Friday, August 30, 2013

Newsletter Event Dates, Classes and Much more

Please note that our September meeting is on the third Sunday of the month!  We will meet Sunday, September 15, at the Darien Municipal Center, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien from 12:30-3:00 pm.  Our special guest will be Golden working artist Sandy Bacon who will demo various Golden mediums and paints.  Come prepared to take notes so you can experiment later.  We'll also have our typical swap table, and if you want to continue to bring items to sell to one another, that's fine.


Pick up for our work at Mayslake Peabody Estate is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

October 6 - Dianne Martia mini-workshop - folded book sculptures
November 3 - Ginni Guzior mini-workshop - paper angels
December 8 - Christmas party and grab bag


Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Class - Instructor Dianne Martia - LaGrange Art League

Explore the technique of using oil paint and cold wax to create richly colored, textural layers. Unlike encaustic, the wax is used at room temperature without heat. Discover the versatility of this medium by combining oil sticks, pigments and other media. The use of non-traditional tools to apply the medium, and create line, texture and vibrant color fields emphasizes the experimental, intuitive nature of this class.

Date: Fridays 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1; 7 weeks

Time: 9:30 am to noon

Fee: $112M/$126NM plus $12 materials fee

Oil and Cold Wax Level II Workshop - Instructor Dianne Martia - LaGrange Art League

Develop a personal vocabulary to express your ideas with this versatile medium. A review of basic techniques, plus new techniques will be presented. Experiment with mark-making, layering, blending, and texturizing. This workshop emphasizes the process of using the medium for personal expression and creativity through experimentation. Ample workshop time will be supplemented with periodic exercises and discussions. Prerequisite: previous oil and cold wax class or workshop.

Date: FridaySunday, 11/15 to 11/17, 2013

Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Fee: $265M/$295NM

Location for Dianne's class & workshop:LaGrange Art League,122 Calendar Ave, LaGrange, IL 60525  (708) 352-3101

The Artist's Way Class - Instructor Laura Lein-Svencner - Mayslake Peabody Estate
Mondays, October 21 thru February 10 (no class 11/25, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30)
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.   $165   Reservations: 630-206-9566

The Artist's Way has helped millionis of people around the world discover and recover their creativity.  This 13-week course will help you experience more creativity in your life through writing, cooking, gardening, painting, drawing acting, poetry or any other creative outlet you can think of.  Some small project may blossom as we meet each week in a group setting sharing our discoveries.  Bring the book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, notebook and pen.

“Red Dot - Studio Flip”  Laura Lein-Svencner is flipping her studio and changing things around from 9 am to 4 pm on September 12, 13, and 14. This will be her 6th Annual Outdoor Exhibit with some great Red Dot sales on art book, nice frames with/without glass, handmade papers, artwork and much, much more. Laura’s address is 6718 Dale Road, Darien, IL 60561 or keep up to date with her blog at
Laura was juried and invited to participate in the 12th Annual Gala of the Arts which will take place on Friday, September 6, in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Over 500 community and philanthropic supporters will come together on this special evening. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will go directly to Emergency Assistance Programs. More information at
MaryAnn Gradisher, Margi Hafer, Sylvia Koch, Jerri Reimann, Nancy Staszak and Mary Ann Van Soest have work juried into the 15th Regional Illiana Artists Exhibit at Chesterton Art Center in Chesterton, IN. The exhibit runs through September 27.
Laura Lein-Svencner and Eve Ozer have their artwork published in a new North Light mixed media book releasing September 30. “Incite Dreams Realized” features  93 artists and over 120 images of mixed media. Find more information about this book at

Friday, August 2, 2013

Up dates for August meeting and Demo's

1.  August MCS Meeting
We have an all-day meeting this Sunday, August 4, from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.

You may want to bring a lunch and a beverage or even some snacks to share.

During the morning we will have several demos with time for hands-on work.
10 a.m. Demo - Mary Ann Vansoest will show us how to make bleach patterns on fabric (I've seen some of her work and it's way cool).
11 a.m. Demo - Pam Peterson will demo a faux encaustic process that uses cold wax and marble dust.  Bring along a small collage you don't care about, and try the technique!

In the afternoon, besides unstructured work time, we'll have an informal Art Materials Garage Sale.  Bring along materials, tools, books, etc. that you no longer use and offer them for sale.  You may go home with a little cash in your pocket!  We'll be somewhat limited on table space, so you may want to display things in boxes.  Go through your studios and stashes and see what gently used or unused treasures you can find!

If you can help with table and chair set up or tear down, please let me know!

2.  Illiana Artists Exhibit
Please note:  If you are planning to bring artwork on Sunday for MaryAnn Gradisher to deliver to the Chesterton Art Center, you MUST come in the morning because she has to leave by noon.

3.  Mayslake Reception
Kudos to Hospitality Coordinator Barb Arntzen and committee members Mary Beth Lies and Jeanne Sulik along with new friends Lisa & Mike!  What a beautiful and delicious array of goodies they put together for our recent Mayslake Reception.  And you've gotta love Barb's way with centerpieces... she always comes up with something eye-catching and innovative!  Thank you for all the hard work!