Sunday, June 4, 2017

Gelatin plates and Gelli plates with loads of stenciling

 Over 20 members showed up today..

 June 4th      "Creating and Layering Stencils" Ginni Guzior
 A Gelatin plate that Ginni made to show us how it works.

 Stenicls
 Ginni gives us a Demo
 Layering the stenciling process.
 Laura's feather action






Some Wonderful printed, stenciled and stamped papers to use by themselves or with as collage papers. We had a great time Thanks Ginni!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June 4th MCS Meeting

MEETINGS
June 4th  12 - 3pm   "Layering Collages" by using Gelli plates, stencils, rubber stamps and acrylic paint.

Please bring:
-  Gelli plate (if you don’t have one wrap a sturdy piece of cardboard with some aluminum foil or make one using recipe below supply list)
-  Stencils you own
-  Large rubber stamps
-  Assorted acrylic paints
-  Brayer
-  Scissors
-  Exacto knife
-  Cutting mat
-  Baby wipes or something similar
-  Plastic gloves
-  Apron
-  Hairdryer
-  Assorted bristle brushes
-  Sponge pieces
-  Printing baren or a wooden spoon
-  Assorted papers to print on assorted sizes as:  handmade paper, newspaper, kraft paper, wrapping paper, etc.

Here are instructions for making your own Gelli plate:
You will need 1 covered 9x13 cake pan
2 (4 pack) Knox gelatin
3 (6oz) bottles plain glycerin
Put 2 cups of glycerin in a bowl. Sprinkle all 8 packages of Knox gelatin on top and fold to soften
Set aside
Boil water and pour 2 cups water gently in to gel mix. Stir gently until no water pools on top. Carefully pour mixture into cake pan. Remove any bubbles be touching them
Set pan level in refrigerator. (do not cover)
When set, gently loosen. Place a piece of sturdy material (cookie sheet, board etc.) and invert. 
If the Gelli plate is torn, cut it up and put in the microwave to remelt it. Then pour into the 9x13 pan to repeat process.

No Meeting in July

COMING UP:
August 6th    Workday with Suminagashi Marbling Techniques presented by Fabra DiPaolo (This workshop was originally scheduled for March meeting that was cancelled)

RETREAT
 FALL RETREAT: September 20 - 24, 2017.  $250 for 5 days of creative play. Deposit is due by June 15. We have financial responsibilities to the Camp. Registration form on blog
Questions: contact TANIA BLANCO  630-464-3749 or e-mail taniablanc@aol.com  

MCS EXHIBITS
Our next two shows are judged shows.
That is, we have cash prizes and the opportunity to qualify for the Annual Best of the Best Show.
All work for these shows MUST be collage work---that is, have layers of paper, fabric, etc as an integral part of the composition.
Visual Music In Our Souls  will be judged by Claudia Craemer, who curator at Tall Grass Gallery in Park Forest.
Remnants and Remembrances at the Chicago Cultural Center will be judged by Jeanine Coupe-Ryding, an instructor at the School of the Art Institute.  They are both art experts with discerning eyes and will have insightful comments about our work.


Exhibit Opportunity in July
The July Vogt Art Gallery show is easy for us, since you (or a friend) will deliver your work the week prior and pick up your work the week after (possibly even that night after the reception so you don't have to make an extra trip)
They will hang the show and do the labels.  They will provide refreshments, though we are invited to  bring some to supplement what they have.  That reception is  Friday, July 7th,  7---9PM

For the Chicago Cultural Center show we need drivers with vans to pick up our work in October.
Margi Hafer, Nancy Savaiano-Rosenberg and Tania Blanco have volunteered to deliver with their vans. 
Our August work day is a good time to drop off work in Darien----or any time during that month prior to the actual drop off day downtown Thursday, August 24th.  You would make arrangements with the drivers.     
 
MCS will cover the  costs for the three drivers with vans who are gathering and delivering work for all of us ---and the van drivers who pick up our work in October.

We need several people to help that day with check in, hanging, and collecting the $20 hanging fee. (The hanging fee goes to pay the judge, the prizes, van parking, etc.)
People would need to make a time commitment to arrive early enough (by 9:30 or 10:00) that day to help with check in, OR come a little later and stay until the show is hung----or help with one task and switch off with others who can complete the show.  
We can't cover parking costs for everyone, so the rest of our volunteers will have to do it for love & duty....

Please let me know if you can help with pickup,  delivering, checking in, hanging work or placing labels on August 24th.  (Nancy Staszak  astaszak@aol.com  or call 630-985-0933)



MEMBERS 
Margaret Swedzikowski received a third place award for an alcohol ink piece at the 80th Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture in Polish Museum of America in Chicago. 

Elaine Rath will have a solo show at the Woodridge library for the month of June with an artist's reception on Sunday, June 11th between 2-4pm.  Hope you can come.

Laura Lein-Svencner will teach a Floating Collage 3-Day Workshop 
July 13th, 14th and 15th
Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery 
508 N. Center Street, Naperville IL 
Flyer and supply list is attached

All members may submit news up to one week before each meeting. 
Send to Joan Lucht  joan.of.art33@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MCS Members Spirit Dolls





























                                  Here's a few that are completed during our workshop.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Our Next Meeting MCS




May 7th  12 - 3pm   "Spirit Dolls"   Presenters, Mary Warner & Nancy Castner
In this workshop we will be making a Spirit Doll in a style that Nancy has used in many dolls. Nancy and Mary create these dolls to represent different spiritual attributes, such as humility, joy, love, etc. In making your doll you might do the same or perhaps allow yourself to give your doll it's own meaning or interpretation. A photo of the project is attached.

Please bring:
-  Scissors
-  A piece of decorative paper to adhere to the base board as a background. These boards are approximately 4 to 5" x 4 to 6".
-  Gel medium or the like to glue this paper onto board.
-  Fibers, such as yarn, ribbons, fancy fibers and trims to use in dressing the doll and possibly for hair.
- Charms, beads and other embellishments such as feathers, etc, to finish off your doll.

Faces and base boards for the Spirit Dolls will be supplied. Also available will be glue guns and a few other glues you might be using, as well as some extra fibers.

COMING UP:
June 4th      "Creating and Layering Stencils" Ginni Guzior
August 6th    Workday with Suminagashi Marbling Techniques presented by Fabra DiPaolo (This workshop was originally scheduled for March meeting that was cancelled)


RETREAT
Save the DATE FOR FALL RETREAT: September 20 - 24, 2017.  $250 for 5 days of creative play. Registration form with information s on this blog under Retreat tab. Questions: contact TANIA BLANCO 630-464-3749 or e-mail taniablanc@aol.com

MCS EXHIBITS
Curious Discoveries
Downers Grove Public LibraryMelody Danley is taking down our show soon, but the pick up date is Saturday May 6th.
Pick up time is 10:00 to 11:00 AM Saturday morning
Please be prompt as a courtesy to Melody.
  
She has done a beautiful job hanging our show and deserves our gratitude!
Nancy Staszak will not be there due to a previous obligation, but she will see you at the Sunday May 7th meeting.

Secondly all should have received prospectus form in your email for our next show, Visual Music in Our Souls,  at the Vogt Art Center in July. if not contact Nancy Staszay at astaszak@aol.com
Please print it out now and mark your calendars!

Also think about your work for Remnants and Remembrances for the Chicago Cultural Center in August. We will need a list of all titles by mid-June!

OTHER EXHIBITS
Eight MCS members who were part of a cloth-book collaborative will have their work displayed at Downers Grove Library from May 6th to June 15th

The National Collage Society 32nd Annual Juried Exhibit is coming up. This year it will be at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Height IL.  The deadline for submission is Friday August 4th 2017 The Exhibit will run from September 27th to October j28th 2017 This Exhibit will count toward your NCS Signature Membership.  You would need three acceptances in an Annual juried exhibit like to be eligible for this status. Please see the Link for all the information you will need. National Collage Society  With this being only a few months away and all the other exhibits lined up for our members I though it would be a good time to announce this and prepare for it.  
- If you paid your MCS/NCS dues just recently of $55.00 you will not have to pay NCS yearly dues when filling out the entry for this exhibit. Though you will have to pay the $15.00 for entering this exhibit. 
- If you did not pay for NCS membership and would like to entry you still can. You will have to pay the full amount to them-NCS of $35.00 + $15.00 = 50.00 for the entry fee. 

MEMBERS 
Margi Hafer was an award winner with her postcard, Fly to the Moon, in the annual postcard show by the National Collage Society. There were more than 120 participants from 25 states and 4 countries. 

Elaine Rath, obsessive collector and MCS member, is moving and needs to sell 100+ picture frames, mostly antique, some museum quality, all sizes, shapes, and condition.  Bargain prices: $1 to $15. 
640 W. 58th Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521   West off Madison,  Just east of Rte. 83 (Kingery)
Friday Saturday May 12th and May 13th  
or by appointment May 11th to May 14th    Elaine Rath  630-536-4404

Re Kielar has a solo show of fourteen works at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in the Healing Gallery through May 8th 77 N. Airlite Street
Elgin IL   60123      (847) 695-3200

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Call for submission outside of MCS exhibits

This is a call for submission for independent Collage artist to submit their works. 
This is not an exhibit the MCS is doing in a Group format. 

Wild Cuts
Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
From paper and paste to hip hop samples and glitching, collage is a long-standing
strategy for exploring, exploiting, and reordering visual and sensory culture.
This show will have a specific emphasis on video, sound, and works on paper.
Juror: Ruby Thorkelson
July 7-August 19, 2017
Entry deadline: May 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

May's 7th Meeting Spirit Dolls




DESCRIPTION OF SPIRIT DOLL WORKSHOP:

In this workshop we will be making a Spirit Doll in a style that Nancy has used in many dolls. Nancy and Mary create these dolls to represent different spiritual attributes, such as humility, joy, love, etc. In making your doll you might do the same or perhaps allow yourself to give your doll it's own meaning or interpretation.

***Nancy will be bringing faces and the base boards for these Spirit dolls. We'll also be bringing glue guns and a few other glues you might be using, as well as some extra fibers.
*** a piece of decorative paper to adhere to the base board as a background. These boards are approximately 4 to 5" x 4 to 6".
***gel medium or the like to glue this paper onto board.
*** Scissors
***Fibers, such as yarn, ribbons, fancy fibers and trims to use in dressing the doll and possibly for hair.
***charms, beads and other embellishments such as feathers, etc, to finish off your doll.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Call for Art...Woman Made Gallery

Hi Midwest Collage Society members, 

Please Note: This is an independent call for art separate from any exhibiting the MCS does together. Artist need to follow submission guidelines. 


Wild Cuts
July 7 – August 19, 2017 | Opening Reception: July 7, 2017 | 6-8pm
Entry Deadline: May 19, 2017
Juror: Ruby Thorkelson

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT WORK
https://womanmadegallery.submittable.com/submit/79255/wild-cuts

From paper and paste to hip hop samples and glitching, collage is a long-standing strategy for exploring, exploiting, and reordering visual and sensory culture. Collage has appeared in wildly distinct forms across all the major art and culture movements of the 20th and 21st century, from surrealism to riot grrrl to net art. This exhibition is open to femme artists of all genders working across all disciplines, with a specific emphasis on video, sound, and works on paper. 

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Midwest Collage Society Exhibit-Downers Grove Public Library

Sneak Peek 
Stop in to the Downers Grove Public Library and See the Midwest Collage Society's Annual Exhibit- Happy Earth Day Everyone! 










Monday, April 3, 2017

Tree of Life demo and mini workshop





Andrea Fox will get us started with ideas for creating our own "Tree of Life" collage.
"Tree of Life"— We will explore it's meaning and inspiration. The subject has mystical aspects and magic that many cultures, races and religions have as a source of life in their beliefs. This presentation will provide some insights to the history of the Tree of Life.  It is meant to inspire you to think and feel your way to creating a personal tree of life with your knowledge of collage. As an art teacher, I have used the subject of tree in drawing and painting classes because the artist can easily relate to the way a tree grows and the mood it can create. We won't hug a tree but some of our feelings and inner self may show up in our collage work.


Andrea gave a wonderful presentation and mini workshop....here's some idea of trees she showed and the Celtic tree horoscope...etc. 







And now some paper, scissors and glue....and the Midwest Collage Society is off and cutting. 





















What a great theme to work in....so many different kinds of trees and the tree is and has been a huge part of all our lives, from the paper we work with to the homes we live in...Imagine