Monday, August 27, 2012

September and October Meeting Schedule.

As most of you know, we do not have a September meeting at the Darien Municipal Center in September due to two factors:  the first weekend is usually Labor Day weekend, and the second weekend the room is in use by the police for Darien Fest.  So we generally plan a field trip for the members.  This year, the field trip is on Sunday, September 9, at the home of Mary Warner.  Details about the field trip are listed below:

MCS Field Trip for September:  Sunday, September 9th from 1:00-3:30 pm at Mary Warner's studio.  See what Mary has had going on in her living room, dining room and den for the past 39 years!  There just might be a pile of swap items to grab; Mary never seems to get them over to Darien!  Tables will be cleared so we can sit for some good social time. And if you want to enjoy making a mini-doll project, bring along some permanent markers!

If you care to,  bring munchies to share.  Before or after coming, you might want to stop by Laura's Outdoor Studio Exhibit that runs September 7-9 from 10A-4P each day. She's a straight 7 miles south of Mary's. Address 6718 Dale Road...Darien IL  

Mary's house studio is at 220 E. Highland, Villa Park. That's about 1/2 mile west of Rt 83 (or a few houses east of Summit, which is Cass/Midwest Rd) and 3/4 mile north of Roosevelt Road. Call Mary if you need directions (630-833-0125.)  Please park on Mary's side of the stree.  If you're coming, send Mary an email at

There are still several places open for the MCS Retreat being held September 19-23 at Camp Alexander Mack in Indiana.  If you'd like to attend, please contact Tania Blanco ASAP on her cell at 630-464-3749.  If you've expressed interest in the retreat but have not finalized your registration, now is the time!  

Our October meeting on Sunday, October 7, will feature Mary Warner teaching a mini-workshop on the use of alcohol inks.  Details, including a supply list, will follow soon.

"Evocative" at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights.  Entry deadline is October 1, show runs January 7-31, 2013.  Find the prospectus at

Lemont Artist Guild is hosting what sounds like a very interesting meeting this month and has invited other art league members to attend.  The info is below.

The September 19 Lemont Artists Guild  will meet at 7 PM at the Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend Street.   Renee Tabor, from Metamorphosis, will present “How to Get Motivated,” designed to help motivate you to make art and help rid those blocks that hinder the flow of your creative juices.
Renee Tabor is a native of the Chicago South Suburbs.  She attended Roosevelt University where she studied Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance.  She graduated from Governors State University with a B.A. Liberal Arts focusing in Communications.  Her journey led her to own her own storefront in Tinley Park called ‘Angels Among Us’ where she facilitated many workshops and saw an opportunity to help others in the surrounding communities.  She is now Owner of ‘Metamorphosis,’ a consulting business with the intention of educating and empowering people to transform themselves into being something better than they thought they could be.  Renee’s belief is that everybody has a voice and she enjoys helping them find it.
The public is welcome, a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated.  Free parking.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information call Liz Popp 815-341-1145

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Passing this along to you all~

Hi, Laura! and to the Midwest Collage Society 

Since you're on my list, you've probably heard by now,
 but I wanted to make sure you knew about the art
 marketing workshop I have coming up in Naperville, IL
 in October.
If you are ready to invest time, energy, and
 resources for a more fulfilling art career, join us!
It's super critical I write you now because the early
 registration deadline ends this Wednesday - August 15!
Since the last time I gave a workshop in Illinois was 2008
 - and who knows when I'll be back again - I thought
 you might want to take a look.
Here are the basics:
No-Excuses Art-Marketing Workshop
All Artists, All Media
Friday-Saturday, October 19-20, 2012
Naperville, IL
Organized by the Naperville Art League
As I said, I'm writing now because early registration
 ends on August 15. You'll save $$ and get a bonus gift
 if you sign up by that date.
I'd love for you to come!
Whether you can or can't make it, would you be so kind
 as to do me a favor? I'm trying to help out the committed
 artists who are organizing this event. I also don't want
 artists to find out about the workshop AFTER it occurs!
If you know artists or organizations that should know
 about this workshop, could you please share the
I've included some cut-and-paste text that you can use
 (below). Or you can make up your own.
Thanks for your time.
With appreciation,
 No-Excuses Art-Marketing Workshop
All Artists, All Media
Friday-Saturday, October 19-20, 2012
 Naperville, IL
Organized by the Naperville Art League
You'll learn:
--The Do's and Don'ts of artist websites
 --Five email secrets that produce results
 --How to improve your blog
 --How to use Facebook and Twitter for effective marketing
 --And much more
AND, you'll have a customized action plan to put your new
 knowledge to work—rather than struggling to see how
 it is applicable to your situation.
Workshop leader Alyson Stanfield, author of I'd Rather
 Be in the Studio! The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to
 Self-Promotion, is flying in from Colorado for this special event.
Don't miss out! And register by August 15 for big savings.
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Alyson B Stanfield | art biz coach
Stanfield Art Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 988
Golden, CO 80402 USA

Sunday, August 12, 2012

One of our own

Illinois Art Educators Association

Distinguished Service in the Profession of Art Education - Nancy Staszak

Congradulations Nancy!!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Reposting the August Meeting info

 August meeting
Our August meeting will be an all-day workday on Sunday, August 5, from 9:30 AM - 3 PM at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Rd., Darien. Bring a project or two to work on, your art materials and a plastic tablecover, along with lunch and a beverage. You may also bring a dish to share with others. (Remember, we are no longer making coffee for meetings, so bring your own if you need it!) Please feel free to bring ephemera or otther art materials for our swap table, just make sure to take it home again if no one chooses to adopt it.