Florence Academy of Art Exhibition
Drawn to Life: Celebrating the Tradition of the Academic Nude is a unique opportunity to view a rare collection of American, French, and Russian academic drawings and paintings, that have been put together thanks to the generous loans from The Art Students League, as well as private collectors and friends of The Florence Academy. With over 14 works exhibited, the artists include Richard Tweedy, Augustus Vincent Tack, Louis Fancher, Victor Hecht, Dennis Miller Bunker, and two rarely seen paintings by Abbott Thayer, among others.
The exhibition runs from February 13 – May 5, 2017 and takes place 888 Newark Avenue, FL 3, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

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Posted February 22nd, 2017

New Work Added to the ARC Live Exhibition
We are pleased to announce that Miss Rachel by Emanuela De Musis has been added to the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition.
“We look up at Miss Rachel and she looks down at us. Her lids are heavy with disregard, but her lips pout as though she may be inclined to tears. Does she bloom with conceit or shrink from some petty slight? Shoulders back, breast forward, head cocked, her posture passes from confidence to arrogance. She wears a prim white shirt, buttoned to the top, but is illuminated by a virginal white internal light which covers her with the humility of a Quaker. Miss Rachel, what truths do you keep to yourself? Likewise, there is a contradiction in her hands. She places them protectively, properly, on her lap, but in those relaxed fingers, is there a hint of her hidden contempt?”

This work is also available for sale. For inquiries please contact kara.ross@artrenewal.org.

The 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club, NYC from May 12th – June 1st with the public opening reception on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 3pm. The works will then travel to the MEAM Museum, Barcelona where they will be on view from September 23rd – November 27th.

To learn more about the exhibition and to see the other works that have joined the exhibition so far, visit our 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition Page. #12thARCSalon

Posted February 21st, 2017

Debra Keirce News and Events

First Place Winner
Sulphur Springs Minature Show
Guinness by Debra Keirce
ARC Living Artist™ Debra Keirce has recently been accepted as a member of the prestigious Copley Society of Art, which is the oldest non-profit art association in the United States.

She recently won first place in the Sulphur Springs Miniature Show, located at 1500 N Circle I Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643. The show runs until February 28, 2017.

Debra is also exhibiting two paintings in the Winter’s Tale Show taking place at the Tryst Gallery, 312 East Market St. Suite F, Leesburg VA 20176. The show runs until Wed, Mar 29, 2017.

To learn more about her current and upcoming shows, please click here.

Posted February 17th, 2017

New work added to the ARC Live Exhibition
We are pleased to announce that “The Thinker” by Marta Crawford has been added to the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition.
“When I create a work in charcoal, very often what inspires me is not a particular person, but a feeling. My work reflects what I am going through at the moment. Every piece is a new page in my diary. I have been an oil painter for the past decade, but as a child I had a passion for drawing, faces in particular. The past year has been a very difficult year for me and what I felt and went through couldn’t be written in color. This is how I returned to my childhood and decided to capture this feeling in a drawing. The Thinker is a male version of me. The model is not looking straight at us. He is looking away but up. Not wanting us to know what is going through his mind, but still hopeful about a brighter future.”
This work is also available for sale. For inquiries please contact kara.ross@artrenewal.org.

The 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club, NYC from May 12th – June 1st with the public opening reception on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 3pm. The works will then travel to the MEAM Museum, Barcelona where they will be on view from September 23nd – November 27th.

To learn more about the exhibition and to see the other works that have joined the exhibition so far, visit our 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition Page. #12thARCSalon

Posted February 16th, 2017

New ARC Associate Living Master™

Bella by Carla D’aguanno
Carla D’aguanno began her career as a movie poster artist and then as an illustrator of young adult and romance covers for several New York publishing companies. After she married, she turned to fine art and began painting children, animals and western genre scenes. Her love for the pioneer days of the west as well as children and horses is evident in her work. She describes her technique as expressive representational art. She claims her greatest challenge is bringing the beauty of her subjects to life on a canvas.

To view her gallery on ARC,
please click here.

Posted February 16th, 2017

New ARC Allied Organization
ARC is pleased to welcome the South African Portrait Society as our newest Allied Organization.
South African Portrait Society was created with the main purpose to enhance “Fine Art Portraiture” in South Africa. Their vision is to create a national platform where South African Artists can compete, learn and get inspired.
They also hope to pique the general public’s interest in portraiture by featuring excellent masterpieces (contemporary and old masters) on their social media platforms, as well as educate the public regarding the significance of fine art portraiture and why it is still relevant today, despite the development of modern technology like photography and digital imagery.

To learn more, please click here.

Posted February 15th, 2017

Tina Garrett Workshop
Come paint with two-time ARC Salon Purchase Award winner and ARC Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett in Tuscany!

This 5 day workshop is appropriate for all levels and is great for those who want to experience painting from life and from photos, both indoors and out in the relaxed and romantic atmosphere of Montalcino, Tuscany, among the vineyards of Brunelli Wine country!

- Paint the figure in the unique Tuscan landscape en plein air
- In the studio explore painting portraiture from both life and photos
- Learn three starting methods, full color wash, open grisaille and selective start

.October 16 – 20, 2017

8 student maximum, spouses and travel companions are welcome to attend all evening events and excursions! Optional Florence Museum Day and Nocturnal Plein Air Painting in Venice!

Hold your spot today: http://tinagarrett.com/payforlessons/

Posted February 14th, 2017

Work added to the ARC Live Exhibition
About the work, Vanessa Lemen says:
Letters To A Young Poet was inspired by the book with the same title by Rainer Maria Rilke. The painting evolved from an abstract vision using meditative marks and an exploration of what I felt was an important overall message resounding throughout the pages. I found myself coming back to this excerpt as a key source of inspiration for the painting: ‘Things are not all so tangible and expressible as one would mostly have us believe; most experiences are inexpressible, taking place in a realm which no word has ever entered, and more inexpressible than all else are works of art, mysterious existences, the life of which, while ours passes away, endures.’”
The 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club, NYC from May 12th – June 1st with the public opening reception on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 3pm. The works will then travel to the MEAM Museum, Barcelona where they will be on view from September 23nd – November 27th.

To learn more about the exhibition and to see the other works that have joined the exhibition so far, visit our 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition Page.

Posted February 13th, 2017

Lesson 17 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. This week they have released Lesson 17 on finishing the block in stage of the Bargue drawing.
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 subscribers and purchasers of the course 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 few videos for free now.

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Posted February 10th, 2017

Joke Frima Award
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ Joke Frima who has recently won second place still life in the Members Only competition of the Portrait Society of America for her painting, Eternal Return. The Members Only Competition, held annually, is open to all Portrait Society members in good standing. Each fall, up to five categories are offered and members can submit up to one artwork per category.

To view her gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted February 8th, 2017

Victorian Treasures
Victorian Treasures brings together more than 60 outstanding Victorian paintings and watercolors from the art collections of National Museums Liverpool. The exhibition explores the work of leading 19th-century classical artists such as Frederic Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edward John Poynter. It also showcases work from pioneering Pre-Raphaelite artists including John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.

The exhibit takes place at the Walker Art Gallery – William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL, UK and runs from January 27 – May 7, 2017.

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

Posted February 7th, 2017

American Miniatures Exhibition
American Miniatures at Settlers West is one of the best exhibitions of small original paintings and sculpture. More than 200 artists will participate in this stellar event, including works by ARC Living Master™ Joseph McGurl and Associate Living Masters™ Doug Zider and Mary Ross Buchholz.

The show takes place at Settlers West Gallery 6420 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85718 and begins on February 11, 2017.

To learn more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted February 7th, 2017

Carlo Dolci Exhibition
The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence is the first exhibition in America devoted to the luminous and meticulously rendered paintings and drawings of Italian artist Carlo Dolci.

The exhibition takes place at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College – 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 from February 10 – July 9, 2017.

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

Posted February 3rd, 2017

ARCALM™ Sergio Roffo in Fine Art Connoisseur
ARCALM™ Sergio Roffo has recently had an article on his work published on Fine Art Connoisseur’s website.

“Many view making art as a meditative practice that calms the nerves, provides clarity, and is fulfilling. For painter Sergio Roffo, that feeling of serene sanity is often achieved with brush in hand and beauty in mind.”


To read the full article, please click here.

Posted February 3rd, 2017

Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation
Honoring the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, the Legion of Honor will present a completely new installation of its extraordinary Rodin holdings in Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation. Approximately 50 objects in bronze, marble, and plaster—all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection—will be presented in a new context.
The exhibition runs from January 28, 2017 – December 31, 2017 at the Legion of Honor Museum, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121.

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Posted February 1st, 2017

Attention to Detail Exhibition
This exhibition features the work of 30 world-renown realist painters with an emphasis on detail-orientated works. ARC Living Master™ Anthony Waichulis will be among the artists exhibiting in the show.

The opening reception of the show takes place February 3, 2017, 5-8 pm at the Robert Lange Studio Gallery – 2 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

More information about this and other exhibitions can be found on our events page.

Posted February 1st, 2017

California Art Club 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
The California Art Club, an ARC Allied Organization™ , is holding it’s 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

This year’s Gold Medal Exhibition spotlights nearly 200 representational works of art from renowned contemporary-traditional fine artists, who have been active in expanding the interest in the plein air and classical arts heritage associated with the organization’s beginnings in 1909.

During the exhibition, the California Art Club will present events and educational programs that enable art enthusiasts to learn more about classical art forms.

The exhibition is being held at the Autry Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 from April 9 to 30, 2017.

For more information, please visit californiaartclub.org.

To see other events, visit our events page.

Posted January 30th, 2017

New ARC Approved Atelier™
The Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism is a new school, created by Rob Gutteridge in 2016 in Adelaide, the capital city of the state of South Australia, Australia. It provides atelier training in realist art with a focus on painting and drawing the human figure. Rob Gutteridge has been an artist and teacher for more than 40 years. His school developed out of the growing need expressed by local aspiring realist artists and students, for traditional skill based classical training in painting and drawing.
To learn more, please click here.

Posted January 27th, 2017

Bargue Lesson 16 Released
Lesson 16 in the Bargue course has just been released on Patreon!
Viewers supporting DVI on Patreon gain exclusive access to bonus tips and tricks videos with additional educational footage as well as access to the weekly footage one day in advance of the general public.

The entire course with additional footage can be purchased and downloaded now through DVI by clicking here.

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To order a copy of the Charles Bargue Drawing Course Book,
please click here.

Posted January 26th, 2017

Mandy Hallenius, DVI President in Epoch Times
Mandy Hallenius, an artist and art teacher, says children can master the skills needed to draw or paint whatever they can imagine. To help children gain these skills, as well as open up many avenues for cognitive development, the classic method of training visual artists should be salvaged from the past and incorporated into the curriculum today. She co-founded the DaVinci Initiative (DVI), with ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross, with this objective in mind.

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted January 26th, 2017