Tuesday, July 28, 2020

August Meeting and More~


MEETINGS
August 2 Due to the virus travel restrictions and concerns, Barrie Mason will not be able to come to the Chicago area to give her "No touch Parfait Dying" Workshop. Hopefully she will be able to come in August 2021 to give her workshop.
Instead we will have an open-air work-day. Each participant should bring whatever she wants to work on while we are together for a work day. 
In addition Mary Warner has offered to teach some simple book-making techniques in the morning. It is a workshop of various fairly simple bookmaking ideas in which she will supply all of the paper and cover material. For those who want to make books bring scissors, a cutting mat or tray-like surface, a couple of glue sticks, some wax paper to keep the surface clean as one works, perhaps a ruler and pencil. (Make 1 of them, 2, or all 3... during the morning. Bring embellishments if you want to decorate them in the afternoon)  Participants who want to make these small books can pay Mary Warner $5 for book-making supplies. See the photo below for a sampling of the types of non-stitch books that you can make.
We will have our MCS Meeting at Noon while we have lunch.
Advance registration will be necessary: Due to the need for social distancing we can only have 24 participants at our meeting (2 people per picnic table) 
Register for the Meeting/Workshop by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS August Meeting  
All participants must be paid members of the MCS. 
If you haven't paid your dues yet, use the attached membership form and mail it to Cherie Denton with your payment.  
Meeting will be held in the pavilion in Seager Park, 1163 Plank Rd, Naperville, IL 60563





     
Participants should bring:
· Plastic tablecloth for your work area.  A large trash bag cut open would work
· Folding chair & TV tray table or use the picnic tables in the pavilion.(Two people to a table)
· Lunch and beverage of your choice
· Paper towels and disinfectant to wipe your work surface
· note paper to take note during our meeting
· Bone folder if you have one
· Face mask
· OPTIONAL: Those who want to drop off artwork for the Vogt Gallery Exhibit may bring their art and Prospectus form to the meeting. Margi Hafer and Andrea Fox have volunteered to take artwork to the Vogt Art Center 
September 13th   In place of this year's retreat the Darien Police Station is reserved for a MCS meeting Noon-2:30 p.m. Please save the date. 
Program Title: "Process and Practice-Collage Art" Our Presenter will be Laura Lein-Svencner, who has been working in the medium of collage for 25 years. She has established a process and a practice around her art. Laura will share how artists can break rules, connect authentically and if you’ve become distant from your art how you can fall back in love with it. The demonstration of her “Tack Down Tuesday’s” will be shared for all to see from beginning to end.
October 4th   "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter 
November 1st  "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party 

MCS EXHIBITS
Erin Cortilet from the Tinley Park Park District is planning for us to have a REAL exhibit in the gallery in August. (since we are in stage 4 of recovery)  She is also willing to put together a virtual exhibit of our art so people who are unable to come to the gallery can view it.
In addition to submitting a prospectus (attached) all MCS members are invited to submit 2-3 pieces via email with any size jpeg image for the virtual exhibit.
This exhibit will be juried for Awards
For each image Include:    Artist's name
                                           Title
                                           Medium (2D and 3D accepted)
                                           Price or NFS
Save jpeg with Last Name_Title.jpg SAMPLE: (Hafer_Flowers.jpeg)
Submit images to:  margihafer@yahoo.com   by July 31

NOTE:
DROP-OFF  You may deliver your original collages to the gallery anytime during gallery hours throughout the month of July, or bring your artwork with you to the August 2nd MCS Meeting and give it to Margi Hafer or Andrea Fox. They will deliver your artwork to the Vogt Gallery for you. Julie Dekker, the Vogt Gallery Director will hang the exhibit and make tags for all of the artwork. Please put your Name, Title, Media and Price/or NFS on the back of your artwork. 
OPENING on August 4th and the reception will be on Friday, August 7th, 7-9p.m.  No refreshments will be available, but you may bring your own. There will be a band performing in the gazebo during the reception. Anyone who wants to sit in the lawn area to listen to the band must register through the Park District website. However you will be able to hear the music in the Gallery as well (no registration required. Masks will be required in the gallery. The exhibit will close August 29. 
PICK-UP of artwork will be during gallery hours September 1-4 ( or by appointment) 
You may also arrange for your artwork to be picked-up at the September 13 MCS Meeting at the Darien Police Station. Please call Margi Hafer if you want her to bring your work to the meeting.  815-370-3345
Vogt Visual Art Center, 17420 67th Ct, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Gallery Hours
Tuesday 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday 4-7 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.- 2p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-3p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4p.m.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July No Meeting....


MEMBERSHIP
It's time to renew your membership for 2020-21 that was due April 1st. Mail application (attached)  and check to Cherie Denton, 1789 35th Street, Apt. 6313, Oak Brook, IL 60523. 
Please remember that only members may exhibit work in MCS shows. 

MEETINGS 
July  No Meeting

August 2nd - 9am to 2:30pm
No touch Parfait Dying with Social Distancing,  Barrie Mason, presenter
Advance registration will be necessary. Due to the need for social distancing we can only have 24 participants at our meeting (2 people per picnic table) 
All participants must be paid members of the MCS. Register for the Meeting/Workshop by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS August Meeting Registration. 
If you haven't paid your dues yet, use the attached membership form and mail it to Cherie Denton with your payment. 



Please Note:  August Meeting has been Cancelled due to our current status with Covid 19. Members can still meet at the same time and place but will need to Mask up and practice Social Distancing. Bring Lunch, drink and a project to work on weather permitting. 

Meeting will be held in the pavilion in Seager Park, 1163 Plank Rd, Naperville, IL 60563
Parfait Dying is Barrie's favorite introduction to the wonders of dying fabric. In this workshop we will dye four squares of fabric in one container building up colors and amazing designs. For the designs we will be using various shibori and other resist techniques. For the color we will be using Procion MX dye that produces vibrant and fade resistant colors. Come see how fabric dying can add to your collage stash. 
Fabric and dye will be supplied for a $6 materials fee. 
Participants should bring:
· Plastic tablecloth for your work area.  A large trash bag cut open would work
· Folding chair & TV tray table
· Apron & gloves for dye work
· 1 gallon zip-lock bag + 4 quart zip-lock bags
·  paper towels
·  A tall dye container that holds at least 3 cups of water.  I use a cylinder shaped vase found at a thrift store.  Tall and narrow is better than short and fat
·  Optional  – rubber bands, string, marbles, scissors, needle, strong thread (the instructor will bring some too)

September 13th   In place of the retreat the Darien Police Station is reserved for a tentative meeting. Please save the date. Details of the possible meeting will be in the August MCS newsletter.
October 4th   "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter 
November 1st  "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party

Anyone interested in presenting a demonstration or workshop during our 2021 MCS meetings please call Margi Hafer 815-370-3345 or email: margihafer@yahoo.com

MCS EXHIBITS   
A Compendium of Curiosities  
Erin Cortilet from the Tinley Park Park District is planning for us to have a REAL exhibit in the gallery in August. (since we are in stage 4 of recovery)  She is also willing to put together a virtual exhibit of our art so people who are unable to come to the gallery can view it.
In addition to submitting a prospectus (attached) all MCS members are invited to submit 2-3 pieces via email with any size jpeg image for the virtual exhibit.
For each image Include:    Artist's name
                                           Title
                                           Medium (2D and 3D accepted)
                                           Price or NFS
Save jpeg with Last Name_Title.jpg SAMPLE: (Hafer_Flowers.jpeg)
Submit images to:  margihafer@yahoo.com   by July 20th

You may deliver your original collages to the gallery anytime during gallery hours throughout the month of July. The exhibit will open on August 4th and the reception will be on Friday, August 7th 6:30-9p.m.  No refreshments will be available, but there will be a band performing in the gazebo during the reception. Masks will be required in the gallery. The exhibit will close August 29. 
Pick-up of artwork will be during gallery hours September 1-4 (or by appointment)
Vogt Visual Art Center, 17420 67th Ct, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Gallery Hours
Tuesday 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday 4-7 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.- 2p.m. / 7-9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-3p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4p.m.

Future Exhibits:
Sheltering in Place - Woodridge Library - December 
This is a perfect time to create this one!
Archeological Imagination   Bloomingdale Park District Museum - Date TBD  

Monday, June 15, 2020

MCS Goldsworthy Art


    
   
 Sparrow Spa by Joan Lucht





                                                        Dog Walker by Andrea Fox
Goldsworthy by Laura Lein Svencner

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Stay at Home Project for June's Meeting Check it out


Dear MCS Members,

Hope this newsletter finds you healthy and being creative as we continue the Staying in Place efforts to keep us all safe. 

Please continue to check the MCS Newsflash for updates on Meetings and Exhibitions.  This is a time to let your creativity flow.  Roll with the many artistic thoughts you have and you may refine your processes or discover totally new directions.

Looking forward to the time when we can be meeting again under safe circumstances,
Nancy Castner
President

MEMBERSHIP
If you have not done so please mail application (attached)  and check to Cherie Denton, 1789 35th Street, Apt. 6313, Oak Brook, IL 60523. 
Please remember that only members may exhibit work in MCS shows. 



MEETINGS 
June 7th Stay at home project! Keeping us safe one more month. 
("Altered Canvas for Collage" with Joan Lucht will be rescheduled for next March.)
Create an impermanent collage of natural materials in the style of Andy Goldworthy. This can be done in your yard, a nearby park or on a substrate of your choice in your house. Photograph it and send it with the title to joan.of.art33@gmail.com with Andy and Your Name in subject line. Photos will be shared with participants. If there is enough interest we may incorporate photos into a hand-made book in a workshop next season.
To learn about Andy Goldsworthy you can view the attached Power Point presentation (this short program was created for a 5th grade class) on the artist or Google images of his work. There are three documentaries on Amazon Prime: Rivers and Tides (Free), Leaning into the Wind ($3.99) and Stone Aches ($1.99). You may be able to find them on other streaming programs or in your library if they have opened or have a pick-up program.  
 This lovely artwork was created by a girl in 5th grade. 




July  NO MEETING
August 2nd -   No touch Parfait Dying with Social Distancing  Barrie Mason, presenter

Parfait Dying is Barrie's favorite introduction to the wonders of dying fabric.  In this workshop we will dye four squares of fabric in one container building up colors and amazing designs.  For the designs we will be using various shibori and other resist techniques.  For the color we will be using Procion MX dye that produces vibrant and fade resistant colors.  Come see how fabric dying can add to your collage stash. 
We will be outdoors and you will each have your private workspace.  Fabric and dye will be supplied for a $6 materials fee.  Advance registration needed.
Participants should bring:
· Plastic tablecloth for your work area.  A large trash bag cut open would work
· Folding chair & TV tray table
· Apron & gloves for dye work
· 1 gallon zip-lock bag + 4 quart zip-lock bags
·  paper towels
·  A tall dye container that holds at least 3 cups of water.  I use a cylinder shaped vase found at a thrift store.  Tall and narrow is better than short and fat
·  Optional  – rubber bands, string, marbles, scissors, needle, strong thread (the instructor will bring some too)



September 13th  Possible meeting to replace cancelled retreat
October 4th   "Assemblage Necklace or Bracelet from Found Objects" Mary Warner, presenter
November 1st  "Paste Papers" Marge Boyd, presenter
December 6th  MCS Holiday Party

Anyone interested in presenting a demonstration or workshop during our 2021 MCS meetings please call Margi Hafer 815-370-3345 or email: margihafer@yahoo.com

MCS  RETREAT  
Sadly our September 2020 retreat has been cancelled due to Covid-19. 
Camp  Alexander Mack has been reserved for Oct. 6 - 10, 2021, with our usual accommodations in Sarah Major, on the lake. Please mark your calendars!  

MCS EXHIBITS   
A Compendium of Curiosities  
 Erin Cortilet from the Tinley Park Park District thinks that there is a strong possibility that we will be able to have a REAL exhibit in the gallery in August. (if we are in stage 4 of recovery) Either way she is willing to put together a virtual exhibit for us.
In addition to submtitting a prospectus (available in July Newsflash) all MCS members are invited to submit 2-3 pieces to her via email with any size jpeg image.
For each image Include:    Artist's name
                                            Title
                                            Medium (2D and 3D accepted)
                                            Price or NFS
Save jpeg with Last Name_Title.jpg (Hafer_Flowers)
Deadline for submissions July 24

Sheltering in Place for Woodridge Library - December 
Hopefully you have been inspired during your time of sheltering!

MEMBERS 
Cherylyn Gnadt  sold "Telling the Bees: A delicate deconstruction" on display in MCS show Ex Libris. The collector works at the Indian Prairie Public Library and said she looked forward to seeing the piece when she was at work. Then it was gone, so she contacted Cherylyn through her website. 
The buyer had twins and one had major complications and only survived a year. Since then the family has been collecting "bee" things to honor their daughter "Beatrix". The piece will be donated back to the library in their daughter's name. 
Cherylyn wanted to share this story because as artists we might second guess finishing a piece, showing a piece or creating all together, but you never know when a connection happens and what your work might mean to someone. 

Laura Lein-Svencner has on line courses available on her Coursecraft teaching platform, Lonecrow Collage Studio , Her most recent one is Creative Prayer Flags plus  Abstract Mini Collage Landscapes, June 1 till August 10th.  The site has descriptions of each class.  There is even a free magazine Collage Animals for you and to share with your family.  

Nancy Staszak is featured artist of the week in Art Beat.  

Thursday, May 7, 2020

International World Collage Day-May 9th 2020


International Celebration of Collage, World Collage Day 


Here you will find some the Midwest Collage Society members sharing their works for this eventful day. 


 Tania Blanco, 50 Shades of White

 Tania Blanco, 50 Shades of White II

Collaborative Collage Project, Tania and Fabra

"This is a collage project that Fabra and I are doing as a collaboration. I started with a collage on canvas board and mailed it to her in Nashville and she added to it (blue organic shapes) I’ve just added orange elements and will mail it back to her."  
"We are having fun with this." Tania Said.




Press Pause, 12 x 12 Collage on wood panel, Laura Lein-Svencner

Letting my Heart Dance, 12 x 12 Collage on Wood Panel, Laura Lein-Svencner 

Natural State, 12 x 12 Collage on Wood Panel, Laura Lein-Svencner 
Laura's collage have been made through the stay at home order. 

 Believe by Andra Fox
4”x4” Punched, torn and cut paper in shades of blue and grays



Stand Strong, Ewe, Me, and Live Life Artfully by Debbie McEllenborough


Inner Workings by Joan Lucht
5"x5" from the collage scrap pile



 4 by Carol Sebian
These took me three hours not 5 minutes each!

by Mary Warner

 3 compositions X 3 colors on 4 X 4s