Tuesday, December 27, 2016

MCS Meetings and Newsletter

January - NO MEETING

February 5, 9:30am till 2:30pm  All-day work day. 
March 5th  "Suminagashi" presenter, Fabra DiPaolo
April 2nd    "Collage a Tree of Life" presenter, Andrea Fox
May 7th       "Spirit Dolls" presenters, Mary Warner and Nancy Castner
June 4th      "Creating and Layering Stencils" Ginni Guzior

SAVE THE DATE for the Retreat in 2017. September 20-24 2017  $250 for 5 days of creative play, includes room and board and a space to create overlooking the peaceful lake.

The next MCS show will be Curious Discoveries at Downers Grove Library. Depending on participation people can probably have one large piece, two medium pieces or three small ones. 
A prospectus will be sent out in January.

The fundraiser for Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, hosted and organized by Tim Frederick and Jennifer Rauch of If These Walls Could Talk, featured over 30 artists plus students from local high schools, 7 of them being from the Midwest Collage Society. The event featured food, live music from guitarist Eric S. Dinse, and a wine tasting from Aspen Lane Wine Company. To date, the auction has raised nearly $2,000. This money will help distribute food to the 1,000 families who visit Aurora Food Pantry each week. Every dollar donated to the Pantry provides $7 worth of food, meaning this year’s Pack the Pantry will provide $14,000 of food for families.
We thank all the Midwest Collage Society Artists for their art donations.


Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg will be having a solo exhibit at the Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, from January 3 through February 28Reception on Friday, Jan. 6 from 6pm to 8pm. See attached postcard.

Nancy Staszak has a show, Dinosaurs, Strange Birds and Other Creatures, with Terry Niccoli and Eva Holy at the Woodridge Library during January. Reception is Sunday January 22nd 2:00 to 4:00pm.

The following members' art was accepted in the exhibit Wings at Tall Grass Art Gallery in Park Forest: 
Andrea Fox - watercolor "Heron"
Margi Hafer - watercolor "The All American Rooster" 
Donna Johnston - alcohol ink  "Darting Dragonfly" and mixed media " Summer Fling" 
Laura Lein-Svencner -  assemblage "Winged Messenger"  
Opening Reception is Saturday January 21st1-3pm

Laura Lein-Svencner will be teaching an 8-week art journal and talking-circle class based on the book "Tree Spirited Woman" at Mayslake Peabody Estate, starting Jan 12th. Register by calling 630-206-9588 or visit the website at www.mayslakepeabody.com

She will be doing a demo at DuPage Art League 218 W. Front Street Wheaton IL 
Jan 16th 7-9pm. Anyone interested in seeing the process of Laura's collage work is encouraged to attend.

Her collage piece, "The Mystic" won Honorable Mention in the Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed Media Excellence Awards. Watch for the magazine. "The Mystic" will be exhibited in a group show at Art NXT Level/33 Contemporary Gallery Jan 20th-March 3rd. Opening reception is Friday Jan 20th in the Zhou Bro Art Center, 4th floor 1029 35th Street Chicago IL . 

Laura's collage Nudes II and IV were accepted in a juried exhibit Adam and Eve at Old Court House Art Center, 101 N Johnson Street, Woodstock IL. Exhibit dates: Jan 28th-Feb 25th 2017. Opening Reception Saturday Evening Jan 28th  

Laura's work will be on display and for sale at the Fund Raiser for Robert Crown Center, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale IL. This one day event is Jan 28th, from 7-10pm,  www.robertcrown.org/events for tickets. 

All members may submit news up until one week before each meeting to:
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Members Exhibit Woodridge Public Library

Dear MCS Friends,

Tania Blanco, Margaret Swedzikowski and Nancy Staszak each have four works in the Downers Grove Artists Guild  exhibit currently at the Woodridge Library.
The reception is this coming Sunday afternoon, December 11th, from 2:00 to 4:00.  
Refreshments will be served, and there will be a choral concert  that  same afternoon.  
The Woodridge Library is located at 3 Plaza Drive near the Post Office and Village Hall.

Snap shots from Midwest Collage Society Holiday Gatherings

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DECEMBER 4, 12am-2:30pm and more

Holiday Party - Bring a dish to pass. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a hand-made or a lovely inexpensive wrapped gift as well. This is not mandatory, but adds to the fun. If you received mail art bring it to share.
There will be no swap table in December to save space for the party food and gift exchange.


SAVE THE DATE for the Retreat in 2017.  September 20-24 2017  $250 for 5 days of creative play, includes room and board and a space to create overlooking the peaceful lake.

There is little time left for the PACK the PANTRY opportunity at If These Walls Could Talk in Aurora. Let's help raise some funds for the HUNGRY in our community. Drop off is NOV. 30 or December 1.  Tania can drop off for you if you are unable. Call her at 630-464-3749. Details are available on the last MCS Newsflash.


Laura Lein Svencner's show is still at If These Walls Could Talk in Aurora until November 30. See her work when you drop off your donation.

Meg Guttman is in two shows opening this coming Friday night. 

Last chance to see THE PRESENT: GIFT and Challenge, Works by Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg at the Chciago Cultural Center (Renaissance Court Gallery).
78 E Washington St.  Last day: December 9, 2016.

Nancy Staszak's show "Dinosaurs and Strange Birds" can still be seen at Lisle Library's Gallery 777 through the end of December. 

Laura Lein-Svencner will be teaching two classes beginning in January.
Creative Vision Boards
Jan 7th 2017 - A Year of Inspiration at Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL  Flyers 
Tree Spirited Woman
Talking Circle and Art Journaling at Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL 
Thursday Mornings, Jan 12th-Mar 22nd 

Tinley Park is currently seeking artists for the 2017 Benches on the Avenue public art project.  Attached is the information and guidelines for this program.  
 If you have any questions, please contact:
 Joanne Carroll, Administrative Assistant
Marketing Department Village of Tinley Park

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Our Next meetings and Members Info

NOVEMBER 6, 12pm-2:30pm.
Our November artist will be Kelly Pocci from the Book and Paper Arts Guild. Her program will be on Mail Art. Please bring scissors and glue or glue stick. Don't forget clocks are set back this weekend.

DECEMBER 6, 12pm-2:30pm.
Holiday Party 
Margi will have a sign-up sheet at the November meeting for people to bring food in December. There will be and optional "hand made" gift exchange.

New MCS member, Andrea Fox, received "Best of Show" award for her watercolor still-life at the Bloomingdale Park District Art Gallery. Margi Hafer received an Honorable Mention for her watercolor.The theme for the exhibit is Attention to Detail the exhibit continues until November 5th

Opening reception for Nancy Staszak
Dinosaurs and Strange Birds
Friday November 4th 6:00 to 8:00 PMLisle Library Gallery 777
777 Front Street, Lisle, IL

Laura Lein-Svencner will be presenting a Solo Exhibit, IN FLUX at If These Walls Could Talk-Gallery, 
32 South Stople Ave, Aurora IL. Nov4 - Nov 30th   Opening Reception is the First Friday November 4th 7-9pm 

Website link http://www.itwct.com/

Tania Blanco and Cherie Denton are participating in the St. Thomas Church Art Fair.
Wine & Cheese Reception: November 12th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fair hours:  Nov 12, 1  p.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov 13, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Address: 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL

LuEllen Joy Giera has been invited as a guest presenter,
Working Lunch with Collage   "Glue Your Way to Happiness"
Founder, PlanetCollage; Co-Founder,  Midwest Collage Society
Jointly provided by Northwestern Medicine - NM Academy and AMSN Chicago Chapter #317, this Eighth Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing symposium on November 4, 2016 will be a revitalizing full day event with dynamic speakers and a wealth of information relevant to practicing nurses across many specialties as well as advanced practice nurses and community members.  Northwestern Hospital, Chicago.

The gallery in Aurora, If These Walls Could Talk will be sponsoring Pack the Pantry fundraiser for the Interfaith Food Bank in Aurora. They are calling out for artists to create work to auction off on opening night.
Artists should think outside the "bag" to create work that would be auctioned in a silent auction with starting bids of $25.00.  (Artists may choose to have a higher starting bid if they wish.)  For some collectors of original art, it is a great way to pick up a work of art at a bargain. For the artist, it is way to give back to the community and have exposure.  several of our members have been part of this event.

Regarding the bags:  Provide your own bag, any size or kind, or use the idea of a bag in a drawing or painting. Patti used a burlap potato bag one year and Tania included a tea bag in one of her entries. I tore up strips of a brown grocery bag, glued  them onto a board and painted on top. Just about anything goes, keeping in mind they want people to purchase the works of art for their homes.
Details and Requirements:
We are looking for Artists to create a 2-D or 3D piece of art, using bags as a material source but not limited to. Think out of the bag. All pieces must be gallery ready to hang or display. Title, medium, Artist name and value are required.  Please put a value down for reference.
All pieces will start at $25.00.  If you wish your piece to start higher please indicate.
Note: There is reason behind the $25.00 starting bid. $25.00 can purchase approximately 100 lbs of meat or 100 boxes of cereal. $25.00 can give a lot.
A reception and silent auction will be held December 2, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery at 32 S. Stolp Ave, Aurora IL 60506
Pieces are due to If These Walls Could Talk by November 30 at the latest (You can of course bring them sooner if you're one of those overachieving types...)
To sign up or for more details contact If These Walls Could Talk at 331-212-5962 or wallstalk@itwct.com.
If you need someone to deliver your work,Tania Blanco will be glad to do so for you.  Contact her 630-464-3749, or taniablanc@aol.com. 

Extraordinary Artist and Instructor, Ingrid Albrecht will be offering 2 workshops this winter in her Ravenswood studio. In the past some of our members took workshops from this lovely lady in her spacious studio in Ravenswood area of Chicago.
Visit her website ingridsartoriginals.com  or call 312-320-0833 to register.

Sat. Jan 28, 2017 Creative Design in Monotype Part 1  9-4, $160 includes light breakfast, lunch, coffee,teas and snacks.

Sat. February 4, 2017  Creative Design in Collage Part 2  9-4 $160 includes light breakfast, lunch, coffee ,teas and snacks.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sharing Local Event

Building Appreciation for the Arts
September 27, 2016
Attention: Community Calendar
For Immediate Release
Lemont Artists Guild Contact: Liz Popp, (815)341-1145lizzypopp@hotmail.com
October 19, 2016 – Business of Art presented by Sergio Gomez
The October 19th Lemont Artists Guild meeting will begin at 7 PM at the Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen. Sergio Gomez will discuss how to take your art and promote yourself by learning the business aspect in the world of art. Besides being an artist and running his own gallery, Sergio Gomez offers professional development resources for artists and does professional speaking helping artists manage their art career. He has a talk on "Closing the Gap" that he presents in the US and Europe. Check out Sergio's website at www.33contemporary.com. Sergio is also on the faculty at South Suburban College.
Sergio Gómez is a Chicago based visual artist. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. As an art student at Governors State University, Sergio was recipient of the Lincoln Laureate Medallion Award given by the Lincoln Academy and former Governor of Illinois Mr. Jim Edgar. Sergio’s work has been subject of solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy, Mexico and Vienna. He has participated in Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Sergio Gomez numerous group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, Mexico, Korea and the US. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among others.
The public is welcome, a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated.
          Free parking.  Refreshments will be served.
          For more information call 
 Lemont Artists Guild Mission Statement: Our mission is to enhance life in Lemont and surrounding communities by providing fine art education, instruction, programming and appreciation through a supportive environment that nurtures creativity and individuality.

Lemont Artists Guild presents
Business of Art
By Sergio Gomez
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016 7-9 p.m.
at Homer Township Public Library
14320 W 151st St., Homer Glen
Information: (815)341-1145

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


October 2, 11am-2:30pm.
Kathleen Schönauer, one of our new MCS members, will be presenting a workshop ""Uncovering the Mandala".
Participants should bring: glue, sticks, scissors, magazines, drawing compass and drawing materials of choice.  

November 612-2:30pm.
Our November artist will be Kelly Pocci from the Book and Paper Arts Guild. Her program will be on Mail Art.

December 612-2:30pm.
Holiday Party  

The Collective Muse at the Aurora Public Arts Commission (APAC) continues through September and endsOctober 22nd.
Pick up dates will be that next week ---TBA. Probably noon to 4pm ---  Wed 10/26Th 10/27Fri 10/28Sat 10/29
This is our last scheduled exhibit for 2016.
Gallery hours at APAC are noon to 4pmWednesday to Saturday and during "First Fridays"   Oct 7,  6-9pm.
20 E. Downer Place - third floor. Bring your friends if they haven't seen the show yet!

Prizes for the Aurora show will be awarded at the October 2nd regular meeting in Darien. 
Ribbons are at the show so the public can see which works got awards. You will get your ribbons when you pick up your work.See attachment for a list of award winners and judge's comments.

Rena is planning a reception for a national ceramicists exhibition FridayOctober 7th from 6--9PM.   
It could serve as a closing reception for us too. 
There will be refreshments and a cash bar again for anyone who missed the first time (or just wants to come again with more friends)

Please start thinking about Remnants and Remembrances August 25th --October 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
They will want a list of artists and art works a few months in advance---so you have fair warning!  Get working!
There is a lot of space, so everyone can have at least one large or possibly two medium/smaller entries.

Themes for upcoming shows
Curious Discoveries   Downers Grove Library
Visual Music in Our Souls   Vogt Art Center
Open Spaces   If These Walls Could Talk Gallery in Aurora

It was a warm (literally) and wonderful 5 days at Camp Mack. A big thank you to Tania for organizing it, Laura for leading drum circles, Cherie for leading Soul Collage, Ellen for leading Tai Chi, Cherie and Mary Warner for alcohol ink pendant demo and Margaret for demonstrating her alcohol ink techniques.

Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg has solo exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 14 through December 9. This is the same Renaissance Gallery that our group will be in early next year. 

FYI - All members may submit news. Send items (without formatting, please) to Joan Lucht. joan.of.art33@gmail.com

An opportunity to be part of the St Thomas art fair in November. No cost to exhibit but 20% of sales support Haiti education fund. Cherie and Tania are doing it. For application and details send email to Tania.