Michael Shane Neal gave a great presentation on The Power of Persistence and how talent, without hard work, won't be enough to make you a success. As usual, his speech was full of Southern charm, humor, and inspiration.
The 2010 Finalists' Room
Rose Frantzen chatting with Nancy Guzik while she sets her palette
Frantzen doing a portrait demonstration with sitter Alexey Steele
Rose is "blasting"!
Artist Alexey Steele, and editor of The New Criterion, James Panero
Author and museum director, Dr. Vern Swanson, Artist and teacher Jacob Collins, and moderator, artist Jeremy Lipking
Jeremy Lipking organized and moderated a panel discussion about the mainstream media's disdain of the current trends and growth in the realist movement. Panelists Collins, Swanson, Panero, and Steele discussed the state of art criticism, financial trends in Modernist art, and the term "Contemporary" and it's implications in the Realist Revolution.
Lipking, Steele, Tony Pro, Scott Burdick and many other artists have taken the cause of Realism to their hearts, organizing Realist artists in hopes that, as a group, we will gain a stronger footing in today's museums, schools, and marketplace. They are employing modern technology and free access to information to increase the public's awareness that Realism is a vibrant and valid aspect of the contemporary art world. Yesterday's discussion was broadcast via a live web stream, and more discussions and presentations are planned for the near future.
Buyers lining up for the 6x9 Mystery Art Sale in Reston Pavilion
The paintings unveiled!
(L-R) Artists Linda Tracey Brandon, Rachel Constantine, Nicole Desmond, Amy Kann, and Jessica VanDenburg