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Thursday, April 28, 2011

May MAG Meeting

Come to our May MAG meeting, Tuesday, May 10th, at the Matthews Community Center. Social time with refreshments starts at 6:30 PM and the meeting begins at 7 PM. All meetings are free and open to the public.

This month is the Kevin and Bob Art-Critiquing Show! President, Kevin Brown and fellow MAG member, Robert Brooks, will evaluate works brought in by members and guests. Bring in a sample of your work and receive the benefit of praise, as well as, gentle suggestions to improve future endeavors. Works of all types are welcome and do not need to be framed. No one's perfect! So join us in a time of friendly assessing of all our artistic creations.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

It's Wednesday, which means Life Drawing Night for MAG. Come early to the Matthews Community Center to be ready to start sketching at 7 PM. Session is open to ALL artists 18 years old and older. The model is paid by the participanting artists which usually runs $5-7 per person depending on how many attend.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

En Plein Air at the President James K Polk Historic Homesite

Pat at the shady picnic tables.

James K Polk Birthplace

Belinda, Pat and Debbie showed up for en plein air this morning with beautiful weather. We sat at the shady picnic tables and sketched and painted the birthplace of James K. Polk. Yeah, we did a lot of talking too... and shared some Jelly Bellies! Join us next time at a private garden near the Mint Museum on Randolph Road, Tuesday, 4/26. Email Nancy ( or Debbie ( to get in the loop. You'll find out why we call ourselves "the plein air buds".

Monday, April 18, 2011

Plein Air at President Polk Historic Site

Join the MAG Plein Air Buds at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, Tuesday, 4/19. We plan on meeting there at 10 AM. All artists welcome... even if you don't belong to MAG. Bring your art stuff and join us! Need directions? Email Debbie at or go to . Now you have no excuse.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


All MAG artists who participated in the Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Show, please pick up your paintings Saturday, 4/16 between 10 AM to noon. Help with the panels is always welcome! Thanks to Jewel Baldwin, Rita Bowers and Pat LaCroix for a successful show. Paintings were sold by Kevin Brown (2), Vince Murray (2), Belinda Churchward, Anne Harrell, and Becky Wood!

En Plein Air Schedule

Photo taken at Arboretum Duck Pond
Nancy Kennedy has created a schedule for en plein air for the next few weeks.

  • April 19, Tuesday- James K. Polk Home in Pineville, NC

  • April 26, Tuesday- 10 AM, Sally Cooper's Garden near the Randolph Mint Museum

  • May 2, Tuesday- Cedarhill Farms (stables) near Marvin, NC

  • May 10, Tuesday- Baxter Village, Fort Mill, NC

Email Nancy ( or Debbie ( for more information and to be included in the loop. Nancy makes the following supply list suggestions:

  • A friend

  • easel

  • painting materials (watercolorists- don't forget the water!)

  • something to eat and drink

  • hat

  • sunscreen

  • jacket

  • walking shoes

  • chair

  • cell phone with Nancy or Debbie's # in contact list

  • camera (always ask permission if photographing people or artists' works)

Suggestion for locations are always welcome! Email Nancy or Debbie and we'll schedule it in.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Great Presentation by Roy Tidwell

Roy Tidwell with his "Limbos"

Mary Magee and Dulce Tavares looking at sculpting tools

Not only is Roy a wonderful sculptor but also a fantastic writer. His works are not mere representations of ideas but there's a story behind each of his works. You need to read his Limbo Mythology! Contact Debbie, who will share her copy... but wants it returned. Her favorite is the Othello Limbo. Thank you, Roy Tidwell, for showing us art's third dimension!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Busy Wednesday!

There are three events for MAG, tomorrow 4/13/11:

  • Kevin Brown, MAG co-president, is giving an oil demonstration at Catawba River Art Guild (CRAG) at the Rock Hill Center for the Arts. Their web site is: if you need more information.

  • The Plein Air Buds are doing their art thing at Lake Montonia, Kings Mt. in the morning at 10:30. If you'd like to join in the fun contact Nancy ( or Debbie ( for more information. You must be at the gate on time to enter so please contact us if you're coming.

  • Life Drawing is at 7 PM at the Matthews Community Center. There is a charge of $5-7 per person for the model fee (depending on how many attend). You must be over 18 years of age. All events are open to non-members!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sculptor Roy Tidwell, Presenter for Next Meeting

Roy Tidwell, who won an achievement award for his sculpture at the MAG Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Art Show, will be our presenter for our MAG meeting Tuesday, April 12th at 7 PM (6:30 PM for our Social Time). Roy is a member of MAG along with his wife, Christine, who paints in oils. We look forward to learning about his philosophy and approach to sculpting. Come and support one of our own... a sculptor!