Sunday, April 29, 2018

May 6th Meeting and more information for upcoming exhibit/meetings

If you haven't already joined for the coming year, membership renewal is now due!
See Membership tab above and print yourself out a copy and mail in or bring  to the next meeting. 

Election of Officers was held and approved at the April MCS Meeting:  
President, Nancy Castner; Vice President, Tania Blanco; Treasurer, Andrea Fox; Membership, Cherie Denton; Communications, Joan Lucht.  
Thank you to Dale Lorens, our treasurer for many years, and well wishes to you in your new home.

The Next Chapter
This was a wonderful show, and we got lots of positive comments! 
Pick up date from Downers Grove Library 1010 Curtiss Street is Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 to 11:00AM 
Please be prompt or have a friend retrieve your piece!  

Bits & Pieces  
Norris Cultural Center in St. Charles,  May 19 through June 30th
Entry Form due by May 10
You may show work you have showed before, since this is a new venue and very large.
We can hang/install up to 105 pieces!

Delivery date is Thursday, May 17th  9:00 - 11:00AM  
Hanging will start immediately after.
Friday, May 18th---- continue hanging the show and place artist labels
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.
More information on location and drop off procedure to follow....

We need some volunteers to help check in the work on Thursday 5/17th 9:00 to 11:00AM
We need more volunteers that day at 11:00 to help hang the work (maybe not the  same people?)
We need volunteers to organize the treats for the reception.
Contact Jocelyne Roy at

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 attachments.

June 3rd  12-2:30 p.m.Margi Hafer will demonstrate various acrylic pouring techniques and creating acrylic “skins” for collage.
July    NO MEETINGAugust 5th   9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Denise Laurin Donatelle will present a workshop on hand-made Japanese paper scrolls.
September NO MEETING
September 19-23 2018  Time to register and send your deposit!  
We are getting closer and closer to our fabulous fall retreat and registration forms should be completed with deposit sent to TANIA BLANCO 1263 Bainbridge Drive. NAPERVILLE, IL 60563.  Consider bringing a friend to this fun 5 days of creating with abandon.  To keep our prices affordable we need 23 participants. Don't delay and send your registration today.
Registration form above under retreat tab and will be available at the May meeting.
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

Exhibition will be held May 10 through May 31
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.

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


Laura Lein-Svencner will be exhibiting Abstract Mixed Media Collage works at Woodridge Public Library, May 1st - May 29th View exhibit during library hours.  Directions  She will do a demonstration on May 12th 10-12pm. Come see the process Laura goes though for her Abstract Mixed Media Collage works. 
Laura Lein-Svencer has an online class, Strengthen Your Design
This online class will be set in a private classroom blog, some computer skills needed. 
All work will be done in a sketchbook with magazines, glue stick, scissor and some sandpaper. 
We will take a simple look at each different composition to strengthen our own design for later works. 
5 weeks 125.00,  PDF lessons, videos and instructor's interaction within the classroom blog. 
Details- Here 

There are currently two collage exhibits in the Chicagoland area that are really worth seeing.

1.  Howardena Pindell: What Remians to be Seen until l May 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Free admission on Tuesdays.

2. The art of Donna Castellanos: Rescuer of Once Loved Things.  Elmhurst Art Museum. closing on May 6.  Free on First Fridays.

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