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Featured Member Interview: CMMAG Founder, Jeanne Rhea

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Jeanne Rhea
Website:  JeanneRhea.com
Blog: JeanneRhea.blogspot.com
Facebook: JeanneRheaStudio
Instagram:  JeanneJarrettRhea
Pinterest:  JRhea


What inspires you to create?
Dreams—I often solve problems in my sleep, and wake up with fully formed ideas of what I want to create.
My studio—The moment I enter my studio, I am excited about the possibilities of the day.
Questions—What if I…? I am constantly asking myself what will happen if I try a different technique, flip my process, or a myriad of other questions.
Experimenting—New art supplies and visiting artists who are into experimenting make for excitement that one does not get when working alone.
Traveling—The moment I get on an airplane, I love to write. Traveling enhances my observational skills, and the ideas come like waterfalls.
Taking walks—Observing nature provides inspiration that on the surface appears not to enter my art. However, my mind clears, and I can return to my studio, and my art flows.
Music—Once I am in the creative gro…

Happy 2018!

Good day, and happy 2018!

(whispering from offstage)

What do you mean it's February already?  What?  Well, okay, welcome to the REST of 2018!

We're looking toward an artful year this year, with our first show in March at the Arts Incubator in Siler City and a show in Wake Forest in June, as well as a few challenges going on.  It should be an exciting year!

Next week is our February meeting, with a short demo on simple metallic elements and a guild-wide Valentine's 'ATC' swap (may or may not contain actual ATCs, as people tend to make whatever small art suits their fancy--we frequently have ATCs, bookmarks, and other odd sizes, but seeing people's art from year to year is always fun)!

And in the coming year we should have more member profiles and some pictures from our shows and challenges--check back in with us and if you're interested, come join us!

Featured Member Interview: Ilona Isaacs

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CMMAG Vice President Ilona Isaacs shared the following in her interview:



What inspires you to create?
I'm like a two-year-old .. I want to 'do it myself'. And, I LOVE beautiful things. Beauty in nature transports me.



When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I have always been a maker and artist by looking at the world through that lens but when I joined CMMAG, I crossed over into pursuing art on a more regular basis. It is such a creatively affirming community. I have gained confidence and knowledge and friends.

When did you begin to call yourself an artist? Only recently.
If you weren't an artist, what would you be? What I am intrinsically - an appreciator of art and beauty in the world. 
What other jobs have you had which have aided you on your artistic path? Many jobs: antique dealer, scrapbooker, student, teacher, parent, gardener, traveler. The two most helpful were:  1. TechShop Education Coordinator when as a member of this maker community, I could see ever…

Featured Member Interview: Marcia Streithorst

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CMMAG Secretary Marcia Streithorst shared the following in her interview: 

What inspires you to create?
Nature, and landscapes inspire me. I love color and line, and have always loved the way organic shapes look.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? I have a BS in Fine Art so I guess I pursued it.
When did you begin to call yourself an artist?
In college once I got accepted into the liberal art program, but after I graduated and started working as an art researcher and then a project manager, I started to not feel like an artist and stopped making art for a while. Then I started making people and my husband lured me into staying home with my girls so I could pursue my art again.  

If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
Party planner, I love to plan and throw parties!

What other jobs have you had which have aided you on your artistic path?
Being the project manager at Mead helped give me the confidence to speak in public and lead meetings. I now love to teach…

Featured Member Interview: Shannon Binkowski

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CMMAG President Shannon Binkowski shared the following in her interview: 

1.  What inspires you to create?

I love watching bits come together to make something different, especially when that something different is also wonderful. I love taking beads and wire and turning them into a necklace. I love taking paint and paper and turning it into something that is pleasing and pretty, or turning an eraser into a stamp, or any number of things that become...transformative.


2.  When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?


Art has definitely pursued me. My family did a lot of making when I was  younger and I wasn't interested in a lot of it til much later, but it's always been there. My mom and grandparents would have loved to teach me to follow their arts, from the fancier stuff all the way down to basic cooking and sewing, and I was just not engaged with it. So much so that when I started to move toward art later I don't even see the way they saw. On the one hand…

Featured Member Interview: Cathy Mitchell

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What inspires you to create?
Nostalgia, antiquity, the quaint and whimsical. A significant element of inspiration comes from the children I work with; their innocence, their faith in their own hopes and dreams. And especially the enthusiastic abandon they bring to their art.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
When my children graduated and went out into the world, I had some time to focus on rebuilding my passion for art. As a child I always had art supplies, organic materials, wood, boxes as well as space to work. As I grew older, my parents sort of expected me to spend more time on studies and less on other activities. That was quite a while back, before we began to understand the value of art and overall wellbeing.

When did you begin to call yourself an artist?
This Guild has encouraged and inspired me to be brave enough to call myself an artist. I realized that an artist is one who produces art! An artist doesn’t have to be globally recognized. An artist simply e…

CanvaSynergy II: SOLD!

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At last weekend's "For the Love of Art" auction and gala, to benefit the Visual Art Exchange of Raleigh, our 5'x5' collaborative piece was the first item in the live auction. 




Here are some souvenirs of the evening:  the program, a shot of CanvaSynergy II on an easel outside the ballroom, and a quick video of the how the sale happened.

It was very exciting to see our work displayed, and we hope the new owner enjoys it as much as we enjoyed creating it.


The video!