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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"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.