Thursday, January 27, 2022

February Meeting and so much more

 Hi MCS Members,

 January has flown by as will the rest of the year so let's be sure we are having fun with art whenever we have the opportunity.  Creating art enriches our lives and can provide a delightful purpose for living.


February is a Work Day so bring a project and lunch.  Remember we have the Exhibit at the Downers Grove Library in April with the theme of Awakening.  This can be your opportunity to begin or continue working on an art piece for this show while enjoying the social aspects of getting together with other MCS members.


Since no one has volunteered to take on the Education Chair, please contact me if you are willing to share your expertise and present a demonstration/workshop in March, April, May or June. It's just 2 1/2 hours to keep our organization viable.  It doesn't have to be complicated, just something you know that others will be interested in learning. My email is  Please help us to continue this fantastic organization.  

 Take care,

Nancy Castner




February 6  9 am-2:30pm  Work Day (no presenter) Bring whatever you want to work on and visit with other Midwest Collage Society members. Bring your lunch.

Tania will be bringing some components for making Valentine cards.  If anyone is interested, they will  be complimentary.  Also, this year again Elmhurst Art Museum has asked for donations of hand made cards that they distribute to local nursing homes.  Tania has donated in the past and will do so again this year.  Anyone having valentines to donate can give them to her and she will deliver them on the 7th of February (their deadline).  Let's spread some love during these challenging times.


March 6  noon-2:30pm

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



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

Illinois Poets Society members will be writing poems about their selected art. More information will be sent to you next week after meeting with the library to finalize plans.  

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.

All information is in the attached prospectus. Please reply as soon as possible with the size and number of your submissions. 

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


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.
During the Midwest Collage Society Fall 2022 CREATIVE ARTISTS RETREAT all participants will have the opportunity to create their own leather journal for writing, painting, or collaging. The leather for the cover of your journal thread and needles will be supplied, for a small fee, by our workshop presenter, Joan Lucht. Participants will supply the paper of their choice for the interior pages of their journals. You may also wish to use your own leather and materials. A list of supplies will be sent to all Retreat registrants. Photos of a sample journal are attached to this newsletter.
The journal will replace previous activities including “The Brown Bag Challenge” and “The Decorated Group Paper” activity.

 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: 


       Retreat participants enjoy spectacular sunsets over the lake.



Cherylyn Gnadt will exhibit “Heart Tales”  from February 4 until March 27, 2022. Her Printmaking and Mixed-Media work will be in the gallery of If These Walls Could Talk.
Opening reception is February 4th from 5 -9pm.– during First Fridays along with many other art venues in Aurora. Other events will be held and announced on her instagram page @clynstudio
If These Walls Could Talk
 is located at 32 S. Stolp Ave. Aurora. and is Open Tuesday - Saturday (9am to7pm). Sundays 11am - 5 pm. Closed Mondays.

Re Kielar, Andrea Fox and Tania Blanco were selected to participate in the Addison Center for the Arts, Expressions: Art and Verse 

Festival opening: Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

Exhibition: The art will be on display at the ACA Gallery with text of the poems for a month starting February 16 until March 19, 2022. In addition to the gallery exhibition, the ACA will have an ongoing virtual archive of the exhibition for artists and poets to share. 
Festival: On Saturday, February 19, 2022, the Addison Center for the Arts will host the Expressions: Art & Verse Festival from 1 to 4 pm. During this event the public is invited to enjoy the art exhibit in the gallery and then attend the poetry recital by members of the ISPS in the adjacent theater.


Laura Lein-Svencner  has the following in-person classes for February:

Love Boxes Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien IL February 5th 10-4
Link to register Here  If you're a Library card member it's free to you!

RAW Art Journaling 8 wks, Starting Monday's  February 7th-April 8th
Naperville Art League, Link to register Here

 On-Line Love Boxes $25.00 Register Here

Deb Kress was in the news for her award winning collage! See attachment.

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