New ARC Allied Organization™
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, a new ARC Allied Organization™, encourages the development of excellence in art through its annual “Best of America” juried competition and exhibit as well as through other activities that include art workshops, instruction, online exhibits and public art education.

The 24th annual “Best of America” competition is now taking place at the Vine Gallery in Osage Beach, Missouri. Artists have a chance to win cash and merchandise prizes as well as have their work acknowledged by many national publications including Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Art of the West, and Southwest Art Magazine.

Red and White by Cheng Lian

To learn more about NOAPS, please click here.

For more information about the competition, please click here.

Posted November 10th, 2014

9th Annual IGOR Exhibition

Ernest, Which Stamp is Real?
by Don Clapper
The 9th Annual Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism will be hosted by Robert Lange Studios and unveil 75 artworks from 70 award winning artists from around the world.

The exhibition runs from November 7 - 28, 2014.

Among the artists exhibiting are ARC Living Masters™ David Bowers, Ardith Starostka and Vala Ola, ARC Associate Living Masters™ Don Clapper, Ed Copley, Mary Jane Q Cross, Jon Boe Paulsen, and James Van Fossan, as well as many former ARC Salon finalists.

For more information about this event, please click here.

Posted November 7th, 2014

Patrick Devonas Creating Monument
ARC Living Master™ Patrick Devonas is creating the first figurative monument dedicated to the victims of the witch burnings that occurred throughout Europe from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

The monument tells the story of Katharina Schmidlin, an 11 year old girl who said that she could make living birds out of clay, which resulted in her execution for witchcraft in 1652 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

About the monument, Patrick said, “To this day, women and children suffer most due to the all to common power hungry activities across the globe. This monument is meant to stand as a beacon of hope, that in the face of the most vile abuses, healing is possible for both victims and perpetrators.

Every human being has a little Katharina inside who was wronged at some point. The question is whether a person will fall prey to anger/ depression or find a transcending healing power. I think there are no recipes for healing, but a collective hope for it can help individuals find a unique path in the direction of personal healing and dignity.”

Bronze prototype for the Katharina monument by Patrick Devonas

Posted November 6th, 2014

Important 19th Century Art Auction

Dans Une Ville de Campagne Alger by Frederick Arthur Bridgman
On November 6th, Sotheby’s New York will have an auction of important 19th century European paintings.

This sale will consist of 110 lots and include important works by William Bouguereau, Leon-Jean-Basile Perrault, Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau, John William Godward, Frederick Arthur Bridgman and more.

To find out more about the auction, please click here.

Posted November 5th, 2014

Peter Fiore Exhibition
ARC Living Master™ Peter Fiore is having a solo show of 35 paintings running until November 30, 2014 at the Travis Gallery in New Hope, PA.

Opening night for the exhibit will be on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 5-8 p.m.

For more information about this exhibit, please click here.

Golden New Year by Peter Fiore

Posted November 4th, 2014

Max Ginsburg Open Studio and Sale
ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg will be opening his studio for visiting, viewing, and buying small works, studies, and illustrations.

The studio will be open from December 12 -14, 2014 and is located in Long Island City Arts Center, 44-02 23rd Street Studio 515, Long Island City, NY 11101.

For more information about this event, please email

Posted November 3rd, 2014

New ARC Associate Living Master™
ARC is pleased to welcome Jerry Luisi as an ARC Associate Living Master™.

“The subject matter of all my art is primarily the human figure. My work is a reflection of my basic view of the positive nature of humanity. Through the use of the figure, I attempt to show the beauty of the human spirit, both mind and body.

In my work, even though I’m presenting a moment in time in which the figures are mostly motionless, they all show the capacity to move and to live according to positive values.”

To see Jerry Luisi’s gallery, please click here.

Laurie – right side view by Jerry Luisi

Posted October 31st, 2014

PleinAir Magazine Salon Winners
The winners of the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon competition have been announced and are featured in PleinAir magazine’s e-newsletter.

Winner – Best Figurative
Chasing Shadows by John Buxton
Winners of the bi-monthly competition will be entered into the annual contest. Click here to take a look at the winners.

The October/November PleinAir Salon is now open, with the winners announced in mid-December. ARC Living Master, Joseph McGurl will be the judge of this upcoming competition.

To find out more details about this competition held by PleinAir Magazine, please click here.

Posted October 30th, 2014

New Sculpture Workshops at The Florence Academy of Art
The Florence Academy of Art offers a full time NASAD accredited Certificate program and intensive workshops in Sculpture. New this year is a two-week all-day course, Sculpting the Portrait from Life, with Eran Weber and Sanne Van Tongeren. Regular demonstrations and individual critiques will guide students through basic and advanced concepts of the portrait, light and form, anatomical and proportional canons to support a visual understanding, analyzing depth and understanding contour movement in space.

For information about the Florence Academy, please click here.

Solomon by Eran Webber
Life size, Bronze, 2010

Posted October 29th, 2014

Sign up for this Da Vinci Initiative workshop with Charles Miano & Mandy Hallenius at The Southern Atelier in Sarasota, FL.
Although appropriate for anyone wanting to increase their technical drawing skills, this weekend workshop is geared for art teachers. Participants will be introduced to a 19th century drawing curriculum known as The Charles Bargue Drawing Course. Throughout the workshop participants will learn how to control proportion, organize values, and increase their sensitivity when drawing realistically. K-12 lesson plans will be provided so that participants can immediately integrate these skill-based drawing concepts into their current curricula.
Sat – Sun 12/13-12/14 2014 – 9:30-12:30 & 1:00-4:00 – $300

To register, click here.

Posted October 28th, 2014

Last Day DVI Kickstarter
We are very happy to announce the DVI Kickstarter for their first online-class is fully funded! A very special thank you to all the backers! The support they have received not only financially but emotionally through your comments and letters has been truly inspiring and motivating to us all. The DVI does have other landmarks, the next one of which is a second course, so any additional funds that come in are more than welcome and will help them create even more great content.
Shadow Box Demo From NJ Art Education Conference
If more donations come in, but the second landmark is not met, they will use the funds to create a few shorter educational videos about different ways to use skill-based training in classrooms K-12. These will be posted for free to the public on their recently started YouTube channel which can be found by clicking here. The Kickstarter ends this Saturday at 7:28pm. They already have some ideas for these including a video on how to construct a low budget and collapsible controlled light box for classroom use, an image of which you can see here in this picture from the NJ educational conference they went to earlier this month.

To view the Kickstarter or to donate, click here.

Posted October 24th, 2014

The Uncanny Exhibition

The Proposal by David Gluck
October 3 – 31, 2014

SR Brennen Galleries – 124 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM, 87501

Former ARC International Salon Winners Teresa Oaxaca, David Gluck, and Katherine Stone take viewers on a journey to the mysterious side of the creative mind. Freed of devotion to observational truth and inspired instead by the meanderings of the mind, these paintings force the viewer into a world that is “uncomfortably strange”.

To see more on this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted October 23rd, 2014

11th Annual International ARC Salon Competition
We started accepting entries to the 2014/2015 International ARC Salon Competition on October 1st.

Participants will compete for recognition, cash prizes, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website, as well as in other reputable venues.

For the first time we will be having a live exhibition of some of the winners and finalists at the MEAM (Museum of European Art Modern), a museum dedicated to contemporary realism in Barcelona, Spain. Also, for the first time, we are offering an exhibition at a top New York City gallery. Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY will select a group of approximately 15 finalists who will be asked to supply the gallery with additional images. From those finalists, the gallery will choose 4 – 6 artists for a group show to be held at their gallery on 57th Street either late 2015 or early 2016. Also, Streamline Art Video will award one finalist a showcase as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.
The ARC Salon will also have press coverage in at least six magazines and two newspapers; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine will be publishing an article on the top winners of the 2014-2015 ARC Salon as well as select a finalist for a featured article. In addition, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine will all be giving out awards as well. This year Brandon Kralik will be writing an article on the 2014/2015 ARC Salon for the Huffington Post and ARC Director of Operations, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.

To read the prospectus and enter the competition, please click here.

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901

Detail of Dame Alice Owen
by George Frampton
This exhibition, the first of its kind, examines the making and viewing of sculpture in Britain and its empire during the reign of Queen Victoria.

The display features figure and relief sculptures in marble, bronze, silver, and wood, along with gems, cameos, and porcelain.

The exhibit runs until November 30, 2014 at the Yale Center for British Art.

For more information, please click here.

Posted October 21st, 2014

Studio Incamminati Open House
See Studio Incamminati firsthand at Open House. Learn about the Professional Program and talk to representatives from Chestnut Hill College, Studio Incamminat’s partner in the new Integrated Art Studio major. For those who want to sample both campuses, the college is also holding its Open House on Oct. 25.

There will be live painting demonstrations by faculty, alumni and students and guided tours including the private on-site faculty studios.

340 North 12th St., Philadelphia, PA

The First Element Earth by John Rowe
To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted October 20th, 2014

BACAA Workshops

Skeleton by Dan Thompson
The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier will be hosting a number of exciting workshops, classes and open model sessions in the winter of 2015. A few highlights are as follows:

Daytime portrait drawing and painting classes taught by Linda Dulaney on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with evening classes taught by Noah Buchanan and Chris Petrocchi. Weekend workshops taught by Sean Cheetham and Tony Pro. Noah Buchanan and Linda Dulaney will be presenting Artistic Lecture of the Cadaver at Stanford University. In addition, Dan Thompson will lead an Intensive structure and anatomy workshop at BACAA and Stanford, January 26-30, 2015.

For more information about these workshops and to register, please click here.

Posted October 17th, 2014

New ARC Associate Living Master™
John Rowe has created work for such companies as Disney, National Geographic, and Harper Collins, along with numerous private and public commissions.

“A great painting much like a great movie, book or song stirs the emotions of its viewer. It touches memories, expectations, feelings and thoughts inside them and it brings these to the surface. I feel that the more honestly I can access and focus on my human feelings while creating a painting the greater chance I have of connecting with someone else. My work is an attempt to look within in order to reach out to others.”

The First Element Earth by John Rowe
To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted October 16th, 2014

Please Donate Just $1
Greater amounts are of course welcome, but even a $1 donation will help the DVI Kickstarter come up with greater frequency within Kickstarter Searches. If even a small portion of our subscribers were to donate $1 we would easily fund this Kickstarter campaign. We need your help.
The Da Vinci Initiative has started a major fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to bring skill-based training in the visual arts to public schools K-12. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work.

To view the Kickstarter project and video or to donate, click here.

The Da Vinci Initiative is officially endorsed by the Washington Art Education Association.

Posted October 15th, 2014

Igor 9th Annual Exhibition
The 9th Annual Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism will be hosted by Robert Lange Studios and unveil 75 artworks from 70 award winning artists from around the world. IGOR has been an exclusive artist organization for over ten years and have over 500 juried professional artist members from over 35 countries.

Among the artists exhibiting are ARC Living Masters™ David Bowers and Vala Ola, ARC Associate Living Masters™ Don Clapper, Ed Copley, Mary Jane Q Cross, Jon Boe Paulsen, and James Van Fossan, as well as many former ARC Salon finalists.

Rosibel by James Van Fossan
To learn more about this other exhibits, please click here.

Posted October 14th, 2014

Florence Academy of Art – USA Academy
Starting January 2015, the Florence Academy New York Metro will offer a full time Certificate program in Drawing & Painting with places for 20 students.

Intensive workshops begin in March. Academic Director, Jordan Sokol, and principal instructors, Amaya Gurpide and Richard Greathouse, are all painters trained in the philosophy, language of instruction, and methodology guiding the Florence studio.

Drawing by Amaya Gurpide, Principal Instructor at The Florence Academy of Art New York Metro Branch
Exchanges between the Florence, Mölndal and the Jersey City studios will be frequent during the academic year. Students and faculty will travel between branches to spend a trimester or year studying abroad without experiencing any difference whatsoever in methodology, curriculum or teaching style. This offers students from the U.S. an important opportunity to experience Florence and Mölndal, live among its architectural masterpieces, and visit the museums and galleries important to the classical tradition. At the same time, thanks to our university status, Florence Academy students will earn U.S. college credit for their coursework done at any of our three locations.
for information and details on how to apply.

Click here to download the pdf.

Posted October 13th, 2014