Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Member News: Michelle Davis Petelinz

CMMAG President, Michelle Davis Petelinz is the featured artist at the North Carolina Crafts Gallery for the month of October!  The Carrboro, NC gallery stocks an eclectic mix of art from local and national artists.  Michelle's "Ancestral Odes" exhibit includes her art-to-wear alcohol ink under glass pendants, wood vessels with polymer, and wall art.  The work is on display now, and the opening reception is Friday, October 14, from 6 to 9pm, as part of Carrboro's 2nd Friday Artwalk.  See you there! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Member Update: Jeanne Rhea

Cool News:
Our founder, Jeanne Rhea, is the Featured Artist on the
Ampersandart.com blog! 
Read her interview here
Congratulations, Jeanne!  We're so proud of you.
The Guild

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Featured Artist Interview: Peggy Heitmann

    What inspires you to create?
    I am always on a quest for more time. I always strive for enough time so that the creative process takes over and the ideas and the art produce itself. I enjoy reading, re-reading, and looking at pictures in art books. I enjoy workshops and the camaraderie of fellow artists. I get a lot of ideas from YouTube. Most of all, I love color. I look for color combinations in every aspect of life. And, guess what? I am not disappointed. I find color everywhere. 

     When did you decide to pursue art or did it pursue you? I often think of cutting pictures out of the Sears Roebuck catalogue as a young girl. By the time I was in the first grade, I was cutting out for me and the left-handed boy who sat next to me. Today, a majority of my altered book work involves cutting out. I guess, I would say I have been preparing all my life for a chance to work every day; to be able to say I am an artist.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? I would continue to pursue my interest in writing. Right now, I divide my time rather unequally between writing and mixed media. The majority of my time is spent on my visual art. However, if that were not an option, I would submerge myself in my love for language.

    What other jobs have you had which aided you on your artistic path? Let's see, when I sold city directories for R. L. Polk and Company, I designed print advertising. I worked for about a year as an outside sales rep for a company that sold scrapbooking materials, stationery and fine gifts. I represented a variety of individual companies. Just to name a few:  Hampton Stamps, Lacey Leaves, Golden Oak Papers, Fiskars, Emagination Punches, and more. I still have products including papers from those companies. I went to Los Angeles to a trade show in 2000. I got to see product demonstrations, got free samples, “make and takes”, bought products and half off at the end of the show. The other jobs have simply supplied money to feed my addiction for more beautiful papers and pretties.

 At the art supply store, which section do you gravitate to first? 
  Oh-la-la, my head spins in the paper section. So many colors and designs waiting for me to select, to manipulate, to layer, to stamp, paint, to glue to make into my own art. 

          What new techniques or art form would you like to learn?
I would like to learn how to use watercolor with ease. I would like to capture flowers, birds, landscapes. Like renowned artists before me, I would like to capture nature with my brush and transform the image into something that lives and breathes on the page. I am considering taking classes in the near future—maybe an Art of the Carolinas workshop.


    If you could do anything and knew you could not fail, what would you choose to do? In a fantasy world, I would own a large art studio, with my sister, Pamela Susan Land, which I would rent to other artists. The studio would be funky, bohemian, and creatively energized. Of course, Pamela and I would have studios for ourselves. The studio would be just down the street from great little restaurants that specialize in gluten-free food, a quaint tea shop, and a spa that specializes in yoga, meditation, and massage. I would occasionally teach classes, but otherwise just make altered books and watercolors paintings. In addition to the art studio to produce art, I would have a shop next door like Bluebells in Columbus, Georgia, where each artist pays for their space to display and sell their art. I would have my best work made into mugs, aprons, placemats, Christmas ornaments, mouse-pads, note cards, coasters, shower curtains, trivets, pillows, blankets, framed pictures, prints, shadow boxes, t-shirts. I could go on and on. My business manager would take care of all the financial aspects of the business so I could create.

I think we'd all like to visit and shop in your "fantasy world"!  
Thanks for the interview, Peggy. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

"Go Big and Be Bold"

What do you get when you put together a group of loquacious, lively, laughing creative women who all love mixed media?  
The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild!
We proudly present our “Go Big and Be Bold” show for you to enjoy. Founded over a decade ago, CMMAG offers its members monthly meetings with demos and participatory activities, play days and workshops, field trips and group shows…all dedicated to sharing the love of mixed media and the joy of creating art.
We chose to call our show “Go Big and Be Bold” not only because this is the largest venue we’ve shown in, but also to challenge our members to work in larger formats and bolder presentations than many have done before.
Here is a collage of just some of the work included in "Go Big and Be Bold," which is on display at the Sertoma Art Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC until June 24th, 2016.  If you're in the area, please visit.  And, as a bonus, we've created an interactive art game for the young and young at heart to play while viewing the art. 
Member art by: (clockwise) Shannon Binkowski, Sharon DiGiulio,
Michelle Davis Petelinz, Maggi Neufer, Linda Poche, Katherine Stein,
Jeanne Rhea, Iris Musselwhite, Ilona Isaacs, Cathy Hooper, and April Weaver


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

First Quarter Play Day: A Round-Robin of Creativity!

There was an excited, creative CMMAG buzz at DiGiulio Studios on Sunday, March 13th.  From the demos (card and nametag making with Linda; cool stencil techniques with Shannon; fabulous flower felting with Katherine, and creating cactus-themed canvases with Mimi's pulled paint), to the delicious food provided by members (we do know how to put on a great spread!), big fun was had by all.  Thanks to Sharon and Joe DiGiulio for opening their home and studio to us--we had a terrific time! 

Here are some shots from the Play Day:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy 2016!

     The new CMMAG year got off to an exciting start with our first meeting, where we mapped out the coming 12 months of creativity, learning, exploration and fun.  Here's just some of what's to come:  three member exhibits; at least one field trip; our annual round-robin technique demo day; artful outreach activities; member-only artist workshops; kids' art projects; meeting demos; and two challenges.  Our members are eagerly looking forward to another jam-packed, creative year...won't you join us? 

Dues are $30.00 per year, and can be paid online, using the PayPal link below.  Or, if you're going to join us for a meeting, you may pay by cash, credit/debit card, or check.  It's just about the best deal in town: you get access to all of our events, to a wealth of talent and information, and discounts at local art supply stores, all for less than $3.00 per month! 

If you have questions, please leave a comment on this post, or ask on our Yahoo group.  You are a member of our Yahoo group, aren't you?  If not, you may join here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our merry band of mixed media mischief art makers.  See you soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

We Did It: AOC 2015

Our 8th consecutive appearance at Art of the Carolinas was a resounding success!  Our members stepped up in a big way; assisting workshop instructors by providing clean water (and hauling away buckets and buckets of dirty water), covering the tables with plastic (and tearing off yards of painted plastic after each class was over), answering questions from students ("What time does the trade show close?"), displaying the postcards received so far from our Orange: An International Mail Art Challenge (thanks for the windows, Ilona!), and presenting hours of free demos on a variety of techniques (from Alcohol inks to Zentangles) in our "Try It Zone". 

We worked, we played, we laughed, we ate, and we shared in the concentrated 4-day weekend which is AOC.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Here are just a few of the images from the weekend.  Enjoy--we certainly did!

Saturday, November 7, 2015


*Carolina Mixed Media Guild at Art of the Carolinas |November 12--15, 2015

Yes, it's that time again:

Bleary-eyed members getting up at the crack of dawn to prepare the first workshop classrooms; starting off in Congressional to see what color Sharon has chosen for this year's shirts and aprons; seeing the tower of boxes of plastic to be cut (yes, we remembered scissors this year!); stuffing bags with pre-cut plastic to be used later; wearing masking tape 'bracelets'; greeting teachers from years past; separating buckets (yes, Penny's plastic separator method worked again!); filling and delivering the first of what will seem like hundreds of buckets of water; covering the tables (tape all around vs. just on the ends--try not to get a splinter!);  rooms ready and so are the students; a break for breakfast; first classroom turnover (of what will seem like thousands...didn't I just do this table 4 hours ago?); lunch at Bahama Breeze; preparing our "Try It Zone;" greeting friends and eager artists (no, you can't come in yet, the demos don't begin until tomorrow--here's a schedule); another turnover; a bit of time to sit and visit; hospitality rooms now open, time to go get something to drink (what? it's dark outside already?); doing the last turnover so we won't have to get up early tomorrow...time to sleep, then it's back at it again tomorrow.

And, Friday through Sunday, there'll be trade show bargains (where did you get that, and did they have more?), member technique demos, and our "Orange International Mail Art Challenge" display (view cards which have come in so far, then make one yourself, to have your work included in our online event).

We often say that AOC is the most work and the most fun we have as Guild members, and it's true.  We work hard and we play even harder.  And, it's the most concentrated time we have together all year.  Thanks to everyone who will volunteer her time to make our 8th AOC a success.

Below are some "vintage" AOC photos (from 2009, our second year).  Enjoy, and see you next week!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Guild Activity Updates

As the "lazy" days of summer wind down, our Guild activity ramps up.  Here's what we've got going on in the next couple of weeks:

Ongoing is our Orange:  An International Mail Art Challenge continues to receive submissions.  We have postcards from our members, as well as from artists in Austria and Spain.  To see the full collection, visit the blog.  We hope you'll be inspired to join in the fun, create one, and send it in!

Our annual Round Robin Play Day at DiGiulio Studios will be held on Sunday, September 13th, from noon to 5pm.  Sign up to bring a sip or nibble on the Yahoo Group, and join us as we explore a variety of technique demos presented by our talented members. 

CMMAG will again host a Mail Art event as part of Raleigh's annual SPARKcon celebration.  Join us on Saturday, September 19th on the mezzanine level of the Busy Bee CafĂ©, 225 S. Wilmington Street, downtown Raleigh, between 5:00 and 9:00 pm as we create postcards for the International Mail Art Challenge, or to send to loved ones.  All supplies will be provided, and it promises to be a great time!  Oh, and did we mention the tater tot appetizers and beer at the Busy Bee...yummy and 'licious?

The opening of our "Falling for Mixed Media" display at the Page Walker Art & History Center in Cary is Friday, September 25th, from 6 to 8pm.  Several members will have their work on display in the building's front showcase.  Our show will run until November 16th, and many of the pieces will be for sale. 

And as if that's just not enough fun, we'll be preparing for our next foray into the world of Jerry's Artarama's Art of the Carolinas (November 12--15), gathering and assembling gift baskets for InterAct, and planning our annual holiday celebration meeting (December 10th). 

We'd love to have you with us for any or all of our events. 

If you haven't joined us yet, what are you waiting for? 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Call for Art | Orange: An International Mail Challenge

The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild (CMMAG) has launched an international mail art challenge!  Inspired by the "Turquoise" online challenge of 2014 (details here), we've chosen the color Orange as our theme. 

Call for Art:  We invite people of all ages from all over the world to join us in creating 4"x6" postcards on this theme, and mailing them to:  CMMAG   4704 Marathon Lane   Raleigh, North Carolina  27616.  The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

The postcards will be displayed online on our Orange Mail Art blog, and there'll be orange inspiration and comments on our Orange Mail Art Facebook page. We're also planning an exhibit of them in Raleigh, NC in the late fall...details on this as they become available.

We encourage members to share this call for art with everyone they know (artists and non-artists alike), and we can't wait to see what you'll create! Each postcard should be sent through the mail (no envelopes, please), so be sure to affix correct postage to reach the US, and avoid attachments to the cards, since they may be lost or damaged in handling.  And, remember to include your name, city, state and country, so we can include this information in the online display. 

Here's a peek at a few of the submissions we've already received, but we need MORE