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meet + greet meet + greet meet + greet meet + greet 86 Painting the Town Painter Maggie Mathews gets down to the art of the matter. Artist Maggie Mathews , 28, comes from a family of furniture giants—Sherrill Furniture in Hickory, N.C., to be exact—but grew up in A-Town. After Pace Academy came Auburn University, where she honed her fi ne-art abilities and slowly segued from seascapes to abstracts, exploring expressionism with the same fervor as local contemporaries like Sally King Benedict and Britt Bass. Looking to masters Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly and Willem de Kooning for inspiration, Mathews’ works steadily picked up a fan base, including interior designers from NYC to Washington state. Though her most recent paintings have explored darker, moodier territory, Mathews says she’ll always adore a bright and happy palette. “I think I’m a romantic person; pink is my favorite color,” says the girlie girl. Working mostly in acrylic and gouache, Mathews paints in her stylishly appointed garage studio, located “dangerously close to the mall off Lenox Road.” “I really prefer to shop at local home boutiques. I love the thrill of the hunt,” she is quick to disclose. “Well, unless it’s formalwear. I love to get dressed up!” But that doesn’t mean she won’t get down at a low-key locale. “I love a night at Johnny’s Hideaway; you’ll defi nitely see me on the dance fl oor,” she says. “My other go-to place is Portofi no in Buckhead; they have the best martinis.” With canvases ranging from $125 to $2,000, folks of all budgets can get in on Mathews’ goods. “Starting small is a great way to begin [collecting],” says the talented beauty. Her new custom-painted Champagne bottles make fabulous gifts, but her late-spring show at Spalding Nix Fine Art will be her greatest career moment thus far. “I’ve been doing so much research and really pushing myself during the past few years. Now I feel like I’m fi nally ready to make a splash!” she says. Next on her agenda, most likely, is fabric. “I’d love to do pillows, whole chairs or curtains.” We can’t wait to see how she weaves the next thread in her story. maggiemathewsart.com –Kate Abney Photography by Glam N Glamour meet + greet meet + greet meet + greet meet + greet

Painting The Town

Painter Maggie Mathews gets down to the art of the matter.

Artist Maggie Mathews, 28, comes from a family of furniture giants-Sherrill Furniture in Hickory, N.C., to be exact-but grew up in A-Town. After Pace Academy came Auburn University, where she honed her fine-art abilities and slowly segued from seascapes to abstracts, exploring expressionism with the same fervor as local contemporaries like Sally King Benedict and Britt Bass. Looking to masters Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly and Willem de Kooning for inspiration, Mathews' works steadily picked up a fan base, including interior designers from NYC to Washington state. Though her most recent paintings have explored darker, moodier territory, Mathews says she'll always adore a bright and happy palette. "I think I'm a romantic person; pink is my favorite color," says the girlie girl.

Working mostly in acrylic and gouache, Mathews paints in her stylishly appointed garage studio, located "dangerously close to the mall off Lenox Road." "I really prefer to shop at local home boutiques. I love the thrill of the hunt," she is quick to disclose. "Well, unless it's formalwear. I love to get dressed up!" But that doesn't mean she won't get down at a low-key locale. "I love a night at Johnny's Hideaway; you'll definitely see me on the dance floor," she says. "My other go-to place is Portofino in Buckhead; they have the best martinis."

With canvases ranging from $125 to $2,000, folks of all budgets can get in on Mathews' goods. "Starting small is a great way to begin [collecting]," says the talented beauty. Her new custom-painted Champagne bottles make fabulous gifts, but her late-spring show at Spalding Nix Fine Art will be her greatest career moment thus far. "I've been doing so much research and really pushing myself during the past few years. Now I feel like I'm finally ready to make a splash!" She says. Next on her agenda, most likely, is fabric. "I'd love to do pillows, whole chairs or curtains." We can't wait to see how she weaves the next thread in her story. Maggiemathewsart.com -Kate Abney Photography by Glam N Glamour

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