the bodies can be made from any number of materials such as cardboard, matboard, fabric, wood, but they do take on an interesting look using the tin, particularly when wire, grommets (eyelets), brads, beads and buttons are added.

So the main ingredient is TIN (or like I mentioned, any other material you want to cut into a body shape(s). I’ve found that most cookie and gift tins are quite heavy to work with, but the light weight metals from drink cans seem to work very well. The Arizona Tea cans are very colorful; cola cans work well; I’m sure there are plenty more out there.

You’ll need to cut the tins open. Hubby has been cutting them open for me by sawing off the top and bottom and then laying the piece flat. If you yourself or a companion can do this, great. Otherwise I myself have punctured the (empty) tin and then cut it open with a heavy duty scissors or tin snips. BUT BE CAREFUL, the cut tin can be very sharp. Someone cutting herself is what worries the most with this project. Hubby says we should be wearing gloves when doing this. I haven’t, though!

Besides the TIN PIECES and heavy duty SCISSORS or TIN SNIPS, you’ll want to have some JEWELRY PLIERS and maybe just a plain old pliers. It would be good to have a round nose pliers and a flat head pliers and a wire cutter. Don’t feel you have to go buy these; I have some you could borrow or share. Also bring some WIRE. You’d probably make the most use of 20, 22, or 24 gauge wire for most of the work. If you’re going to make jump rings, something heavier like 16 or 18 gauge would be better for those.

After those items, there’a s million things you could use to put your doll together and to dress / embellish it. I myself have and will bring ½ million of these things and you’ll be welcome to use them.
Here are a few of the million things you could collect to bring:
Jump rings – various sizes (I can show you how to make them)
Grommets (small ones) and setter (These are also called eyelets. I have some you could use.)
Neat old jewelry pieces and chains
Charms and beads – various sizes (longer shaped beads work well for arms and legs).
Buttons, possibly pipe cleaners or telephone wire, thread or string
Fibers for hair or whatever
Hole punches
Small hammer
Geometric shaped pieces (such as poker chips, scrabble or game pieces) that can be used for heads or body parts.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Please read the newsflash closely as there are several changes to our normal meeting schedule!

Pick-up dates for the Layers(3) show at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum are:
Saturday, August 22, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Monday, August 24, from noon to 2:00 p.m. If youcannot pick up your own work, please make arrangements with another member to retrieve it for you.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Rd., Darien
Mary Warner will teach us how to make the “Tin Ladies” that we all enjoyed at the Bloomingdale
exhibit. Please bring the following if you have them, otherwise Mary has plenty of supplies to share:
 jewelry pliers - flat nose, round nose and wire cutters
 eyelets and eyelet setter (used to be known as grommets)
 1/8 inch or 1/16 inch hole punches
 pieces of chains, old jewelry, things you might have in mind for the type of Tin Ladies hanging at the exhibit.

The Board will meet prior to the September meeting at noon. It is very important that all Board
members attend, as we will be approving the schedule and details of the Exhibit committee.

Sunday, October 11, 2009 (NOTE DATE & TIME CHANGE)
We will take our annual field trip the second Sunday of October. This year, we’ll visit the Art Institute to see a Victorian collage exhibit and the new modern wing. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Columbus Circle entrance to the Art Institute. Passes will be available for free entrance through various members. We encourage you to carpool or take a train. Parking is discounted before 10 a.m.
More information to follow at the September meeting.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another article!

Did you all see the nice article about Eve Ozer - with her picture and that of her exquisite corpse?
It was in our Press Publications local paper this last Friday.
Eve, I saved my copy if you want it!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Award winners of Layers III

Midwest Collage Society
Layers 3
Bloomingdale Park District Museum
Judged by Ann Blass

First Place: Dianne Martia "Still"
Second Place: Sarah Ettinger "Free to Dream"
Second Place: Pat Pope "Touch of White"
Third Place: Eve Ozer "Equisites Corpse 2 Torso"
Third Place: Tania Blanco "Babel"
Third Place: Mary Yezek "New City"
Honorable Mention: Cynthia Lee "City Scape"
Honorable Mention: Dennis Salaty "The Prize"
Honorable Mention: Jerri Reimann "Earth Scape 1-Day"
Honorable Mention: Ann Hupke "Heart Beat"

Judges Comments: I'm impressed with the variety and dedication the artist's have displayed. I enjoy the use of mixed media both 2-D and 3-D, I think the title Layers is very appropriate many nuances and care(thought). The exquisite Corpse(s) are whimsical and Funky. Good Job All.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Midwest Collage Society Layers III Bloomindale Park District Exhibit 2009

August 2nd, MCS Workday is planned.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.All day workday! Come when you can and leave when you have to. This is a great opportunity to spread out and work on something for an extended period. So bring your materials and work in progress as well as a sack lunch or snack.A gallery walk is being planned for our September meeting. More details will be given closer to that date.

We will be meeting at 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL 60561

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Members News

Two of our MCS members have artist receptions this Friday evening, July 10, in Chicago. Why not make a night of it? Nancy Staszak is in the two-woman show "MESSAGES" with her friend Pat Lagger. The opening reception is this Friday evening, July 10, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Wine & cheese and other refreshments will be served from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. The Renaissance Court Gallery is on the first floor at 77 E. Randolph Street, right across the street from the north end of Millennium Park.
Cynthia Lee is part of a group exhibit at a gallery in the Pilsen Arts District of Chicago. The reception is on Friday, July 10, from 6 to 10 PM at 4Art Inc. Gallery, 1932 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60608 - (312) 850.1816 - All the galleries in the area---two blocks of Halsted, just south of UIC's University Village---are open Friday evening as part of "Second Fridays."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bloomingdale Park District Museum-Midwest Collage Society

Bloomingdale Park District Museum
108 S. Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale IL. 60108
Gallery Hours: Wed 4-8
Thurs-Fri 10-4 Sat 12-4

Residents $1
Non Residents $2
Seniors .50

Midwest Collage Society
Layers 3
Sat. July 11th – Sat. Aug 22, 2009

Reception, meet the Artists
Sunday July 19th 2-4pm

Exquisite Corpse: Pat Pope - head, Mary Yezek - torso and legs

MCS newsflash

Midwest Collage Society
June 25, 2009
1. URGENT: Those participating in the Layers3 show at Bloomingdale must drop off their work this Saturday, June 27, between 2 and 4 p.m.
The gallery is located at: Bloomingdale Park District Museum
108 S. Bloomingdale Road,Bloomingdale, IL 60108
one block south of the intersection of Bloomingdale Rd. and Lake Street (Route 20)
2. Bloomingdale show dates: July 11 thru August 22
Reception: Sunday, July 19 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Pick-up: Saturday, August 22 from 4 - 6 p.m.
3. Remember, there is NO MCS meeting in the month of July.
4. There are still a few days to see the work of Pat Pope, Mary Yezek and Tania Blanco at the Woodridge Public Library.
They are exhibiting throught he Lombard Arts Coalition through June 30.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Post X

LuEllen Joy Giera
1213 North LaGrange Road
Garden Apartment
LaGrange Park, IL 60526
June 2009
Come see what's happening at theLaGrange Park Library! Planet is proud to announce it second group show entitled“Post X” July 1, 2009 through July 31, 2009 - - Planet will be exhibiting in the art gallery within the Lagrange Park Library (Illinois) located on the second floor during the month of July! This group show of members of includes individual art by select members, exchanged collage postcards along with exchanged candy tins. is an international online fine art collage group whose members are from all over the globe. This show will represent select member artists who reside in the surrounding suburbs* of Chicago and as far away as Pennsylvania, Spain, California and Washington State. Along with small artworks created by members, this exhibit includes a collection of postcards and tins received by curator and founder of, LuEllen Joy Giera of LaGrange Park, IL. The international postcard exchange began in April 2006. A list is created month by month and each participating artist is expected to make one postcard-sized (5”x7”) collage and mail them out to each and every participant. Each artist will receive the equal number of postcards back in their mailbox each month. This group show is just a very small portion of a wonderful array of collage work including framed and unframed pieces, candy tins and postcards exchanged to and from each artist as part of the monthly international postcard exchange. This is the second group show of Please view and click on the member’s page for more information!
* Illinois Residents - Volo, LaGrange Park, Glen Ellyn, Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale, Villa Park * Other locales - Morton, PA / Olympia, WA / Canyon Country, CA / Amherst, MA / Rancho Mirage, CA / Garden Grove, CA / Leon, Spain
-- LuEllen Joy

Thursday, May 21, 2009

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 1:30-4:00 p.m.There will be no specific education program for our June meeting, but an open workshop. So bring something that you’re working on - like a new piece for the Exquisite Corpse exhibit - and spend some time creating. If you have a favorite technique or material that you’d like to share with the others, feel free to bring that along to demonstrate!
Pick up your Post Cards for the Bloomingdale show also!!!!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All day workday! Come when you can and leave when you have to. This is a great opportunity to spread out and work on something for an extended period. So bring your materials and work in progress as well as a sack lunch or snack.
A gallery walk is being planned for our September meeting. More details will be given closer to that date.

Layers (3)
Bloomingdale Art Museum
Saturday, July 11 - Saturday, August 22
Drop off dates: Saturday, June 27, 2-4 p.m. and Monday, June 29, 4-8 p.m.
Reception: Sunday, July 19, 2-4 p.m.
Pickup dates: TBA
We will exhibit our Exquisite Corpse group project, and the rest of the show is a more general theme that can be interpreted in many ways.

IMPORTANT NOTE: More pieces for the Exquisite Corpse group project are needed! Please consider making one (or making another) on a 12 x 12" stretched canvas. Details of this project can be found on our MCS Blog at

Mayslake, Oak Brook
January 11 - March 5, 2010
Drop off: Saturday, January 9, 9-11 a.m.
Reception: Saturday, January 16, 4-6 p.m.
Pick up: Saturday, March 6, 1-3 p.m.
Theme: TBA (suggestions welcome)

Downers Grove Public Library
April, 2010

Don’t miss the MCS Retreat at Camp Alexander in Milford, IN.
Friday, October 20 thru Sunday, November 1
$50 deposit is due by June meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pat Pope and Laura Lein-SvencnerMidwest Collage Society Member

Red Sky- 20 x 36
Laura Lein-Svencner is exhibiting her work at Edwards Hospital Second Floor Heart Hospital Section for the month of May. Do stop by and see the wonderful art work through out the hosptial from local artist in the area. Edwards Hospital is located at 801 S. Washington in Naperville, IL.

Pat Pope, a Midwest Collage Society member is exhibiting her work at Edwards Hospital this month of May and June. If you get a chance stop by and see the amazing work she has up.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Alphebetica III Exhibit at Orland Park Library with the Midwest Collage Society

Press Release
April 26th 2009

Contact Person:
Laura Lein-Svencner
Publicity Chair

The Midwest Collage Society invites the public to view a traveling Exhibit “Alphabetica III” at the Orland Park Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462. The exhibit runs from April 30th to May 29th. Meet the artists on May 1st 7-8:30pm.

The Midwest Collage Society members created this exhibit called “Alphebetica” from one of its own members ideas of using a set of old school alphabet cards. Mary Warner asked each member to pick a card and freely interpret it as they wished. The first exhibit, “Alphabetica”, was shown at Downers Grove Public Library in April 2008 and then shown in September as “Alphabetica II” at Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien. The third exhibit, “Alphabetica III”, will be exhibited at Orland Park Library during the May of 2009. Each time the exhibit has been presented a few piece have sold; this has encouraged the artists to create new pieces. The Midwest Collage Society members try to represent each letter of the alphabet, but at time a few letters are missing. Children have been encouraged to come to the library’s exhibit to “Find the Missing Letters”

May's meeting reminder

Dear Members

Our May’s meeting is right around the corner May 3rd at 1:30 till 4:00pm, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien. We will be having a Board/planning meeting starting at 12:00 so all board members and committee members need to be there for the transition from one year to the next. Our Monthly program for May is a Golden Artist Sandie Bacon. If you plan on coming to this meeting please make sure you bring these supplies with you. Acrylic Brushes, Palette knives and some image you like in “copy” form {Xerox} Paper towels and Sandie will supply the rest.

Also Oct 30,31 and Nov 1st Dates are set for the Collage Retreat at Camp Alexander in Indiana, please look at your schedules so you can block this time to spend with your fellow collage artists and enjoy a great get away from normal life and create till you can’t create no more. It’s a great place!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Collage Workshop with Gale Vance

Gale Vance will be co-leading a one day workshop. The Gift Of Our Wisdom: Writing and Collaging Your Mother's Day Legacy.
Have you wondered how to share your heritage, life story, and blessings on paper, with those you love? We will meet in Naperville on Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 9:30am to 4:15pm to begin the process. For more information and a flyer please contact Gale Vance at

Tradition is not just what we inherit from the past; it is also what we create and pass on to the future. From The Book of Blessings, by Rabbi Marcia Falk.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

May's Meeting

The Midwest Collage Society next meeting will be May 3rd.
Sandra Bacon an artist from Golden will be coming in and share with all of us the many different mediums and acrylics by Golden Company available to artists, Small demonstration will be given. Meeting starts at 1:30-4:00pm. 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL 60561.

Please note that the new Board members and committees will need to attend planning/business meeting at 12:00 Noon that same day.

Two Exhibits In Two months

The Midwest Collage Society is busy exhibit collage works from one end of town to the other.
Our First Exhibit is At the Downers Grove Public Library "Earth Stories" April 4th -May 2nd 1050 Curtiss Street Downers Grove, IL 60515.
Earth Stories theme of April, 2009 exhibit at Downers Grove Public Library. The Midwest Collage Society has chosen “Earth Stories” as the theme for this exhibit. Our planet speaks to us in many ways. Earth’s history lies buried in layers of ancient rock, in the bones of prehistoric creatures, and in the dust of galaxies light years away from us.But today we are aware of more urgent messages from the Earth.Our land, water and air are polluted with the debris of human manufacturing. Global warming threatens massive climate changes around the globe. We have a growing understandingof the interconnection and fragile nature of our ecosystems. We hear more emphasis on the need to recycle and reuse…to find new sources of energy…to reduce our carbon footprints…to restorebalance to our environment.With this as our context, members of the Midwest Collage Society interpret “Earth Stories” from a variety of perspectives, using multiple layers, different media, and the creative reuse of found objects.

Our Second Exhibit will be going up April 30th- May 29th at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave. Orland Park IL Midwest Collage Society will be exhibit a traveling show called Alphabetica,
Midwest Collage Society members have created a traveling exhibit called “Alphabetica.” The idea of using an old set of school alphabet cards in their work and exhibiting them as a group showing was the creative idea of Mary Warner, MCS member. Each member picked an alphabet card and freely interpreted it as she wished in her own collage. The first exhibit, "Alphabetica", was shown at the Downers Grove Public Library in April, 2008, and then shown in September as “Alphabetica II” at Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien. The third exhibit, “Alphabetica III", will be exhibited at Orland Park Public Library during May of 2009. Each time the exhibit has been presented a few pieces have sold; this has encouraged the artists to create new pieces. The Collage Society members try to represent each letter of the alphabet, but at times, a few letters are missing. Children have been encouraged to come to the library's exhibits to “Find the Missing Letters.”

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shared interested in other classes

Dear members,
I would like to share with you some kinderd spirit teachers of the paper world. The will be teaching some classes, take a look at their site and classes.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

April 5th Meeting 1:30-4:00pm

River Delta, Cheryl, Holz Mixed Media Artist.
The Midwest Collage Society will be having there annual Critique April 5th from 1:30-4:00pm at 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL. Located in the Darien Police Station, training room. All members are to bring up to two piece completed or nearly complete for Cheryl Holz, Mixed Media Artist to critique.

There will be a $5.00 fee per person.

Meeting will start promptly at 1:30 with our elections then follow with the critique.
Dear Member,
Here is a List of your Candidates for the April's Elections

Executive Board
President-Tania Blanco
Vice President/Membership Chair-Ann Hupke
Treasurery-Dale Lorens
Education Chair-Nancy Staszak
Exhibit Chair-Pat Brindle
Co-Chair-Connie Nestler
Publicity/Web/Blog-Laura Lein-Svencner
Need an asst. for publicity

Other service jobs not being voted but member have volunteered to serve.

Hospitality-Sylvia Koch
Newsletter-Jerri Reimann and need an asst.
AFA Delegate-Joan Lucht
CD/Portfolio-Cynthia Lee

Special note to all members please review the by laws and exhibit info in your Directory so we're all ready for the next year together.

Remember to also check regular the MCS blog for updates between Newsletters/newsflashes.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Opening Reception Night in Indiana

This place is wonderful, Huge is more like it and they really have taken care of us well. We all were in awe of it and so pleased by the space and the easy drive in. It took about an hour to get there but a fast moving ride in. If you get a chance you should see the show!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hanging of Indiana show March 2009

The Midwest Collage Society will be
Exhibiting at W. F. Wellman Exhibit Hall,
March 9-May 1 2009Indiana Welcome Center
I80/94 & Kennedy Ave,Hammond Indiana, 46323
Open Daily 8:00-5:00pm
Free Admisson
Opening Reception Thursday, March 12 5:00-7:00pm

Hi everyone,
Nancy S. Sent me the photo's from yesterday's hanging. Well as you can see this is the biggest exhibit space I've ever been in "How about you all?" Carpools are getting set up as we move into the next week so if your interested in going send a email to Tania or Laura as they are both going to drive. We just may leave at different times. Reception is March 12th from 5-7pm.
What a great event and Special Thanks goes out to our gals Ann and Mary Anne for hauling all the artwork and for Pat, Nancy, Sylvia and Ann for hanging the show, I think our president was there too, Tania. Job well done, Like I've said before we always come through and put on a wonderful exhibit.
Thanks to all and you should feel proud of this event!!
blog manager

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mary Warner Mar/April Somerset Studio's 2009

Mary Warner, MCS member and a women of many talents and a heart of Gold has been featured this month in Somerset Studio's Magazine, March / April issue Page 97. Make sure you pick up your copy. Way to go Mary!!!

EX. Corpse Diagram for all to see

Canvases need to be 12 x 12,
this a very rough diagram of the Corpses but this way you can get an idea about what is needed.

Monday, March 2, 2009

For MCS members Only~

Passing on very important info from Cynthia Lee:
The Midwest Collage Society has arranged a block of time
with David Mayhew to photograph our work so that we have
up-to-date images for a portfolio CD to present to galleries.
Please bring 3 of your BEST collages/assemblages, plus your Exquisite Corpse collage, on SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH between 11 AM and 1:30 PM
to Room 142, OCC Building, College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

DIRECTIONS: Take Butterfield Road WEST to Lambert Road(Lambert is about 3 miles west of Highland Avenue)Turn RIGHT (NORTH) on Lambert Go to College Street, Turn LEFT Turn LEFT again into parking lot.The entrance to the OCC building is off the walkway between the two buildings on the left. You'll see a glassed-in entryway. Turn LEFT into the OCC building and walk straight ahead to Room 142.The studio phone number is (630) 942-2560. Note: While David is able to photograph work under glass, the images are sharpest if they are not yet framed with glass.
For a small fee, you will be able to take home
a CD with images of your pieces.
Hope to see you there!
Cynthia Lee

Sunday, March 1, 2009

For those that may be interested

“Altogether Mutable: The Work of Mary Lou Zelazny”Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615February 1 through April 12, 2009. Mon-Thurs: 9am-8pm Fri-Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 12pm-5pmInformation: 773-324-5520 or visit

“Altogether Mutable: The Work of Mary Lou Zelazny”
February 1 - April 12, 2009
At the Hyde Park Art Center, a few blocks from the home of President Obama, is a retrospective of Chicago artist, Mary Lou Zelazny (b.1956). The artist, an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, describes her work as “paintings with collage.“ Thirty years are represented in this mid-career exhibit (1980-2008), and most of the seventy works are large oil or acrylic paintings. Zelazny incorporates papers with exceptional skill, and collage serves to intensify the social commentary inherent in her work. Influenced by the Chicago Imagists, Zelazny’s early style navigates between Surrealism and Realism. Her paintings startle and unnerve us, with human or alien forms centered prominently in abstract landscapes. Figures are faceless, with fluid boundaries (Thick As Thieves, 1986; Silver Lining, 1986). Zelazny fills them with vintage newspaper and magazine images from the 1940s and 1950s: mechanical/electrical parts, military weapons, appliances, household gadgets. These creatures carry our cultural detritus inside them, yet remain eerily unconnected to their surroundings. In The Emblematic Twins 1 and 2 (1988), two alien forms rise above a barren landscape. Their torsos are images of planes, bombs, guns, bone marrow, binoculars, soldiers marching, and the anti-war sentiment is unmistakable. In Amazon Papoose (1987), a very large black-haired figure carries a papoose. Papers in the figure’s back reflect nature: Monarch butterflies, zebras, snakes, plants, a waterfall. The papoose is constructed of plane parts, TV monitor, satellite, computer, camcorder, microphone, telephone, gauges, clock. The painting makes a powerful statement about the disconnect between our technologically-driven lives and the natural environment of our ancestors.
In 1989, Zelazny begins a significant transition. She paints more detail into less abstract landscapes, and uses media images more selectively. In three collage and oil paintings in 1990, she lines the edges of flowers with images: knives, a hair dryer, screws, cameras, watches, perfume, iron, scissors. This alters traditional still life, and asks us to reflect on what we consider beautiful, meaningful, and worthy subjects for art. In She Had Blue Eyes (1997), a ghostly apparition drifts above an abstract meadow. She has no face, and wears diaphanous fabric. Her figure is painted except for a collage tiara of rubies and diamonds. Scattered around her are magazine images from brooches, rings, and pearl necklaces. Other necklaces encircle her body like chains. We see her only as dress and jewels. The feminist statement is clear and remains relevant.
After 2003, Zelazny makes another transition toward a less edgy Realism. Her forms are clearly human and the landscapes more inviting. She begins to replace media images with her own painted papers. In House Proud (2003), two women relax on a living room sofa. Zelazny adds collage fragments everywhere, repeating color and pattern to render the women inseparable from the d├ęcor. Even their faces are partially constructed with “swatches” from nearby curtains. She blurs the boundaries between form and background through this same use of collage in Beautiful Tomorrow (2003), Drive Forever (2005), and Harvey (2007).
Zelazny does use images from mass media in some of her recent, smaller paintings but these are rarer and more playful. Increasingly, she applies painted papers to enhance texture in skin and clothing (High Desert and 3 Lapping Waves, both 2007), and landscapes (Oval Pond and Wine or Water, both 2008). Her naturalism and use of collage convey a sense that figure and landscape co-exist peacefully, each helping to complete the other.
It is refreshing to view a large body of work by a woman artist who is unafraid of social commentary and who uses collage so effectively towards this end. Over time, the subjects and style of Zelazny’s art shift from passionate and often jarring social protests to a softer, more personal reflection. This arc mirrors the journey of an entire generation, and is well worth seeing.
Cynthia J. Lee, 2.23.09
(One of our own MCS Members)

April's Meeting

MCS Meeting will be on April 5th 1:30-4:00pm
at 1710 Plainflied Road, Darien IL
This will be a exciting time for our members, We are asking them to bring in two pieces of their work to be critiqued by award winning mixed media artist, Cheryl Holz. Also, it's our election so come and vote and be a part of our exciting year ahead. For 2009-2010: several exhibits, a collaging retreat and other events are already lined up.

W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall

The Midwest Collage Society will be
Exhibiting at W. F. Wellman Exhibit Hall,
March 9-May 1 2009
Indiana Welcome Center
I80/94 & Kennedy Ave,
Hammond Indiana, 46323
Open Daily 8:00-5:00pm
Free Admisson
Opening Reception Thursday, March 12 5:00-7:00pm

Photo's from March 1st meeting

This is our packet that was handed out after we where able to experiment with the marbling technique.

Books and handmade books, what great possiblities with paper.
1. Put down a layer of shaving cream about a good 2" the size of your paper. Use the shaving cream from the dollar store. Works best.

Spread out the Shaving crean in a nice even palette to work off of.

You can use food coloring as you pigment or fluid acrylics too.

Regular copy paper, cut up mat board to spread shaving cream, popsicle stick to swirl the color with.

Small drop of food color is all that is needed.

Angela is swirling the food coloring around.
Doesn't this look fun? you can make some great designs.

Cool whip bowl is to scrap off the extra shaving cream when you make a marble print. There will be extra shaving cream on there so scrap it off with the mat board and save it in the bowl. Later you can reuse that.

This is Barb B's piece and it turned out great.

Tania our MCS President is have a great time spreading the palette surface flat to give it a try again.

Eve and Connie are sharing their palettes and turning out some great Marble papers.

Here is Barb B. Creating that great piece of paper.

Marble papers drying on the floor waiting to be turned in to a small book later in the workshop.