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.

Visit for more details on this exhibition.

"Sherrie McGraw: Then and Now"

The Butler Institute of American Art located in Youngstown, Ohio, the nations's first museum dedicated exclusively to American Art, will present "Sherrie McGraw: Then and Now", this Abstract Realism Artist's first comprehensive retrospective of figurative and still life works, on view from September 28 to November 30. The exhibition will spotlight nearly 80 classical paintings and drawings spanning her career of over three decades, from her early days as an art student in New York City to her present-day life in Taos, NM.

Two special events with the respected instructor and author Sherrie McGraw will be held at the Butler Museum October 11 and 12.  The first is a portrait painting demonstration conducted by McGraw in the museum's Beecher Court on Saturday, October 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by the artist's reception on Sunday, October 12.

For more information this event, please visit

For more insight on Sherrie McGraw's life and works, visit her website at

Artist Guild Presents Taos Workshop 2014

With a focus on Life Drawing, Still Life, Figure, Portrait, and Landscape, the Artist Guild will conduct a six-day workshop in Taos, NM, at the Blackstone Ranch from Monday, September 29th through Saturday, October 4th.

Master Artists from the Guild David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, and Jacqueline Kamin will provide instruction in these classic disciplines for traditional oil painting, along with guest artist Gregg Kreutz.

Please visit the official website of the Artist Guild at for further information and future events. Jacqueline Kamin and Sherrie McGraw are pictured at right, during the 2013 Portrait Society of America's conference, The Art of the Portrait, in Atlanta, GA. 

Messages From The Wounded Healers

Sam Scott's current exhibition, Messages From The Wounded Healers at the Center For Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM displaying a series of large paintings he began following the traumatic events of 9/11 and continues through November 2, 2014. 

Opening reception was held August 22 with great response for this renown abstract painter, featured on the cover of our current catalogue showing a work in progress at his studio. To the right is opening night at Sam's summer of 2013 show Four Tides, Four Decades at the Yares Art Projects also in Santa Fe.

Please visit the website for more about his fascinating career and an archive of his storied work, past and present.

Perception of Self at Forum Gallery October 4 - November 10, 2012

The show of self-portraits by 36 artists, Perception of Self, at Forum Gallery opened on October 4, and is on view through November 10, 2012, with work both instant and insightful.  Mostly paintings in oil but also other media, plus drawings and several sculptures this intriguing exhibit made clear the challenge of self-portraiture to achieve more than a likeness captured in a particular moment and move towards a fuller revelation of self and the essence of one’s work.  

This was a Thursday Gallery Night on 57th Street event at the prestigious Forum Gallery on Fifth Ave., in New York City, and it was crowded.  Present at the opening was painter and long time customer and friend Jimmy Wright.  He’s pictured here beside his pastel, Self No. 4, included in the show.  See more of his great work and accomplishments at

Standing to the left of Jimmy is good friend and fellow alumnus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, David Sharpe, another of our long time customers.  Please see a wonderful display of his work at the website of the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.