Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (07-09-2023)

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 discussed during the roundtable.

Congratulations to Kelly Birkenruth! Her painting Beautiful Boy, won Honorable Mention in the International Biennial Portrait Competition at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition. The exhibition will run through September 2, 2023.

Check out this republished article featuring Debra Keirce on Inspire Me Today. It is an article Debra wrote several years ago, about daring to dream a big dream.

Last week Meta introduced a new social media platform - Threads. To learn more, please follow the LINK.

In regard to paint mixing this week, Anthony and Tony mentioned an online tool called Sensualogic Paintmaker. It is based on Zolt Kovac’s Color Mixing Tools.

Anthony mentioned the topic of “needle point” sharpening this week. Here is a link to the article he mentioned in which we evaluated many of the claims surrounding needle point use. Getting to the Point (The Pencil Point that Is…)

Below is the link to the electric sharpener that ÀNI Art Academies apprentices use.
School Smart Vertical Pencil Sharpener, Electric.

Check out this video on bracing panels by artist Kevin Moore. Links to a few bracing panels clamps is below:
Bar Clamps For Woodworking
Pony 14-Pack Assorted Spring Clamp
Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader
DeWalt T33234 - Trigger Clamp

The upcoming show mentioned by Thomas Nash: Fashioned by Sargent.
“Fashioned by Sargent” explores the artist’s complex relationship with his often-affluent clients and their clothes. The exhibition reveals Sargent’s power over his sitters’ images by considering the liberties he took with sartorial choices to express distinctive personalities, social positions, professions, gender identities, and nationalities."

Check out Tony’s Lombardo work at the annual Connections VII exhibitions at the Atlantic Gallery, NY.
“Atlantic Gallery is pleased to present Connections VII, our annual Artists Selecting Artists exhibition. The annual “Connections” show, emphasizes the bonds between artist-friends who share thoughts about their work, communicate through their work, and admire and appreciate each other’s work.”

We are excited to announce Capturing Realism Caribbean, ÀNI Art Academies’ largest exhibition featuring our Caribbean-based apprentices, instructors, and alums. The exhibition will open on November 3rd, 2023, at Santo Domingo’s Arte San Ramón Gallery and will be on display through December 31st, 2023. Please join us in celebrating the artwork of our Caribbean-based artist!

This October, Denver’s Gallery 1261 proudly presents a special showcase of contemporary artworks that explores the realm of high-definition realism. Curated by Anthony Waichulis, this new exhibition aims a spotlight on works some may often describe as “tight.” The exhibition will open on October 21, and the opening reception will be from 4 -6 PM. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the best in realism in person!
Representational painters have long had their efforts categorized along a spectrum of definition or abstraction. On one end of that spectrum, dubbed loose, we tend to find artwork with wonderfully bold abstractions and incredibly masterful brevity. In contrast, the other end, dubbed tight, is populated with impressive realizations of great complexity and meticulous precision. Virtuosity can be found equally across the entirety of this spectrum; in the artists that can abstract a subject down to ten brushstrokes, the artists that choose to manifest that same subject with a thousand, and the countless artists chasing their own blend of definition and abstraction in between.
Tight celebrates those that continue to redefine the landscape on the high-definition end of this spectrum of representation. The artists selected for this special showcase continue to awe and inspire with their endeavors, achieving levels of resolution and depth that elicit experiences of wonder and fascination for any viewer. Demonstrable virtuosity, compelling subject matter, and mind-blowing levels of resolution are sure to be present in many combinations—so do not miss this amazing collection of work.
Participating artists include Julie Beck, Helen Crispino, Tony Curanaj, Rodney O’Dell Davis, Natalie Featherston, Scott Fraser, Serge Marshennikov, Kevin A. Moore, Renato Muccillo, Duffy Sheridan, Joseph Todorovitch, Anthony Waichulis (among others.)
Exhibition Dates: October 21 - November 4, 2023

Color Bootcamp - A Practical Guide to Dynamic Color. Dates: 12/15/2023-12/17/2023. In this three-day in-person workshop (great for absolute beginners or veteran painters), we will dive into the complex world of color mixing, perception, and relationships.

The Fabric of Still Life Oil Painting - 8/3/2023 - 8/5/2023, Lancaster Marriott and Convention Center, Pennsylvania.
The Fabric of Still Life Oil Painting - 9/1/2023 - 9/3/2023, River Valley Arts Center, Arkansas.
The Fabric of Still Life Oil Painting - 9/13/2023 - 9/15/2023, Florence Thomas Art School, North Carolina

“Master artists have studied fabrics for centuries. When you learn to draw and paint the folds in fabric realistically, you are learning to “turn form” or paint realism. That means you are learning magic. In this, students will spend the exploring of different fabric textures and folds in a still life. By the end of the workshop, students will have learned the essential steps to creating a realistic painting. Students will be working from photographs provided by the teacher in order to focus on painting techniques instead of drawing.”

BOSTON: Academy of Realist Art Boston - July 26-30th, 2023
BOULDER: Boulder Art Association - October 24-28th, 2023
SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Artists School - December 4-8th, 2023
Natalie’s painting workshops explore foundational oil painting skills through the genre of trompe l’oeil, where paintings deceive the eye by making a flat surface appear three-dimensional and hyper-realistic.

Join instructor Anthony Waichulis for his lecture, “Building a Better Artist,” which he will present at the 16th Annual Imaginative Realism art show in Reading PA. The talk will be about a basic framework to better navigate the ever-growing ocean of art education resources out there.
“From the many different formal curricula/programs to “how-to” books to YouTube videos—the amount of information for aspiring artists to sift through can be staggering. Consider joining me this October to explore how one might better illuminate an ideal development path by examining several aspects of the art experience and how different resources can impact your engagement with it.”
Date and time: Thursday, October 19th at 11 am.

The ÀNI Art Academies social media team has been working on an exciting project. Spearheaded by Rachel Miller at our Dominicana campus, they have been interviewing our students so that you can get to know them better. You will learn why they created their art, chose ÀNI, and their rich, culturally diverse backgrounds. These interviews are being presented on our Instagram and Tiktok accounts. Make sure you follow us there to stay up to date!
Click on each image to see the full interview.

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