PleinAir Award Winner Featured on Magazine Cover
John Pototschnik, winner of the PleinAir Magazine Award in the ARC International 2013-2014 Salon, has been featured on the cover of the August/September 2014 issue. Also, included in the issue is an article about the artist.

“The gentle narrative found in my paintings evolves as the images take shape,” explains John Pototschnik… “It is a natural, unforced means of expressing the way I wish life was, and the way it could be again. I think of the paintings as expressions of the America we all love…”

To buy a copy of the magazine or subscribe to PleinAir, please click here.

Posted September 17th, 2014

IlluXcon Begins Tomorrow
IlluXcon is the ground-breaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to imaginative realism. This event, beginning on September 17th through Sunday September 21st, brings artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism and all that’s encompassed in the realm of the fantastic.

Tickets for the full 5-day event ($175) are available online at www.illuxcon.com; single day tickets ($32) for Saturday/Sunday ONLY are available from the Allentown Art Museum and TicketLeap (see museum website for details).

Allentown Art Museum – 131 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PA 18101


Joan of Arc by Michael C. Hayes

Posted September 16th, 2014

New Video on ARC
Artist and art instructor Robert Florczak has created a video lecture for Prager University entitled “Why is Modern Art So Bad?”. The five minute lecture supports the return of classical standards in art and clearly shows you why. It does a great job of showing the failures of modern art, a subject that has become a source of much needed debate in the art world.

To view the video, please click here.

Posted September 15th, 2014

BACAA Workshops

Shrine by Noah Buchanan, Marla Gorretis
The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier will be hosting a number of exciting workshops, classes and open model sessions this fall.

Some of the workshops that still having remaining spots are listed below:

1. Noah Buchanan – Tuesday, Evening Figure Painting Sessions.
2. Linda Dulaney – Tuesday & Thursday, Daytime Portrait Drawing and Painting classes with a live model and natural north light.
3. 2 and 3 day workshops with Sean Cheetham and Tony Pro.
4. Noah Buchanan and Linda Dulaney – Stanford Artistic Lecture and observations of the cadaver.
5. Steve Perkins – Two separate workshops October 27-31 and Nov 3-7, 2014.

Please click here for more information.

Posted September 12th, 2014

Chiaroscuro: Impressions and Imprints
Show opens Friday, September 12, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Florence Academy of Art opens an Alumni Exhibition at the Richard J. Massey Foundation. To view the work on exhibit, visit www.therichardmasseyfoundation.org.

Richard J. Massey Foundation
601 West 26th Street Suite 1385
New York, NY 10001

The show will continue through October 8th with visits by appointment. Please contact Marguerite Soderberg at marguerite@the-massey-foundation.org or by phone at 212-352-1000.

Posted September 11th, 2014

Represent 2014

Portrait of Mark Abouzeid
by Jamie Coreth
REPRESENT is an exciting debut exhibition showcasing some of today’s most promising representational and figurative artists from all over the world but who have all met and trained together in Italy. Each of them has gone through a rigorous academic training at one or more of the three world-acclaimed academies in Florence. Here, they have developed the key set of artistic skills which underpin their creativity and expression.

The exhibition will take place on the 12th-13th of September from 10am to 6pm in the heart of London at the 20th Century Theatre just off the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

For more information, please click here.

Posted September 10th, 2014

Miniatures En Plein Air
The California Art Club, an ARC Allied Organization™, reveals the intriguing qualities of small-format artwork with this exhibition, which is on view at its gallery at the historic Old Mill.

A reception with the exhibiting artists will be held on Thursday, September 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The display features more than 60 original paintings, small gems no larger than 9 by 12 inches, that capture fleeting moments of time. The selected works include serene seascapes, small town scenery and panoramic landscapes, all of which were created en plein air utilizing some of the techniques that the organization’s founders employed more than a century ago; when they inspired the artistic movement known as “California Impressionism”.

September 9 – January 11, 2015

The Old Mill – 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino, CA

For more information, please click here.

Posted September 9th, 2014

New Article by Michael John Angel
Michael John Angel, head of ARC Approved Angel Academy of Art in Florence has written a new article about Caravaggio and his painting The Betrayal of Christ.

The Betrayal of Christ by Caravaggio
“During his lifetime, Caravaggio was accused by his enemies (and he had many) of being unable to draw. Most Roman artists of the late 1500s/early 1600s were under the influence of Michelangelo, who maintained that a true artist worked only from imagination; to work from models was cheating.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted September 8th, 2014

IlluXcon begins on September 17th
The IX symposium is the world’s largest exhibition of imaginative realist art. Featuring over 150 artists, the show is a visual feast for all fans of imaginative painting. The artists who will be exhibiting in this show have lent their talents to movies, games, books, galleries and fine art collections across the world, ranging from Magic: the Gathering illustrations to solo exhibitions at prestigious museums.

Every artist represented in the show will be physically present during the symposium, making it a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with these incredibly talented artists, representing countries as distant as the United Kingdom and Australia.

Tickets for the full 5-day event ($175) are available online at www.illuxcon.com; single day tickets ($32) for Saturday/Sunday ONLY are available from the Allentown Art Museum and TicketLeap (see museum website for details).

September 17 – 21, 2014

Allentown Art Museum – 131 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PA 18101


Leng Revealed by Armand Cabrera

Posted September 5th, 2014

ARC Greeting Cards Now Available
The Art Renewal Center is now offering a boxed set of greeting cards featuring some of the most popular paintings in the ARC museum.

This beautiful set of 12 cards (1 unique image per card) are printed on heavy cardstock and are blank inside for your own personal messages. They are great as gifts or for use as holiday cards as well.

All proceeds from the sale of these notecards goes towards the ARC Scholarship Fund and helping to keep the Art Renewal Center on the web.

To purchase a set of cards and to see the images included in this set , please click here.

Posted September 4th, 2014

The Trompe L’oeil of Ani Academy
Francesca Anderson Fine Art will feature several new Ani artist’s works for their upcoming exhibit, Trompe L’oeil. Specializing in Contemporary Realism and Portraiture, FA Fine art has been hosting popular shows in the Boston
and Lexington area since 1983.

September 12 – November 1, 2014

Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Portraits North – 56 Adams Street, Lexington, MA 02420

For more information, please click here.

Posted September 3rd, 2014

Selected Work from Florence Academy of Art Alumni

Manna From Heaven by Lori Shorin
The Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts and Sciences presents selected work from Florence Academy of Art Alumni.

The opening reception for the show will be on Friday September 12, 2014 from 5 – 9 p.m.

The show will continue through October 8th, with visits by appointment.

Please contact Marguerite Soderberg at marguerite@the-massey-foundation.org or call 212-52-1000 for more information.

To see more on other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted September 2nd, 2014

IlluXcon Arriving Soon to Allentown Museum
IlluXcon, a five day event held at the Allentown Museum, is the world’s largest exhibition of imaginative realist art. Featuring over 150 artists and well over 1000 original pieces of artwork, the show is a visual feast for all fans of imaginative painting.

The show opens September 17 and runs through September 21. Tickets for the full 5-day event or single day tickets for Saturday/Sunday ONLY are available.

To get tickets, please click here.

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


Petals and Thorns by Eric Velhagen

Posted August 29th, 2014

Congratulations to ARC Living Artist™ Clark Gussin
ARC would like to congratulate ARC Living Artist™ Clark Gussin for winning Best in Show for his painting “The Whopper” in the 58th Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California.

The Whopper by Clark Gussin

Clark said about his painting, “When it is branding time, ranchers get together and help each other out. … It is not long before all the wild stories, gossip, and jokes (whoppers) start flying. The scene in the painting depicts when the punch line was delivered with a resounding thud…”

The show runs through September 28, 2014.

For additional information, please click here.

Posted August 28th, 2014

Congratulations to ARC Living Artist™ Sivananda Nyayapathi
ARC would like to congratulate ARC Living Artist™ Sivananda Nyayapathi for winning first place in the 2014 Summer Juried Exhibition of the Portrait Society of Atlanta for his portrait “Adithi”.

The Portrait Society of Atlanta is a non-profit organization of portrait artists whose main purpose is to educate the public to a greater awareness of the portrait as a valid and valuable art form.


Adithi by Sivananda Nyayapathi
To see more of Sivananda’s work, please click here.

Posted August 27th, 2014

54th Annual Art and Animal Tour

Red Crown 5 by Debbie Stevens
The Society of Animal Artists, an ARC Allied Organization™, focuses on capturing wild and domestic creatures in art on land, sea and air. In their mission to promote artistic excellence in the portrayal of animals, the SAA aims to broaden appreciation for the natural world.
This exhibit will be travelling around the country after the Colorado premier.

August 23 – October 22, 2014
The Wildlife Experience – 10035 Peoria Street – Parker, CO 80134

For more information, please click here.

Posted August 26th, 2014

ARC 2014 Scholarship Competition Results
The Art Renewal Center is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Annual Scholarship Competition.

For 14 years now, the ARC Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to some of the most talented emerging realist artists in the world and helped them continue their studies at ARC Approved Ateliers and Schools. We are proud to have been able to provide over $280,000 to date, enabling us to support an ever-growing number of students and the institutions they attend.

To see the winners, please click here.

To donate to ARC to help fund its
charitable causes, click here.


Sophia by Ione Hunter Gordon
First Place 2014 Scholarship Winner

Posted August 25th, 2014

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer
John Ruskin is primarily remembered as Victorian Britain’s leading art critic and the champion of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Less well known is that Ruskin was an outstanding artist in his own right.

His exquisitely detailed drawings and watercolors were the result of an intense and passionate artistic impulse. This landmark exhibition, for the first time, provides a comprehensive overview of Ruskin’s extraordinary artistic output.

July 4 – September 28, 2014
Scottish National Portrait Gallery – 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2

To view more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted August 22nd, 2014

PleinAir Competition Winners

This is Australia by John Mccartin
In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with bi-monthly contests leading to annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth.

The winners of each bi-monthly contest are featured in the enewsletter, Plein Air Today, and profiled on OutdoorPainter.com.

To see the current winners, click here.

Posted August 21st, 2014

New ARC Allied Organization
The Guild of Boston Artists is a non-profit association of painters and sculptors whose purpose is to promote, nurture and encourage traditional art adhering to the highest standards of quality and presentation. Since its founding in 1914, the Guild has sought to provide a center for the interchange of ideas between artists and the community.

To learn more about our allied organizations, please click here.

Reflection by Anita I. Johnson

Posted August 20th, 2014