Wednesday, August 30, 2017



OCTOBER 1  Pam Eberlin, award winning assemblage artist, will present a cigar box assemblage workshop. Artists will create a small assemblage with their own supplies, including a small box of choice ( a cigar Box is suggested) and items from Pam Eberlin's stash of small things.
Artists should have a theme in mind; inspired by life, events, or their own supplies. Pam is sometimes inspired by objects which in turn suggest the theme. Pam Eberlin is a hopeless collector who creates art from found objects, especially vintage ones. She creates assemblages, sculpture, and jewelry, mostly from found objects. Pam is a Studio Artist at Union Street Gallery in Chicago heights. She teaches Art to 1st-8th grade students at St. Agnes School in Chicago Heights. Every year her 8th graders create a shrine for their Saint (Confirmation name) from cigar boxes and found objects. Some of the attached samples are similar to what the students created.
List of Supplies:
1-2 cigar boxes, collage papers, assemblage items, paint brushes, acrylic paint, water and paint containers, tacky glue (or similar) E6000 glue (or similar), "Modge Podge" or polymer medium, objects and supplies that fit your theme for your assemblage box.
Be sure to bring a plastic table cloth to protect the table.

NOVEMBER 5  Tammy Deck, fabric artist, will present a program on felted collage. More details in October.

DECEMBER 3  Christmas Holiday Party/potluck /gift exchange

There is still room to come to the retreat on September 20.  Please rush your registration fee to Tania Blanco.
Questions: contact TANIA BLANCO  630-464-3749 or e-mail  


Remnants and Remembrances is now open at the Renaissance Court Gallery of  the Chicago Cultural Center.  
Enter at Randolph Street off Michigan Avenue  across from the north end of Millennium Park.
Our show runs August 25th to October 20th with pick up on October 23rd.
More information about the Thursday October 5th 4:00--6:30PM reception and pick up plans will be coming soon.
Thank you to everyone who entered or helped  hang the show or just wished us all good luck!

Nancy Staszak has more of the Cultural Center postcards that Turkan designed.
She will bring them on the retreat and to the October 1st meeting.

Open Spaces at If These Walls Could Talk Gallery in Aurora
This show is for the month of November----You will receive a prospectus (entry form) and drop off dates soon.

“Open” Fine Art Show
October 5th – December 5th, 2017
The National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) Art Gallery, managed by Lombard Arts Coalition (LAC), will be hosting their annual “open” fine art show October 4th through December 4th.  LAC invites you to participate.  This show is juried and judged with cash awards going to the top artists.  In addition, those artists will be eligible to enter their winning piece in the Alliance of Fine Art’s “Best of the Best” Show in the spring.
The artist application is attached.  If you prefer to receive a packet in the mail, e-mail
Application E-mail/Postmark Deadline:  Friday, Sept. 15th, 2017
 Artwork Drop-off:  Monday, October 2nd from 7 to 9 p.m.
 Artwork Pick-up:  Monday, December 4th from 7 to 9 p.m.
 Reception & “Meet the Artist:”  Sunday, October 15th from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about this event, please e-mail Lombard Arts Coalition at or call (331) 645-3992.

9th Annual Outdoor Studio Exhibit-Studio Picks
September 8th and 9th, Weather permitting, 9:30-4:00pm each day. 
Laura Lein-Svencner's Home, 6718 Dale Road Darien IL 60561
Flier is attached. 

Laura has many classes starting up in October. See on

Tania Blanco and Pat Pope have a two person show: 
Alternative Narratives at National University of Health Sciences
200 E roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL  (the corner of Highland and Roosevelt Rd).

ARTIST RECEPTION is on Sunday, September 17, 2017  1-3 pm.
If you are unable to attend the reception, the artwork can be viewed during clinic hours:
Monday - Friday :   Monday – Friday  7 am – 7pm
Saturday 7:30 to 2 pm.  
Please support our members' exhibit and contact them when you have seen it.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Midwest Collage Society-Chicago Cultural Center-Remnants & Remembrances

"Remnants and Remembrances" is up at the Renaissance Court Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center!

Please thank Tania Blanco and Margaret Swedzikowski, Margi Hafer and Andrea Fox, Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg and Elaine Rath who braved the traffic and brought carloads of art into the alley and loading dock.  We also had energetic help (arranging, measuring, hammering) from them and the  following people: Lezlie Lenz, Sandie Bacon, Georgia Velisaris,  Jerri Reimann and me (Nancy Staszak).  It was a long day, but worth it----the show looks GREAT!

Our show officially opens tomorrow Augusts 25th, and runs through October 20th.
 (Pick up will be Monday the 23rd)
The Renaissance Court Gallery is on the Randolph Street side of the Cultural Center at Michigan Avenue across from the north end of Millennium Park.
It is an easy walk from the Art Institute if you are coming into town.
I believe hours there are from 9:00AM until early evening----or at least 4:30+

Our reception is Thursday, October 5th from 4:00 to 6:30 PM.

A view of the Exhibit....

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


AUGUST 6   9am-3pm
 Fabra DiPaolo will present her workshop on Suminagashi, a Japanese form of marbling that floats ink on water to create beautiful concentric patterns. These patterns are then transferred to paper or uncoated cotton and used for collage another paper arts. Bring 2 small round Japanese brushes and scissors. All other materials for Suminagashi will be supplied. Members are also encouraged to bring materials to work on their current projects and a  plastic tablecloth. Although there are always snacks you may want to bring a sack lunch.

OCTOBER 8  Pam Eberlin, award winning assemblage artist, will present a cigar box assemblage workshop. Start collecting the materials you may want to use...including a cigar box. You may want to start thinking about a theme for your box too. Pam will also have some items from her stash to supplement what you bring. More details in the next newsletter.

NOVEMBER 5  Tammy Deck, fabric artist, will present a program on felted collage. More details in October.

DECEMBER 3  Christmas Holiday Party/pot luck /gift exchange

Final payment for retreat is now due.  Please check your records and mail in your checks at your earliest convenience. Thanks and let's get ready to create in Indiana. We have several new participants this year and one from as far as Miami who will join us. Attached is the packet in case you are still on the fence about joining us.
Questions: contact TANIA BLANCO  630-464-3749 or e-mail  

Visual Music in Our Souls at the Vogt Art Center (July 5th--29th)
was an outstanding success! We received so many compliments on our work. 

Some of our members also sold work there. 
Our judge, Claudia Craemer had wonderful things to say about our show.  (Judge form is attached)
Please also thank Margi Hafer, who helped arrange this show through her acquaintance with Julie Dekker and the gallery itself.
Anyone who has not picked up their work needs to call the Gallery  (708 614-6503)

Forty-seven people are participating.  The final list is attached and is being sent to Crystal Warren. Does anyone object to having their email addresses added so buyers can contact us? 

You may bring your work to the August 6th workday along with $20.00 check payable to Midwest Collage Society since it is to pay our judge, cash awards etcEither Tania Blanco, Margi Hafer or Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg will take it from there. If you cannot bring your work then, you may call any of them and arrange with them to drop your work at their homes. Otherwise, you need to bring it downtown yourself.
Tania Blanco  (Naperville---west) 630-355-6148
Margi Hafer  (Frankfort----south) 815-469-4677
Nancy S-R (Burr Ridge---central) 630-325-9211  NSRdesign3@gmail.comTurkan finished designing and ordering the post cards and has them at her house---and will bring them to the August 6th Work Day.  THANK YOU TURKAN!

We hope to have the show hung by early afternoon
The reception will be Thursday, October 5th,  4PM to 6:30PM ---so mark your calendars!

Finally, those of you who wish may write an artist's statement or bio to be included in a binder at the Cultural Center.  This is not required, but people often like to read about us and our work.
Attached is Donna Johnston's bio which Margi shared. It is lovely reading and may inspire you to write one too!
Aurora----November 2017   This is prime gift buying season and so a great time to show!

More information and an entry form upcoming.

Elaine Rath will be the featured artist at the LaGrange Art League, 122 Calendar Court, LaGrange, from July 31 - August 24th.  Everyone is invited to "Collective Curiosities" Artist's Reception on Sunday, August 13th from 2pm - 4pm.  Refreshments will be served, with music by granddaughter, Jessica Rath and friend.

Joan Lucht received the Peoples Choice Award for A Tree Whispers in the Visual Music In Our Souls exhibit at the Vogt Art Center.

Nancy Staszak  received Best of Theme Award at the Naperville Art League Illuminations Exhibit for her Trappist World II

Laura Lein-Svencner was selected as a finalist in the 34th Annual Artist Magazine competition in the Abstract/Experiment category with Collage, Blue Feathers, 30 x 30 wood panel and will be listed in the Jan / Feb 2018 issue.

Check out Laura's upcoming classes at Mayslake Peabody Estate  
Mind, Body and Creative Spirit Day Retreat, Collage and Spirit Animals, Artists Way, Creative Vision Boards, Winter Art Journaling.

Studio Picks- Create an Art Bundle
9th Annual Outdoor Studio Exhibit, Original Art, Prints and Misc.Materials
September 8th and 9th9:30-4:00 each day -weather permitting
6718 Dale Road Darien IL 60561

Elaine Rath wants to sell a beautiful antique walnut wood portfolio stand in perfect condition for $150.  Paid $1500 originally at a high end antique show, but just wants to find it a good home where someone who can use it and will  appreciate it. Can't take it to Florida.  Call or text her at 630-536-4404
BIG resale of artwork, jewelry, pottery, frames, books and art supplies
Addison Center for the Arts Gallery. 213 N Lombard Road Addison, IL 60101 
Wed. Aug 2 through Sat. Aug 5 10-4.