Sharon's Class Demo

Sharon Sprung's class group photo at our Chelsea showroom

We were delighted to welcome Sharon Sprung and a group of her students from The Art Students League on May 19th to our newly reopened Chelsea showroom on West 27th Street in NYC.

Gathered around our mixing table for a color demonstration, participants taking Sharon's Painting from Life class were keen to ask and get answers to their technical questions about paint and the painting process.

How completely different each of the white pigments mix was included as we put out on the table our pure Titanium White, pure Flake White, and pure Zinc White to show the distinct changes in value, temperature and even the physical properties of the resulting mixtures. Differences between modern pigments and the traditional earth and mineral colors were demonstrated and why all are valuable for a painter's palette.

Sharon Sprung's class visit to our Chelsea showroom

Thank you to Je and Donna for sharing the group photos!



Night Musings by Margaret Tsirantonakis
Prince Street Gallery presents Nocturne, a group exhibition, through April 23, 2022, at their new quarters in the Landmark Arts Building in Chelsea:  547 W. 27th St., NY, NY.

Taking the 19th century painter, James McNeil Whistler, and his approach to “nocturne” as inspiration and challenge, the more than two dozen works shown explore the many nuances of little to no light, in both reality and suggestion.

View the full exhibition online here or visit Prince Street Gallery’s light filled 5th floor space, Suite 504.

Imaged above is Night Musings, by Margaret Tsirantonakis, a 2022 oil on linen. 

Eric Aho: Headwater

Yrjö, 2021 by Eric Aho

Eric Aho debuts a new series of paintings in Eric Aho: Headwater now on view at the Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT through June 5, 2022.

A "Virtual Artist Talk" is planned for April 6th at 6pmEST. Visit the BCA Center exhibition page here to register for the talk, tour the exhibit & Eric's studio, and to view the entire BCA Center gallery guide for the show.

Featured in the guide is Eric Aho's compelling and powerful Artist Statement about his work and what painting from life and nature is:

"... The landscape is a hanger of sorts on which to drape new observations and curiosities. In it are infinite arrangements and possibilities for painting, and clues to the enduring modern puzzle of figuration and abstraction.

These new works are vestiges of actual places, each unearthed, reshaped, and reconstructed in the studio compelled by memory and invention. They're immensities made intimate; painting them is an attempt to wrangle time and reality ..."

Yrjö, 2021 by Eric Aho is imaged above.

To view more of Eric's paintings and exhibitions, visit his website here.


Ellen Berkenblit - Other Shapes at Night

Guinevere and Romeo, 2021 by Ellen Berkenblit

Other Shapes at Night is the third solo show of oil paintings by Ellen Berkenblit at Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

On view in Gallery II, the exhibit runs from March 12 through May 7, 2022

A full presentation of the show is available online at Vielmetter Los Angeles, showcasing each work with images and details as well as an insightful essay commenting on her recent work:

"In many of her new works, all painted over the last year, the palette has shifted and warmed, her usual bright colors now wrapped in a diffused, warm light, not dissimilar to the potent interaction of incandescent streetlights and high levels of humidity. The resulting body of work is dreamlike and surreal, heightening the suggestive nature of the artist's compositions, drawing the viewer into an evocative interior space."

Visit the gallery's Artists link here to view iconic examples of Ellen's past work.

Guinevere and Romeo, 2021 by Ellen Berkenblit is imaged above and in the show announcement.


The Labyrinth by Peg Curtain

In celebration of Women's History Month, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts presents Passages - 8 Women Painters at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, beginning February 1 through April 8, 2022.

In a curatorial debut by painter and Associate Director for Education, Noreen Scott Garrity, stimulating work by 8 women artists, with whom Garrity attended painting programs at the University of Delaware and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is on exhibit:

Lisa Bartolozzi, Elisabeth Condon, Peg Curtain, Noreen Scott Garrity, Diane Crossan Lawler, Helen O'Leary, Helen O'Toole, and Bibiana Suárez

Zoom programing and live gallery talks are planned along with the Passages Reception - Meet the Artists! on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 2 to 4:30pm.

Visit the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts website for more details.

Imaged above is The Labyrinth by Peg Curtain.

Remembering Emily Mason

Emily Mason was an American abstract painter known for her work in color field painting and lyrical, luminous abstraction. Her oil on canvas paintings are distinguished by a sense of intriguing intimacy combined with uncompromising, though gentle, intensity.

Born and raised in New York City, she graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1955. Mason has had numerous one-person exhibitions of her work since her first solo show at the Area Gallery, NYC, in 1960. She has taught painting at Hunter College for more than 25 years, and her work is in numerous public and private collections. 

Emily Mason passed away on December 10, 2019, but we remember her for her love of paint and painting:

"When I start a picture I like to use the medium as directly as I can...(this) puts me in a state of mind which avoids pictorial constraints. I try to use paint for its brilliance, transparency, opacity, liquidity, weight, warmth and coolness. These qualities guide me in a process which will determine the climate of the picture. All the while I work to define spatial relationships, resulting in certain kinds of places. I cannot name them but know intuitively when they appear." - Emily Mason



Emily Mason pictured above with her husband of 62 years, painter Wolf Kahn. photo credit: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

They first moved to Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1968, and established their summer home and studio. In October of 2018, a major retrospective of Mason's work, "Emily Mason: To Another Place," opened at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Here is a link to another remembrance of Emily Mason, by the Manchester Journal, featuring this exhibition and her work.

Tracy Burtz: Seven Large Paintings

Seven Large Paintings, a showing of recent work by Tracy Burtz, is on view 24/7 from January 23 through April 23, 2020, in the Lobby of 211 East 43rd St. at Third Ave., New York City.

"Tracy is known primarily for her life-size oil paintings of women of exotic, arresting beauty. She aims to forget her training and simply to create without the constant barriers of her formal education. As a result her work is simplified, yet at the same time specific, about paint usage, color and abstraction."

Shown above is: True Love, by Tracy Burtz, 2019, oil on canvas, 71 x 48 inches.

Tracy Burtz received her BFA from Boston University School for the Arts and her MFA from CUNY Queens College. She has widely exhibited including in New York City, Taos, NM, Nantucket, MA, Southampton, NY, Greenwich, CT, and Paris, France and has had twelve one-woman shows. Her work has been featured on the Netflix film "Private Lives" and the NBC show SMASH, and is included in the permanent collection of New York University.

Shown below is: The Present, by Tracy Burtz, 2019, oil on linen, 53 x 74 inches

To view more of Tracy's work, visit her website here.



Michael Elsasser: Palette Connections

The Church of St. John's in the Village, New York City, presents Michael Elsasser: Palette Connections on view in their Revelation Gallery at 224 Waverly Place through January 2020.

Over two-dozen portraits in oil comprise this wonderfully personal and engaging exhibition open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 10am- 3pm.

"In pursuit of his artistic muses, (Michael) has met and impacted the lives of many people whose images he has created into pieces. He does not simply appropriate images for the spectacle of a painting but rather takes time to understand deeply the subjects and overall material he depicts."


Michael Elsasser, imaged at the opening beside his portrait of Zachary Robinson, Floating, oil on canvas, 20" x 24"


Helene Balzarini, by Michael Elsasser, oil on metal, 12" x 12"


Doug in Sayulita, by Michael Elsasser, oil on metal, 12" x 12"


detail of Sacred Space, by Michael Elsasser, oil on canvas, 36" x 42"


Edwin De Los Santos, by Michael Elsasser, oil on metal, 12" x 16"

To view more of Michael's work in this exhibition, visit his website here.

Michael Elsasser has studied with Marshall Jones, Sharon Sprung, Costa Vavagiakis, John Winslow and is a member of the Art Students League of New York. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in New York City, Westchester, Provincetown, Washington, DC, and Georgia; he is included in private collections internationally, and has been recognized by Fine Art Connoisseur.

For more on arts events at St. John's, including concerts, readings, plays, and future exhibitions, visit the St. John's in the Village website here.



Sam Scott: The Wounded Healers

Two solo shows of New Mexico artists are featured on the main floor at the William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO, through November 9, 2019.

Paintings and works on paper by Sam Scott comprise his exhibition The Wounded Healers. Scott is "among the most important Southwestern modernists working today," notes Michael Paglia, art historian and writer, in his recent Westward review of these exhibitions. Read the full review here.
Several of Sam Scott's paintings are imaged below:

Corn, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 80 x 54 inches



Canyon Walker, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 80 x 54 inches


Small ceramic sculptures, by Hank Saxe, are shown on stands among Scott's paintings, in a body of work Megaliths & Monoliths.



Puppet, by Hank Saxe, stoneware, glaze and slip, 16.5 x 11 x 9 inches
Visit the William Havu Gallery and Sam Scott websites to learn more.
Sam Scott's Corn (foreground) and Place of Shelter, with a Hank Saxe sculpture. Photo credit: Robert Delaney

World Wide Kitsch 2019 Competition

World Wide Kitsch 2019 Competition begins now!

In its fifth year, this WWK Annual Online Painting Competition is accepting entries now through October 31, 2019. Categories include portrait, landscape and composition, with a maximum of one work per category. 

Juried selections in each category will be presented in a contest open to public voting on World Wide Kitsch's Facebook page. Voting begins on November 5th and ends November 15th to determine the prizewinners of the World Wide Kitsch 2019 Competition.

First prize is a scholarship to attend Odd Nerdrum's TIAC Master Level workshop in Florence in 2020 and goes to the work receiving the most reactions.

We are please to take part by offering our sponsorship prize to the painting with the second highest number of votes!

Long Timber, by Scott Breton, is imaged below. Scott Breton is one of three jurors for this year's WWK competition.

Visit the World Wide Kitsch website here for more details and how to enter.

Long Timber, by Scott Breton, oil on linen, 17.72 x 25.59 inches

The Female Eye

Gallery Henoch presents The Female Eye, a group exhibition of 11 contemporary female realist painters investigating their present-day truths. The Female Eye opened on September 19th with an invite-only benefit for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and continues on view to the public through October 22, 2019, at 555 West 25th St., New York, NY.

Located in Chelsea's Gallery District, Gallery Henoch has a history of recognizing and promoting female artists since its founding in the 1960's. This exhibition of primarily oil paintings is the gallery's first attempt to do a show focused solely on the work of women.

Shown above is: Nature/Nurture, by Sharon Sprung, oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches.

A note from Sharon Sprung: "I have always felt that my paintings are diffuse self-portraits - and that particles of my inner and outer life as a female artist are reflected in my work." 

Shown below is: Serendipity, by Sharon Sprung, oil on panel, 42 x 42 inches.

A detail of this work graces the cover of the accompanying catalog for the show. To learn more, visit the Gallery Henoch website. To view more of Sharon Sprung's oils, visit her website here.

Red Hook Summer Pop-Up Show

Red Hook Summer Pop-Up Show                                  

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition presents Red Hook Summer Pop-Up Show featuring works by the Artists of ChaShaMa studios and BWAC COALITION.

Located at 481 van Brunt St., in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, the Red Hook Summer Pop-Up Show will be happening on Saturdays and Sundays: July 20, 21, 27, 28 and on August 3 and 4. Hours at the BWAC Gallery are 1-6pm.

Dean Radinovsky will be exhibiting his painting The Moon Curtain, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 90 inches, imaged here. View more of his work at 

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, organized in 1978 by 16 artists looking for a place to exhibit, has grown to become Brooklyn's largest artist-run organization with over 250 members. BWAC's 25,000 square foot gallery is in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront facing New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

Call 718-596-2507 for more information or visit the website at:

Chashama supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to create, present, and connect with the mission to increase equity and bolster diversity in the arts. Visit ChaShaMa to learn more.

Alex Merritt: The Stranger

Booth Gallery presents The Stranger, a debut solo exhibition by Alex Merritt, on view May 17 - June 12, 2019, at 325 West 38th St., New York, NY.

Popularly known for his large-scale oils and brutal approach to painting, Alex is exhibiting 20 new paintings and drawings in large and small formats. A distinct narrative is intentionally concealed and left for the viewer's interpretation, much like the artist's process: it is hidden amongst the layers.

Shown above is: The Only Light We See, by Alex Merritt, 2019, oil on linen, 120 x 90 inches

Imaged at the gallery, and shown below, is: Rabbit, by Alex Merritt, 2019, oil on linen, 60 x 80 inches

To learn more, visit Booth Gallery or the artist's website at Alex Merritt

Adrian Martinez at Historic Yellow Springs

Adrian Martinez at Historic Yellow Springs

Adrian Martinez, an internationally known artist, instructor and lecturer, will teach both a 5-week Friday class, Painting Techniques - Grisaille and Glazing and a 2-day Saturday-Sunday workshop, Abstract Art Workshop at the Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA. 

For more details, visit our new blog post here. At right is Golden Light, by Adrian Martinez, oil on canvas mounted on board, 24 x 30 inches. To view more of his work and other opportunities for classical art instruction, visit his website here.

A Day with the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association

We were delighted to help sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association's (MAPAPA) Annual Meeting this year, at the Chesapeake Fine Arts Studio, in Stevensville, MD, on April 6th.

It was an amazing day of activity and insightful presentations including painting demonstrations by Larry Moore (in oils) and by Stewart White (in watercolors). Tracey Norvell of Plein Air Magazine gave a talk on Marketing and the Artist.

Stephen Salek, paintmaker and founder of Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors, and I ended the program with a color mixing demonstration and conversation on handcrafting paint.

Visit our blog here for more details and the color mixtures. Imaged here is our Cadmium Yellow mixed with our Cerulean Blue

Painting From Life, Portraiture

Work from Sharon Sprung's morning class, Painting From Life, Portraiture, came up for exhibition on February 4, 2019, in this year's The Student Concours at The Art Students League of New York. On view for just a week in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery at The League, 215 West 57th St., New York, NY, this show of primarily oil paintings can be seen Mon-Fri, 9am to 8pm and on Saturday, from 9am to 2pm when it will close.

Imaged here is an oil painting by Noah Jordan

To learn more about attending classes, workshops, or to download a current schedule, visit The Art Students League of New York website.

Visit a new post on our blog to view more images from the show.

Mood and Tone: The Art of T. Allen Lawson

Mood and Tone: The Art of T. Allen Lawson opens February 7, 2019 at Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA. This important retrospect of T. Allen Lawson's work is on view through April 28, 2019. 

"Priorities," by T. Allen Lawson, 2014, oil on linen m/o panel, 26 x 38 inches, Collection of Bill & Joanne Shiebler, is imaged here. Visit Lawson's website to learn more about Tim's numerous accomplishments including recent press and catalogs for past exhibitions.

Visit a new post on our blog to view more paintings from this exhibition.


Casey Childs: New Work, New Video

Casey Childs is exhibiting new work with Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, in the LA Art Show 2019, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, January 23-27, 2019, booth 413-512. Follow the exhibition #laartshow2019

A detail of his painting on exhibit, "Youthful Decadence," is featured in this promotion for the event. An earlier "in progress" photo of this new oil painting by Casey Childs is also captured here.

Visit Casey's website to view more of his work and discover his new video Painting the Direct Portrait, his very first full-length instructional DVD. Visit a new post on our blog featuring both, and upcoming Casey Childs workshops for this Spring and Summer.

Portraits of Immigrants: New York Exhibition

Betsy Ashton will exhibit 16 of her life-size portrait paintings, alongside their inspiring stories, beginning January 22nd until February 15th, 2019 in Andrew Hall on the third floor of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces, Untold Stories is the culmination of two years researching and creating a body of work by Ashton to find out who today's immigrants really are.

Shown here is Betsy Ashton at work in her studio on the portrait of Porez Luxama, and completed portraits included in the show. Photo by Steven Speliotis.

The exhibition is open to the public weekdays from 10am to 5pm at One West 53rd Street, New York, NY. Visit the website of artist-journalist Betsy Ashton here to learn more about the exhibition and her mission to bring it to fruition.

Visit a new post on our blog to view more paintings from the exhibition taken on opening night.

Jane Swavely: Jinx

Jinxa new series of paintings and fourth solo exhibition by Jane Swavely, opened Friday, November 16, 2018, at A.I.R. Gallery. Mining the history of abstraction, Swavely has produced hidden landscapes within the paintings, shifting perception, paring down, and removing context in order to evoke an emotive response. These images are constructed through energetic brushstrokes and abrasions, interweaved with the search of light from within color.

On view in Gallery 1 thru December 16th and during DUMBO's First Thursday Art Walk December 6, 2018, from 6-8pm. Located at 155 Plymouth St., Brooklyn, NY, A.I.R. Gallery is an artist-run organization advocating for women in the visual arts since 1972.

Visit the blogazine, TWO COATS OF PAINT, for an insightful review of Jinx in an interview with Jane, by editor Sharon Butler. Visit and Jane Swavely's website for more details.

Jane Swavely, at right, shown on opening night of Jinx at A.I.R. Gallery.

Jinx, by Jane Swavely, 2018, oil on canvas, 73 x 61 inches, shown below was imaged at the opening.

World Wide Kitsch 2018 Competition

World Wide Kitsch 2018 Competition begins now! In its fourth year, this WWK Annual Online Painting Competition is accepting entries from October 15 through October 31, 2018 for work completed in 2017/2018.

The People's Choice Award will be decided between November 5 and November 15, 2018, based on the most online reactions to a work from a select group of paintings posted to WWK's facebook page. We are pleased to take part by offering our sponsorship prize to the winner!

Congratulations to Felipe Gaona, recipient of our prize for the People's Choice Award! His exceptional oil painting Fallen is imaged here.

Visit Felipe Gaona's website to view more of his work and dedication to his craft.

Alchemist, by Luke Hillestad, oil, is imaged below. Luke Hillestad is one of three jurors for this year's WWK competition.

Visit the World Wide Kitsch website here for more details and how to enter. Find a new post to our blog here to learn more about this approach to classical figurative painting and representation.

Ellen Berkenblit: The Clock Unlocked

The Clock Unlocked is the first exhibition to encompass works from over four decades of New York painter Ellen Berkenblit's practice.

On view at Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, from September 12 through October 20, 2018, Berkenblit's paintings and drawings are uniquely installed salon style, and presented in conjunction with her new monograph Lines.

Spanning an entire wall is Sunshine (2018), by Ellen Berkenblit, imaged here, (oil, paintstick, and charcoal) - the artist's largest canvas to date at over 16 feet in length.

Visit the exhibition page at for more details, and the artist's website at

Elizabeth Osborne: People and Places

Currently on view at DANESE/COREY, New York, NY, Elizabeth Osborne: People and Places focuses on Osborne's figurative works from the 1960s to today.

Elizabeth Osborne's work, shaped by both modernism and color-field painting, delves into the balance between realism and abstraction and evokes vibrant color and glowing light.

Maine Portrait, (detail), by Elizabeth Osborne, 2016, oil on canvas, shown here.

Her first exhibition at this Chelsea gallery opened September 7 and continues through October 20, 2018. To learn more, visit the post on our blog at vasaripaintpov

Sherrie McGraw Demos at Salmagundi

It was a rare treat to watch and learn from Sherrie McGraw as she painted the model Henry's portrait during a 2-hour evening demo, September 26, 2018, at the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY.

Fully engaging all present, Sherrie explained how she begins a painting and applies paint to capture the movement of light over form. She emphasized taking a long time to not only establish size and placement on the canvas, but to get a sense of what you are going for in the painting, the "visual concept," so that the "finish" of the painting is there to guide you from the beginning.

Key points included:

  • working under life-size to bring the viewer into the world of the painting
  • putting enough paint down to be able to push it around and even "get into trouble"
  • uses hand as support for brush to avoid drawing
  • painting is a process of editing visual information
  • working from life gets life into the painting

Visit our blog here to learn more about Sherrie McGraw's numerous accomplishments as both artist and teacher.

Paint Grand Traverse 2018

Paint Grand Traverse 2018, the inaugural six day plein air painting festival, was presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center, in northern Michigan, August 13-18, 2018.

Congratulations to Jim DeWildt and Mark Shasha recipients of our sponsorship awards!

Paint Grand Traverse 2018 included a Masters Competition of 44 artists from across the country, an open to the public Quick Draw Event, numerous live demos, and a Gala Celebration & Sale at week's end.

The Masters Competition began the week painting on Leelanau Peninsula with stunning views at Ciccone Vineyard and Winery, Leland Fishtown, and 9 Beans Farmstead. Shown here is Fishtown, the historic fishing district of the village of Leland.

Visit our blog for more details of this premier event!

Casey Childs Wins Gold Medal Award

Congratulations to Casey Childs! … this year’s Gold Medal recipient from Oil Painters of America for his painting in the 27th National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Associates Signature Division. The exhibition is hosted by the Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO, and is on view June 1 - September 3, 2018

The award winning Take These Broken Wings, by Casey Childs, 48 x 24 inches, oil on linen, shown here beside Casey on opening night, also took the 2017 Third Place Award at the Portrait Society of America’s 2017 International Portrait Competition.

To see more of Casey’s work and learn of his many accomplishments, visit his website

To view the OPA exhibition page visit their website


T. Allen Lawson - Prix de West

T. Allen Lawson, of Sheridan, Wyoming, marked his 5th year participating in the annual Prix de West with 4 paintings in oil, on view June 8 - August 5, 2018.

His "Letting the Days Go By," 32 x 35 inch oil on linen m/o panel shown here, was included in this prestigious invitational exhibition at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK.

Visit the museum's website here to view the online catalog featuring the work of all 98 participating contemporary Western artists in the 2018 Prix de West, "best of the West," premier art exhibition.

Visit T. Allen Lawson's website for more of his exceptional work and upcoming exhibitions.

Sarah Szabo & Carlos Bautista

Congratulations to Sarah Szabo and Carlos Bautista, class of 2018 graduates from the New York Academy of Art’s two-year MFA program, and this year’s recipients of our Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors Award at their commencement on May 17, 2018.

Their exceptional work was shown in this year’s MFA Thesis Exhibition at the New York Academy of Art, May 17-26, 2018.

Dance of Discovery, by Sarah Szabo, 2018, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, imaged here, was on display. Visit the New York Academy of Art’s website to view more of the exhibit here

View more of Sarah's work on her Facebook page

View Carlos Bautista's work on his website

Celebration of Excellence: 20th Portrait Conference

The Gala Banquet & Awards Presentation is the highlight each year, but this was the 20th Anniversary of both the conference and the International Portrait Competition - and it was spectacular!

We were delighted to be among this year's sponsors of The Art of the Portrait® 20th year celebration!

Visit our blog for more details and winning portraits.

Silver, by Casey Childs, 30 x 20 inches, oil on aluminum, winning the 2018 2nd Place Award - congratulations!

Michelle Jung Demonstrates

The Wellesley Society of Artists in Wellesley, MA and the Needham Art Association co-hosted a Seascape painting demonstration by Michelle Jung featuring our oil colors.  Visit our blog to learn more about Michelle Jung's work, her upcoming events, and the Wellesley Society of Artists.



Divergent/Works: Sam Scott

Currently on view at The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, Divergent/Works: Sam Scott opened October 7, 2017 and continues through January 14, 2018.

His is one of four Divergent/Works exhibitions featuring artists pursuing very different styles - sublime and humble - while subscribing to the unique high desert aesthetic of Taos and northern New Mexico.

A discussion/talk with Sam Scott took place at The Harwood Museum of Art on October 28, 2017. 

"Heart of Pablo Casals", by Sam Scott, oil on canvas

For more on the exhibition and Sam's paintings , visit this post on our vasaripaintpov blog

Eric Aho

The DC Moore Gallery in New York will present Eric Aho: Inflection Point opening on January 5th with a public reception January 12th. The exhibition, on view through February 4th, focuses on two on-going series of works—Ice Cuts—shown last year at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art and reviewed by Sebastian Smee, and—Mountains—which has not previously been exhibited. A catalogue will be available.  Also, the Boston Globe has just named last winter’s exhibition Ice Cuts at the Hood Museum one of the standout exhibitions in New England for 2016, which will be the first time showing this body of work in New York City. Join Eric Aho at the opening on January 12th, 2017.













Eleven new paintings by Susan Rothenberg mark her first show of new work in 5 years, and her 11th solo exhibition with the gallery, Sperone Westwater, NY, NY, November 4 and continuing through December 20, 2016.

A detail of Red Bird (2014) imaged here hints at the vivid and arresting color of her expressive oils. Visit for more details.

Beneath the Surface: Barbara Fracchia

Examining color and form both above and below the Pacific ocean, Barbara Fracchia's new oils are featured in Beneath the Surface, a solo show at Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, NY, NY, beginning October 6th through the 31st. Barbara is pictured here on opening night beside her work "Fishing for Answers."

Additional paintings by Barbara are also on display in the gallery's Salon 2016, a group exhibition, until 2017. Visit or the artist's website at


Award-winning Artists in Oyster Bay, NY

The recipients of Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors prizes, in the 5th Annual Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill, are pictured here and their winning paintings below.

From left: Tony Winters, Patricia Watwood, and Dean Adams


Tony Winters, First Place


Patricia Watwood, Second Place


Dean Adams, Third Place


The Teaching Studios of Art held its 5th Annual Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill on September 23 & 24

It was our pleasure to sponsor three prizes for this juried event celebrating the North Shore landscape at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, NY.  

Tony Winters, the 1st place winner, is pictured here at work on his painting.

Devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages, the Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay offers classical art classes and workshops throughout the year on Long Island. Visit

Award-winning Artists in Tahoe City, CA

The recipients of Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors prizes, in each event of the juried North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open, are pictured here with their successful paintings. To view more work click on the links to their websites:

Trina Gold, First Place in the Main Competition


Sarah Lam, Second Place in the Quick Draw Competition


Nataliya Tyaglo, People's Choice-Tahoe City Wine Walk


North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open

We were delighted to offer prizes in support of this year's North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open, hosted by North Tahoe Arts, in Tahoe City, CA June 13-18

Visit for how this vital non-profit has been promoting and supporting the arts in the Tahoe-Truckee communities for over 25 years.



Espial, a new series of paintings by Jane Swavely opened April 21, 2016 at A.I.R. Gallery. Suffused with the play of color, light, and space, this new body of work uses the language of romantic landscape painting as it shifts between zones of abstraction and narrative. On view in their Gallery 1 through May 22, and during DUMBO's First Thursday Art Walk May 5, 2016 from 6-8pm

A.I.R. Gallery, located at 155 Plymouth St., Brooklyn, NY, is an artist-run organization advocating for women in the visual arts since 1972. 

Visit and Jane's website at to learn more.



New Orleans painter George Schmidt, and his George Schmidt Gallery & Studio in historic Julia Row, have been a cultural treasure in the heart of his native city for over 35 years.

Visit his website at to witness history and narrative painting come alive as he walks us through his May 2012 solo exhibition at the University of Louisiana in a series of YouTube videos.

Watch the full documentary of this exhibition Satire, Scandal, and Spectacle: The Art of George Schmidt, or select individual clips in which this highly accomplished painter, printmaker, and jazz musician offers engaging insights into each of his paintings, delving into the details of subject matter and process.

Mark Lovett - Painting the Mona Lisa

Upon being commissioned, artist Mark Lovett embarks on a journey to recreate one of the world's most famous paintings..."Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci!  Shown here is the first session(underpainting), and the seventh session of painting(refining the face).


View the in-depth article on his website at:


Examining the dialogue between her finished paintings and their nuanced studies, an exhibition of new work by Tracy Burtz opens October 10th, 3-5pm, at The Rye Art Center Gallery, 51 Milton Rd., in Rye, NY through November 21, 2015.

For more information visit The Rye Arts Center or her website at

Atlanta Fine Arts League

"Celebrating a Decade of Fellowship and Fine Art", the Atlanta Fine Arts League held its 10th Anniversary Exhibition Reception on Saturday, September 19th at The Art Station-Big Shanty in Kennesaw, GA. 

Four recipients were awarded gifts courtesy of Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors.  Pictured here (left to right): Dede Collicot, Liz Rietz, Trisha Selgrath, and Kathleen Ryan.

For further info on the AFAL visit:

Lisa Yuskavage at the Rose Art Museum

Opening September 12, LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD surveys 25 years of oil painting by the internationally acclaimed American painter Lisa Yuskavage. On view through December 13, 2015 in the Lois Foster Gallery of the Rose Art Museum, at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, her solo exhibition will travel next to the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, MO, January 2016.

A new book, "Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood: Paintings 1991-2015," has been published by Rizzoli to accompany the retrospective show of her work. Several New York events are scheduled for October around this comprehensive volume at both the New York Public Library and the Strand Bookstore. Please visit or for more details.

Lisa Yuskavage

An exhibition of new works at David Zwirner in New York marks her fourth solo show with the gallery.

Opening reception: Thursday, April 23, 6 - 8 PM...Press preview with the artist at 10 AM

April 23 - June 13


Raoul Middleman's solo exhibition, "SELFIES" containing over 50 years of self-portraiture now on display in the Maryland Institute College of Art's Meyerhoff Gallery until Sunday, March 15.


El Greco at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Nov. 4, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015

To commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of El    Greco, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hispanic Society of America are pooling their collections of the work of this great painter to provide a panorama of his art unrivaled outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Janet A. Cook: "She Depicting Her"

A group show featuring five women artists...Reception held at the Alex Adam Gallery Saturday, November 15 from 6-8 pm.

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