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I WON the Poster Contest!

I’m proud to say that I won the Ocala Culinary Poster Competition with this concept.

Final art was due December 1st. The final painting was auctioned off and all proceeds went to MCA Ocala.

 

 

To know more about the festival go to http://www.ocalaculinaryfestival.com/

Here are some kinds words from the Ocala Culinary Festival about me.

“We are pleased to announce that artist Maggie Weakley has won the inaugural Ocala Culinary Festival Poster Contest! Stay tuned for details about the reception we are throwing to unveil the final work.

Thank you to all the artists and jurors who participated in the contest and thank you Marion Cultural Alliance for helping us organize this contest! We couldn’t have done it without your guidance!

A little about Maggie:
She graduated Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA degree in Illustration. She is the former Art Director for the Everyday Card Line at Shoebox Greetings, Hallmark Cards, Inc. She popped up on the local art scene in 1998 when she participated in the Marion Cultural Alliance Horse Fever public art project. Since then she has participated in countless exhibits and community art projects through the years. In 2000, she launched MaggiesAngels.com and has become known for her collection of whimsical colorful pet portraits. She also serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Fine Arts for Ocala. She is an illustrator, painter, art teacher and avid supporter of the arts that freelances for many private collectors and companies.”

 

 

My Son’s First Art Debut

 

 

This is my 13 year old son Max in his first Art Exhibition showcasing his Photographs. The Marion Cultural Alliance is having  a show called “FINS, FEATHERS & FUR” at the Artful Gallery in the Circle Square Commons. The show runs from January 21st through February 26th, 2011. The Opening Reception was Friday, January 21st, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. This show is very special because my husband, my son, and I are exhibiting together in one show. I believe this is very special & who knows when it will happen again. I am beaming with excitement. Our night was wonderful! Nancy Ledding, the executive director of MCA, was very kind and gave Max so many compliments about this great accomplishment. It was fun seeing him acting very mature, and answering questions about his photos. He did a really great job. I’m so proud of him. He seemed to love all the attention he received. There were many people at the show and a lot of friendly faces showed up giving him enormous support and you could see how proud he was to talk about and showcase his photos. We were so disappointed we had to leave early than we wanted to, because my other son Lucas’ Robotics club were done earlier than expected and his school was on the other side of town. People were starting to pour into the gallery as we were coming out. Regardless, it was a huge success in our eyes. We left with big smiles on our faces. It was wonderful that Max’s first taste of being an artist was very positive.I am so Thankful for the wonderful support & encouragement of our friends and colleagues. I am blessed to have such a support system.

I hope you get to go out & see it this marvelous show.

If you would like to see more of Max’s Photographs please got to maxweakley.com

I Love this quote about sons, I truly believe it. You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”

 

The photos above are;  1) Max with Jessica McCune & me  2) with Nancy Ledding 3) Max talking about his Moose Photo with Laurie Zink & Dylan Menard 4) with Laurie Zink & Dylan Menard  5) with Mark & Mary Emery 6) Max in the Gallery

Artful Giving

Debby Miller, Barbra Hernandez, Jessica McCune, Nancy Ledding and Rob BushfieldMe too!

Artful Giving is a wonderful event that transforms the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) into a Christmas boutique. This is the second year MCA brings unique, affordable gifts handcrafted by local artists to the Brick City Center for the Arts.

We had so much fun celebrating the grand opening. There was wonderful Christmas music, refreshments and of course a lot of art ranging in prices that brought a smile to all the holiday shoppers. So, from Nov. 18 through Dec. 23 drop by, and get anything from Christmas trinkets, ornaments, to Ocala/Marion County-themed creations. Your purchase benefits our local artists and the work of MCA. You can see a variety of my work there too.

If you drop by be sure to meet the fantastic people that keep MCA filled with holiday cheer. From left to right on the above pictures is Debby Miller, Barbra Hernandez, Jessica McCune, yours truly, Nancy Ledding and Rob Bushfield.

Hope to see you there! Merry Christmas!!!!

Bark About Art Show 2007

    The third Bark About Art Show was the biggest yet. So many people showed up with their dogs ready to view demonstrations, take in the art and even buy it! 

   This year, Maggie’s Angels showcased the product line offered on the Merchandise link on my website. There you can see each of the portraits that I’ve done and their product lines. It is exciting for me to offer all these products to my clients and be able to sell them around the world in the cafepress marketplace.

   My sisters Maru and Hilda came out again this year to help me out. I really can’t do it without them, because when I am speaking to my clients they are selling my products. I sold a ton of merchandise as well as getting many Commissions that day. Another terrific show benefiting the Marion Cultural Alliance and the Humane Society of Marion County!

  

 

Bark About Art 2006

The second annual Marion Cultural Alliance and Marion County Humane Society“Bark About Art Show was a huge success for Maggie’s Angels. Storms were predicted but held off and the crowds turned out again for this great event. Many artist and vendors showed off what they had as pet owners showed off their little Angels some even in outfits and strollers, a great sight to see. 

   Maggie’s Angels have grown to offer Original Art, Custom Pet Portraits, and many new items such as 8″ square & 12″ square prints, Jewelry, Keychains, and Bookmarks. My two Sisters, Maru to my left and Hilda to my right, came out to help me sell, and did a FANTASTIC Job! I Thank them so much for making it super fun and very successful, could not do it without you girls!!!!

   I also wanted to Thank Ocala Style, once again, for featuring my Bulldog on the cover of the January issue and the article, I’ve received many Commissions due to that article. Barking good time had by all!

Bark About Art Show 2005

The first Bark About Art Show and Maggie’s Angels are a natural fit.

   The downtown was filled with dogs walking their pets  🙂   Every breed seemed to be present and even some dressed to impress. It was terrific fun seeing so many people come out with their dogs and enjoy the beautiful day, all the art and pet products this show had to offer.

   The Marion Cultural Alliance and The Humane Society of Marion County were the ones that put this show together and would benefit from its success. Special thanks to my sister Maru for all her much-needed assistance, could not have done it without her!

   Many people were really excited about my work and even commissioned me to paint their little Angels. A tail-wagging good time had by all. Check out some more photos courtesy of Ocala Style.

Bark About Art Poster 2005


   The Marion Cultural Alliance and the Marion County Humane Society put together a “Dog Art Show” called “Bark About Art” and asked my husband & I to create the Poster for the event. I created  “Holly” the Chihuahua, one of the organizer’s dog as the mascot for the event. I had been working on my new company Maggie’s Angels and this show will be a great opportunity to launch my pet portraits. Once I created the painting of Holly, my husband Kent, who is a Graphic Designer for his company Blue Sky Graphic Communications, Inc., designed the promotional poster featuring Holly. The portrait and poster drew a huge crowd for the inaugural dog art festival held in downtown Ocala. It was a great event with profits going to Marion Cultural Alliance and the Marion County Humane Society.

Painting Celeste & Horsefly Video

        

                 

I wanted to include my experience of the 2001 MCA Horse Fever project on this blog because even though it took place so long ago, it was a fundraiser that really started our involvement in our community. My husband, Kent Weakley, and I participated in this Public Art project created and benefiting MCA along with other local charities that brought business and artist together to create Art on Fiberglass horses which were displayed all over Ocala. The public loved the horses and was visited by thousands. The 53 Horse Fever Horses sold at auction for 1.2 million dollars going to local charities.

Our garage became a temporary stable housing 3 horses. I painted Celeste and Horsefly and Kent painted Lucky. Kent also did all the promotional designs, the Logos, t-shirts, posters, etc. We had a month to paint them, and we used up every hour of those days. Kent, shot a time-lapse video and sped it up, so you can see the painting process in fast motion, (I wish I could paint that fast).

Click on the names of the horses to watch the videos of; CelesteHorsefly, Lucky.

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