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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

"Tom" by Jack

Yep, it's Wednesday and tonight (6/27) at 7 PM sharp, there will be life drawing at the Matthews Community Center. Come early to set up. Bring $10 in cash (maximum cost), but it will more likely cost you from $5-7, cause the model fee is split among participants, 18 years and older. Nia is the model.

Also note, there is NO life drawing next week due to the 4th of July holiday.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beautiful Weather at Squirrel Lake Park

There were 7 painters at the park paintout this morning: Sally, Laura, Connie, Kathy, Belinda, Kim and Debbie. There was a little delay due to unanticipated maintenance being done at the park, but thankfully this is a patient bunch and we got into painting by 10 AM. We were most thankful for the cool spring-like weather. After working with the oils and watercolors we feasted at Cafe 157 and talked about future outings and other artists stuff. Fun! Want to join in with us? Email Debbie at to be in the loop.

Connie Snipes

Sally Miller

Kathy Collins

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Plein Air Buds at Squirrel Lake Park This Tuesday

Squirrel Lake Park
1631 Pleasant Plains Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105

All Plein Air Painters are invited to join the Plein Air Buds for a morning paint out at Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews. Some of us will arrive at 9 AM but feel free to come as late as 10 AM. There is no charge. Bring your own supplies along with a sun hat, sun screen, bug spray and water (to drink). It may be a hot one!

Afterwards, you're invited to come along and lunch with us at Cafe 157 in downtown Matthews... dutch treat.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Matthews Alive! Art Show

Call For Artists

Top Prize: $800
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $200
& Mayor's Choice!

Take In: Tuesday, August 28, 3-6 PM at McDowell Arts Ctr
Up to 2 works of art allowed
Entry Fee $30


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Life Drawing... this and EVERY Wednesday!

"Tom" by Jack

MAG's Life Drawing sessions are open to all artists 18 and older. Charge depends on number of participants but still minimal... no more than $10 (most times around $5-8). Starts at 7 sharp, so come early to set up easels or other supplies, at the Matthews Community Center. Thank Nancy for all her hard work in scheduling the models and setting things up.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Plein Air Buds at Stumptown Park Matthews

Plein air artists: Cynthia, Sally and Laura

Sally's Work in Progress with watercolors

Four of us made it out to Stumptown Park to sketch or paint in watercolors or oil the surrounding park greenery and florals in the shade... don't ya know! Actually the humidity kept it very comfortable and no one complained about heat at all. After a couple hours of painting and getting acquainted (this was Sally and Laura's first time with us) we walked to Pure Taqueria for lunch and talked some more. Very enjoyable company! Hope to see Sally and Laura again!

Join us next week, Tuesday 6/26, at Squirrel Lake Park. The time will change to 9 AM for those who like to come earlier, due to the summer heat, or you can start later at 10 AM.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cynthia Powers' Uptown Girl in Local Write-Up

Congratulations to MAG photographer, Cynthia Powers, for this write up about her involvement with the Charlotte Art League and her latest work in watercolor. Check it out:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Christ Church Art Sale

MAG members may sign up to sell 2 pieces of artwork at Christ Church on Providence Road from July 9 through August 28. Take-in is Monday, July 9th, at the church, from 10 AM to Noon. Please sign waiver and bring it with your artwork. Christ Church takes a 30% commission on any artwork sold, which is donated to various charitable organizations. MAG does not charge its artists for entries.

The following artists have signed up to enter artwork for sale:

1.    Baldwin, Jewel
2.   Benson, Jennifer
3.   Bowers, Rita
4.   Brown, Kevin
5.   Sharron Burns
6.   Churchward, Belinda
7.   Copely, Susie
8.   Davis, Marie
9.   Evans, Bob
10.        Fischer, Joyce
11.        Harrell, Anne
12.        Hinrichs, Susan
13.        Howard, Cynthia
14.        Jimison, Barbara
15.        Kennedy, Nancy
16.        Lomax, John
17.        Magee, Mary (will bring it in later in week)
18.        Mataya
19.        Moeslein, John
20.        Murray, Vince
21.        Narmour, Reg
22.        Pighin, Carol
23.        Shealy, Carl
24.        Shepard, Dell
25.        Weaver, Prudy
26.        Wells, Alan
27.        Yacenda, Debbie
28.        Yates, Jean
29.        Yates, Ron
30.        Younce, Kim

If you plan on submitting artwork and do not see your name, email Debbie at

Label for back of paintings:

Waiver Form Link:

Matthews Alive! Art Show Call For Artists

2011 Matthews Alive Art Show Winner
Local Artist Russell Smith
"Self-Portrait As A German Ace in 1918"

Matthews Alive! Art Show
Call to All Artists!
Oil, Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylics and Photography, Mixed Media
Date: September 1-3, 2012
Take-in: Tuesday, August 28, 3-6 PM
Place: At the Matthews Community Ctr
100 McDowell Street, Matthews, NC
        1st Place (Best of Show):           $800 Cash & Ribbon

        2nd Place:                                  $400 Cash & Ribbon

        3rd Place:                                  $200 Cash & Ribbon

        6 Honorable Mention Awards: $50 Gift Certificate & Ribbon

        Mayor’s Award:                         Ribbon

        And more!
This show is NOT juried and will be judged by TBA
Entry Fee: $30/2 pieces of artwork (Pay when you bring in your artwork with entry form.)
Contacts: Debbie Yacenda 704.321.1523; or                Kevin Brown 704.604.3132;

Click here for Entry Form:
Click here for Matthews Alive! Art Show Rules of Integrity:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday Night... Life Drawing!

It's routine all due to Nancy Kennedy, MAG's Program Chairperson, who schedules and sets this up each week. She has Lucinda modeling tonight. Interested? All artists,18 and older, are welcome. Everyone splits the model fee. Maximum charge is $10 but it rarely comes to that. Starting time is 7 PM sharp (so please come early to set up) and location is the Matthews Community Center.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thank You Binders for Making MAG Meeting Extra Special

Harry Griffin from Binders with display
of different drawing materials and paper

MAG would like to thank Harry Griffin from Binders in Charlotte for bringing a display to our Drawing Demos meeting, 6/12/12, at the Matthews Community Center. He provided charcoal vines, conte crayons, pencils, colored pencils, drawing pens, etc... along with different types of paper for everyone to practice on. There were also Binders discount coupons handed out. It's always nice when Binders comes and visits with us.
Bob Brooks relating the different types of perspective

Belinda Churchward discussing the creation of a wave

Nancy Kennedy speaking on figure drawing

Thanks also to our speakers, Bob Brooks, Belinda Churchward and Nancy Kennedy for their lecture/demos about perspective drawing, seascapes and figure drawing.

And we appreciate all who came including a couple newcomers!

Rain! Plein Air Buds Canceled

Due to the rain and cloudy weather, plein air will be canceled. If you still want to venture out... by all means, go ahead! And... if you do go out and paint, email Debbie ( and show her what you did.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Next MAG Meeting Tuesday Night 6/12... Pencil It In!

Need pointers on 1 or 2 point perspectives? Or maybe your figure drawings don't figure too well? And do your ocean waves lack surf-ability? Well, join us:

Tuesday night 6/12 at 6:30 PM
at the Matthews Community Center
for some hands-on pencil instruction with three accomplished sketch artists.

See how they move graphite to make realistically beautiful art forms and then try it yourself. The instructors will be right there with you to help or answer any questions you have. It is free and open to the public. We provide the tools... and refreshments too!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Plein Air Buds Will Be At Downtown Matthews

The Plein Air Buds will meet at Stumptown Park in downtown Matthews on Tuesday, 6/12, at 10 AM, weather permitting. All artists are welcome and there is no charge. You may choose to paint at the park or venture out towards City Hall, the Community Center or simply do a street scene. Here is a link with location directions and pictures of what downtown Matthews has to offer:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

If it's Wednesday It's... Life Drawing!

"Tom" by Jack

MAG offers life drawing to all artists, 18 and older, at the Matthews Community Center. The session starts at 7 PM so come early to set up. Michelle H is the model for tonight. The model fee is split among the participants, so expect to pay $10 at the most but usually it runs around $5-8. Thank Nancy for all her hard work in arranging this.

Monday, June 4, 2012

McDowell Art Center Update for June

The excitement is building! The McDowell Art Center is coming along beautifully with the majority of the work, since the last update, being done on the exterior and roof. The following are pictures showing the new brickwork, roofing and cover over the main entrance.