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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year from MAG! January Events

MAG's New Meeting Place

January 5, Saturday, 10 AM to Noon "Colors in the Cold" Take-in at McDowell Arts Ctr gallery area. This exhibit lasts until 2/2/13.

January 8th, Tuesday, 1 PM-3 PM Cheap Joe's DVD demo with Caroline Jasper at McDowell Arts Ctr gallery area. This is with the Plein Air Buds.

January 8th, Tuesday, 6:30 PM (mtg starts at 7 PM) MAG meeting with presenter Judy Mizell at McDowell Arts Ctr gallery area.

January 15th, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Critique with Russell Smith and Gene Lazo at McDowell Arts Ctr gallery area. Bring in an unfinished painting or one that is finished that you want to redo for suggestions on improvement. 

January 19th, Saturday, 10 AM to Noon Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Take-In 10 AM to Noon. This exhibit lasts until 2/16/13. Take-Down is 10 AM to Noon.

To participate in the "Colors in the Cold" and Presbyterian Hospital Matthews exhibits you must be a current MAG member. All other events are free and open to the public

Weekly Usuals

Every Wednesday night at 7 PM is life drawing at the Matthews Community Ctr. Cost varies from $5-10 depending on how many participate to split model fee.

Tuesday is En Plein Air with the Plein Air Buds. Times and locations vary and due to weather, susceptible to cancellation. To be included in the email loop contact Debbie at 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Judy Mizell Presenter at Next MAG Meeting

Judy Mizell, watercolorist, will be the presenter at the next MAG meeting at one of the McDowell Arts Center Gallery Rooms, 1/8, at 6:30 PM Social Time and meeting begins at 7 PM. Open to the public and free!

You can view her works at her web site: 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Do You Like Movies?

On Tuesday, January 8th, at 1 PM come to the McDowell Arts Center to view Caroline Jasper's Dramatic Depth in Painting DVD. Cheap Joe's has given us permission to show this video to interested artists at no charge. 

Here is some information on Caroline Jasper from Cheap Joe's web site:
With an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Caroline Jasper’s instruction stands on forty years of experience including high school Art Department Chair, Maryland College of Art and Design Admissions Advisory Board member, exhibition juror, gallery and college lecturer. She currently teaches at art workshop venues nationwide. Caroline’s paintings, which are critically acclaimed in gallery and museum exhibitions, are held in private and corporate collections internationally.

Caroline Jasper will help build your confidence working with opaque mediums like oil, acrylics and water-soluble oils. She will also help you mix brilliant colors and prevent the muddy ones. Interested? Read more at Cheap Joe's site: 

Thank you to Cheap Joe's for allowing us to show this video! We look forward to another next month.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Art Critiquing Tuesday 1/15/13 at MAC Gallery

Working on a painting or photograph and... well, something isn't quite right? Can't put you finger on the problem... Colors too cool? Warm? Focal Point out of whack? Or maybe the subject just isn't working. Get some advice from accomplished painter, Russell Smith and others. All artists are welcome to bring in their artwork to the McDowell Art Center Gallery at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, 1/15, for critiquing. We will make this a monthly event on every third Tuesday at 6:30 PM. So bring in that troublesome painting and let's get it straightened out.

Russell Smith is a multi-award winning artist, well known for his oil paintings of WW1 airplanes and air battle scenes. We at MAG feel very fortunate to have him as a member and to have him donate his time to help other artists improve their artwork.

Russell Smith when he did a demo for MAG

Saturday, December 15, 2012

MAG's 2013 Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Art Show

MAG appreciates Presbyterian Hospital Matthews for allowing us to show in their lobby. We've been doing this for several years and it has become an annual event. Unlike previous years, though, this will not be a competition show but simply a chance for MAG artists to show their works to the public and sell them if they desire. Buyers will call the artist phone number to make a purchase. MAG will not be directly involved with sales. Also, there are no commission fees by MAG or the hospital. 

Works for this show do NOT have to be originals. Giclees and prints properly framed or gallery-wrapped are allowed, as well as, computer enhanced photographs. Please have paintings or photographs wired (no sawtooths or hooks, please). Due to works being on panels, the size must be less than 36 inches horizontally and not much more vertically. If it doesn't fit on the panel, it can't be displayed. This also means no three-dimensional works, such as pottery and sculpture. 

If you are not a member of MAG, and would like to participate, you can join at the take-in table. Take-in is at the hospital lobby, Saturday 1/19/13 from 10 AM to Noon. Volunteers who would like to help with setting up, please arrive at 9:30 AM. ONLY HELPERS COME EARLY PLEASE. The cost is $15 for 1 work, $25 for 2 works and $35 for 3 works. Money raised from this show will be used to purchase additional panels.

Email Debbie if you intend to participate so we can be sure there are enough panels: 

2011 MAG Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Art Show

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cheap Joe's Puts On Party For MAG Tonight

Thank you to Katie Blackwell at Cheap Joe's Charlotte for inviting MAG members to a personal party at the Galleria Shopping Center location ( Food, beverages and other surprises are in store for MAG members who can make it. Fun starts at 7 PM. Anything you buy tonight will be discounted 20%... what! They spoil us.

Thanks to Katie and Cheap Joe's!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Life Drawing This and Every Week in December

"Tom" by Jack
Life drawing will continue throughout the month of December every Wednesday night at 7 PM sharp. It takes place at the Matthews Community Center in historic downtown Matthews, NC. Get yourself set up early and be ready to start at 7 PM sharp. Cost? No more than $10 and lately it has been around $8 per participant. The model fee is split equally. This event is open to all artists 18 years old and older. Thanks to Nancy Kennedy for organizing and making this possible to those who enjoy life art.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Plein Air Buds at Riverwalk in Rock Hill, SC

There were seven artists at the Riverwalk for some en plein air painting with oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolor. The weather was so perfect... should've been there! Some painted near the boat ramp while others explored the trail and found a better spot.

The Plein Air Buds will take a holiday break and resume January 8. The location will be announced later.

Told you it was beautiful

The gang at work

Jen's work on her easel

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Dedication of the McDowell Arts Center

New sign in front of MAC
Mayor Taylor reveals the MAC plaque
The MAC plaque
Reception and Kidzart at studio area at lower level
"Introducing the Artists of MAG" exhibit and
Mataya's art demo in gallery room at upper level
The McDowell Arts Center Dedication Ceremony was held Saturday, 12/1 at 10 AM by the lower level entrance. Featured speakers were Mayor Jim Taylor, Director Lee Tillery of Matthews Parks & Cultural Resources Department, Town Manager Hazen Blodgett, and Town of Matthews Parks Advisory Board Chair Howie Labiner.
A reception and actvities by Kidzart were held in the downstairs studio. Upstairs in the gallery rooms, MAG had it's exhibition, "Introducing the Artists of MAG" along with an art demo by MAG member, Mataya. Cheap Joe's rep, Kevin Brown, gave out store coupons to the artists that attended the event.
MAG will hold its monthly meetings at MAC, as well as, exhibit in the gallery rooms. The next exhibit, "Colors in the Cold", is in January.