Monday, March 28, 2016

MEETING Sunday, April 3, 12:00 to 2:30- DarienIL 1710 Plainfield Road

(For details scroll down)

Thursday, March 31, 10am to 2pm
Pick up at Oak Park Library

Saturday, April 210 to 11am
Drop off at Downers Grove Library

Friday, APRIL 8th  
6:00 to 8:00pm with poetry reading based on our work!
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street

Sunday, April 3, 12:00 to 2:30
Election of officers which requires a quorum. Most of the Board members have agreed to serve another term. Needed are:
Alliance of Fine Art representative starting in September.  
Program chair - Perhaps a committee of 2 (or 3) people.  Programs are already scheduled through the end of 2016.

Dues of $20 are due for next year. 

Program:  Alternative Joining Techniques & Small Tools
Learn simple, alternative ways to attach and join 3D elements, create space, suspend and hinge parts using everyday items and small tools in this demo and hands-on workshop. Great for 3D collage, assemblage & mixed media. Presented by Shawn Sargent who teaches at the DuPage Art League and has a shop in Glen Ellyn which features her work.

PICK UP MCS/CAVA Oak Park Library Exhibit  "Piece by Piece"
Thursday, March 31 from 10 AM to 2 PM
834 Lake Street, Oak Park IL
Nancys Rosenberg and Staszak will be there to help.

DROP OFF: Downers Grove Library Exhibit
Saturday, April 2nd   10:00 to 11:00 AM
1050 Curtiss Street,   Downers Grove
Theme: 125th Anniversary of the library --  anything historical or relating to books
We also have the glass cases, so bring 3D work too!
Melody Danley will accept your work & have you fill out her forms.
**This will be a judged show with ribbons and cash awards**
No Reception,   No Commission

Lisle Library Poets and Artists
Friday, APRIL 8th  6:00 to 8:00pm with poetry reading based on our work! (So cool!)
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street

Drop off Wed & Thurs April 27 & 28   9 to 5PM:  AFA Best of the Best
DuPage Art League  218 W. Front Street,  Wheaton
Reception Sunday May 22nd,   2 to 4 PM
Eight prize-winning MCS members are participating.
Wasco Garden Nursery Gallery    June-July    "Flora, Fauna and Mother Nature" 
late May drop off,   Commission 33%

Aurora Public Arts Commission:
      August to October  (another judged show)

Open theme, but we are looking for a title for the  show.

The Art of Layering in Collage
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner 
Collage and Mixed Media Class
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street Oak Brook, Illinois 60523 
Monday’s 9:00-11:30  5 Weeks  April 11th 18th 25th May 2nd 9th  
Register by phone (630) 206-9588 or On line at  

Gelatin Prints & Card Making
Instructor: Nancy Staszak
Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery  508 North Center Street, Naperville
Tuesday, April 19th   9:00 to noon, break for lunch, 1:00 to 3:00  (bring a sack lunch)
(For MCS members, It is OK to arrive a little late or leave a little early/late if timing is a problem)
Age 15 and over      min 3/max 10
Fee $50
Discover the creative patterns you can make from a cookie tray of Knox gelatin!  We will use pressed leaves, flowers, lace and more.  Finished prints can be framed, but we will also cut some into pieces to make cards.  Gelatin, papers, paints, all tools, cards and envelopes will be provided. We will also experiment with the popular "Gelli Plates"
Art instructor materials fee of $15 is to be paid to the instructor at the beginning of the class. 
To register call Debbie Venezia   (630) 355-2530

News items may be submitted by all members. Deadline is one week before each meeting. Please email Joan Lucht -

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Area Artist Exhibit South Suburban College-Janice Meister

The Dorothea Thiel Gallery


“Beyond The Print – Combined Media Monoprint Constructions”

An exhibition of paintings by artist Jan Meister
March 7 through 29, 2016
Artist Reception: Tuesday, March 22nd at 1:00 p.m.
Jan Meister is a printmaker at heart but utilizes mixed media and digital imaging as part of her artworks. Her works can sometimes be probing and introspective, yet others are humorous and playful. All are deeply personal, reflecting her past as a south side high school educator for 30 years, and present as an artist and humanistic optimist. She often begins with her love of texture and frequently includes mundane collage objects such as parts of inter-office envelopes, book covers, and torn paper. She uses them as compositional elements, which then develop into works that address her past and present while sharing her love of nature and reflection upon our endangered ecosystem.

Just a fraction of Jancie's work, Truly amazing the layers of printed materials and found papers with thread, wood, branches and so much more. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tunnel Book, With Ginni Guzior

 Measurements and papers we will need.

 Tunnel Book presented by Ginni Guzior
Scroll down a few posts and You will see her work. 

Please bring the following supplies:
Magazine and/or other images of flowers, tress, nature, etc. Can be from birthday cards, etc
members will cut out images and use them in the layers of this tunnel book.
Images should not be larger than 4-6 inches tall and 1-3 inches wide.
A good variety of sizes works best.
 Ginni, starts us off with measuring the side accordion folds that will house the sections. She suggest that you pick a double printed paper because you would see the inside and it might be nice to have it work with the section.

 We had a great crowd of members...this was half of them there. We had four new members join.

 Fold one way and then fold back the other way and Ginni suggested that we fold individually instead of piling it up it will make it wonky.

 Quick look at how the folds will go but you will need to complete the whole sheet. The fold is 3/4" all the way through the whole sheet...Accordion effect is what we want.

 Ginni is designing her section that will be one of four created today. Glues down the collage papers...I think at this point Nancy Carter ask...who invited the Tunnel Book...well here's some info What is a tunnel book.  
 Tracing over the shapes from the first sections so not to cover them up when viewing..

 Second section...Ginni is eyeing things up so not to block the view of the objects and item behind.

 Our Joan, is explaining things to her collage neighbor but you can see she's got some folds going there.
 One of our members....checking her measurements...

 Mary Ann has her's fold and gluing the middle sections in all ready.

 One of our members getting read to cut the papers.

 Here's a look at the book from the top so you can see the way the accordion side are glued to the middle section.
 Here's Laura's and well she did't follow all the rules and created a small one.

 Noreen a new member but not to collage,  finished here Tunnel book...

A look at it from up on top down..

If your interested in more and want to see more check out this sight...Tunnel Book Gallery 

Or check out this blog and artist work... Gail Bartel 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Photo's from the Reception, Piece X Piece

 Joan Lucht Won Honorable Mention. MCS member.
 Carol Kazwick won 3rd place MCS member,

Second Place Winner, Patricia Stewart, CAVA member in this Collage Exhibit.

Mary Yezek won Best of Show. MCS member

Best of Show Mary Yezek -for Cat Coat Lady
Second place-Patrica Stewart for " Our Daily News 2"
Third place Carol Kazwick for "Frida"
Honorable Mentions went to Brian Caffrey Young for "Mountain Reflection"(picture not available at this time)
Honorable Mention went to Joan Lucht for "Common Threads"

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Exhibit Opening this Weekend- Oak Park IL

Piece  x   Piece


Opening Receptions is March 6th from  2-4 pm
Oak Park Public Library 
834 Lake Street, Oak Park IL