Monday, April 21, 2014

The Art of the Portrait Conference 2013

Face Off with Lynn Sanguedolce, Jeffrey Hein, and David Kassan

Japanese Garden at the Hyatt
Beautiful Buckhead
The Portrait Society of America celebrated their 15th annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

This year was my first year to attend the conference. I left Pawleys Island not knowing anyone and returned having met so many wonderful artists. The conference was teaming with people who support the arts in so many ways. When I left, I had made some new friendships and left totally energized.

Evert Ploeg at Face Off
The Opening Night began with a Face-Off competition. What an interesting and fun way to watch fifteen incredible artists painting simultaneously. The artist paint in groups of 3 with one model in period dress. The event was in the grand ballroom.

The Face-Off last two and a half hour. Afterward everyone can vote for their favorite, painting. The overall favorite wins the Peoples Choice Award. The paintings are subsequently sold at a silent auction. All proceeds are directed to the scholarship program. Jeffrey Hein won this year's award.

Painting Demo with Michael Shane Neal and Mary Whyte

Conference Highlights
During the conference, there were demonstrations, illustrated  lectures, portfolio reviews, breakout sessions, vendors and so much more.  To the right are photos of a painting demonstration between Mary Whyte and Michael Shane Neal. Mary Whyte used watercolor and Shane Neal painted with oil. The model was the distinguished painter and writer Sam Adoquei.  The session was as entertaining as it was informative.  Mary Whyte lives in South Carolina and co-owns the Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, SC.

Everett Raymond Kinstler
Keynote Speaker
A Highlight of the conference was Everett Raymond Kinstler, who gave an insightful talk and critiqued submitted works by conference attendees.

Mr. Kinstler, a native New Yorker, began his career at age 16, drawing comic books and hundreds of book and magazine illustrations, as well as covers for paperback books. Mr.Kinstler studied and later taught at the Art Students League. He ultimately made the transition to portraitist.

Joseph Todorovitch

Painters Everywhere
Joseph Todorovitch, finds a quiet corner outside of the ballroom to paint, but not for long. 

Banquet & Awards Presentation
Saturday evening is traditionally the night of the Banquet. The evening recognized outstanding accomplishments and winners of competitions and a keynote speaker. Everyone was in good spirits especially the award winners. The evening was magical for me as I sat with some of the most talented artists in the country. 

Saltness Parks, Last Day of the Conference
My Roommate 
Saltness Parks the state representative for Arizona 2013 was my roommate. Saltness and I  had not met prior to the conference. We spoke by phone and thought we were a good match. It turned out we were! The arrangement worked wonderfully, and we've kept in touch.    

I hope you have enjoyed this overview of the conference.   

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Seacoast Artists Guild Spring Show 2014

Jessie, 1st Place 2 Dimensional Art Excluding Photography

From April 4th-13th 2014, the Seacoast Artists Guild will present their annual Spring Show. The opening night for the show will be Saturday, April 5th, 2014.  When visiting the Market Commons, be sure to stop by the Seacoast Artist Gallery to view the work on display and for purchase.

Saturday April 5th, Opening Night I went with the intent of writing a story to share about Seacoast. As you can see from the photo above, the evening took a happy twist, as my portrait "Jessie" became part of the story.

The Wolf of Winter, Marlene Askins

Five Categories comprise the Spring and Fall Shows. People are allowed to Submit two pieces of their work in the five categories: 1. Photography; 2. Sculpture; 3. Fabric Art; 4. All 2 Dimensional Art Excluding Photography; 5. Best in Show.

The first place award for 2 Dimensional Art Excluding Photography went to my portrait, "Jessie!" I was very excited to win this award.

Best in Show was Order & Chaos by John Yothers.

Woody Bower and Sandi Blood

A Non-Profit Organization, Seacoast is  comprised of around 240 artists/members. Members share their creative passion for the arts through exhibits, workshops, youth programs  and two annual shows, spring, and fall.  Seacoast members actively seek to create opportunities for artists throughout the community.

Southern Sunrise, Ron Blanchard

Woody Bower, is the current President, and Sandi Blood, Vice President, and both are photographers. Last year the Guild opened the Seacoast Artists Gallery located at Market Commons.  

Robin Salmon

Robin R. Salmon, Vice President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture for Brookgreen Gardens judged this year's show. Ms. Salmon has degrees in history and art history from the University of South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the Museum Management group, and an author and co-author of quite a few books.

The spring show is the largest show to date with over 40% of members submitting their work.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member or any of the pieces mentioned here, please visit the gallery or contact the gallery or email

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