Saturday, March 31, 2012

Members and different events lots of great news!!

Some of the Midwest Collage Society member are part of this exhibition take a peek...14th International Collage Exhibition and Exchange

Midwest Collage Society Members Annual Exhibit at Downers Grove Library April 1st-April 28th,

Our fiscal year begins April 1, which means that membership renewals are due (unless you just became a member in the last several months). Attached to this newsflash is a renewal form in PDF format, and some printed forms will be available at April's meeting. If you have any questions about your membership, please ask by replying to this e-mail; we welcome the opportunity to clarify anything. (see tab above, you should be able to print it )

MCS exhibits are planned for June and July at Beverly Arts Center in Chicago and for August thru November at the Freeport Art Museum in Freeport. Details will follow soon!


Pam Peterson is the Citra Solv artist of the month for April. After April 1, visit to see some of her artwork using papers altered with Citra Solv.

Pam Peterson and Turkan Ilkdemirci are participaing in the Flat Iron Artists' Association 3rd Annual "Now You See It, Now You Don't" building-wide mural show. Reception is Friday, April 6, from 6-10 PM at the Flar Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.. See more info here: or

Dianne Martia, Eve Ozer, Jerri Reimann and Dennis Salaty all have work in the exhibit "Art of 9: One" currently at the McCord Gallery, 9602 W. Creek Road, Palos Park, IL 60646 through Saturday, April 21. For more info, visit

Dianne Martia is teaching a Oil and Cold Wax workshop at Naperville Art League April 28th and 29th sign soon!

Laura Lein-Svencner- solo show of her work at the Indian Prairie Public Library April 2nd -April 28th. And a new class starting up at Naperville Art League-Free Flow Mixed Media Collage.. Starting April 17th Tuesday 9:30-2:30 nice long classes with a lunch break in between.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

April 1st Meeting

Our April meeting is this Sunday, April 1, from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road in Darien. Our own Dianne Martia will present a mini-workshop on collage bookmarks. A description and supply list is below.

Collage Bookmarks - Bring your art down in size. Make collaged bookmarks by assembling decorative papers, dried flowers, or stamps. Laminate them and add tassels and beads. They’re useful and artful, and they make great gifts. There will be enough time to make approximately 6-8 bookmarks.
Supply list: Papers (not too thick), ribbons or tassels, beads with large enough hole for ribbons, scissors, x-acto knife, ruler,

Optional: Flat, dried flowers or leaves, postage stamps, rubber stamps, tickets, any small, flat image, corner punches or small hole punches if you have them
These items will be supplied: Laminating film and laminators, trimmers, cutting mats, punches, enough supplies for 1 bookmark per person to get started

Monday, March 5, 2012

“The Art of Collage:  Celebrating the Masters”
Presented by the Midwest Collage Society

Addison Center for the Arts
213 N. Lombard Rd.
Addison, Illinois   60101

ph: 630-317-4371 | fax: 630-503-6550

2012 marks the Centenary Celebration of Collage Art, and the Midwest Collage Society is planning a personal tribute.   Twenty artists will present “The Art of Collage:  Celebrating the Masters,” a show of original collage and mixed-media pieces directly inspired by collage pioneers. 

Far from obscure, 20th Century collage masters include household names like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg.

Collage is the only new fine art medium of the 20th Century.  It dates back to 1912, when studio-mates Spaniard Pablo Picasso and Frenchman Georges Braque began gluing items such as patterned oil cloth and wallpaper to their canvasses. These Cubists, working in France, along with Spanish artist Juan Gris, continued to experiment with adding other materials such as textured papers, metal and wood to their work.

Later, the Futurists and Expressionists expanded those techniques, and the Dadaists, known for their “nonsense art,” found collage an excellent way to express their negative feelings for traditional art forms.  In 1919, German artist Kurt Schwitters began adding more three-dimensional found objects to his work.

The invention of polymer emulsion glues and advancements in acrylic paints and mediums now provide collage artists with tools to create vibrant and long-lasting works of art. Since the 1990’s, collage has exploded as a fine art medium, and is now found in galleries and art shows around the globe.

Today, you can experience a fresh 21st Century approach to collage with a nod to a wide variety of established collage artists.   Each new piece in the MCS show will display visual reference of their chosen artist’s inspirational work, inviting comparisons.

“The Art of Collage:  Celebrating the Masters” can be enjoyed at the Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road in Addison.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturdays, Noon to 4PM.  The show runs March 7 through April 6.

An Artist Reception will be held Friday, March 9th from 7 to 9 PM.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.