Friday, March 31, 2017

Lemont Artist Guild Demo and Workshop information

Sharing information from the Lemont Artist Guild.  
Midwest Collage Society Member-Laura Lein-Svencner will present a Demo 

The April 19th Lemont Artists Guild meeting, will begin at 7 PM at the Homer Township Public Library,14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen, IL. Laura Lein-Svencner is an Abstract Mixed Media Collage Artist. Laura teaches collage with the heat seal iron method fusing coated collage papers to many surfaces. She will bring samples of her work, papers she uses and will show how to create surface designs. Laura has taught many classes in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin and is a member of Midwest Collage Society. This demonstration is a must see if you are interested in beginning or have had some experience with collage
Laura is a National Award Winner and National Collage Society Signature member and co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society. Laura Lein-Svencner will share the process of creating your own collage papers; assembling a collage with a tack iron and the application of an image transfer. As a self-taught artist, Laura has been working in the medium of hand papermaking and collage for 20 years, learning and exploring all the ins and outs of paper itself. She primarily focuses on composition, layering, color and ability to create depth in her collage artwork. Her works have been published in many books by North Light Publishing, The Artist Magazine and The Professional Artist. Laura’s work can be seen at: 
Laura teaches her collage techniques, on line and at Naperville Art League in Naperville, Illinois, and at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois. During the summer you’ll find her exhibiting her work at art fairs and teaching collage workshops all around the Midwest. Her collages are represented at The Flying Pig Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin
The public is welcome; a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated.
      Free parking.  Refreshments will be served.

      For more information call Liz Popp Connelly(815)341-1145 or
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
Liz Connelly

And Lemont Artist's Guild has  Marbling Workshop 
See more information  to register Here 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April's News Flash

April 2nd   12 - 3pm   "Collage a Tree of Life" presenter, Andrea Fox
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.
Please bring:
Some of your own manipulated papers, ready for collage
a list of meaningful words of life (e.g. peace, hope, love), or special names associated to your life.
x-acto knife
small cutting surface
glue sticks
Yes glue

Also $20 dues will be collected 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
August 6th    Workday with Suminagashi Marbling Techniques presented by Fabra DiPaolo
                     (This workshop was originally scheduled for March meeting that was canceled)

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

Curious Discoveries
Downers Grove Public Library1010 Curtiss Street      Bring your work Saturday, April 1 between 10:00 and 11:00AM

***A Late entry form is attached for your use----we could still use a few more, but we are in good shape.   3D items would be appreciated!
Please start thinking about Remnants and Remembrances for the Chicago Cultural Center this summer. They will be needing images soon.  We are planning to include works by Sylvia Koch, Barb Arntzen and Donna Johnston in memorium.

***Also attached is the exhibit schedule for 2017.  Some of you have been asking....

Congratulations to two MCS members who won awards in the Best of the Best show at Mayslake.
1st place: Laura Lein-Svencner for "Shaggy Bark, Painter Mare" entry through Midwest Collage Sociaty.
3rd place: Margaret Swedzikowski for "Catch Me If You Can" entry through Downers Grove Art Guild.

Picture this: A study in Picasso's Paint
Argonne physicist Volker Rose explains how the Advanced Photon Source, one of the brightest light sources in the world revealed the real substance of some of Picasso's paintings and paints.

Argonne National Laboratory
Thursday, April 13
6-7pm Reception and interactive poster session
7-8pm Lecture and audience Q&A

Free and open to the public. Guests 16 and older must register in advance:
Outloud Program at Argonne National Lab. 

From Elaine Rath:
Since we had no meeting in March and I can't attend the meeting in April, I want to take this opportunity to say how much I enjoyed being your president for the past two years because it gave me the opportunity to know a lot more of you so much better.  Of all the things I will miss when we move to Florida in October, MCS tops the list.  Keep on creating, encouraging, and inspiring each other, as you did for me.  Thank you sincerely, Elaine Rath

Laura Lein-Svencner is offering a Open Studio Collage Class at Mayslake Peabody Estate 
Thursday'sApril 6th-May 11th, 9:30-12.  See details here at 

Susan Sharp has been invited by Jim Britt (Tony Robbins first mentor) to write a chapter in his new book with Jim Lutes.  It's about self-empowerment and her chapter is about seeing ourselves as artistic masterpieces. Publication is in April and she will be doing book signings in the Quad Cities area in May.
Susan is a Theatre Professor and her original play, IF, will be performed April 20, 21 7pm  & April 22 at 2 & 7pm at Carl Sandburg College. If any MCS members want to attend she will provide free tickets. Email her at