Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions Follow Up Letter (4-11-2021)

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! We would like to start by offering a sincere thank you to Thomas Nash for starring in our Artist Spotlight segment this week. It was wonderful to find out more about Thomas, his art career, and his incredible studio. We would also like to congratulate Thomas on his recent 50-year professional art career anniversary. To learn more about Thomas’ journey, please follow this LINK.

Thomas Nash mentioned Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) in his artist spotlight segment. Pictured on the right is a 14-year-old Thomas taking a drawing class at the ICA summer art camp. The Interlochen Center for the Arts was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing, and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists and inspired by the scenic beauty of the campus.

Congratulations to Debra Keirce for being a part of the 107th Annual Exhibition at Allied Artists of America. This is a special online exhibition for Associates to recognize the important role they play in the continued success of the organization. Associates make up the largest group of affiliated artists in the organization and play a vital role in the support and spirit of Allied Artists. To view the exhibit please follow this LINK.

Debra Keirce will participate in the highly competitive exhibit at the VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in Harrisonburg, VA. Her painting “Musical Notes” is among 85 artworks accepted into the show. Retirement Community centers are an exciting new venue to look into in your area, maybe for a solo or a group show.

We are all excited for Diane Davich Craig and Julie Beck to be part of the upcoming “Still Alive” exhibit at Robert Lange Studios. A collection of still-life paintings with an element of life. The show opens on June 4th, 2021.

Congratulations to Kelly Birkenruth for securing her spot in this year’s LA Art Show with Abend Gallery. The show will run from July 29th through August 1st, 2021. The LA Art Show is an international art exhibition that was originally conceived by the Fine Art Dealers Association. It is the largest art fair on the West Coast.

One of the books mentioned this past week was Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing by Margaret S. Livingstone. This insightful book by Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone presents a good rudimentary glimpse at the nature of visual perception. Anthony highly recommends this one!

Understanding Wood Supports for Art – A Brief History by Elaine Salazar.

Deborah Kommalan mentioned Color-aid Papers this week. These materials are available in a wide variety of brilliant hues, tints, and shades, perfect for exacting color layouts, stage and studio sets, mock-ups, collage, and paper sculpture.

Another book mentioned this week was Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. Josef Albers’s classic Interaction of Color is a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albers’s singular explanation of complex color theory principles.

Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists - Rigid Supports

Congratulation to Natalie Featherston on receiving an Honorable Mention Award for having the smallest paint collection. Natalie only uses 27 color tubes plus white and tubed neutrals. With the depth and breadth that we have come to expect from Natalie’s work—this is definitely impressive!

We are excited for both Karen Budan and Natalie Featherston to be a part of the American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Show. American Women Artists is a membership organization made up of women artists, patrons, and gallery owners throughout the United States and Canada. Since its inception, American Women Artists has worked diligently to bring women artists to the attention of the art world through museum shows, juried competitions in leading galleries around the country, symposiums, workshops, and international travel and exhibitions.

Congratulations to Karen Budan for being named as one of the esteemed judges for the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS). Karen will be judging this year’s Associate Member Online Exhibition.

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.

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