Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Meeting/News Information 2011


Our Annual Business Meeting will be held this Sunday, March 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Darien Municipal Center. Your attendance is very important at this meeting since we will be voting on a new slate of officers, and we cannot vote unless we have a quorum! So please make every effort to attend. If you absolutely cannot attend, you may e-mail me a proxy vote (several already have). We will also be having a short discussion about the direction of MCS, and when our business is over, Education Chair Nancy Staszak will give a short demo on gelatin printing.


Several members volunteered at the March meeting to bring trays of gelatin for Nancy's demo. If you were one of those volunteers, please remember to prepare your tray the night before and bring it with you so that we have enough for everyone to get a quick chance to try a gelatin print. We could probably also use a few more volunteers. (If you need a recap on the recipe, let me know and I will send it.) And if you have them, Nancy has asked that you bring along these items: small rollers/brayers for spreading paint, papers you might like to print on, and thin objects like pressed flowers/leaves, feathers or cut out stencils.


Registration for the "Construction/Deconstruction" exhibit at Downers Grove Public Library is due by March 26. A pre-registration form was e-mailed to you last week, and I will have some hard copies available at Sunday's meeting. Drop off is Saturday, April 2, from 10-11 a.m. If you cannot drop your work off during that time period, please see if another member can help you.


Drop off for the "Elements" exhibit at the Norris Gallery in St. Charles will be Saturday, May 21, with hanging to follow that afternoon. Please make a note of that date on your calendar, as we will need a hanging crew again this year. More details, including registration info, will follow soon.


Our fiscal year begins on April 1, so membership renewals will be due by the April meeting. Forms will be available this Sunday, and will also be e-mailed to you shortly. We are again offering the choice of membership in MCS for $20 or dual membership in MCS and the National Collage Society for $55.


We have more exciting programs planned for the spring! Mark your calendars for these meeting dates:

April 3 - How to photograph your artwork with Mike Bessler
May 1 - Little fat books with Cheryl Mahowald
June 5 - Acrylic paint techniques with Maureen Gasek


Collage Collective 2 exhibit at McCord Gallery
Six MCS members are having their second exhibit at McCord Gallery. Barb Arntzen, Mary Beth Miller Lies, Dianne Martia, Eve Ozer, Jim Pavlatos and Jeanne Sulik's work will be on display from March 5 thru April 2. Reception is Friday, March 11, from 6-8:30 p.m. McCord Gallery is at 9602 West Creek Road (just off LaGrange Road) in Palos Park, IL 60464 (708-671-0618). Gallery hours are M-F from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sat from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Art Premiere 2011 is on display at Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery through March 30. The gallery is inside the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL. The exhibit includes work by several MCS members, including Dianne Martia, Eve Ozer, and Dennis Salaty.

The AFA Best of the Best exhibit will be on display at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook from March 28 thru May 5. Reception and awards will be held Thursday, May 5 from 7-9 p.m. MCS members Tania Blanco, Barb Boland, Mary Ann Gradisher, Margi Hafer, Debbie Heemstra Novak, Eve Ozer and Laura Lein-Svencner will have work in this exhibit.

2011 Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Now in its 8th year, this highly successful, free, day-long event connects artists and art organizations in all disciplines (music, dance, theater, film, design, new media, fashion, publishing, visual art) with the businesses, information, services, and networks they need.

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