Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (09.17.2023)

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This past week, we spoke quite a bit about gallery dynamics. Here are a few resources that might be of interest to people looking to learn more about the subject:
Working with art galleries: what artists need to know.
Notes from Still Life Network Chat with Natalie Featherston and Anthony Waichulis.
Basic Strategies Re: Art Galleries & Representation.
How to Get a First Show at an Art Gallery by Alan Bamberger.

Congratulations, Julie Beck! She has received the Audrey Love Memorial Award from the Allied Artists of America for her painting You Can Do Anything, Magic Skeleton ( 16x16", Oil on panel). Allied Artists of America is a non-profit National Art Society composed of artists, sculptors, elected active members, and sustaining associate members from across the country.

Congratulations to Kelly Birkenruth! Her painting, Red and Yellow Onions (10x20", Oil on Panel), was sold at the Making Their Mark Exhibition at Susan Powell Fine Art Gallery. Kelly’s other works, as well as Julie Beck’s works for this show, can be viewed HERE.

Some of our conversation also revolved around framing this week. One of Anthony’s favorite online framing resources is

We also spoke about useful tools like point drivers, offset clips, and rabbet liners.
Point Drivers and Framing Points
Frameware Offset Clips (assorted offset clips on Amazon)
Rabbet Felt Liner Strip

Picture framing glossary:
Frame fitting, securing the contents of a frame.

Check out these colorful (as always) paintings by Diane Davich Craig. On the left: Salty Dog (16x20", Oil on ACM), based on the song performed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. On the right: The Sweet Escape (16x20", Oil on ACM), based on Gwen Stefani’s song The Sweet Escape. Both of these works will be on display at the Robert Lange Studios at the upcoming Versus Exhibition. For the show’s timeline, please check the gallery’s website.

Anthony mentioned in passing an interesting perceptual phenomenon called Chronostasis. If anyone is interested in learning more about it, you can start here: Chronostasis.

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

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.

Online Alla Prima Challenges 2024.
20 live painting alla prima sessions over 20 weeks (plus an introductory orientation) beginning on January 4th (orientation), 2024! (Registration starts December 5th!) For all my painter pals–I’m once again going to be hosting 20 weekly alla prima challenges via Zoom starting in January 2024. Sessions will be carried out each Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. Each session will last about 1 hour, which includes 30-45 minutes of painting time (depending on the challenge for that week) and 15-20 minutes of discussion about the goals of the exercise and some tips to make the effort more successful. After each session, participants will have one hour to share a photograph of their effort in a shared Dropbox folder that will serve as a private learning gallery for all participants. Links to the folder will be made available in an email like this one that precedes the session.

Prior to the first painting session, I will be hosting an “Orientation” session on January 4th. This will serve as an introduction to the challenges, a walkthrough of the primary goals, what is needed to participate, the role of the Dropbox gallery, and a general Q&A to ensure everyone is ready to go on January 11th!

If you are interested in learning about each challenge ahead of time, you can see the full schedule here: Alla Prima Challenges. Also, if you are interested, Smartermarx has additional info on the general strategies that I often use to approach the alla prima (specifically the SNAG concept – Survey, Notan, Anchors, and Gradations.) If you wish to join us, please sign up today! (You can unsubscribe from the list at any time.) To subscribe, follow the LINK. Please forward any additional questions to Anya Dribas, at

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