Sunday, October 28, 2012

1st Annual High Bridge Paint Out


Lisa Falkenstern
Springside Farm
gouache


It is beyond doubt that a large-scale, plein air painting event cannot take place without the strong organizational skills of its planners, but it will always be the participating artists that make the occasion a success.  It is the artists, who, in the role of ambassadors, bring the community and the Arts together.  Through the representation of the familiar - the local flora, fauna, landmarks, and atmosphere - plein air painters make the Arts more accessible to the public, and raise appreciation for what it is that artists do.  As such, plein air events benefit not only the town in which they are held, but the Arts as well.


J. Stacy Rogers
Solitude House
oil


Earlier this month, High Bridge, New Jersey held its inaugural, plein air "Paint Out," and for a first-time gathering, the positive response was overwhelming.  Over thirty artists from as far away as Florida travelled to this former mid-Atlantic steel town to, in the words of Councilwoman Victoria Miller, "remind (the community) of the beauty that surrounds us every day."  Though the day was a bit chilly, the skies were sunny and clear, and the resulting artwork was of the highest caliber.  At the end-of-the-evening awards reception and silent auction, attendees were treated to live jazz music, hot apple cider, and treats from the nearby Garden Gourmet eatery.  Artists, town officials, and borough residents, were all heard to remark how much they loved the event, and how they were looking forward to repeating the Paint Out next year.


First Prize
Olya Powzaniuk
Bridge at Arch & Main
pastel


Second Prize
Anne Kullaf
Main Street
pastel


Third Prize
Patricia Nebbeling
Thomas Street
oil


Cash and material prizes were awarded to the top three artists as chosen by this year's two-member jury, local High Bridge artists Aida Birritteri and Matthew D. Innis.  First Prize ($300 cash, a Cezanne wooden half-box French easel donated by Jerry's Artarama, the DVD Painting Outdoor Light by Brian Neher, and the DVD, Drawing Closer to Life by David Kassan) went to Olya Powzaniuk for her pastel "Bridge at Arch & Main."  Second Prize ($200 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Jerry's Artarama in Princeton, NJ, the DVD Painting Outdoor Light by Brian Neher, and two episodes of American Painting Video Magazine on DVD) was awarded to Anne Kullaf for her pastel "Main Street."  Patricia Nebbeling took home Third Prize ($100 cash,  the DVD Painting Outdoor Light by Brian Neher, two episodes of American Painting Video Magazine on DVD, and a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant Circa, located on High Bridge's Main Street) for her oil painting depicting "Thomas Street."








Accolades are due to all of the painters who were participants in this year's event.  Without the involvement of the artists who came out that day, and those who donated items to the prize packages (David Kassan, Brian Neher, and Michael Klein), High Bridge's 1st Annual Paint Out would not have been such a great success.  A special thanks is also due Event Coordinator Michele Schwartz without whose tireless efforts, this event could have never taken place.


Victoira Herrera
Falling Leaves
oil


Artist Victoria Herrera painting at Springside Farm, a tract of land preserved by the High Bridge Borough


To learn more about the High Bridge Paint Out, and to see how you can participate in next year's event, please visit the HBPO website, http://hbpaintout.com, or contact the planning committee directly at hbpaintout@yahoo.com.  To see more images of the Paint Out, and learn more about the small but vibrant community of High Bridge, those interested can also follow HBPO on Facebook



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sneak Peek: "Nuance" at Robert Lange Studios


Mia Bergeron
Thirty Two
oil on panel
30 X 30 in.

Mia Bergeron writes, "Every year since I was 17, I paint or draw a self portrait for my birthday.  Maybe
it is to be self-aware, maybe to chart time in the mirror, maybe to have a landscape for self-questioning."



Opening next month at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina, is a new exhibit, Nuance, showcasing the accomplished but disparate works of three talented artists:  Mia Bergeron, Amy Lind, and Ali Cavanaugh.  Each of these three women has created a series of eight new pieces which psychologically explore their female subjects through color, composition, and texture.  Nuance opens on November 2 with a reception running from 5-8:00 p.m., and runs through the end of the month.


From the press release:


Amy Lind
Out of the Darkness, Into the Light
oil on linen
30 X 20 in.


Amy Lind says of the show, “My last solo show, which was comprised of large scale circus-themed oil paintings, was quite an undertaking for me. It pushed me to explore a variety of subjects clothed in vivid colors and bold shapes within new spaces that I had not previously explored. I think it's only natural that I would now be drawn to a degree of simplicity and calmness, still complex in many ways but much more subtle. It is in this new body of work that I have focused on the subtleties - the nuances - of just one subject in different rooms of the same location, her childhood home.


Amy Lind
Homecoming
oil on linen
30 X 30 in.


This house holds the key to unlocking the memories that were once real living moments there. Now it is no longer a home but just the frame of a house under the same sun and moon as times past, with the memories hidden deep. It's funny how we can always count on some aspects of life to remain, like the sun rising and setting everyday. We can change our position in relation to the spaces we inhabit and those around us, but the light still shines on us, following us wherever we go, lighting up even the darkest of places.


Amy Lind
Sentiment
oil on linen
24 X 24 in.


She is revisiting her past, now an empty shell, spending time in each room recalling the memories it holds. The familiar scent of the air and the whisper of the soft Spring breeze through the cracked window evoke the emotions of her first kiss, her first love, laughing with the neighbor kids, long summer nights with her family. The bright afternoon sun streaming across the floor reminds her of the moment sitting on her bed as her mother regretfully told her of her Grandmother's passing. The knick in the doorframe brings back the emotions of her angry response to her first heartbreak.


Amy Lind
Southern Roots
oil on linen
30 X 30 in.


In these paintings, I have concentrated on the slight nuances that exist when the same figure is affected by different spectrums of light and color. Thus, exploring the effects that light and color have on expressing a multitude of moods and emotions. The stories are further told by focusing on the figure's face and hands. It is a natural response to emotion to move our hands in certain ways, whether it be fidgeting with fingers or covering a gasping mouth, and the positioning of her hands plays a role in illustrating each subtle narrative. The look in her eyes and direction of her gaze - often poignant - gives the viewer another piece of the story.”


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Ali Cavanaugh
Rise and Fall
watercolor on clay board
30 X 30 in.


Ali Cavanaugh
Brightness Burning on the Heart Within
watercolor on clay board
30 X 30 in.


Ali Cavanaugh goes on to describe her work for the show. “I've had a handful of concepts that I've wanted to paint for a while. A few have been on my mind for years. These concepts would often come along when there wasn't a place for them at a given moment. Individually, I would say, they were sort of misfits in my sketchbook. They were worth painting; they simply didn't fit in with the roll that I was on. So I would set them aside for a later date. With this upcoming show, Nuance, an opportunity opened up. My misfits have found their place.


Ali Cavanaugh
Encircling Complacency
watercolor on clay board
36 X 16 in.


Ali Cavanaugh
Limitless Affection
watercolor on clay board
50 X 30 in.


In this most recent group of paintings, my works are larger. I've enjoyed opening up the composition, providing space for the figure in which to move. Additionally, the larger scale has allowed me to give more of the figure. As a result, the viewer is able to more fully enter into the experience. Common themes in my work, contemplation, perception and intuition, are carried through and are foundational in these new pieces.”


Ali Cavanaugh
Girl with a Pineapple Earring
watercolor on clay board
24 X 20 in.


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Mia Bergeron
Lift
oil on panel
24 X 24 in.


Mia Bergeron
Dissipate
oil on linen
10 X 15 in.


Mia Bergeron says, “For the theme of "Nuance", I wanted to explore how technique and application of paint can communicate ideas. I have spent the past few years exploring the treatment of edges, or how two boundaries of paint meet. Sometimes an edge is lost, sometimes it is razor sharp, sometimes it is somewhere in the middle. I find a lot of poetry in this part of painting. For me, it is a bit like life and relationships. Some parts of life are very clear, defined, significant and well observed. Other parts can be blurred, lost of definition, and mysteriously enticing. I find the idea of nuance, a subtle shift, to be right in line with how I look at edges and design in a subject. Nuance, for me, is the part of nature, life, and art that is overlooked, but full of wonder and mystery. In music, sometimes it is the silence between notes that holds the most intrigue. Likewise, the negative space in my paintings is a place where I like to wander and question. It is in these subtleties, whether they be in the overlooked areas of space and life, or in the indefinable aspects of relationships and edges, that I find beauty and admiration.”


Mia Bergeron
Light
oil on panel
11 X 14 in.


Mia Bergeron
Flutter
oil on panel
32 X 24 in.


Mia Bergeron
Between Potency
oil on panel
9 X 6 in.




Digital images are available upon request. Contact Megan Lange at (843) 805-8052 or info@robertlangestudios.com.



Located at 2 Queen Street in the historic French Quarter district in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Robert Lange Studios features the best of contemporary painters and photographers. RLS is open everyday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment. To view work online and learn more about the artists, please contact RLS at (843) 805-8052 or visit www.robertlangestudios.com.




Monday, October 22, 2012

Auction Preview: Bonhams European Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture
October 31, 2012


Philip de László
Portrait of Richard William Castle Jr. (detail)


On October 31st, 2012, Bonhams Auctions will be holding its sale of European Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, in San Francisco and New York City, simultaneously.  The featured lot in this sale is a nice painting by John William Godward, which is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000 USD, but there are several good portraits by Philip Alexius de László which should not be overlooked.  There are a total of 158 lots in this auction, and previews of the entire sale will be open to the public in San Francisco first (October 12-14), followed by viewings in New York City (October 27-30).  Bidding will take place in New York on the 31st, and will be simulcast in Bonhams San Francisco location.


The New York City previews will run during the following times:

October 27, 2012  |  12:00 PM -  5:00 PM
October 28, 2012  |  12:00 PM -  5:00 PM
October 29, 2012  |  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
October 30, 2012  |  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


To see the lots in person, please visit Bonhams New York City at 580 Madison Avenue during the above listed times.  To see the lots online, please visit Bonhams' website.


Philip de László
Portrait of Richard William Castle Jr. (1921)
oil on canvas
36 X 24½ in.


Philip de László
Portrait of Mrs. Frederick L. Pratt (1928)
oil on canvas
52½ X 37 in.


Philip de László
Portrait of Mrs. Robert Livingston Fryer, née Miss Melissa Dodge Pratt (1923)
oil on canvas
56 X 40¼ in.


Jules Adolphe Goupil
An Admiring Glance
oil on panel
21¼ X 17¾ in.


Harrington Mann
Portrait of Jean McKelvie Sclater-Booth and her brother (1916)
oil on canvass
75 X 54 in.


Gustave Jean Jacquet
The Blue Ribbon
oil on panel
10¼ X 7¾ in.


Luigi Bianchi
The Shepherdess
oil on canvas
32½ X 21¼ in.


Hermann David Salomon Corrodi
A Villa in Venice
oil on canvas
65 X 33¾ in.


Sir Frank Brangwyn
The Brunswick Caught Anchors with her Enemy (c. 1893)
oil on board
29 X 22 in.


Alexander Max Koester
Ducks Resting in the Evening Sun
oil on canvas
31½ in. diameter


Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer
Afternoon Tea in the Garden
oil on canvas
16 X 10¼ in.


John William Godward
Waiting for the Procession (1890)
oil on canvas
42¼ X 28 in.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 116th Annual Open Exhibition


Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 116th Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts Club 
by Nicole Moné.


Alexandre Cabanel
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe (1876)
oil on canvas
67½ X 42¾ in.


Now on view is the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 116th Annual Open Exhibition, held in the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South (at 20th Street), New York, New York.  It runs from October 2 - October 26. The galleries are open to the public from 12pm-6pm Monday through Friday, and from 1:00pm-6:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are encouraged to call the club at 212-475-3424 prior to their visit to ensure that no special event is being hosted that may temporarily prevent access to the galleries.


Diane Feissel - The Uncertain Silence


Not only does the Annual Exhibit provide an opportunity for both members and non-members to show their work in the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City, the Preview Reception for the Annual Exhibit benefits a travel fund to help support curators of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as they research art collections across the country. A Museum curator also serves on the Jury of Awards for the Annual Exhibit and gives a talk at both the Preview Reception and the Awards Dinner. The awards dinner will be held on Friday, October 26 from 6:00-9:00pm.


Elizabeth Stockton - Seeking


The CLWAC 116th Annual Open Exhibition is the very first exhibition available for viewing on the art club's website (http://www.clwac.org/index.html).  Featured in the show are two-hundred and thirty-four outstanding works of art by professional women artists from across the country. Over $8,000 in awards are given each year. The 2012 winners are as follows:


Medal of Honor winners:

Elizabeth Stockton - "Seeking" - Oil
Caroline S. Young - "Childhood Reflections" - Watercolor
Diana DeSantis - "Cynthia" Pastel
Lee Hutt - "Benoni" - Bronze Sculpture


Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal winners:

Diane Feissel - "The Uncertain Silence" - Oil
Patricia A. Billeci - "Domino" - Watercolor
Karen Whitman - "The Dome" - Linoleum Cut
Donna Payton - "Imbolic Green Ball Box" - Mixed Media Sculpture


Award winners, 2 Dimenstional:

Linda Gross Brown,  Penny Billings,  Alexandra Marinaccio,  Margaret Ellis Nachshen,  Kathy Krantz Fieramosca,  Arlene Steinberg,  Roseann Samuelson,  Nina Maguire,  Cary Thorp Brown,  Johanna W. McKenzie,  Eve Miller,  Marion Hylton,  Emilie Lee,  Chong-Sun Oh,  Lucille Berrill Paulsen,  Holly Bedrosian,  Annamarie Trombetta,  Tracy Burg,  Susan Spivack,  Patty Healy,  Judy Balance,  Arlene B. Robbins,  Chris Krupinski,  Nora Winn,  Doris Roberts,  Patricia Herlihy,  Beth Kurtz,  Sue Bryan,  Susan E. Klinger,  Linda Wesner,  Atsuko Kawai,  Judith Evans, and Lisa Gleim.


Award Winners, 3 Dimensional:

Gwen Marcus,  Jinx Lindenauer,  Marilyn Newmark,  Amy Kann,  Lee Apt,  Lynda Sumner,  Jacquelie Lorieo, and Lilian R. Engel.


The CLWAC recognizes one member each year with the title of Honored Artist for their achievements as an artist and their service to the club.

2012 Honored Member:
Gloria Spevacek - Sculptor
“Equus Couple” - Bronze Bas Relief


Caroline S. Young  -  Childhood Reflections


Catalogs for the exhibition are available at the gallery for $10 each. If interested in purchasing a work in the Online Exhibition, contact Gaile Snow Gibbs, CLWAC President, at gailesgibbs@gmail.com.


Karen Whitman - The Dome


The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is one of the oldest women's art clubs in the country. It was founded in 1896 to honor Ms. Wolfe (1828-1887), the prominent New York philanthropist and art collector, and the only woman among the 106 founders of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Wolfe bequeathed her painting collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and left an endowment to Grace Church in Manhattan to promote “women’s work.” The purpose for the club's foundation was to provide aid, counsel and exhibition opportunities to young women artists in New York City, and has evolved through the years to reflect the members’ professional standing and interests.


Patricia A. Billeci - Domino


Unveiled at the Annual Exhibit was the recently published book, "A Chronicle - The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club." This complete history of the club can be purchased for $40 at the galleries for the duration of the exhibition, or ordered online at Lulu.


Lee Hutt - Benoni


For more information about the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and for information about how to join this fine club, or fund an award for excellence in fine art, visit their website (here).


Donna Payton - Imbolic Green Ball Box


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Diana DeSantis - Cynthia


A special thank you to guest author Nicole Moné for covering this exhibition for Underpaintings.  Ms. Moné's painting, Palmas, was one of the paintings juried into this year's exhibition at the prestigious Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.


Nicole Moné - Palmas




Auction Preview: Sotheby's 19th c. European Art
November 8, 2012


William Adolphe Bouguereau
Prêtresse de Bacchus (1894)
oil on canvas
67¼ X 36 in.

Sotheby's Auction House in New York City will be holding its Autumn sale of 19th Century European Art next month, on November 8, 2012.  This particular sale features the largest selection of William Bouguereau paintings of the season, with eight offerings, including a small, technique-revealing ébauche of a young woman's head.  Also included in the sale are paintings by Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau, Jules Bastien Lepage, Frederic Leighton, Edmund Blair Leighton, Sir John Lavery, and John William Godward.

Prior to the auction, all of the lots in the sale are available for public viewing.  The dates and times of these previews are as follows:

Fri, 02 Nov 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat, 03 Nov 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun, 04 Nov 12 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, 05 Nov 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue, 06 Nov 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed, 07 Nov 12 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The entire catalog can be viewed online by visiting Sotheby's website, or by downloading the Sotheby's iPod app from the Apple Store.


William Adolphe Bouguereau
Tricoteuse (1873)
oil on canvas
25¾ X 21½ in.


William Adolphe Bouguereau
La branche de cerisier (1881)
oil on canvas
63 X 43¼ in.


William Adolphe Bouguereau
Jeunes filles de fouesnant revenant du marché (1869)
oil on canvas
30¼ X 23⅞ in.


William Adolphe Bouguereau
Le goûter (1901)
oil on canvas
34⅞ X 22 in.


William Adolphe Bouguereau
La tasse de lait (1879)
oil on canvas
28¼ X 19⅞ in.


William Adolphe Bouguereau
Frileuse (1872)
oil on canvas
26 X 21¾ in.


William Adolphe Bouguereau
Study of a woman's head (ébauche)
oil on canvas
13¾ X 10⅞ in.


Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau
Before the Engagement
oil on canvas
45 X 31¼ in.


Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau
After the Engagement
oil on canvas
45 X 31⅛ in.


Jules Bastien-Lepage
Portrait of Emile Bastien-Lepage
oil on canvas
23⅞ X 17⅛ in.


Jules Bastien-Lepage
Self-Portrait (?)
oil on canvas
23⅝ X 17¾ in.


John William Godward
A Tryst (1912)
oil on canvas
50 X 31 in.


John William Godward
A Roman Beauty (1912)
oil on canvas
19⅞ X 16 in.


John William Godward
Myrhinna (1915)
oil o canvas
16 X 18 in.


Léon-Jean-Basile Perrault
Meditation
oil on canvas
63½ X 36¼ in.


Hugues Merle
Young Girl in a Veil (1880)
oil on canvas
29 X 24 in.


Hugues Merle
A Turkish Beauty (1868)
oil on canvas
39¾ X 30⅝ in.


Alexi Harlamoff
Portrait of a Young Girl
oil on canvas
26 X 19¾ in.


Ludwig Deutsch
The Scholars (1901)
oil on panel
25⅜ X 19⅜ in.


Émile Villa
La Japonaise
oil on canvas
46½ X 33¾ in.


Frederick Brown
Candidates for Girton
oil on canvas
28¼ X 42¼ in.


Pietro Saltini
Le gioie di casa (Home Sweet Home)
oil on canvas
36 X 50 in.


Jehan Georges Vibert
The Canon's Dinner (1875)
oil on panel
21 X 28⅞ in.


Eugen Von Blaas
Sharing the News (1904)
oil on panel
43⅜ X 32¾ in.


Vittorio Matteo Corcos
Un secret partagé (1888)
oil on canvas
39¼ X 24½ in.


Charles-Albert de Saint-Genois
John Hewelt with his Marionettes
oil on canvas
24⅜ X 20⅛ in.


Joseph Lieck
Sleeping Beauty (1889)
oil on canvas
24 X 19 in.


Sir Alfred James Munnings
Shrimp Leading Two Hunters (1912)
oil on canvas
20¼ X 24 in.


Edmund Blair Leighton
Vanquished (1884)
oil on canvas
20¼ X 30¼ in.


Sir John Lavery
The Green Sofa
oil on canvas
25¾ X 36¾ in.


Frederic, Lord Leighton
Study for the Daphnephoria
charcoal and pencil heightened with white on blue paper
7¾ X 17¾ in.


Peder Mørk Mønsted
Charlottendun Forest (1908)
oil on canvas
27½ X 39 in.


Elisabeth Sonrel
La Forêt de Brocéliande
watercolor on board
18⅛ X 22½ in.