Showing posts from 2012

Featured Member Interview: Cathy Mitchell


What inspires you to create? Inspiration is so abundant. Colors, textures, light and shadow, nature, music, the written or spoken word, all will motivate me when I least expect it. Looking at the work of artists gives me perspective that energizing and invigorating.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? Art has always played like a song in my mind. When I was small, crayons, bits of yarn, paper, glue, and blunt-nose scissors were my favorite toys. I often played in my Mother’s button tin, sorting endlessly by color, size and shape. I watched my Dad build bookshelves, TV cabinets and repair items. I played with the remnants. The first “assemblage” I made was a bedroom for Barbie from a square bread box my Mother spray painted gold. Accessories were fashioned from cartons, wood blocks and fabric scraps.

If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
It would be amazing to have the attention span to study history and l…

Featured Member Interview: Liz Miller, CDA

Visit Liz's website:Artful Endeavors

What inspires you to create?
Creating is a part of me. I’m inspired by the world around me, colors, textures, lines, light and the way they interact. I’ve always gravitated to the creative part of any of my jobs or activities.
As an art teacher, my students inspire me with their desire to learn and their questions about art theory or techniques.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I’ve been involved in art in one form or another as long as I can remember. As a child my favorite activities involved crayons or building something.

If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
At this point in my life if I weren’t an artist I would be retired and still involved in creative pursuits.  I’m not sure you ever retire from being an artist.

What other jobs have you had which have aided you on your artistic path?
Before I worked at being an artist I was a nurse, a belly dancer, and a dance ther…

Featured Member Interview: Katherine Stein

Visit Katherine's blog, Designing Dragonflies
and her Facebook page, here. What inspires you to create?Everything inspires me.Trees, grasses, birds, berries, fruits, vegetables, sunsets, sunrises, gloomy days near water (a perfect example of monochromatic) buildings, mountains, oceans, deserts, cities, villages, people, dogs, cats, the moon and stars, books, the Milky Way, fiber, fabric and color, color, color!
When did you decide to pursue art, or did art pursue you?
I grew up wanting to be an artist so I guess I pursued it. I LOVED art class in school and when I was able to choose classes in high school I took every art class I could. I wanted to paint and was really into embroidery in high school. I took some pottery classes but I just couldn’t get into it. After I got married at the tender age of eighteen I was broke and got into sewing, recycle, and nature art (anything I could do cheaply) In my thirties I started to work full time and went to (shudder) business college at night……

Featured Member Interview: Mary Neligan

What inspires you to create?
Sometimes it’s the wood with the different patterns, knots or shapes.Sometimes it’s the odd metal parts that I‘ve found or been given.Lately it’s been a theme or concept of a fish that makes me laugh and I search through my hoard of parts to create that fish.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I’ve always been a piddler, tinkering with tools, wood, glass, and the like.When our talented member and my good friend, Jean Skipper, told me she could sell my fish in her gallery I was amazed.I had a reason and a purpose behind my piddling.I later realized Jean bought most of my first fish, but it got me started.

If you weren’t an artist what would you be?
I would still be working in the Emergency Room.With 12-hour shifts you always had 4 days of the week to decompress and work on projects.

What other jobs have you had which aided you on your artistic path?
When my boys were young I was able to be a stay at home mom.My friend Joanne and I taught ou…

2012 Challenge: "What's on Your Palette?"

Our challenge for this year will be our take on the Capital One slogan ("What's in Your Wallet?").  No Vikings, no Alec Baldwin, no goats...well, unless that's what you're into. 

At the August 9th Guild meeting, all members will be given a 12" x 12" canvas (a gift from the Guild), and a template with the outline of an artist's palette.  The challenge will be to show the world what's on your personal palette. 

Anything goes!  If it can fit onto the palette, and be permanently attached to the canvas, it'll work.  The only requirements are that the outline of the palette must be visible, and a solid color background (which continues around all four edges) must surround it.  Finished work is due at the October 11 meeting (no exceptions!).  As we did last year, the completed canvases will be displayed at Art of the Carolinas (November 8--11). But unlike CanvaSynergy, these will not be attached, or in a frame. Instead, we'll forgo the tab…

Featured Member Interview: Ilona Isaacs

What inspires you to create?
The rush I get from making something - anything really, an event, dinner, a simple greeting card, etc.

Whendid you decide to pursue art, or did art pursue you?
Art and aesthetics have always been part of my life.  Beautiful things bring me joy. But, I felt I was an "appreciator" and my sister was the talented one. Being in the Guild has given me the courage to begin labeling myself as an artist-in-training and every opportunity I get to do something artistic counts toward my 10,000 hours toward actually being good at it. Most of all, I have always loved the feeling of getting lost in the moment when I am working on an art project. The rest of the time, my brain whirrs around, a dozen trains of thought at a time so this is a welcome respite for me. As I've gotten older, I recognize the value of this focusing more and am encouraging it. Again, the support and inspiration that I find in the Guild is awesome. They do not label anyone and are extre…

April Member Interview: Jean R. Skipper

Jean R. Skipper Jean Skipper Originals

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1.What inspires you to create? Inspiration surrounds me on a daily basis.Buildings, machinery, natural elements, industrial implements, and found objects are all fodder for my imagination.Each piece of jewelry that I craft has a story of its own.Time spent with family, friends, and customers drives me artistically, and solitary moments are also a necessary part of the process.They allow all of the creative stimulation to transition into workable concepts for my jewelry design.

2.When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?In my childhood, Art and I enjoyed a mutual attraction.Creating was easy, and I always seemed to have time for it. As a young adult, Art pursued me as I was diligently establishin…

January Member Interview

Jennifer Partridge

What inspires you to create?
My first response is to say everything because my work is an exploration of life, its various stages, and the paradoxes and beauty that are inherent to it. Depending on my mood anything can spark my creative muse. Sometimes inspiration comes from a quietly withering rose and other times a boisterous belly-dancing hafla. And it seems the more I explore, the larger the breadth and depth of my inspirations become. This journey of discovery is also greatly aided by the other wonderfully creative souls I am meeting along my path. Their loves and passions have inspired me in ways that I found quite unexpected!

Did art pursue you or did you pursue it?
Both. I grew up in a home full of crafts and music. From age five to fifteen I took dance
lessons and acted. When I went to college I tried to negate my love for the arts and pursu…

Happy New Year from CMMAG!

In this brand new year, we wish you good health, happiness, creativity and fun!

Watch this space for more artsy events, images, and the work of our members...

It's going to be a GREAT year!