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Monday, January 31, 2011

MAG Meets at Image Arts Etc Tuesday Night 2/8

Want to see what goes on behind the scenes with framing? Curious about giclees? Or maybe you're interested in having prints made of your favorite artworks. Well, this is the meeting you can't miss. We're going on a field trip to Image Arts Etc at the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center (www.imageartsetc/charlotte/index.html) . Owner, Dave D'Elia, will be our host and discuss the many options involved in framing, printing and giclees. Just come on into his shop at 7 PM, Tuesday, February 8. Contact Debbie if you have any questions about this meeting: Don't you just love field trips!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Plein-Air at McAlpine Creek Greenway

After a quick get-together at a nearby Starbucks, the Plein-Air Buds ventured on The McAlpine Creek Greenway trail until we came to a suitable spot to stop and create art. Yvette (photography), Jen (acrylics), Nancy (pastels) and Debbie (pencil sketching and video-taping) enjoyed good weather while each did their art thing. It was so nice, we're doing it again next week. Want to join us? Email Debbie;

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Group Art Anyone?

The Matthews Artist Guild offers a life drawing session, Wednesday 1/26, at 7 PM sharp at the Matthews Community Center. Come early to set up and be ready by 7 PM. Charge: $5.

Plein-Air at McAlpine Creek Greenway is Thursday, 1/27, if interested contact Debbie: No charge but may want to bring money for Starbucks.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Congratulations to MAG Member Jewel Baldwin

Jewel Baldwin is currently showing 10 paintings at the Davidson County Community College Spring Show until May. She has also won awards at the Visual Harvest Show at Gaston College (Best of Show and Merit Award) and the Doug Helms Memorial Art Show (Best of Category: Watercolor/Acrylics). We're proud of you, Jewel!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What You Missed!

It was Nancy Kennedy and Debbie Yacenda sketching at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail today (1/20). Our models consisted of all kinds of ducks, sea gulls, chickens, roosters and a heron. It was adventurous! Pringles (a goose) attacked and snapped at Debbie's leg! No big deal... Pringles has no teeth. You don't have to be tough to do plein-air. For real, though, this was a fun and worthwhile trip and the Plein-Air Buds will do it again in the spring. Don't miss it! Email Debbie,, if you'd like to be in the loop. You do NOT have to be a member of MAG to participate.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Annual MAG Art Show at Presbyterian Hospital Matthews

All MAG members are encouraged to enter the annual art show at Presbyterian Hospital Matthews. Take-in is Saturday, March 19, from 10 AM to Noon at the hospital's main lobby. The reception is the following Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 PM when the awards will be presented. The show ends Saturday, April 16, and pick up is 10 AM to Noon on that day.

Judging the show is Curt Butler, artist and teacher in Gastonia, NC.

The awards are as follows:
First Place: $300 plus gift certificate and ribbon
Second Place: $200 plus gift certificate and ribbon
Third Place: $100 plus gift certificate and ribbon
Drawing Award: gift certificate and ribbon
4 Honorable Mentions: gift certificate and ribbon
4 Achievement Awards: ribbon

Not a member? You can become a member at take-in and qualify. Registration fee is $25 and the membership fee is $25 also.

This year the hospital has waived its commission fee! So you can enter and sell up to three paintings or other types of works of art (including, photography, glass, pottery and sculpture) commission free! Set-ups of 3-Dimensional works are the responsibility of the artist. NFS works are acceptable. Email Debbie Yacenda if you're interested in entering:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Group Art Anyone?

This week's opportunities for group art are life drawing at the Matthews Community Center, this Wednesday (1/19) at 7 PM and then the Plein-Air Buds will be at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Thursday (1/20) at 1 PM. There is limited spacing for the plein-air group so email Debbie to reserve a spot at See the following from Fox News for more info about the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue: http// A small donation is requested to help feed the birds.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MAG Meeting Canceled Tonight...

Due to snow and icy conditions, the Matthews Artist Guild meeting scheduled for tonight (1/11/11) will be canceled. Hopefully, Debbie Rasberry's pastel demo can be rescheduled for this summer.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Plein-Air and Tea at Freedom Park

Nancy Kennedy, Belinda Churchward, Cynthia Powers, Jen Spaker, Ally Yacenda and Debbie Yacenda enjoyed some en plein-air at Freedom Park. The group meets once a week at different locations. Want to get in the loop? Email Debbie: You do not have to be a member of MAG to share in painting, tea and cake. Yeah, it's not all about making art.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Life Drawing Session with Model in Costume

Life drawing model, Charlotte, dressed as a 1940's starlet with two costume changes. She did an excellent job doing several 5 minute poses at the start and building up to 20 minute poses. Costumed model sessions will be the first Wednesday of each month starting at 7 PM sharp so come early to set up. There is a small charge, usually $5 per person, depending on how many attend. All sessions are open to the public.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Group Art Anyone?

MAG has two opportunities this week for those who like life drawing or plein-air artwork...

Wednesday (1/5/11) at 7 PM (SHARP!... come early to set up) at the Matthews Community Center, our life-drawing model, Charlotte, will be dressed up as a 1940's Hollywood starlet.

Thursday (1/6/11) at 1 PM the Plein-(COLD!) Air group will be at Freedom Park. Email Debbie at for more information.

Membership at Matthews Artist Guild is not required to participate. Come on... JOIN IN!