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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

Tonight at the Matthews Community Center there will be a life drawing session at 7 PM. Come early to set up. All artists, 18 and older, are welcome. Charge is usually $5-7 depending on how many attend to split the model fee. The model schedule is posted on the lower left side of the blog site.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

10 Plein Air Artists at Freedom Park

Record Attendance of Plein Air Painters today... 10!

Kevin Brown's painting of Freedom Park Bridge

Want to get in the loop? Email Debbie at The Plein Air Buds meets every Tuesday during the day. Open to all artists and free of charge.

Monday, September 26, 2011

October Demo With Mataya

Appalachian Dream
The Road to Heaven
Mataya is an art teacher, as well as an established artist. She has been a member of MAG for several years and we're thrilled to finally have her do a demo for the members. She will show us how she works with acrylics to make a beautiful mountain scene through "zones". This is what Mataya has to say about her artwork, "I have such love and respect for nature that I just stand in awe before her. No way I can compete with her beauty... but it doesn't stop me from trying."
We meet Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 PM at the Matthews Community Center. All meetings are open to the public and free of charge. No matter what medium you work with or maybe you're just an art lover... you won't want to miss this rare treat.

Plein Air Buds at Freedom Park

The Plein Air Buds will be at Freedom Park tomorrow, Tuesday morning 9/27 at 10 AM. All artists welcome and no charge! Just meet at the duck pond and then go wherever you want. We'll eat together at Park Road Shopping Center afterwards.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

And tonight is no exception... Michelle H is the model. All artists 18 years old and over are welcome. Sessions start at 7 PM sharp so come early to set up at the Matthews Community Center. Charge is usually $5-7 depending on how many attend to split the model fee.

Plein Air Buds at Reedy Creek Park

The Plein Air Buds are growing! We have had 8 participants in the last two sessions. Yes, the weather is getting cooler and that helps. BUT yesterday we did encounter some drizzling rain. Despite these less than ideal conditions (especially for the watercolorists!) NO ONE left! We all departed together after a couple hours and ate lunch at a nearby Subway. Want to join us? Get in the loop and contact Debbie at

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Appreciate Floral Demo by Sally Miller

Sally Miller is a one of MAG's favorite presenters. She created a beautiful floral on paper using watercolors. Right before our eyes, she drew with the water, applied the vibrant colors and added texture using splattering, wrap, etc... Hopefully, we'll be arranging for a workshop in the near future. Thank you for a great demo, Sally!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thank You!

Thank you to Binders and Cheap Joe's for helping us out with our recent Matthews Alive! Art Competition. They have again provided prizes for many of the winners. We appreciate their constant support for the arts.

Sally Miller Demo Tonight!

Tonight, Tuesday, 9/13, at 6:30 PM
Be at the Matthews Community Ctr.
For a watercolor demo by
Sally Miller
Open to the public
No charge

Monday, September 12, 2011

Congratulations to Illa Joshi!

MAG Member Illa Joshi took 1st Place in a show at the Festival of India.

Sally Miller Presenting a Demo
at next MAG Meeting
9/13 at 6:30 PM
Matthews Community Center

Sally Miller Demo Tuesday Night 9/13

Come to Tuesday night's MAG meeting when Sally Miller does a floral watercolor demo. Sally has won countless national and international awards and has her artwork in over 300 private/corporate collections. Check out her gallery at

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Life Drawing Tonight

Come to the Matthews Community Center at 7 PM for Life Drawing tonight. Cost: $5-7, depending on how many come, to cover model cost. Open to all artists 18 and older.

Monday, September 5, 2011


For the Matthews Alive! Art Show at the Matthews Community Ctr. is this morning, Monday, 9/5/11, at 10 AM. You may pick up your paintings this morning or pick up later until 1 PM or anytime during the day Tuesday (9/6). Be sure to thank the staff at MCC for all their help and support.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Monday's Show Cancelled

Due to expected bad weather, Matthews Alive! is canceling all events.

Come To Matthews Community Ctr During Matthews Alive!

We're displaying all the artwork submitted for the Matthews Alive! Art Show Competition. Come and see the winners as well as Mayor Jim Taylor's award for his favorite painting. Most of the artwork is on sale. Come and browse!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Matthews Alive! Art Show Winners

Kathy Collins (Third Place) for "White Orchids"
Russell Smith (First Place) for
"Self-Portrait as a German Ace in 1918"

2011 Matthews Alive! Art Show Ribbon Winners

Thank you to ALL the artists who participated in the 2011 Matthews Alive! Art Show. The turnout for the reception Thursday night was beyond expectations with many non-members in attendance... which we at MAG love to see!

The winners? They are listed below:

Matthews Choice Awards:

Colten Marble, Cultural Recreation Specialist, chose: Diane Caudle's "Little Ballerinas at the Ballet Barree"

Corey King, Recreation Program Specialist, chose: John Moeslein's "No Vehicles Allowed"

Jayson Johnston, Special Events Manager, chose: Russell Smith's "Self-Portrait as a German Ace in 1918"

Lee Tillery, Director, chose: Mary Luke's "January 21st at 6 PM"

Mayor Jim Taylor chose: Shawna Dinger's "W-squared"

The following are awards selected by Elder Gallery owner and event judge, Larry Elder:

1st Place: Russell Smith, "Self Portrait as a German Ace of 1918

2nd Place: Bre Crowell, "Autumn Haze"

3rd Place: Kathy Collins, "White Orchids"

Best Drawing: Reg Narmour, "Saturday at the Park, Charleston"

Best Photography: Anne Harrell, "Peony's Heart"

Honorable Mentions:

Carol Pighin's "Mission at San Luis Rey"

Kevin Brown's "Donna in Light"

Nell Lander's "Country Lane"

Mary Luke's "January 21st at 6 PM"

Achievement Awards:

Jean Yates' "Unwrapped"

Connie Snipes' "Working Farm"

Lynn Callahan's "Retired"

Russell Smith's "Bus #7"

Congratulations to all the winners! All artwork will be on exhibit at the Matthews Community Center during the Matthews Alive! event Saturday through Monday afternoon, 9/3-5. Come and take a look for yourself!