Mark Lovett Commissioned to Recreate the Mona Lisa
ARC Associate Living Master™, Mark Lovett, has been commissioned to recreate Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting the Mona Lisa and has created a page with an in-depth study of the work.

Join Lovett as he goes back to the early 1500’s and walks in the footsteps of the great master himself. Lovett will be posting pictures of his replica work at various stages and describing details of the painting process and challenges along the way.

View the special page Lovett has created to learn many fascinating facts about the work, the artist, the old masters painting process, the great heist, the Golden Ratio and much more.

To visit the page, please click here.

Posted October 29th, 2015

The Florence Academy of Art’s Patrons and Artists Beaux Arts Ball
The Florence Academy of Art has organized a gala evening in New York City for friends and patrons. It will take place at the Cipriani, 25 Broadway, on November 6. The Beaux Arts Ball theme comes from the annual costume ball traditionally given by the students of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century, so guests are invited to dress up as their favorite artist, patron or character from history. The gala will honor several individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts: in addition to Florence Academy Founder, Daniel Graves, the gala will honor Jacob Collins, fellow realist painter and founder of the Grand Central Atelier, Christopher Forbes, Vice Chairman of the Forbes Publishing company, Eric Rhoads, Chairman/Publisher Streamline Publishing, Inc. Judith Kudlow, patron and co-founder of the Harlem Studio School of Art, and painter, Stone Roberts. The evening will wrap up with the sale of a dozen special paintings from a few notable artists and a parade of costumes.
The gala is the academy’s first fundraiser in New York. Proceeds will go towards the renovation of its newly purchased facility in Florence and its transformation into an international campus for realism.

For more information about the Ball contact info.us@florenceacademyofart.com or to purchase tickets or make a donation, click here.

Posted October 28th, 2015

ARC Salon Competition Postponed until March 1, 2016
Due to the live exhibition of the 2014/2015 ARC Salon which will be exhibiting at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona from November 17 – December 28, 2015 and then at the Salmagundi Club, NYC, from January 18 – February 4th, 2016, we have postponed accepting entries to the 2016 International ARC Salon until March 1, 2016. We will be accepting entries from March 1 – June 15, 2016. For this upcoming ARC Salon we will be introducing a new, eighth category, dedicated to Portraiture. This is sure to be our largest competition yet with the largest cash awards and the most publicity to date.

Reminders will be sent out about entering the 2016 ARC Salon as we approach the entry period and when we announce the full updated ARC Salon Competition Prospectus for the 2016 Competition.

Posted October 27th, 2015

Important 19th Century Art Auctions
A series of auctions featuring 19th century art will be taking place in three major New York City auction houses in the next two weeks.

Christie’s will hold their 19th Century auction on October 28, 2015 at their New York Rockefeller Center location. Works by Bouguereau, Zorn, L’hermitte, Grimshaw and Beraud will be on sale. The pre-sale is on view to the public now until Tuesday October 27, at 2pm. Regular viewing hours are 10am – 5pm.

On November 3, 2015, Sotheby’s will hold their 19th Century Art auction with works by Godward, Cave, Boldini, Bouguereau and Von Blaas among many others. The public viewing of these works will be from Friday October 30th – Monday November 2nd, 10am to 5pm. Bonham’s will also hold their 19th Century Auction on November 4, 2015 with viewing dates directly before.

For more information about these auctions, please visit our events page.

Posted October 26th, 2015

Six New Works Added to ARC Live Salon
Today we are adding an Honorable Mention in the Still Life Category by Richard Hall, two Honorable Mentions in the Drawing Category by Stephen Bauman and Albert Ramos Cortes, a Rehs Award Finalist by Lacey Lewis, a Knohl Collection Award by Christina Mastrangelo, and a Chairman’s Choice Award by Theresa Elliot.

Minotaur (Part I)
by Albert Ramos Cortes
“Entering a labyrinth can be a deliberate choice. Often times it is a random event and it occurs every second of every day of everyone’s life. This first part of my diptych ‘Minotaur’ depicts the former, the heroic act of crossing a new and unknown threshold knowing that one might get lost with a monster waiting patiently in the dark.

This painting is about me and also about you. It is about daily struggles and colossal endeavors. It is about honoring the most sacred of all the journeys: the journey to become a Hero. All my current work is about this one big journey, its challenges and the solutions to them.”

- Albert Ramos Cortes

We have received a number of requests from artists who have been asked to participate in the live exhibition if we will provide an opportunity for them to sell their paintings. Because of this we have decided to do so. Many of the works on exhibit are also available for sale, a full list of these works can be found at the below link.

To view newly added write-ups on these works and to see which pieces are available to purchase, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted October 23rd, 2015

ARC Living Master™ Garin Baker Interview
ARC Living Master™ Garin Baker recently completed a three part interview about his life and career which can be viewed here: http://www.juskathryn.com/blog/garin-baker/.

Other interviews with ARC Living Masters™ Michael John Angel and Cesar Santos, and head of the ARC Approved™ Golden Gate Academy, Andrew Ameral, can be found on the site as well.

Posted October 22nd, 2015

The Representational Art Conference 2015
November 1 – 4, 2015

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach – 450 East Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001

The Representational Art Conference 2015 (TRAC2015) is the premier international art conference focused on the philosophical underpinnings of representational art in the 21st Century. This year TRAC will explore the roots and principles of representation as they emerge after postmodernity. What are its guiding principles? Are there aesthetic themes that connect works of representational art?

TRAC provides a platform for discussion. It does not aspire to establish a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, to help to understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions. ARC Chairman Frederick C. Ross will be a keynote speaker at this event on November 3rd.

Posted October 21st, 2015

The Worlds of M. C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination
Comprising more than 130 woodcuts, lithographs, wood engravings, and mezzotints, as well as numerous drawings, watercolors, wood blocks, and lithographic stones never before exhibited, “The Worlds of M. C. Escher” surveys the Dutch graphic artist’s entire career, from his earliest print to his final masterpiece.

The exhibition runs from October 17, 2015 – January 17, 2016 and is being held at the North Carolina Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607.

For more information on this and other events, please visit our events page.

Posted October 20th, 2015

ARC Living Master Solo Show
ARC Living Master™ Shaun Downey strives to breathe fresh life into realist painting by combining classical ideals within the context of his own life and surroundings. His paintings have elements of decades past, but are firmly grounded in the present day. Often painting his wife and friends within the confines of his home, we are allowed a glance into his world as he reveals his efforts to capture the fleeting beauty of modern life.

The show is being held at Galerie de Bellefeuille 1367 avenue Greene Montreal, Quebec H3Z 2A8 from November 7-17th, 2015.

The opening reception takes place on November 7th, from 2-5pm.

Posted October 19th, 2015

Five New Works Added for Live ARC Salon
Five new works have been added to the list of paintings to be exhibited in the traveling exhibition for the 2014/2015 ARC Salon. The newest additions are Victoria Steel’s First Place Drawing winner, an Honorable Mention in the Still Life Category by Vince Natale, an Honorable Mention in the Animal Category by Radoslav Kirilov Vasilev, Best Social Commentary Runner-Up by ARC Living Master™ Han Wu Shen and a Figurative finalist work by ARC Living Master™ Tony Pro.

“I was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s original tale of The Little Mermaid. Most know the story to have a happy ending. However, in the classic tale, the heroine realizes that by the end of her allotted time on earth, she cannot get the prince to fall in love with her. Her sisters barter with the antagonist (the sea witch) and are given a dagger that the little mermaid must slay the prince with, which will allow the mermaid to live on. Instead of doing this, the mermaid throws herself into the water and dissolves into sea foam. Her new found soul does not fade, but rather becomes an air wraith that is promised to heaven. Anderson’s tale paints the heroine as a more beautiful, more innocent soul- untouched by jealousy and emitting a love more pure than the will to survive. …”

-Victoria Steel

We have received a number of requests from artists who have been asked to participate in the live exhibition if we will provide an opportunity for them to sell their paintings. Because of this we have decided to do so. Many of the works on exhibit are also available for sale, a full list of these works can be found at the below link.
Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea
by Victoria Steel
To view newly added write-ups on these works and to see which pieces are available to purchase, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted October 16th, 2015

ARC Live Salon Event Tickets Available
ARC will be planning several lectures and educational events during the time the 2014/2015 ARC Salon live exhibition will be in New York. This will include a speech by ARC Chairman Fred Ross, and a collaboration with the Da Vinci Initiative, whose mission is to bring skill-based techniques, like those embodied by the works in the ARC Salon, into K – 12 classrooms. They are also planning a special forum for high-school students and teachers on the atelier training method and its benefits for those interested in pursuing a professional career in the arts. There will also be several other events including a discussion with Julie Bell and David Palumbo titled Fine art, Illustration and the Gaming Industry.
To learn about these and other events and to purchase tickets, please click here: http://www.arc-store.com/arcevents.html.

Posted October 15th, 2015

Sidney Lazarus: Fantastical and Visionary Works
October 29th through December 19th, 2015

Shepherd W & K Galleries
58 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

Catalog available at:
www.shepherdgallery.com

From October 29th through December 19th, 2015, the Shepherd W & K Galleries in New York City will be holding a one-man exhibition of the drawings of 20th century artist, Sidney Lazarus, entitled: Sidney Lazarus; Fantastical and Visionary Works.

This is the first exhibition of his work since his death in 1973. Sidney Lazarus is the uncle of ARC’s Editor-in-Chief, Sherry Lazarus Ross and Sherry has always considered her uncle one of the most important mentors of her youth. He died when she was twenty-three. She is delighted that his work will be on exhibit for this one-man show at the prestigious Shepherd Galleries. “I’m thrilled that the public will get to enjoy his unique vision, his private and imaginative world, his sense of playfulness mixed with dark humor. He was a fine poet too and well-read in philosophy. His work reflects this. It is poetic, satiric, philosophical, playful and often disturbing. He is uniquely himself, but one can see his love of Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Dore and Blake as well as other predecessors such as Odilon Redon, James Ensor, Felicien Rops, Alfred Kubin and Heinrich Kley. Sidney was mentored by Jean Charlot and he and my Aunt Sylvia were friends throughout their lives with Al Hirschfeld and Alexander King and their wives. I believe viewers will be pulled into his world, intrigued and delighted.”

Posted October 14th, 2015

California Plein Air Painters Call for Signature Members 2015
California Plein Air Painters, an ARC Allied Organization™, is currently seeking to add up to 20 new Signature Members. Artwork may be submitted through October 31, 2015. Out-of-State Artists are welcome to apply providing that their artwork clearly depicts California locations. The selection of artists will be done by an independent jury panel consisting of nationally acclaimed artists. Artists are required to submit three images online. Selection will be based upon the quality of the entire portfolio submitted. Notifications will be posted on the CPAP website on or before November 20, 2015. There is no entry fee required. The Prospectus and other details can be viewed here.

Posted October 13th, 2015

IGOR 10th Anniversary
ARC Allied Organization™, the International Guild of Realism, recently held a series of events to celebrate their 10th Annual Exhibition.
From August 26th – 28th IGOR held a “Rendezvous in Alexandria, VA”. Over 25 artists attended the three days of art events including a trip to Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art.

The Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Viriginia hosted the exhibit.

To view a video recap of the event, please click here: https://youtu.be/FWxipXibtX4.

Posted October 12th, 2015

7 New Works Added to ARC Live Salon
Seven new works have been added to the list of paintings to be exhibited in the traveling exhibition for the 2014/2015 ARC Salon. Today we are adding Kamille Corry’s Third Place Drawing winner, the honorable mention in the Animal Category by ARC Living Master™ Julie Bell, two honorable mentions in the Imaginative Realism Category, one by Giuseppe Guidani and another by Janne Jaaskelainen, a Rehs Award Finalist by Francois Chariter, a Lessons in Classical Painting Publication Winner by Tadashi Kashiwada, and a figurative finalist work by Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez who also won an honorable mention in the figurative category.
“The very fact that a large part of our brain is all about emotion and communication is proof that connecting with others is a vital part of our survival. People have told me that when they look at my animal paintings, they feel like they are ‘one of them.’ They can truly identify.

The tender but solid bond of these two lions in You and Me reminds me of myself and the love of my life, my husband, Boris; but also, in the more universal sense, You and Me represents you, the viewer, and me, the artist. I’m communicating with you on a subconscious level because we are this.”

– Julie Bell

We have received a number of requests from artists who have been asked to participate in the live exhibition if we will provide an opportunity for them to sell their paintings. Because of this we have decided to do so. Many of the works on exhibit are also available for sale, a full list of these works can be found at the below link.

To view newly added write-ups on these works and to see which pieces are available for purchase, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted October 11th, 2015

Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting
For more than five hundred years, the Alba family has formed part of one of the most important aristocratic lineages in Europe, not only because of its military, political, and social significance, but also due to the relevance of its cultural patronage and its art collecting. Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting will display some of the finest examples from this collecting tradition, from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries up to the end of the twentieth century, in a display of continuity unparalleled by other large European collections.

The exhibit runs from September 11, 2015 – January 3, 2016 at the Meadows Museum – 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205.

To learn more, please visit our events page.

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Posted October 8th, 2015

DVI Art Education Conferences
The Da Vinci Initiative, an ARC Allied Organization™, focusing on K-12 art education, was honored to have co-founder Mandy Hallenius invited as the the keynote speaker at the Idaho Art Education Association conference this past week. The DVI will be traveling to seven states this fall, presenting on the importance of skill-based training in the visual arts in public and private schools across the USA.

To make a donation to the DVI, A 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation, click here.

Posted October 7th, 2015

The Botticelli Renaissance
The Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli is celebrated as one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance. His paintings have been endlessly reproduced and interpreted.
The exhibition traces the fascinating history of these shifting appropriations and re-evaluations right up to the present and is the first to present the artist’s work – a selection of more than fifty originals by Botticelli – in the context of these adaptations and interpretations in a wide range of media spanning painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, fashion and design. Among the 150 works on display are numerous masterpieces by artists such as Edgar Degas, Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
This exhibit is being held at the Gemäldegalerie – Matthäikirchplatz 10785 Berlin, Germany from September 2, 2015 – January 1, 2016.

For more information on this and other events, please click here.

Posted October 6th, 2015

American Masters Exhibition and Sale
A fine art sale held for the benefit of Salmagundi, American Masters will return to adorn the Club’s newly renovated Upper Gallery with works of art by nationally recognized artists not often exhibited in New York.

Among the many artists represented will be ARC Living Master™ Joseph McGurl and ARC Associate Living Masters™ Garin Baker and Thomas Kegler.

The show opens October 5th and runs through the 23rd. The Gala Event and sale will take place on Friday evening, October 16, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

An Art Collectors’ Panel Discussion moderated by Peter Trippi will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 6:30pm.

For more information about this event, please click here.

Posted October 5th, 2015

Five New Additions to ARC Live Salon
Five new works have been added to the list of paintings to be exhibited in the traveling exhibition for the 2014/2015 ARC Salon. Today we are adding an Honorable Mention in the Landscape Category by George Bodine, and finalist in the landscape category by Ken Salaz, a Staff Award by Maureen Thompson, a finalist by ARC Living Master™ Joke Frima, and a finalist in the figurative category by ARC Living Master ™ Hsin-Yao Tseng.
Staff Award – Flight: Homage to Da Vinci
by Maureen Thompson
Flight: Homage to Da Vinci, focuses on Leonardo’s fascination with how birds fly and his studies of flying machines. In this painting I have represented Leonardo’s aerial screw, a helical structure covered with linen cloth, a device that was designed to compress air to obtain flight. His sketches illustrate an aircraft that was 15 feet in diameter and was to be powered by four men that stood on a central platform. The falling feathers, represent a story of how he would buy caged birds at the market and release them, then take notes and make sketches of their flight. In the background is placed a leather-bound notebook, a constant companion, and further to the left, in the shadows, an empty birdcage. I tried to imagine his studio with the natural light from a high window illuminating his worktable filled with inventions, sketches and thoughts. My favorite Leonardo Da Vinci quote is, ‘The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.’”

- Maureen Thompson

We have received a number of requests from artists who have been asked to participate in the live exhibition if we will provide an opportunity for them to sell their paintings. Because of this we have decided to do so. Many of the works on exhibit are also available for sale, a full list of these works can be found at the below link.


To view newly added write-ups on these works and to see which pieces are available for purchase, please visit the page we’ve created for the exhibition by clicking here.

Posted October 2nd, 2015