Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (03-07-2021)

Artist Round Table Zoom Bi-Monthly Sessions Follow Up Newsletter

Greetings, you are receiving this newsletter because you are registered for our Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions. We will be sending a follow-up newsletter like this after each session to highlight the key points that were discussed. We hope that you are having a great and art-productive week! Happy International Women’s Day to all the ladies in the group!

Congratulations to the ladies whose artwork was selected for American Women Artists National Online Juried Show, Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Works of American Women Artists , May 20 – August 21, 2021. AWA is committed to providing women artists with museum exhibition opportunities.
Natalie Featherston - The Truth Is Out, 17x19", Oil
Debra Kierce - Hoisted,18x26.5", Oil
Kelly Birkenruth - Wrapped in Secrets, 22x28", Oil
Karen Budan - Playing with Black and White, 20x16x0.25", Oil
Jamie Lindholm - The Interconnectedness of Geography and Viewpoint, 18x18", Oil

All of us at Ani Art Academies were very excited to find out last week that the digital copies of the artwork created by three Ani Alumni are going to the moon! A time capsule is set to be aboard Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander and scheduled to land on the Moon in late 2021. Ani Alumni whose artwork will be included in the time capsule are Victoria Steel, Leah Waichulis, and Kierstin C. Young. For more on the 2021 Mission to the moon please click HERE.

Debra Kierce has been busy!!!
Congratulations to Debra on all of her recent accomplishments!
Three of her paintings got accepted into a permanent collection of the United States Coast Guard. Always Ready (12.5x36", Oil), Friends (18x 27.75, Oil), and Hoisted (18x26.5", Oil) will make a great addition to the collection. The Salmagundi Excellence Committee was impressed by Debra’s formidable talent as well as her dedication and commitment to the art program, as we all are!

Debra’s painting Under the Sun was selected to be included in the annual Pintura Floral Exhibition. Exhibition Dates March 19 - April 24, 2021. Studio Pintura Fine Art Gallery specializes in Contemporary Realist and Impressionist works located in Minneapolis, MN.

One more great accomplishment by Debra Kierce. She is on fire! Debra took second place at the 17th Annual Bryn Du Art Show, which will be held from March 5 - 27, 2021. The event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly. Please take a moment to view THIS wonderful video about the art show, and an introduction by Bruce Cramer, Executive Director.

We are starting a new and exciting section in our Zoom Roundtable sessions - Artist Spotlight . At the beginning of each session, we will hear from one of the artists in the group about themselves, their artistic journey, career, etc. Next session the spotlight is on Debra Kierce.

The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance by K. Anders Ericsson (Editor), Robert R. Hoffman (Editor), Aaron Kozbelt (Editor), A. Mark Williams (Editor).

The Painter and the Thief Documentary, 2020. An artist befriends the thief who stole her paintings. She becomes his closest ally when he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full-time care, even if her paintings are not found. But then the tables turn.

Thank you Tony Lombardo for giving us this example of how thin the gesso layer is on these Ampersand Gessobord panels.

The Art of the Steal Documentary, 2009. A film that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. Link to the full documentary on Youtube.

Congratulations to Julie Beck on becoming a part of the Trekell Art Supplies Pro Team member. Trekell Art Supplies offers professional-quality artist products. Please check out the links below for Julie’s personal favorites, and if make a purchase using these links, Julie gets a kickback. If they are a student or teacher, you can get a 10% discount, please check the website’s for info for that.
Featured products: panels, brushes
Julie’s personal 11 Piece Brush Set
You can also win an online webinar with Julie - sign up today!

Join Julie for an online webinar - Mix, Match, and Master the Color Study. During this one-day webinar, Julie will be giving a crash course in color mixing and color theory, how and why to execute a color study and a color study demo from start to finish.

We are excited for Natalie Featherston and Julie Beck to be a part of the still life group show at Bowersock Gallery, MA. Opening August 6th, 2021. Take a moment to take a walk through the gallery in THIS 3D simulation.

If you have recently completed or sold work, and the topic did not come up during the session, you can always send it to me directly to be featured in the follow-up newsletter. Anya at

In between our bi-weekly Artist Round Table Sessions feel free to come and join the discussions on Smartermarx.