Posts for November, 2015

November 2015

New ARC Letter

November 30, 2015

"Mr. Fred Ross,

I just came across your website a few days ago and it is amazing!!! I also just read your piece Why Realism? and it speaks volumes. As an artist for over 30 years, I just could not understand how people could praise and value "modern abstract art" over and over again. It seemed as if non-representational art is able to garner more publicity and attention than traditional realism. I am glad to see there is a push back to traditional realism..."

- William Leung

To read the full letter click here.

To read Why Realism? by Frederic C. Ross, click here.

ARC Holiday Sale

November 25, 2015

Give the gift of Art this holiday season!

The Art Renewal Center is a 501 c3 educational foundation and all proceeds from ARC Store purchases go towards our scholarship fund and help to keep ARC on the web.
ARC greeting cards are great as gifts or for use as holiday cards.

This beautiful set of 12 cards (1 unique image per card) in a gold box with transparent lid and complete with envelopes are printed on heavy cardstock and are blank inside for your own personal messages.

Click here to order.

Visit the ARC store and use coupon code "holiday2015" during checkout for 10% off your purchase*!
Sale begins Nov. 27th and ends Nov. 30th, 2015

*11th ARC Salon Cesar Santos DVD, gift certificates, events tickets and DVI courses excluded from this offer.

The 11th ARC Salon Catalogues have arrived and are available to order!

November 25, 2015

ARC is pleased to present the winners and finalists of the 2014/2015 International Salon Competition. With an approximate 2,500 entries this year by over 1,050 artists, the competition was steeper than ever. This year we have included 789 finalist works. These works represent the top 31% of works submitted.
About this publication:
  • 264 pages
  • 789 color plates (all the works that qualified as a finalist)
  • An introduction to the ARC Salon and our first live exhibition including an essay on the top winners and their winning works.
  • Fine Art Defined by Frederick C Ross

To order your copy, please click here.

Patricia Watwood Exhibition

November 24, 2015

ARC Living Master™ Patricia Watwood is holding a solo exhibition of drawings and two large scale narrative paintings in the exhibition titled “New Narratives”.

The show is being held at the Dacia Gallery- 53 Stanton St. - New York, NY 10002 and runs November 18 - December 13, 2015.
For more information about this and other exhibition, please click here.

ARC Living Master Maureen Hyde™ News

November 23, 2015

ARC Living Master™ Maureen Hyde has recently had her painting, "The Next Move," accepted into the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art.

To learn more about the museum, please click here.

New Article - The Power of TRAC 2015

November 20, 2015

"The 2015 Representational Art Conference, which was held this past November 1st through the 4th, is one of the most important events for the visual arts in our culture to come into existence. In only three years, its depth, scope and reach have grown with meaningful acceleration. It is because of its very "depth" that it is such a successful conference. It is a place to discover new ideas and new friends, a place to debate and enjoy the power of representational art. It is both an intellectual experience and a place of comradery. Not every artist who paints in the representational tradition agrees on everything, but at TRAC we are all there to support the ascendance of representational art. TRAC is about layers of meaning and the direction of culture's purpose, art's soul."

To read the full article by Sherry Ross, please click here.

ARC and Figurativas Ceremony Tomorrow

November 19, 2015

The Official Awards Ceremony of ARC Salon and Figurativas 2015 winners will take place as one tremendous event tomorrow on November 20th, 2015 at 19:00 hours at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona and a Forum of American and European representational artists will take place the following day on Saturday the 21st.

Seating for the ARC portion of this event has been fully booked, but the Figurativas ceremony which starts at 20:30h will be a standing event and open to the public. Paintings will be on view and open to the public for the full duration as well as coffee and bar service after the event. A jazz concert will also be performed later in the evening.
To view a list of works on display in the exhibition, please click here.

Chiaroscuro Open House

November 18, 2015

ARC Approved™ Chiaroscuro Studio of Art will be holding an open studio event and Christmas party.

The event is open to everyone and begins on December 12th at 5 pm.

Chiaroscuro Studio of Art is located on 5961 NW 102nd Ave. Doral, FL 33178.

For more information, please visit: or email:

New ARC Associate Living Master™

November 17, 2015

ARC is pleased to welcome Eric Armusik as an ARC Associate Living Master™.
Born in 1973, fine artist Eric Armusik grew up in the northeastern coal region of Pennsylvania. Once one of the largest coal mining operations in the county, his hometown was a landscape riddled with the depressions of post-industry. In contrast to the blight was a diverse ethnic community strong in faith. What the community lacked in public art and museums it made up for it with churches on each city block. It was there that Eric had his first experiences with art, staring at the walls and ceilings at church on Sunday. The traditions and academic realism of Catholic religious paintings and artwork made a permanent impression that continues to influence his work today.
To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.


November 16, 2015

Maxwell Alexander Gallery- 6144 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

This exhibit features the work of ARC Living Master™ Julio Reyes, Candice Bohannon and Aron Wiesenfeld.

The show runs from November 7 – 28, 2015.

For more information, please visit our
events page.

ARC Live Salon Opens Next Week

November 13, 2015

The live ARC Traveling Salon exhibition will open on the November 17, 2015 at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibition will run until December 28, 2015 and celebrate an intense collaboration between Europe and America for representational art.

For the first time ever, ARC Salon's works will be on display. The show is running at the same time the MEAM mounts its 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition. The MEAM competition is organized by the Foundation of the Art and the Artists, which is, along with the ARC Salon, the other most important competition for representational art in the Western world in which more than 2,300 artists from more than 90 countries participate.
The Official Awards Ceremony of ARC Salon and Figurativas 2015 winners will take place as one tremendous event on November 20th, 2015 at 19:00 hours at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona and a Forum of American and European representational artists will take place the following day on Saturday the 21st.

Seating for this event has been fully booked, but the Figurativas ceremony which starts at 20:30h will be a standing event and open to the public. Paintings will be on view and open to the public for the full duration as well as coffee and bar service after the event. A jazz concert will also be performed later in the evening.

To view a list of works on display in the exhibition, please click here.

Works for Sale

November 12, 2015

ARC has received a number of requests from artists who have been asked to participate in the live exhibition if they will provide an opportunity for them to sell their paintings. Because of this we have decided to do so. 40 works on exhibit are also available for sale.

To view only works listed for sale, click here.

Beaux Arts Ball of 2015

November 11, 2015

The Florence Academy of Arts held its first Beaux Arts Ball this past Friday, the 6th of November, 2015, at the elegant catering facility, Cipriani's 25 on Broadway. It was a huge success in raising funds for the Florence Academy's Building Fund, and it was a spectacular experience.
It reminded one of the great balls held in the 1950s by the Art Students League and of course heralds back further to the grand 19th century Beaux Art balls of France in which people came in costumes as famous artists or subjects of famous paintings. This ball was no less of an extravaganza with over 300 in attendance.

To read the full article , click here.

London Atelier of Representational Art Exhibition

November 10, 2015

ARC Approved™ LARA will be holding a group exhibition titled “The Art of Representation”.
This free group exhibition will feature more than 25 artists from around the world, all trained in the atelier style and handpicked for their creativity and vision. The artists will unveil their work at this exhibition, which will showcase how these traditional skills are relevant today.
The show will take place December 1 – 4, 2015 at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London , SW1.

For more information about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Transmission: Secrets of the Studio

November 9, 2015

October 30, 2015 - January 21, 2016

Rolland Gallery of Fine Art - 60 West Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
The secrets of the studio are passed between artists, in a gradual sharing of technique and encouragement. This exhibit reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words. The exhibit will feature paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the United States and Europe.
These artists are French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, American painter Elizabeth Jane Gardner-Bouguereau, Flemish sculptor Giambologna and French painters and sculptors Alexandre Falguiere, Adrien Etienne Gaudez, Gerome, Antonin Mercie, Daniel Graves, F. Scott Hess, Luke Hillestad, Brad Kunkle, Huicho Le, Richard MacDonald, Antonin Mercie, David Molesky, Odd Nerdrum, Michael Pearce, Alicia Ponzio, Jon Swihart, Ruth Weisberg, Gary Weisman, and Lea Colie Wight. Generous loans were provided by the artists, The Tes Manley Collection, The Ross Family Collection, and the Dahesh Museum of Art.

To learn more about this and other events, please click here.

ARC Live Salon in Epoch Times

November 6, 2015

ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross, has recently written an article about the upcoming ARC Traveling Salon exhibition that will be held at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain from November 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016. The exhibit will then be on display at the Salmagundi Club in NY from January 18 – February 4, 2016.

ARC will be planning several lectures and educational events during the time the show will be in New York including a speech by ARC Chairman Fred Ross, and a collaboration with the Da Vinci Initiative, whose mission is to bring skill-based techniques like those embodied by the works in the ARC Salon into K-12 classrooms.

To read the article in the Epoch Times, please click here.

The Renaissance of Realism

November 5, 2015

The visual arts in America are witness to a resurgence of meaningful art that celebrates masterful imagery wrought by deliberate and effective skill and concept. This "renaissance of realism" reaches out to all audiences with a powerful and universal language that probes and examines the human condition and a wide array of subjects that intrigue and tantalize the eye. In this exhibition, we invite art lovers to experience and reflect upon the works of this country's best realist painters.
Among the many artists participating will be ARC Living Master™ Anthony Waichulis, as well as several salon finalists and award winners.

The show runs from November 13 – December 5, 2015 at Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado - 1261 Delaware, Denver, CO 80204.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov 13, 7-10pm.

Portrait Paintings by Richard F. Lack

November 4, 2015

Gary Christensen, author of The Richard F. Lack Catalogue Raisonné, will present illustrated lectures on the works of Richard Lack.

Lack's portraits will be presented chronologically and will include the traditions and influences of the early 20th century Boston painters. Lack's training by Gammell, the Kennedy portrait that launched his career and many of his portraits of notable sitters will be shown.
The lecture is being held at the Atelier on 1681 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 on November 12, 2015.

For more information on this and other events, please click here.

Cesar Santos DVD

November 3, 2015

Art Renewal Center Series™ Secrets of Portrait Painting with Cesar Santos DVD will soon be released. This is the last chance to pre-order this 4 disk dvd set.

The DVD will showcase master artist, Cesar Santos's technique with a painting demonstration, an interview with the artist, and a profile of the artist's oeuvre. The production of this DVD was awarded by Streamline Art Video™ in coordination with the 2014/2015 International ARC Salon Competition.

To pre-order the dvd, please click here

Peter Fiore Show

November 2, 2015

ARC Living Master™ Peter Fiore will be exhibiting a new series of his oil paintings. The show runs from November 7 - 29, 2015 and is being held at the Travis Gallery, 6089 Lower York Road (Route 202), New Hope, PA 18938.

The opening reception of the show will take place on Saturday, November 7, from 5-8pm.

For more information on this and other events, please click here.

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