Friday, November 23, 2012

December's Meeting.

Here is your Midwest Collage Society Newsflash! Lots of interesting info this month, so please read carefully.

1. Freeport Art Museum Exhibit
The MCS artwork has been picked up from Freeport and is back at Tania's and Dennis/Dianne's homes. Please contact the person who dropped off your work about when you can pick it up.

2. MCS Holiday Potluck and Gift Exchange
Our annual "Eat, Gab and Grab" meeting will be Sunday, December 2, from 12:30 - 2:45 PM at the Darien Municipal Center. There is no studio fee for this meeting. Come and reconnect with people you haven't seen and meet some of our newer members!

For the potluck, bring a dish to share (appetizer, entree or dessert) and our amazing hospitality committee will provide everything else. When you decide what you're bringing, please drop a quick email to Barb Arntzen at to help her plan. If you find you can come at the last minute, don't worry about the RSVP. Coffee, tea, and water will be the drinks of the day. We do have some members who have some specific allergies (gluten, etc.), so if you have a dish that works for everyone, you might consider bringing that.

For the gift exchange, create (or purchase) a small piece of art or craft work and wrap it up. Each wrapped gift will be given a number, then participants will blindly draw a number to receive their gift. This is always a highlight of our meeting!

We will also take time to discuss the future of MCS, the kinds of programs and exhibits you're interested in having, and how we all can continue growing and moving forward as artists and as an arts organization.

3. April 2013 Exhibit
For our April 2013 exhibit at Downers Grove Library, we have chosen the theme Book/Art. We are asking that each piece of art have some connection to books in it - whether that's using a book page or cover in your collage/assemblage, an altered book, or a reference to books in your work. Just keep in mind that most work will need to be hung, so if you alter a book you will probably need to mount it to a backing that can have hanging hardware attached. More info will follow as we get closer to the exhibit date, but we wanted to give you ample time to create.

4. 2013 Retreat
The MCS Retreat for next fall is already set for September 25 thru 29. The cost will be $215 for four nights and 11 meals. Mark your calendars now!

5. January Meeting
We WILL be having a meeting this coming January, on Sunday, January 13. Details on the program will be sent out soon.

Hope to see you at the Holiday Potluck and Gift Exchange on Sunday, December 2!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

marketing and pricing

 Jane Hamill came into our group today and we are all fired up to Focus!! 

 The white board behind Jane came in handy for her presentations we really got a good feel for what we need to know.
 Even though Jane is a designer in the fashion world the information she presented to us works for all creative types. check out Jane's website.

At least there were about 26 members that came to this great meeting. Jane is a awesome speaker and loaded with tons of great information...for all that are looking to sell their product.