Tuesday, April 26, 2022

May's Newsletter

 Hi MCS Members,

Saturday was a beautiful Spring Day with all the daffodils blooming and so many other plants peeking out to catch the sunshine.  Gardens will be in full bloom before long.  Hurray!  

Bonnie Jaswith wowed us with the 'Box within a box within a box within a box' at our April meeting.  Thank you Bonnie for showing us the many possibilities of this project.  

We also held election of Officers with the following results:
President - Nancy Castner
Vice President -Tania Blanco
Treasurer - Andrea Fox
Communications - Joan Lucht
Membership - Cherie Denton
Exhibits until 12/31/22 Adrienne Austin and Joan Lucht   Beginning 1/1/23  Chris Jacobsen
Creativity Retreat - Margi Hafer
Education -  Mary Warner 
Thank you to the MCS members for serving on the board for the 2022-2023 Season.  You are appreciated.

Plan to attend the Festive Reception and Poetry Reading at the Downers Grove Library on April 29th from 7:00-8:30pm. Refreshment donations should arrive at 6:30. 

On May 1st, Julie Mars will show us an exciting twist for our collage masterpieces using beads and other ephemera.

Take care,
Nancy Castner
President

MEMBERSHIP
Membership renewals for the 2022-2023 year were due April 1st. If you haven't already done so, mail your application and check to Cherie Denton or pay at the May meeting. Membership is required to participate in MCS exhibits.
Cherie Denton, 

WORLD COLLAGE DAY  Make collage on May 14 to celebrate our passion!

MEETINGS

 May 1  noon-2:30pm  Presentation and workshop by Julie Mars 

Julie Mars will present a workshop for the MCS May meeting.  Her passion is creating bead mosaics on canvas, panels, salvaged glassware, and other objects.  Her work evolved out of an interest in environmentalism and upcycling.  In the 90's she began embellishing single-serving juice bottles to make a series of colorful bottle tree fruits.  She scours thrift stores, flea markets and Ebay for large scale items to make into extraordinary bead mosaic artworks.  
Julie will provide beads, some votive jars, and adhesives.  Please bring table coverings and your enthusiasm  to the meeting.

 

June 5  noon-2:30pm Artist Gai Moodie will take us through her process of making mini collages for cards.


July No Meeting

August 7 9am-2:30pm  Work day

September 11 noon-2:30pm Discussion of elements of art as we critique some of our own work

October No Meeting  Retreat October 5-9

November 6  noon-2:30pm  Making of a small beaded gift book

December 4  noon-2:30pm Holiday Party
Stay connected with the meetings by also checking the Calendar in the Side Bar. 

EXHIBITS 2022  
Awakening closes May 1, 2022
Reception and Poetry Reading  April 29, 7:00 to 8:30
Nancy Swingle is organizing the refreshments for our reception at the Downers Grove Library. We are now able to bring goodies, either homemade or store bought. Please email Nancy at nancyswingle@yahoo.com with your contribution and plan to bring it at 6:30. 
Only 5 people have responded and we could have up to 60 guests.
Thanks so much, in advance, for your help. It will be a great evening! 
Pickup  Saturday, May 7 from 10am until 12pm 

Imagination Run Wild at Crete Creative Gallery 
September 8, 2022 through October 15, 2022
The gallery requires a theme so let your "Imagination Run Wild" for this exhibit.
Don't let the distance to this gallery stop you. We will arrange for art to be delivered. 

Batavia Library
November 1, 2022 through November 30, 2022
Lucky Penny Diner has a new owner. The Naperville Art League is now in charge of exhibits and will be contacted for a possible date for our fundraiser.

Fall 2022 CREATIVITY RETREAT (sponsored by Midwest Collage Society)  
Please save the dates of October 5-9, 2022 at Camp Alexander Mack.
This year's retreat expands by offering registrations to our members plus artists including painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, and musicians. Couples are also invited to register, but will have private housing at the camp.

This 5 day retreat allows for time to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists as you create your art and learn from other artists in a beautiful setting and relaxed "no pressure" atmosphere. Workshops and demonstrations will be available, however all activities are optional and meant to enhance your retreat experience. Masks will not be required at the camp this year, due to changes in COVID rules.

Anyone with questions about the “Retreat” and registrants interested in offering a demonstration, workshop, or special entertainment during the retreat please email Margi Hafer at:  margihafer@yahoo.com

The Retreat Registration form is attached to this newsletter.
Retreat Registrations may be given to Andrea Fox at the May 1st MCS meeting or Margi Hafer at the June 6th
MCS meeting, or mail your camp registration to: Margi Hafer, 20711 Hunt Club. Drive, Frankfort, IL 60423
The cost of "Early Bird" Retreat Registration (submitted or mailed on or before July 31,2022) is $270 includes 11 meals and four nights accommodations. The cost of Retreat Registration (submitted after July 31,2022) is $295.  

Please share Retreat information with your friends and fellow artists.

IMG_3417.jpeg     IMG_2182.jpeg
     
  
EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITIES
Constructed Visions IV
St. Louis Artists Guild, July 1 - August 6
Entry deadline May 28
See attachment for details.

Crossed Connections A juried art exhibition and sale
TLD Design Center & Gallery 
 May 7 - June 4, 2022
26 E. Quincy Street
Westmont, IL 60559
Westmont Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
SEEKING ARTWORK IN THE FOLLOWING MEDIUMS:
Ceramics, Collage, Fiber Art, Garments, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Needlework, Paintings, Photography, Quilts, Sculpture, Tapestries
The exhibit prospectus and digital entry process may be accessed at our secure
 websitehttps://www.tlddesigns.com/Crossed.Connections.htm

MEMBERS 
Tania Blanco and Jennifer Hereth have a close connection with Ukraine and have co-curated a benefit exhibition: Ukraine Crisis: The World is on the Move.  
A benefit reception will be held Saturday May 21, 2022,  2-5 pm at Addison Center For the Arts 233 N. Lombard Rd, Addison, IL 60101  
Exhibit dates: May 6 to June 18, 2022.   Gallery Hours  WED-SAT  1-4 pm. 
Donations independent of the reception can be made to United Ukrainian Relief Committee and mailed to Addison Center for the Arts, 233 N. Lombard Rd., Addison, IL 60101

Laura Lein Svencner
  has many online classes. Check out what she has to offer.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

MCS at Downers Grove Library, "Awakening"

 










Be sure to check out the amazing MCS Exhibit "Awakening" at the Downers Grove Library, April 2- May 1, 2022.  Our membership has incredibly talented artists.  Kudos to all of you.  Remember too this is a collaboration with the Illinois Poets Society and they will be writing poems for selected art.  


Plan to attend this enjoyable evening at the Downers Grove Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove, IL 60515.  The Reception and Poetry Reading will be held on April 29th 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Small Format NCS Exhibit

National Collage Society 

2022 SMALL FORMAT EXHIBIT

 

The 25th Annual Small Format Exhibit will open this Friday, April 8th from 5-7pm at Summit Artspace. Summit Artspace is located at 140 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44308. The exhibit will also be available for viewing on their website.

The exhibit runs from April 8th through June 25th.

Summit Artspace 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

April Meeting Information

 Hi MCS Members,

 Spring will truly arrive for more than a day or two,  before we know it.  Adrienne Austin's pamphlet journal was a roaring success at our March MCS meeting.  Everyone was so  pleased to have sewn a delightful design on the covers.  Thank you Adrienne.

 

We will be holding the Election of Officers on April 3, 2022 MCS Meeting with the following 22/23 Slate of Officers.  Please plan to attend.

President - Nancy Castner

Vice President -Tania Blanco

Treasurer - Andrea Fox

Communications - Joan Lucht

Membership - Cherie Denton

Exhibits until 12/31/22 Adrienne Austin and Joan Lucht   Beginning 1/1/23  Chris Jacobsen

Creativity Retreat - Margi Hafer

Education -  Mary Warner

 

Be sure to check out the amazing MCS Exhibit "Awakening" at the Downers Grove Library, April 2- May 1, 2022.  Our membership has incredibly talented artists.  Kudos to all of you.  Remember too this is a collaboration with the Illinois Poets Society and they will be writing poems for selected art.  Plan to attend this enjoyable evening at the Downers Grove Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove, IL 60515.  The Reception and Poetry Reading will be held on April 29th 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

 Our April 3rd meeting will have Bonnie Jaswith showing us a 'box within a box within a box within a box' made with collage papers.  Papers can be collaged before or after making the box.  The name alone has me excited to make this project!  See you on April 3rd.

 Take care,

Nancy Castner

President

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership renewals for the 2022-2023 year are due April 1st. Mail your application and check to Cherie Denton or pay at the April meeting. The renewal form is attached.

Cherie Denton, 1789 35th Street, Apt. 6313, Oak Brook, IL 60523

 

MEETINGS

April 3  noon-2:30pm  Bonnie Jaswith, facilitator and election of officers

We will be making a box(es). Bonnie will show you 2 boxes. You could do the basics of both boxes but probably finish only one.
Both boxes are made with ordinary construction paper - solid color.

  • Box 1:  1 12x12 pc of paper and 1 - 6x6 pc of paper.  This will make a 4x4x4 cube with a lid.
  • Box 2:   1- 12x12 pc of paper, 1-10x10 pc of paper,  1-8x8 pc of paper,  these will make boxes that stack inside each other.           
  • Lids:  6x6,  5x5,  4x4  

You will be collaging both sides of these boxes.  Bring stuff to do this.  A glue stick is okay for inner collaging.  I suggest PVA for the outside papers.
You could do a theme such as engagements, weddings, baby showers/births, school photos, birthdays or others.
If using photos, measure them and we'll adjust the box size accordingly.  

 

May 1   noon-2:30pm  Presentation and workshop by Julie Mars. Julie creates bead mosaic artworks.

" I love the media of glass and reflective acrylic beads for the diverse colors, lusters, translucencies, and other optical effects they offer. Over the past few years I have been working on installations and a series of woven bead mosaics on convex mirrors." 

Her work can be seen on Instagram.

 

June 5 noon-2:30pm

July No Meeting

August 7 9am-2:30pm

September 11 noon-2:30pm

October No Meeting  Retreat October 5-9

November 6  noon-2:30pm 

December 4  noon-2:30pm Holiday Party

 

EXHIBITS 2022  

Awakening

Downers Grove Public Library  April 2 - May 1, 2022

Reception and Poetry Reading  April 29, 6:30 to 8:30

Nancy Swingle is organizing the refreshments for our reception at the Downers Grove Library. We are now able to bring goodies, either homemade or store bought. If you wish to bring something please email Nancy at nancyswingle@yahoo.com with what you are bringing. Thanks so much, in advance, for your help. It will be a great evening! 

Pickup  Saturday, May 7 from 10am until 12pm 

 

There will no longer be a theme for exhibits. Let your imagination run wild! Here is what is coming up in the future:

 Crete Creative Gallery

September 8, 2022 through October 15, 2022

Batavia Library

November 1, 2022 through November 30, 2022

Lucky Penny Diner in Naperville

Silent Auction supporting Loaves and Fishes

October, November and December

 

Fall 2022 CREATIVITY RETREAT (sponsored by Midwest Collage Society)  
Please save the dates of October 5-9, 2022 at Camp Alexander Mack.
This year's retreat expands by offering registrations to our members plus artists including painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, and musicians. Couples will also be allowed to register, but will have private housing at the camp.

Registration form is attached to this newsletter. Masks will not be required at the camp this year, due to changes in COVID rules.

Anyone with questions about the “Retreat” and registrants interested in offering a demonstration, workshop, or special entertainment during the retreat please email Margi Hafer at: margihafer@yahoo.com
Please share Retreat information with your friends and fellow artists.

 


Camp Mack sunsets are not to be missed!            

 

Public Art Competition - Call for Artists Cash prizes!
Artists from Naperville and surrounding communities are invited to participate for cash prizes in Naperville Art League’s 19th annual Public Art Competition. Artists are invited to submit one entry per person under the theme “Gear Up”. The piece must be original in design, concept, and execution. It can be any media or mixed-media, and either 2D or 3D. Size restrictions apply.
The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 9, 2022, with no extensions. All entries will be on display April 12 through 29 at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St., Naperville 60563. An awards presentation will be on April 22, 2022 at 3 pm.
Click here for the information/registration flyer
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.

 

Crossed Connections A JURIED ART EXHIBITION & SALE
May 7 - June 4, 2022
TLD DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY
26 E. Quincy Street
Westmont, IL 60559
Westmont Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
SEEKING ARTWORK IN THE FOLLOWING MEDIUMS:
Ceramics, Collage, Fiber Art, Garments, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Needlework, Paintings, Photography, Quilts, Sculpture, Tapestries
The exhibit prospectus and digital entry process may be accessed at our secure website
https://www.tlddesigns.com/Crossed.Connections.htm

 

MEMBERS 

Nancy Staszak will have a solo show at the Indian  Prairie Library for the month of April. The Library is located at 401 Plainfield Road —-at the corner of Plainfield and Clarendon Hills Roads in Darien. 

Come see her dinosaurs and other painted and collage works in the newly renovated library.

Tania Blanco is exhibiting her work at the Nature's Best Cafe until the end of April. 1904 Brookdale Rd., Naperville.

Laura Lein Svencner  has a New Online Teaching Platform with Teachable. Check out what she has to offer- Lonecrow Studio

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March 2022

 Hi MCS Members:

Can't believe it's March already.  Our February workday was well attended, and we gained 2 new members. In addition to individual projects, Valentines were made which Tania Blanco delivered to the Elmhurst Art Museum for nursing homes.   We were able to have an open discussion regarding the future of MCS.  Following are some of the highlights:

 

--Membership:  We are still recovering from lack of participation due to COVID.  One suggestion was that we meet every other month. Also to place our Membership Brochures at libraries, etc.

 

--Programs:  Without a Program Chair, we are moving forward with relying on our membership to present at our monthly meetings.  Beth Gollan has volunteered to  share her knowledge and enjoyment of making custom stamps from erasers, foam, linoleum etc. at our April meeting.  In May we will have an outside speaker that Tania was able to secure.  Thank you Tania.  Please contact me if you are willing to present in June. It's just 2 1/2 hours  to share something you know and others will be interested in learning.  Please help to continue this creative organization.  My email is designsbynanc@gmail.com

 

--Exhibits for 2022 :  This year's dates and locations have been planned and are listed below.

  2023;  It was suggested that we have two exhibits a year, Spring (Downers Grove Library) and Fall (Location to be determined)  This made a lot of sense to those present.   

Fundraiser: If it is determined that we give back to the community with a fundraiser, that would be handled by individual(s) willing to take on the responsibility of the function. 

 

--2022 Creative Artists Retreat--We have changed the name to accommodate artists of any persuasion.  Discussion regarding opening the retreat to couples.  This is something that has been requested by current participants.  Additional sleeping accommodations are available at the camp.  

 

This is just an overview of our discussion.  The MCS Board will meet to further discuss and make decisions on these ideas.  Feel free to send an email with additional ideas/suggestions.   

 

Adrienne Austin will be our presenter at the March 6th meeting showing us how to sew the cover for a pamphlet journal which MCS will provide.    Be sure to register with Cherie Denton for the March 6th meeting so that Adrienne will bring the necessary supplies.  See the detailed information  below.

 

Take care,

Nancy Castner

President

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership renewals for the 2022-2023 year are due April 1st. Mail your application and check to Cherie Denton or pay at the March meeting. The renewal form Here
Cherie Denton, 1789 35th Street, Apt. 6313, Oak Brook, IL 60523

 

MEETINGS

March 6  noon-2:30pm Adrienne Austin, facilitator

Decorate the cover of a pamphlet journal

 

Register for the Meeting by emailing Cherie Denton at cherayden@yahoo.com with the SUBJECT: MCS March 6th Meeting.

 


    BRING:

· Piercing Tool (awl)

· Sewing needle

· Embroidery thread (if you don’t have any, don’t worry it will be provided).

· Double sided tape (If you don’t have, don’t worry  it will be provided).

· Small beads to be used to enhance the cover. Choose beads with holes large enough for the needle and thread to pass through.

· Enthusiasm and an overwhelming desire to be creative!

For this project you will receive: 

1 pamphlet journal made from eco-friendly sustainable materials  

4 templates to choose from.
Additional pamphlets will be available for purchase at $2.50 each.

 

April 3 noon-2:30pm

May 1 noon-2:30pm

June 5 noon-2:30pm

July No Meeting

August 7 9am-2:30pm

September 11 noon-2:30pm

October No Meeting  Retreat October 5-9

November 6  noon-2:30pm 

December 4  noon-2:30pm Holiday Party

 

EXHIBITS 2022  

Awakening at Downers Grove Public Library - April 2 - May 1, 2022

Illinois Poets Society members will be writing poems about their selected art.   

Reception and Poetry Reading - April 29, 6:30 to 8:30

We are looking forward to this collaboration and urge everyone to participate so we can fill the library's space. The cafe will again be available for our show.

You may submit work that has been previously shown in venues other than the DG library. If you are not a member please submit the attached membership application.

Prospectus due March 20.  Download document and submit a digital copy or print it and mail it. Either way, please send it to Joan Lucht by the deadline. 

Watch for additional information regarding  possible reception and reading of the poems.

Drop off - Saturday, March 26 from 10am until 12pm 

Pickup - Saturday, May7 from 10am until 12pm 

 

Crete Creative Gallery

September 8, 2022 through October 15, 2022

Batavia Library

November 1, 2022 through November 30, 2022

Lucky Penny Diner in Naperville

Silent Auction supporting Loaves and Fishes

October, November and December

 

Fall 2022 CREATIVITY RETREAT (sponsored by Midwest Collage Society)  
Please save the dates of October 5-9, 2022 at Camp Alexander Mack.

Registration form is attached.

Anyone with questions about the “Retreat” and registrants interested in offering a demonstration, workshop, or special entertainment during the retreat please email Margi Hafer at: margihafer@yahoo.com 




How do we love the retreat? Let us count the ways!

                    

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Public Art Competition - Call for Artists Cash prizes!
Artists from Naperville and surrounding communities are invited to participate for cash prizes in Naperville Art League’s 19th annual Public Art Competition. Artists are invited to submit one entry per person under the theme “Gear Up”. The piece must be original in design, concept, and execution. It can be any media or mixed-media, and either 2D or 3D. Size restrictions apply.
The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 9, 2022, with no extensions. All entries will be on display April 12 through 29 at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St., Naperville 60563. An awards presentation will be on April 22, 2022 at 3 pm.
Click here for the information/registration flyer
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.

 

Crossed Connections A JURIED ART EXHIBITION & SALE
May 7 - June 4, 2022
TLD DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY
26 E. Quincy Street
Westmont, IL 60559
Westmont Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
SEEKING ARTWORK IN THE FOLLOWING MEDIUMS:
Ceramics, Collage, Fiber Art, Garments, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Needlework, Paintings, Photography, Quilts, Sculpture, Tapestries
The exhibit prospectus and digital entry process may be accessed at our secure website
https://www.tlddesigns.com/Crossed.Connections.htm

 

MEMBERS 

Sally Tibbetts collage “All The Pieces” was selected as BEST OF SHOW at a juried exhibit sponsored by CAVA at Mayslake Peabody Estates.

 

Jerri Reimann is downsizing and has the following to give away:

· Vintage black and white photos of people (mostly from 1930s thru 1950s)

· Vintage sheet music hardcovers on nice thick paper

· Used business envelopes with a variety of B&W patterns inside

· Vintage typed library card catalog cards

Any would be good for a group project for MCS or another group.
Contact her at JerriReimann@earthlink.net

 

Re Kielar, Andrea Fox and Tania Blanco  participated in the Addison Center for the Arts, Expressions: Art and Verse event February 19, 2022. Their artworks  were created to connect with poems written by The Illinois State Poetry Society. Work will be on display until  March 19.

 

Laura Lein Svencner is offering a Class, One Artists Journal, at Indian Prairie Public Library

April, 7th-April 28th 4-week Class
Thursday's 1-3pm at Indian Prairie Public Library
for library card holders first and if there are openings left this class will be open to the public.
This class repurposes and transforms a brown paper bag into a 4 x 6 artists’ journal.  Celebrating our Earth by recycling paper and turning it to art.  Students will learn the bookbinding pamphlet stitch and alter found papers in creative ways to encourage continued self-expression. Ink, paint, and collage will be introduced as Mixed Media. Weekly journal prompts will be given to work on throughout the class.
 Materials instructor will bring to class: Book threads, misc. papers, found papers, cheese cloth, handmade papers, drawing paper, inks, paints, stencils, stamps, sewing needles, material, and fibers.
 Library will Provide: Glue sticks, Scissors, magazines, rulers, pencils,
To Register Follow this LINK

Laura also has a New Online Teaching Platform with Teachable Check out what she has to offer-Lonecrow Studio