Thursday, December 31, 2015

MCS Exhibit Pick Up and Feb. Meeting plans

MCS EXHIBIT ALERT:   PICK UP AT WOODRIDGE LIBRARY
Our pick up time and date is 10:00 until noon on Saturday, January 2nd.
We have received many compliments on the show. The library director, Susan McNeil Marshall said she wishes she had more space and more money!!!!  If you have made a sale, please let Nancy Staszak (astaszak@aol.com) know for our records.
Thanks to all who participated---it was truly a beautiful exhibit.


Our next MCS show, Following Hidden Paths, Uncovering Secret Truths, will be at the Victorian House in Bourbonnais.  Laura Lein-Svencner has offered to take work there on February  6th. Contact her about delivering your work.   Our spring show is in April at the Downers Grove Library.  All exhibit information is on the blog.







Saturday Feb. 6thfrom 9:30- 3:00
Naperville Art League at 508 North Center St., Naperville, IL
All day workday with a short demo by Debbie McEllenborough  
Bring your supplies and what you are working on. Bring a lunch and drink. 
There is a small kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and hot water and coffee maker.  
Workshop fee for the day is $5.00. (20% collected will be donated for use of the studio space)
Thanks to Laura for securing this space.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Decembers Newsletter

In case you were not aware, our long time member and retreat participant for several years, Debbie McEllenborough, recently lost her Mother which was sudden and unexpected.  If anyone would like to send her a sympathy card, her address is:
Debbie McEllenborough
29 W550 Winchester Circle
#N-2
Warrenville, IL 60555.

MEETINGS
Sunday, December 612:00-2:30
Holiday Party. Please bring a dish to pass and a lovely, wrapped, hand-made gift if you wish to participate in the exchange.
NO MEETING IN JANUARY
February 7
All-day work day. Demo by Debbie McEllenborough
March 6
Tunnel book with collage by Ginni Guzior (Book & Paper Arts Guild Pres.)

RETREAT
Save the Date for 2016 MCS Camp Mack Retreat:  
Wednesday Sept 21 through Sunday, 25 2016.  COST: $225
Registration forms will be available April, 2016

Anyone who paid for the retreat in August or September and has not had their check clear, please contact me and let me know the amount of the check and the date it was written.  There may have been some checks that were lost in the mail and not deposited to the MCS account.   
TANIA BLANCO   630-464-3749          Thank you.

MCS EXHIBITS and CALLS FOR ART
Woodridge Library
One last reminder for drop-off:
Tuesday, December 1st from 10:00 until noon.

See attachment for future MCS exhibits and calls for art.

For MCS members who are participating in 
Following Hidden Paths, Uncovering Secret Truths 
Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais with Claudia Craemer 

Laura will be the driver and drop off  your artwork for this exhibit.  Please read the following and contact her so your artwork can be dropped of on Feb 6th.  If you are planning on dropping your art work off yourself no need to call. 
Dates and times for drop off. 
Call before to schedule drop off Laura Lein-Svencner, 630-655-4492 
 Friday Jan 29th evening drop off 6-8pm
Saturday Jan 30th 1-5pm drop off
Sunday Jan 31st 1-5 pm drop off
  
ARTWORK, AWARDS, EXHIBITS, ETC.
Margi Hafer received the 1st Place Award for her collage "Reminiscence" in the Bloomingdale show, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".

Mary Yesek and Margi Hafer both entered in the Mystery Build 2015 competition. Although voting has ended we await news of the announcement of winners.

Classes On-line and at Maysake Peabody Estates 
Instructor - Laura Lein-Svencner 
Laura will be start a series of On Line "Basic Collage Sketchbook Classes in January, these classes can be taken at home in our PJ's with simple materials; Magazine, glue stick, ruler, spiral bound sketchbook. Brush up on your Elements and Principles, to working a single composition and the last one is a study of all the different compositions.  Computer skills are needed, Classes are presented in a blog setting and images of your sketchbook work would need to be share on line.  Though you can still take the on-line class because all lessons are sent in a pdf format and you received a video of the lesson, you can work at you own pace. 

Collage and Assemblage Boxes
Instructor - Laura Lein-Svencner 
January 11 – February 8
Mondays: 9 – 11:30 AM

Dig out those old photos, found papers and junk drawer objects from the past. This class invites new life and inspiration to build a piece of art like the famous artist Joseph Cornell. Students will learn about making collage papers, the art of tacking them to the watercolor surface. Combined with preparation and mounting their collages in wood panel with the use of acrylics, mixed media, glue, nails and other hardware. Adults. $165 plus $20 supply fee. To register, call 630-206-9566.  Mayslake Peabody Estate

Please send information you would like included in the monthly newsflash (by one week before scheduled meetings) to Joan Lucht:  joan.of.art33@gmail.com 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Members exhibiting

Members exhibiting outside of Midwest Collage Society exhibits, come see what it's all about 18th Annual "Celebration of the Arts" 

Monday, October 26, 2015

No Meeting in November

Our field trip to the Mexican American Museum was enjoyed by all. The museum is beautiful, the tour was very interesting and the food at Nuevo Leon was beyond yummy! Thanks Maureen for planning this wonderful day!

Remember that there is no meeting next Sunday, November 1.

The next meeting will be our holiday party on December 6. More on that in a month, but start creating something wonderful for the gift exchange if you want to participate. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday, October 25 (November meeting - one week early)


Field trip to Pilsen Mexican American Museum
Our November meeting will take place a week early.  The program will be a field trip to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in the Pilsen neighborhood, followed by lunch at a local Mexican Restaurant.
We have scheduled a guided tour of the museum and their “Day of the Dead” exhibit at11:00 am, led by a member of the museum’s Education Department. (Tours are not available on our regular meeting date of Nov 1st, the actual Day of the Dead, due to large attendance expected that day).  Please email Maureen McDonald at mcsox@aol.com if you plan on attending.  Members can coordinate for carpooling and rides will be available.

Monday, October 5, 2015

We have a Winner!!!

Winner....Winner...Chicken Dinner!!!

Nancy S. has finished her Mystery Build and shared a photo for us to see...


Hope to see more, the members of the MCS were challenged to create an Assemblage in about 2 hours with the things that they brought from home to glue together and the mystery build materials in there Number bag they picked.  What a wonderful challenge in pushing creativity and our members. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Assemblage Build Started

Numbers were given to everyone and their box.  Which were filled with the Mystery items.
Some great fun stuff was in each box as you can see.



And some surprises too...got  good laugh out this mystrey item.  This is what each member was asked to bring. Mystery Build 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October Newsletter Info

Sunday, October 412:30-3:00
"Mystery Build" Collage/Assemblage Challenge
Details are HERE
  
Sunday, October 25 (November meeting - one week early)
Field trip to Pilsen Mexican American Museum
Our November meeting will take place a week early.  The program will be a field trip to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in the Pilsen neighborhood, followed by lunch at a local Mexican Restaurant.
We have scheduled a guided tour of the museum and their “Day of the Dead” exhibit at11:00 am, led by a member of the museum’s Education Department. (Tours are not available on our regular meeting date of Nov 1st, the actual Day of the Dead, due to large attendance expected that day).  Please email Maureen McDonald at mcsox@aol.com if you plan on attending.  Members can coordinate for carpooling and rides will be available.


MCS EXHIBITS

Pickup from the Kavanagh Gallery at the Fine Line
Monday, October 12th   10:00 to Noon
Also pick up your ribbons if you won one!  
Please arrange for a friend to pick up your work if you cannot pick it up yourself. A list of participants is attached. You can find their emails and phone numbers on our membership list you received from Cherie Denton.

Next Exhibit
December 2015 at the Woodridge Library
There is no theme you have to follow, but work has to be 2D to hang on their carpet panels.
More information and the prospectus  will be available at the October meeting.


Exhibit Opportunity
"Getting There" at Tall Grass Arts Association See more Information Here
January 22 - February 2016


ARTWORK, AWARDS, EXHIBITS, ETC.


Laura Lein-Svencner would like to invite you to a sole exhibit of her works,
          "Collage Composed" at the Addison Center for the Arts, September 30th - November 7th Artist reception is Friday October 2nd from 7-9 pm
 Refreshments will be served. Addison Center for the Arts Gallery is located on 213 N. Lombard Road, Addison IL Door #4


Laura's work will also be part of the next Incite 3, The Art of Storytelling The best of Mixed Media.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Reception at The Kavanagh Gallery at The Fine Line in St.Charles IL

 A few arrive....
 And then more...
 A few chatting
 Three Generations observing the art.
 Jeanne has outdone herself what a wonderful presentation in the Reception/drawing room

 Before the awards...love cute look Margaret
 Awards being announced and Nancy S Honorable Mention
 Maureen M. Honorable Mention.
 Joan Lucht, Honorable Mention and Nancy S. Third Place
 Mary Y Honorable Mention

 Sally T. Third Place and Sandy B. won Third Place
 Carol K. won Second place
 Eileen Hinkle Received a Second place.
Laura received First Place

What a wonderful section of work to see.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

September MCS Newsflash

SEPTEMBER RETREAT (There will be no regularly scheduled meeting in September.)
For those attending the retreat - If you would like to participate in the collage exchange please make 25 - 4" square works of art using your favorite quote.

OCTOBER MEETING
Attached are the particulars for our “Mystery Build” Assemblage Challenge scheduled for the October meeting. This handout will also be available at the retreat. Click here for printable sheet 

PLEASE NOTE: DATE CHANGE FOR NOVEMBER MEETING
Our November meeting will take place a week early  Sunday October 25th.  The program will be a field trip to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in the Pilsen neighborhood, followed by lunch at a local Mexican Restaurant.
We have scheduled a guided tour of the museum and their “Day of the Dead” exhibit at 11:00 am, led by a member of the museum’s Education Department. (Tours are not available on our regular meeting date of Nov 1st, the actual Day of the Dead, due to large attendance expected that day).  Please email Maureen McDonald at mcsox@aol.com if you plan on attending.  Members can coordinate for carpooling and rides will be available

FUTURE MEETINGS
Can anyone suggest an artist interested in doing a workshop next year? Please contact Maureen McDonald  mcsox@yahoo.com


ARTWORK, AWARDS, EXHIBITS, ETC.
Barrie Mason is participating in the following shows in the coming months:
  • VAB Gallery, St Joseph, MO. - The Horse: Shaping our Lives, Our Community, and our View of the World - oil and cold wax, June 4 to Sept 25
  • Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO - Cattail Morning - textile, June to Aug
  • Missouri Fiber Artist Pairings show - St. Louis Art Guild, St. Louis, MO - Cattail Morning and Conspiracy of Two (a joint work with Jan Rowan Miller) - textiles, Sept. 11 - Oct. 24
  • Missouri Fiber Artist Pairings show - Mildred M. Cox Gallery, William Woods College, Fulton , MO - the two textile works from the St. Louis Art Guild move to this space -Nov. 5 to Dec. 12
  • Speaking of Fibers! 2015, Morton J. May Foundation Gallery, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO.  Mutability, Blending into a Changing World - paper sculpture, Nov 12 - Dec. 16.
Laura Lein-Svencner - Classes, demos and exhibits
Creative Art Journaling
Mayslake Peabody Estate
Monday  September 14th, 21st,  No Class Sept 28th

 9:00-11:30
October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
http://www.mayslakepeabody.com/
Rescuing and recycling a hard cover book, students will utilize its structure; gluing pages together forming a sturdy substrate for self-expression with imagery and written words. This class promises to open doors to creative adventure by manipulating art materials with layering techniques in acrylics, pastels, watercolors, drawing, image transfers and collage. Students will learn how to carve their own stamps to use in their creative art journals ending with a rich platform to journal on.
Materials fee $5.00 collected in first class for extra supplies instructor will bring.


Collage Composed
September 30th-November 7th
Opening Reception October 2nd 7-9pm
Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, Addison IL

Demo - The Fine Art of Collage Practice and Process
September 10
Program starts at 7:30-9:00pm
Addison Art Guild, Addison Village Hall, One Friendship Plaza, Addison. Room 1301 A&B
Laura Lein-Svencner's collage work is Crystal Neubauer's New book, The Art of Expression Collage. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

October 4th Program



“Mystery Build” Collage/Assemblage Challenge
Midwest Collage Society Program
October 4, 2015


For this challenge, we will each create a 3-D mixed media collage piece using the materials we receive in a mystery box.Each participant will bring a box containing various items as suggested below. We will then draw numbers to pick a mystery box to work on. At the end of the meeting we will vote on our favorite piece and a prize will be awarded to the winner.

Each Mystery Box must contain:

• One base suitable for collage/assemblage such as:

Cigar box
Shadow box
Old drawer
Small shelf

Small stand or mantelpiece
Triptych
Picture frame with back
Etc. etc. Use your imagination!


         • 12-15 found objects such as:

Metal parts or hardware
Fasteners or hinges
Toy or game pieces
Bottle caps
Old keys
Old jewelry pieces
Letters, typewriter keys etc.


Beads, buttons, bradssequins
Wire, string, yarn, cord or ribbon
Scraps of fabric or trim
Natural items such as twigs, bark, pinecones, stones or shells
Etc. etc. Use your imagination!

• Five (5) collage papers of different types

RULES:

1)
Participants should bring their own paints and adhesives to use and any papers they wish to use in addition to the paper provide in the box.

2)
Participants are required to use a minimum of 10 objects in the box and at least 3 of the 5 collage papers provided in the box.

3)
Participants may also use any additional collage paper of their own.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Recap from August meeting and changes for Novembers meeting.

Thanks Fabra DiPaolo and Elaine Rath for sharing great ideas with us at our work day on Sunday!
Also to Ben Cooley for photographing our artwork.

Attached below are the particulars for our “Mystery Build” Assemblage Challenge scheduled for the October meeting. This handout will also be available at the retreat. 
Mystery Build Project 


* * PLEASE NOTE:  DATE CHANGE FOR NOVEMBER MEETING! * *
November meeting has been rescheduled to October 25 , 2015 due to Field Trip. 

The November program will be a field trip to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in the Pilsen neighborhood on Sunday, October 25th, followed by lunch at a local Mexican Restaurant.
We have scheduled a guided tour of the museum and their “Day of the Dead” exhibit at 11:00 a.m., led by a member of the museum’s Education Department. (Tours are not available on our regular meeting date of Nov. 1st, the actual Day of the Dead, due to large attendance expected that day).  

Please email Maureen McDonald at mcsox@aol.com if you plan on attending.  Members can coordinate for carpooling and rides will be available.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Chicago Tribune-Midwest Collage Society, Exhibit-"Reflections Within and Beyond


See Article here or read below

If  the word "collage" evokes images of grade school projects using magazine pictures, you're in for a tremendous surprise when you see the imagination, creativity and artistic talent conveyed in the diverse collages created by 35 participating artists from the Midwest Collage Society. Come see "Reflections Within and Beyond" in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Sept. 2 through Oct. 10. A reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 2 to 4 pm.
Reflected images, observations, impressions, feelings and more were all contributing factors in some of the most extraordinary collages you've ever seen. Using a wide range of materials including handmade papers, found objects, twigs, feathers, paint, fabric and more, the works of art in this exhibit illustrate what the artists most yearn to express.
Artist Sally Tibbetts from Mt. Prospect, IL said her work is inspired by almost everything: nature, mood, cloudy day, sunny day, sometimes a poem or music.
"Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. I do a lot of photography and take walks with my camera, finding the 'undiscovered' and merging (the images) into my collages," Tibbetts said. "Usually I start with an acrylic wash and begin to build layers using hand made papers, magazines, stamps, crayons, acrylics, strings -- well, pretty much anything that falls into my path. I love crows and they appear in lots of my pieces."
Each collage artist's works are unique unto themselves, and inspiration comes in many different forms, depending on the artist.
"The natural world is a very holy, mysterious place for me. There are layers and layers of life and energy which surround us with love and support," said artist Rachelle Barmann of Naperville, IL. "I duplicated the trees (in the pieces in this show) intuitively, later discovering that I had created a Tree of Life, an image rich in spiritual symbolism and meaning. I see the tree now as symbolic of grounding, support and strength, of the layers of life and circumstances and yet the constancy of who we are in the world."
Even the process and the materials used may vary greatly, from artist to artist. Barmann actually makes a collage and then transforms it into a uniquely captivating image.
"My process is to scan a completed collage, in this case a collage made with papers, which I made using a variety of techniques, and layer it with a photograph I had taken -- in this case a tree," she said. "I convert the photo to black and white and then experiment with the blending modes until I get an image that speaks to me."
The Midwest Collage Society (MCS), founded in 2003, promotes collage as fine art by providing exhibit opportunities and professional development activities to its members.
There are over sixty members in MCS from the greater Chicago area and northwest Indiana. Fine Line is pleased to host this exhibit of area artists' works.
Two galleries are included on Fine Line's campus. The Dempsey Gallery is located inside the barn and features members' artwork. The spacious Kavanagh Gallery hosts a number of exhibits, featuring local, national and international artists, throughout the year. Fine Line's campus and galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to Fine Line's exhibits and events, a full slate of art classes for adults are offered throughout the year. Unique workshops taught by guest artists are also offered each session.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is located at 37W570 Bolcum Rd. in St. Charles Come see all this renowned art center in St. Charles has to offer! For more information, visit: www.fineline.org, or call: 630-584-9443.