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January Member Interview: Jeanne Rhea

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Welcome to our first in a series of Member Interviews.
Jeanne Rhea Web Site: http://www.jeannerhea.com/ Blog: http://artfortheheart.blogspot.com/ Etsy shop: http://www.heartofclay.etsy.com/

What inspires you to create? I find inspiration everywhere – in nature, colors, patterns, fractals, landscapes, photomicrography, the human body, life experiences, art books, quotes, my artsy friends and the very act of creating.
I usually approach my artwork with an idea and then find techniques and materials to capture the concept. Experimenting with various techniques and materials is part of the lure of art for me. Discovering techniques with a new product is especially inspiring and exciting. I enjoy the process of creating – the journey – as much as the end product.
When did you decide to pursue art, or did art pursue you?
I cannot remember a time when I was not creating. I grew up in a large family and we used reclaimed and salvaged materials for our arts and crafts. I think that is why I find much s…

And, we're off!

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Our first meeting of the year was a resounding success!

Outgoing President Laurel gave a brief recap of the 4-year history of CMMAG, from its 'humble beginnings,' through various group activities, including a number of play days, exhibits, challenges, shows and swaps, to the present-day dynamic organization we've become.

And, we've elected our new slate of officers: President: Penny, Vice President: Michelle, Treasurer: Jeanne, Secretary: Nanette and Members at Large: (or "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" as they dubbed themselves) Debbie and Roberta. Past president Laurel remains on the Board, and we look forward to two years of great leadership from everyone.

We also welcomed several guests and five new members: Janet, Courtney, Maggi, Cathie and Sabrina, who are all excited about joining our dynamic group of creative souls.

The meeting room at Jerry's Artarama was an outstanding location; we were able to stretch out, see everyone at the same time, and have…

Year-End Roundup, and a Look Forward

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2008 was an exciting year for CMMAG! Here are just some of the things we accomplished:
We welcomed many new members, and our current active roster is 30 artists. We worked to complete our Guild bylaws, and ratified them at our December meeting. We held a number of play days, learned to create our own rubber stamps, designed and created glass objects, created batik greeting cards, and explored the wonders of alcohol inks. Members participated in swaps: creating a fabulous charm necklace from one of them (which sold!); creating holiday ornaments (see photo below), and ATCs.


Our Fall was highlighted by our participation in Art of the Carolinas, where we assisted Jerry's Artarama staff; displayed members' work; raffled off a free CMMAG membership and conducted a 'make and take' ATC activity table.
And, to cap off a great year, we celebrated in fine fashion at December's meeting:

Looking forward to 2009, we will have a permanent meeting location: Jerry's Artarama, in R…