Saturday, July 30, 2011

End of July's Newsflash 2011

1.  Norris Gallery pick up this Saturday
Remember to pick up your work from the Norris Gallery this Saturday, July 30, between 9:30 and 11:00 AM.  Please arrange for another member to get your work if you are unable to pick it up yourself.

2.  August General Meeting
The August meeting will be an all-day work day on Sunday, August 7, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien.  Bring a project you're working on, a bag lunch and beverage, and any items or techniques you'd like to share with other members!

3.  September Field Trip
In lieu of a meeting in September, we'll be organizing a gallery field trip featuring a visit to 4ArtInc in Chicago.  You may remember curator Robin Rios from our January panel discussion.  This field trip will be held on a Saturday rather than our regular Sunday meeting time.  Details will be furnished soon.

4.  MCS Retreat
Don't forget the retreat dates of October 27-30.  Check our blog tab for a registration form, or contact Tania Blanco at with any questions.

5.  Free Flow Mixed Media Collage Workshop-Workshop is full  -limit of 12. only taking names for a waiting list. email  lonecrow4 @
Laura Lein-Svencner is teaching a one-day collage workshop especially for MCS members who are not able to attend the retreat!  It will be held on Sunday, October 23, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Darien Municipal Center.  Cost is $35 for members ($55 for non-members).  A sign-up sheet will be available at the August meeting, and flyers will be posted/e-mailed soon.

6.  Maureen Gasek Workshops
Six of us recently had the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop on acrylic techniques with Maureen Gasek.  We explored pours, skins, the use of flow aid, and creating on raw canvas.  It was a wonderful day, and we all left with pieces we'd created as well as tons of ideas.  Maureen hosts workshops for 6-8 participants in her studio in Aurora by request, so if you and some friends would like to continue to explore acrylic techniques, contact her at or call 630-898-3859. 

7. Looking Forward
The October 2 meeting features holiday paper arts projects led by Mary Warner, and the November 6 meeting features batik led by Ann Hupke.  More details soon!

8.  Bloomingdale Holiday Show
Our next group exhibit will be at the Bloomingdale Museum, November 12 - December 16, 2011.  Theme is Peace Works.  More details to come, but this exhibit will include a table of holiday gift type items and one wall of same size, same price work.  We want to encourage people to purchase original art as holiday gifts!

9.  Member News & Notes
MCS member Crystal Neubauer is exhibiting as an emerging artist at the American Craft Expo in Evanston August 26-28.  Visit for more information.

If you have news to share with our membership, please e-mail me and I will include it in a future newsflash!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

August MCS Meeting

All Day - Work Day schedule for August 7th, 9:00-3:00pm.  Members of the MCS are invited to their supplies and ideas to this all day session, great opportunity for fellowship and shared ideas.  Some members aren't able to go on the Collage retreat so this is a day for you.  Bring a lunch or a dish to share and your guarentted to have a great time.