Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Matthews Artists Guild
March 14, 2017 6:30 pm
McDowell Arts Center (MAC)
123 E. McDowell St. in Matthews
Featuring Artist
Anne Hightower-Patterson
A Short Course in How to Create a Better Painting

A look inside the planning and execution process of a watercolor artist.  Through a Power Point presentation and examples of work, you will see how an image goes from idea, to photo, to painting.
I will also bring a few paintings and the planning steps used to make the plan for the painting.
A native of South Carolina, Anne is now beginning her fifth decade of creating art.     At the age of 12, her school system provided the opportunity for art classes.  It was the first step awakening that artist in her.   The passion has existed within Anne since that time has only grown stronger through the years.  In 1975 she began to focus almost exclusively on watercolor.  To learn more about Anne visit her website at
Anne will be conducting a workshop at the McDowell arts center on March 15, 2017.  visit for more information.
6:00 pm: View current show in the Gallery upstairs
6:30 pm: Gather downstairs in the workspace at McDowell Arts Center (MAC) to enjoy refreshments
6:50: pm: ‘Another tidbit’ of information from one of our artist members
7:00 pm: Demonstration by artist Anne Hightower-Patterson

Members, friends, and those interested in fine arts are welcome to attend our monthly meetings
On the second Tuesday of every month.  Our meetings  are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Larry Ferguson 
    The things I’ve learned while teaching art

A proponent of the Abstract Expressionist approach, Larry brings some of that immediacy to Realistic painting as well.  “Sometimes we overthink this thing called painting,” he says.  “But in the time spent agonizing over a color choice, you could have painted the darn thing three times!”

“Teachers say, ‘Paint what you see.’  Then they turn around and say, ‘Use your imagination.’
Teaching art is one of those lucky professions where you can talk out of both sides of your mouth—and be right both times!”

Larry has been a commercial film director, scriptwriter, television art director (national Emmy finalist), media consultant, professional artist and educator.  His artwork has appeared in many films, commercials and television programs, and a mural is part of a permanent exhibit at the Schiele Nature Museum.  Larry currently teaches Painting at several Charlotte locations, including Mint Hill Arts, where his next class starts March 1.
E-mail Larry at

Members, friends, and those interested in fine arts
are welcome to attend our monthly meetings on the
​1st Tuesday this month only

Our meetings are free and open to the public.

November's meeting will be
downstairs in the

McDowell Arts Center

123 E McDowell Street, Matthews, NC 28105

6:00 PM
View the current show
in the McDowell Arts Center Gallery 

6:30 PM
Gather downstairs at the McDowell Arts Center
and enjoy some refreshments. Yes, anyone can bring a snack!

6:50 PM
Another "Ten Minute Tidbit" by one of our artist members

7:00 PM
Brief announcements
followed by a demonstration by
Larry Ferguson

Bring a friend!

Painting Glass In Watercolor With Sharron Burns

Painting Glass in Watercolor Workshop
With Sharron Burns

Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost $35
McDowell Arts Center
123 E. McDowell Street
Matthews, NC
Sharron Burns has a BA in Fine Arts from Christopher Newport University.  Her works reflect her love of still life paintings of all kinds from flowers to fruit and vegetables to shells and marbles. She enjoys exploring the diffused facets, light reflections and clarity of glass and crystal combined with nature’s abundance. It depicts the crispness, freshness and transparency of watercolors. “I believe that only watercolor can portray glass with accuracy.”  She is a Signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.
For a morning, we will be studying glass with its properties and variations.  It’s a fascinating subject!  No two are alike.

Visit the Matthews Artists Guild website to download the registration form.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 
6:30 pm at the McDowell Arts Center at 123 E. McDowell Street in
Matthews, NC


Susan Lackey 
Water and Wax

Susan will show us a new twist on the age-old batik process.  This process is suitable for any water based medium; watercolor, acrylic, colored inks, etc.  Susan uses wax as a resist on rice paper.  She will demonstrate the process and the tools involved.  There will be lots of whimsical artwork on display as well.  Susan says this about the process; (it’s a bit unpredictable and that makes it more fun.  And, the wax seems to intensify the color of the pigment.  You are only limited by the size of the rice paper and your imagination.”  Join us on January 10 for this fun demonstration. 
Susan will also be holding a workshop on January 28th at the McDowell Arts Center in Matthews.  Click here for information and registration form. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

MAG Member Pre-Holiday Show


Take-in: November 5 from 10-12
Take-down: December 10 from 10-12

123 E. McDowell St, Matthews, NC

Bring up to four pieces to display and sell in the McDowell Arts Center Gallery just in time for the holidays!  Tell your friends to come on in to do some early shopping.

​ Shoppers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite painting.  The winning artist will receive a ribbon for "Best In Show".

Artists should keep pricing at or below 250.00 to be competitively priced and all artwork must be properly wired and ready to hang.  
Not a member? You are invited to join at take-in.

Download forms below.  (Note:  You must enable editing at the top of the form before you 
​can edit it.)

Click here to download forms.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MAG Meeting November 8th, 2016

Gina Strumpf
Matthews Artists Center
123 McDowell St. Matthews
November 8th, 2016 6:30 pm

"Paint what you see.. The alla prima approach to painting"

Using color, form and edges to create  breathtaking images from a still life, Gina will share her approach to painting. She has recently studied with Daniel Keys, renowned still life artist, who has in turn been mentored by Master Artist, Richard Schmid. She is happy to share the many lessons she has learned on her Artistic journey . This is a demo you will not want to miss. No matter your medium, you will take away valuable information. 

Gina happily makes a living pursuing a lifelong passion, Art. She is a Golden Artist Educator and Resident artist for Cunard. She is represented in Fine Art Galleries from Washington DC to Atlanta Ga. Her work is described as contemporary impressionism. She is most noted for her 'Rainy Day Cityscapes'. Her love of travel and beauty is evident in her work. She makes her home in Charlotte, NC and her studio door is always open.

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