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Celebrate the Season!

We wish you love, light, warmth, creativity, health, good food, good times and good friends as you celebrate the joys of the season. 
Please plan to join us in the New Year for more creative endeavors.  Details on our January meeting are at right.  See you there!

CMMAG at Art of the Carolinas

2010 marked our third year of participation in the art-filled extravaganza that is Jerry's Artarma's Art of the Carolinas.  We spent four days assisting the Jerry's staff with making sure the art workshop rooms were ready for the eager artists who'd come to learn and create; hauling an unbelievable volume of water, both clean and dirty for those rooms; displaying our mixed media work for all to see; answering questions about our Guild ("So, what exactly is mixed media?"); providing demonstrations on the trade show floor and in our Make and Take ATC room; creating ATC with novices and experts alike; and laughing, learning and loving being mixed media artists and sharing our love of what we do with others.  Here are some images which capture just a bit of the fun we had.  And, to see more of the fun we had, visit our Facebook Photo Album.  Enjoy!


September Member Interview: Denise Saunders

1. What inspires you to create?

Life inspires me! Every day I see or do something that entices me to create. From looking at my pile of works in progress, the stacks of supplies I have on hand or the beauty of the sunset from my office window, the urge to be creative is always there.

2. When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
There was never a pursuit, it was always there. Creativity has always been a part of my family’s culture. I grew up with my mom sewing, my aunt painting, my Nanny crocheting & my Papa working in his woodshop, so having an artistic outlet seemed a normal part of life, not a special activity. At times it still baffles me that other people think I what I do is special. What! This is what I do for fun; it’s not really that special. I’m glad you like it!
3. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? Ironically, it wasn’t until I joined CMMAG that I considered myself an “artist”. Van Gough is an artist, Monet is an artist. I’m just a person that …

Upcoming Special Event: "Who Does She Think She Is?"

The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild will present the first Triangle-area screening of the documentary film by Academy Award winning director Pamela Tanner Boll:
Who Does She Think She Is?

Our House Party screening will take place on
Saturday, August 28 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at ‘our house’:
The Chavis Community Center (located at 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard., Raleigh, NC).

Suggested donation:  $10.00 includes: movie, popcorn, soda, and guided discussion following the
feature. For more information on the film, the creators, and the featured artists visit the official web site:
In the spirit of ‘paying it forward,’ net proceeds will be donated to
SWOOP (Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects)! To learn
more about what these amazing women are doing, please visit:

To purchase tickets (on sale August 1) visit:

For any questions and/or additional information, please contact Car…

We Have a Winner!

Member-at-Large, artist and seamstress extraordinaire, Roberta Morgan entered two pieces in the American Sewing Guild Creativity Contest, and each received honors.  Roberta's beautifully embellished jackets were created using Simplicity pattern #2703 (which she altered "a lot").  The white jacket was a finalist in its category, and the copper one won First Place.  Congratulations, Roberta!

June Member Interview: Sharon DiGiulio

Sharon DiGiulio

1. What inspires you to create?

I think I wake up inspired! Actually a lot of times I wake up in the middle of the night and have to write things down in my journal, just so I can get back to sleep. I am inspired by my dreams, nature, my past experiences and mostly other people and their zest for life. I’m very attracted to life lovers.
2. When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? I think art pursued me! I was always exposed to crafty things as a kid: fabric, making candles, weaving, macramé, knitting, etc. I took arts and crafts during the summers, and then taught at the same facility when I was in high school. My original degree pursuit was business, but after my first semester I switched to a Fine Art Major. I took all kinds of drawing, fiber, design and printmaking classes and was really having a great time. As a junior, I realized that I was going to be supporting…

May Member Interview: Maggi Neufer

1.  What inspires you to create?
The hope that I can do it.  Kinda like the ant.  Seeing what others do, glimpses on television, sights when driving or walking:  seeing and how we see is the key.  Artists see differently from the general populace leading to creations that shake people up.
2.  When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? One night – October 12, 1987, 6 PM to midnight -  I sat down with a dime-store paint box with one bitty brush and painted a picture on some paper of my father walking to the barns.  It was the 5th anniversary of his death.  I took that as a sign.  I've always been awed by artists and surprised myself greatly that I can paint and draw.
3.  If you weren't an artist, what would you be? Well, I was a secretary (with some exalted titles) for 50 years.  Right now, artist is all I want to be. 
4.  What other jobs have you had which have aided you on your artistic path? Just the fact that I had a job with which I could purchase art supplies is th…

Chavis Community Center Springfest 2010

CMMAG members presented an ATC Make and Take tent at Springfest 2010.  We provided all the materials, including card bases, stickers, foam shapes, pom poms, buttons, markers, magazines for clipping, decorative papers, glues to put it all together, and the kids provided the enthusiasm, creativity and fun!  Some parents even got into the act, as you'll see below.  It was a fun day, until the rains came...but even then, before the workers came to take the tent down, people came in for shelter, and left with a little piece of art they'd made, and great memories of the day.  Here are some images:

Thanks to Denise Saunders for asking us to participate...we had a blast, and we're looking forward to next year!

Mixed Media Madness Mission (M4T) 2010, part four

Since today is the final day of the M4T exhibit in Southern Pines, this too is the final post displaying the challenge pieces created by our wildly creative members. 
Work shown by:  Penny Arrowood, Roberta Morgan, Sharon DiGiulio, Toni Jarvis, Vicky McCollough, and Vivienne Voyles.  It was a great challenge, with stunningly beautiful and diverse results. Thanks again to Jean Skipper of Artist Alley, and everyone who came out to see and support the work of our members.  We can't wait to see what the next challenge will bring.  

Stay tuned!
Photographs by Lucy Shupe and Jeanne Rhea.

Mixed Media Madness Mission (M4T) 2010, part three

Even more of the work of our very creative members, in response to the M4T challenge this year.  Work shown by:  Jodi Ohl, Marilyn Feig, Nanette Zeller, Mayshanna Pandora and Patty O'Day. 

Photographs by Lucy Shupe and Jeanne Rhea.

Mixed Media Madness Mission (M4T) 2010, part two

Continuing the display of the fantastic pieces created in response to our latest challenge posed by member and Artist Alley gallery owner Jean Skipper.  Work shown created by:  Jeanne Rhea, Lynn Creech, Maggi Neufer, Lauren Koeth and Christine Candora-Hickey.

Mixed Media Madness Mission (M4) 2010

CMMAG member and Artist Alley owner Jean Skipper once again offered a challenge to the Guild.  The theme for 2010 coincided with the 1st Annual Palustris Festival in Southern Pines, where her gallery is located. Twenty five member of CMMAG took on this year's kit challenge, which wasn't exactly a kit.  This year, the 22 required items had to be collected by each participant (no more pizza boxes!).  The items were:

Pine…Pine Needles…A Pine Cone…Anything and Everything “Pine” Will Qualify Something that Starts with The Letter *P* Light Bulb(s) Metal Washer(s) Fabric Something made of Wood Twine, String, Fiber or Thread Bead(s) (As many as you’d like, and as many different kinds as you’d like.) Key(s) Something Blue Coin(s) or Token(s) (As many as you’d like, and as many different kinds as you’d like.) Something Made of Glass Treasure(s) From The Great Outdoors Part or All of a Book Ribbon(s) Something from the Kitchen Foil Wool Tissue Paper(s) Thing-a-Ma-Jig (Optional) Doo-Hickie…