Friday, November 15, 2013

December meeting and Members News

Our December potluck is fast approaching!  We will meet on Sunday, December 1, from 12:30-3:00 pm at the Darien Municipal Center to share our traditional holiday meal and enjoy lots of time to chat with fellow artists.  In order to help our Hospitality Coordinator Barb Arntzen plan, please RSVP to her at to let her know what dish you will bring for the potluck.  We will also have a gift swap, so bring a small, wrapped handmade gift
or art item if you'd like to participate in the exchange. We also need several people to help set up the tables and chairs and to return the room to normal at the end of the meeting.  Please let Barb know if you can help.

Instead of a January meeting, we have been invited to meet with the Book and Paper Arts Guild at the Lisle Public Library to begin a collaborative project.  Below is their invitation (please read carefully and note day and time):

The Book and Paper Arts Guild
Invites the members of
The Midwest Collage Society
To join us in each making an envelope book at
our January meeting, Thursday, January 9, 2014
from 7-8:30pm at the Lisle Public Library.
If you care to come early, we set up the room at
6pm and have a short meeting at 6:30.
Please bring along scissors, a piece of handmade
Paper 6” x 15” for the cover, another coordinating
piece of handmade paper 4 ¼ x 11 ½” for the inside
cover, scissors, 12” ruler,  glue stick and tacky glue.
We will have extra of these for those who
need them. All other supplies will be provided.
Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many
are attending or if you have any questions, contact
Mary Warner at


Our February meeting will be held on the SECOND Sunday of the month, February 9, from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Darien Municipal Center.  The morning will consist of open work time and the BPAG will join us in the afternoon to create collages to go in the envelope books that were created in January. 

4ArtInc in Bridgeport has put out two themed calls for art that are very interesting!  Check them out here: here are direct links to the entry forms:

We need several members to serve on the nominating committee again this year.  Our elections will be coming up in the spring, and we need to identify candidates and determine the slateWe've found that 3 people is ideal for this committee, so if you are willing to serve, please contact me.  This committee works entirely by phone or email, so no traveling is needed.


Nancy Staszak has a solo show at the Woodridge Library for the month of November.  Join her for the reception on Friday, November 22, from 7:00-8:30 pm.The Bendi Dolls Project (with work from many of our members) is on exhibit until December 30 at the Indian Prairie Library in Darien.
Congratulations to Eve Ozer who won First Place at the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Winter show for her piece "I Had to Go There to Come Here #2."  She also sold her piece "Yearning" to an art consultant.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Members Exhibit-Nancy Stazsak and "Pop up" Class

Nancy Stazsak has her work on exhibit at the Woodridge Public Library now till the end of November. Reception is Friday November 22nd from 7:00-8:30. Or stop in and view the artwork during Library hours.

Also Nancy is Teaching a Pop up Class on Gelatin Prints and Making a small book  at Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery Next Tuesday November 12th from 12:30 - 3:00 Address 508 N. Center Street, Naperville.

You will need to bring:
An apron, scissors, Glue stick pencil, optional bring any pressed plants or stencils to print, Bring any paper you love to print.

$25.00  to be paid to Naperville Art League,
and $5.00 supply fee to be paid to Nancy Stazsak

Nancy will supply the gelatin trays, paints, plants, papers and cardboard for the little books.

Call Naperville Art League to register, (630)355-2530