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.