WWK 2022 Competition

Night Portrait, 2021, by Anne Herrero, oil on linen, 14 x 11 inches

World Wide Kitsch presents its 8th Online Painting Competition!

Submissions are accepted through October 31, 2022 and then voting takes place, on juried submissions posted to WWK's facebook page, between November 5 until November 15. Three prizes will then be awarded based on vote totals.

We are delighted to help sponsor classical painting and WWK2022 by offering the 1st Prize!

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

The painters Shaun Roberts, Sebastian Salvo and Jan-Ove Tuv comprise this year's jury. 

Shown above is Night Portrait, 2021, by Anne Herrero, oil on linen, 14 x 11. Anne has been a member of World Wide Kitsch since 2017.

Vasari Plein Air Event - EXTENDED THRU OCTOBER 15

From the Karl Stirner Arts Trail looking towards the Silk Mill, Easton, PA

Access bridge to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail looking towards the Silk Mill, Easton, PA

We are delighted to offer our sponsorship of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail Plein Air Painting Event & Exhibition!

Come and do an oil painting on the trail or around the trail, beginning now through Saturday, October 15, 2022. No registration is required, work in oil painted during the week is accepted.

Looking West at the Simon Silk Mill, Easton, PA

Looking West at the Simon Silk Mill, Easton, PA

Stop by our Easton showroom 10 - 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday, at the Simon Silk Mill. Load up your palette with samples of our handcrafted colors or take a break from painting.

Demonstration table at Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors, Easton showroom

Demonstration table at Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors, Easton showroom

Find us in Building P, facing the access bridge to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail and Bushkill Creek, with free parking right at our front door.

Finished oil paintings will be displayed at our showroom: 1235 Simon Blvd., Simon Silk Mill, P102, Easton, PA  18042. They will be hung throughout the event.

Exhibition runs from October 1st through October 15th at our Easton showroom. Judging and prizes will be awarded at 5pm on Saturday, October 15th. Oil Paint sets of our Handcrafted Oil Paint will be awarded.

Visit the post Plein air event in Lehigh Valley offers free Vasari oil paint, by plein air painter Charley Parker, on his Lines and Colors painting blog for additional details and insights.

Congratulations Sharon Sprung!

First Lady Michelle Obama, by Sharon Sprung, oil on panel

Yes! Sharon Sprung's official White House Portrait of Michelle Obama was at last unveiled in a ceremony on September 7, 2022, in the East Room of the White House.

Above:  First Lady Michelle Obama, by Sharon Sprung, oil on panel, 44 x 36 inches  White House Collection, Washington, DC     photo credit: White House Historical Association

We are thrilled for Sharon whose beautiful oil portrait of the former First Lady is now on display in Washington, DC, as part of The White House Collection.

Sharon Sprung in her studio, photo credit: Lila Barth for The New York Times

Sharon Sprung, imaged above, in her studio. photo credit: Lila Barth for The New York Times

Here's some of what Sharon had to say about the painting and her eight month endeavor to complete it:

"It's the longest I ever worked on one painting, and I worked on it day and night, and I said good morning to her and I said good night to her. I had swatches of all the material I was painting.

And I knew it was done when she started to breathe. That's my goal in portrait paintings - it's when the person starts to be alive to me and I can interact with them. Then I know I am close." - Sharon Sprung

Sharon has assembled a wonderful montage of pictures, press, and various media coverage on her commission to paint Michelle Obama and the unveiling of the Obama portraits. Visit her website here to view it in detail. 

This is Sharon Sprung's third commissioned portrait on display in Washington, DC! Sprung also painted the portrait of the first woman to ever serve in Congress, Jeannette Rankin, and the portrait of Patsy Mink, another ground-breaking noted Representative from the state of Hawaii. Visit our post on Patsy Mink here.

Gallery Henoch will present Sharon Sprung's seventh solo show, featuring recent figurative paintings along with examples of important portrait commissions, this October, from the 6th through the 29th, in Chelsea. Visit The Art of Sharon Sprung here to learn more about Sharon's distinguished career.





I STOOD THERE ONCE: New Paintings by Bill Scott

An Exquisite Afternoon, 2022, by Bill Scott, oil on canvas, 60 x 78 inches

Opening this Thursday, September 8th, in Chelsea, is I STOOD THERE ONCE, New Paintings by Bill Scott, at Hollis Taggart, 521 West 26th St., first floor, New York, NY.

This selection of vibrant abstracted landscapes in oil, completed between 2021 and 2022 is Scott's 9th solo show with the gallery.

An Exquisite Afternoon, 2022, by Bill Scott, oil on canvas, 60 x 78 inches, is shown above.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by collage artist and art critic Matt Gonzalez, an excerpt here:

"Evoking the fluidity and freedom of the watercolor medium he returned to in recent years ... this new group of oil paintings by Bill Scott appear to be created without constraint or pretense ... Bill has the courage to let his art evolve, to allow his intuition, training, and innate talent guide his experimentation in the studio ..."

"... Using one of his many thoughtful, evocative titles, this exhibition called I Stood There Once subtly reveals the visionary worlds conceived by Bill, a notion that is so astutely discussed in Matt Gonzalez's revelatory essay. Bill once stated, "I am apt to paint what I subconsciously yearn to see. Or a depiction of an imaginary place where I'd metaphorically like to be."

Walking in The Woodlands, 2022, by Bill Scott, oil on canvas, 20 x 40 inches (diptych), is shown below:

Walking in The Woodlands, 2022, by Bill Scott, oil on canvas, 20 x 40 inches (diptych)


To view paintings from the show, obtain the catalogue, and view more of Bill's work, visit the Hollis Taggart website here.
Flowers for a Long-Ago Painter, 2022, by Bill Scott, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
Flowers for a Long-Ago Painter, 2022, by Bill Scott, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches, is shown above.



Ellen Berkenblit - Umberville

Tincture of a Bouquet, 2022, by Ellen Berkenblit, oil on linen, 89 x 76 inches

Ellen Berkenblit's debut exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Umberville, opened on September 1st and continues through October 8, 2022. This is also her first solo show in Chicago, where the gallery is located, at 2156 West Fulton St., Chicago, IL

Tincture of a Bouquet, 2022, by Ellen Berkenblit, oil on linen, 89 x 76 inches, is imaged above. Photo credit: Object Studies

from Corbett vs. Dempsey's press release for Umberville:

"...Most of all, Berkenblit's paintings present an occasion - an occasion for the application of paint and play with brushy forms, for the unbridled joy of a line or a passage or a daub, a scumble or the introduction of a new pigment. Indeed, in these works a whole new hue has entered the pictures, a group of burnt umbers that have deepened and enriched her palette. The classic flashes of thermonuclear brightness appear, the pinks, purples, reds, greens, blues, but there's an earth-tone baseline that is fresh and exciting..."

A fully-illustrated catalog for this exhibition of her latest work, with an essay by Miciah Hussey, is available. Visit the gallery's website at Ellen Berkenblit  - Umberville for more details.

Scott L. Christensen and T. Allen Lawson at Western Visions 2022

Autumn Backlight, by Scott L. Christensen, oil on canvas, 10 x 12 inches

Scott L. Christensen has donated his oil painting Autumn Backlight, imaged above, to the National Museum of Wildlife Art's annual fund raising event Western Visions 2022. 

T. Allen Lawson is also supporting the National Museum of Wildlife Art with his oil painting The Departure, shown below:

The Departure by T. Allen Lawson, oil on linen on panel, 30 x 32 inches

As one of the signature events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, this year's Western Visions Art Show + Sale begins September 10, 2022, and continues on view through Oct. 2nd, in Jackson, WY.

The work of over 170 artists is included with more than 30 artists participating in the live auction on Thursday, September 15, from 5pm to 9:30pm MDT with an after-party celebration.

Visit Western Visions 2022 at this link to see the full gallery of work, purchase tickets and learn more about the planned events and participating artists.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, founded in 1987, is a Jackson Hole museum holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Built into a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, its mission is to impart knowledge and inspire appreciation of humanity's relationship with wildlife and nature through art and education. The National Museum of Wildlife Art's unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C.E. to the present. Visit their website at

To view more of Scott's paintings and upcoming events, visit his website at

Scott L. Christensen's Adventure of Painting online instruction offers a comprehensive approach to developing as an artist. Click to learn more.

T. Allen Lawson has work on view in three exhibitions this September, including being selected into the prestigious Birds in Art 2022 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. To view more of Tim's paintings and details on his current exhibitions and available catalogs, visit his website at


Mind Mirror III, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

An upcoming exhibition of new work by painter Sam Scott, MIND/MIRROR, will open at The William Havu Gallery in Denver, CO, next week.

On view from August 26 through October 8, 2022, with an opening reception on Friday, August 26, from 5 to 8 pm, at the gallery's 1040 Cherokee St., location.

Imaged at top is Mind Mirror III, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches.

Both Sam's oil paintings and watercolors are included in this large exhibition of over 100 works:

"I continue to be focused on the fundamentals: Creating an experience holding a new beauty which reveals a balance between the physical and the spiritual.

That a transition might take place." - Sam Scott, July 2022


Ishi, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

 Ishi, above, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches


Amo, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Amo, above, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches


Clay Vessel and Pinecone, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Clay Vessel and Pinecone, above, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches


Sam Scott has lived and worked in Santa Fe (NM) since 1969. His work has been the focus of exhibitions at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Sam Scott: An American Voice, 1967-1997, and the Center for Contemporary Arts, Messages from the Wounded Healers.

His artwork was included in the 1975 Whitney Biennial. He has been recognized for his work by the French government with awards and exhibitions. Sam Scott earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where his teachers included abstract painters Philip Guston and Clyfford Still, among others.


Mind Mirror I, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

Mind Mirror I, above, by Sam Scott, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches


To learn more about Sam Scott's accomplishments throughout his career and view the exhibition in full, visit The William Havu Gallery.

Visit Sam Scott's website here.


Sharon Sprung’s new portrait at the U.S. Capital!

Patsy Mink, by Sharon Sprung, commissioned oil portrait of first woman elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii, on display at U.S. Capital

Imaged above is Sharon Sprung’s portrait of Patsy Mink, unveiled June 23, 2022, at the U.S. Capital in Washington, DC, to mark the 50th anniversary of when Title IX was signed into law.

”I was honored to be selected to paint this portrait of Representative Patsy Mink. It was unveiled in its new home at the United States Capital last week and joins the Congress’ First Series….

To create her portrait, I first immersed myself in who she was when she started in Congress. Exploring collections of videos, photos, personal writings, and personal experiences.

The final painting reveals a woman committed to hard work which she executed with enthusiasm and an overwhelming sense of optimism to make changes in Congress.

Grateful to now be a part of her story.” - Sharon Sprung, June 28, 2022

In 1964, Patsy Mink won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first woman of color and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress, plus the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii.

In 1972, Mink co-authored the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act, later renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002. This is the landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools or other educational programs funded by the federal government.

Mink was honored posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on November 24, 2014.

This is Sharon Sprung’s second commissioned portrait on display in Washington, DC. Sharon also painted the portrait of the first woman to ever serve in Congress, Jeannette Rankin. Visit The Art of Sharon Sprung to learn more.

Congratulations Sharon!


Kevin Barton - Painting en Plein Air

Wonder by Kevin Barton, 20 x 40 oil painting

Kevin Barton of Petoskey, Michigan, enjoys capturing the specific details of a subject, yet he wants people to know they are looking at a "painting." To look at his style is to see the world made of paint.

Wonder, by Kevin Barton, 20" x 40" oil, imaged above, is a recent work and a great example of his approach to painting en Plein Air. 

The heavily textured and brightly colored paintings that result, engage the viewers imagination and uniquely instill in them a sense of participating in something timeless while the sense of loose detail always gives the collector new things to find in a piece.

Kevin's painterly work frequently captures Best in Show Awards. In 2019, he was awarded Best in Show in the "Small Wonders" event at Paint Grand Traverse. He also won the Best in Show distinction in 2021 at Crooked Tree Art Center's "Play it Forward" Autumn Paint Out.

To see more of Kevin's colorful paintings, visit his website at

To learn more about the Crooked Tree Art Center and the featured artists, including Kevin Barton, in this year's annual Paint Grand Traverse "a plein air affair," visit their website at

GARY T. ERBE Paintings & Constructions

Hocus Pocus by Gary T. Erbe, detail, oil on canvas, 1985

The first prize winner, years ago, of the John F. Peto Studio Museum’s very first Trompe l’oeil Competition, Gary T. Erbe returns to this historic Island Heights, NJ, house museum with a new exhibition of oil paintings and mixed media constructions. Museum hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-4pm. Visit their website at for further details.

On view July 2 through September 18, 2022, GARY T. ERBE Paintings & Constructions offers insight into Erbe’s decades long quest to create paintings that would be more contemporary and a departure from the 19th century Trompe l’oeil masters. Erbe’s work combines flat space forms that are exaggerated and enhanced by shadow, light and color. The result is pure three-dimensional illusion. While there are and will always be elements of Trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) in his work, he has less of an interest in fooling the eye in favor of stimulating the mind.

Hocus Pocus by Gary T. Erbe, oil on canvas, 1985

Hocus Pocus by Gary T. Erbe, 1985 oil on canvas, Private Collection, currently on view at the John F. Peto Studio Museum through September 18, 2022 with detail above.

”Over the years, I have explored the idiom of abstraction and cubism and how these modern principles can be integrated into Trompe l’oeil. I welcome the challenge of bridging the gap between modern art and realism without abandoning technique. I believe I have found ways of circumventing the so called rules of Trompe l’oeil in favor of originality, inventiveness and creativity. Most of my work since 1970 is highly complex and can be engaged on many different levels. I have underscored the point that my work has less to do with the tenets of Trompe l’oeil and far more to do with the creative process of discovery.” - Gary T. Erbe

Gary T. Erbe at his opening for the show, imaged in front of his painting, The Green-Eyed Amp

Gary T. Erbe at the opening for his show, imaged in front of his painting, The Green-Eyed Amp, oil on canvas, 2020

Self-taught, Gary T. Erbe has exhibited extensively since 1970 with solo exhibitions at Museums and galleries throughout America, Asia, and Europe. Erbe has been honored with numerous traveling retrospective exhibitions, most recently by The Butler Institute of American Art, OH, which toured beginning in 2017 through 2018.

FOOTPRINTS: THE ART AND LIFE OF GARY ERBE, published by The Butler on occasion of their exhibition, Gary Erbe: 50 Year Retrospective, is a highly recommended scholarly volume with over 250 illustrations written by a distinguished group of art historians.

View more work by one of America’s foremost Trompe l’oeil artists, Gary T. Erbe, on his website:


Aurora by Linda Ganus Albulescu, oil on canvas 2021

Pictor Gallery presents a duo exhibition, KIND OF BLUE, by Linda Ganus Albulescu and Linda Dujack, on view through June 25, 2022, in the gallery's new space in the Landmark Arts Building at 547 West 27th St., suite 204, NYC.

A closing reception is planned for this Thursday, June 23rd, from 6pm-8pm, to celebrate the show: "Whether in the shimmer of a dress, a band of azure sky, or the tangled waves of the ocean, shades of blue can evoke a whole spectrum of emotions. Linda G. and Linda D. take the viewer on a visual journey featuring this mysterious and beautiful hue.

Seascape in G Minor by Linda Ganus Albulescu, 2022, oil on canvas

Seascape in G Minor, by Linda Ganus Albulescu, 2022 oil/canvas

"in my work, I often grapple with our relationships to the natural world, as well as the nature of our relationships. In this group of symbolist cloudscapes, I explore the ways in which different color notes can act as chromatic keys to unlock our memories and stimulate our deep emotions." - Linda Ganus Albulescu. 


Gift From the Sea by Linda Dujack, mixed media, 2022

Gift From the Sea by Linda Dujack, 2022 mixed media

"My art is about things that shelter daydreams, such as nature, the sea, sailboats, houses, music, and recently, dresses. Dresses make me dream of becoming Cinderella, dancing at the ball in a dreamy dress. My first love was printmaking and I continue to work with drypoint (which lets me "take a line for a walk"), monoprints, and chine collé. I am also a painter and I incorporate printmaking into my paintings." - Linda Dujack

To view more work from the artists visit their websites at:

Linda Ganus Albulescu

Linda Dujack

Imaged above is Aurora by Linda Ganus Albulescu, oil/canvas, 2021


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