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MPAG May News

Mount Pleasant Artists Guild Newsletter May 2022 President's Letter

Greetings Fellow Artists, Join us May 9th, 2022, for our Guild meeting. It will be held at Perspective Gallery in Crickentree Plaza near Five Loaves Restaurant. Due to limited space please RSVP by May 4th. We will have to limit attendance to 50 members. Mary Hoffman will be our guest artist. Please bring a portable folding chair. Meet and greet 6:30. Meeting 7-8pm. Please email with any questions. Best Regards, Robin Beckner President MPAG (843) 270-7471

Self Portrait by Mary Hoffman Mary Hoffman, Speaker at May Meeting Mary Hoffman will be the speaker at the meeting on May 9. Drawing and painting since the age of three, Mary knew without a doubt that when she grew up, she’d be a professional artist. As her artistic skills developed over the years, she became best known for her portraiture. Portrait commissions helped finance her college studies at The Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, where she earned her BFA in 1989. Soon after graduating, Mary entered several juried fine art shows and exhibits, where she earned the “Best of Show” title as well as many “Third Place” and “Honorable Mention” ribbons. These shows launched her artistic journey to the Southeast, where Mary taught Life Drawing, Portrait Painting and Basic Drawing classes a few weeks of the year and continued her portrait business. For the past 25 years CEO’s, major universities, notable actresses, professional athletes and collectors from all over the world have commissioned Mary for her elegant oil paintings and charcoal portraiture. But in 2005 new life was breathed into her artistic abilities after she attended her first plein air landscape painting workshop. The plein air addiction enhanced the painting experience for Mary in every way. Today, Mary enjoys combining her love of the portrait and figure with painting plein air landscapes. She travels and paints all over the United States. Perspective Gallery News We had an interesting month of April at the gallery. We finished with the last two days with great sales. Kathy Clark had a fabulous artist of the month reception with over 70 guests visiting the gallery. It was a beautiful afternoon, Kathy was elegant and gracious with all of her guests, and she had some great sales. We are looking forward to Judy Walters being back in SC after her winter in Florida. We have missed her. Jim Rowe is slowing getting back in action after his mini health crisis . We are glad to hear he is getting better, as we missed him. We are now entering our fifth year at Perspective Gallery! Its hard to believe as it has flown by! The steering committee and I are very happy that we have had such great wonderful artists. Some have come and gone, but for those who signed on the dotted line in May of 2017, we cannot thank you enough for the great 5 years! Those who have been with us since the opening are Gloria Smith, Jim Rowe, Kathy Clark, Becky Taylor, Michael Kennedy and Rose Smith. See you at soon! DeeDee Conant Gallery Director

J. Michael Kennedy is May Artist of the Month J. Michael Kennedy is Artist of the Month for May at Perspective Gallery. In his paintings of the southeast coast, he emphasizes the color prevalent in our subtropical climate. After receiving a degree in graphic design from Youngstown State University, Kennedy worked in advertising for 14 years before becoming a full-time artist in 1997. He is represented by four galleries throughout the Carolinas. The winner of many awards and honors, he has paintings in private collections in the United States, Canada, Japan, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. The Medical College of South Carolina, City of Charleston, Charleston Place Hotel and several other local offices also display Kennedy’s art.

Michael will host a drop in show at the gallery on Saturday, May 21st from 11-5. Please join us! MPAG | 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 50, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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