Thursday, November 3, 2011

Peace Works-Midwest Collage Society

"Peace Works” Art Show & Sale
November 12 – December 16, 2011
Bloomingdale Park District Museum
108 S. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL   60108
(630) 539-3096

November 2 -- The Midwest Collage Society hopes to stuff a lot of stockings with original art this holiday season.

Their show, “Peace Works,” will feature a wall of original 8-by-8-inch artwork at a flat price of $65 each.  “Our idea is to make fine art accessible and affordable at a time when people can’t spend a lot on gifts and décor,” says Jerri Reimann, President of the MCS.  The exhibit will include two galleries full of larger artwork created on paper, canvas, wood or found objects.
The show will also offer artist-created gift items like handmade books, ornaments, jewelry and cards.  “This is not a craft show,” Reimann explains.  “Each piece is an original piece of art, so you can be sure your gift will not be duplicated!” 
Collage is a fine art medium that will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2012.  Collage, assemblage and mixed media artwork is composed through the layering and adhering of materials to create both abstract and realistic images.  Artists utilize an endless supply of manipulated papers, including maps, book pages, sheet music, old letters and photos.  They further embellish their work with images, stamps, paint and three-dimensional materials.  Inspiration can come from nature, color, humanity or society.
Twenty-four artists from the Midwest Collage Society will be represented at “Peace Works.”  The MCS was founded in 2003 to promote collage as a fine art.  Its members, mostly from the Chicagoland area, meet monthly to share techniques and marketing skills and to plan exhibits.
The Bloomingdale Park District Museum is located at 108 S. Bloomingdale Road in Bloomingdale, and is open Wednesdays from 4-8PM, Thursdays and Fridays from 10AM-4PM and Saturdays from noon-4PM.  An artists’ reception will be held Sunday, November 13, from 2-4PM and is free to the public.

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