Saturday, May 1, 2010

Midwest Collage Society Newsflash
April 30, 2010
1. Pickup at Downers Grove Public Library
For those who have work in the "References" exhibit at Downers Grove Public Library, don’t forget that you must pick it up tomorrow, Saturday, May 1, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. If you cannot pick up your work then, you must make arrangements for someone else to pick it up during those hours.
2. MCS General Meeting, Sunday, May 2
Our May meeting is this Sunday, May 2, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien. Studio fee is $5. The meeting will feature a mini-workshop by Anne Sherwin and Leslie Trebotich of 3Amis Designs, Inc. Anne and Leslie will share their unique method of paper folding to create two-dimensional pictures. Sunday’s hands-on session will feature a Christmas design. Listed below are the supplies to bring:
Three sheets of 8.5 x 11" paper that coordinate (patterned, solid or both), Exacto knife, small scissors (for detail cutting), Scotch tape (1/2" wide), 12" ruler, bone folder, embossing tool or stylus, self-healing cutting mat, 12" paper cutter (if you have one).
3Amis Designs will bring 4 paper cutters, 4 cutting mats, Christmas papers (available for sale), cardstock for base, final sealing material for artwork.
3. Best of the Best Awards and Reception
The AFA Best of the Best exhibit closing reception is Friday, May 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Mayslake Peabody Mansion. Awards are scheduled for 8:00 p.m. If you have work in that show, remember that you must pick up your art at the end of the reception.
4. Upcoming exhibit at the Norris Gallery in St. Charles
Our next group exhibit is coming up soon! Registration materials were e-mailed to all members several weeks ago. If you misplaced them, please let me know and I will re-send them to you. Pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 21, drop-off date is Saturday, June 6, and the reception date is Friday, July 16. Contact our Exhibit chair Cindy Hughes for more information at
5. Please note MCS June meeting date change
Because the Norris drop off and hanging is taking place the first weekend in June, we have moved our general meeting to the second Sunday, June 13. Laura Lein-Svencner will be giving a demo on framing and matting techniques and we’ll have a Q&A session. You may bring artwork for framing suggestions as well.
6. Membership renewals were due in April
Remember that if you wish to exhibit in upcoming shows, you need to be a current member of MCS. If you have not renewed yet, membership forms will be available at Sunday’s meeting and can also be e-mailed to you.
7. Member News
Dennis Salaty and Dianne Martia have works in the Chicago Art Open at River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois in Chicago, through May 7 and the Best of the Best at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook through May 7. Dennis exhibited in Image Attitude Impression at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, which closed on April 9. Dianne is currently exhibiting at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington through July 11.

Dianne Martia will also participate in the Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois, in June to create a Field Sculpture -- an opportunity to "paint with the land" by cutting/mowing flora on a pallet of grassland that can be up to 5 acres in size located in the scenic Rock River Hill Country. These Field Sculptures are designed by the artist and created with the help of a farmer and tractor, mowed into the field, and designed to be viewed and photographed from the air. The nine-day program includes lodging on a working farm. The objective is to focus public attention on art, agriculture, and our natural resources while creating new relationships between artists, farmers, environmentalists, and educators. As one of the visiting artists, she will also participate in the Fine Arts & Crafts Festival held at Mix Park, located on Rt. 2, south of Rt. 64 in Oregon, Illinois, on June 27.

Cynthia Lee has new work at the Black Walnut Gallery in Chicago during the month of May. The opening reception is Friday, May 7, from 6 to 9 PM; all are invited.
Black Walnut/Robert Wayner Gallery
220 N. Aberdeen Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607
(The gallery is located a few blocks west of Halsted, just north of Lake Street.)

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