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CanvaSynergy, Revealed!

The Guild’s CanvaSynergy project was inspired by a question:

“What if 25 mixed media artists worked together to create a large-scale collaborative piece?”
Knowing how wildly creative and diverse our talents are, we were sure the result would be a fabulous thing to behold.

Here’s how it all unfolded: Jerry’s Artarama graciously provided the 12”x12” canvases and the four base paint colors; Soho Urban Acrylics in Mineral Blue, Cadmium Red Hue, Burnt Sienna, and Cadmium Orange Hue, for 25 artists. Each artist was also allowed the use of black and white to round out their palette.
The overall layout was penciled onto the 25 adjoining canvases; a combination of swirling curves and geometric shapes, designed to give each artist an interesting variety of areas in which to create her own, special mixed media magic. None of the artists had seen the comprehensive, overall design--therein was another 'layer' of mystery!
The sky was the limit; artists could use fabric, metal, polymer, but…

CMMAG Presents: "The Gift of Art" 2012 Calendar

We are excited to announce the creation of "The Gift of Art" 2012 calendar.  A collaboration between CMMAG and Arts for Life, Durham, it features joyful, colorful artwork created by the program's critically ill children at Duke Children's Hospital.

Our collaboration was a natural match; CMMAG's mission is to advance the education of mixed media arts, and Arts for Life is a 501-C non-profit organization, dedicated to providing artistic education and emotional well-being to children across the state of North Carolina. 
By providing educational art programs, they enrich patients' lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families.  To learn more about Arts for Life, visit their website.

Every dollar from the sale of "The Gift of Art" calendar will go to support the programming of Arts for Life.  To purchase calendars, click the "Buy Now" button at right, which will take you …

CMMAG at the 2011 North Carolina State Fair

Member Madeline Schneider entered two pieces in the professional artists category, and had both pieces chosen by the jury for inclusion in the Fair exhibit.  It was the first time she had ever entered her work.  She was very excited to hear the good news, and to see her art in the exhibit.  Madeline said, "just thinking about how many people were able to see my work displayed among so many other wonderful artists makes me humble. Now I feel inspired to create, my fears are fading away, and this is my greatest achievement!"

Congratulations, Madeline!  We share your excitement, and look forward to seeing your pieces 'in person' at a meeting soon.   

September Member Interview: Christine Candora-Hickey

Christine Candora-Hickey

Photo Album:

1. What inspires you to create?
A lot of my inspiration comes when I least expect it and in the most unexpected ways. I dream up a lot of projects during my long commute to work.
Maybe it's the fact that I'm half-asleep, but ideas seem to just come to me during that time. Otherwise, I get sparks from magazines (not just art-related ones), books, songs, the NC Museum of Art, long walks, and people watching.

2. When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I really believe that art pursued me. I learned to crochet in when I was 8 so that I could make booties for my, and my friends', Cabbage Patch Kids. I learned how to make simple bound books in high school to make cool photo albums for friends. Throughout my life, I have always done something creative. In my adult life, I became interested in rubber stamping which led to mixed media which has now lead to photography. Who knows where a…

August Member Interview: Pat Upton

1. What inspires you to create?
I find that I am inspired by things, and my odd sense of humor. Pictures in magazines or online can inspire a wicked idea or pun, in my head, and then it is on. Rusty things can inspire an assemblage piece or jewelry possibility. I am also inspired by other’s art…I see what can be done and maybe adapt that technique for my piece. I love love love to learn new techniques! I guess you can say I have art ADHD. I will find an interesting technique to do and then when the next thing comes along, I am off on that path and may or may not come back to what I had been doing.
2. When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
Art (and crafts) has always been a part of my life though I thought for many years that I could not be an artist, as I cannot draw or paint photo-realistically. Twenty-five years ago, I started cross-stitching. I loved the look, it was easy to do, and I could find just about any style and colors to try. About 8 years ago, I found that…

July Member Interview: Lynn Creech

Lynn Creech's website:

1. What inspires you to create?
Since I was a little girl – I was fascinated with color. Crayons, finger paints, any paper I could get my hands on.  Coloring and painting was always something I loved to do. I’ve always been a firm believer that if you do something creative with your hands – it will make you a better person:  healthy-minded and full of life. I am very inspired to create by my surroundings. I love to look at the photos in all magazines and books.

2. When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I don’t know that I ever looked at it this way – but I believe at a young age art pursued me. I can remember getting my first box of crayons and thinking …WOW! There has to be more than these 8 colors. As I graduated to the 24 pack – then the 48 pack – and eventually the 64 PACK. I was elated to say the least! How could life get any better?

3. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
I would volunteer my time…

June Member Interview: Debbie Turner Altman

Debbie Turner Altman Blog:  Dreams Delights and Dogma
What inspires you to create? Color, pattern and texture that I see around me, fondling fabric, and other people’s work always energizes me.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? I never really pursued art, I just don’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to it. I can remember putting color combos together for my dresses that my mother made me when I was still small enough to hide under the tables of fabric. I started creating fashion doll clothes at the age of seven when my grandmother would hold me in her lap and treadle her machine for me so I could sew. I had a wild and crazy bedroom as a teen with lime green walls, electric blue bookcase that I built myself, loud multicolor curtains that I made myself, and a shocking yellow bedspread. My mother claimed it put her eyes out. I think she had a paint roller full of beige paint in her hand the day I moved out. She always let me express myself no matter how outlandish …

May Member Interview: Donna Sloma

Donna Sloma

What inspires you to create? Pretty much anything I walk past, thumb through, watch, or shop for! I am always attracted to color combinations and textures. The towels displayed in Target, to the ads in a health journal, get my mind going with the possibilities.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I have created since I was young and in school; and scouts. It was always a pretty great idea to spend time doing something and ending up with a product! When I moved to North Carolina in 1998, I became a stay at home mother. Many years of Cub Scout leading, class “momming”, and religious education perfected my kid-art skills. But so many of the ideas that capture the imagination of kids also can be altered to suit adult tastes!
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I can’t imagine not being an artist. But if I didn’t have the opportunity to pursue art like I do now, I can see myself having gone b…

Come Meet Alyson Stanfield!

Alyson Stanfield, founder of Art Biz Coach and author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion is coming to Raleigh to celebrate the release of the updated and expanded edition of her book, which helps artists promote and sell their art.

The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild will host a book party for Alyson, and here are the details:

Date:  Saturday, May 21, 2011

Location:  VAE (Visual Art Exchange) 325 Blake Street, Raleigh 27601

Time:  5:00

Alyson is going to talk for a little bit, answer your questions, and sign books, which will be available for sale, for $25 plus tax. She says she sits behind her computer too much and loves to get out and meet artists in new places. She’s coming all the way from her home in Colorado, and hopes to have time to visit some of our art venues, including the North Carolina Museum of Art while she's here. We would love for you pass along this book party invitation to all of the artists you know--the more the merrier!…

More From "Take 25" Challenge

Our header contains images of the creative work of our members, responding to the "Take 25" challenge posed by member and Artist Alley gallery owner Jean Skipper.  In case you missed the explanation of the challenge, you can read all about it here

Here are the full sized photos:

"Butterfly Dreams" by Liz Miller
A textured and glazed canvas with painted vintage lady adorned with beads and bangles. She is surrounded with fluttering memories (butterflies).

"Cat Fish" by Mary Neligan

Beach Window by Lauren Koeth

Welcome to: "Creativity Rocks!"

Creativity Rocks! is the new name for the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild (CMMAG) blog.  It expresses how we all feel about being creative in our own lives, and seeing what good our creativity can do in the wider world. 

Our new header is a peek into our next series of blog posts which highlight the creations of our members in this year's kit challenge, entitled "Take 25".

A bit of background:  Jean Skipper of Artist Alley has presented the CMMAG Kit Challenge annually for the past three years. Every year, participants receive a list of seemingly random "ingredients," and the challenge is to create a work of art including all of them.  Each participant could choose to eliminate up to two items on the list and could choose to add up to two additional items. Connection devices (glue, wire, thread, etc…) and colorants (paint, markers, pastels, etc…) were considered to be freebies, and they could be used in copious quantities.  The "twist" this year was t…

February Member Interview: Michelle Bonds

Michelle Bonds Website: ArtAgainOnline
Blog: Michelle's Stitch & Paint Spot Facebook: My Fiber Art can be found at: Eye of the Eagle Art, Clayton NC
Michelle's Upcycled Jewelry and Eco-friendly Gifts can be found at:
The Scrap Exchange, Durham NC
When Pigz Fly, North Raleigh NC
Raleigh City Museum, Downtown Raleigh NC
Art & Soul, Beaufort NC
Hopper Hills, Victor NY
In addition, Michelle attends several festivals and art events each year, and attempts to keep a listing on her blog, as well as posting reminders on Facebook.
Michelle's work has been published in the following magazines: Cloth Paper Scissors, Sew Somerset, and Art Doll Quarterly as well as online by Fiber Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors.

1. What inspires you to create?
In life, in general, I am inspired by nature, animals, and the myriad of cultures around the world. In particular, I find inspiration in the ocean, sacred geometry, the texture of stone, petroglyphs and cult…

January Member Interview: Penny Arrowood

Penny Arrowood
blog:  Thoughts Askance:

1. What inspires you to create?
hmmm... that's a toughie! It is something that I carry around with me. I cannot imagine NOT creating. I guess it stems from a love of reading and a general love of words -- both their power to move us, and the visual impact that they can have. In a sense that's how my mind works when I am creating -- I can SEE it, and the fun is in the 'getting there'.

2. When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? Despite never wanting for creative pursuits, I feel more as if I have been pursued, than being the pursuer (?) Although, this could become the whole "chicken or the egg" thing, really... Bottom line: I interact with the world at large much more capably if I have SOME sort of creative outlet. Over the years, that outlet has taken many forms: (needlework, photography, painting, music, simple line drawings, computer aided graphic design, handicrafts, …