Showing posts with label special event. Show all posts
Showing posts with label special event. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CMMAG Happenings: New Member Luncheon

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 Louis Black buy a Neti pot, and yet another owns stock in a professional football team!  Many of these truths weren't guessed, which made for even more hilarity when the sometimes even more outrageous lie was selected. 


Friday, March 8, 2013

Retreat Registration Deadline: Today!

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! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Artistic Asylum 2013 Registration Now Open!

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

What is the Artistic Asylum? 

Left to right:  Fetvedt bracelet, Modler journal page, Edmonson quilt, True bottlecap pin

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 sounds great!  How much will it cost?
CMMAG Membership Dues*                                   $30
Non-refundable Artistic Asylum Registration Fee      $30
Single accomodation at The Summit Center           $370
Double accomodation at the Summit Center           $310
*membership is required for participation, gives you a year of mixed media fun, and entitles you to the full calendar of Guild activities.

What's included in the fees?  

Fifteen (15) hours of instruction, lodging for 3 nights, and all meals.   Yes, all of it for one, low price.   Compare it to similar retreats that cost between $700 and $900.

How do I register? 

The Artistic Asylum registration form is available on our CMMAG Yahoo Group.  Upon payment of your membership dues, you will be invited to join the Yahoo Group, and must print, fill out, and mail the form to the address provided.  

All reservations are on a first come, first served basis.  Registration fees are  payable by check or through PayPal. 
Payment options include paid-in-full or two equal installments. 
Final payment is due by March 8, 2013.   
Scroll all the way to the bottom of this blog to access the links to PayPal registration. 
Email questions to:  and they will be answered by a CMMAG Retreat Committee member.

We look forward to seeing you at the Artistic Asylum Retreat

sponsored by the
Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Come Meet Alyson Stanfield!

Alyson B. Stanfield, author of
I'd Rather Be in the Studio!

image credit: Kimberly Lennox

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! 

We hope to see you there. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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

Spread the word, and see you there!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CMMAG at Art of the Carolinas 2009

Last month, thirty members of CMMAG assisted the Jerry's Artarama staff in presenting the 9th annual Art of the Carolinas.  For the second year in a row, we had a fun, exhausting, exhilarating, creative, friend-filled and hectic weekend!  Here are excerpts from our President Penny's wrap up post describing it, plus fabulous photos taken by our Official Guild Photographer, Lucy:
"...Thursday morning, bright and early, (whew! 7:30) we hit the floor!  Two classrooms had been added this year, and we had an hour and half to prep 15 classrooms for jam-packed workshops beginning at 9:00!

Without worry, we deftly completed this first 'challenge' with roughly 10 minutes to spare *we ROCK!*  The game was afoot... We then turned our collective attention to our other duties:  setting up the
Make & Take area (which allowed us to seat up to 16 guests at a time!) and the World of Art Challenge Gallery.  BOTH areas were hot attractions throughout the show!

The Make & Take area was enjoyed by all ages and several couples!  At one point, Saturday afternoon, all seats were filled and we had a LINE waiting to come in and give it a try!  Our member artists presented 10 demonstrations in 3 days --each well-populated by interested folks -- many taking notes, and asking great questions.  A veritable boatload of information was freely exchanged; and scads of folks who had never even heard of ATC were thrilled to enjoy our offerings!  Thank you:  Jodi, Amy, Lynn, Debbie, Lucy, Laurel, Ashant'i, Mayshanna and Dawn for sharing your time, energy and incredible ideas with our guests. Everyone raved about the demos that were presented throughout the weekend.  Several folks lamented having to go home, and miss the next day's offerings.

The World of Art Challenge display was another marvel to behold!  The final count was 23; and the diversity in creative vision was incredible!  Late Thursday afternoon, the 'celebrity judges' were brought in to make their deliberations.  Bob Burridge and  David and Ira Goldstein (Jerry's sons) viewed and discussed the entries behind closed doors in the beautifully renovated Boardroom.  Hale and hearty congratulations to the Jerry's World of Art Challenge Winners!
     1st Place:  Carolyn Coyle
     2nd Place:  Jodi Ohl
     3rd Place:  Dawn Meisch
     Judges Award:  Jeanne Rhea

     CMMAG Leadership Award:  Vivianne Voyles

Friday morning, voting opened for Viewer's Choice; and the ooh-ing and ahh-ing was a melodious sound as visitors made the rounds and marveled over the creativity and vast differences in the lovely array of work on display.  At the end of voting on Saturday night, the winner was determined -- additional congratulations to Vivianne Voyles on the decision of the people!

The Guild information booth was once again a stand-out -- thanks, Vivianne, for the great idea about the digital photo frame!  We had plenty of information, TWO photo frames in operation illustrating Member work, Guild activities, and previous events along with ATC samples!  We had loads of visitors very interested in our group and all that we have done as well as the exciting events coming up in the new year!

Saturday, the creative talents of five Guild members were on display from 11 to 5 on the Trade Show floor.  Don Bradley of Strathmore provided the opportunity to highlight some of our number by hosting Artist Demonstrations in his booth at the show.  Melissa Walker, Dawn Meisch, Jodi Ohl, Ophelia Staton, and Mayshanna Pandora wowed the crowds (AND their host) with their fabulous creations and knowledge of their topics.  Join Strathmore's Face Book fan page for photos of
each of these Member Artists and their creations from the show!'

To say that our return to Art of the Carolinas was a success would be a gross understatement.  We are particularly thankful for the ongoing, incredibly generous support of our local Jerry's Artarama!  Our efforts were further aided by the gracious donations of Strathmore Artists Papers, Ampersand, Golden, Liquitex, Winsor & Newton, and Chroma. 

Here are the 2nd annual CMMAG Art of the Carolinas NUMBERS:
15 classrooms (22 MORE classes than last year in the 4 days of Workshops)
   (2 of these were on the Trade Show side - talk about running the gauntlet!)
115 classes at the North Raleigh Hilton
7 (?) boxes of rolled plastic for table coverings
    (cut to size and placed in plastic bags for ease of work on Thursday afternoon)
24-36 rolls of masking tape (to secure table coverings)
+/- 118 buckets of clean H2O (+/- 590 gallons of water)
+/- 118 buckets of murky water, during/after classes (+/- 590 gallons of water)
4 - new buckets obtained by 'dumpster diving' during a dump and fill mission
   (no, i didn't get IN the dumpster - i used a shovel, thank you very much

TOTAL Water hauled in four days:  1180 gallons (minimum)

My only regret is in not wearing my pedometer during the course of this event -
ha! *that would be a nice number to have*...  I also wish there were a means by

which to tally the laughter heard, the friendships made, the deep and fond
respect that was fostered by wonderful people having the opportunity to work together for the benefit of a mutual love...  But alas, there is not.  I am fortunate to have the precious memories of yet another fabulous success brought about by the willingness of each of you to share what you love about the special gift that is being an artist!"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Special Event: Kelly Borsheim Presentation

Come and be whisked away for an evening in Italy without even leaving Raleigh!

The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild is pleased to host sculptor and street painter Kelly Borsheim, who splits her time between Florence, Italy and central Texas, for her presentation
"My Life as One of the 'Madonnari' (Italian street painters)" at Artspace, 201 E Davie St, Raleigh. on October 15 at 7:00 pm.

Kelly will share, "images and stories of my experiences recreating art masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance and other periods of time and place. I will tell you some of the more humorous experiences with tourists, journalists, cops, and the Italian government. And, I will show you the work of many other street painters from my first competition in southern Italy."

General Admission: $7
$5 for members of CMMAG, Artspace, or Visual Art Exchange.
Bring a friend and enjoy!

For more information, email