Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MAG Annual Art Competition update:

Take in:  Friday and Saturday.
Reception Thursday, May 8, 2014 5:30 -7:30 PM Everyone is invited.
Awards will be announced at 6:30 PM
Judge: Al Torres,

Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 Matthews Artists Guild Member Competition

Don't miss the 2014 MAG Members Competition

Show Dates: Saturday, May 3, 2014 through Saturday, June 7, 2014
Place: McDowell Arts Center
Take In: Saturday, May 3, 2013 between 10 am – Noon at MAC
Entry fee: $25 for two pieces
Prizes: Mayor’s Choice Award along with $300 (First place), $200 (Second Place), $100 (Third Place) and 8 Honorable Mention Awards with gift certificates
Eligibility:  MAG members only.  See Rules of Integrity for details.
Reception: Saturday, May 11, 3-5 pm Winners announced at 4 PM
Take Down: Pick up your artwork Saturday, June 7 between 10 am – Noon 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Canard Line Artist Gina Strumpf at May MAG Meeting

Canard Line Artist Gina Strumpf shares her journey at Matthews Artists Guild

Please join members and friends of the Matthews Artists Guild for a demonstration by renowned Canard Line artist Gina Strumpf on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 E. McDowell Street in Matthews.  Meetings are free and open to the public starting at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a presentation at 7:00 p.m.    
   Gina Strumpf knew from an early age she was born to be an artist. Her pens and pencils were her constant companions. Gina was mentored by acclaimed artist, Josette Gourley.  She received two scholarships to prestigious art schools, Ringling College of Art and Traphagen School of Fashion, on her way to becoming a fashion illustrator. Fashion was a passion but instead of the drawing board,  it took her to the "catwalk"  were she worked as a professional model for 12 years. After marriage, raising a family and a very successful career in real estate, it was finally time to get back to her first love. And art was there waiting. Her brushes haven't left her hands for many years now. With time to make up, Gina is devoted to learning and improving her art daily.
   Gina is an internationally recognized impressionist oil painter, whose work is sought after by collectors in the USA and Europe. She has mentored with nationally acclaimed artists, Kevin MacPherson, Andy Braitman and Connie Winters along with studies and workshops with many respected artists/teachers in Canada, Southern France and Tuscany.  She has honed her skills in record time, a prolific painter with natural talent and a quick study. She is completing her life long dream and her true calling.
  Gina's paintings have been shown in numerous juried regional and national shows as well as multiple solo shows. She is a featured artist in galleries throughout the Southeast from Washington, DC to Charleston, SC with private and corporate collectors throughout the USA, and Europe.
      Well-versed in multiple mediums (oil, acrylic and water color) her paintings are rich in color, mood and spirit.  Gina's work is best described as modern impressionist.  As an artist, she would like her paintings to represent the passion she feels in her subject matter.  Gina is recognized by her distinctive style in her popular "Red Umbrella" European and New York cityscapes. She loves painting en plein air and traveling for inspiration whenever possible to new and exciting locations. Gina is a sought after workshop instructor, keynote speaker and the resident artist on Cunard Lines.
  Gina's engaging and passionate teaching style with an encouraging devotion to her students is what makes her workshops such a huge success. For more information, please see Gina’s website,
   The Matthews Artists Guild is a nonprofit organization that welcomes and encourages both the beginner and established artist.  In addition to our free monthly programs, the organization offers weekly plein air painting on Tuesdays, life drawing on Wednesday evenings, critique sessions every other month, art shows, art related field trips, workshops and seminars.  For additional information contact: (704) 321-7275 or email, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MatthewsArtists).  


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Greg Barnes to demonstrate landscape painting techniques April 8 at MAG

On Tuesday, April 8, the Matthews Artists Guild will host Greg Barnes at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 E. McDowell Street, Matthews.  Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Barnes will demonstrate his blend of realistic and impressionistic techniques in landscapes at 7 p.m.

Greg Barnes received his formal training at Wake Forest University receiving a BFA in 1985. Under the instruction of many fine teachers he learned painting, printmaking, sculpture, and figure drawing.
Following college, Greg entered a career path that included technical illustration, computer graphics, computer-based training, and multimedia programming. Throughout those years, Greg always kept his brushes and charcoal close at hand.
After 911, he and his wife Janet decided to take a leap of faith, pursuing a fine art career full time. Greg quickly found portrait work, which eventually led him to pastels. A few week-long plein air workshops set him in on his current course.
Landscapes are Greg’s love. He enjoys painting on location, and as a result of working quickly, leans towards impressionism. A mix of realistic and impressionistic elements give his pieces a life of their own, while a free and creative use of color punctuates his style.
Greg currently splits his time between painting in his studio/gallery in Charlotte, NC, selling at national art shows around the country, and teaching.  For more information, please
Matthews Artists Guild
April 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
McDowell Arts Center, 123 E. McDowell Street, Matthews
Free and open to the public
Contact for more information

As a plein air landscape artist, Greg enjoys connecting with the spirit of the place in which he is painting. The result is usually more than just a pretty picture. "I am blessed to be able to translate that beauty onto paper or canvas in my own way, and to be able to make a living at what I love to do."As a plein air landscape artist, Greg enjoys connecting with the spirit of the place in which he is painting. The result is usually more than just a pretty picture. "I am blessed to be able to translate that beauty onto paper or canvas in my own way, and to be able to make a living at what I love to do."