Sunday, April 19, 2015

May's Meeting don't you miss this!!!

(From Elaine Rath:)
Hello everyone, 
I am deeply honored to serve as the new president of this wonderful organization.  I pledge to learn everyone's name as quickly as possible and to do the very best job I can going forward.  I am grateful for the great group of women on the Board and all the behind the scenes workers who keep things running smoothly.  To this end, I am calling a kick-off Board meeting on
                 Sunday MAY 17th at 2:30 PM at
                 Panera Bread Restaurant
                 1001 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 
If you are unable to attend, please tell me at the May meeting or contact me at  (Husband hogs the computer, but does a great job as my personal secretary.) 


IMPORTANT REMINDER:  DUES ARE NOW DUE!     Please send $20 for Midwest Collage Society only, or $55 for combined MCS and National Collage Society to 
                  Cherie Denton
                 4641 Stonewall Ave.
                 Downers Grove, IL 60515
If dues are not received by June 1st, you will miss out on important emails regarding news and upcoming opportunities to exhibit.  
Looking forward to another great year!
Elaine Rath   
Please Send all MCS News related information now to Joan Lucht at  jlucht  

Always check the Blog for all current Information at 

Midwest Collage Society Invites Karen Sako to our May's Meeting May 3rd at 12:30pm to 2:30pm
                                 1710 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL 60561, USA (map)
It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and try something completely different. In this demonstration, you will be taught the basic techniques guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. Karen Sako will lead you through a small project combining many different art styles by layering paper with other mixed media. Experiment with a variety of possibilities that each individual can then adapt to their own personal style. Work intuitively, surrendering your expectations and explore mixed media art!

Karen Sako is a graphic designer, art instructor and award winning mixed media artist with a BFA in Visual Communications from The Illinois Institute of Art. Her true love is fine art and she concentrates most of her time to teaching and creating mixed media pet portraits. Karen has been sharing her infectious love of art with students in the Chicago area for over 25 years. She is a member of the Long Grove Artists Guild and regularly teaches mixed media workshops at Mainstreet Art Center located in Lake Zurich.

Karen Sako 

Supply list  bring -baby wipes and pastels if they have them.  Everything else she will supply. 

MCS Exhibit Alert....

Our exhibition at FINE LINE'S KAVANAGH GALLERY will be August 28---October 10th
This will be a judged show with awards and ribbons.  More people can qualify for Best of the Best for 2016.
"Judged" means there are awards, it does not mean "juried" in which some works are chosen and some excluded.

If you want to participate, please give Barb Boland and Nancy Staszak your names
This time, send emails to Nancy Staszak

1. Your name if you want to participate---send to Nancy Staszak by Thursday May 23.

2. How many works would you enter?  1--2--or 3  by Thursday May 23 (Just give us an idea)

3. Send any jpg. images that might be used for publicity to Nancy by May 23

4. We will ask you for titles, size, prices, etc. a few weeks before the show so we can type the labels. 

5. Drop off Tuesday, August 25th   Pick-up October TBA
Here are some thoughts on the theme:
Reflections Within and Beyond

Reflections are something thrown back by a body whether light sent back
from a source, an image as in a mirror or shiny surface like water or a consequence
which is evidence or a manifestation of something else. Imitation.

But they can also be observations,  impressions, feelings and conclusions derived
through  serious thought, contemplation  and meditation. 

Reflections Within and Beyond challenge us to ponder that which we know
and that which we hope for.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Board Members

From the Left here, Laura, Tania-Vice Pres. , Elaine-President, Nancy R and Nancy S-Co chair-Exhibits, Mo - Education, Cherie-Membership, Barb, Hospitality, Maria-AFA delegate, and not in the photo, Joan-Communication.  2015-2016 MCS Board...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Two Members Exhibited in the 18th Annual Post Card Show

This issue contains a list of the 16 award winning collages in the 18th Annual Postcard Collage Exhibit plus a list of all participants. Be sure to click on the link that allows you to view the award winning collages on our website. 

Lenz, Lezlie - Lake Forest, Illinois

Rath, Elaine - Hinsdale, Illinois

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Exhibiting - Midwest Collage Society Member- Mary Yezek's

Mary Yezek - Multi Media Artist
Solo Show

Month of May
Woodridge Public Library
3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge IL 

Receptions May 8th, 6-8pm

 Group Show 
Mary Yezek, Tania Blanco, and Gabrielle Tufano 
June and July
National University of Health Sciences 
200 E. Roosevelt Rd. Lombard, IL
Repection June 7th 1-3pm

Midwest Collage Society-Members Exhibit-Nancy Staszak

April 17th - June 5th 
Opening Receptions April 17th, 7-10 pm

"Recognizing the Artistic Talents of the IAEA's Northeast Council Illinois Art Educators" 

Bridgeport Art Center
4th Floor Gallery, 
1200 W. 35th Street Chicago IL 

Kavanagh Gallery
Impressions Printmaking Invitational
April 24th- May 23rd
Opening Reception Friday April 24th 5:30-8pm. 
Talk by Dorothea Bilder at 7pm 

Our Member Nancy Staszak is in both of these Exhibit, Hope you get to one of these Receptions 

Layering and Framing Today-Laura Lein-Svencner

Laura Lein-Svencner will demonstrate the process of creating rich layers with collage and mixed media along with the many different ways to mount and frame collage artwork. Members can bring in a piece of artwork that they have questions on the best way to mount and frame. Laura will share what will work best. 

more information the pdf links and websites. 

Information on how to get the most from the 32 x 40 Matboard. 
For more information on framing the side bar to your right if you scroll down you will see a segment of framing sites. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

UPDATE April 12th Monthly Meeting

Members, upcoming April meeting is a very important meeting we hope you all attend. 

UPDATE - Program change for this month... Veronica Fremont - Cold Connections for Mixed Media cancelled - new program in place.
Here is the new program for our April Meeting:
  • Laura Lein-Svencner will demonstrate the process of creating rich layers with collage and mixed media along with the many different ways to mount and frame collage artwork. Members can bring in a piece of artwork that they have questions on the best way to mount and frame. Laura will share what will work best. 
  • Bring a Project. You can also use this meeting to work on a project of your choice.
Meeting Date:  April 12th, 2015
Meeting Location:  1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL (Darien Police Department Meeting Room)

Early Start Time:  12:00pm – 3:00pm (Please note - We will vote officers at the start of the meeting 12:00pm)
We will be doing the following:
1. Presenting the 2015-2016 Board Member nominations  (this will happen in the first part of the meeting) – we need 25% of the membership to confirm nominations

2. Accepting Renewal of Memberships $20.00  (bring your forms and check or cash to the meeting) You can download the form here. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Awards from the Best of Best Alliance of Fine Art Exhibit

This exhibit will be up for viewing till April 25th 2015 
BoB 2015 Judging
Honorable Mentions:
1. Joe Eddy Brown- Charlie’s Angel
2. Mijeong Field- Himalaya Field
3. Neil Pradzinski- Lie Among the Susans
4. Kevin Lustrup- Sara’s Flowers
Third Place: Richard Miller- Koi Pond
Mastery of craft, great presentation, work shows many different shades of green with intricate forms.
Second Place: Carole Wilson- Big Wheels Keep on Turnin
The painting has great entwining ellipsis, strong textures and a sophisticated handle on tonal values.
First Place: Paul Callahan- Bridges
Fantastic perspective, believable reflection, a strong sense of scale and the ability to compose on a large canvas.
Best in Show: Charles Heinrich- Rambunctious Randy
Intricate, dissonant rhythms, dynamic scale and an ambitious amount of information.