Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January, 2010 Newsletter

Good day to you all!  It's been a while, and I'm sure you all missed being the well informed individuals that you prefer to be!  HA!  So why are you reading THIS?!

14 people arrived at the Art League for our monthly meeting, with lots of fun things to show. Felting is definitely shining right now, which is way fun.  Drawings were shown, as well as quilty
things.  Thank you to all of you who drove to the meeting despite the frigid weather.

Upcoming class:  February 28th at the Naperville Art League.  The time is yet to be announced.
There is no supply list, supplies will be supplied by the teacher.  At this point, if all pay who signed up, there will be 16 participants.  If my notes are correct, this is the "Golden" Lady (which smacks of an old James Bond movie!), but I may be wrong.  This could really be the "Colored Pencil Lady", which doesn't sound quite as daring as the "Golden" Lady!  I'm sure someone will contact me with a scathing comment about how for the "newsletter lady", I am very ill informed!  At that point, I shall contact you all with the corrected information.  It was just referred to as "The Class" at the meeting.  Sorry.  I don't know if I'll be able to sleep tonight now.  Poor me!

Sharon Malec's Upcoming Show:  will be from February 16th, (which is when the Artist's Reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.), and ending on March 26th, 2010.  This will be at the Arbor Vitae Cafe, 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL  60563 (630-577-9090).  The cafe resides in the NIU extension building, says NIU on the building, and sounds pretty fun to me! Congratulations, Sharon.  You are truly an inspiration for us all to get our bums out there, produce and sell!  The nice thing about this venue is that there is no commission involved,...pure profit.  Way to go!

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum:  Sharon Malec discovered a museum hidden away at the Benedictine University in Lisle.  Go to www.ben.edu/resources/juricasuchy.asp for more information, but this is what I have for you:  It is a collection of 10,000 specimens, ranging from coral to a whale skeleton, a bird collection....  And it's FREE and much closer than the Field Museum!  the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is at 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL  60532.  Phone is 630-829-6546.  Hours:  Now through May 15, Monday through Friday - 1 to 5 p.m. / Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m..  May 16 through July 31, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m..
It's been said that there are a lot of stuffed animals, which make for great models if you'd like to draw something that won't roll over when it gets bored with you staring at it.  Fun for kids of all ages.  The Field Museum may have Bushman stuffed, but THIS museum has his actual skeleton!
("...and there's a piece of me over here, and there's a piece of me over there..." - The Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz).  Also, this is in the science building, 2nd floor.  There is an art gallery in the hallway.

Pet Portraits: is a new company started  by Martha Tabis!  You go, girl!  If you know of anyone who's in need of this, contact her.  She also brought some beautiful postcards and regular cards to sell at the meeting.  An exceptional deal, nice quality, and much more personal than Hallmark and American Greetings cards.  Hopefully she'll bring them to other meetings.

The latest Challenge: is due at the March meeting.  
The theme/themes is/are spring &/or contrast.  Pick and choose, or combine them both.  No rules, restrictions, limitations.  All that I ask is that you keep in mind that this is a challenge, so please stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone, ladies!

Little Dresses for Africa:  There is a drive going to help clothe orphans in Africa.  The idea is to convert pillow cases into dresses, takes about 30 minutes per dress. and you've made a child very happy.  Martha Tabis brought this to our attention last night.  For more information, go to
www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/?page_id=477 Once there, hit "more information", and then down to "pillow case pattern".  There is also information about how to get them to a source who will then send them on to Africa.  Please send this information on to whatever groups you think may be interested in helping.  Even Girl Scout Troops in need of patches, church groups, etc.  Please and thank you.

Fiberistic Journeys: an exhibit of original quilts There is an exhibit at the Anderson Art
Center (121 66th Street, Kenosha, WI 53143, 262-652-3993), from January 24 through March 21,
2010. This includes the works of Ann Fahl, Annette Hendricks, Denise Havlan, Rachel Wetzler,
Beth Gilbert, and Robbi Joy Eklow. Sounds like a road trip to me, ladies!

That's it for this month. There will be a meeting on February 22nd, even though there is a class
on the following Saturday. Same time, same place. Hope to see you there.
xxxooo, Laurie

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