New ARC Purchase Award
We are pleased to announce the next purchase award for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. Carmen Ruiz Segura’s painting titled, Don Quijote, has now been added to the ARC Collection.
“This painting, Don Quijote, is apart of my paper series which I have recently been focusing on. I wanted to honor and commemorate the fourth centenary since the death of Don Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra.

Paper provides me the freedom and joy of creating my own models, to play between the reality of a still life and dreamlike fantasy, generating a new world where my imagination and the viewer can dance between what it is real and what it is not.”

All purchase awards will be exhibited at the live exhibition for the ARC Salon which will travel from the Salmagundi Club in New York City to the MEAM museum in Barcelona in 2017. More purchase award announcements to follow.

Posted November 3rd, 2016

Exhibition with He Lihuai
ARC Living Master™ He Lihuai is exhibiting a work in the Wayne Art Center’s “The Nude Figure Juried Exhibition”.

The exhibition is a survey of contemporary responses to the nude to illuminate resonances between traditions of imagining the figure and the artist’s personal experience. The theme of mirroring is a metaphor for the persistence of the nude as a theme in art and our shared visual understandings of the body.

The show runs from October 16 – November 19, 2016 at the Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA 19087.


To learn more about the show, click here.

Posted November 2nd, 2016

BACAA Workshops
ARC Approved™ Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACAA) is hosting a few key workshops for the winter season by artists Tony Curanaj, Ryan Brown, Jon deMartin, Steven Assael, and Kamille Corey.

In addition to the workshops, BACAA offers weekly classes on a continuous basis.

To learn more about the upcoming workshops, please click here.

Posted November 1st, 2016

Part VII in Educational Article Series Published
Part seven in a series of 15 plus articles on French and English Academic Painting by ARC COO, Kara Lysandra Ross, has been published in the Epoch Times. This article focuses on the Barbizon School and Naturalism.

“The naturalist Barbizon school of painters was a group of artists who gathered between 1830 and 1870 in the village of Barbizon near Fontainebleau Forest, France.

This group of artists was known as a movement that trended toward a more impressionist, plein air approach. They worked to capture peasant life and the rural landscape. Although these artists are usually allocated to naturalism, it is important to note that they did study at the academy schools, a fact that is not often mentioned.”

To read the full article, click here.


The Goose Girl of Mezy
by Leon-Augustin L’hermitte

Posted October 31st, 2016

ARC Salon Results
For all those eagerly awaiting the results of the 12th international ARC Salon competition, we will be announcing results a week from today, on Monday, November 7th.

Be sure to visit the ARC website at this time to view all the winners and finalists.

Posted October 31st, 2016

Exhibition Now Open
The exhibition and sale currently featuring works by the winners of the Rehs Contemporary Galleries award in the 11th International ARC Salon are now on exhibit. ARC Select, featuring works by Duffy Sheridan, Joseph McGurl, Richard Hall, Philippe Attie, Walter Rane, and Kari Tirrell will be on view through November 18th at Rehs Contemorary Galleries, 5 East 57th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Phone (212) 355-5710.
To view all the works online, click here.

For purchase inquiries please contact lance.rehs@gmail.com.

Posted October 28th, 2016

New ARC Purchase Award
We are pleased to announce the next purchase award for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. Adam Clague’s painting titled Knitter’s Gift has now been added to the ARC Collection.
“Inspiration for this painting sparked from the idea to create a flowing rhythm using strands of colorful yarn. On the day this young girl modeled, beautiful sunlight streamed through the window. This resulted in a stunning pattern of light and shadow and a great variety of whites, providing further inspiration for the piece. My wife and I always enjoy painting this young friend of ours because of her sweet spirit, and because she loves being a part of the painting process.”
All purchase awards will be exhibited at the live exhibition for the ARC Salon which will travel from the Salmagundi Club in New York City to the MEAM museum in Barcelona in 2017. More purchase award announcements to follow.

Posted October 28th, 2016

New Bargue Lesson 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. This week they have released Lesson 6 titled, “Why Bargue?”.
The DVI is using Patreon, a subscription service, and the sale of the course though its website, to finance the expense of producing high-quality video courses in order to provide broader access to training for students who are eager to learn atelier skills. Your patronage ensures that all students have access to this essential knowledge.
Patreon and purchasers through DVI will gain access to additional tips and tricks videos with additional educational footage. Patreon subscribers will also gain access to the weekly footage one day in advance of the general public, or the entire course with additional footage can be purchased in totality now through DVI by clicking here.

Please visit Patreon to subscribe, or come to the DVI YouTube channel for the first five videos for free now.

To make a donation to The Da Vinci Initiative, click here.

Posted October 27th, 2016

Free Lecture Series at The Florence Academy of Art
The ARC Approved™ Florence Academy of Art is holding a series of lectures throughout the Fall of 2016 at their US location at 888 Newark Avenue, FL 3, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

Stephen Bauman and Cornelia Hernes will be presenting a lecture about their upcoming exhibition “Bauman and Hernes – Selected Works” on October 28, 2016.

The actual exhibition will be on view at the Florence Academy of Art US location from October 30 – December 16, 2016.

All lectures are free, open to the public and begin at 5pm.

For more information about the lectures, please email Alexa Marino at info.us@florenceacademyofart.com.

Posted October 27th, 2016

New ARC Living Artist
ARC is pleased to welcome George Angelini as our newest ARC Living Artist™.
George Angelini’s current work has brought him full circle to why he loved art in the first place, by evoking a mood with his realism in a solid composition, letting the viewer experience the same emotion that made him want to paint a certain scene or portrait.

True happiness, Mr. Angelini believes, comes from following the path that was meant for one to follow in this life and he believes that, after many years, he is finally back on that path.

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted October 26th, 2016

Doug Zider Exhibition
ARC Associate Living Master™ Doug Zider will be holding a solo show of paintings and prints called “My Long Island” at the Kaiser Gallery, Molloy College – 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002.
The exhibition runs from October 28 – December 15, 2016, and the opening reception takes place on October 28th, 7 – 9 pm.

For more on this and other exhibitions, click here.

Posted October 26th, 2016

New ARC Associate Living Master
ARC is pleased to welcome Arina Gordienko as our newest ARC Associate Living Master™.
Arina Gordienko is an internationally acclaimed artist who is often known under her artist’s name of ‘ARINA’. She is passionately dedicated to the renaissance of the realistic traditions in painting and widely proclaims revival of beauty in art. She uses the old masters classic ‘sfumato’ technique in her work but with her own contemporary essence. She has developed her own significant style, combining traditional classical techniques with surreal imaginative compositions and a contemporary palette.

To view her gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted October 25th, 2016

Grand Central Atelier Exhibit
The ARC Approved™ Grand Central Atelier is holding an exhibition titled “New Arrivals” at Eleventh Street Arts located on 46-06 11th St., Long Island City, NY 11101.

Running from September 22 through November 4, 2016 the exhibition display will display the works of students and faculty of Grand Central Atelier.

There will also be a free Bach concert among the paintings on October 27, 2016 from 7- 9 pm.

For more information, please visit http://www.eleventhstreetarts.com.

Posted October 24th, 2016

New ARC Purchase Award
We are pleased to announce the next purchase award for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. Julie Bell’s painting titled, White Velvet has now been added to the ARC Collection.
“This horse’s name is Charmer and he belongs to my friend, Whip. As I painted and brought this image to life in my studio,I also brought along the very morning I met Charmer. Every time I look at this painting, all of my senses replay an exact recording of that day’s particular unique quality of air and sun, the pounding beats of Charmer’s hooves, the water from the last night’s rain splashing on me, the excitement in my heart at seeing Charmer prance around, snorting and delighting in these same elements. I’m overcome with gratitude for that moment.”
All purchase awards will be exhibited at the live exhibition for the ARC Salon which will travel from the Salmagundi Club in New York City to the MEAM museum in Barcelona in 2017. More purchase award announcements to follow.

Posted October 21st, 2016

New DVI Video Posted
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. This week they have released Lesson 5, on Sharpening Charcoal.
The DVI is using Patreon, a subscription service, and the sale of the course though its website, to finance the expense of producing high-quality video courses in order to provide broader access to training for students who are eager to learn atelier skills. Your patronage ensures that all students have access to this essential knowledge.
Patreon and purchasers through DVI will gain access to additional tips and tricks videos with additional educational footage. Patreon subscribers will also gain access to the weekly footage one day in advance of the general public, or the entire course with additional footage can be purchased in totality now through DVI by clicking here.

Please visit Patreon to subscribe, or come to the DVI YouTube channel for the first five videos for free now.

To make a donation to The Da Vinci Initiative, click here.

Posted October 21st, 2016

IX 2016
October 19 – 23, 2016
The world’s largest exhibition of Imaginative Realism, IX will showcase over 2000 artworks from over 200 international artists. There will be lectures, demonstrations , workshops, portfolio reviews, and film screening during the event. This year IX will be held at the Goggleworks Center For the Arts and Double Tree Hilton in Reading, PA.
Procession by Matthew Mrowka
For more information, please visit illuxcon.com

Posted October 21st, 2016

New Academy of Realist Art Instructional Video
ARC Approved™ Academy of Realist Art has recently released a new on-line instructional video about French Academic Painting.
ARA’s senior instructor Fernando Freitas takes you through a step-by-step process of the stages of painting.The video teaches a greater understanding of oil painting based on old master techniques from the imprimatura, drawing and dead colour stages, through to first and second painting stages.
Viewers will also learn the principles of lean to fat (or fat over lean), tools and materials, and paint application, as well as proportion, values, chroma, and edges.

To learn more, please click here.

Posted October 21st, 2016

Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt
More than 90 drawings and 27 paintings by such renowned Golden Age masters as Aelbert Cuyp, Pieter Jansz Saenredam, and Rembrandt van Rijn reveal the many ways Dutch artists used preliminary drawings in the painting process. The exhibition includes compositional drawings, individual figure studies, carefully ruled construction drawings, and sketchbooks. It also examines the underdrawings artists made on their panel and canvas supports before painting their scenes.

The exhibition runs until January 2, 2017 at the National Gallery of Art – 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

For more information, please click here.

Posted October 20th, 2016

ARC Select in Epoch Times
The Epoch Times has recently published an article on ARC Select 2016, which opens on October 22, 2016 with the opening reception from 1pm – 6pm.

The exhibition will be featuring works by the winners of the Rehs Contemporary Galleries award in the 11th International ARC Salon.


Young Girl at the Seashore
by Duffy Sheridan
“Continuing its efforts to expand representational art, the Art Renewal Center (ARC) has started to help artists connect with galleries. It teamed up first with Rehs Contemporary Galleries Inc., which has made all of its wall space available for a group show, ARC Select 2016, opening on Oct 22.

ARC has become an online hub for contemporary realism. It organizes skill-based art training programs, scholarship competitions, and salons, and has been building an online museum of over 7,000 artists since 1999.

Howard Rehs, of Rehs Galleries, selected six artists from ARC’s annual Salon finalists. The show comprises an eclectic mix of contemporary realist styles of landscapes, figure, and still life paintings. The artists, all highly skilled, painted new works specifically for the inaugural show.”


Twilight, Hudson River by Joseph McGurl
To read the entire article, please click here.

The show will run from October 22nd – November 18th, 2016.

Posted October 19th, 2016

William Merritt Chase Exhibition
The first complete examination of the artist in more than three decades, “William Merritt Chase” brings together 80 of the painter’s finest works in both oil and pastel, drawn from public and private collections across the US.

The show takes place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and runs from October 9, 2016 – January 16, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Posted October 18th, 2016