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Introduction

An International Network
 
Who we are:
The Artists with MCS network was founded by Moon McNeill, a painter and an author from Germany, in August 2001. She suffered from a lack of information about safe materials and the possibilities of continuing to work as an artist after her MCS-diagnosis. After a long and difficult period of reorientation, she found that the arts are not only the perfect medium to express MCS-specific content, but art could also give a new perspective to lives damaged by environmental illness. Art is therapeutic in itself. On top of that, the founder soon realized that more artists with MCS seemed to be waiting for such a group. Now, she is accompanied by a growing number of German and American painters, musicians, filmmakers, sculptors, videoartists and authors, some of them well known.
 
What we do:
Artists with MCS is - first of all - a medium for discussing plans and ideas; a way to share experiences with art materials, or to solve personal or artistic problems or needs. It is a space where artists of all kinds can connect, trusting they will be taken seriously, and where help of all sorts is honored. The network members help each other with trust and loving kindness to continue their work, or find their way back to working as an artist in spite of their limitations. They exchange knowledge about safe, odorless colors or tolerable recording units, or to learn about new techniques that take the illness's consequential damage into consideration. Artists with MCS sometimes have to learn to work on smaller things like poems, short stories or small film sequences instead of dreaming of big books, monster paintings and three-hour-movies. They have to learn to follow their bodies' needs rather than pursuing artistic visions from the life before MCS. An MCS diagnosis may put an end to some dreams - but it may also open completely new visions and ideas we can follow. Most MCS-artists have to develop new and MCS-specific ways of presenting themselves to the public and especially selling their artwork. All this we want to develop - for us and all those who surely will follow.
 
Who can join:
Every person diagnosed with MCS can join us, no matter if he/she is an amateur or a professional. We expect devotion to the network's ethics and respect for the members' personal and creative rights. Chemical contamination is to be prevented under all circumstances. The health of everyone the most important value. It is understood that we do not accept any use of the contacts for matters that conflict with members' interests. Knowledge about safe materials, possible sponsors, exhibitions, etc., is to be given freely to every member. It is understood and accepted that no one uses the artwork of others without personal permission of the artist. Copyrights are to be taken seriously. Members who do not follow these minimum rules can be excluded without further argument or discussion. Every member can introduce ideas for joint projects, but participation is always voluntary as health conditions vary. Several smaller projects are already in a state of development.
 
If you want to join:
Please e-mail Moon McNeill, president: mcsartists@web.de
Include your postal address with your e-mail, in case the e-mail address fails. E-mail address errors are a recurring problem. If you don't get an e-mail answer within 5 days, please contact us again.
 
Or snail mail: Artists with MCS, P.O. Box 5063, 24062 Kiel, Northern Germany
 
Official chatroom of the network: groups.yahoo.com/group/CreativeCanariesChatgroup
E- mail: CreativeCanariesChatgroup@yahoogroups.com All members are invited to join.
Imagine you are in a desert and (tromp tromp tromp) along comes a camel. Wouldn't you jump for it?
O.K. - we ARE in a desert and (stomp stomp stomp) here comes a caravan.
Submissions to this site:
see "Artists with MCS Guidelines for Submission" below

Artists with MCS Directory
Susan Abod (jazzsinger, musician, videoartist) 3-03
www.citlink.net/~bhima/Abod
 
Selene Anema (fiber artist)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/selene
 
Mona Baranczyk (author)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/mona
 
Treesha deFrance (musician, producer, poet writer, artist) 6-03
www.citlink.net/~bhima/treesha
Steven Eclipse (painter, videoartist, filmmaker, author and poet)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/eclipse
Mary Kempf (artist)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/kempf
 
Virginia Kunst (painter)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/kunst
 
Moon McNeill ( painter, author, actor, former songwriter)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/moon
 
Sabine Neureiter (photographer)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/sabine
 
Kim Palmer (musician, singer, songwriter)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/kim
 
Ro Rivera (author)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/toes.htm
Henriette Single (painter)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/henriett
Sharon Wachsler (author, cartoonist and publisher)
www.citlink.net/~bhima/cartoons
 
Every member of Artists with MCS is entitled to a free page on this site.
See guidelines at the end of this page for submissions.

Members
Alphabetical Listing
President: Moon McNeill
 
Susan Abod (jazzsinger, musician, videoartist)
producer of two MCS-specific videos, one CD with music
born: 1951, language spoken: english
living in Watertown, Massachusetts
e-mail: snabod@rcn.com
homepage: www.susanabod.com
Video documentary and music CD by Susan Abod
 
Selene Anema (fiber artist)
fiber sculptures, several exhibitions
born: 1957, languages spoken: english and dutch
Living in Atascadero, California
e-mail: selene@slonet.org
homepage: www.citlink.net/~bhima/selene
 
Dorothy Baker (author, poet)
stories, winner of OTT literary contest 2002
born: 1948, language spoken: english
living in Northampton, Massachusetts
e-mail: dorothyb@crocker.com
homepage: none
 
Mona Baranczyk (author)
stories, poems and artwork with twigs
born: 1951, language spoken : german
living in Wartenberg, Germany
e-mail: none
homepage: www.citlink.net/~bhima/mona
 
Cynthia Black ( painter)
pastels, sound-light-installations
born 1953, language spoken: english
living in Phoenix, Arizona
e-mail: cblack7@msn.com
homepage: none
 
Elfried “Ellie” Bowron (painter) NEW MEMBER March 2004
landscapes, flower motifs
born: 1931, languages: norwegian and english
living in Bullhead City, Arizona
e-mail: uffda444@hotmail.com
homepage: none
 
Ingeborg Büchel (author, illustrator)
poems, paintings
born 1940, language spoken: german
living in Wartenberg, Germany
e-mail: none
homepage: none
 
Mary Clark (photographer, painter) NEW MEMBER March 2004
photography, watercolor paintings, winner of OTT photo contest 2003
born 1952, language spoken: english
living in Cottonville, Arizona
e-mail: maryclarkski@yahoo.com
homepage: none
 
Lari Doughty (poet; former professional actress)
poems, published a small poetry book with MCS-poems
born: 1944, language spoken: english
living in Yucca Valley, California
e-mail: laridoughty@mymailstation.com (only for texts up to 90 lines!)
homepage: none
 
Treesha deFrance (musician, producer, poet writer, artist)
producer of a CD compilation, poetry, cartoons, songwriting
born 1949, language spoken: english
living in Dewey, Arizona
e-mail: treesha6@hotmail.com
homepage: treesha6.tripod.com
Poem and Cartoons by Treesha deFrance
 
Barbara Eaton (painter, author)
author of several articles and childrens book, collages
born 1951, language spoken: english
living in Rootstown, Ohio
e-mail: beaton@neo.rr.com
homepage: none
Steven Eclipse (painter, videoartist, filmmaker, photographer, author and poet)
filmscripts, conducting, poetry, paintings, photography
born 1969, language spoken: english
living in New York, New York
e-mail: xanax006@mindspring.com
homepage for paintings: www.citlink.net/~bhima/eclipse
Julie Gerstman (journalist, poet)
journalism, poetry, paintings
born 1956, language spoken: english
living in Yucca Valley, California
e-mail: rosegrows@juno.com
homepage: none
 
Ann Gugler (photographer)
photography, former art teacher
born: xxx, language spoken: english
living in Mawson/ Canberra ACT
e-mail: annrobina@austarmetro.com.au
homepage: none
 
Patricia Hetzler (painter, art teacher, writer)
paintings, several exhibitions ands shows
born undisclosed, language spoken: english
living in Atlanta,Georgia
e-mail: pm.hetz@mindspring.com
homepage: www.particularwomen.org
 
Marjorie Kaye (painter)
paintings, several exhibitions and shows
born: 1957, language spoken: english
living in Salem, Massachussets
marjoriekaye@verizon.net
homepage: www.artistseverywhere.net/marjoriekaye
homepage: www.caladangallery.com
Mary Kempf (artist, cartoonist and writer)
cartoons, illustrations, stories, card design
born: 1952, language spoken: english
living in Dolan Springs, Arizona
e-mail: maryk555@yahoo.com
homepage: www.citlink.net/~bhima/kempf
homepage: desertcards.com
Cartoons by Mary Kempf
Isabella Klöfer (painter)
paintings with plant colors and charcoal
geboren 1985, language spoken: german
living in Wittkampsbostel, Germany
e-mail: kloeferle@aol.com
homepage: www.krank-und-kunst.de
Virginia Kunst (painter)
paintings, exhibitions and shows, poetry
born 1935, language spoken: english
living in Grand Haven, Michigan
e-mail: kunstler33@yahoocom
homepage: www.citlink.net/~bhima/kunst
 
Mariann Martin (writer, former theatre teacher)
several columns and articles
born 1953, language spoken: english
living in Mercersburg, Pensylvania
e-mail: mariann7@comcast.net
homepage: none
 
*Moon McNeill (author, painter; former singer, songwriter, actor)
President and press information
stories, poetry, paintings, design, editor of german MCS-anthology and network newsletter
born 1956, languages spoken: german and english
living in Kiel, northern germany
e-mail: mcsartists@web.de
homepage: www.moonmcneill.de  german version
homepage: www.dot-by-dot.de (paintings only) forthcoming in November!
Paintings and poetry by Moon McNeill
Sabine Neureiter (photographer)
photography, design, stories, co-editor of german MCS-anthology
born 1968, languages spoken: german and english
living in Kiel, germany
e-mail: sneureiter@yahoo.de
homepage: www.citlink.net/~bhima/sabine
Kim Palmer (singer, songwriter, musician)
several CD’s with popmusic, songwriter, composer, singer
born: someday (ladies secret), english and some german words
living in Arizona
homepage: www.kimpalmersongs.com
Songs by Kim Palmer
 
Susanne Rennert (magician, author)
former magician, german book on magical tricks for kids
born: 1968, language spoken: german
living in Kassel, Germany
e-mail: lilith149@gmx.de
homepage: none
 
Ro Rivera (author) New 2003
book on MCS planned
born: 1951, language spoken: english
living on Oxnard, California
e-mail: corolla101@aol.com
homepage: none
Story by Ro Rivera
Ingrid Schütz (author)
stories
born 1950, languages spoken: german, english, french fluently
living in Lohmar-Breidt, germany
e-mail: schuetz-lohmar@t-online.de
homepage: none
Xenia De Seramis (videoartist, poet, dancer, painter)
videos, art therapy, poetry, paper printing, dance
born 1973, german and french fluently, some english
living in Bremen, northern germany
e-mail: xeniaxxl@yahoo.com
homepage: www.naivewelt.de (still in the making!)
Henriette Single (painter)
paintings
born 1960, language spoken: german
living in Dorfprozelten, southern germany
e-mail: none
homepage: www.citlink.net/~bhima/henriett
Jill Sverdlove (author)
stories, creative writing courses (formerly Gotham writing school teacher)
born 1958, language spoken: english
living in Boulder, Colorado
e-mail: JSverdlove@aol.com
homepage: none
Sharon Wachsler (author, cartoonist and publisher)
cartoons, stories, essays, poetry, several awards and publications, writing courses
born 1969, languages spoken: english and some german
living in Shelburne Falls, Massachussets
e-mail: swachsler@aol.com
homepage: Cartoons www.sickhumorpostcards.com
homepage: Humor Column www.abilitymaine.org/Sharon.html or http://www.abilitymaine.org/sharoncur.html
homepage: www.sharonwachsler.com (personal homepage)
Cartoons by Sharon Wachsler
 
Carol West (composer, musician, journalist, piano teacher)
film music compostions, several awards, CD’s
born 1952, language spoken: English
living in Annapolis, Maryland
e-mail: CwestMusic@aol.com
homepage: none

How to Apply for Membership

If you want to be a member of the network Artists with MCS you need to be an artist having this illness. It is not important if you are an amateur or a professional artist. What is more important is that you take your arts seriously, want to improve your style, want to exhibit, publish or support us creating an awareness of MCS, need help in artistic questions, and want to be connected to other artists in Europe and the United States. It is understood that no one misuses someone else's art or any knowledge about personal circumstances.

If you want to join us, you can write to Moon McNeill at mcsartists@web.de or Artists with MCS, Postbox 5063, 24062 Kiel, Germany. Please give a short review of who you are, where you live, what you do, and why this network would be important to you. Please give your full postal address, your real name and two references. This way we can contact you if computer problems anywhere prevent e-mail communication for a prolonged time. Address and references will be checked. Membership in the network and the chatgroup always follows the rule of loving kindness in communication. This is the main and principal rule we agreed upon. MCS is an illness that makes our lives difficult and stressful enough. What we want to create here is arts and friendship, what we want to share here is poems, paintings, songs, cartoons, projects and encouragement, and the way we want to treat each other is with humor, patience, kindness and respect. A tolerance for insults, discouragement, diminishment or anything of that sort can not be taken as given. Those who continuously break the rule of friendliness can be excluded by the president.

How to Take Part in the Network

The network offers a regular newsletter, The Creative Canary. It is published twice a year. Issue number one contains information, interviews and articles about network members, safe paints, interesting events etc. Issue number two is a literary issue. Members of the network can write for both issues. Every member gets a bi-monthly report about network activities, so (s)he is able to follow what other members do without needing to contact everyone personally. Everyone can post information about projects (s)he is involved in. Our member, Mary Kim Kempf, offers pages on her private homepage. Every members can get a free page. Guidelines for submissions can be seen below. We plan to open an official gallery homepage 2005, where members can present artwork for sale. The network members also create joint projects from time to time. The first one has been a German-language MCS-anthology in 2003. These projects mainly care for a wider awareness of the MCS-problem. Every member can initiate projects of this sort. It is understood that the president is always informed about initiatives that involve other network members. At groups.yahoo.com/group/CreativeCanariesChatgroup we offer a chatgroup. Only members of the network can join here. Membership in the network is free, but donations for reports and newsletter are welcome. Any question or problem can be discussed with Moon McNeill at mcsartists@web.de


Artist with MCS Anthology, German Version
Published 2003, by Moon McNeill and Sabine Neureiter
 
"Readable, enjoyable, hilarious, tragic and giving . . . people with MCS a new perspective."
Moon McNeill
 
German version only available. 10 Euro/Dollar plus 2 Euro/Dollar shipping,
but our members may purchase for 8 Euro/Dollar each plus 2 Euro/Dollar shipping.
If you want to order, you can send the money via paypal to sneureiter@yahoo.de


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Artist's Resources

See Products for safer artist materials

The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide, by Monona Rossol. New York: Allwort. December 2001. Paperback.
www.amazon.com

Overexposure: Health Hazards in Photography/Everything You Need to Know About Photographic Materials and Processes to Make Your Workplace Safe and C, by Susan D. Shaw, Monona Rossol (Contributor) (Paperback - October 1991) www.amazon.com

Editor's Note: The sources above, are not written exclusively for MCS persons. The chemcally injured must check with their doctor and use extreme caution with any chemicals or materials to prevent further injury. In particular, photographic chemicals, are dangerous for chemically sensitive persons.


Artists with MCS Guidelines for Submission

Submissions
If you are a member, all members are enitled to a page representing their creative work. Please submit the following to Mary Kempf maryk555@yahoo.com
 
Space
Each member of Artists with MCS, may have a page to display their poetry, songs and/or art.
For authors or songwriters, there is space for 3 to 5 poems or songs.
For artists and authors, there is space for 2 poems or songs, and 4 jpeg or gif format art pieces.
For artists there is space for 5 jpegs or gifs.
For web designers, links will be displayed for websites, as this is the best way to view the medium, in context. All links furnished must be working links at the time of submission. Please check all links prior to sending.
 
Information
Artwork Identification. Please include title, size of art, medium, and copyright information for each.

Artist’s Statement. Artists are encouraged to submit their history as an artist and what their art or the artistic process means to them. The statement can also include preferred mediums and techniques.

Content. The writing needs to reflect exactly what experience or facts you want to convey to other artists with MCS or persons interested in your art and process. Reading out loud can help discern the correct content.

Spelling. Speling needs to be cheked. Oops!

Link Function. All links furnished must be working links at the time of submission. Check all links prior to sending.

Proof and Approval
One proof will be e-mailed to you for minor corrections and for your approval.

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