Thursday, November 30, 2017

Next Meeting

December 3 - 12:00-2:30  Christmas Holiday Party/pot luck /gift exchange.
Bring a dish to pass. It is suggested that gifts be a hand-made object or be useful art supplies. We will probably not have room for the swap table at the December meeting. 

Margi Hafer is in the process of lining-up presenters for demonstrations and workshops for 2018. 
Please email or call Margi if you are interested in presenting a demonstration or workshop during 2018, or if you have a suggestion for a non-member presenter. 

January -  NO MEETING

February 4 - 9am-2:30pm - Work day

March 4 - Tania Blanco will present a fun project


Open Spaces at  If These Walls Could Talk Gallery is drawing to an end.
The reception was very well attended and the show looked great!
Please plan to pick up your work Wednesday, November 29th.,  9AM - 7PM.
If you cannot get there, please make sure a friend can pick up your work, or call Tim or Jennifer to make special arrangements. (331) 212-5962    32 S. Stolp Avenue, Aurora IL

November 29th is also the drop off day for Pack the Pantry
If you want to participate, they will receive any donated art works for a silent auction on Friday the 1st to benefit the DuPage/Aurora food pantries.
Generally they would like to see the work reference or use grocery/paper bags in some way.

Our next official exhibit will be at the Downers Grove Library during the month of April.
Donna Prepejchal suggested the theme/title "The Next Chapter."  Anyone else want to make a suggestion?    
We should decide in the next month or two so the Library can do advance publicity, and so we can begin imagining our new work!

Also, Donna has volunteered for the job of contacting judges and taking care of ribbons, etc.  Thanks Donna!
Anyone else want to be a "Seeker" for new venues?   ...or a "Shepherdess" for following through on arranging the exhibit and communicating with our artists?  Please let Nancy Staszak know!   (

Treasurer needed!
Dale Lorens, our treasurer for many years, will be moving. Please consider filling this important board position. It's pretty basic and not very time consuming. All the bank statements are online so there isn't really much paperwork to manage. 
1.  Deposit checks to Chase Bank--Membership (mostly in April/May/June) and Retreat (May-September). If there aren't too many checks, it is easy to deposit electronically with smart phone, otherwise take to any Chase branch or drop in night deposit at any branch.
2.  Write/mail checks for items such as retreat venue, presenters who do monthly demos, awards to winners of judged shows 1-2/year), reimburse members for expenses such as ribbons, refreshments, etc. 
Dale is willing to answer questions for anyone interested. 

Workshop and class taught by Laura Lein-Svencner
Vision Board Workshop
Mayslake Peabody Estate,Oak Brook IL 
Saturday,  Jan. 6,  9:30 am – 4 pm

Use writing, drawing and image gathering to ignite creative insight that brings themes of change, 
adventure and inspiration to the surface of a large board. You will receive a supply list 
when you register.
 Ages 18 and up. $75 plus $5 supply fee per person. Register at 630-206-9566.

Winter Art Journaling
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL 
6 weeks, Thursdays,  Jan 11th-Feb 19th,  9:30-12:00pm
$175/per student 
Rescuing a hard cover book, students will utilize its structure; gluing pages together forming a base for creative self-expression. This class promises to open doors to adventurous artistic play. Students will learn to manipulate art materials by layering with acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and collage.  Leaving each student a rich platform for personal words relative to the experience they’ve explored. Material fee $10.00, as for supply list when registering.  Register at 630-206-9566

Pack the Pantry Project V. 
Supporting AURORA AREA INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY (serves Kane, Kendall, DuPage, Will and DeKalb counties)
Artists are donating original art for a silent auction with starting bids of $25 ($25.00 can purchase approximately 100 lbs of meat or 100 boxes of cereal.)  $25 can give a lot.
A reception and silent auction will be held  DEC. 1 2017,  6pm-10pm
32 S Stolp Ave., Aurora, Illinois
Cat Guardians annual New Hope Art Auction  Artists are called to donate cat-themed art for the annual auction on January 6, 2018. Proceeds will help the no-kill cat shelter, Cat Guardians, find homes for homeless kitties. See attached flier for information.

Please keep in mind that all members may submit news up to one week before each meeting. Send to Joan Lucht