Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March 2018 MCS Newsletter

Our membership year ends March 31.  Please renew by April 1st. The membership form is attached. Printed copies will  be available at our March and April meetings. 


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 additional 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 http://www.robinliefeld.com

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

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Fall Retreat at CAMP MACK will take place September 19-23 2018.  FIVE days of creating with abandon.  We hope you will consider dedicating the time this year to make good friends, learn a new collage or mixed media technique, be inspired by the beautiful local nature.  Please encourage a friend that is not necessarily a MCS member to attend.  We need to have 25 participants to make this still affordable.  Last year we had a great group which included someone from Poland, and even a poet joined us.  We encourage any creative to join the fun.  This year's fee will be $265. for 4 nights lodging and 11 meals.    REGISTRATION packets will be available at each meeting starting in MARCH.  If unable to attend meetings, please e-mail Tania Blanco.
630-464-3749 (cell)

Our upcoming show is The Next Chapter at the Downers Grove Public Library
Delivery date is Saturday, March 31st  from 10:00 to 11:00
Pick up date is Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 to 11:00
The exhibit will officially run from April 3rd to May 2nd   (Melody needs some time to put up and take down the show)
People will be able to submit two or three pieces of work.
Jocelyne is going to take charge of this show and will be point person. 
Please help her out by getting your entry forms in as early as you can!
See the attached entry form and return it to Jocelyne Roy by Tuesday, March 20th
6S331 Greenwich Court
Naperville, IL 60540

Our exhibit at the Norris Cultural Center in St. Charles will be May 18 through June 30thDelivery and pick up and reception dates TBA
We need a title for this show, so please come to the March meeting with some good ideas!
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.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.
Please contact Margi at    margihafer@yahoo.com

Margaret Swedzikowski will be soon contacting eligible members of our group with more details and entry forms.
Exhibition will be held May 10 through May 31at the
Walford Galleries
Adams Hall, Wheaton College
Gallery hours are M-F 9:00am-5:00pm

Reception and awards presentation is
Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 6:00pm through 8:00pm
Judge’s presentation and critique will begin at 7:15pm.

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. 

Refreshment Coordinator needed!
Maureen McDonald's 2-year term is up this April. MCS needs someone to fill her position. 

Laura Lein-Svencner will present a workshop, Prayer FlagsThursday March 8th 9:30-4:00, Mayslake Peabody Estate,  www.mayslakepeabody.com to register
See attached PDF 

Laura Lein-Svencner was Juried in to Contemporary Native American Art Exhibit at The Art Center of Highland Park IL.  
Opening Reception March 9th 6-8pm 1957 Sheridan Road Highland Park IL 
Exhibit March 2nd - April 6th 2018 https://theartcenterhp.org/
See attachment

Margi Hafer will present a collage workshop "Recreating from Old to New" for the Addison Art Guild, at the Addison Trail High School Art Department, Saturday, April 14, (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
AAG members $35 (Non-members $45) 
See attached flyer.
For details contact: Annette Leiber, Education Chairperson annettelei@comcast.net 630-250-9407

Of Interest
Check out the art of John Derian  

Please Note...all members do receive the pdf of information in an email...

Monday, February 26, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Members Solo Exhibit

The library is located at 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge,  IL  60517

It is just off of 75th Street and Janes Ave.