Friday, December 21, 2018

Book and Paper Arts Guild exhibt

Members of the Midwest Collage Society and Book and Paper Artist guild exhibit at Downers Grove Public Library. Stop by and see the amazing books they made.

Monday, December 17, 2018

National Collage Society- Call for Small Works,

National Collage Society 
Call out for Small Work Deadline Feb. 11th 2019
Entry Form - Here

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Judging of Breaking the Ice-Congratulations to the Winners

Our current exhibit at the Woodridge library was judged by Sarah Feliciano; below are her comments and the ribbon winners.

I was very impressed with all the work, you have a wonderfully talented group and the judging was a bit difficult.  I picked pieces that spoke to me and showed creativity, took risks, and had a cohesive messaging.  Here are my picks.

1st-Dorothy Bury Shaw- These Great Heights

2nd-Nancy Staszak-Interplanetary II

3rd-Kathleen Schonauer-Pray for Peace

Honorable mention-Carolyn Dunn- Winter Landscape I

Close up of Mary Y. Piece. 

Thank you to all the member that have shown their work in this exhibit, Great Job and to our Exhibit Chair Jocelyn Roy...Great organizing of the members and hanging. 

All those who entered pieces in the exhibit must pick them up Saturday, December 29th by 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"More Dinosaurs and Woven Canvas Collages"

MCS Members Exhibit - Nancy Staszak

Downers Grove Recreation Center.
It is at 4500 Belmont Road just south of Ogden on the west side of Belmont.
There is a big wall that is sort of a mezzanine and stairwell when you come in and look to your right.
You do not have to be a member to come there and look inside.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

December Newsletter 2018

JANUARY - No meeting 

Dear MCS Members Check the Calendar to your Right on this blog, Meetings and exhibit dates are posted there also. 

Next exhibit - Lemont Center for the Arts, Lemont, IL. January 11th - February 24th
Theme - Endless Possibilities
There is a $10 hanging fee instead of a 30% commission on any work sold.  Please e-mail entries to by January 9th if you wish to participate.

Photos of work needed - IMPORTANT!!!
We are preparing a proposal to exhibit at Moraine Valley Community College
and need photos of MCS member’s recent collage work.

Include the following:
Your name
Title of work
Size of work
.jpg image of your work
Indicate Collage/Mixed Media/Assemblage

Please email to Andrea Fox at

Joan Lucht has a solo show at Natures Best Cafe, 1904 Brookdale Rd, Naperville until December 15. Reception will be Saturday, December 8, 1-4pm.

Jerri Reimann has a solo show of assemblages entitled Skateboard Angels and Curious Beings at Smith Studio & Gallery, 124 S. State St, Geneseo, IL 61254 until the end of January.

Two MCS members won awards at the NUHS/Studios630 Open Show that was exhibited in October and November at the National University of Health Sciences. Nancy Staszak won an Honorable Mention for her collage We Thought We Were Going to Oz and Jerri Reimann won First Place for her collage Spring Mountains.

Laura Lein Svencner is offering a wide range of classes and Workshops, 
Start the year off with a Vision Board instead of a New Years Resolution, 
see how it continues to work in your life through out the year. See attached flyer.
Link Here  

There is an upcoming exhibit at Moraine Valley Community Collage Fine Arts Building.
9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, IL

January 10, 2019-February 01, 2019
Location: Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery

Reception: Friday, Jan. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Robert F. DeCaprio Retrospective features a solo accolade to the artist’s passion for a life of art. Featured interests range from classic automobiles, European travel and architecture to graphic design. The collection of representational work shows the immense attention to detail and realism. Photography and comprehensive private travel journals will be shown as they provide insight to the artist’s eyes and creative mind. The exhibition will be featured in his commemorative gallery and will continue into the atrium. 
Attachments area

Monday, December 3, 2018

Collage Classes and Workshop 2019

Winter and Spring 2019 Flyer HERE

MCS Members Exhibiting -Tania Blanco


Midwest Collage Society Member Tania Blanco is exhibit in Small Works Members Show at the Woman Made Gallery.  
December 7 – 16, 2018
Reception and Open House: Saturday, December 8 | 12–4 p.m.Information about the Exhibit is Here 

Midwest Collage Society is so proud of our members and their continued exploration of collage and exhibiting independently If you get a chance do stop in to this exhibit.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

2018 MCS Holiday Party

 Social hour with members that attended,

 Our Grab bag table,
Beginning announcements with our president Nancy C. 

 Our Program chair Margi has us all set up for 2019 year.

 Sharing the gift we received with each other.

 Some hand made gifts...
Grateful for being together with each other...what a wonderful year it's been...

Our exhibit is up at Woodridge Public Library till December 29th of this year stop by and take a peek.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

MCS HOLIDAY PARTY Dec.2—12-2:30 pm

Holiday party from 2012...that was 6 years ago....lets make new memories. 

At Darien Police Station, 1710 Plainfield Rd, in Darien

Remember to bring either a gift you made or buy a gift that is art related unless you choose not to participate.
If you have not yet signed up for the holiday party and you intend to attend, please bring a dish. The “Menu” is attached so you can see what others are bringing. 25 people are attending so far. Come early if you would be so kind as to help up set up.

Also, a reminder to bring a wrapped gift if you would like to participate in the grab bag.  
If you have questions, please email Kathleen Schonauer at .

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is seeking applications for its inaugural juried art show, Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens.   No entry fee, no commission, easy online entry by February Check out the particulars here:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Next meetings

REMINDER: Daylight Saving time ends. Set clocks back and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
Bring a drink for yourself and should you desire, a snack for yourself and/or to share.

November 4th  12-2:30 p.m.
Andrea Fox will present a workshop on creating a “Flutter Book”.
The Japanese call this style of book "senpuyo" and it is made with single folded signatures joined together at the four edges with narrow strips of glue. These are wrapped in a cover with a spine. Pages are not attached to the spine, only the front and back covers. Bring your supply of creative papers for covers and to collage pages.  Participants attending should come with their own ideas for a theme, story or poem. Other supplies you should bring: Paper cutters, Scissors, X-Acto knife, Glue sticks, Cutting surface, Bone folding tool, Scoring tool, Ruler, Drawing, stamping, painting tools as you wish in order to finish the book. Andrea will provide
65 lb. sheets of paper, as a base for the book. These are 8.5 x 11” and can be cut to the size you need for your book. Photos of Andrea's book attached.

December 2nd   12-2:30 p.m.MCS Annual Christmas Party
Jocelyn Roy has offered to host the party.

The annual fall retreat will take place September 25-29, 2019.

Our next exhibit titled Breaking the Ice will be at the Woodridge Library for the month of December.  Check-in will be Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m.  Members may submit 2 pieces though, depending on the number of participants and space available, only one piece may be displayed. A total of 4 ribbons will be awarded: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention.  Our next confirmed exhibit is in April at the Downers Grove Library titled 'Being There'.  If anyone has venues in mind that MCS might exhibit, please forward your suggestions to

Definition of Collage for Exhibits
In its purest form, collage is the gluing of paper to another material.  Cut or torn pieces of paper are affixed to a base of paper, canvas or wood.  The composition may be figurative, abstract, simple or complex.  Collages may include found papers such as book pages, newspaper clippings, magazine photos, shipping labels or junk mail  They may also include other generally flat items such as cloth, metal, wire, mesh, photographs, leaves, or leather.  Most contemporary collage artists work with acrylic paints and mediums as they lend themselves to a layered approach and have the benefit of drying quickly.

Assemblage is the gathering together and assembling of a number of three dimensional objects into a composition.  Pieces may be freestanding or constructed inside a container such as a box, discarded drawer or shipping crate.  Work may be created using a single material such as wood or metal, or may bring together a large variety of objects like old toy and doll parts, household items, clothing jewelry and photographs.  Items are usually glued, soldered welded or wired together.

Mixed media refers to a work of art that was created using more than one art medium: an ink drawing combined with watercolor or a pencil drawing on top of an acrylic background.  It is used to describe work that combines multiple techniques and media: a stretched canvas covered with papers, paint, cloth, leaves and wired mesh, or a wood panel collaged with papers, texture with plaster or molding paste and then painted.  They may be more three-dimensional than a traditional collage.

 If These Walls Could Talk, a gallery in Aurora, Illinois and the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry are sponsoring the 6thAnnual Pack the Pantry fundraiser in the form of a Holiday Art Auction.
Please consider making an art donation to this worthy cause.  Small works are a big hit.  Dig into your stash of completed artwork and donate to a good cause.
Deliver art to If These Walls Could Talk gallery before December 5.
Title, Medium, Price, Artist Name.  All artwork will be auctioned off starting with $25.00.

RECEPTION: Friday, Dec. 7 6-10 pm
32 S Stolp Ave, Aurora, IL 60506                 Tel     331 212 5962

The Midwest Collage Society has been well represented in the last 4 years and we hope to do this again this year. Anyone having difficulty delivering art to the gallery, Tania Blanco will happily take your art at the next meeting SUNDAY NOV. 4, 2018.
Thanks for caring.

The Tall Grass Gallery is looking for entries for its Pentimento exhibit January 18th to February 23rd.  Artists are invited to submit entries for this exhibit of images that involve the process of pentimento, of correcting or reworking the art in order to reach its conclusion.  Have you ever put a canvas away because painting on it was unsuccessful? Ever stored a painting facing the wall because you lost interest in what you were painting or decided you wanted to change something you already painted. Maybe you revisited a painting and painted over an image or an object because you weren't happy with your first attempt. Perhaps the second time around you altered the posture of your portrait subject, changed the viewpoint or perspective on the still life objects or removed a portion of the composition all together by painting over it? If you have experience with any one of these phenomena, you have created art through the process of pentimento. Submissions are due November 30th. Click on the link below for more information.   

From Margi: I still have not received photos of finished artwork from some people, however, the book is coming along. If I don't receive images for the book by December 1st, I will go ahead with what I have and complete the book. Please send me photos of your completed Sisters Project artwork as an attachment to your email with your artist statement for the Sisters Project book.  SEND
When you've finished the artwork you've created from Donna's art, please print her name, Donna Johnston and sign your name under her printed name. Your artist statement can say anything you want to about your experience with this project. It does not have to be more than a couple of sentences or a paragraph. I would like to include your artist statement along with your art in the book. 
Since the exhibit isn't until next year, I do not need the actual pieces of artwork at this time. The exhibit at the Vogt Gallery will be the month of July 2019, and the reception will be Friday, July 12th 6:30-9p.m. I will be adding images to the Sisters Project Facebook page and create the Sisters Project Web Site which will start promotion of the exhibit in early 2019. Artists may choose to keep their finished pieces and donate to a charity of their choice in Donna's memory. These pieces may still be in the exhibit, even though they are not for sale.
Thank you to all of you who are taking part in this special effort to finish my sister's art and help support worthy charitable organizations with the sale of the finished art pieces.
If you have questions or concerns please call or email me at 815-370-3345.

Margi Hafer received an Honorable Mention award at the Ilinois Watercolor Society Member Exhibit in September and an Honorable Mention at the Bloomingdale Multi-Media exhibit in October.

Andrea Fox entered two collage pieces at the Bloomingdale Art Show and placed 3rd for a work titled “Metamorphosis”.  

Joan Lucht will have a solo show at Natures Best Cafe, 1904 Brookdale Rd, Naperville from November 15 to December 15. Reception will be Saturday, December 8, 1-4pm.  

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