Archive for October, 2012

ARC Best in Show on FAC Cover
We are both happy and proud to announce that the winner of the 2011/2012 ARC Salon, “Amelie” by Thomas Reis will be featured on the cover of the November/December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine in conjunction with a featured article on the 2011/2012 ARC Salon. In addition, Fine Art Connoisseur will be doing a featured article on the 2012/2013 Salon and they have offered a discount on subscriptions to all ARC visitors. Simply enter the code G789 (online or by phone) and save $10 on a one year subscription.
To purchase a copy of their November/December issue, or to take out an annual subscription click here.

If you are an artist, we are now accepting entries to the 2012/2013 ARC Salon and will be through December 31st.

To review the prospectus click here.

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

2012 ARC Scholarship Results
The results are in! We are happy to announce the winners of the 2012 ARC Scholarship Competition live on the Art Renewal Center website. This year the ARC Scholarship Fund will distribute $31,700 in direct scholarships to aid students at ARC Approved™ art academy and atelier schools.
On behalf of our Chairman, Fred Ross and everyone here at Art Renewal Center™, well-deserved congratulations are extended to all of our scholarship recipients. We thank these talented artists and the fine institutions in which they study for their dedication and upholding of the finest artistic traditions of history and the best hopes of future advancement in the arts. We wish them continued success on their artistic journeys.
Admonished by Brandon Drake
To view the results and examples of the winners’ work, click here.
Posted Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Bouguereau Book Price Increase
To all William Bouguereau fans, the six copies of the two volume set Catalogue Raisonne at $480 mentioned in our last Bouguereau book announcement have all been sold, and the next six are now available at the $620 price. This is still less then the copies offered on Amazon, which are now selling for $798 for a used copy and $895 for a new one. If you would still like to own a new copy of this two-volume set, supplies are very limited. After we sell the next six copies at $620, the price will increase to $760.

To order your copy today, click here.

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Ron Cheek Exhibit
Ron A. Cheek, Director of the ARC Approved™ Texas Academy of Figurative Art, is currently having an exhibition of his work at Texas A&M University, August 30–October 21, 2012.

To read a review of the show that was recently published on the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center website, click here.

Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Major 19th Century European Paintings at Auction
There are a series of exciting auctions in New York, NY that include some of the finest works of the period. Combined, these auctions include a total of twelve paintings by William Bouguereau, five by John William Godward, two by Emile Munier, two by Hugues Merle and other works by Dagnan-Bouveret, James Tissot, Julien Dupre, Leon L’hermitte, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Edmund Blair Leighton, and many others.

The first sale is October 29th, at Chrisite’s, and is featuring William Bouguereau’s Marchande de Grenades, a rare orientalist work, estimated to sell for between 2.5 and 3.5 million US dollars.

Many ARC fans may remember we had a competition some time ago to identify this painting from a detail of the background. The competition demonstrated that impressionists did not invent impressionist techniques, which is what is often taught in college and university art courses. Bouguereau and many other of his contemporaries used impressionist techniques that pre-date the impressionist movement; the impressionists made it the entire canvas while the academic painters used it in the background as a way of creating selective focus.

Bonham’s is having its sale on October 31st, featuring an important work by John William Godward, Waiting for the Procession, and Sotheby’s is auctioning the most works, over 100 lots, on November 8th. Their sale includes eight of the twelve Bouguereaus being offered this fall. The below Bouguereau, featured on Sotheby’s cover is titled La Branche de Cerisier and is estimated at 1.5 to 2 million US dollars.

For non-collectors, we still encourage you to view the public auction presales which are one of the best ways to see important works from a given period that are in private collections and are otherwise not on public view. Most if not all of these paintings are sold back into private collections and many are never put on public view again.

Christie’s Preview –
Friday, October 26 – Monday October 29th
To view the full online catalogue click here.

Bonham’s Preview – Saturday, October 27 – Tuesday, October 30
To view the full online catalogue click here.

Sotheby’s Preview – Friday, November 2 –
Wednesday, November 7

To view the full online catalogue click here.

Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

2012/2013 ARC Salon Judges
We are proud to announce the judges for the 2012/2013 ARC Salon:

Frederick Ross – Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, Ross is the leading authority on William Bouguereau and co author of the recently published Catalogue Raisonné William Bouguereau: His Life and Works.

Dr. Vern Swanson – Director of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, for over 30 years. Swanson is the leading authority on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Godward and author of the Catalogue Raisonnés for both artists, as well as several books on Soviet Impressionism.

Michael John Angel – Angel is an ARC Living Master™ and regarded as one of the foremost figurative painters alive today; with his paintings hanging in both public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. His school the Angel Academy of Art is now one of the most successful Atelier Schools in the world.

B. Eric Rhoads – Rhoads is the Founder and Chairman of Streamline Publishing, Inc., publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine which provides art collectors and enthusiasts with in-depth editorial coverage of historical and contemporary representational art and Plein Air, a magazine focused on representational landscape painting. The company also produces artist videos with many masters including ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg and ARC Living Master™ Erik Koeppel.

Patrick Wilshire – Patrick Wilshire is the Director of the Association of Fantastic Art, dedicated to the promotion, recognition and elevation of the art of imaginative realism. In addition he is the author of Visions of Never: The Collection of Fantastic Art, (2009), The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (2012), and the upcoming History of Imaginative Realism, slated to be released in September 2013.

To read more about our esteemed judges click here.

Posted Friday, October 12th, 2012

Portrait of ARC Chairman Fred Ross
We wanted to share with our ARC Fans a recent portrait by ARC Living Master™ Cesar Santos, of the Art Renewal Center Chairman Fred Ross.

About the portrait, Mr. Ross said the following: “My family and I all felt that this painting was more than a good representation of what I look like; it captures my soul.”

The painting is now a part of the Fred and Sherry Ross Collection.

To view Cesar’s gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted Thursday, October 11th, 2012

New ARC Associate Living Master™
Over the last 15 years Garin has been working primarily in the “Public Art Realm” as a Muralist creating large scale commissioned works for municipalities in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.
His murals are in the great traditions of Brangwyn, Cornwell and WPA era muralists of the mid 20th century. Garin’s fine art work is powerfully original. With much admiration for the Masters like Sargent, Sorolla, Repin, Kromskoi and countless others, Garin’s work is extremely contemporary. His subjects are an honest portrayal using whatever means necessary towards discovering and documenting moments in life.

To view Garin Baker’s gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

ASTA Show is Now Open
ASTA, an ARC Allied Organization, is having their annual show in Scottsdale, AZ. It is a five-week event, held from October 8th, 2012 thru November 10th, 2012. Over $2 million in paintings by contemporary realist artists will be available for sale.

Open Range Gallery – 7077 East Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ

To view more pictures from the show click here.

For more information on this and other exhibitions click here.

To view Mary Jane Q Cross’s gallery on ARC click here

Simply Speak No Evil
by Mary Jane Q Cross
Posted Monday, October 8th, 2012

Share ARC Images on Facebook
Now you can share your favorite images on ARC with all your friends on Facebook…

We are very excited to announce the implementation of a share button for every artist page and every painting in the ARC Museum so that you can show your friends your favorite works or ones you want to say something about. Come visit the ARC Museum and start to share the great works of history and of today!

To visit our Facebook page click here.

Posted Friday, October 5th, 2012

Congratulations to Julio Reyes
ARC Living Master™ Julio Reyes, Best in Show winner of the 2009/2010 ARC Salon, and Second Place Figurative Winner and Purchase Award Winner in the 2011/2012 ARC Salon, is being featured in three separate venues.

1. He is going to be featured in the Volume III Fall issue of American Painting Video Magazine!

2.He has been included as one of American Artist Magazine’s “25 Artists of Tomorrow” in their 75 Greatest Artists of All Time issue.

3. He is in a featured article in International Artist’s Magazine in their up-coming October/November 2012 issue, and the 2011/2012 ARC Purchase Award of “Headwinds” was chosen for the cover.

Be sure to check out his interviews and latest works in these venues.

To view Julio Reyes Gallery on ARC by clicking here.

We are now accepting entries to the 2012/2013 International ARC Salon. To view the prospectus click here.
Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2012

To All Plein Air Painters
In April 2012, PleinAir™ magazine made history with the first convention devoted to painting en plein air, and the largest gathering of artists painting in one outdoor location simultaneously. They are doing it again, and the 2013 event promises to be bigger and even better.
The 2013 Plein Air Convention is being held at the Monterey Convention Center, within walking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf. The convention features demonstrations from the top painters in the world; group painting; lectures and talks on art, painting, and plein air painting; and an opportunity to meet new friends. In 2013, they are encouraging even more collectors and gallery directors to attend, and, as at the first convention, they have a few special memories up thier sleeves.
To read more on the convention and to register, go to
Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

New Article by Kara Lysandra Ross
The Epoch Times has published the speech given by Kara Lysandra Ross at the International Guild of Realism’s 7th annual juried exhibition entitled “Why Realist Art Matters”.

To read the speech click here.

“Many people view art as a luxury, something to decorate a home with or simply something for people to view or create for fun or relaxation. In truth, art lies at the core of human existence, and with it has the power to not only influence an individual’s thoughts or beliefs, but can actually shape nations.”

by Ardith Starostka
Posted Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Former Scholarship Winner Solo Exhibition
Shane Wolf, who was a former ARC Scholarship Winner, and a Finalist in the 2011/2012 International ARC Salon ™ , will be having a Solo Show of his work at The Gallery L’Oeil du Prince, Paris, France. The pieces to be displayed are a part of a 20 painting series titled “The Eidolon Series”, celebrating the beauty, grace, strength and elegance of humanity. The opening reception will be on October 11th starting at 7pm. The exhibition will be open October 11th – October 28th. His ARC Finalist pieces will be included in this show and Shane Wolf is very excited to reveal the rest of the series to the public, which represent 2 years of personal research and work.

For more information on this and other shows, click here.

Posted Monday, October 1st, 2012