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Friday, December 17, 2010

Knitted Hat/Mittens/Scarf Drive for A Child's Place

Many who attended the MAG Christmas Party participated in the knitted hat/mittens/scarf drive for A Child's Place in uptown Charlotte. We collected 22 knitted hats, 24 mittens/gloves, 2 coats, a blanket and 4 scarves. The items were dropped off today. Thanks to all who gave!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

MAG Drawing 12/22/10 Cancelled

MAG's Drawing Session next Wednesday has been cancelled and will resume the following Wednesday 12/29/10 - We look forward to seeing you after Christmas!

A new schedule will be posted soon for our next Model Drawing Period (Jan - Apr 2011) with the first week of each month the Model will be dressed in costume starting 1/5/11.

January Demo Presented by Debbie Rasberry

MAG is proud to have as our guest, Debbie Rasberry, pastel artist. She says she understands the trials artists go through. "My art continues to evolve through frequent classes, workshops, exposure to books and DVD workshops by master level pastelists, my "family" of fellow artist friends and forging ahead through trial and error." Her subjects are primarily landscapes, especially water, marshes and mountain scenes using photos, as well as, en plein air. She is a board member of the Piedmont Pastel Society.

Join us! We meet Tuesday, January 11th, at 7 PM but come early... social time is 6:30 PM. The location is the Matthews Community Center. Meetings are always free and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MAG Christmas Party

Thank you to all who attended the MAG Christmas Party! Be safe and be creating! We have The annual Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Art Show coming up soon... so be ready.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Annual MAG Christmas Party

The Annual MAG Christmas Party is tonight! Members, friends and spouses are invited. Social time starts at 6:30 PM and dinner will be at 7 PM. Bring a side/dessert dish to share, a knitted item for a child (unwrapped), and appreciation for our entertainment: guitarist, Bob West. Hope you can make it and... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Painting Groups Continue Through Holidays

The MAG Plein-Air Painters (aka The Polar Bears) will meet at Freedom Park, Friday, 12/10, at 1 PM. Interested? Email Debbie: Yeah, we don't let a little cold weather stop us! Dress warm.

The Life Drawing sessions at the Matthews Community Center will also be meeting Wednesdays, 12/15, 22, 29/10 at 7 PM. Come early to set up so you will be ready by starting time.

Take some time off during the holidays to create art.

Annual MAG Christmas Party

The Annual MAG Christmas Party is this Tuesday, 12/14/10, at 7 PM at the Matthews Community Center. Social Time starts at 6:30 PM. All members and their spouses are invited. Bring a side or dessert to share along with a knitted item for a child (unwrapped), and tip money for our entertainment, guitarist, Bob West. MAG will provide the entree, ham, along with beverages. Love to eat? Then you've got to make it to this meeting!

Merry Christmas to all from the Matthews Artist Guild!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Charlotte Observer's Article on The Christmas Marketplace

Check out this article about The Christmas Marketplace from the Sunday (12/28) edition of the Charlotte Observer:

MAG Artists take-in will be at the site, 1515 S. Mint St., Friday (12/3) from 10AM to Noon and take-down is Sunday (12/5) from 2PM to 4PM.

EVERYONE is welcome to come by and check out our booth: Friday (12/3) from 4PM to 9PM and Saturday (12/4) from 9AM to 9PM.

Email Debbie:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Marketplace for the Kilgoris Project 12/3-4

MAG will have a booth at the Christmas Marketplace benefiting the Kilgoris Project. Location is 1515 S. Mint Street in Charlotte, just blocks from Panther Stadium. Take-in is Friday, 12/3, from 10 AM to Noon. The sale will start that Friday evening 4 to 9 PM and continue Saturday from 9 AM to 9 PM. Take-down has been changed to Sunday afternoon 2-4 PM. Interested in participating or helping out... you know what to do... email Debbie:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Next Plein-Air Outing Thursday, 11/18, 10 AM at Hunter Farm, Weddington

Due to rain, the plein-air session scheduled for Tuesday, 11/16, has been canceled. We'll try again Thursday... interested? Email Debbie at The pumpkins are gone but Erik tells us there'll be lots of new cows!

Christmas Marketplace at 1515 S. Mint Street in uptown Charlotte

All MAG members are invited to participate in the Christmas Marketplace that benefits the Kilgoris Project ( ). Take-in is at the venue (1515 S. Mint St.) on Friday, 12/3, from 10 AM to Noon. The doors open at 4 PM and close at 9 PM, then reopen Saturday, 12/4, from 9 AM to 9 PM. Take down is at 9 PM. Helpers are needed for take-in, selling and take down. Contact Debbie at

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Plein Air Proud!

MAG's Plein Air Group (we need to come up with a name for ourselves!) showed off their efforts at the 11/09/10 meeting. The group's next session will hopefully take place at Hunter Farm. Want to join us? Email Debbie:

Reg Narmour Shares His Experience With the Kilgoris Project

MAG will be selling member artwork at The Christmas Marketplace at 1515 S. Mint Street in uptown, Charlotte, to benefit the Kilgoris Project. The project builds schools and farms for a small African village, Kilgoris, so it will ultimately become self-sufficient. Fellow MAG member, Reg Narmour, spoke about his experience at the African village and showed his watercolor giclees of the schools built there. He not only helped with the physical labor but also befriended a young boy who regarded Reg as his "grandfather". Reg wore a belt the young boy made for him.

The Christmas Marketplace will take place December 3 (4PM-9PM) and 4 (9AM-9PM). Please come and help this cause by doing some of your Christmas shopping here. And don't forget to visit MAG's booth too! Contact Debbie at if you would like to sell art.

Miriam Durkin Demo a Hit!

Thank you, Miriam Durkin, for a wonderful demo of a portrait done in oil. Thanks also to Ally Yacenda for modeling. The demo demonstrated the creation and manipulation of the different kinds of shadows used in portraits as well as how skin tones and highlights make portraits come alive. The portrait was finished in just a little over an hour... with breaks! Miriam teaches group, as well as, individual classes. Check out her website at:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Anne Springs Greenway Plein Air Outing

Don't miss our next plein air session at Spittin' Pond Farm on Tuesday, 11/9 at 11 AM. Email Debbie for details:

Friday, October 29, 2010

MAG Meeting 11/09/10

MAG is proud and priviledged to have Miriam Durkin demonstrating a portrait in oil at our next meeting, November 9, 2010. Ms. Durkin is presently showing at Studio 21 on Kingston Ave. in Charlotte ( She specializes in human figures and studied with Andy Braitman, Ben Long, Stephen Early and Nelson Shanks. All our meetings are free and open to the public on the second Tuesday of every month. Meetings start at 7 PM with social time starting at 6:30 PM prior to the meeting. We meet at the Matthews Community Center on McDowell St. East in downtown Matthews. You can't miss this one!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spittin' Pond Farm Plein-Air Rescheduled...

Like painting out in nature with other artists? Like llamas? Then join us at Spittin' Pond Farm on Friday (10/29) at 11 AM. Bring along a lunch and stay for as long as you need... no rush to finish. Interested? Email Debbie at

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MAG Plein Air Group at Yvette's Home

Beautiful... the weather, Yvette's home and the hospitality... cake and coffee were served... yoo! hoo! We're looking at a Llama farm for the next outing. So email Debbie,, if you're not on the plein air group email list. Yeah, there's room!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Plein Air Group Meeting at Yvette's Home

Join the MAG plein air crew as we venture off to Waxhaw to the home of fellow member Yvette Brandell, Tuesday, 10/19 at 8:30 AM... yeah, early. So set your alarm and don't miss this great opportunity to paint and have fun. Email Debbie for details:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Kevin Brown Workshop: Introduction to Painting a Portrait Sketch "Alla Prima"

Don't miss it! The workshop will cover on a preliminary level the following:
  • Alla Prima
  • materials and tools
  • positioning the model
  • lighting
  • composition
  • how to see and what to see
  • working wet into wet
  • fat over lean
  • modeling the form

Saturday 10/23/10 9AM-Noon
Tuesday 10/26/10 6PM-9PM
Thursday 10/28/10 9AM-Noon

Workshop Size: 4 Participants per session (first come first serve for the allotted times based on receipt of payment)

Fee: MAG members $25/ Non-members $35

Deadline: Thursday 10/21/10 (Please make checks out to MAG)

Location: Kevin's studio at 110 East Kingston Ave. second floor studio 212. If taking light rail it's stop East/West Ave.

For more informaiton email Kevin at

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 12 Meeting... Prizes, Christmas Art Show and Keefer Demo

Binders paid MAG a surprise visit with PRIZES! Thank you, Anthony and Harry!
Also, Tia McNelly from the Kilgoris Project provided information about our next Art Sale in December to benefit an African village with schools and farms.
Finally, Schelly Keefer did a demo with pastels.
Our next meeting will be November 9, with Miriam Durkin demonstrating portraits with oil.
Thanks to all who came!

Monday, October 11, 2010

October Meeting Reminder

Tommorow night MAG will be holding our October monthly meeting from 6:30 - 8:30 PM with our social starting at 6:30 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. Matthews, NC 28105.

Our Guest Artists Schelly Keefer will be demonstrating for us with pastels and very excited to have her presenting - Here's a brief Bio on Schelly's background:

Schelly Keefer is an award winning artist Her work has been twice featured in the international magazine Pastel Journal, in UNCC's Sanskrit Magazine, and on the cover of theChronicle of the Horse. She has been on NPR and TV with numerous mentions in area newspapers. Schelly is known for her landscapes and cityscapes, but paints a wide variety of subjects. She is represented by the Red Sky Gallery. She is currently an art instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, teaching soft pastel. She can also be found on Facebook.

“I love the immediacy and vibrancy of pastels, as it is seen in my head, I can take directly to the paper. Watercolor is exciting with the fluid interaction of pigments and paper.” --Schelly


Art Wall - Bring in your artwork to hang.

Bring in Refreshments and treats or tricks... It is that time of the year!

Membership renewals

We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MAG Starting Up Plein Air Painting Group

Our next group meets at McAlpine Creek Park, Tuesday, 10/5/10 at 9:30 AM. Join us! Email Debbie if interested:

Friday, September 24, 2010

Schelly Keefer at October 12 Meeting

Come to our next meeting, Tuesday, October 12. Social Time: 6:30; Meeting starts at 7 PM. Our guest presenter is award-winning pastel artist, Schelly Keefer. She teaches soft pastel at CPCC and has been twice featured in the international magazine, Pastel Journal. "I love the immediacy and vibrancy of pastels, as it is seen in my head, I can take directly to the paper. Watercolor is exciting with the fluid interaction of pigments and paper"- Schelly Keefer.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lake Norman Art League's Call for Artists

All original work, 2D, 3D and Photography are acceptable for this exhibit. No digitally-altered work accepted.

Exhibit Take-In: Sunday 10/17/10 - 10 AM to 4 PM
Carolina Art Garden, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius, NC 28031

Please bring up to 4 works to hang. Please complete entry form, bring check or cash for entry fee and membership dues if joining or renewing membership, and attach labels before arriving.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 2010 during the Grand Opening of the Carolina Art Garden from 6 PM to 9:30 PM. Award Presentations during this time.

Cash and Prizes: $500 First Place/ $400 Second Place/ $300 Third Place and (2) $100 Honorable Mentions

Entry Fee: $25 for 1/2 entries, $10 for each additional for up to a total of 4 pieces for LKN Art League Members/Students.
$35 for 1/2 entries, $10 for each additional for up to a total of 4 pieces for Non-Members.

More info can be found at

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Our September 14 Meeting...

Lance Main from Occhuzzie Paints is our guest speaker for this month's meeting, Tuesday, September 14. He will speak to us about his handmade oil paints made right here in Charlotte! Meetings are held at the Matthews Community Center, on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 PM for social time with the meeting starting at 7 PM. As always, meetings are free and open to the public. Come and visit with us!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Matthews Alive Art Show Awards!

1st Place/Best of Show - Reg Namour - "Cash Cow"

2nd Place - Paula Hemsley - "Cooling Off"

3rd Place - Ed Lipe - "Backyard Safari"

Drawing Excellence - Jean Yates - "Backlite"

Honorable Mentions

Bob Brooks - "A Mountain View"
Rebecca Wood - "Sand Hill Cranes"
Yvette Brandell - "Cyclamen"
Bre Crowell - "Waters Edge"

Achievement Awards

Jacqueline Durrett - "South Mills Creek, NC"
Jewel Baldwin - "Dignity Lost"
Pete Bailey - "Bok Joy"
Diane Caudel - "The Ballerinas and Dress Rehearsal"

Guest Judges Awards - Based on their personal favorite

Matthews Alive Festival Mgr. - Jayson Johnston: Debbie Yacenda - "Houseboats on Lake Powell"

Parks & Rec - Director - Lee Tillery: Jacqui Durett - "South Mills Creek, NC"

Commissioner - Nancy Moore: Jewel Baldwin - "Dignity Lost"

Matthews Mayor - Jim Taylor: Ally Parrott - "Willow Tree"


For those of you who were unable to attend last night - We missed you! We had an excellent turn out and a big thanks to all of you who brought in food and drinks...
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Matthews Alive Festival and enjoying the exhibit!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Today is Intake for the Matthews Alive Art Show from 3-5PM Matthews Community Center 100 McDowell St. Matthews, NC 28105

Our set up and artwork hanging has moved to Thursday at 12:30 for those volunteering to help out we'll see you then!

There will be over 100 original paintings for sale!

The Fall Live Model Drawing Session schedule is now posted

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Congratulation to the 7 artist who had a successful artwork sales at The Christ Church!


Important Dates:
Set-Up (volunteers needed) September 1 @ 1PM
Take-In September 1 @ 3PM
Award Ceremony and Reception September 2 @ 7PM
Take-Down and Artwork Pickup Sept 6 right after event


MAG's annual Membership dues are due on September 1, 2010 for the majority who are on MAG's membership calender - Check with Rita Bowers if you are not sure.

Please make checks payable to Matthews Artists Guild - $25 for single and $35 for Family. Mail checks to:
Matthews Artists Guild
100 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC 28105

Or bring your check to the next MAG meeting September 14, 2010!

MAG Board of Director Ballots - Time to vote members check your email

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August Meeting 8-10-10


6:30 - 8:30 PM

Everyone is invited to attend and watch a watercolor demonstrations from our Guest Painter
Shirly Landgraf

Shirley Landgraf had taught art for over 30 years at Central Piedmont. She has a studio in her home where she gives private lessons. She also volunteers her time at Southminster Retirement Community teaching watercolor and won first prize when the Guild of Charlotte Artists held a contest there. Traveling with other plein-air artists is another of her many artistic pursuits. Southport, NC is among her favorite places to create water scenes. "I love to make sure there is human interest in my scenes. When I paint a beach chair, I will put a towel on it to show someone has been there." From nature she also draws inspiration for her abstracts. Her watercolor demonstration for the August 10 MAG meeting will be a waterfall scene. John Lomax, a former student of hers, will introduce her to all of us.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

MAG News JULY 2010

MAG Members Exhibiting
Christ Church
1412 Providence Road, Charlotte NC
July 6 - August 24, 2010

There are over 80 paintings on display and for sale at Christ Church's gallery with over 30 MAG member artist participating! A percentage of the proceeds goes directly to a number of local charities in need... Stop by and enjoy some fantastic artwork!! This showing runs from July 6th to August 24th.

A Salute To Summer
Exhibition @ Art Charlotte

Stop by and and join a couple of MAG members ( Cynthia Howard and Prudy Weaver) participating in a group show exhibiting their work at Art Charlotte! The reception is July 9th from 6pm - 9pm. The exhibit will run through the month of July. Wish them luck! For more information click here on the web site

Matthews Alive Art Show
Call for Artist - Juried Art Show
Stay tuned for more information

Artists of all mediums, oil, pastel, watercolor and acrylics as well as photography.
Join other artists at the "Matthew Alive Art Show" Labor day weekend for a three day show and selling event. This is your chance to both sell and show your work as well as participate in a Judged Show for ribbons and cash

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Matthews Artists Guild - June 2010 Meeting


June 8, 2010 Meeting

Our June meeting began with a surprise Birthday celebration for your MAG Prez – Yes, I was very surprised! I’m still troubled on how they were able to pull that off! Yup, a milestone birthday – Let’s just say it was not my 21st. The cake says it all as you can see in the attached photo’s. For those involved, I do appreciate your thoughtfulness – Thank you very much (I think…) – Last thing on this – That cake was awesome!!!

The month meeting program was “Drawing” rather than have a guest artist demonstrate and present a lectured techniques – Which we will do at a later time. We got all our members involved with a little drawing competition and some fun prizes and award certificates that were even signed by the Birthday guy! Five stations were set up with 4 still life forms to draw and one station with a live Model Alex – She did a great job (Debbie Yacenda’s daughter following her Mom as a budding artist). There were some amazing sketches done considering they were all 10 minute quick draws. The interaction among the groups was a lot of fun and everyone sharing their experiences (I think the sugar in the cake had something to do with it) – The Grand Winner was Alan – He cleaned up in a few categories. It must be those weekly Wednesday night live model drawing sessions. Like I’ve been telling you all each month drawing is good for you! The other category winners were Anne, Becky, and Rita – MAG’s Master Drawers. Enjoy the attached photo’s taken by Cynthia.


· Please note your calendars: THERE WILL BE NO JULY MAG MEETINGThis was scheduled as our Hot dog social and will be rescheduled. Our next meeting will be held August 10th 2010. Enjoy your vacation time!

· Christ Church Show – Get your paintings ready! Take-In is July 5th 10 AM – Noon – Look for further information from Debbie Yacenda or contact her for details.

Monday, May 17, 2010

MAG News

Stallings Art & Music Fest - 5-15-10

We had a very nice turn-out of MAG artists who brought their artwork to hang at Stallings first Annual Art & Music Fest - We filled the tent inside and one outside wall! Other than being very warm, it was a nice evening listening to music and getting to meet some of the local folk and introducing Matthews Artists Guild to the community. We kept it very casual and relaxing as you can see from the attached photos which includes a group shot, Debbie, and Gayle our two event Chairwomen - discussing the structural integrity of the tent leg, and Debbie contemplating what her next song choice was going to be - I told you all there was going to be some pick-in going on - See what some of you missed! I would like to thank everyone who participated and helped with the set-up and take-down it really made it fast and easy.

Art Auction

I was contacted by Emily Hawkins, a senior at Providence High School in Charlotte, NC. who is president of a club called Voices Activated, which is an activism club that tries to make young people aware of world problems and teach them what to do. They're hosting an Art for Congo auction to raise money to stop the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are contacting local artists to help. Vivian Connell ( is their teacher advisor. The auction is May 22 at 5PM. The artists can put their cards out next to their donated pieces and provide a minimum bid if they choose. Thank you for whatever you can do.

Artwork can be dropped off at providence high school (1800 Pineville Matthews road) with the name Vivian Connell on it. Artwork is due by Friday, May 21. No requirements for art. We also have tax deductible forms that we can send to you, if your artists would like. Please invite anyone you can. It is at providence high school on may 22 from 5 to 8.

MAG - Oil Painting Workshop

We have a good response for those interested in a 1 day intensive Oil painting workshop (Beginner & Intermediate level) and already enough to fill a class - We will not hold a session in June (Primarily due to my schedule with painting in Maine). However, Summer/Fall we will plan - So If you were planning to take a workshop and have not yet indicated let me know at or to ask for more details and this way we can plan on how many sessions to do.

May MAG Meeting 2010

The Matthews Artists Guild meeting was held last night with many members and friends joining us and with plenty of paintings to be critiqued. I would first like to thank Harry Griffin and Anthony Ochoa with Binders Art Supplies and Frames for the fantastic door prizes they provided for our meeting! Harry was in attendance and handed out the prizes as we raffled them off to kick off our meeting (You can see Harry in one of the attached photos). Also, I would like to thank Sally Miller and Richard Siegal two local artist who did an excellent job critiquing the paintings! We also learned from Richard that we have a lot of work to do with our framing... Hmmm, I wonder if he offers a class on framing? What a sales guy (just kidding)... Moreover, Richard is however offering a Plein - Air class through Queens College if anyone is interested and where you can pick up more detail. I'm sure the painters who participated, that between the three Critics or is that critique-rs all walk away with some further insight for development. Heck no one was kicked off the island or sent home... Must be some very good painters!

Monday, May 10, 2010

MAY Meeting Reminder

MAY 2010 Meeting
Critique Your Artwork

Bring in your artwork to be critiqued by three local artist (Sally Miller, Richard Siegal, and Kevin Brown) during our May 2010 monthly meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to receive constructive feedback on your work. This is an important and instrumental process that is practiced by classical art institutions and by many master painters - A process that can help in the development of your craft and your painting at all levels.

This is sure to be an informative session and a learning process that can be helpful for everyone!

Also, new art work will be displayed on the "Art Wall" in the hallway leading to all the meeting rooms - This month's artwork display is from Robert Brooks, Anne Harrell, Tom Hopkins, and Gail Violette. Please take the time to check out their work during the meeting!

The meeting is held at Matthews Community Center

100 McDowell St.

Matthews, NC 28105

6:30 - 7 PM Social Snacks & Drinks

7 - 8:30 PM Program - Critiquing your Artwork

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Friday, April 16, 2010

April 2010 MAG Meeting

Matthews Artists Guild April meeting with our featured artist Scott Boyle. Scott talked about Plein Air painting and demonstrated how a field study, sketches, and proper planning can be used to create a larger studio painting. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the painting presentation and his shared knowledge of his craft! Scott will be conducting an upcoming workshop which you can learn more about the details by visiting his site, and he also holds regular (monthly) paint-outs that everyone is welcome to participate at.

Next Meeting May 2010

Bring in your artwork for critique night by local artists

Art Shows

May 15, 2010 Stallings Park & Rec
MAG is looking into participating and having a tent & table for this event allowing members an opportunity to hang a painting - Look for more details coming soon!

Note: this event is open to anyone set up your own tent - Contact Shelly Allen (248-421-6260) for more details - 10'x10' fee of $20.00

Christ Church Show
Being planned for the month of July thru mid August

Mooresville Art Walk
An animal art show May 14th from 5-8pm - Booth fee of $10 which goes towards US Equine Resue League - Need to bring a Table and Tent

Service Section

I will be adding to our blog a service section for our members and sponsors so if you have a service related to supporting fine arts - For example, you make easels, sketch boxes, framing, websites, photographing artwork, you get the idea... Let me know!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MAG Meeting April 13, 2010 - en Plein Air

Scott Boyle

Perfect timing for our MAG meeting with the weather getting nicer because our guest Artist Scott Boyle with provide a demonstration on Plein Air painting!

Artist Scott Boyle, landscape painter and founder of the Charlotte Plein Air Painters Group will discuss the many benefits of outdoor painting and social networking with other artists. During his time with us he will also begin a studio painting in oils from a small plein air work and talk about his problem solving solutions for artists.

You can find out more about Scott at

And about Charlotte Plein Air Painters at


Grumbacher paint is looking to hire acrylic painters to teach two hours workshops at a major retailer in locations across the United States and Canada . Specifically, we are looking for those capable of demonstrating a still life, landscape, seascape, and floral. We have developed a flexible curriculum in acrylics for an artist to use or adapt to fit to his or her style. We plan to conduct approximately one to four workshops per store per month and the artist will have flexibility in scheduling. Compensation is $100 per workshop, and teaching materials will be provided to the artist at no cost

Please have anyone who is interested email Ellen Cunningham at with examples of their work in acrylics, along with a resume and contact information. (Chartpak is a manufacturer of fine art supplies. Grumbacher, Koh-I-Noor, Higgins ink, and Clearprint are some of our brands.)

Thank you in advance for any help you might offer,

Best Regards,

Ellen Cunningham

Education Coordinator

Chartpak Inc.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

MAG Presbyterian Hospital Show & Award Results

Jean Yeates 1st Place Winner!

Click on the Picasa Photostream at the top to view all the event photos - Thank you Gayle Snyder for photos!

MAG's Reception and Awards presentation for MAG's Presbyterian Hospital Matthews (Members Art Show) was held on March 11, 2010 and was nicely attended to! The Artwork was amazing and was a very difficult process for Dr. Napier who judged the show for us. She provided an excellent interpretation of judgement for the award winning artworks.

The Awards were as follows:

1st Place - Jean Yates - Golden Pears - Watercolor
2nd Place - Diane Caudle - Little Ballerinas Out of Line - Pastel
3rd Place - Cynthia Haack - Rainy Day Flight - Acrylic
Drawing Award - Jewel Baldwin - Touring Stockholm - Watercolor

4 Honorable Mentions
Carl Sheely - Dormant Volcano - Photography
Susan Hinrichs - Modonna Lily - Watercolor
Sharon Burns - Better Eyesight - Watercolor
Rebecca Wood - A Walk in the Park - Oil

4 Achievement Awards
Peggy Van Dyke - Tulips - Watercolor
Alan Wells - No Trespassing - Watercolor
Bob Beard - Kiva Ladder - Watercolor
Jen Haefeli - Aurora Borealis (set of 3) - Mixed Media

Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants!

A big thanks to our sponsors
Presbyterian Hospital Matthews
Matthews Community Center
Binders Art
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff

Sunday, March 7, 2010

MAG Meeting Reminder

Gabrielle Shain

MAG March Meeting
Matthews Community Center

6:30 - 7:00 Social
7:00PM - 8:30PM Program

Gabrielle is the owner on one of Charlotte's finest art gallery. She has many noted artists who sell and display their work at her gallery. She has been very successful in attracting many noted and national artists. Her gallery promotes artists of all mediums and types of painting. She is very well respected in the south for the many artists which she promotes.

Her presentation will delve into the following topics which should be interesting to all artists. Just some of the topics which she will expound on are:
How do collectors buy, what is their process?
What do general buyers look for?
What do Gallery owners look for in Artist they select
What is the selection process?
How do they market the Artist
How is pricing determined, and how does commissions work or are the paintings purchased by the gallery or both?
What are the commitments and contractual requirements?

We look forward to learning many things for aspiring artist.

Open to the Public - Everyone is welcomed to come!

MAG March 2010 MAG Members Art Show

Our Show volunteers setting up

MAG Presbyterian Hospital Show
Members Judged Art Show
March 6, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Matthews Presbyterian Hospital Matthews
Reception March 11, 2010 from 7 PM - 9 PM

MAG Presbyterian Hospital Show

MAG members came out by the numbers to put on a great show of their artistic abilities. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this a very successful show. There were 42 artists who put over 80 painting up for the show. The volunteers did an outstanding job and a lot of hours to put the show together. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Members should be proud of their art since it shows just how talented MAG members really are. This show gives each artist who participated exposure for their art. Shows are one way that artists of every level get to showcase their work which might not otherwise get this exposure. The show will be seen by over 30,000 visitors to the Hospital. This is one of the most successfuls shows in the Charlotte area. During the show set up there were interested art buyers taking information on the artwork - We are looking forward to a very exciting show.

Spread the news there 's a lot of excellent artwork for sale and portions of each sale goes to the Presbyterian Hospital Matthews

The reception is open to the public and a great way to meet the artists, enjoy entertainment, socialize, see and buy some excellent artwork, and enjoy food and meet local folks appreciating the arts!

MAG MARCH 2010 Watercolor Workshop

MAG Watercolor Workshop

After many delays due to heath reason MAG finally had its watercolor workshop featuring Richard Siegel. Richard who is an excellent teacher as well as an award winning artist. The workshop was full of excited artists who learned many new techniques which will help artists become better painters. The comments by almost every participant was when can we have him back. Everyone was well pleased with the workshop and we plant to have him back in the summer for another workshop. Attached you will find photos of the class and individual artist hard at work. There was a lot of great art produced in a very short time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Alan Wells & Kevin Brown
Marketing your Art

The February 2010 MAG meeting featured "Marketing your Artwork" presented by Alan Wells and Kevin Brown. The program was structured on the basis of fundamental marketing strategies, designed for those who choose to market their work as a Hobby, part time, or a full-time professional. There was practical information for all levels and some insight as to how other artists have found success along with some economical means of promoting your work! Alan provided an excellent overview and an outline which he made available for everyone. The outline can be done in a simplistic approach or as detailed and complex as one needs to fulfill their marketing strategy... With an outcome to promote and sell your work. Kevin followed up by sharing his experiences and growth as a full-time painter and methods that have worked for him, as well as, what has not - He emphasized that in order to sell your work and make a living at it, a business plan is essential and you must treat your craft as a business when it comes to marketing and selling.


Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Art Show - MAG's premier Members art Show is al coming together very nicely! We look forward to all our members participating it's a great opportunity to present your work. We'll see you there March 6, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Yacenda.

Workshops - MAG's Watercolor workshop was rescheduled to February 19, 2010. The workshop is full. The next workshop is being planned for March with more information forthcoming so stay tuned! For current Workshop information please contact Alan Wells at

Weekly Live Model Drawing - Join in during the weekly Live Drawing sessions at Matthews Community Center every Wednesday night 6:30 - 9PM. No better way to further develop your craftsmanship than live figure drawing!

March 9, 2010

6:30 PM - 7PM Social & Refreshments
7PM - 8:30PM Program

GALLERY OWNER - Shain Gallery
Gaby Shain

We look forward to seeing everyone!