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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!