Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March News Flash

Special thanks to Nancy Castner for creating last month's Newsflash and to Nancy Staszak for e-mailing it to members.


April 2nd    "Collage a Tree of Life" presenter, Andrea Fox

$20 dues are due for 2017-18 and election of officers.  
Consider: Only paid members can exhibit with MCS and the Newsflash will only be sent to and only include news or exhibit information for paid members. Membership connects you with 50+ creative women, offers fresh ideas with guest presentations, and affords multiple opportunities to exhibit, potentially win awards, and sell your work.

Here is the lineup of new officer candidates:
President: Nancy Castner
Education / program chairman: Margi Hafer
Hospitality: Maureen MacDonald

Staying on for another year:
Vice President: Tania Blanco
Treasurer: Dale Lorens
Exhibit Chairman: Nancy Staszak
Membership:  Cherie Denton
Newsletter: Joan Lucht
NCS Delegate/blog manager/meeting site coordinator - Laura Lein-Svencner
AFA Representative: Margaret Swedzikowski (temporarily)

May 7th       "Spirit Dolls" presenters, Mary Warner and Nancy Castner
June 4th      "Creating and Layering Stencils" Ginni Guzior

Save the DATE FOR FALL RETREAT: September 20 - 24, 2017.  $250 for 5 days of creative play. Applications will be available the first week of April. Questions: contact TANIA BLANCO 630-464-3749 or e-mail taniablanc@aol.com

Curious Discoveries
Downers Grove Public Library---Month of April
Prospectus/Entry form   - please fill it out and return to Nancy Staszak by March 25th
Melody Danley has also reserved two cases for our 3D work. 
The cases are about four feet long and have a depth of fourteen inches.
Members MAY be able to bring two pieces----depending on size.

The theme "Curious Discoveries"  is broad---including anything from geographical journeys to scientific experimentation to personal/emotional experience to knowledge from books to imaginary events to found objects (literally!)
Just approaching this theme could lead to accidental/serendipitous  discoveries in the process----so get to work now if you haven't already started something!  This should be fun!

Please start thinking about Remnants and Remembrances for the Chicago Cultural Center this summer. They will be needing images soon.  We are hoping to include works by Sylvia Koch, Barb Arntzen and Donna Johnston in memorium.

The Alliance of Fine Art Best of the Best 2017 Exhibition will be held at the Mayslake Peabody Estate throughout March and April
Reception with Awards Presentation: Thursday, March 16, 2016, 6-8:00pm
Address: 1717 31st St, Oak Brook
Call 630-206- 9569 for gallery hours

Included are works by seven MCS members: 
Mary Yazek - “Cat Coat Lady”
Joan Lucht - “A Tree Whisperer”
Carol Weber - “Unlock"
Laura Lein-Svencner - “Painted Mare, Shaggy Bark Hickory"
Elaine Rath – “Birds of a Feather”
Karen Sako - “La Coqueta”
Carol Kazwick - “Frida”

Attached is a flyer for the student scholarship exhibit. MCS is assigned art students from Plainfield High School. Photos of the work chosen for the exhibit is attached. Wish them luck!

Donna Johnston passed away on Friday the 17 of February after a lengthy and brave fight against cancer. Our prayers are with her family at this time of sorrow.  Her sister Margi Hafer will notify us when there will be a celebration of her life in the spring. She was a wonderful artist who thoroughly enjoyed the fall retreats and she will be sorely missed.

From Margi:
My sister Donna has been in and out of hospitals since last September, with various issues relating to her cancer. The type of cancer that Donna had was Stage Four Melanoma, which started with a mole on her left leg 10 years ago. While in a rehab center in January, Donna developed a blood clot in her left leg which sent her to the hospital again. There was nothing that they could do for her but try to control the pain. Donna went to a Journey Care facility called the Pepper Family Hospice Care Center in Barrington on Friday, February 10th. We were all impressed by the loving care she and the family received there. Donna passed away on Thursday, February 16.

There will be a Memorial Service at her church in Huntley.
Any of our MCS friends are welcome to attend.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Shepherd of the Prairie Church
10805 Main Street
Huntley, IL 60142
There will be a luncheon at the church following the service

Memorial donation suggestions:
Journey Care Foundation
2050 Claire Court
Glenview, Il 7635
Donna's church Shepherd of the Prairie

Margaret Swedzikowski has work in the Best of the Best exhibit representing Downers Grove Art Guild.

Mary Yezek has a solo show at the Downers Grove Public Library for the month of March. 

Tania Blanco will  present a mixed media and experimental collage workshop at the Addison Trails High School on Saturday March 25, 2017  9:30 - 2:30. $50.00 some supplies will be provided. A fun open studio time after a few demonstrations. Applications for the workshop will be available at the March 3 meeting.  Or contact Tania directly at 630-464-3749 or taniablanc@aol.com

Laura Lein-Svencner will be exhibiting with 6 other women in A Woman’s ViewArt Exhibit 
201 Gallery Argonne National Lab
March 15th-June 9th Building 201 Lobby
Artist’s Reception March 224-6pm
She will also be teaching:
Collage and Mixed Media Open Studio Class at Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 West 31st Street Oak Brook IL
6Wks-Thursday Mornings, Starts April 6th-May11th 9:30-12:00 $175.00
Call to register 630-206-9566
Laura Lein-Svencner and Sandra Bacon from MCS will be doing demonstrations along with 8 other artists at:
Dillman’s Free Festival of Artists-March 18th,
11-2pm Addison Art Guild
One Friendship Plaza, Addison Il 60101

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