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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


Arts on Union in December

GRAPHIC2Arts on Union will exhibit work by the Mixed Media Art Group, Saturday, Dec. 7 through Jan. 26 at the gallery and studio, 203 North Union St, Middletown, PA.  The public is invited to a free reception with the artists on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm.

Painters, photographers and assemblage artists from Central Pennsylvania comprise the MMAG. The group exhibits and sells its art locally, nationally and internationally. Media include encaustic, collage, mixed media, acrylic, watercolor, oil, cold wax, photography, assemblage, and digital. Styles range from traditional to contemporary and exploratory. Large and small works at affordable price points will be available throughout the exhibition.

For more information about the gallery and the artists, please visit Arts on Union and Mixed Media Art Group.

M & M’s Exhibit in 25th Gallery Walk

2013 Harrisburg Gallery Walk banner

Mixed Media Art Group will be exhibiting during Harrisburg’s 25th Annual Gallery Walk at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 N Third Street, Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, September 8, 11am-6pm.

Members Tami Bitner, Joan Maguire, Christine Goldbeck and Bob McCloskey will be demonstrating their painting skills outside and you can visit with other members and view some outstanding artwork inside! It’s a guaranteed great stop on the tour of Harrisburg’s finest galleries!!!

For more information view the Art Association of Harrisburg website where  there is a printable pdf map, which includes all the locations on Gallery Walk.

And don’t forget that many of our M & M members will also have art on display at the Art Association of Harrisburg for the Annual Membership Show, with “Literary Allusions” theme. We look forward to seeing you at both locations!!!

You can find more information about our members at www.mixedmediaartgroup.com.

Linda Benton McCloskey at Gallery @ Second

Gallery at Second, Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda Benton McCloskey will be exhibiting her art at Gallery@Second, 608 N Second Street, Harrisburg, PA. The exhibit, which also features the work of artist Debra Tritt-Kreiger, opens September 5 and will be highlighted during Harrisburg’s Annual Gallery Walk on September 8, 11am-6pm. You can visit the gallery to see the show through October 12 and there will be an artist reception at the Second Street gallery on Friday, September 20 from 6-9pm.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, watercolor by Linda Benton McCloskey

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, watercolor by Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda will be showing new works in oil and cold wax, encaustic and mixed media. Her creative concept is that a new work begins without a preconceived outcome in mind.  A painting simply begins and then intuition, love, desire, and experience take over.  When in this dream-like state, she gives way to the process.  Eventually shapes and movements are developed further….regardless of the result, the painting takes her to a new and unexpected destination.

Benton McCloskey states, “My art is influenced by the impulsive approach of the abstract expressionists de Kooning, Motherwell, Kline, Mitchell and Hofmann.  Discovering creative ways of expression and keeping traditional rules of painting out of the picture are priorities.”

Moon Dance, oil and cold wax by Linda Benton McCloskey

Moon Dance, oil and cold wax by Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda will also be exhibiting with Mixed Media Art Group during Harrisburg’s Annual Gallery Walk at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 N Third Street, Harrisburg, PA on September 8, from 11am-6pm. Click here for more information.

You can view more of Linda’s work on the Mixed Media Art Group website and on her website www.lindabentonmccloskey.com.

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: Joan Maguire

Joan Maguire

Joan Maguire

How do you describe yourself as an artist?

I call myself a Saturday artist.  Working full time limits when I can paint.  I am always thirsty to learn new techniques. As an artist you tend to see beyond the common.  When you look at a field of corn you see the shapes of the stalks, how they line up in the field, how the shadows play, the darkness toward the roots and how the light plays off the husks.

Where do you create your art?

I create most of my art in my mind – color, forms, shapes, feelings – until it just has to come out on to paper.  The first major piece I did, and what got me started into serious painting, was a field of poppies named “Field of Dreams”.  For many years I thought about how I could paint a field of poppies that were not your typical red field.  I wanted to capture the feelings, smell, and texture of the petal against the coarseness of the leaves and pods. Then one day, about nine years ago it just “came out”.  The first original sold and the second, “Field of Dreams II” is now my signature piece.

Field of Dreams II by Joan Maguire

Field of Dreams II by Joan Maguire

I have a small dream studio on Beech Island, located on Lake Frederic on the Susquehanna, directly across from TMI!  Surrounded by water, beautiful Herons, butterflies, flowers and ferns makes it a lovely place to paint.  During the winter months I live in Hershey and paint and frame at my home. Whenever I travel I carry my brushes and camera.

Joan's garden view on Beech Island

Joan’s garden view on Beech Island

What is your favorite medium?

All my life I did some type of art or craft but I always came back to watercolor.  I put all my projects away and try to keep watercolor my priority.  I did take an oil painting class and really like that medium.  I think I will make that my secondary medium in a few years.  I did several abstracts in oil that have sold… which is encouraging!

What are your favorite tools?

My eraser is my most favorite tool.  Seriously, I panic if I don’t have it when I am working on a sketch or painting.  I also use a metal gadget designed by Terry Madden that allows me to create thin veins in petals and leaves or large flat scrapes to form rocky areas while your paint is still wet.  High quality paint, paper and brushes are a must. You paint with what you can afford, but it is better to have a small amount of high quality products then a large amount of lesser quality tools.   I use Arches 140 lb cold press block for small paintings and Arches 300 lb for larger paintings.  The heavier paper allows you to create texture, make corrections and remove color without damaging the surface.

What motivates you to be creative?

It is like when your body craves orange juice, my mind craves to create.  Otherwise I might be summoned by an amazing orchid calling my name to take it home and paint it.

Orchid by Joan Maguire

Orchid by Joan Maguire

Can you describe your medium and style?

Years ago I started painting very tight and detailed and wanted to let loose and have a freer style.  I would watch Terry Madden on WITF every Sunday morning – right before Bob Ross! I took one of his workshops which allowed me to open up and have a looser style.

Many people think watercolor is a hard medium to work with but you can use muted, soft tones or heavy intense colors.  They can flow freely or be controlled – depending on the amount of water you use and your style.  Watercolor is very portable and dries fast.  The convenience makes it easy to work with.

My style of art brings me joy, a smile, a moment away from myself.  It is my hope that my paintings bring the same happiness to those who own and view my art.  Most of my work doesn’t make you think; rather it lets your mind drift to a fun or calm place.

I have been playing with Yupo – which is plastic instead of paper.  The paint sits on top, swirls and pools.  When it dries you can paint on top or wipe off areas you don’t like.  It forces me to paint with a fun free spirit despite myself!

A floral painting on Yupp by Joan Maguire

A floral painting on Yupo by Joan Maguire

Describe your dream studio or creative space:

I do have some nice spaces to paint, but lately I have been thinking about making a 10 X 10-foot space in my basement where the floor, walls and ceiling are covered in a heavy plastic.  I would hang paper and canvas all over the space and then just start wildly creating – painting them all at the same time to a good music beat.

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

A tooth brush (dedicated to painting I might add) can give you great texture when spritzed for sand, highlighting or adding a little metallic glitz to finish a picture.  Salt, both fine table salt and course Kosher are not only good on your food!  I often use a little on a painting as it will add interest after it absorbs the color and feathers the spot.  When I paint a sky I do a blue wash and then blot out the color, creating wonderful fluffy images. Occasionally I will use a sea sponge to give texture to foliage.

Key Largo by Joan Maguire

Key Largo by Joan Maguire

How did you get into this type of art?

Somewhere along the way I thought, or was told, that watercolor was the hardest medium to work with.  (I grew up having to drive a stick shift before I was allowed to drive an automatic) So I think that is why I started with watercolor.  I don’t have that philosophy anymore but there is so much more I need to learn and try with this medium that I want to keep with it.

My Aunt Marion (MEL) Fetterolf is a watercolor artist of national acclaim.  I probably was influenced over the years with her work and chose the medium because of her.

What are your favorite things about your work?

The feeling that you get when you look at it.  I want my art to take the viewer away, into the scene or feeling, to have a few minutes of calm from their hectic day.

Hibiscus by Joan Maguire

Hibiscus by Joan Maguire

What artists do you relate to?

Growing up in Chester County Andrew and Jamie Wyeth were big influences.  I took a few classes at the Art Association of Harrisburg by David Lenker who also painted in that style.  My father, Eugene Liesau, started oil painting later in his life.  He did beautiful still-life oils.   Some people have said my work has some similarity Georgia O’Keefe.    I love the cleanness, bright color and form that she used.

What are your goals for the future of your art?

When I decided I was going to be an artist and sell my work I established goals.  These started out by joining art organizations, entering competitions and exhibiting in galleries.  My next phase was to establish an internet presence which culminated with my own web site at www.Joanmaguireart.com  Here, buyers of certain prints get a chance to win the original painting after a set number are sold.

My five year goal is to expand my gallery presence outside of the local area, grow my internet business and to continue to learn and grow as an artist.

I also take picture of all my steps of painting.  During one of our Mixed Media meetings it was suggested I use this process to create eBooks.  Look for them in the future!

Joan' Maguire's future ebook in progress.

Joan’ Maguire’s future ebook in progress.

Joan Maguire's painting process in her ebook.

Joan Maguire’s painting process in her ebook.

See more of Joan Maguire’s art here. Read more interviews about Mixed Media Art Group members on this site and visit our website for more information about members, exhibits, and workshops. www.mixedmediaartgroup.com

Benton McCloskey and Goldbeck headed to BWAC in NYC

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Circle Series #6 by Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda Benton McCloskey and Christine Goldbeck are among the 15 Daily Painters of Pennsylvania (DPP) whose work will show at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coaltion (BWAC) in Brooklyn from Sept. 22 through Oct. 21. The show is open to the public weekends from 1 to 6 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Goldbeck, who owns Arts on Union, an arts gallery and studio in Middletown, PA, is painting a summer water series in acrylics for the exhibition. Two of the paintings are representational landscapes while the others are abstractions of the colors and textures of water in the summer, at different times of day.  An avid walker and biker, Goldbeck is influenced by nature and likes to work with the colors and textures she sees while on her journeys.  What usually begin as a representational landscape often ends up as an imaginative abstract that has elements of Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. Trees, water and flowers are subjects for her paintings.

Benton McCloskey  begins a new work without a preconceived outcome in mind.  She simply begins painting and then intuition, love, desire, and experience take over.  When she is in this dream-like state, she gives way to the process and eventually begins to see and respond to shapes, forms, and movements.  Benton McCloskey then develops them further…regardless of the result, the painting takes her to a new and unexpected destination.

After changing careers and researching her family’s history, Benton McCloskey discovered that the American Regionalist Painter Thomas Hart Benton  was her great-uncle. Benton McCloskey’s art is influenced by the impulsive approach of the abstract expressionists de Kooning, Motherwell, Kline, Mitchell and Hofmann.  Discovering creative ways of expression and keeping traditional rules of painting out of the picture are priorities.  Since she enjoys varying her palette of colors and approaches, her recent non-objective works are mostly watermedia, encaustic and cold wax with  texture and color.  Diversity and choice intrigues her and is evident in her work.

Mechanicsburg artist Mary Beth Brath founded DPP in the fall of 2009. The DPP is an online blog group of professional visual artists that paint on a daily basis and reside in Pennsylvania. Members must be juried into the group and there is a monthly fee. Members are all gallery represented. Most have been published and have won awards for their work. Many have attained Signature Memberships in National and International Organizations. The group has 48 members.

The website brings the human element to viewing original art online.  Artists discuss techniques, materials, announce awards, exhibits and share the stories behind the paintings.  A personal blog page can be difficult to maintain since first priority is “in the studio.”  In a group blog, everyone works together to keep the site fresh and exciting for viewers and followers. Since the site is so active, it remains high on the search engine and gives the artists a strong online presence. Curators, gallerists and collectors have a location to view the work and read about the accomplishments of the group. Each June, the group exhibits in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building East Wing Rotunda. Visitors traveling from around the world stop to take pictures with the artwork. The show is anticipated by the legislators, Capitol employees and the public.

Summer on the Water 5

Summer on the Water 5 by Christine Goldbeck

Goldbeck’s paintings and photographs are in state, national and international corporate and private collections. She holds a Master of Fine Arts-Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA-IA) degree from Goddard College. In addition to classes and workshops at Arts on Union, she also teaches digital photography at the Art Association of Harrisburg, and photography and experimental mixed media painting at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in Lancaster, PA. Goldbeck is a  juried member of the Guild.

Benton McCloskey has studied under international artists such as Gerald Brommer, Mary Todd Beam, Steven Aimone, and Katherine Chang Liu.  She is a member of local art groups and a teacher of experimental water media, collage, abstract design, cold wax & oil, and encaustic.  She is also a Signature Member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Baltimore Watercolor Society, plus has earned her Nautilus Membership in the International Society of Experimental Artists.