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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

"Tom" by Jack

And tonight is no exception. If you enjoy life drawing, bring your art supplies to the Matthews Community Ctr a little early so you can be settled and ready to start at 7 PM. Nancy Kennedy has updated the model schedule, located on the lower right hand side of this blog. She works hard providing this artistic opportunity to all artists and always looks for ways to make improvements. So please thank her for all her efforts.

The cost depends on how many attend. The model fee is split equally and usually runs around $8 but it will never be more than $10. Bring cash, please, to cover your share.

If you are interested in modeling, contact Nancy at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Plein Air Buds at TBones on the Lake

Couldn't complain about the weather or the food today. There were 6 of us out on the lake with pastels, paints and cameras enjoying the waterfront. Later we ate at TBones and made plans for future outings.

Jen's Easel

Carol working with oils

Ducks came in to add interest

October 9, 2012 MAG Meeting

Matthews Artists Guild
invites members and nonmembers interested in fine arts
to our October meeting when

Lorene Lovell
will demonstrate Soap and Salt Watercolors
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
6:30 PM social 7 PM meeting
at Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC 28105

Lorene's painting's capture the true essence of nature; in beaches and mountain landscapes, rural scenes, majestic trees, garden and wildflowers, and often birds. They are portrayed in a straight forward manner that evokes our sensitivities to nature as she shares her emotions and experiences through her art.

Lorene began to paint seriously in 1986, twenty three years after her formal training during college. During those intervening years she raised two lovely daughters and owned and operated an art gallery/bookstore in Montana where she grew up. (She often called it an "Art Mercantile") After living 26 wonderful years in Colorado she now resides in Belmont, North Carolina. Lorene works full time in her studio at Arts On Main in Gastonia, NC with 25 other artist's where they also display their art work.

Ms. Lovell has developed a technique using table salt and diluted liquid dish soap, which often helps in creating the ethereal feeling in her "magical reality" paintings.

Her work is exhibited in many corporate and private collections, as well as galleries in North and South Carolina, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Colorado.

Our meeting is always the second Tuesday of the month and begins with a 6:30 PM social when you can chat with Lorene and preview samples of her works. At 7 PM we'll have brief announcements followed by Lorene's demonstration. After telling us how she came to love this medium, Lorene will take us step by step through supplies and equipment needed and the demo of her extraordinary technique.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Plein Air Buds at T Bones at Lake Wylie, SC Tu 9/25

Plein Air Buds will  meet at T-Bones restaurant on the waterfront of Lake Wylie. Meeting time will be 10am. We can hope for boats to be pulled up to restaurant docks. There is also a view of the Buster Boyd bridge and the lake. I suggest parking around the side of the restaurant, to get a view of the waterfront side of the restaurant/docks. Address is 3990 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie SC
Thanks to Jen Spaker for setting this up!
T Bones at Lake Wylie, SC

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Life Drawing Every Wednesday Night

"Tom" by Jack
Yep, come on by if life drawing is your art thing. It all takes place at the Matthews Community Ctr at 7 PM sharp. Please come early so you're ready at start time. Some people get grumpy about distractions, don't you know. Cost? The model fee is split equally among participants but the max charge is $10 no matter what. Usually, it comes to around $8.
Thank Nancy Kennedy before you leave for all her hard work in setting this up and arranging models. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Congratulations to MAG Friend, Colten Marble

Awwww... there is a new member in the Marble family. Colten and Shawn now have a baby girl!

Catherine Sophia Marble
8lbs 3oz
Born on 9/12/12 at 12:26pm

All of us at MAG are happy for Matthews Cultural Recreation Specialist, Colten Marble, who constantly addresses us with, "Is there anything you need?"... "Everything going ok?" We hope to have him stop by for a meeting with Catherine! Congratulations Colten and Shawn!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Richard Miles' Demo Painting

Charlotte Skyline by Richard Miles
This is the painting Richard worked on while demo-ing at Matthews Alive! He created quite a fan base. Well done!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Night= Life Drawing!

"Tom" by Jack
You know the routine by now... MAG sponsored Life Drawing
For who? ALL artists, 18 and older
Where? Matthews Community Center
When? Every Wednesday night at 7 PM SHARP (better come early to set up so as not to be disruptive).
Cost? Varies... all participants split the model fee. It will cost no more than $10/person and it usually runs around $8. Bring cash, please.
Who do you thank? Nancy Kennedy... totally voluntary!
The scehdule of models is on the lower right side of the blog.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jackie Dunford Griddles Up Encaustic Treat

Jackie Dunford explaining process of painting with wax

Samples of Jackie's encaustic artwork
Jackie Dunford is not afraid of heat. Her encaustic techniques make plenty use of it with a griddle, traveling iron, creme brulee torch, and other tools that generate temperatures upwards to 800 degrees.
The griddle, she uses to heat and melt her medium, natural bees wax and the pigmented wax that are melted in cat food tins. Her brushes are natural bristle (synthetics cannot withstand the heat).
She starts with melted clear wax and puts a coating on a wooden board and lets it harden. With a very hot heat gun, the wax is remelted on the board surface. Then the pigmented colors are added and blended using a travel iron. Brushes are also used to smear and mix the colors. With an embossing tool she continues to move the wax until it is shiny, which means it is fusing. There are tools for fine work also if you want to draw with wax.
Visit Jackie's web site: for more lovely examples of her artwork. She also works in clay and does origami.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Plein Air Buds at Freedom Park 9/11

Freedom Park Charlotte, NC
The Plein Air Buds
will be at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC
Tuesday, 9/11
10 AM meet near the bridge
for an informal paintout. All artists are welcome. There is no
charge. Bring your own supplies and a little money for
lunch out with the gang, if you choose.
Just look for a group of people with easels, brushes, paints, etc

Friday, September 7, 2012

Jackie Dunford at Next MAG Meeting 9/11

Encaustic artist, Jackie Dunford will be at the next MAG meeting at the Matthews Community Center, Tuesday, 9/11 at 6:30 PM (meeting starts at 7 PM). The meetings are always free and open to the public. Join us and find out about painting with wax!
There is more about Jackie and this meeting at a previous blog:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Question About Prints

We had a question from a member concerning prints. A painting of hers turned out to be quite popular. She sold it and then wondered... can I make prints of it to sell?

It just so happens we have a member at MAG who sells many prints internationally, Russell Smith. This is his response to the question.

Technically (and legally), unless the copyright has been expressly transferred to the owner of the painting, which is rare and usually only done with commercial work, the artist retains the copyright on the image even if someone else owns the painting. Some customers and artists don't realize this and think that the sale of the original also means the sale of the rights, but that isn't true. The US copyright office recognizes the "original" and the "image" entities. Legally, the image is still [the artist's] to do with as she pleases, regardless of what the customer wants (unless the customer already has the original and won't hand it over).

Now, that being said, you want to avoid offending your customer, so if I decide to make prints of an image I always make sure that the customer understands my intentions and is okay with it. I've never had a problem with any customers not wanting me to make prints of their original. In fact, most are proud because it really give deeper meaning to the term "original".

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Life Drawing Tonight!

"Tom" by Jack
Life Drawing tonight (Wednesday, 9/5) at the Matthews Community Center, 7 PM sharp! Come early so everyone can begin without distractions. All artists, 18 years old and up, are welcome. Cost of model is split among participants... usually $7 but no more than $10. Thanks, Nancy, for scheduling models and seeing to set up. The model schedule is posted on the lower right side of this blog.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Many Thanks For Those Who Helped With Matthews Alive! Art Show

(Upper Left) Festival of Colors by Illa Joshi
(Lower Left) Oasis by Carol Benston
(Upper Right) Cone Manor by Carol Pighin

We at MAG want to take this time to look back and thank those who made the Matthews Alive! Art Show a success. Each year it seems to get bigger and better because of the efforts of many who care about promoting the arts in Matthews.

Thank you to Binders and Cheap Joe's for always being there to back us up with gift certificate awards. And if you won one, says "thanks" them too when you use it.

Thank you to Anna and Elizabeth Boyle for providing wonderful music during the reception. Hope we can use you again.

Thank you to the MAG board members and chairs, Jean Yates, Rita Bowers, Jan Herzog, Anne Harrell and Jan Spaker for their hard work and supportive help.

Thank you to all at the Matthews Community Center, Colten Marble, Lee Tillery and Michelle Savage. We can't count how many times was heard the phrase, "Do you need anything?" Love 'em!

Mayor Jim Taylor for all his support and for his super judging skills. Everyone wants a ribbon from the mayor!

Thank you to our judges Elizabeth Apple and Carolyn Jacobs. Don't know how you did it with all the wonderful works. We also appreciate Elizabeth Apple coming to the reception and encouraging so many of our artists. You really are an advocate for the arts!

Thank you to John Moeslein for the use of his panels and for the placing of all the artwork.

Thank you to Mataya, Cynthia Powers and Richard Miles for engaging the public during the show with their demos.

Thank you to members who helped with the take-in and take-down, the reception and the show.

AND thank you to all the participants!

Sadly, all good things come to an end, like the Matthews Alive! Art Show. But, now is the time to look back and think of ways to improve it next year. Please email any suggestions, comments, and (sigh) complaints to Debbie: We at MAG really want to make this an enjoyable event for all who participate.  

Monday, September 3, 2012

Matthews Alive! Art Show Take Down Today

Last chance to see Mayor Taylor's favorite painting along with others today!
All artists who participated in the Matthews Alive! Art Show need to pick up their paintings today at around 4 PM or Tuesday during the Matthews Community Center operation hours: 9 AM to 8 PM.
Thank you all for a memorable event. Every single work of art added to the show and just about every piece received a favorite vote from an individual for the People's Choice Award. We at MAG applaud you all!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Artwork on Display at Matthews Alive!

Sorrento View of Vesuvius
by Chris Shanahan
Take a look at all the entries for the Matthews Alive! Art Show inside the Matthews Community Center on the top floor during the Matthews Alive! festivities this Labor Day weekend. See the paintings the judges chose and then choose for yourself. We're giving an artist the People's Choice Award. Show an artist your love and appreciation for their artwork by selecting your favorite.