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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Plein Air Buds at Park Road Park

See what you're missing! Want to join us? We had 11 painters/sketchers/photographers in the mix this morning. Give it a try. To get in the loop let Debbie know at You do NOT have to be a MAG member to join... no charge... but you do have to laugh from time to time... it helps in fitting in.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Greg Barnes Demonstration for Next MAG Meeting

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 8th for the next MAG meeting when Greg Barnes will do a pastel demo. Check out his web site: He is a talented full-time artist with skills also in painting, plein-air, sculpture, figure drawing and printmaking. Lots to talk about!

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

You know the routine by now, don't you? You do not have to be a MAG member to participate but you do have to at least 18 years old. Bring your art supplies to the Matthews Community Center to be set up and ready to sketch by 7 PM every Wednesday. Cost? Usually $5-7 per person to split the cost of the model. The model schedule has been revised and corrected on the lower left side of this blog.

Plein Air Buds at NoDa Residence

Yesterday seven Plein Air Buds got together at the home of Deborah Winegar to paint in her backyard. Afterwards we took a trip to Amelie's for lunch. We know how to enjoy ourselves! Interested in painting... and eating with us? Email Debbie at to get emails about future outings. Most locations are in the Charlotte/Matthews area. Right now we meet in the mornings at 10 AM but as the weather gets colder the time will be moved later when the temperatures are warmer.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MAG Will Miss Diane Caudle

Diane Caudle

2nd Place Winner of 2010 MAG Art Competition at Presbyterian Hospital

We were sad to learn of Diane Caudle's passing last night, October 17th. Diane is known for her excellent pastel works and she won numerous awards. Among her favorite subjects were little ballerinas like the one pictured above. She will be missed by all of us at MAG.

MAG members may attend the visitation, Thursday, 10/20/11, and/or the funeral on Friday, 10/21/11. The information regarding these services are below:


Thursday, 10/20/11

6-8 PM

Davis Funeral Service

1003 East Franklin Street

Monroe, NC


Friday, 10/21/11

11 AM

Smyrna United Methodist Church

5019 Medlin Road

Monroe, NC

Plans are for a reception at and open house at Diane's home after the service. Diane's artwork will be on display.

Monday, October 10, 2011

MATAYA Tomorrow Night

Heaven on Earth by Mataya
Don't forget our next meeting, tomorrow night 10/11/11 at 6:30 PM at the Matthews Community Center with presenter: Mataya! She will do a demo with acrylics. All meetings are free of charge and open to the public.

Plein Air Canceled for Tomorrow

Due to rain forecast, Tuesday's Plein Air Outing in NoDa area (10/11/11) is canceled. Email Debbie for questions or info about the Plein Air Buds:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

MAG Presents MATAYA!

Appalachian Dream by Mataya

Date: Tuesday 10/11/11

Time: 6:30 PM Social Time; 7 PM Presentation begins

Place: Matthews Community Ctr. 100 McDowell St in downtown Matthews, NC

Mataya is a fine artist who reveres the nature and animals captured in her realistic style. Her alter ego, "Taya", creates large "funky mixed media" pieces she call Wild Child Art. Mataya began her journey in 1966 teaching herself to paint. For that reason, she calls herself a "natural artist". Today she sells both originals and giclee prints while teaching art full time.

Visit her site at and see her works. She is also on Facebook as Mataya Art.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

Are you an artist that enjoys life drawing? Then come to the Matthews Community Center every Wednesday night a little before 7 PM when the session starts. The cost is usually $5-8, depending on how many attend to split the model fee.

Plein Air Buds at Debbie's House

Christine with Sammy
The Plein Air Buds had 10 participants at Debbie's house today... well, if you count Sammy, Christine's dog. He fit right in! Our assignment was to bring a potted plant and a color, never used before, included in the individual's palette. Next time we'll be painting at a house in NoDa. Want to be included in our email list? Email Debbie at

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Plein Air Buds at Debbie's House

Bring a potted plant and a color you've never used before of whatever medium you're using to paint at Debbie Yacenda's house, Tuesday, 10/4 at 10 AM. You can place your plant anywhere on the property and incorporate the new color in your artwork. RSVP to Debbie to let her know you're coming and for her address (if you're not on the Plein Air Buds email list). Want to be added to the list? Email Debbie at