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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MAG News November 2009

Matthews Artists Guild Meeting
November 2009

Demonstration by Noel Fludgate

A wet and storming evening did not stop MAG from holding its November 2009 meeting - Many of our members ventured out - A few came by boat...  Noel Fludgate provided an informative demonstration showing his process of creating abstract artwork!

MAG's December meeting will be our annual Holiday Dinner on December 8, 2009.  Only $7.50 per person for an excellent catered dinner!  Bring your significant other and enjoy the evening getting to know the members.  Please RSVP by December 1, 2009.

PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL SHOW - Need Volunteers and Chair Person.  This is one of our major events and is planned for March 2010 please email me if you are interested at

MAG ART WALL - MAG's Art Wall will be displaying new artwork at Matthews Community Center for the month of November and early December.  Photo's of the artwork will also be shown on this site shortly.

MAG's "Small Art Sale"

Above are a few pieces of artwork now on display and for sale at Flapdoodle - The artwork will be for sale through the month of November and early December.  A nice holiday gift!

Silver Brush "Art Show and Sale"

The Silver Brush Society is holding and Art Show and Sale to benefit The Matthews Help Center - Opening Reception is Friday November 13, 2009 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM continuing Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Hosted by Weaver, Bennett & Bland, PA 196 North Trade Street Downtown Matthews, NC


Guild of Charlotte Artist Holiday Show - Member and non-member Juried Show December 1 to 31.  Take in: December 1, 2009.  For more information click here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

MAG's Small Art Sale Info & More...

Carmella Jarvi Finished Demonstration
Yang 12"x12"

For those of you who attended last MAG's October meeting was able to see Carmella Jarvi start this Pastel painting with the focus on water... Here's the finished painting completed back in her studio - Very nice!  Stop by her website to see more of her work by clicking on her name above.

MAG's Small Art Sale

TAKE IN - Matthews Community Center November 8th Studio B lower level from 1pm - 4pm

BRING - 1-3 Artwork pieces, $5.00 entry fee (note: If you only have one piece you cannot add more later.  However, you can add another piece if it sells to replace your space(s). label on back of artwork: Name, phone, address, title, and price.

ARTIST - There will only be enough space for 28 artist if all bring in 3 pieces - Therefore a first come first serve basis - If an artist sells out there will be additional space and opportunities available - Coordinate with the Chair person

PLACE - Flapdoodle: 100 W. Matthews St. Matthews, NC 28105

SETUP DATE - November 9, 2009, Monday at 3pm till done - Looking for Volunteers should only take about 1 hour.

DATE of SALE - November 10th - December 6th

TAKE DOWN - DECEMBER 7th - All Artwork must be picked up by then - Your Artwork can be picked up sooner if needed over the weekend (Volunteers needed as well)

November 10, 2009
Matthews Community Center
6:30 - 9

Come join us at the Community Center for some snacks and beverages and show off your drawing talent for some fun... Then enjoy watching our guest artist with his demonstration. Bring a friend, and let your friends know because everyone is welcome!

My background is Catering and Teaching.  I have a BEd and MEd both in Education (Special Educational Needs).  I've been painting for 4 years with no lessons or any formal training.  I work with oils, watercolors and acrylics working mostly in abstract.  I also draw birds and animals using pencil and charcoal.  I also make shadow boxes and art filled glass coasters.  I have attended and shown my art at over 12 shows this year.  My work is in restaurants, properties and hair dressing salon within the local area.  I have sold over 200 paintings in 4 years.  My work is inspired by what I see and feel.  There is no style or artist that I follow.  In fact I do not really know any famous artist or their work.  I just paint what I want and what feel is right.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Carolinas Got Art & MAG October Meeting

Who's Got Art?

Jewel Baldwin Does!
"All That Glitters"

Demonstrating with pastels at MAG's October Meeting

MAG members checking out Carmella's work...

Carolinas Got Art - One of our very own MAGesties - Jewel Baldwin's artwork above titled "All That Glitters" was selected among more than a thousand entries! Congratulations Jewel that is a big time accomplishment!  You can see this artwork and many more at the Atherton Mill building off South Blvd.

MAG October Meeting

Another very good turnout at MAG's October 2009 meeting with plenty of food and socializing... and word on the street has it, there was a little dancing going on... I guess those caffeine drinks will do it every time!

We were very pleased to have guest artist Carmella Jarvi who provided MAG with an outstanding pastel demonstration.  The demonstration was on how to create the effects of water with understanding how the light and dark values using various hues are used in building the picture.  As well as, how to create the effect water movement. Please click on her name and visit her website and blog to view her gallery of works!

Next meeting is scheduled for November 10, 2009 at 6:30.  I do believe there may even be actual music this time... Plus during the Social Time there will be a group drawing collage made up of quick sketches - Now I know I've got your interest up! See you all there - 

Look for further details on the Small Art Sale,  There will be a Full Dinner for our December meeting and bring a guest so mark your calenders and look for details coming soon.  For now do your Art Thing!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

MAG News

MAG's weekly Live Model Drawing

Rich Nelson - Painting at OPA's Paint-Out

Where to start with so much going on...



6:30 - 8:30
Refreshments & Snacks
Guest Artist and demonstration by Carmella Jarvi
Latest with MAG
All are welcome to attend... Members bring a friend!
We will also be looking for your interest level for various workshops


MAG artist will be holding a Small Art Work sale at Flapdoodle in Matthews beginning November 10, 2009 - December 6, 2009.  The artwork will be no larger than 8"x8" if gallery wrapped with no frame.  A framed artwork piece will be no larger than 8"x8" - Wether framed or unframed the artwork piece is no larger than 8 inches in either dimension.   All mediums are acceptable including drawings.  There will be more information provided at the meeting!


Here's an Exhibit you do not want to miss at the Atherton Mill 2000 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203.  Artist are from North and South Carolina with over 1000 submissions (juried) for this event... There's MAG artists selected... More to be reported on our next post!
For more details
 click here


Scott Boyle will be hosting a paint-out October 24, 2009 at High Ridge Gardens and artist retreat owned by artist Mary Erickson - There is more information at Scott's website.

Monday, September 28, 2009

MAG members at Matthew's ArtFest

Jen Haefeli - Wild Root Creations

Above are a few photo's of MAG members exhibiting at the Matthew's ArtFest 2009 - Word on the street is that Cynthia Howard had a tremendous event with original artwork sales!  I'm sure everyone did very well with the weather cooperating.

MAG's Miniature Art Exhibit - This event was originally planned to be held at Matthew's Library during the month of November.  Unfortunately, the Library will not be able to support this event at this time, so we are looking into alternative places.  We will post at the end of the week if the Exhibit will go forward or be postponed for another time... So please check back.


Pineville Fall Fest - Deadline October 1, 2009.  Click on the event for further details and application.

2009 OPA Paint-Out; Ashville, NC - Oil Painters of America is hold the regions paint-out this coming Saturday October 3, 2009 from 8:30am - 4:30pm meeting at the Warren Wilson College Campus - Signs will be posted. OPA members and would like to be members are all welcome to attend - There will be some very well know painters participating in this event... Richard Oversmith is hosting for the OPA.  For more information on this can can go to his Website and Blog, or contact him directly at, or 828.458.7540

Monday, September 21, 2009

MAG Members Painting Out - Plein Air Style!

Scott Boyles Monthly Paint-Out (September 2009)

The following MAG members Kathering Maske, Catherine Clements, Alan Wells, Carole Connaughton, Yevette Brandell, and Virginia Dauth had a great time painting at Scott Boyles monthly Paint-Out that he holds for free each month at various locations.  Even though the weather forecasters were calling for 60% chance of rain... It turned out to be a splendid day! As they say, it never rains at a Plein Air Paint-Out!  In the bottom photo it looks like Scott painted a nice little gem...

Another Event to take notice is Carolina's Got Art & The Piedmont Pastel Society is presenting live pastel demonstrations and classes October 5 - 10, 2009 at The Atherton Mill 2000 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203 - For more information go to their web site which can be found by clicking on the link on the left Events/Classes section.

We are still working out some bugs in this blog such as we still need to make changes to the Art Wall photo gallery section for better display and a few other techno stuff... Just like art a continuous work in progress!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Welcome to MAG's new blog site

Carmella Jarvi - To present at our next Meeting October 13th

Welcome to Matthews Artists Guild's (MAG) new blog site!  This site has been developed to further promote MAG's events, exhibits, workshops, our members artwork, and as a general promotional tool to further compliment our website (which is currently being updated with a makeover - So stay tuned) as an additional means of sharing information to our members and communities.  We will eventually include the monthly exhibits of art work on display along with art contests and challenges.  There will be either a weekly or bi-weekly posting to keep things fresh and entertaining!

Above is a photo of Carmella Jarvi who will be demonstrating at our next Meeting October 13, 2009 at the Matthew's community center (6:30pm) - Everyone is welcome to attend!

Plein air Paint-Out this saturday September 19, 2009 from 9am - 4pm another fun filled free event sponsored by artist Scott Boyle. Click on his name and check out the details.

Last reminder - Our annuals dues are now being accepted - A big thanks to all who have paid up and we are very excited about the number of new members joining!

Continue to check back with us there's more to come...