Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Fall Meetings, Exhibits, Retreats and so much more

 

Hi MCS Members,

 

Mother Nature smiled upon us with a sunny summer day that was not too hot for our August meeting held in Laura Lein-Svencner's backyard.  Thanks Laura for all the prep work and for hosting MCS.   Many thanks to Barrie Mason who shared her knowledge of Parfait Dying.  It was truly magical when we pulled our fabrics out of the vessels.   There were so many different designs and colors, yet we all had the same basic colors and tools to play with.   Barrie's teaching abilities really made us all look like pros. 

 

The deadline is almost here for our exhibit at Indian Prairie Library.  Our Exhibit Committee works hard to find venues for displaying our work.  You are incredible artists, please participate so others can see and admire your amazing abilities.  You just have to provide the basic information by September 15th, the work doesn't have to be delivered until October 1st.  Let's not disappoint so that we will be invited back.

 

Also be sure to visit the Silent Auction at Nature's Best Cafe in September.  Details below.

 

Lucky us, we get to make a Rainbow Star Book at our next meeting on September 12th..  Mary Warner has put packets together for us so we just have to show up with a minimum of preparation.  The materials needed are listed below.  

 

I am so looking forward to the MCS Retreat in October.  If you can get away, come join us for days of carefree art!  Details are listed below.

 

Take care,

Nancy Castner, President

 

MEETINGS

September 12: Noon-2:30pm
at the Darien Police Station 1710 Plainfield Road

Meeting Workshop: "Rainbow Star Book"  Mary Warner. presenter
We will be making a star book using a rainbow of colors. You'll each receive a kit with all papers needed to make a 4&1/2" by 3&1/4") book.
This will include supplies for the covers and a tie. Before adding the inner set of papers, we'll embellish them with cuts and pop outs. Mary will be providing each with a kit to make a 4&1/2" by 3&1/4" star book from a rainbow of colors.($2.50)  The CREATIVE PART will be how we embellish the innermost layer of pages with a VARIETY OF CUTS, cuts that might also be useful in collage.


 

Supplies to bring:

· Bone folder

· Glue stick

· Wax paper or other papers to protect from glue

· A stronger glue such as tacky glue with toothpicks

· Scissors, and for the embellishing of the inner pages

· Exacto knife and cutting mat

· Ruler with metal edge and pencil

· Decorative edged scissors and punches

· A covering for your table

Register for the Meeting by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS September 12 Meeting.  Let her know that you will bring the membership application and dues with you if you haven't paid MCS dues yet.
All participants must be paid members of the MCS. Application is attached.
October No General MCS Meeting
October 6-10  MCS Fall Retreat at Camp Alexander MAC,  REGISTRATION FORM AVAILABLE NOW! (see attachment)!
November 7 Noon-2:30pm “Special Paper Ornaments Workshop”  Bonnie Jaswith, presenter
December 5 Noon-2:30pm  MCS Holiday Party




RETREAT

Camp Alexander Mack, Milford Indiana
Wednesday, October 6 through Sunday, October 10th.

Registration form and additional retreat information is attached to this email.
Early bird registration $ 270 – Registration Includes 11 meals, four nights accommodations.
Registrations received after August 31 will cost $295
ATTENTION!
IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THE MCS FALL RETREAT!
ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 31 TO RECEIVE THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT.
WE NOW HAVE 16 PEOPLE REGISTERED TO ATTEND THE MCS RETREAT. THIS CONFIRMS THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE PARTICIPATING TO HOLD THE RETREAT. HOWEVER, THERE IS ROOM FOR A FEW MORE. PLEASE SEND YOUR REGISTRATION TO HOLD YOUR PLACE. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF MCS TO ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AT CAMP ALEXANDER MACK: ARTISTS CAN WORK IN THE MEDIA OF THEIR CHOICE. WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, BICYCLISTS, AND FRIENDS WHO JUST LOVE THE CAMP ATMOSPHERE AND WANT TO RELAX HAVE ATTENDED OUR RETREAT. SO ASK A FRIEND TO SIGN-UP WITH YOU!

Note: An update letter will be sent to all Retreat Registrants following the retreat committee meeting in early September.
We request that attendees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to attending camp.

 

 

 

EXHIBITS  

Turning the Page our last exhibit for 2021!

October 2 - October 28.  

Indian Prairie Library, Darien Illinois 

Drop off October 1st   10:00 - 12:00

Pick up  October 29th 10:00 - 12:00 

Download Info

Space for wall art, 3D and altered books! 

 


MCS SILENT AUCTION

September 1 through September 30, 2021 (Hunger Action Month)

Nature's Best Cafe, 1904 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563 
BIG THANK YOU to all MCS artists who donated their art to support Loaves & Fishes.

Download and print copies of the attached Silent Auction Flyer.pdf to give to friends and family, or download and send it as an attachment to an email.

Let's make this the best service project ever. 

A winning recipe for "Hunger Action Month".

Positively Naperville and The Daily Herald (shown here) ran our story.

 


 

 

MEMBERS 

Laura Lein-Svencner has a collage and coptic stitch journal making workshop.

September 11th and 12th, 9:30am-4:00pm

Limited to 8 adult students

This 2-Day workshop will start with creating a large piece of paper with fun mixed media techniques on its surface. The large sheet of paper will then be used for the covers of your Coptic stitch books. We will learn about the different parts of the journal, folding papers to create signatures and then stitching them all together for our own wonderful handmade journal. These journals can be used for a wide assortment of drawing mediums like colored pencil, markers, pens, and graphite pencils. And for Morning Pages if you're an avid journal writer. Students will be able to make a larger journal and a smaller one. This technique of bookbinding can be adapted to different sizes and more absorbent papers for wetter mixed media.

Instructor will provide
Cut book board to size, paper for inside of journals, book thread and needles, drawing paper, magazines, sandpaper and use of stamping products, plus an instructional packet. 

Use of tack irons and safe release sheets.
$25.00 Supply Fee Collected by instructor in workshop

Fee: $95 Member/$120 Non Member
To Register LaGrange Art League Workshop

 

Andrea Fox and Laura Lein-Svencner have abstract collages Exhibiting in "Not Really" Oct. 2nd to Nov. 6th

Tall Grass Gallery 

367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL. 708-748-3377

www.tallgrassarts.org

 

Free Zoom Presentation

Art Journal Making by Kristin Peterson
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 7 pm (ends before 9 pm)
Via ZOOM
The Homer Township Public Library and the Lemont Artists Guild present Artist Kristin Peterson, who will give a presentation on Art Journal Making. Kristin is a third generation artist, originally from South Dakota. She is always exploring and expanding the creative depths of journal making. She is passionate about vintage collage and mixed media. Kristin loves color and things that have a love-worn comfortable feeling.  Her journals contain a vibrance mixed with a little funk, and sprinkled with sensibility. Visit her website at www.alteredstatesstudio.com.

TO REGISTER VISIT: https://homerlibrary.org/lemont-artists-guild-zoom-event

 

St. Thomas the Apostle indoor art fair

Nov 13 and 14 

Anyone interested in space to exhibit and sell please contact Tania Blanco

Taniablanc@aol.com

No fee but small commission to a charitable mission. All payments go through central cash. table. Details will be supplied later in the summer   

 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

August Newsletter is Full-Read about it.

 

Dear MCS Members,
Here we are getting ready for the August 1st meeting.  It will be outdoors at Laura Lein-Svencner's home.  Thank you, Laura.  Margi was able to arrange for a very accomplished artist, Barrie Mason, from out of state, to share her amazing knowledge with us.  Supplies and details are listed in the Meeting section.  Hope to see you there.

The MCS Archeological Imagination Exhibit at Bloomingdale Museum is a delight.  If you haven't seen it yet, please do so.  The art is so diverse and inspiring.  Just remember the hours are limited to Wednesdays 5-8pm; Thursdays and Saturdays 12-4pm.   The gallery is filled with light and it is a very pleasant experience to walk and/or sit among the beautiful artwork.  

Adrienne Austin and Joan Lucht, Co-Chairs for exhibits did an excellent job however they did not have the participation they were expecting from our members.  An article from Huffington Post cited a recent New Zealand study which says that "engaging in creative activities contributes to an "upward spiral" of positive emotions, psychological well-being, and feelings of "flourishing" in life" What are you doing with your time these days?  Get on the "upward spiral" and create.  

We have our wonderful retreat planned October 6-10.  This is an amazing opportunity to spend concentrated time creating in the presence of like-minded individuals.  No worries about meal preparation since all (11) meals are included along with 4 nights lodging for the amazing cost of only $270 if you register before August 31st. and $295 after.  Registrations are coming in rather slowly and it would be nice to know if we are going to make our minimum requirement numbers.  You don't have to wait until August 31st to register.  We would greatly appreciate receiving your registration as soon as you make your decision to attend.  The form and detailed information is attached.  Remember how disappointing it was last year when September came around and Covid did not allow for the retreat, don't miss the opportunity to participate this year.

Paraphrasing something I read recently:  They say money can't buy happiness...but it can pay for the retreat. And that's basically the same thing.

Take care,
Nancy Castner, President
  

MEETINGS

August 1:  9am - 2pm (bring your lunch)

All Day Workshop “Special Fabric Dyeing Workshop”  Barrie Mason, presenter

At the home of  Laura Lein-Svencner, 6718 Dale Rd. Darien IL 60561, 630-655-4492

Please park on the side of the street with no houses.

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 $7 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 (for taking your work home)

·  paper towels

· A tall dye container that holds at least 3 1/2 cups of water.  I use a glass/plastic 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).

Register for the Meeting by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS August 1 Meeting.  Let her know that you will bring the membership application and dues with you if you haven't paid MCS dues yet. 

All participants must be paid members of the MCS. Application is attached.

 

September 12: Noon-2:30pm “Create a Rainbow Star Book”  Mary Warner, presenter
October 6-10  MCS Fall Retreat at Camp Alexander MAC,  REGISTRATION FORM AVAILABLE NOW! (see attachment)!
November 7: Noon-2:30pm “Special Paper Ornaments Workshop”  Bonnie Jaswith, presenter
December 5: Noon-2:30pm  MCS Holiday Party

 

EXHIBITS  

Archeological Imagination

Bloomingdale Park District Museum

108 S Bloomingdale Rd., Bloomingdale, IL

Pickup - August 9, 10am - 12 noon

Congratulations to the winning artists!

1st   Chris Jacobson - Those Were the Days

2nd   Mary Warner  -   History Comes Alive

         Nancy Castner -  Unearthed Memories of Youth

3rd   Beth Gollan -  HiU

         Dorothy Bury Shaw - And So It Begins

         Cherylyn Gnadt - Always Empty

Honorable Mention 

          Andrea Fox - Rising Upward

         Joan Lucht - Treasures

         Gail Vance - Three Goddesses

          Marjorie Boyd - Key to My Journey        

 

MCS Silent Auction

September 1 through September 30, 2021 (Hunger Action Month)

Nature's Best Cafe, 1904 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563 
Members donate a work of art. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. All art will start at $35.00.  

Bring your donation to the August meeting or contact Adrienne or Joan for additional drop off options. Please include your name, title and a proper hanger on back. So far we have only 10 donations.

Naperville Sun, Positively Naperville and Daily Herald have been contacted for publicity.

 

Turning the Page

October 2 - October 28.  

Indian Prairie Library, Darien Illinois 

Drop off October 1st   10:00 - 12:00

Pick up  October 29th 10:00 - 12:00 

Prospectus due September 15! 

MCS is indeed "turning the page".  We've survived the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and we're back on track and looking forward to having a fantastic exhibit.

 

Indian Prairie Library has expanded the gallery to include 5 additional feet located on the main floor. Collage, mixed media, assemblage, and even altered books if you so choose. The gallery has expanded to include 5 additional feet of exhibit wall on the main floor.  We will have 2 display cases for 3D art. We need all members to participate.  Exhibits provide exposure and potential sales of original art. Don't let this opportunity slip between your artistic fingers. 

   

RETREAT

The 2021 MCS Fall Retreat at Camp Alexander Mack, in Milford Indiana

Wednesday, October 6 through Sunday, October 10th. 

Registration form and additional retreat information is attached to this email.
Early bird registration $ 270. – Includes 11 meals, four nights’ accommodations. 

Registrations received after August 31, will cost $295.

ATTENTION!
 
IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THE MCS FALL RETREAT!
ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 31 TO RECEIVE THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT. 

PLEASE SEND YOUR DEPOSIT OF $150 TOWARD YOUR REGISTRATION TO HOLD YOUR PLACE. WE REALLY NEED YOUR COMMITMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH REGISTRANTS FOR THE CAMP.
YOU DO NOT   HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF MCS TO ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL 

EXPERIENCE AT CAMP ALEXANDER MACK: ARTIST CAN WORK IN THE MEDIA OF 

THEIR CHOICE. WE ALSO HAVE HAD WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, BICYCLISTS, 

AND FRIENDS THAT JUST LOVE THE CAMP ATMOSPHERE AND WANT TO RELAX 

JOIN OUR RETREAT. SO, ASK A FRIEND TO SIGN-UP WITH YOU!

We request that attendees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to attending camp.

 

 

MEMBERS

Cherylyn Gnadt has a solo show, In Light of Shadow, at the Gary Brown Art Gallery, Aurora.

August 5 - 28, 2021
In Light of Shadow is an optimistic reflection – exploring the idea that without light there is no 

shadow, but also, darkness is splintered with the introduction of light. This collection of work

would not exist without the life challenges that become the muse, confidant, and teacher.
Opening Reception: Friday August 6 from 5 - 9pm & Saturday, August 7 from 1 to 5pm.
7 S. Broadway in Aurora IL. Free street parking and nearby parking garage. If you know the

area a bit, the gallery backs up to the Water Street Mall.

 

Laura has a three day workshop at Naperville Art League,
Embrace Design - August 13-15, (9:00am - 4:00pm)  $145.00
Immerse yourself into the understanding of design with collage. Fill your sketchbook with a lifetime of references. This three-day workshop is set up to help you see the elements separately and to help you bring it all together with the principles and create a comprehensive foundation for future collage artworks. New to art or need to freshen up on design this would be the workshop for you. There will be some altering of magazine papers and our final process will be learning the tacking down method of collage magazine papers on a watercolor substrate. This workshop is a wonderful start to any art form but geared for the fine art of Collage. Scroll down, on Naperville Art League’s class page

 

Please send Blessings, Prayers and Loving Thoughts to Nancy Staszak and her husband. Their home received major damage from the tornado in Woodridge. They lost many huge trees on their property; one went into the house and one crushed their car in the driveway. Their roof was replaced just this week and now they will be tackling the inside damage. She said the insurance company has been reacting in a very timely and effective manner.  The good news is that neither were physically hurt and they were able to stay in their home with a tarp as their roof. Nancy said they are doing well and will miss their beautiful trees. She is still planning to attend the MCS Retreat in October! 

 

St. Thomas the Apostle indoor art fair

Nov 13 and 14 

Anyone interested in space to exhibit and sell please contact Tania Blanco

Taniablanc@aol.com

No fee but small commission to a charitable mission. All payments go through central cash table. Details will be supplied later in the summer.

 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

July-August Agenda 2021 for MCS

 

MEETINGS

July 4 - No Meeting

 

August 1 - 9am - 2pm (bring your lunch)

All Day Workshop “Special Fabric Dyeing Workshop” Barrie Mason, presenter

At the home of Laura Lein-Svencner, 6718 Dale Rd. Darien IL 60561, 630-655-4492


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 $7 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 (for taking your work home)

·  paper towels

· A tall dye container that holds at least 3 1/2 cups of water.  I use a glass/plastic 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).

Register for the Meeting by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS August 1 Meeting.  Let her know that you will bring the membership application and dues with you if you haven't paid MCS dues yet. 

All participants must be paid members of the MCS. See MEMBERSHIP above.

 

September 12: Noon-2:30pm “Create a Rainbow Star Book” Mary Warner, presenter
October 6-10  MCS Fall Retreat at Camp Alexander MAC,  REGISTRATION FORM AVAILABLE NOW! (see attachment)!
November 7: Noon-2:30pm “Special Paper Ornaments Workshop” Bonnie Jaswith, presenter
December 5: Noon-2:30pm  MCS Holiday Party

 

EXHIBITS  

Archeological Imagination

Bloomingdale Park District Museum

108 S Bloomingdale Rd., Bloomingdale, IL

July 10, 2021, to August 7, 2021

Registration is now closed

Drop off - July 9, 10am - 12 noon

Pickup - August 9, 10am - 12 noon

This will be a judged exhibit.

 

MCS Silent Auction

September 1 through September 30, 2021 (Hunger Action Month)

Nature's Best Cafe, 1904 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563 
Members donate a work of art. Proceeds will benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry 

All art will start at $35.00

Bring your donation to the August meeting or contact Adrienne or Joan for additional drop off options.

Naperville Sun, Positively Naperville and Daily Herald will be contacted for publicity.

Let's make this a win win!!!

 

Turning the Page

October 2 - October 28.  

Indian Prairie Library, Darien Illinois 

Drop off October 1st   10:00 - 12:00

Pick up October 29th 10:00 - 12:00  

Collage, mixed media, assemblage, and even altered books if you so choose. The gallery has expanded to include 5 additional feet of exhibit wall on the main floor.  We will have 2 display cases for 3D art.

   

RETREAT

The 2021 MCS Fall Retreat at Camp Alexander Mack, in Milford Indiana

Wednesday, October 6 through Sunday, October 10th. 

Registration forms and additional retreat information is attached to this email.
Early bird registration $ 270. – Includes 11 meals, four nights’ accommodations. 

Registrations received after August 31, will cost $295.
The 5-day retreat allows time for some off-site outings such as visits to shops, restaurants, theatre, antique centers. All are optional and small groups usually arrange these independently.
We request that attendee be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to attending camp.

 



 The camp has made some changes including all new windows in the Sara Major building (where we stay) and air purifiers in all buildings for better ventilation. Workspaces will be one person to a table AS before, but spread out. Dining room will have a served buffet and be geared to social distancing. Masks will be required indoors in group areas. 

 

Our retreat is limited to only 25 people. There are so many outdoor areas to enjoy as well. In the past many of us have gone for an evening to the Round Barn Theater in Nappanee, Indiana. It is now open with limited "safe distance" seating. A musical version of "Little Women" will be available while we're at "Camp Mack". Early October is a wonderful time to enjoy the beauty of Camp Alexander Mack and our renewed ability to share being together with our artist friends. Registration forms will be available in April and attached to the April Newsletter. We hope you will consider this wonderful opportunity to create, share and learn from each other. 

 

      

     

       

    

CALLS FOR ARTISTS  

Fine Line Gallery, St Charles, IL

Small Wonders - A Miniature & Small Works Show 

September 2-October 9,2021

Artists are invited to submit original artwork for the ‘Small Wonders' exhibit at the Kavanagh Gallery of Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois.  This exhibit will present work that, while small, is still wonderful and intriguing to the viewer. Fine Line is looking for work that exhibits attention to detail and a unique concept that explores the artist’s ideas in a small-scale format.  Submissions are open to work in any 2-D or 3-D media smaller than 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches.  This measurement includes the frame.

This call is open to artists residing in the United States aged 18 and over."

https://fineline.org/pages/calls-for-artists .

Entry Deadline: 7/11/21
Contact Email: gallery@fineline.org 

 

St. Thomas the Apostle indoor art fair

Nov 13 and 14 

Anyone interested in space to exhibit and sell please contact Tania Blanco

Taniablanc@aol.com

No fee but small commission to a charitable mission. All payments go through central cash table. Details will be supplied later in the summer.             

          

 

Please note - All members may submit news of their awards and exhibits up to one week before the end of each month. Send to joan.of.art33@gmail.com