Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Member Spotlight September 2021: Kathy King

Kathy King grew up on Long Island, NY, graduated from Lehigh University with an Industrial Engineering degree in 1991, served four years in the US Air Force and moved to Cary, NC in 1996. Kathy always dabbled in some sort of art all throughout her childhood and discovered her true passion, beadwork, in 1999. She has spent the last 20 years creating hand-woven beaded jewelry, traveling the east coast selling her work at art shows and teaching classes throughout the US. Kathy created her own beading technique back in 2007 and wrote a book that was published in 2010, Bead Quilled Jewelry: New Beadwork Design with Square Stitch. You can find Kathy’s work on her website at www.kathykingjewelry.com and she sells kits and tutorials in her Etsy shop, KathyKingJewleryShop.

As for mixed media, Kathy joined CMMAG in August 2019 after playing with ATCs and other small projects over the years. During covid in 2020, Kathy discovered art journaling and has truly become addicted to it, loving the mixing of collage, paint and stencils. She took a class at the 2019 AOC introducing her to printing with gel plates and loves using the prints in her art journaling pages. 

Kathy was excited to be accepted in the Cary Gallery of Artist Small Treasures show earlier this year, in which she won third place. She has recently been accepted in the Cary Gallery of Artists as well and will start selling her work there in September. 

Kathy looks forward to getting back to doing art shows and teaching again. She looks forward to do more mixing of her beadwork with her mixed media work to create more sculptural artwork in the future. 

You can see more of Kathy's creations on her mixed media Instagram page, her jewelry Instagram page, or on Facebook at Kathy King Jewelry.  Below are some examples of her mixed media and beading works.  


   
   

   



Thursday, August 12, 2021

August 2021 Business Meeting

Welcome and New Member Introductions

Linda Poche opened the Zoom meeting with a welcome. Emma Landman is our newest CMMAG member.  She had been in an artists guild in Georgia before moving to North Carolina and was looking for a local group to allow her to spend time with other artists.  She has done oils in the past but now mostly acrylics, but she is like many other members who is willing to try new media.  

Creativity Exercise

Katherine Stein led a drawing exercise of sketching a statue from various angles.  

Upcoming Events/Outings

  • Zoom Open Studio Playtimes

    • Playdates or Open Studio times, which are free to all members, are scheduled for the Saturday before the business meetings at 10AM and a Sunday afternoon later in the month.  The upcoming dates include the following:

      • Sunday, August 22 at 1PM.

      • Saturday, September 4 at 1PM.  

  • NC Museum of Art Sketching Outing

    • Katherine Stein is organizing a trip to NCMA on Saturday, September 11, from 10AM to 2PM.  If the weather cooperates, the group will focus on the sculpture garden.  If it is too hot or raining, the group can visit one of the buildings.  Entrance to the museum is free; however, since Covid you must get a ticket online to enter.  

  • Duke Gardens Outing

    • Marcia Streithorst has planned a trip to Duke Gardens to be inspired to sketch or paint.  It is free to enter the gardens, but there is a $2 parking fee.  This event was organized for Saturday, October 16 at 1PM.   

Art Shows (Virtual and In-Person)

  • Wilson Arts Center’s Artist Call 

    • Lisa Yerby outlined the application process for the show via the Café site: www.callforentry.org.  

      • Lisa’s entry was selected into the show.   

Social Media Update 

Creative Challenges

Amy Roswick reminded the members of the prompts for the Third Quarter 2021 Picked Prompts Challenge.   The results are to be shared at the meeting on September 9.  The prompts are as follows.

  • Medium:  Paint 

  • Texture/Mark Making: Solid (i.e., Wood, Metal, Glass)

  • Theme: Shapes 

  • Color: Blue

  • Bonus Technique: Continuous line drawing

Announcements

  • Denice Celley discussed that she had recently finished her project that has been pending in her studio for some time, and it is just in time for her to be able to pack up everything for her year abroad.   

  • Denice has several of her recent pieces available on her website denicecelley.art.  Sales from these pieces will help fund her trip to London for her 1-year masters program in Art History.  

Demo 

Denice Celley shared the drawing exercise she has been planning for the past few months...when we were to get together in-person using mat board scraps she has been collecting for guild members.  The demo involved each person following one instruction, and then passing along the piece to another person for the next instruction. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Member Spotlight August 2021: Maureen Seltzer


Maureen Seltzer is a mixed media artist based in Wake Forest who specializes in hand-printed paper collage art. Maureen grew up in Garner. After graduating from high school, she went to school in Boston for Industrial Photographic Science and later went to work for Polaroid in research and development. Before the digital world took over, making traditional photography obsolete, Maureen worked as a darkroom tech at SAS and The Wake Weekly.

Maureen has always enjoyed creating art and focused on watercolor for 20 years.  A few years ago she was looking for a way to add more texture and meaning to her work, and it all started by accident. While researching mono printing techniques to teach to middle school students she learned that unflavored gelatin could be used as a base for holding paint. She was convinced it would never work but soon found herself with a trash bag full of printed, abstract papers.  These papers lead to her collage work.   

Maureen’s collage pieces start with a fast under-painting to mark out the colors onto a canvas. She then mono prints onto old papers using paint, a gel plate, and found objects to create texture and dimension.  She then tears these very textured, abstract mono prints and glues them onto the canvas much like an artist lays a brush stroke.  From far away it is hard to tell that the artwork is made of tiny pieces of history of everyday life, but on closer observation you may see bits and pieces of a music sheet, a crossword puzzle done by a friend, or a map.  By using old papers, Maureen feels that her pieces have a history and somehow the people that once owned them are now a part of her art. 

Maureen is a much sought-after teacher of children’s art classes in the Triangle.  She also teaches adult workshops in mono printing at her studio, a dream she held in her heart for quite some time.  She has been a contributing artist for Gel Press® and served as a guest artist on a live broadcast with Jerry’s Artarama of Raleigh. Maureen has received many accolades as her pieces have been chosen for shows across North Carolina. Her piece, If Mother Nature Could Dance, was chosen for the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists event. The piece was digitally reproduced as a large mural in brick vinyl and applied to the façade of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre in downtown Wake Forest.   

          

Maureen has been a member of CMMAG for four years.  She recently served as Board Member at Large.  When Maureen is not working in her studio she enjoys watching a good movie on TV or playing with her dog, Charlie.  She is on Facebook at Maureen Seltzer's Art Studio and on Instagram at maureenseltzersart.  Her latest works and classes are also detailed on her website at www.seltzersart.com.   A few examples of her pieces are included in this story, but you can see Maureen's art in person at Extraordinaire at Triangle Town Center and at Wake Forest Coffee in downtown Wake Forest.   




Thursday, July 8, 2021

July 2021 Business Meeting

Members met via Zoom on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Welcome and Guest Introductions

Linda Poche opened the meeting with a welcome.  Linda thanked members for being open to doing a Zoom meeting to avoid inclement weather due to Hurricane Elsa.

Creativity Exercise

Denice Celley led a drawing exercise of overlapping circles that helps with flexibility and movement of the hand. 

Chavis Update

  • Linda Poche toured the new building.   In August, CMMAG will meet in the Art Room at Chavis (505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27601), which is near the lobby and front desk.  We are to continue to use the parking lot we had used for the old building.  The entrance to the new building winds back, past the carousel. 
  • After construction of the new building, Chavis has a wishlist of items for the Art Room.  CMMAG voted to spend $150 to donate supplies to the Chavis kids art program.  

Upcoming Events/Outings

  • Zoom Open Studio Playtimes
    • Playdates or Open Studio times, which are free to all members, will continue through the summer on the Saturday before the business meetings at 10AM and a Sunday afternoon later in the month.  Wednesday sessions were put on hiatus until later in the year.  The upcoming dates include the following:
      • Saturday, July 10 at 10 am.  (This session was pushed back a week to avoid the holiday weekend.)
      • Sunday, July 25 at 1PM.  
  • Duke Gardens Outing
    • Marcia Streithorst has planned a trip to Duke Gardens to be inspired to sketch or paint.  It is free to enter the gardens, but there is a $2 parking fee.  This event was organized for Saturday, October 16 at 1PM.  
  • NC Museum of Art Sketching Outing
    • Katherine Stein is organizing a trip to NCMA on Saturday, September 11, from 10AM to 2PM.  If the weather cooperates, the group will focus on the sculpture garden.  If it is too hot or raining, the group can visit one of the buildings.  Entrance to the museum is free; however, since Covid you must get a ticket online to enter.  
      • Katherine will have a sign-up sheet at the August meeting so that she can arrange for tickets.

Social Media Update

Marcia Streithorst is the July Spotlight Member on the CMMAG website (blog.)  

Demo

Amy Roswick demonstrated a few ways to add metallic accents to your mixed media pieces including embossing powder and gilding flakes.  Linda Poche showcased how she uses metallic gel pens.  


Friday, July 2, 2021

Member Spotlight July 2021: Marcia Streithorst


Marcia Streithorst is a professional artist and teacher based in Raleigh.  Originally from Ohio, Marcia graduated with a BFA and before graduation landed a job at a publishing house. She has worked in the field of arts ever since, doing everything from managing designers at a Fortune 500 company to volunteering for non-profit art groups.  Marcia has been a member of CMMAG for 7 yrs.  She is the current Vice President of the CMMAG Board and has previously served as Secretary and a Member at Large.

After her family moved to North Carolina, Marcia started to take her personal art seriously and fell in love with the network of supporting artists in the area, the vibrant galleries and the welcoming arts community in Raleigh.  Marcia says she owes her pursuit of becoming a professional artist to her husband who truly believes everyone should, on some level, be passionate about what they do. 

It was in NC where she was first exposed to encaustic medium, and she has been captivated by its possibilities ever since.  Marcia uses encaustic to capture all the colors, fibers, textures, and music of life into beautiful surreal paintings.  She feels that she will always be an encaustic painter because she loves using a blow torch 😊 and never gets bored with the medium. The wax provides endless, exciting possibilities.  Marcia shares her passion for encaustic through her foray into teaching, where she sparks excitement in students for the ancient medium by showing them how to make it their own.

Marcia feels that she is very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and show her work across the Triangle.  Her inspiration for painting is the drive to inspire that feeling of wonder and magic in others, and she is able to capture this in many layers of wax with its depth and texture.  Encaustic is water-resistant and touchable; Marcia parlays these characteristics into an experience for the viewer.

As Covid restrictions are being lifted, Marcia is slowly returning to teaching in-person encaustic classes with the City of Cary and at NC State’s Craft Center beginning as early as July 21st.  Her available classes are outlined on her website at mjsworks.com or on Facebook at MJS Works.  You can meet her in person at the Cary Lazy Daze event in August or view her work at Cary Gallery of Artists.  Below are some examples of her encaustic pieces.  

  



Thursday, June 10, 2021

June 2021 Business Meeting

CMMAG members met via Zoom on Thursday, June 10, 2021. 

Creativity Exercise

Denice Celley led the drawing exercise where members were asked to draw a grid 4x3.  In each of the twelve boxes, she asked everyone to draw an interpretation of the words she listed (dog, snake, boot, etc.) with only 4 seconds to complete each.  Hilarity ensued.  


Zoom-based Playdates/Open Studio times

Online Zoom Playdates or Open Studio times, which are free to all members, have been scheduled through June 2021.  The scheduled days are the Saturday before the business meetings at 10AM and the Wednesday following the business meetings at 6PM.  The upcoming dates include the following:

  • Wednesday following the business meeting:  June 16 at 6PM
  • Sunday within the month:  June 27 at 1PM

Field Trips/Sketching Events

Marcia Streithorst will organize an event at Duke Gardens to explore areas to paint, sketch or take photos. Details will be provided in the July meeting.

Katherine Stein will organize an event to visit the NC Museum of Art to sketch and possibly do lunch. Details to follow.  

July 8th In-Person Meeting Update

Our next meeting will be in-person at Chavis (505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27601) on July 8th.  Details for parking and the meeting room, including a map, will be distributed in early July.  

Art Shows (Virtual and In-Person)

CMMAG submitted an application to be selected for a group show in the Sertoma Art Center’s Call for shows in 2022.  Selections will be announced later in the year.  

Members were reminded of the Wilson Arts Center’s Artist Calls, a juried show in September 2021.  Applications are due by July 22, 2021, with a fee of $25 for up to three entries, one photograph for each. If selected, pieces will need to be hand delivered in August for the September show.

Chavis Carousel Angel

CMMAG will purchase and donate 100 tickets for carousel rides at Chavis.  These will be available at the front desk for use by anyone in the community who does not have the funds. 

Social Media Update

Lisa Yerby is the June CMMAG Spolight Member.  Some of her art and information were featured on the blog and shared on social media.  

Picked Prompts Challenge

Prompts for the Third Quarter 2021 Picked Prompts Challenge were chosen.   The results are to be shared at the September meeting.  The prompts are as follows.

Medium:  Paint (Acrylic/Oils)

Texture/Mark Making: Solid: wood, metal, glass

Theme: Shapes: Circle, Square, Diamond

Color: Blue

Bonus Technique: Continuous Line Drawing

Announcements

  • Idalina Teixeira got a new job.  
  • Alicia Brinkman sold a couple of her paintings in the 6x6 Daily Painting Exhibition at the The Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex.  The show ends today.    
  • Marcia Streithorst had a journal juried in a Triangle Book Artists show.  Details will be officially announced later.
  • Marcia will have a booth at Cary Lazy Days in August.
  • Maureen Seltzer recently did a show at an outside festival in Wake Forest.  The show went well, and attendance was great.  
  • Deirdre Abbotts shared the news that her son and his fiance are having a baby, her first grandchild.  
  • Laurel Rupe reminded members that Art of the Carolinas is having its 20th anniversary this year, when it is held in November.  
  • Lynda Myers’ sister-in-law in Maine wants to make mixed media journals as she sits with her terminally ill husband in hospice care.  She is asking for a piece or two or a found object to share with her.  She will make arrangements to get any donations.  

Demo 

Instead of a demo, members shared their Picked Prompt results for 2Q2021.    The prompts for these pieces included the following. 

Medium:  Alcohol Inks          Texture/Mark Making: Gesso, molding paste, texture paste
Theme:  Miniature                 Color:  Red
Bonus Technique:  Use an AOC freebie (e.g., glass bead gel, Marabu crayon, Golden paint sample)

     

     

      

     




Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Member Spotlight June 2021: Lisa Yerby

Lisa Yerby is a talented artist who makes beaded sculptures using tiny seed beads, allowing her a range of color and texture throughout her collections.  Her work is inspired by the Huichol people in Mexico who use seed beads in their pieces, and she hopes to one day visit the area to see their work in person.  

Lisa taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, gifted and talented and dyslexic students in Texas for 29 years. She notes that she never married or had children, so her students and friends were her world and she loved every minute of her time teaching. When she retired in 2017, Lisa moved to south Raleigh where her parents have lived for about 15 years.  Since retiring to Raleigh, she has time to concentrate on her beading work and can collaborate with her dad, which has been such a blessing. He is a wonderfully talented artist who hand carves the wooden fish, santas, and snowmen that Lisa then beads.  Her father is also a sounding board for ideas and handles the photography of her pieces. 

Lisa’s work has been included in several shows, including the 2021 Small Treasures show at the Cary Gallery of Artists.  Photos of some of her pieces are included below.  To purchase a piece from one of Lisa’s collections, go to lisayerbydesigns.com.  You can also find her on Facebook at Lisa Yerby Designs.  






Lisa joined CMMAG in January 2019 when she was invited to attend a meeting by her neighbor, Katherine Stein. She has always had a love of crafts including scrapbooking, stained glass, counted cross-stitch, clay, beading and, like many CMMAG members, enjoys trying new things. Lisa enjoys her time in CMMAG getting to know all the amazing artists, going to the art museum, and taking classes, like book-making.  She also loves the challenges; they really stretch her imagination. Lisa is currently serving on the CMMAG board as a Member at Large. 

Lisa has one of the best stories as a CMMAG volunteer with the Chavis after-school program:  It was a gorgeous day, so Lisa planned to do an activity outside. As she asked the students to line up, there was a crash, and the room filled with a thick fog. Everyone and everything were COVERED in a white foam.  One of the kids had knocked a fire extinguisher off the wall causing it to burst.  Everyone was safe despite the huge mess, and Lisa took home a funny memory. 


Thursday, May 13, 2021

May 2021 Business Meeting

CMMAG members met via Zoom on Thursday, May 13.  

Creativity Exercise

Denice Celley led a drawing exercise.  She started by drawing a box, then adding some interesting shapes within it.  She then proceeded to draw lines that mirrored the shapes she had created.  The overlapping of these lines created interesting effects, and the members noted that the process was very meditative. 

Members-Only Tutorials

Jeanne Maher will host a tutorial on Saturday, May 22, at 1PM called Easy ATCs.  Jeanne will be sharing her 7-layer process for making 9 or 16 ATCs at once on one big paper.   Anyone interested in joining CMMAG or in members-only tutorials should email CMMAG for details.  

Chavis Update

The grand re-opening for Chavis is slated for Saturday, June 12, at 10:30AM and is open to the public. CMMAG will hold its first in-person meeting at Chavis (505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27601) on July 8th.  The details for parking, meeting room, and the like will be distributed closer to the date.  

Upcoming Events/Outings

Zoom Open Studio Playtimes
Online Zoom Playdates or Open Studio times, which are free to all members, have been scheduled through June 2021.  The scheduled days are the Saturday before the business meetings at 10AM and the Wednesday following the business meetings at 6PM.  The upcoming dates include the following:
  • Wednesday, May 19 at 6 pm.
  • Saturday, June 5 at 10 am. 

Anyone interested in joining CMMAG or in members-only tutorials should email CMMAG for details. 

Field Trips/Sketching Events

CMMAG will be revising meet-ups in parks or museums to sketch or view art together.  Plans are being discussed.  

Creative Challenges 

The prompts for the Second Quarter 2021 Picked Prompts Challenge that will be shared at the June 11 meeting are as follows.

Announcements

  • Denice Celley was the first to be featured in the monthly Member Spotlight on the CMMAG website.  She shared details of her inspiration, her plans for the future, and several photos of her works.  
  • Alicia Brinkman is in the 6x6 Daily Painting Exhibition at the The Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex that opens next week.  
  • Denice Celley is currently working toward a 12-week certification to be a Certified Picture Framer (CPF) by the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA.) 





Thursday, May 6, 2021

Member Spotlight: Denice Celley

Denice Celley is from North and South Carolina. She has been creating art since she was a child, and her passion for art is ever present and has assisted in her funding her education. She received a BA in Studio Art and Psychology from The College of Charleston in 2016.  

Denice is an active member of CMMAG and served as Board Secretary for the 2019-2020 term. Denice recently announced that she was accepted to a university in London to earn a Masters in Art History and Visual Culture with a focus in curation starting fall 2021. Guildies had mixed feelings about her news--excitement for this amazing opportunity she's earned but also sad to not see her in the group for the foreseeable future.  

Denice is not committed to a singular style or medium of art as she loves a challenge and enjoys experimenting with new processes. Since graduating, Denice continues to be influenced by nature and psychology in her art's underlying themes.  Below are just a few examples of her art. She is currently trying to raise money for grad school through sales of her works on her website, https://denicecelley.art/.  You can also follow her on Instagram at using handle dcelleyart.  








Thursday, April 8, 2021

April 2021 Business Meeting

CMMAG members met via Zoom on Thursday, April 8. One guest attended the meeting.

Creativity Exercise

Linda Poche led the members in a creativity exercise where everyone drew in their sketchbooks using five different dry media (markers, pencils, ballpoint pens, colored pencils, graphite, etc.) Linda provided a hand painted mug for the members to draw, and each member was to use each of the five items for one minute each. Some examples are shown below.

   


   

Members-Only Tutorials

April 2021
Shannon Binkowski will host a tutorial on Saturday, April 17, at 1PM called Playing with Stencils: A DIY Guide. Shannon plans to demonstrate different techniques to use with stencils that do not include a gel plate.

May 2021 Jeanne Maher will host a tutorial on Saturday, May 22, at 1PM called Easy ATCs. Jeanne will be sharing her 7-layer process for making 9 or 16 ATCs at once on one big paper.

Anyone interested in joining CMMAG or in members-only tutorials should email CMMAG for details

Zoom Open Studio Playtimes

Playdates or Open Studio times, which are free to all members, have been scheduled through June 2021.  The scheduled days are the Saturday before the business meetings at 10AM and the Wednesday following the business meetings at 6PM. An additional Sunday may be added in. The upcoming dates include the following:

  • Wednesday, April 14 at 6 pm. 

  • Sunday, April 25 at 1 pm.

  • Saturday, May 8 at 10 am. 

Members-Only Trunk Trade 

The March 21st Trunk Trade was well attended. All unclaimed supplies were donated to the Method Community Center and to the Boys & Girls Club. Thanks again to Maggie Kehoe who graciously offered her office parking lot for the event.

The next Trunk Trade is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 15 with location and times to be determined. Board is seeking a location in North Raleigh to be more accommodating to members in Durham and Chapel Hill for this event. Interested in joining in the fun? Email CMMAG for details.  

Art Shows (Virtual and In-Person) 

Sertoma Arts Center is currently accepting submissions for its 2022 Gallery Program. After much discussion, it was decided that CMMAG will apply to participate in a 2-month show at Sertoma in 2022.

Art Critique Group  

Marcia Streithorst is interested in starting an art critique group among the members. This would allow you to have critical but kind input on your pieces during your process. Any member interested in participating should email Marcia.

Creative Challenges 

The prompts for the Second Quarter 2021 Picked Prompts Challenge that will be shared at the June 11 meeting are as follows.


Announcements

  • Lisa Yerby and Kathy King were selected to be in the juried Small Treasures 2021 show by Cary Gallery of Artists.
    • Kathy King’s Whirly Bead Sculpture was announced as the Third Place Winner.
  • One of Maureen Seltzer’s torn collage pieces, Curiosity, was selected to be in the Time for Spring Show at the 311 Gallery in Raleigh in May.
  • Maureen has a show in Wake Forest on April 24 from 10-5. This event is outside, and tents will be spaced for social distancing.
  • Katherine Stein and Lisa Yerby are hosting an artists expo in their neighborhood in Worthington. Neighbors will be setting up in their driveways to sell their art or crafts or promote their small business on April 17th from 9 am to 2 pm.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

March 2021 Members-Only Tutorial: Galaxy Acrylic Ink Paintings

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, CMMAG members participated in a Zoom session to learn to create Galaxy paintings using acrylic inks. It was promised to be fun, messy and a little like paint pouring, and it did not disappoint.  

So many of the members have a stockpile of acrylic inks but never seem to use them. this was a great way to use up some of those older supplies.  Here are some screen captures of the process:










The results will make great backgrounds for cards or paintings.  They also look great covered in resin to make the stars really pop.  Here are some screen grabs of what others were able to create.









Interested in joining CMMAG or attending a Tutorial, 
email CMMAG for details.