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Happy Holidays from the M & M’s

Members of Mixed Media Art Group (from left): Lynn Kennedy Putt, Ann Yeager Lawson, Susan Davitti Darling, Mary Kandray Gelenser, Christine Goldbeck, Judy Kelly, Tina Berrier, Rick Snizik, Joan Maguire, Doug Tomlinson, Elaine Brady Smith, Joanne Finkle, Sue Blosser

1410769_10202004945677184_966095373_o 1487901_10202004945517180_250257780_o 1500832_10202004945757186_295483596_o 1504491_10202004945637183_1656777184_oThe members of Mixed Media Art Group would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

And we want to thank you for a great year!!!

Thanks for taking the time to view our work on this blog, on our website and on our Facebook page throughout 2013. You, our followers, have shown so much enthusiasm for what we have been working on and we appreciate your interest! We look forward to bringing you lots of new and fabulous art in 2014!!!

Here are some candid photos taken during our recent reception at Arts on Union. The photos really show the fun nature of this group!!! There are 18 of us, and although some are missing from the photos, we are all united in the spirit of creativity within this group.

There is still time to see our current exhibit at Arts on Union, 203 N Union St, Middletown, PA. Visit us Saturdays and Sundays NOW through January 2014. Small paintings, cards, prints, wine glasses and other art objects from our artists will be available for purchase. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays through the end of January. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, Sundays,noon to 4 p.m. Contact us if you need a special time or private showing.

We are proud of all our Mixed Media Art Group members:

Linda Benton McCloskey

Tina Berrier

Tami Bitner

Sue Blosser

Elaine Brady Smith

Susan Davitti Darling

Joanne Finkle

Christine Goldbeck

Mary Kandray Gelenser

Judy Kelly

Lynn Kennedy Putt

Thom Kulp

Ann Yeager Lawson

Joan Maguire

Robert McCloskey

Rick Snizik

Catherine Stone

Doug Tomlinson

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M & M Exhibit at PA State Capitol Building

Capitol-front-viewLargeThe M & M Mixed Media Art Group recently installed an exhibit of member’s paintings and photography in the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA. The exhibit will hang through the end of March and includes the following artists and photographers: Ann Lawson, Doug Tomlinson, Linda Benton McCloskey, Bob McCloskey, Susan Darling, Tina Berrier, Lynn Kennedy-Putt, Mary Kandray Gelenser, Sue Blosser, Catherine Stone, Judy Kelly, Elaine Brady Smith, Joanne Finkle, Rick Snizik, Joan Maguire, and Christine Goldbeck.

The central lobby of the East Wing of the Capitol is open to the public Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Stop by and see the talent presented by these amazing artists! For more information about the Mixed Media Art Group, visit our website by clicking here, or find us on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/MixedMediaArtGroup

Meet Our Members: Sue Blosser

Sue Blosser

Here is the second of the Meet Our Members posts. We’d like to introduce Sue Blosser, photographer extraordinaire. Sue is one of our quieter members, but she is very expressive with her photographic talent.

Sue continues to inspire us with her detailed view of the natural world. She is an amazing photographer who pushes the limits of “looking into” what we all take for granted. We hope you enjoy Sue’s interview and work.

Meet Sue Blosser:

How do you describe yourself as a photographer? 

My philosophy as a photographer is to try and record slices of life that might otherwise be overlooked.  I look for tiny details, interesting shapes or perhaps an angle of view that others don’t see.

Poppy by Sue Blosser

Is there any time of the day that you find you are the most creative? 

Originally I was going to say not really.  But after a few days of careful observation, I discovered that I have become creatively useless in the evenings.  Since retiring, I now do practically all my best work in the daylight hours.

What is your favorite camera?

My very first camera was a Pentax SLR camera that tragically ended up in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of St. Malo in France.  Ever since then I have used Nikon cameras.  I started with an entry level Nikkormat film camera.  Now I shoot mostly with a digital Nikon D7000.  I like to shoot with a macro lens to expose shapes and details that are often overlooked. Occasionally I venture into cell phone photography, but I prefer the digital SLR. 

What is your favorite subject matter?

You can look through practically all of my photos and not see a single person.  I rarely take photos that have people in them.  I prefer to shoot any other form of nature.  Lately, I have been shooting a lot of flowers – mostly wildflowers.  I’m fascinated with their myriad of shapes and their beauty that often goes unnoticed.

Fall Foliage Reflection by Sue Blosser

How did you find your “artist within”?

When I first started coming to M&M meetings I didn’t really consider myself an artist.  I considered an artist to be someone who could take a blank canvas and turn it into a work of beauty and wonderment.  I merely recorded things that were already here.  Through this group I have come to realize that there are many forms of art.  I’m in the process of finding my “artist within”.  Every time someone says wow when they see one of my photographs I get a little bit closer to becoming an artist.

Do you have a favorite technique that you use a lot in your work?

Lately I have been shooting a lot of flowers using a light box and a 108mm macro lens.  This set up lets me control the lighting and the background to emphasize the flowers unique shape or markings.

What can you promise your audience that will inspire them when they view your work? What message do you want to convey to the viewer through your work?

I’m going to answer these questions together.  I hope that anybody who views my work comes away with a new appreciation of the wonders that that can be found everywhere in nature. Be it the small wildflower, fall leaves reflecting in water or a fungus growing on a tree – it’s all there waiting to be appreciated and savored by all.

Peruvian Lily by Sue Blosser

How did you get into photography?

I was introduced to photography 40 years ago while I was a biology student at Millersville State College (now Millersville University).  I borrowed a grad student’s Yashica camera to use on a field trip to the Florida Keys.  It only took 14 days plus a few rolls of Kodak Ectochrome film to start a lifelong fascination with photography.  Unfortunately photography took a back burner while I raised my family.  Then came 2006 and I purchased my first digital camera.  All my self-imposed restrictions were gone and I could shoot all the photos I wanted. Joanne Finkle and Thom Kulp saw some of my photos and encouraged me to take Christine Goldbeck’s photography class at the Harrisburg Art Association.  Christine opened the door for me by reinforcing the basics of photography and encouraged me to take my photography to the next level. 

Do you have a common theme that runs through your work?

Most of my photos are of bits of nature that are commonly seen.  I just try to photograph them in a way that makes you stop and take notice of them. 

Lichen by Sue Blosser

What are your favorite things about your work?

My favorite thing about my work is when I go through the photos I took during the day and one of them elicits a “yes” out of me.  It is the photo that totally captures what I was trying to show or the one that is unexpected but has come together in a marvelous way that makes it all worthwhile.

What are your goals for the future of your work?

My photos are a work in progress.  Every day is an adventure with a new technique or a special subject to explore.  My goal is to improve my photos both technically and artistically.  I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

You can view more of Sue’s photography by clicking here. Sue is an active member of M & M Mixed Media Art Group and exhibits her work at group shows and exhibits.

September Classes and Workshops Offered by M & M

M & M members will be offering a wide variety of classes and workshops beginning in September. There is definitely something for everyone!!! We appreciate your support for the following classes and workshops:

Linda Benton McCloskey will be offering Cold Wax and Oil Workshop at the Mechanicsburg Art Center beginning September 7. This 2 1/2 day workshop will explore the diversity of cold-wax medium with oil paint, pigment sticks and powdered pigments. Cold-wax medium is wonderful for oil painters (and abstract painters) to experiment with, using non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes similar to encaustic but without the heat. This exciting medium is gaining widespread popularity, and opens doors for oil painters and abstract artists to explore new techniques and surface effects.

Thom Kulp will offer Experimental Mixed Media at Art Association of Harrisburg.  Using a mixture of experimental media, students will develop paintings in layers of materials and exciting new techniques. A variety of methods will be demonstrated throughout this 8 week course for developing expressive color and texture by pouring, layering, spraying, and stamping methods. This class is designed for both abstract and representational artists.

Elaine Brady Smith will begin a 10 week Collage Class at the Art Association of Harrisburg. This class is for all levels of experience and will cover the basics of collage and how to combine the elements and principles of design to make your collage work stand out. In addition, learn how to make decorative papers for use in collage and mixed media art.

Christine Goldbeck will offer 6 weeks of Basics of Digital Photography beginning September 15th at Art Association of Harrisburg. New and intermediate photographers will develop and improve their skills in pixel-based photography. through demonstration and hands-on experience, the course will cover important creative and technical principles. Students will learn about composing, editing, storing, and outputting(printing/website) digital photographs and more.

Encaustic Workshops will be offered by Linda Benton McCloskey and Elaine Brady Smith. Elaine will offer a one day Intro to Encaustic Art at the PA Guild of Craftsmen on September 22. The class will cover how to make your own medium, substrates, fusing methods and tools. Demonstrations are given on various techniques such as:  applying color, making marks with tools,  incising lines, imbedding objects, adding collage and transfers.

Linda will offer a 2 1/2 day Basic Encaustic Workshop beginning September 28 at her home studio at 600 Yale Street,  Harrisburg, PA. You will learn all the basic encaustic painting techniques such as layering, fusing, texture, line, scratching back, stamping, stenciling, transfers, etc. Contact Linda Benton McCloskey for more details.