Wednesday, August 24, 2011

News Flash...

Hard to believe it's the end of August already... where did summer go?  Well, I guess it's still here since it's another 90-degree day with thunderstorms possible tonight!  Ah, Chicago weather...

Lots of interesting info for you this week.  Please read carefully for all the details.

1.  September Museum Field Trip
Instead of a group meeting in September, we will be taking a field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on Saturday, September 10.  Two current exhibits there are of special interest:  the Pandora's Box exhibit of Joseph Cornell assemblages and the work of artist Mark Bradford.  See the photos on our blog or the museum web site for more info on these exhibits, but people are raving about them both!

If you are interested in going, you'll need to contact other MCS members to arrange car pools.  You were sent the current list of members in a previous e-mail, and that should assist you in finding members from your geographic area.  If you want to go and are having trouble connecting with other members, drop me an e-mail and I'll try to help.  Although we won't have a formal gathering place at the museum, it's likely our groups will run into each other, and perhaps members will want to lunch together.  We're suggesting that groups might want to go early in the day, but that is completely up to you and your carpool group.  Listed below is more info on the museum hours and parking.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 - 312-280-2660
Saturday hours:  10 AM to 5 PM
Suggested admission:  $12 general, $7 senior
Parking at museum from Chicago Ave:  1-2 hours $19, 2-3 hours $22, 3-8 hours $24.  There is a $3 discount if you validate your parking ticket at the museum desk

2.  October meeting
October's meeting will be on Sunday, October 2, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN OUR MEETING TIME; WE WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 1 PM.   Mary Warner will lead a mini-workshop on making some lovely holiday star book and heart ornaments that can be used for your own decorations or as gifts.  Studio fee of $5 will apply, and a supply list will be sent out prior to the meeting.  Also bring items for the swap table - we will have a wealth of items good for assemblages and collage.  And please remember that if you bring something and it is not taken, that you are responsible for picking it up or disposing of it at the end of the meeting. 

Octobers 23rd Free Flow Mixed Media Workshop is scheduled from 9:3-2:30 Workshop is full now..
3.  November meeting
November's meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 6, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Ann Hupke will demonstrate the process of batik on paper with hot wax and other mediums.  Studio fee of $5 will apply.

4.  Bloomingdale Exhibit "One Size/One Price" Wall
The members have spoken, and for this portion of the exhibit, we will create art in the size of 8x8" that will be priced at $65.  We suggest that you work on a wrapped canvas (any depth) or a wood panel so no framing is necessary.  For this ONE WALL at the exhibit, all pieces must have the outside dimensions of 8x8" and all pieces will be priced at $65.  Proper hanging hardware must be attached.  These pieces will be hung salon style on one wall of the gallery.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask.

5.  Bloomingdale Exhibit General Information
The theme for this exhibit is "Peace Works" and it will run from November 12 thru December 16, with the reception on Sunday, November 13, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Each artist will be allowed to enter several pieces in addition to the one size/one price pieces.  We will also have a bin for flat work that is matted and bagged, as well as a table for a number of gift-type items.  Final details about pre-registration and number of pieces will follow very soon. 

6.  Upcoming Class at LaGrange Art League

Mixed Media Magic: Come prepared to experiment! Combine acrylic paint, gel mediums and dry medium along with altered papers and image transfers to create line, texture, and depth in your work. This class will help you approach your art-making from a different perspective. Composition as well as techniques will be covered. Students will be encouraged to convey individual expression through their work.

Tuesday evenings 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
To register, call LaGrange Art League at (708) 352-3101

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wonderful Exhibit in Chicago

Joesph Cornell's works and Mark Bradford's work is now at the Muesum of Comtemporay Art.. do see it if you have the chance.