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Season's Greetings!

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The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild wishes all of our members and blog followers a Merry Christmas Happy Hanukkah Happy Kwanzaa  and  a healthy, happy and creative New Year!  We have big plans for 2015, so stay tuned.

Featured Member Interview: Megan Harris

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What inspires you to create?
So many things, both tangible and intangible.  Visiting a museum, taking a workshop,  photos taken on trips to India, Italy, Paris, etc.  Colors in flowers, fabrics, books on periods in design i.e. Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the buildings, clothing, jewelry, art, sculpture of these periods.  So many things.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
Being creative has always been a way for me to get lost into a different world other than the one I lived in.   As a child I had paper dolls (is there such a thing anymore?) and I would take white paper and outline their various clothes, dresses, gowns, hats, and then I would create new designs on the garments and color them.  My paper dolls had great wardrobes.  Today they would be seen as fashionistas!  Another thing I used to do is draw skyscrapers.  Don’t know why.  I would draw skylines with many different  building shapes; short, tall, many windows, few windows, strange entrances.  And again I wo…

September Special Events: "We Are Mixed Media 2" and "High Tea"

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The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild is pleased to announce two very special events taking place in September.  "We Are Mixed Media2," an exhibit of the work of 15 of our member artists will run from Friday, September 5 through Thursday, September 25 at the Blake Street Shops and Studios, 300 Blake Street, Raleigh, NC.  The opening reception will coincide with Raleigh's First Friday events on Friday, September 5 from 6pm to 9pm, and many of the artists will be there to welcome guests and speak about their work. 

The following week, the Guild's "High Tea" display, which coincides with Raleigh's SPARKcon arts events, will also be at Blake Street during the weekend of September 11--13. "High Tea" was inspired by artist Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" .  CMMAG artists present their vision of an art-filled tea party; designing teapots, cups, saucers, placemats and centerpieces with a mixed media flair.

Visitors to Blake Street Shops …

Featured Member Interview: Katherine Stein

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What inspires you to create? I don’t want to sound like a cliché, however just about everything inspires my creativity. From the time I first see the sun rise over the hill to when the sun finally sets spurs my urge to create and color whatever I can. My most recent observation is that pollen looks really awesome when it’s swirling in a puddle of water. 
When did you decide to pursue art, or did art pursue you? I’ve always wanted to be an artist, I started with embroidering on a sampler I got at the Ben Franklin store when I was five, and when I made an outfit for the Dolly Derby in Girl Scouts. Eventually I graduated to embroidering my shirts with some wild designs using more complicated crewel stiches (it was the 70’s). In High School I took every art class I could and happily tried as many mediums as I could. I’m always trying one class or another. I’m not afraid to try anything and I’m finally having an impact on my spouse, he and I are going to collaborate on a Jerry’s Artarama myst…

Featured Member Interview: Penny L. Arrowood

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What inspires you to create?
It seems lately that inspiration lurks everywhere!…the color of the sky at a certain time of day, the patterns found in the leafy shade of trees, the refraction of light through raindrops suspended on the hawthorn tree, the turn of a well crafted phrase, song lyrics…The hits just keep on coming.I have resigned myself to the fact that I will never catch up with the idea factory churning away in my noggin.I am embracing “go with the flow!”


When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
Art and I are much like the iconic image from the Book of Kells depicting a trio of dogs chasing the tail of the one in front – ha!Who is pursuing whom depends on your perspective – or perhaps where you enter the circle.The 3rd element in my trio?Time!Art, Time, and Me – endlessly chasing one another’s tails – it seems oddly fitting.

In Celtic lore, the dog (hound) symbolizes hunting, healing, and the Otherworld – also oddly fitting my relationship with art/creativity.
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CMMAG Happenings: New Member Luncheon

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Last month, the Guild hosted our very first New Member Luncheon, to welcome members who've recently joined our merry group.  On a bright, sunny, and unusually warm Sunday, we gathered at a Raleigh restaurant to meet, mingle and get to know each other, and the Guild a bit better.  There was lots of laughter*, good food, and sharing of information, especially about the art-filled year we have planned for 2014.  Below are some snapshots of the afternoon, culminating in our 'group shot,' of everyone who attended.  Enjoy!

*laughter rang out loudly and almost continuously when we played the "Two Truths and a Lie" getting to know you game.  Here are just a few of the truths shared among our members:  someone was bitten by a lion, another made a movie in Marrakech, another is a licensed hairstylist, someone else was a night guard at a nuclear power plant, another nearly drowned whitewater rafting, one was an opera singer, someone else stabbed a priest (!), another helped…

2014: A New Beginning

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2014:  a new year, a new beginning. New chances to be creative, to share our talents with each other, and to make the world more beautiful. Let's Get Started! Our January general meeting is scheduled for 6:30 on Thursday the 9th, at Chavis. The agenda includes:  program planning for the entire year, establishing the CMMAG 2014 calendar of events, and membership renewals.  2014 Special Event:  New Members Luncheon, on Sunday, January 26 (details to be announced at the January general meeting)  Please plan to join us; there are great things ahead for CMMAG, and we want you to be a part of them!