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Allied Organizations


To better accomplish our mission and return sanity back to the visual arts, we have started to ally ourselves with like minded organizations in the hopes that through our joint efforts, we will be more successful at bringing realist art back to the world at large. ARC has not reviewed every artist participating in the below organizations, but we have reviewed the mission and general quality and are in support of their groups and goals.

In addition to the below, all of our approved atelier schools are part of our allied organizations. To view a list of our ARC Approved™ Ateliers, click here.

Allied Organization List

  • American Art Collector
  • American Fine Art Magazine
  • Atlantic Poetry Guild
  • California Art Club
  • California Plein Air Painters
  • Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
  • The Da Vinci Initiative
  • The European Museum of Modern Art
  • Fine Art Connoisseur
  • Foundation of the Art and the Artists
  • The Guild of Boston Artists
  • International Artist
  • The International Guild of Realism
  • IX Arts
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
  • Oil Painters of America
  • PleinAir Magazine
  • Renaissance Life
  • The Sculptor's Funeral
  • The Society of Animal Artists
  • South African Portrait Society
  • Streamline Art Video
  • Suggested Donation
  • The Representational Art Conference
  • Western Art Collector

  • American Art Collector

    American Art Collector, which celebrated its milestone 100th issue in February 2014, is a monthly national magazine written to bring together galleries, living representational artists and active art collectors. Since the beginning almost nine years ago, American Art Collector has provided previews of upcoming gallery exhibitions and first looks at new work available by some of today's leading artists.

    The innovator of the preview concept, American Art Collector is the must-read art publication for countless affluent art collectors around the nation. Along with previews for gallery exhibitions, the publication also highlights upcoming museum shows and art fairs from coast to coast. Issues contain approximately 20 previews each, insider access to collector homes, special sections covering all genres of art (figurative, portrait, landscapes, still lifes, cityscapes and more), and comprehensive destination guides to buying art in top seasonal art markets around the country.

    In the pages of American Art Collector are:
    • Previews of upcoming gallery exhibitions, emphasizing the new work of some of the most talented living painters and sculptors
    • Coverage on major art fairs and shows taking place across the country
    • Special sections dedicated to specific genres of art such as figures, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, cityscapes, sculpture, wildlife and more
    • Regular monthly columns by industry experts

    With a strong online presence, the magazine boasts nearly 70,000 followers on its Facebook page and a Virtual Version of its publication that is delivered free to subscribers approximately 10 days before the printed magazine hits newsstands. The Virtual Version of the magazine is a PDF that can be downloaded to readers' desktops and is full of links to galleries and advertisers. It also can be accessed on tablets and smartphones.

    For information on advertising in American Art Collector contact the Marketing Team at coordinator@americanartcollector.com or (866) 619-0841.

    To subscribe, call (877) 947-0792 or visit www.americanartcollector.com/subscribe.php.

    American Fine Art Magazine

    American Fine Art Magazine is a bimonthly fine art publication providing comprehensive coverage on the market for 19th- and 20th-century historic American art. Unlike other fine art publications that review events, American Fine Art Magazine is unique in providing previews of upcoming gallery shows, art fairs and events, museum exhibitions, and auctions of historic American art before they take place.

    Inside the pages of this publication are art market insights from industry experts including gallery owners, curators, dealers and appraisers. The knowledge these insiders share allows collectors to stay up-to-date on market trends and provides them with the information they need to acquire works of art. The magazine is published by International Artist Publishing and has become art collectors' "bibles" for their respective genres.

    Each issue of American Fine Art Magazine includes:
    • Previews of upcoming gallery and museum exhibitions, coast to coast
    • Previews all the important historic American art auctions
    • Comprehensive coverage of upcoming art fairs and shows nationwide
    • Expanded photographic essays of top collector homes
    • Interviews with market personalities
    • Lot-by-lot reporting of what is selling at auction houses and art fairs
    • Art market insights from curators, dealers conservators and appraisers

    For advertising information contact Joshua Rose at (866) 619-0841 or Advertising@AmericanFineArtMagazine.com.

    To subscribe call (877) 947-0792 or visit www.AmericanFineArtMagazine.com.

    Atlantic Poetry Guild

    The Atlantic Poetry Guild exists to help revive the significance of traditional poetry in our culture. They conduct public readings of the great poets, to restore their work to the cultural centrality it deserves. They host a series of professional development seminars for teachers of English and Language Arts, to offer guidance on how to present these masterpieces in the classroom, and maintain a weblog, The Quarterdeck, where they present thoughts and reflections on poetry, teaching, and the great works.
    Poetry is a necessity - this is their deepest conviction. They believe the unique beauty and wisdom which poetry has to offer is essential to the cultural health of any society. This is why they regard the neglect of the poetic tradition in our times as a great tragedy. Modern society has left no room in its culture for classic poets like Herbert or Keats or Housman, whose works appear to far too many of our contemporaries like alien or irrelevant artifacts of a time long past. As a result, the art form itself has been pushed ever farther into the margins of artistic and intellectual life. Contemporary poetry too often comes across as strange and esoteric, confirming the public's conception of poetry as an art form produced for the consumption of a small, fringe audience. Their goal is to remedy this situation, by restoring the classic tradition of poetry and bringing the masterpieces of the past back into cultural awareness. By presenting these great works to the public, in a variety of forums, they hope to revive the love and admiration which these poems have evoked in the past, and to demonstrate how vital their words continue to be.
    Although the Atlantic Poetry Guild focuses on poetry versus the visual arts, their core beliefs are in line with the ARC philosophy. "Nothing is so important to the spiritual and mental flourishing of a people as its art. The stories they tell, the buildings they inhabit, the public spaces in which they gather, the songs they sing, the fashioned images they gaze upon, these things shape their souls more permanently and effectively than anything else." - Mark Anthony Signorelli, Atlantic Poetry Guild founder

    Visit their website at http://www.atlanticpoetryguild.com/ for more information and a full list of scheduled poetry readings.

    California Art Club

    by Daniel W. Pinkham

    The Illustrated Man:
    Bioportrait of Ray Bradbury
    by Christopher Slatoff

    Crashing Waves at Garrapata
    by Ray Roberts
    The California Art Club, established in 1909, is one of the oldest, largest and most active fine art organizations in America. Its founding members were a handful of professional artists who migrated to Los Angeles from the Midwest and East Coast, drawn to the Golden State's natural beauty and year-round sunshine. With conditions that were ideal for outdoor painting, these pioneering artists gave birth to the first artistic movement to be defined as uniquely Californian - "California Impressionism."

    Today, as a dynamic nonprofit educational organization with more than 2,500 members around the world and nine chapters in California, the Club strives to expand the knowledge and appreciation of traditional fine arts. The mission of the Club is to promote the traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture and to provide educational programs and exhibitions that foster understanding and interpretation of traditional art heritage and California history.

    Through its extensive schedule of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as the award-winning California Art Club Newsletter, CAC supports a network of contemporary-traditional artists and provides opportunities for art enthusiasts, patrons, scholars and students to interact with these artists in order to better understand the creative process.

    The Club's hallmark event - the Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition - is presented each spring. Other activities include "Paint-Out/Sculpt-Outs," Master Artist Workshops, mentoring programs, demonstrations, and lectures on topics ranging from art marketing to collecting.

    To learn more about the California Art Club's activities and the benefits of membership, visit www.californiaartclub.org.

    Prajnaparamita, Perfection of Wisdom
    by Peter Adams

    Waiting by Mian Situ

    California Plein Air Painters

    by Edward Duarde

    Peace Hogs
    by Randy Sexton

    Morning at Pebbble Beach
    by Tonya Zenin
    Members and Member Participation are at the heart of the California Plein Air Painters (CPAP). CPAP was created for plein air artists who reside in California and who love painting outdoors. They charge no dues or fees to participate in their membership and events. Instead, CPAP encourages members to inter-act across all skill levels through mutually supportive activities and promotions. The main goal is to provide a venue where plein air artists inter-act, display their art and improve their proficiency across all aspects of their painting. Artists may engage in lively discussions across a wide range of subject matter and may also promote their own exhibits, events and workshops. Inter-action between members is further encouraged through the annual Signature Member competition and through CPAP Approved Workshops, Exhibits, Paint-outs and Instructional Materials.

    To learn more about California Plein Air Painters activities, memberships and programs, please visit: www.californiapleinair.ning.com.

    Finishing Touch
    by Bill Davidson

    by Lisa Fricker

    Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

    El Espejo
    by Jesus Villareale

    Sean by William Nathans

    Portrait of Barry
    by Joel Spector
    CSOPA, a (501 (c) 3) nonprofit arts education organization, serves local artists and patrons in and around Connecticut. Their mission is to promote the classic art of portraiture through symposia, workshops and exhibitions.

    Founded in 2002, CSOPA has grown to approximately one hundred active members from the established professional to the promising student. CSOPA's distinguished advisory board led by Robert Alexander Anderson and John Howard Sanden, includes Igor Babailov, Laurel Stern Boeck, Michael Del Priore, Mary Minifie, and Richard Whitney.

    The making of art is often a solitary event. CSOPA members enjoy camaraderie, support and opportunity through a variety of events and offerings. Monthly "Meet 'n Critiques," hosted throughout the state, offer valuable resources by building community, involving membership in the organization's work, and providing a format for caring artists' critiques. CSOPA Founder and President Jeanine C. Jackson explains, "Collectively, we have hundreds of years of training in the best ateliers. These critique sessions elevate everyone's portraits."

    CSOPA mounts a number of exhibitions and educational opportunities each year, some exclusively for their membership and others open to the public. "Faces of Winter" is the trademark biennial open juried exhibition featuring 70+ selected works on public view plus a 2-day portrait symposium that brings together outstanding faculty and portrait artists from around the country. CSOPA Showcases are less formal, member-only exhibitions arranged in Connecticut galleries, retail stores, government centers, and other public spaces. Intensive workshops with leading portrait artists, demonstrations, and presentations by members with particular expertise are offered throughout the year. CSOPA partners with major museums such as The Wadsworth Atheneum and the Hispanic Society of New York for copyist sessions and public demonstrations.

    Taking full advantage of the connected age in which we live, www.csopa.org is a repository of all information regarding their organization, including links to bio, contact information and samples of work for each of their member artists. MyFamily.com is an internal platform serving CSOPA members only - a true portrait family.

    Brothers by Alain Picard

    Sophia by Jeanine Jackson

    The Da Vinci Initiative

    The Da Vinci Initiative, part of a 501C3, nonprofit, educational foundation, is a mission for visual literacy in our contemporary world. The goal of this project is to provide skill-based learning in art education in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us. The Da Vinci Initiative believes that art can be taught and that teaching skills enhances student creativity. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work. Like teaching rhythm, tempo, and scales in music class so that a student has many tools to express themselves through music, so too is there a need for a skill-based education in the visual arts. By learning solid draftsmanship, color theory, paint handling skills, perspective, etc. students can expand their own toolbox for visual expression. The Da Vinci Initiative's aim is to enhance visual literacy for both teachers and students with the following programs:

    Classroom Resources
    The Da Vinci Initiative is developing a series of educational videos and K-12 lesson plans. These lesson plans intend to both train teachers who may be unfamiliar with certain technical art skills, and provide a direct learning experience for K-12 students in art classrooms. These resources will be made available online for homeschooling parents as well as adults interested in learning skill-based art methods and techniques.

    The Da Vinci Initiative will send ambassadors to teacher conferences to share with teachers about skill-based learning methods and expose them to lesson plans that will challenge their students in new ways.

    Professional Development
    The Da Vinci Initiative will provide scholarship funds to teachers to attend courses that will teach them the advanced technical art skills they may not have had an opportunity to learn during their teacher training.

    Visit www.davinciinitiative.org to learn more.

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    The European Museum of Modern Art

    Generacion del 86
    by Jordi Diaz Alama

    Carmen by David Kassan
    The European Museum of Modern Art - MEAM exhibits some of the finest contemporary figurative art. It is owned by The Foundation of Arts and Artists and the purpose is to promote and diffuse figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Foundation's claim is to find a new contemporary language without denying tradition by progressing into the new century. Moreover, the Foundation of Arts and Artists, organizes each year the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Awards, and with the website Figurativas en Red (www.figurativas.org) opens a window with the artworks of the contemporary figurative artists.

    The MEAM is currently located at the Gomis Palace, in the middle of the streets of the Born in Barcelona, a neighborhood where culture is always present and reflects the charm of the old part of the city, an area that knew how to mix tradition and modernity, becoming a requiered visit for the tourists interested in the Monumental Barcelona.

    The MEAM is different from other contemporary art museums because it houses living artists who created figurative art. These artworks are hardly seen in other museums, to whom the word contemporary is identified by experiment and abstraction.

    The Fallen Angel
    by Arantzazu Martinez

    Chica con pecas
    by Enrique Collar

    Fine Art Connoisseur

    Fine Art Connoisseur serves art collectors and enthusiasts with innovative articles about representational paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints - both historical and contemporary, American and European. Over the past decade, the magazine has developed a particularly strong reputation for its editorial coverage of realism, a field of artistic excellence generally overlooked by other periodicals. Published six times per year, Fine Art Connoisseur is now a widely consulted platform for the world's most knowledgeable experts, who write articles that inform readers and give them the tools necessary to make better purchasing decisions. Fine Art Connoisseur's jargon-free text and large color illustrations are attracting an ever-growing readership passionate about high-quality art and the fascinating stories around them. In addition to artworks and artists, Fine Art Connoisseur covers the museums, galleries, fairs, auction houses, and private collections where great art is found. In all cases, the magazine seeks to avoid the "same old" stories that other periodicals cover, instead seeking out fresh material they miss or ignore.

    If you would like to purchase a subscription to this publication please click here.

    "I just received my first issue...and could not be happier. I subscribed to it sight unseen from your web page and expected an average magazine. Your magazine is far from average- it is excellent! Art is making a comeback in this country and you are making it happen." - Mike Stegman, Bellevue, OH

    Foundation of the Art and the Artists

    The Witches House
    by Arantzazu Martinez
    The Foundation of the Art and the Artists (www.fundaciondelasartes.org) was created in December 2005 by the architect José Manuel Infiesta who has his official residence in Barcelona.

    The main purpose of the Foundation is the promotion and dissemination of realist art at all levels. They focus on the figurative, and very specifically, the art of the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century, what is known as Contemporary Realist Art, the art of the modern day. The Foundation of the Art and the Artists enhance the activity in defense of art and modern culture with specific projects that have clearly predetermined, specific goals.

    The Foundation was established with the aim of countering the great and exclusive protection that public authorities have with the so-called abstract art and empowered artists, figurative art automatically excluded from official initiatives.

    Support for this type of modern and contemporary figurative art is channeled through two distinct pathways:

    The first is the support for living artists to continue creating their works. This is done through international competitions, scholarships, sponsorships for specific artistic projects, and more.

    The second is to form public collections of Contemporary Realist art in areas where this art is difficult to find, thereby exposing it to the general public. This is done by giving body to stable collections in order to generate a museum or museums of this nature.

    La Perla
    by Jose Carlos Naranjo Bernal

    Obsesiones de Van Dyk
    by Kike Meana

    In Memorian by Dino Valls

    The Guild of Boston Artists

    Horizon by Joseph McGurl

    Reflection by Anita I. Johnson

    Beached off Tarpaulin Cove by William R. Davis

    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.

    The Boston School Tradition
    Many of the charter members of the Guild were leaders in what came to be known as the "Boston School" of Painting. Edmund Tarbell, its nominal head, directed the Museum School in Boston. He, along with Philip Hale, Frank Benson and, eventually William Paxton in their capacities as instructors but primarily with their work crystallized the thinking we now associate with the "Boston School" and, of course, with the Guild itself. Before long the painter, Joseph DeCamp, another premier practitioner of the "Boston School" mindset also joined the Guild.

    To quote R. H. Ives Gammel, one of the last artists educated under these men and one-time President of the Guild, the "Boston School" was "fascinated by manifestations of beauty to be found in the world immediately about them, a beauty which they discovered in the routine of daily existence at home and on the street, in the landscape outside of their doors, or in the objects which lay on the tables of their parlors and kitchens...an intense preoccupation with workmanship, the observation, rendering and execution which are the principle elements of the painters art...(and) an awareness of delicate relationships and color shifts," resulting from the impressionist experiments.

    Educational Programs
    The Guild's mission was ultimately to bring public awareness to the values of the "Boston School" which of course are intimately linked with the arts of all times and places. The Guild strives to offer opportunities for the community to learn about the craft of painting and sculpture directly from their members. To that end they hold classes, workshops, and demonstrations at their Newbury Street location, in the field and, at times, in the studios of artist members.

    And of course, the Guild hosts multiple painting exhibitions each year primarily featuring the distinguished work of the professional artist members. The upper gallery features ongoing displays in varying genres and mediums, while the President's Gallery, which has a distinctive natural light ideal for viewing traditional painting, hosts solo and themed exhibits. From time to time the Guild also holds historical exhibits and juried competitions such as the works of A. Lassell Ripley or Frank Millet.

    A Bucketful of Light
    by Jean Lightman

    Waiting for Spring
    by Stapleton Kearns

    International Artist

    International Artist magazine is known as the publication written by artists for artists around the world. Launched in 1998 as a tool to help artists share their advice, the publication includes practical know-how and information designed to fit into the working methods and styles of each artist. Many of the best artists working today appear in the pages of International Artist, leading to their work to be exposed to a worldwide audience of readers.

    In each bimonthly issue of International Artist, readers can journey inside artist studios and learn their techniques and methods for creating dynamic works of art. The artists share the thought processes behind their creative methods and reveal their painting techniques through stage-by-stage demonstrations and carefully written narratives.

    International Artist invites artists from around the globe to enter its art competitions using the Official Entry Form inside the magazine or on its website. There are eight subject categories: Landscapes; Florals & Gardens; Abstract/Experimental; Seascape, Rivers & Lakes; Favorite Subjects; Still Life; People & Figures; and Wildlife.

    Inside every issue of International Artist are:
    • Stage-by-stage demonstrations that highlight painting techniques and processes of some of the world's best artists
    • The winners of the latest art competition and the Official Entry Form for the next challengeColumns and workshops from some of the industry's leading artists and instructors

    The magazine is also one of the world's largest organizers of painting vacations for practicing artists. Read all about its latest art vacation program in the pages of the magazine or visit www.paintingworkshops.net.

    Subscribe to International Artist by calling (877) 947-0792 or visiting www.internationalartist.com.

    The International Guild of Realism

    Girl with Pearl Earrings
    by Vala Ola

    Rest by James Van Fossan
    Like ARC, IGOR was founded with promoting contemporary artists who paint realistically using traditional painting techniques. It was founded in 2002 by professional artists from around the globe with four goals in mind:

    • 1. Recognizing the best realists working today
    • 2. Creating exhibition opportunities
    • 3. Providing technical and promotional support
    • 4. To offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art, created by their members

    To this end, The International Guild of Realism's mission is to advance realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, art gallery shows, workshops, education programs, marketing support and Internet exposure. The art accepted into their group ranges from classical realism (based upon the traditional, academic-style painting techniques) to contemporary realism (where cutting edge realism and subject matter are used to comment on today's world).

    Trompe l'oeil, photorealism, surrealism, and super-realism are some of the genres included within the range of realism choices for artists of the modern day.

    The International Guild of Realism currently represents around 280 artists hailing from 35 countries around the world.

    To help facilitate their goals, IGOR holds an annual juried international exhibition for their members. This year it will be held at the prestigious Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in the heart of the Carmel art district, California, USA. The gallery is centrally located among many quality art galleries, luxury shops and fine dining, attracting plenty of affluent visitors during the peak summer season, only two hours away from San Francisco.

    Access by David Bowers
    Entry Deadline:May 10, 2016
    Exhibition Dates: August 26 - September 17, 2016
    Opening Reception:Friday, August 26, 2016

    Never Quite Erased
    by Juan Medina

    Strike a Pose by Camille Engel

    IX Arts

    Dragonlands by Bob Eggleton

    Sands of Gorgoroth
    by Mark Zug

    The Sacrifice by Patrick Jones
    IX Arts is dedicated to the promotion, recognition, and elevation of imaginative realism. As the organization behind the IX celebration of imaginative realism, the curation of the record-breaking AT THE EDGE: ART OF THE FANTASTIC exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum in the summer of 2012, the Visions of Never anthology and other book publications, as well as the IX Exchange website and upcoming IX Gallery, IX Arts strives to bring a broad range of approaches to bear in its efforts to increase both popular awareness and critical recognition of imaginative realism.

    The IX celebration is the first, ground-breaking art show and symposium dedicated solely to imaginative realism - bringing 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. Beginning with the October 2016 event, the IX celebration will take place at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in Reading, PA.

    Procession by Michael C. Hayes

    Elf Princess by Justin Sweet

    National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

    The Fragrant Flautist by Hilare Couture

    An Alliance of Exceptional Artists

    Showcasing Outstanding Works of Art in Oil and Acrylic Media

    With a focus on the emerging artist, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) encourages the development of excellence in art through its annual "Best of America" juried competition and exhibit as well as through its other activities that include art workshops, instruction, online exhibits and public art education. Founded in 1991, NOAPS continues to experience steady growth, garnering national and international favor with fine art connoisseurs, collectors and the general public. NOAPS and its members strive to share their knowledge, promote artistic excellence and offer a continued focus on the lasting value of original Oil and Acrylic Paintings with an emphasis on representational depiction.

    To learn more about the National Oil and Acrylic Society's activities, memberships and programs, please visit www.noaps.org.

    Break Time by Farshid Namei

    Red and White by Cheng Lian

    At The Temple by Cindy Sorley-Keichinger

    Oil Painters of America

    Mint Julep by Tina Garrett

    Blue is Red
    by Christian Hemme

    Oil Painters of America (OPA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art. Their primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light.

    Through their national and regional shows, educational programs, scholarships and marketing efforts, OPA has become a leader in the art community and a driving force in the new Renaissance.

    Founded in 1991 by Shirl Smithson, the OPA became a voice for renewed understanding and appreciation of representational art. While OPA had no quarrel with abstract art, members were witnesses to the undeniable fact that America's great art museums were almost totally lacking in the presentation of contemporary great masters of representational oil painting and that the curricula in American educational facilities rarely taught representational oil painting.

    Though there have been many national watercolor and pastel societies, OPA is the first national organization to be established for the sole purpose of representing traditional, representational oil painters. OPA membership currently stands at 3,400 artists. The principal reason behind the swelling of the ranks of this national organization is the strong commitment OPA has towards preventing a further decline of this beautiful form of art.

    OPA believes that members have made great strides in giving renaissance or rebirth to this great craft, and now see on the horizon the return of interest in its instruction and teaching.

    For more information, please click http://oilpaintersofamerica.com/.

    Golden Rythmns
    by Adam Clague

    The Gametrail by Brent Cotton

    The Colonnade by James Tennison

    PleinAir Magazine

    PleinAir™ magazine was a favorite magazine of artists, collectors, dealers, and suppliers when it was published from 2004-2006. The quarterly print and digital journal is back by popular demand from the international community of people who love artwork based on direct observations of nature. The French term en plein air means "in the open air," but it's come to represent the art of painting outdoors on location. Though plein air painting has been practiced for generations by artists such as Rembrandt, John Constable, Claude Lorrain, Thomas Gainsborough, and others it was popularized by the French Barbizon School (1830-1870), a movement of painters named after the village of Barbizon, near Fountainbleau Forrest, where artists like Jean-Francois Millet, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Theodore Roysseau, Charles-Francois Daubigny, Jules Dupre, and others gathered to paint.

    PleinAir™ magazine publishes articles that are filled with practical advice on materials and techniques, buying or selling artwork, discovering great painters, attending upcoming events & exhibitions, and joining others who share our passion. So what's in the new PleinAir™ magazine for you? The kind of beautiful images and practical advice that will make you a better painter, an astute collector, a successful supplier, an admired teacher, or an informed competitor. Make sure you and your friends are part of this dynamic community of people who love artwork based on direct observations of nature.
    Subscribe TODAY by going to their website: http://www.outdoorpainter.com/subscribe.html

    In addition to the printed word, in April 2012, PleinAir™ magazine made history with the first convention devoted to painting en plein air, and the largest gathering of artists painting in one outdoor location simultaneously. They are doing it again, and the 2013 event promises to be bigger and even better. The 2013 Plein Air Convention is being held at the Monterey Convention Center, within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf.

    To read more on the convention and to register go to http://www.pleinairconvention.com/

       Winslow Homer
       Artists Sketching in the White Mountains

    Renaissance Life

    Rio Grande
    Renaissance Life is a 501c3 organization whose primary aim is to facilitate creativity, quality and vibrant life in the communities we are a part of.

    By speaking, teaching and providing art resources supporting sound artistic practices, Renaissance Life aims to be a tool available to those pursuing the visual arts. Due to the rich history and technical skills associated with Realist Art, the bulk of instructional resources produced by Renaissance Life are focused on this genre.

    On the Renaissance Life website, RenaissanceLifeNow.com, visitors will find a variety of art tutorial videos ranging in subject from portrait drawing and painting, to landscape, still life, and instruction on the usage of art materials. All resources are centered on creating art from life (E.g., painting and drawing from observation.)

    Coulter Prehm, founder of Renaissance Life, studied art intensely with many of the top painters of the day; the majority of his technical training being completed under his teacher, friend and mentor Tony Ryder. Coulter sees art as a vehicle of communication and feels that visual art's power lays in its ability to add beauty to the world.

    At the Gates

    Prayer for Winter' End



    The Sculptor's Funeral

    The Sculptor's Funeral is the only podcast dedicated to student and professional figurative sculptors living and working today. Hosted by American sculptor Jason Arkles and produced in Florence, Italy, The Sculptor's Funeral discusses significant sculpture and sculptors throughout the Western European figurative tradition, analyses historical and current events relating to the production of sculpture and the culture in which it is made, plus the occasional interview with living sculptors and discussions about technical processes, techniques, and issues of a three dimensional, representational nature.

    The Sculptor's Funeral aims to enlarge the presence of sculptors in the milieu of the resurgent figurative arts movement, a milieu dominated for the moment by painters and painting. Figurative sculpture in marble, bronze or wood is challenging in ways painting isn't - greater physical demands, greater expense, a more specialized market, to name a few - which has historically resulted in fewer sculptors. There are few ateliers which offer a full program of sculpture education, and almost none with a primary focus on sculpture. The Sculptor's Funeral Podcast aims to educate, unite, and inspire sculptors to regain the higher values and standards sculpture once enjoyed. In addition to the podcast itself, The Sculptor's Funeral provides a place for sculptors from all over the world to share information and exchange ideas, via the Facebook group page The Sculptor's Funeral.

    Jason Arkles is the Host of The Sculptor's Funeral Podcast in addition to running his atelier in Florence, the Studio Della Statua. Jason instructs in small groups or private lessons in his studio, and works on commission for public and private clients worldwide. In addition, Jason is a popular lecturer in Florence, having given lectures on sculpture and art history at the Charles H. Cecil Studio, the Florence Academy of Art, the Angel Academy, and elsewhere. He currently is a part of the History of Art Department at the British Institute of Florence. His published works include an English translation of Leon Battista Alberti's Della Statua, and the only sculpture manual on the sight-size technique in sculpture, Sculpting from Life: A Studio Manual of the Sight-Size Method.

    The Society of Animal Artists

    Water Off a Goose by Peter Gray

    A Regal Bandit by Ezra Tucker

    Rescues by George McMonigle
    The Society of Animal Artists was formed in 1960 by Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi following a successful exhibition at the Bronx Zoo titled, appropriately, 'Animals in the Bronx Zoo'. Following incorporation, the organization quickly became a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club at 47 5th Avenue, and established an office in their building. Very early members included John Clymer, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Robert Lougheed, and Walter Wilwerding.

    It is the mission of the Society of Animal Artists to promote excellence in the portrayal of domesticated and wild animals in art. While the majority of our members support both humane and conservation causes with their work, the SAA is itself more dedicated to encouraging artists to strive for mastery of their art medium and educating the public to the fact that animal art can truly be considered Fine Art. This mission is supported by our annual exhibition, 'Art and the Animal', which opens each year at a fine museum somewhere in the country...and is followed by a tour of approximately one half of the works to three additional museums during the next nine months. A full color catalog of this exhibition is produced each year and is available for purchase at all venues and through the SAA office. In addition, our opening exhibition is often complimented by demonstrations, seminars, and lectures by the members.

    Membership in the SAA is available through a jury process, conducted twice a year, during which images of applicants" work are reviewed by a jury of nine Signature members. The current membership of the SAA numbers approximately five hundred individuals residing in the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and South America. Virtually all fine art mediums are represented, and our members continually push the boundaries of the genre of "animal art" with interesting interpretations of the subject matter and creative composition and use of media. The membership list of the SAA reads like a 'Who"s Who' from the world of animal art, including Robert Bateman, Guy Coheleach, John Banovich, Peter Gray, and Kent Ullberg. Former members included the great Roger Tory Peterson, Robert Kuhn, Simon Combes, Lanford Monroe, and Richard Sloan among so many others.

    To learn more about the SAA and its members, visit www.societyofanimalartists.com.

    Out From Under by Jeff Gandert

    Almost Home by Gary Staab

    South African Portrait Society

    South African Portrait Society was created with the main purpose to enhance "Fine Art Portraiture" in South Africa. Our vision is to create a national platform where South African Artists can compete, learn and get inspired.

    We also hope to pique the general public's interest in portraiture by featuring excellent masterpieces (contemporary and old masters) on our social media platforms, as well as educate the public regarding the significance of fine art portraiture and why it is still relevant today, despite the development of modern technology like photography and digital imagery.

    3 Main Goals
    We hope to promote excellence in South Africa Portrait Art by providing a platform where artists can compete in competitions and theme-related challenges on a regular basis. We also encourage our members to participate in International Portrait Competitions, such as the ARC Salon, and BP Portrait Award.

    Our goal is to educate our members and public about the fascinating topic of portraiture, as well as provide our members all the necessary information on how to improve their work, whether it is links to great video tutorials or providing information about local and international workshops, books, articles, events and DVD's.

    We believe it is important to always keep yourself motivated and push past "imaginary" boundaries. Therefore, we endeavour to share and create amazing videos, artworks and articles, providing a wide kaleidoscope of portrait topics from art history, sculpture to even non-traditional art mediums.

    For more information, please visit: www.saportrait.co.za.

    Or send us an email at info@saportrait.co.za.

    Streamline Art Video

    Streamline Art Video is a division of Streamline Publishing, Inc., which publishes Fine Art Connoisseur & PleinAir Magazines. The division was founded on the premise that art education is the foundation necessary for all artists and video is a convenient tool for those who cannot take the time to attend art school or workshops. Streamline felt it could improve on the quality of production of art instructional videos, giving videos the same quality aesthetics the magazines are known for; good design and quality content. Streamline sought out a video team with experience on major motion pictures in Hollywood, as well as experience as an artist and understanding art, with an end result of more focused, quality productions with strong appeal to those learning art. The division has produced numerous videos featuring ARC masters and also provides the annual ARC video prize to the Best in Show winner of the ARC International Salon competition. This video features the artist's technique (demonstration) plus interviews with ARC Founder Fred Ross, a tour of the Ross Collection, a review of the year's top winning paintings and more. Streamline offers a variety of videos in figurative, portrait, plein air/landscape painting.

    To learn more, visit www.streamlineartvideo.com.

    Suggested Donation

    Untamed by Edward Minoff

    Illudium PU 36 Explosive Space Modulator by Tony Curanaj
    Suggested Donation is a series of podcasts devoted to the arts in all forms. Hosted by two Contemporary Realist painters, Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff, the conversations provide an insight into the creative mind. By speaking with both traditional and non-traditional artists and craftsmen, curators and restorers, they create a dialog through which we discover common ground across disciplines and spaces united by a love of and deep devotion to skill.

    Their guests will range from curators to chefs, tattoo to graffiti artists. As many of these craftspeople frequently use painting as a metaphor for excellence in their own sphere, their conversations will explore this link in the interest of restoring a broader devotion to skill in the arts. Why not stand on the shoulders of a great genius like Rubens or Leonardo Da Vinci? Why reject the foundation that they built? Suggested Donations aim is to alter the very landscape of the contemporary art world one conversation at a time, including discussions with other contemporary artists who place a lesser value on technical skill, even outsourcing the production of their art, to explore the foundations of this phenomenon with open debate and discussion. In their talks with artists in the Contemporary Realist vein, they will delve into the fine distinctions that define each of us as individuals and promote connoisseurship amongst their listeners.

    To visit there website and listen to their already published podcasts, which include interviews with ARC Living Masters Anthony Waichulis, Jacob Collins, and Patricia Watwood, click here.

    The Representational Art Conference

    Mom by David Kassan

    Comico Divino by Tony Pro

    The idea for planning The Representational Art Conference was born shortly after the opening of an exhibit at CLU - "The New Romantic Figure" showing works by prominent California figurative artists Michael Lynn Adams, Peter Adams, Jeremy Lipking, Cyn McCurry, Michael Pearce, Alexey Steele, Mia Tavonatti - which was extremely well received by the public, faculty and students of the University. Reflecting upon the depth of affection for the work, its democratic appeal and interested in learning about the place of 21st Century figurative painting in current academic discourse, Pearce found that there was a lack of attention to the work of traditionally trained artists in the 21st Century. Accordingly he asked his colleague Michael Adams to help him put together a conference, to create a place for discussion of the philosophy and practice of artists involved in the universities, colleges, ateliers and private studios where the techniques of the old masters are still taught and used in the present day. The CLU administration led by President Chris Kimball enthusiastically endorsed the idea, providing underwriting for the conference.

    The Representational Art Conference 2015 (TRAC2015) is the premier international art conference focused on the philosophical underpinnings of representational art in the 21st Century. This year TRAC will explore the roots and principles of representation as they emerge after postmodernity. What are its guiding principles? Are there aesthetic themes that connect works of representational art?

    TRAC provides a platform for discussion. It does not aspire to establishing a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, to help to understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.

    For more information and to register visit http://www.trac2015.org

    Self Portrait with Two Mirrors
    by Virgil Elliot

    All Saints by John Nava

    Antique Bottle by Sadie Valeri
    Western Art Collector

    In 2007 Western Art Collector became the first magazine to provide nationwide coverage of upcoming shows and auctions showcasing Western art. With the goal of bringing together galleries, living Western artists and collectors, Western Art Collector previews all of the must-attend events before they take place.

    Every month Western Art Collector previews upcoming gallery shows, museum exhibitions and auctions to keep collectors informed of what's happening in today's Western art market. In addition to the monthly previews, look for special sections dedicated to highly collectible genres of Western art including landscapes, cowboys, still life, wildlife and sculpture. The magazine also provides destination guides with up-to-date and insightful information on seasonal art markets around the company.

    Look to Western Art Collector for:
    • Previews of upcoming gallery exhibitions, featuring new artwork by some of today's leading Western artists
    • A first look at all the upcoming Western art auctions and events that are happening coast to coast
    • Special sections on widely collected genres of Western art such as landscapes, wildlife, sculpture and still lifes, among others
    • Comprehensive guides to seasonal Western art markets
    • Western art market insights from industry leaders including curators, dealers, art consultants and more

    For many years Western Art Collector has offered a Virtual Version of its magazine that is delivered free to subscribers approximately 10 days before the printed version hits newsstands. The Virtual Version is a PDF that can be downloaded to readers' desktops and is full of links to galleries and advertisers. It also can be accessed on tablets and smartphones.

    For information on advertising contact the Marketing Team at coordinator@americanartcollector.com or (866) 619-0841.

    To subscribe call (877) 947-0792 or visit www.westernartcollector.com/subscribe.php.