Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year and Meeting dates and time

January -  NO MEETING

February 4th   9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Work Day (no presenter) Bring whatever you want work on and visit with other Midwest Collage Society members.

March 4th  12-2:30 p.m.
Tania Blanco offers “Mixed Media Madness” with a group paper altering project.  There will also be a “Brown Bag Challenge” to get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to think outside of the “Bag.” Bring plastic table cloth, scissors, glue, bottles of inexpensive craft acrylic paint, foam brush and addition brush, stamps and ink pad. scraps of paper to share and a hair dryer (to help dry paint).

April 8th   12-2:30 p.m.Robin Liefeld is a writer and self-taught mixed media artist who creates whimsical, childlike characters with vibrant colors and lots of dimension. Her colorful works of art often encourage you to stand in your truth and to be brave in the face of challenges. She wants her paintings to connect to the inner child and uplift, and lighten the soul. She will talk about her writings and art and how she uses social media to promote her art, her journaling workshop, and her mission. Check her web site at

May 6th   12-2:30 p.m.Kath Schonauer will present a “Frottage” workshop:  Frottage is the printing technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art. 

June 3rd  12-2:30 p.m.Margi Hafer will demonstrate various acrylic pouring techniques and creating acrylic “skins” for collage.

August 5th   9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Denise Laurin Donatelle will present a workshop on hand made Japanese paper scrolls.

September NO MEETINGMCS Collage Retreat September 19-23 at Camp Alexander MAC

October 7th  12- 2:30 p.m. Sandra Bacon will present a Workshop/Demonstration on GOLDEN ACRYLIC PRODUCTS There will be free samples and lots of new ideas she’ll share.

November 4th  12-2:30 p.m.Andrea Fox will present  a workshop on creating a “Flutter Book”.

December 2nd   12-2:30 p.m.MCS Annual Christmas Party

Our next show is The Next Chapter at the Downers Grove Public Library for April
People will probably be able to submit two or three pieces of work. Dates TBA.
Jocelyne Roy is going to take charge of this one and will be point person.

We also have a mid-May through June exhibit at the Norris Cultural Center in St. Charles. Theme TBA

We will partner with The Sister Project that Margi Hafer is coordinating honoring her sister, Donna Johnston. These works are unfinished pieces by Donna, finished by friends and members of the MCS. Margi will be sending a detailed e-mail reminder to people who have offered to finish Donna's paintings.There will be an exhibit of the finished pieces at the Norris Gallery in May-June. She will need photos of the finished work and short artist statements by April 1st so she can work on the book. Thank you to all of you who are participating in this project. 

Dale Copeland, an artist from New Zealand, curates the ICE-International Collage Exchange and Exhibit. She has a Call out for WordArt. See details

Nancy Staszak has a show at the Glen Ellyn Public Library for the month of January: Dinosaurs and Strange Birds.
The reception is Sunday, January 7th from 2:00 to 3:30
The Library is at 400 Duane Street in Glen Ellyn.

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 classes 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
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.
$175/per student.  Material fee $10.00, as for supply list when registering. 

Walking in this World
by Laura Lein-Svencner
Mondays: February 12 – May 14 (no class March 19)  9:30 a.m. – Noon

This 13-week group circle course will explore Julia Cameron’s Walking in this World, the sequel to The Artist’s Way. 
These books are designed to help people discover their unique creativity in gentle ways. Journal writing, group discussion and the comfort of like-minded people can help you become creative in all aspect of your life. 
$165.00 Ages 18 and up. Register at 630-206-9566.
Register Online!

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