Thursday, May 22, 2014

Matthews Artists Guild hosts Charlotte Artist Dottie Leatherwood at June meeting

   Please join members and friends of the Matthews Artists Guild for a demonstration by Charlotte artist, Dottie Leatherwood, on Tuesday, June 10 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 by our guest artist at 7:00 p.m.    
   Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Leatherwood always had a passion for art. For the last ten years while her children were small, she ran a successful business painting murals and decorative pieces. Now that her children are older, she decided to return to her love of painting full time and studied with several well known artists.  She lives in Charlotte with her family.
  “Painting to me is about capturing and preserving the emotion and energy of a moment in time with the simple instruments of brush and paint. Having grown up on the coast, I always draw my inspiration from nature and the bright clear light that I grew up with. My art is all about layers of rich vibrant color and vigorous brushstrokes. I am drawn to patterns and strong shapes and my painting is often more about these observations and less about the subject itself. If I can make the observer feel as though they are immersed and transported through the color and enthusiasm of my painting then I have succeeded, “ said Leatherwood.  Her work can be seen at
   Leatherwood has received numerous awards including: Charlotte Business Journal  2013 Book of Lists - "bird's eye view"; Honorable Mention: Matthews Alive Art Show and Competition; Finalist: in Artiste Winery Art Label Contest; 1st Place Winner: Charlotte Artist Guild Spring Juried Exhibition; 2nd Place Winner: Ann & Bill Litaker Annual Juried Exhibit; and she has been co-host four times for the Artists Helping Artists Blogspot Radio Show.
   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).