Wednesday, July 3, 2019

August Meeting and MCS News

July -  NO MEETING
August 4th 9 am - 2:30 pm
 “Things Once Loved” Assemblage and Collage all day workshop with Donna Castellanos Donna Castellanos is well known for her assemblages  made from found objects. She will bring many objects that you may use to create your own small (6 inch) assemblage with the addition of small objects that have some interest or importance to your theme for your assemblage. She will also bring the glue you will need. Participants should bring the following: plastic table cloth, cutting surface. Exacto knife scissors,  a substrate (if you wish to create something in relief format. special papers and items of your choice that will work with a small format, and sn old brush for gluing. The workshop will start at 9 am with a break at noon for a short meeting. Bring your beverage of choice, your lunch and, if you wish, a snack to share. The workshop will continue until 2:30 pm, after lunch break.
September- NO MEETING Join us for the MCS Retreat! There are only a few places left... maximum registrations will be 30 people!
October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gasek
November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY

MCS EXHIBITS  
Tall Grass Pickup is Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 21, 22, 23 from 10am to 2pm each day. 
If you can't make it at those times it would be great to have someone pick up for you. If that is not possible you can call and arrange a different time.
Tall Grass Arts Association is located in Downtown Park Forest
367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466
708 748 3377

MCS RETREAT  
Wednesday, Sept 25 through Sunday, Sept 29, 2019
Camp Alexander Mack-Milford, Indiana
2015 MCS Retreat.jpg
 Every year we see new techniques at retreat.  Here is a peek at a retreat demo by Cherie Denton, called "Soul Collage".  If you would like to share what you do at retreat - please contact a committee member.
Join us!  Be AN EARLY BIRD!  Send a $265.00 with the registration by August 1st.
 After 8/1/2019 $295.00.
MCS Retreat Registration forms are attached and will be available at the August meeting.  

Retreat Committee Members:
Margi Hafer (Registration) margihafer@yahoo.com
Adrienne Austin (Marketing, Recruiting and PR)  rbrbtrfly@aol.com
Nancy Castner (Marketing, Program ideas)  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Joan Lucht (Promotions through Facebook , etc) joan.of.art33@gmail.com
We hope all our members will be helping to promote this excellent opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting.

THE SISTERS PROJECT UPDATE by Margi 
The Sisters Project Soft Cover book will be available at the Sisters Project Exhibit reception for $70.00 There will be a book signing at the event.
Thank you to all of my MCS friends who helped make this possible. I'm looking forward to the exhibit in July and hope to see many of you at the reception at the Vogt Visual Arts Center, 17420 67th Court, Tinley Park, IL 60477 on Friday, July 12th 7-9 pm! 
(just South of the railroad tracks and East of Oak Part Avenue)
Please promote The Sisters Project and the exhibit to your families and friends. People who purchase the artwork will choose from a list of charities to make a tax deductible donation to, in payment for the art, and in memory of my sister, Donna Lee Johnston. 
These charities include:
  • The American Cancer Society
  • JourneyCare Hospice
  • The North Shore University Health System Foundation
  • The Salvation Army
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago
  • The Cancer Support Center in Mokena, Misericordia in Chicago
  • Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association
  • The Crisis Center of South Suburbia,
  • PAWS in Tinley Park
  • The Frankfort KidsWork Museum
  • The Lincoln-Way Area Chorale
  • The Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest
  • The Frankfort Arts Association
  • Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights
  • Finally, a special support fund for Cici Belpedio (8 years old) who is fighting the rare disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis.
Vogt Fine Arts Center, Tinley Park Hours:
Sunday-Monday closed, Tuesday 7-9p.m.
Wednesday 4-7pm
Thursday 11-2 and 7-9p.m.
Friday 11-3pm (unless there is a reception)
Saturday 11am-4p.m


Tania Blanco, Margi Hafer, and Andrea Fox have had their art juried into the GOING IN STYLE Multi-Media Exhibition at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum June 29-July 20, 2019 with an OPENING RECEPTION on Sunday, July 7, 2-4
108 S Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108


Nancy Staszak has six pieces in the watercolor show at Mayslake. The reception is Monday, July 8, 6–8 PM . The postcard is attached

Sandy Finch will have a solo show, A Montage of Original Art, at the Lisle Library from August 9th through the end of September. The reception will be Friday, August 9th from 6:30-8pm.

Laura Lein -Svencner has a variety of Classes this Summer into Fall  At Mayslake Peabody Estate. These links are an easy way to check out the class information and sign up: 
Nature Collage and Design, July 11th- August 15th
Collage and Spirit Animals July 15th-August 26th
Collage Totems Sept 9th- Oct 28th
Nature Words and Collage Sept 26th- Nov 7th

Basic Design Collage Sketchbook at LaGrange Art League. Classes are set up in repeat four-week sections. Check out which month might be good for you. 

Laura's work can be seen at Wauconda Public Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda IL  until July 27th, with a Collage workshop at 1:00  on July 27th, 

MCS BOARD
President--Nancy Castner  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Vice President--Tania Blanco   taniablanc@aol.com
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  artfox48@yahoo.com
Communications--Joan Lucht  joan.of.art33@gmail.com  
Membership--Cherie Denton  cherayden@yahoo.com
Exhibits--Jocelyne Roy  Jocelyne.roy@comcast.net
Education--Margi Hafer  margihafer@yahoo.com 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

"Thoughts Woven" Exhibit Tall Grass Art Association

1st prize -  Cherlyn Gradt - “Soul Sitting”


 2nd prizes-  Andrea Fox-  “Evolution”

2nd prize- Laura Lein Svencner - Long Walking Tales



3rd prize - Barbara Pompei Boland- “ Leavings”

 3rd prize- Tania Blanco - “ Outdoor Narratives”



 3rd prize - Fabra DiPaolo- “ Ligature


Honorable Mention -Carol Kazwick “ Good girl, Bad girl” 
This exhibit was Judged through Midwest Collage Society independently from Tall Grass Art Association, ribbons will not be hung, but will be sent to the artists at a later date. 

Judge Ann Blaas
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.









 What a wonderful Gallery and Tall Grass Art Association to be exhibiting with special thanks to Claudia and Debbie for their Curating abilities.

Monday, June 3, 2019

June's Demo



1-2:30 pm "Pouring Watercolor Techniques for Synthetic Texture" 
Watercolorist, Sandy Newell, will demonstrate her watercolor pouring technique which involves mixing up various colors of watercolor paints and pouring the paint over things like lace, coffee filters, rubber bands, washers and other objects to create interesting patterns. The poured  paper and the other objects may then be used in collage. She will bring in altered paper examples and finished pieces of her work.










Monday, May 27, 2019

June's Newsletter

MEETINGS
June 2nd  noon - 2:30 pm  
1-2:30 pm "Pouring Watercolor Techniques for Synthetic Texture" 
Watercolorist, Sandy Newell, will demonstrate her watercolor pouring technique which involves mixing up various colors of watercolor paints and pouring the paint over things like lace, coffee filters, rubber bands, washers and other objects to create interesting patterns. The poured  paper and the other objects may then be used in collage. She will bring in altered paper examples and finished pieces of her work.

July -  NO MEETING
August 4th 9 am - 2:30 pm
 “Things Once Loved” Assemblage and Collage all day workshop with Donna Castellanos
September- NO MEETING
October 6th  noon-2:30 pm  
Creating with “Golden” acrylic mediums and grounds (Golden Samples) Demonstration by Maureen Gasek
November 3rd  noon-2:30 pm  
“The Core Book”    workshop with Adrienne Austin
December 1st  noon-2:30 pm  
MCS HOLIDAY PARTY

MCS EXHIBITS  
Drop-off for the Tall Grass exhibit is Sunday, June 2nd, Monday, June 3rd, and Tuesday, June 4th, 10:00 - 2:00.  Use the alley door.  Artists should inform Claudia their intended drop-off as the gallery is not officially open on all of the above days.


Reception for the Tall Grass exhibit opening
Saturday, June 15th, 3:00 - 5:00pm
If you are able to attend, please bring a platter of finger foods, fruit, or flavored water to share.
Tall Grass Arts Association is located in Downtown Park Forest
367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466
708 748 3377

MCS RETREAT  
Wednesday, Sept 25 through Sunday, Sept 29, 2019
Camp Alexander Mack-Milford, Indiana
Join us!  Be AN EARLY BIRD!  Send a $125.00 deposit with the registration form to reserve your space at the Artist Retreat September 25th - 29th.
Balance of $140.00 is due August 1st.  Qualify now for the special. After 8/1/2019 $295.00.
MCS Retreat Registration forms are attached and will be available at the June meeting.  


Retreat Committee Members:
Margi Hafer (Registration) margihafer@yahoo.com
Adrienne Austin (Marketing, Recruiting and PR)  rbrbtrfly@aol.com
Nancy Castner (Marketing, Program ideas)  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Joan Lucht (Promotions through Facebook , etc) joan.of.art33@gmail.com
We hope all our members will be helping to promote this excellent opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting.

THE SISTERS PROJECT UPDATE by Margi 
The Sisters Project Book is 147 pages of full color photos of artwork: some finished by my sister, Donna, and the rest by 57 collaborating artists that completed Donna's art to honor her memory and raise money for charitable causes and arts organizations.
I ordered 10 hard copy and 20 soft copy books from Blurb to be able to give a discounted price (30% off retail + tax and shipping) to Sisters Project Collaborating Artists, My extended Family, My Students, and  Midwest Collage Society artists who would like a copy of the book. 

If you haven't already requested a book, but would like to order one you can email me and I will bring the books to our June meeting. You can pay me for your copy of the book at the meeting. As of July 1st the pricing of the book will revert to the retail price for the exhibit.

Hard Copy Book (Retail:  $90.79 + tax and shipping)
Your cost:
$73.55 + 5.12  sales tax and shipping
$78.67
Soft Copy Book (Retail: $74.79 + tax and shipping)
Your Cost:
$52.35 +  5,12   sales tax and shipping
$57.47
E Book only available through www.Blurb.com remains $5.99

The Sisters Project Exhibit
 will take place July 1-27 at The Vogt Arts Center, 17420 67th Court, Tinley Park, IL  I plan on being at the Vogt Gallery, during gallery, hours throughout the month of July. (Sunday and Monday, closed; Tuesday 7-9 pm; Wednesday 4-7 pm; Thursday 11 am-2pm and 7-9pm; Friday 11-3pm; Saturday 11-4 pm) The artwork that will be for sale will be available for sale for a donation throughout the exhibit dates, but all work sold will remain in the gallery until the end of the reception, on July 12. All artist owned work and unsold artwork will remain in the gallery through July 27. When the exhibit is over, any unsold artwork may be donated to the charity of the collaborative artist's choice.

Reception July 12th 7-9 pm  
There will be wine, punch and refreshments in the gallery and a Jazz Band concert in the Gazebo adjacent to the historic building that houses the art gallery. It should be a lovely evening to honor my sister, Donna, and the work of all the collaborating artists, I truly hope that all of you will be able to join me at the reception. Plan to make it a special evening, There are several restaurants in the area and it will be a nice opportunity to meet the collaborating artists. I will also be doing a book signing during the reception.  Please be sure to tell your friends and invite them to the exhibit. I have attached a flyer that you can attach to your personal email to your friends.



MEMBERS 
Nancy Savaiano Rosenberg has a solo exhibit at Downers Grove Library
June 1 - June 30, 2019. Meet the Artist, Sunday June 9, 2:00 - 3:00
1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, Il
Library Hours are Tues - Fri  9am to 9pm; Sat 9am to 5pm; Sun 1pm to 5pm
Closed Monday

Nancy Staszak will have a wall for her Dinosaurs at 4ArtSapce at the ZhouB Art Center (1029 W. 35th Street #403 Chicago IL) during June.
The Third Friday Reception is June 21st., 6:00 to 10:00PM. Refreshments are provided. Drop by and see all the galleries throughout the building!

Laura Lein -Svencner has a variety of Classes this Summer into Fall  At Mayslake Peabody Estate. These links are an easy way to check out the class information and sign up: 
Nature Collage and Design, July 11th- August 15th
Collage and Spirit Animals July 15th-August 26th
Collage Totems Sept 9th- Oct 28th
Nature Words and Collage Sept 26th- Nov 7th

Basic Design Collage Sketchbook at LaGrange Art League. Classes are set up in repeat four-week sections. Check out which month might be good for you. 

Laura's work can be seen at these locations:
Lemont Center for the Arts untill June 30th, She will be presenting a Free Demonstration on June 8th at 1:00pm, Come join us at 1243 State Street Unit 101, Lemont IL 60439
Wauconda Public Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda IL  June 1st- July 27th, with a Collage workshop at 1:00  on July 27th, 

MCS BOARD
President--Nancy Castner  designsbynanc@gmail.com
Vice President--Tania Blanco   taniablanc@aol.com
Treasurer--Andrea Fox  artfox48@yahoo.com
Communications--Joan Lucht  joan.of.art33@gmail.com  
Membership--Cherie Denton  cherayden@yahoo.com
Exhibits--Jocelyne Roy  Jocelyne.roy@comcast.net
Education--Margi Hafer  margihafer@yahoo.com 
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Please note That all members may submit news of their awards and exhibits one week before a scheduled meeting. We like to hear about you! Please send to Joan Lucht, joan.of.art33@gmail.com