Vicki Sullivan News
Congratulations to ARC Associate Living Master Vicki Sullivan for being a finalist in the Ravenswood Womens Art prize for her portrait “Verismo”.

Vicki Sullivan has also been selected to be a finalist in the Manning Art Prize Naked and Nude exhibition for her work “Back Study of Brianna”.

The Manning Art Prize Exhibition opens on Saturday 2nd of September until Sunday 15th of October at the Manning Regional Gallery 12 Maquarie st Taree NSW.

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Posted August 16th, 2017

J.M.W. Turner
The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s collection of watercolors by Turner and his contemporaries was founded more than a century ago. Its wide renown, however, is due to the singular efforts of Kurt F. Pantzer (1892–1979), an Indianapolis attorney, who was devoted to all things related to Turner. Selections from the collection are exhibited each spring and summer in this gallery.
The exhibition takes place at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208 and ends on August 21, 2017.

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Posted August 15th, 2017

Transient Effects: The Solar Eclipses and Celestial Landscapes of Howard Russell Butler
On Aug 21, 2017 the first solar eclipse of this century will be visible in the U.S.

In 1918, Howard Russell Butler, a portrait and landscape artist and graduate of Princeton University’s first school of science, painted a new kind of portrait of a very unusual sitter: the total solar eclipse. This exhibition brings together experts from the sciences and art history to present the history of Butler’s unique paintings and the story of the artist who created them.

The exhibition is being held at the Princeton University Art Museum, Elm Dr, Princeton, NJ 08544 and runs from July 22 – October 8, 2017.

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Posted August 15th, 2017

Laguna College of Art and Design Exhibition
The Laguna College of Art and Design, an ARC Approved™ atelier, is proud to present the 2017 BFA Fine Arts Exhibition, a group exhibition highlighting representational paintings, drawings and sculptures produced by their senior class. The exhibition offers a selection of work developed as part of LCAD’s BFA program in Fine Arts senior thesis project.

The exhibit runs from 6/15/2017 to 8/31/2017 at the Laguna College of Art and Design located on 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

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Posted August 11th, 2017

Plein Air Salon Winners
The winners for the June/July PleinAir Salon Competition, which is organized by PleinAir Magazine, have been revealed.
The winners will receive cash prizes, plus all winners and category winners will be entered into the judging for the annual prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year.

To view the winning artworks and to learn more about the PleinAir Salon, please click here.

Embers of Twilight by Brent Cotton
Best Nocturne

Posted August 10th, 2017

Idyllic Impressions

Mission San Buenaventura by Linda DuPas
The California Art Club, an ARC Allied Organization, is holding an exhibition of member works in the California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill – 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino, CA 91108.

The exhibition runs now until September 10, 2017 and admission is free.

For more information, please click here.

Posted August 10th, 2017

New ARC Living Master™
ARC is pleased to welcome Mary Pettis as our newest Living Master™.
“Mary Pettis divides her time equally between the studio and outdoors. Her decades of training and the experiences from hundreds of plein air paintings are a catalyst for a symbolic visual language of expression that celebrates the beauty, dignity and worth of this world and its inhabitants.”

To see her gallery on ARC, please click here.

Minnehaha Falls in Winter by Mary Pettis

Posted August 8th, 2017

Alma Tadema Exhibition
Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity explores Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity. Born in the north of the Netherlands, the exhibition traces his early training and move to London in 1870 where he established a hugely successful career at the heart of the artistic establishment. His work fixed ideas in the popular imagination of what life in the ancient past might have looked like – ideas and images that were taken to the stage, film and that remain with us today. The exhibition includes important works by Tadema himself, his wife Laura and daughter Anna with loans coming from public and private collections internationally.
In conjunction with this exhibition are workshops led by Ann Witheridge, director of the ARC Approved™ London Fine Art Studio. To learn more about these programs, please click here.

The exhibition takes place at the Leighton House Museum-12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ and runs from July 7 – October 29, 2017.

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Posted August 8th, 2017

New ARC Living Artist
ARC is pleased to welcome Alain Amar as our newest ARC Living Artist™.
“A dreamlike and spiritual artist, he has a sincere and idealistic desire to offer through his artworks: peace, serenity, joy, dreams, passion, poetry, love of beauty, balance and harmony. He studied the art of painting according to the spirit and techniques of the Renaissance. Painting in different layers of colors, each coat is left to dry before the next is added, leaving the artist-monk long intervals to spend in meditation.”
Mediterranean Dreamlike Nonchalance
by Alain Amar
To learn and view his gallery on ARC. please click here.

Posted August 4th, 2017

New location for LARA
The ARC Approved™ London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) is moving to a new London location: 371 Clapham Road, London, SW9 9BT. The new studio will open on the 2nd of October for full-time, part-time and short courses.

For more information, please click here.

Posted August 3rd, 2017

IGOR 12th Annual Juried Exhibition

The International Guild of Realism has secured a top-ranking art gallery in Carmel, California to host their 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, which will be held from September 23rd through October 23rd, 2017.

Their annual international exhibition will be held at the prestigious Winfield Gallery in the heart of the Carmel Art District. The gallery is centrally located among many quality art galleries, luxury shops and fine dining, attracting plenty of affluent visitors during the peak summer season. Carmel and Monterey are the most beautiful coastal areas of the United States.

The Winfield Gallery is located on Dolores between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

Posted August 2nd, 2017

Sergio Roffo Solo Show

Misty Sunrise, Nantucket
ARC Associate Living Master™, Sergio Roffo, will be holding an exhibition of his recent works. The show begins on August 18, 2017 at the Quidley & Co. Gallery, located on 23 Main Street, Nantucket MA.

For more information, please click here.

Posted August 2nd, 2017

Call for Entries
The Art Renewal Center is now accepting entries to the 13th International ARC Salon Competition. This year we are introducing a 9th category dedicated to plein air painting, as well as a few new exciting awards. The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, the International ARC Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence.

To learn more, visit our entry pages.

Posted August 1st, 2017

The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality

St. Jerome by Albrecht Durer
Featuring nearly 70 objects, this exhibition incorporates rarely-seen loans from major North American and European museums and works from Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s own collection revealing new insights into the understanding of mortality and morality in Renaissance Europe.

The exhibition runs from June 24 to November 26, 2017 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art 9400 College Sta, Brunswick, ME 04011.

To learn more, please click here.

Posted July 28th, 2017

Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits
Pastel portraiture flourished in 18th-century Europe owing to the medium’s distinctive optical properties-its brilliant colors and warm glow. The powdery nature of pastel crayons allowed artists to bathe their sitters in flattering light.

This exhibition draws from a small but important group of French, Italian, German, and British pastels in the Museum’s collection. Examining works by Rosalba Carriera, Charles Antoine Coypel, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, and other leading portraitists, it explores the rising popularity of pastel in conjunction with artistic practices and technological advances of the day.

Gustavus Hamilton, 2nd Viscount Boyne, in Masquerade Costume
by Rosalba Carriera
The exhibition runs from July 26-October 29, 2017 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028.

To learn more about this exhibition, please click here.

Posted July 28th, 2017

Thérèse Schwartze, Painting for a Living

Portrait of Princess Wilhelmina
by Theresa Schwartze
This lecture and book presentation marks the recent publication of the first English-language monograph on the Dutch artist Thérèse Schwartze, written and published by Cora Hollema.

The Amsterdam artist Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918) was a celebrated portraitist in her lifetime, who depicted the rich and powerful of the 19th-century. She combined great talent and technical expertise with a superb head for business that propelled her to an international reputation, with countless exhibitions and commissions throughout Europe and the United States.

The lecture will take place at Arti et Amicitiae, Rokin 112, Amsterdam, The Netherlands on Friday September 22, 2017 from 5-6pm.

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Posted July 26th, 2017

New York City Invitational Exhibition
ARC Living Master™ Peter Fiore will be participating in the show “New York City Invitational”.

The exhibition runs from July 25-August 18, 2017 with the opening reception on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6-8pm at the George Billis Gallery located on 525 W. 26th Street New York, NY 10001.

For more information, please click here.

Winter Gate by Peter Fiore

Posted July 25th, 2017

Daniel Greene Lecture

ARC Living Master™ Daniel Greene will discuss his creative journey in art in addition to his evolution over a career that spans 65 years. Daniel Greene is one of America’s leading figure, portrait, and still-life painters and one of the world’s most renowned pastelists.

The lecture will be held on Saturday, July 22, at 2 p.m., Gallery 1 at Seven Bridges Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Posted July 21st, 2017

Last Lesson in DVI Bargue Course Released
The Da Vinci Initiative is proud to introduce a new online Bargue Drawing course titled Charles Bargue in the 21st Century. This course takes you from start to finish in creating a drawing from a 19th century Bargue plate. The final lesson in the course has been released this week. Lesson 28, titled “Last Corrections”, shows the final review and completion of the Bargue drawing.
Released videos can be accessed for free on the DVI YouTube channel or please visit the DVI Store to purchase the course in entirety with additional footage. 400 & 500 Level Continuing Education Quarter Credits are available for this course through a partnership with The Heritage Institute. The course, Bargue Drawing in the 21st Century Classroom, involves additional online discussions and assignments and is available for $360-$475 plus the cost of the DVI Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing videos. For more information on how to get college credit for this course click here.

Posted July 21st, 2017

Joshua LaRock Video
ARC Living Master™, Joshua LaRock, has recently created an instructional video on Kickstarter featuring his painting “Laura in Black” which won a Purchase Award in the 12th International ARC Salon Competition.

To learn more about this project, please click here.

Posted July 19th, 2017