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!

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