Wednesday, March 28, 2018

April 2018 Newsletter and more

Our membership year ends March 31. The membership form can be found under the tab above. Printed copies will  be available at our April meeting and at the Downers Grove Library during our drop off on Saturday, March 31st 10:00 to 11:00.


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.  Check her web site at
Robin will talk a little about herself and how she got started in Art. She will show her process using various works in progress - discussing what she does at each stage.  She will not be actually painting anything.
Next, Robin will discuss  the process she goes through with each painting to prepare it for sale in various forms.  She will have a handout describing tips and tools she uses. She will talk about social media, websites, merchandising,etc.  Her goal is to help artists think through the process of building an art business. 

May 6th   12-2:30 p.m.Kathy 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. Kathy will supply some card board, puzzle pieces printing ink and paper. Participant should bring fast drying glue (like Aileen's Tacky Glue) or glue gun; assorted color Crayola Crayons and/or Prisma Art Sticks, graphite stick and/or Conte Crayons (any color), Soft brayer, scraps of mat board and assorted papers ( any color) for printing images. See photo attachment.

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

September 19-23 2018  Time to register and send your deposit! 
Registration form is attached. Forms also will be available at next meeting.
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. 
 For additional information please e-mail Tania Blanco.
630-464-3749 (cell)


The Next Chapter 
Month of April at the Downers Grove Public Library
Delivery date is Saturday, March 31st  from 10:00 to 11:00AM
Pick up date is Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 to 11:00AM
The exhibit will officially run from April 3rd to May 2nd   
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. 
See the attached entry form and return it to Margaret Swedzikowski since Jocelyne is out of town (It looks like we still have a little room for more entries, so get them in!)
Bits & Pieces  
Norris Cultural Center in St. Charles,  May 19 through June 30th
Delivery date is Thursday, May 17th  9:00 - 11:00  Hanging will start immediately after.
Friday, May 18th, continue hanging the show and place artist labels
Reception date same as Pick up Date
Reception  Saturday,  June 30th   1:30 - 3:30PM 
Pick up after the show,  June 30th 4:00 - 5:00PM
There will be a 30% commission to Norris on this show. Keep this in mind when you price your work.
Entry forms will be available soon.  
Contact Jocelyne Roy at

The Sisters Project Update
The Sisters Project Exhibit and book will be promoted at the Norris Gallery during May/June MCS Norris Exhibit. However, the full Sisters Project Exhibit will be at The Vogt Gallery in Tinley Park the Month of July, 2019. Since Vogt Gallery does not request a commission fee, all of the proceeds from the sale of art will go to charities. Changing the date also gives everyone a little more time to complete Danna's paintings. There is a possibility of additional exhibit opportunities at the JourneyCare Hospice facility in Glenview, and through the Northshore Medical Center Foundation for Cancer Research. There are over 55 artists participating in The Sisters Project and there will be over 150 pieces of art to exhibit, including some pieces that Donna created herself. Margi is starting on digitally creating the book this month and hopes to finish it by the end of August. Hopefully, all finished artwork will be competed by August 1st so that they can be included in the book. Thank you to all MCS members who are participating in this project

Margaret Swedzikowski has contacted 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.


Tania Blanco has been busy creating art and exhibiting.  TWO receptions of her solo shows are coming up back to back.

Paths of Exploration  FRIDAY April 6, 7-10 at Art Gallery Kafe 127 Front Street, Wood Dale, IL 60191

Nature's Footprints  SATURDAY April 7 4-7 pm at Nature's Best Cafe - 1904 Brookdale Road Naperville, IL 60563

Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg has a piece in an exhibit at Addison Center for the Arts.
Artist reception is April 13, 7:00 to 9:00
213 N. Lombard Rd - Addison

Margaret Swedzikowski has a couple of pieces in Addison Center for the Arts exhibit, Creative Insights. She also has two musical-theme collage pieces on display in Polish Museum of America in Chicago till May 6th as a part of The Polish Arts Club of Chicago (PACC) 81st exhibition of painting and sculpture.

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) 
For details contact: Annette Leiber, Education Chairperson 630-250-9407

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