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Save the date! Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 5th at 5 p.m. for the opening reception of the MAG Member Art Show Exhibition at Image Gallery in Madison, MS.

Exhibition dates: Oct. 5-21, 2023

Image Gallery Frame Shop located at 1022 US-51 Suite 600 (across from McAllister's)

The public is invited to attend the Image Gallery Frame Shop Art Show 

Image Gallery Frame Shop Art Show Participating Artists

Becker, Catherine
Bourn, Lydia
Carmichael, Janet
Cowart, Terri
Decker, Jenny
Dewees, Pam
Elliott, Mary Ann

Harrell, Martha
Jones, Gloria
King, Carol
Latham, Betsy
Meadows, Kay
Mitchell, Dona

Myers, Debbie
Pantall, Joyce
Peters, Bryan
Quick, Gayle
Simpson, Gay
Williams, Robert

MAG Upcoming Events

Alain Picard - The Painterly Landscape - Pastel Workshop

Waitlist Only - Kim Casebeer - Workshop - Studio Pieces That Have Punch

Susan Patton 

Susan Patton (b. 1975) is a professional artist residing in North Mississippi. She is also a Registered Physical Therapist but has put that profession aside for a season to pursue her passion for art. Susan and her mother, artist Dot Courson, represented Mississippi artists at the 2008 Presidential Debate media reception at Oxford, MS, where they did demonstrations and displayed their artwork. 

Susan has won multiple awards locally, as well as in juried national shows. Her art has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, as well as the Oil Painters of America Salon, Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition, the Boldbrush art contest, and the American Impressionist Society National Juried Small Works Show as well as the prestigious American Impressionist Society's National Juried Exhibition. Also, she was a finalist in the 2020 Portrait Society of America's Members Only competition. 

An avid learner, Susan is also known for her love for teaching. She teaches multiple workshops a year on a variety of subjects including design, brushwork, Plein air, and portrait painting.  Susan is a founding member of Mississippi Plein Air Painters, where she assists with organizing local and statewide paint-outs, one of which was featured on the national HGTV show, "Home Town."She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Allied Artists of America, and American Impressionist Society. She is a regular blogger with Oil Painters of America.  Her work hangs among some of the most prestigious art collections. She is a highly sought-after portrait artist and is also known for her figurative paintings that capture fleeting moments in everyday life that people want to remember. She describes her paintings as, "memories to hold on to."

Congratulations MAG Member Mandy Ellard

Congratulations Mandy Ellard for receiving acceptance into the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies making her a master pastelist!

The IAPS Master Circle was created to honor those artists whose work has been accepted and/or given awards in IAPS Juried Exhibitions. Artists who receive the Master Circle designation may use the letters "IAPS/MC" on resumes, websites, brochures, magazine articles and other media to indicate their membership in the Master Circle.

To receive the Master Circle designation, artists must accrue five (5) points. Points may be obtained as follows:

  • One point for acceptance into any IAPS Juried Exhibition.
  • One point for any award given by the judge in any IAPS Juried Exhibition.

Each recipient of the award receives a three-inch medallion engraved with his or her name and the year the honor was bestowed engraved on the back. The design of the medallion was created by IAPS founder and President Emerita, Urania Christy Tarbet. "It is of a rose with a pastel stick next to it. The rose represents the resurgence of spring, as pastel is in its Renaissance period, and is now being recognized as a wonderful medium after being in the dark for so long. I wanted something very special that had never been done in the art world before, to honor pastel artists whose work was accepted in our exhibitions or awarded prizes. It is important for the recipients to cherish this symbol of excellence. It can be worn at IAPS exhibitions and conventions, and readily identifies IAPS artists who have received one of the most important honors in the pastel world."

The points which determine the recipients of the medallions given at the Convention are calculated from the fifth point received at or before the fall Webshow prior to the next Convention. Artists who get their fifth point for an acceptance or award in the Convention Juried Exhibit will receive their medallion at the next Convention in two years.

Only IAPS Juried Exhibitions accrue points; acceptance or awards in a member society's exhibition does not count towards Master Circle or Eminent Pastelist status.

MAG Member Judged Art Show Participants

Participating Members Are:

David Allen (Best of Show)

Lana Anderson (Acrylic/Mixed Media, 1st Place)

Bonnie Atkinson

Linda Beatty (Pastel, 2nd Place)

Catherine Becker (Dianne Norman Award)

McKinley Deaver

Linda Dees

Pam Dewees (Oil, 2nd Place)

Mary Ann Elliott (Watercolor, 1st Place)

Patricia Franks

Martha Harrell

Suzanne Hemleben

Terri Herring

June Hightower

Gloria Jones

Carol King (Watercolor, 3rd Place)

Maud Kuykendall

Chuck McBride (Acrylic/Mixed Media 3rd Place)

Sarah McTaggart (Betty Smith Award)

Kay Meadows

Dona Mitchell

Dianne Norman (Watercolor, 2nd Place)

Charles O’Mara

Joyce Pantall

Linda Pelly (Acrylic/Mixed Media 2nd Place)

Bryan Peters

Ella Jane Putnam

Gayle Quick (Ann Rowcliff Award)

Gay Simpson (Oil, 1st Place)

Jenny Thames (Pastel, 2nd Place)

Ann Ulmer (Oil, 3rd Place)

Susan Wellington (Pastel, 1st Place)

Beverly Woods

Best of Show

David Allen, Partners Forever


1st Place

Gay Simpson, Day at the Beach

2nd Place

Pam Dewees, Courtship

3rd Place

Ann Ulmer, Lovely in Red


1st Place

Mary Ann Elliott, Water Jugs

2nd Place

Dianne Norman, Vicksburg Morning

3rd Place

Carol King, Geaux Tigers


1st Place

Susan Wellington, Trembling Pansies

2nd Place

Jenny Thames, Garden Lady

3rd Place

Linda Beatty,  Skipper

Acrylics/Mixed Media

1st Place

Lana Anderson, Summer Sun

2nd Place

Linda Pelly, Fresh Cut

3rd Place

Chuck McBride, Wait Up

Special Awards

Dianne Norman Award

Catherine Becker, Two's Company, Three's A Crowd

Betty Smith Award

Sarah McTaggart, Pink and Red Roses

Ann Rowcliff Award

Gayle Quick, Coffee in Paris

All Artist Photos

Members At Work

MAG members have the opportunity to participate in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor and Pastel Workshops, Local Art Shows (Judged and Non-Judged, and monthly meetings with dynamic speakers.

The Mississippi Artists' Guild has proudly promoted local Mississippi Artists since 1974.

Members Meet the First Tuesday of Each Month (September - May) at 5:30pm. If you are interested in joining the MAG Guild, please review the MAG Objectives and Membership Bylaws listed below to ensure our group will meet your expectations. Once you are satisfied that our guild is for you, select "Contact" and "Join Us" to complete an application for membership.

MAG Membership Bylaws

A. Membership shall be limited to those individuals who have attained the age of 18 and are residents of Mississippi.

B. The Executive Board will make a decision on any active member’s request for hardship status on a case by case basis.

C. No person otherwise qualified for membership in this organization will be denied membership because of race, religion, sex or political affiliations.

D. A prospective member will be permitted to attend only one meeting as a guest before making application for membership.

E. The Standing Rules of the Guild shall govern the process of membership applications.

MAG Objectives

  • Promote Local Artists within the state of Mississippi
  • Promote high standards of art among the members
  • Promote the study and improvement of Fine Art
  • Members participate in art competitions
  • Provide educational programs to increase the knowledge and talent of member artists

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