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CMMAG November and December Events

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In November, the Guild does not have a regularly scheduled general meeting.  Instead, we participate in Art of the Carolinas (AOC), sponsored by Jerry's Artarama (Thursday, November 7--Sunday, November 10). 2013 will be our 6th year at AOC, providing support for the workshop instructors and offering our own demos, Make and Takes, and Art Journaling After Hours.  Members who sign up to work for at least 8 hours at AOC are automatically entered into a drawing to win one 3-hour class of their choice during the weekend.  Drawing will be held on October 31.  Visit our Yahoo group to sign up.  


December Holiday Celebrationand Year End Wrap-up Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 Location: Chavis Community Center, 500 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27601 Time: 6:30 "Adornament" Secret Santa Swap:  If you've signed up and received a member's name, please bring a wrapped, handmade gift especially for her,  to be presented that evening.  Not a "Secret Santa&qu…

Featured Member Interview: Shannon H. Binkowski

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What inspires you to create? Lots of things, really. I love colors and possibilities; I love words and textures (both physical and visual). I love growing things, especially dandelions (this does not endear me to my neighbors), and the wild abandon of trees. I love things that are funky and retro, particularly if they have nice bright colors involved.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? I've been doing bead jewelry for years, mostly teaching myself as I would find new things to play with. I always tended to think of myself as more of a crafter than an artist; not building from scratch, but assemblage with a decent eye. My family was very crafty, so there were a lot of things I tried growing up (tie-dye, marbling, some crochet, the beading, etc.) that let me indulge a love of color without trying to do anything like *painting*, for which I had decided early I clearly had no eye and so had given up on. My friend Linda has been helping me find my way back to visua…

Featured Member: Linda Poche

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What inspires you to create? Anything. Everything. My mom is an artist, so I’ve been surrounded by art all my life. I took art classes in junior high school and was an apprentice for my mom my senior year of high school. I love exploring any kind of museum, in part because I am fascinated with public spaces and how we communicate through form and display. Nature has endless beauty and man-made structures can be amazing in either their complexity or simplicity. We live in a visually stunning world.
When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you? I’ve played with art all my life. I’ve enjoyed photography exploration, hand building ceramics, being arts supervisor at day camp, building sets for educational theater groups, designing layouts for poster art (before computers!), and doodling on all my notes through two and a half degrees in English. I grew much more serious about it after I married my amazing husband who said I should “go for it” and see if I could start my own arts a…

Featured Member Interview: Iris Musselwhite

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What inspires you to create? Everything is an inspiration.  When I was 12 years old, my Mother signed me up for art lessons across from my school. I started in drawing and progressed to watercolors.
From the moment I walked into that house and saw the art supplies, I was totally hooked.
I have been taking enrichment classes ever since and you guys know that is quite a while
ago.

When did you decide to pursue art, or did art pursue you? Art pretty much took me over.  It was my dreamy place to go where no one else could be, I thought.  Then over the years I have found great friends who liked to do the same things I did. 
If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
I cannot imagine not painting and drawing.  That means everything to me. I have had many vocations but only one career that has lasted me a lifetime.

What other jobs have you had which have aided you on your creative path? The Day Care that I had for over thirty years afforded me the opportunity to share and teach and affe…

Featured Member Interview: Lucy Shupe

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What inspires you to create? Everything - of course!  Nature; photos - old & new; other people's art - old & new; family history - old & new; patterns; old things and odd things; sometimes even the art materials themselves. When did you decide to pursue art, or did art pursue you? I can't remember a time when I wasn't doing something 'creative.'  Some of my earliest memories are of making paper doll families and clever things for my Barbie dolls.  I received my first camera in fifth grade and have rarely been without one since.  I often feel as though I see the world through a viewfinder - whether I have a camera in my hands or not.  I also started making cards early on.  Of course it was just folded construction paper and crayon flowers back then.  The older I got the more things I tried: sewing, painting, knitting, embroidery, making miniatures, baking. writing, jewelry, rubber stamping, and scrapbooking (to name a few!).  If I'm not making somethin…

Congratulations, Chavis Kid Artists!

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On Friday, May 17th, the kids from the Chavis Community Center in Raleigh displayed artwork created in the afterschool program beginning in January of this year.  Congratulations to all of the young artists!
Also, congratulations and special thanks go to the Chair of the ArtFest committee, member Cathy Mitchell.  Thanks to your organization and hard work, the art projects looks great, and the exhibit was a great success!

Enjoy this collage of the displays below.


Retreat Registration Deadline: Today!

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There are fewer than four weeks to go until our Artistic Asylum Retreat, and today is the deadline for registration. So, if you've been on the fence about joining us for a weekend of creativity, friendship and fun, NOW is the time!

Here is the updated Master Schedule of events:

See you there!

Artistic Asylum Retreat Schedule

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With just over a month to go until our very first retreat on April 4--7, excitement is building!  If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?!  Fifteen hours of instruction with accomplished artists, three nights' lodging, and all meals, all this for $310/double occupancy... 'can't get that anywhere else we know of.  Plus, the opportunity to share your creativity with other members of the Guild, and to get to know them better...a bargain to be sure!  There's still time for you to join us.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 8th, and you can pay via PayPal, using the links at the bottom of this blog.

To really give you a sense of the retreat, here's the schedule for our long weekend of fun, creativity, learning and laughing...'hope to see you there!

Artistic Asylum 2013 Registration Now Open!

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Registration for the CMMAG Artistic Asylum 2013is now open to friends, family, and aficionados of the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild.

What is the Artistic Asylum?



The Artistic Asylum is a mixed media immersion in Fiber Arts, Art Journaling, and Metals.Each retreat participant will experience all 3 categories.Accomplished instructors John Fetvedt, David Modler, Susan Edmonson, and Marlene True will be sharing their art in 3-hour and 6-hour classes. When is it?Thursday, April 4 --Sunday, April 7 Where is it?Haw River State Park » The Summit Center Summit, NC

Accommodations in motel-style lodges (modest and clean, no TV) can be reserved as a double or a single (while they last). Three buffet-style meals are served in the cafeteria and are included as part of your registration.   Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free diets and food allergies are accommodated.  Sign-in on Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.There will be evening activities planned for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Okay, this s…

Featured Member Interview: Fran Schindler

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What inspires you to create? What inspires me? Just about everything--Nature--Trees, especially tree bark, bare trees, clouds, rocks, lakes, the ocean, the art of others. Browsing in art stores and galleries. Being part of a group that creates. Collecting found junk  especially rusted stuff. Going to museums. Colors, Shapes, Textures.  I'm sure you get the picture.
When did you decide to pursue art, or did art pursue you? Art has  been rolling around in my mind for years. I've always said , If I had unlimited money I would buy art. Not museum quality art, but interesting art of every type that appeals to me. I'm especially attracted to assemblages, painted furniture, sculptural pieces, anything abstract with shape, color and texture.  One of my favorite places is the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. They feature what is called ART BRUT, also called Outsider Art; basically art by self-taught artists or art by the mentally ill.  My favorite art magazine is "Raw …