Valletta in the Shade

Valletta in the shade

Dear Art Blog Friends

Valletta in the Shade

The waiting is finally over. PAS have announced the Awards for the IPAS 2017 Online Juried Exhibition. Congratulations to Susie Tenzer, fellow UKCPS member France Bauduin, Tanja Gant, Michael Lattanzio, Chantal Marcotte and Gayla Salvati for being this year’s prizewinning artists.

I am in the company of some great fine pencil artists and very proud to have my image, Valletta in the Shade as an online exhibit.

Best Wishes

JAM

IPAS 2017

Dear Art Blog Friends

I’m doing a merry dance this afternoon as I have just received an email from the Secretary of the Pencil Art Society in Canada with an important link announcement.

I am thrilled to confirm that my entry into the third IPAS 2017 Online Member Juried Exhibition has been accepted. Out of 117 entries submitted, 60 international pencil artists have made it through and I am among ONLY 3 artists from the UK.

Congratulations to all those who have been successful, including France Bauduin and Susan Poole, fellow UKCPS coloured pencil artists.

Wish me luck now for the awards which will be announced online 1 October 2016 on the PAS website!

IPAS 2017: PAS ONLINE MEMBER JURIED EXHIBITION – ACCEPTED ARTISTS

Best Wishes

JAM

Hidden CP Treasures 2017

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Fierce competition and a record 837 entries this year

Image embargoed until publication, I’m proud to announce that one of my CP pieces will appear in the US magazine style publication, Hidden Treasures Volume 4, soon to be released by Ann Kullberg, author, artist and global CP ambassador. I’m thrilled to bits.

Best Wishes

JAM

Shortlisted for the prestigious Hahnemühle 2018 Calendar Painting Contest themed Maritime World

Gone Crabbin’

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Shortlisting for the prestigious Hahnemühle 2018 Calendar Painting Contest themed Maritime World

We have been in such a whirlwind of activity these past five days since my husband Michael’s aunt and cousins visited us from Australia. Michael doesn’t recall his aunt Sheila, apart from seeing the family photos over the years, as she and Uncle Bill emigrated with his cousins when he was only 2, however, he did get to see his cousin Jean over 32 years ago. Since Wednesday, the family, Michael’s aunt Shelia, his cousins Jean and Michelle and her daughter Sarah have spent 4 nights in Bradford. It has been a hectic schedule so far for the holidaying family which has included lots of walks locally to their birthplace, a day out in Blackpool and a traditional family get-togather over pizza with lots of old pics and reminiscing. They’re now enjoying 7 days in London, followed by 3 nights in Venice before the long haul flight of over 19 hours back home via Dubai.

In all the excitement of these few days, something quite remarkable has happened. A fellow CP artist, Judith Crown has been in touch relating to the Hahnemuhle 2018 Calendar. Apparently my image, Gone Crabbin’ has reached the shortlist of 36 artists and the final 12 will be announced in October. Thanks Judith for contacting us as we had submitted the entry several months ago and totally forgotten to check the Hahnemuhle website announcement.

To get a flavour of those shortlisted, please click this link here which will take you to the Facebook video. I feel so proud of this achievement because statistically it is a milestone for the coloured pencil medium and personally my work has been selected from more than 1700 images submitted by over 750 artists from 36 countries. I’m over the moon!

Have a good Tuesday.

Best Wishes

JAM

 

Animal magic with wonderful artistic portrayal

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Association of Animal Artists’ Autumn Exhibition in Richmond

I’m very honoured to have all 4 of my entries accepted into this year’s AAA Autumn Exhibition and what is more, they all fitted perfectly into the Yeti yesterday when we dropped them off at the Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Good luck to all my fellow artists participating. If you live nearby or can travel to see the show, it’s open daily from today until 5 October 2017 between 9am and 4.30pm. Artists, art lovers, buyers, wildlife supporters – everyone is most welcome at the gallery.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes

JAM

Leisure Painter Accreditation

 

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Leisure Painter Accreditation

A quick reminder to everyone that my exhibit, Gone Crabbin’ has received Leisure Painter Accreditation status. The exhibition is open until 20 August 2017 and can be found in the Pavillion Gallery.

If you haven’t managed a visit yet, I hope you will be able to call at some point before it closes. Patchings is open daily at Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottingham, NG14 6NU. If not the full exhibition can be seen online at the Patchings website. Please click here and I would be highly delighted if you could vote for my work in the Peoples Choice Award.

Thanks everyone.

Best Wishes

JAM

Surprise! Surprise!

Gone Crabbin’

Every One is a Triumph

Image featured in the July edition of Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine

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Oh My Goodness! My recent 20″ x 30″ framed original CP drawing is gaining further attention. Gone Crabbin’ appeared in the UKCPS Open International Exhibition 2017 at the Menier Gallery, London in May and now my favourite global CP educator, author and publisher, Ann Kullberg has written a short (but sweet!) critique about my work in her magazine, Color.

She says “Rough, rowdy and cheerful: everything about Maguire’s piece speaks to me of down-to-earth unselfconscious fun. Her bold colors, rough textures and busy composition help me smell the salt air and hear the laughter of these plain folks, and I wish I could join in on their salty day!”

The framed exhibit is at Patchings Art Festival next week and will remain in the Leisure Painter exhibition until 20 August 2017. Tickets available online, please click the link above for further details.

 

Best Wishes

JAM

Association of Animal Artists

Poor Little Sparrow

Association of Animal Artists

Dear Art Blog Friends

I am pleased to remain a member of AAA for the next 12 months. As a member since 2015, I have exhibited three times with the organisation and looking forward to the next exhibition to be held at The Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire in autumn.

The Association of Animal Artists is an industrious but friendly organisation which works hard to promote and encourage members through a variety of activities and benefits, ranging from exhibition opportunities through to discounted membership of the Fine Art Trade Guild.

If you’re thinking of joining us, please use the link above to find out more information.

Have a good weekend.

Best Wishes

JAM

Member of Association of Animal Artists

 

Bradford Summer Shows

Natalie taking part in the 2017 Summer Shows at Bradford School of Art

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Bradford Summer Shows

Our daughter, Natalie has completed her studies at Bradford School of Art and here she is with her end-of-year exhibition pieces at Bradford College. She is fortunate to have a confirmed, unconditional place at Bradford College in September on the BA Graphic Design & Illustration course. Last night’s show launch was buzzing with students, parents, tutors and supporters.

We’re very proud of her achievements and wish her lots of success on the course. Her work is on display at the Yorkshire Craft Centre until Thursday 15 June 2017. Open today between 11am and 2pm. It’s a great show and well worth a visit.

Bradford School of Art, Lister Building, Carlton Street, Bradford BD7 1AY.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best Wishes

JAM

Exhibit on the move!

Gone Crabbin’

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Exhibit on the move!

Currently I have a piece of work on exhibition in the Menier Gallery in London. Tomorrow is the last day on display and I will be visiting the capital to view my work before the UKCPS exhibition closes.

I have some great news about this exhibit as today I have learned that it has also been accepted for the Patchings Festival 2017 Exhibition in July, organised by The Artists’ Publishing Company Ltd, Publisher of the Artist and Leisure Painter magazines.

I’m really thrilled to have “Gone Crabbin” making an appearance in its second exhibition this year. It’s such an honour to be selected again and to receive written confirmation from Dr Sally Bulgin.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Best Wishes

JAM

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