Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Second Annual Paint the Parks Competition


PaintAmerica is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association, devoted to
providing opportunities for artists all across America. Our programs build
networks within the arts arena, connecting artists, galleries, exhibitors,
patrons,sponsors, state and federal organizations and other funding groups for
the betterment of our society as a whole. Our goals include funding for
youth arts education, working with established artists to be mentors and
clinicians for young and emerging artists, and acting as a clearinghouse for arts
related grants and opportunities.

We are currently accepting entries for the Second Annual Paint the
Parks Competition and Exhibition. PaintAmerica’s “Paint the Parks” Art
Competition is an open national artists’ competition with proceeds to
help fund the PaintAmerica mission of supporting the visual arts and artists
across the country. A portion of proceeds from “Paint the Parks” will be
contributed annually to the National Parks Foundation and the
PaintAmerica Scholarship Fund.

We do ask that you pass this information on to your community of
artists. Wewant representation from all regions, mediums, and subject matter. You
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Prairie Plein Air Call for Entries

Dear Artists,

We are delighted to tell you of an exciting opportunity with the Springfield Art Association in Springfield, Illinois.

This summer the SAA’s Gallery of Art will host an exhibit exploring the American prairie. Prairie Plein Air will run from June 28 to September 21 and will feature oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor landscapes. Ecology and topography literally define the prairie but in this exhibit artists are asked to depict their American prairie.

All work must be executed in full or in part en plein air. (Pieces begun outdoors and finished in studio will be considered.) Three cash prizes totaling $800 will be awarded. Prairie Plein Air will run three months with an anticipated 7,500 attendance. The exhibit will be featured during our 20th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair, which attracts thousands of art lovers and consumers.

Prairie Plein Air’s juror, Michael Chesley Johnson, is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America. He is a popular instructor and landscape artist, primarily of the Canadian east coast and the American southwest.

Entries are due March 14, so be sure to act soon!

Angie Dunfee
Executive Director

Emily Chase
Office Manager

Springfield Art Association

700 N. 4th St.
Springfield, IL 62702
(phone) 217-523-2631
(fax) 217-523-3866

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Arts Clayton - Upcoming Events

You're Invited:
March Opening Reception
13th District Congressional Art Show
March 6, 2008- 5:30-7:30pm FREE

Join us as we celebrate Student Art Month with the very finest in High School Art from the 13th Cngressional District.

Special thanks to our March Sponsor

Clayton County Public Schools

March 2008 Exhibits
13th District Congressional Art Show & Competition
Hosted by Congressman David Scott, the 13th District Congressional Art Show showcases the artistic talent of the next generation of young artists as they vie for thousands of dollars in scholarships from the local art colleges. Best of show winner will hang in the Capitol in Washington DC.

Winners will be announced at the Congressional Awards Reception hosted by Congressman Scott on Saturday March 15, 2008 from 11:00am-2:00pm

Exhibit dates: March 3-28, 2008

Upcoming Exhibits & Events
April 2008
“The Last Harvest: Truck Farmers in the Deep South” – Perry Dilbeck: April 1-April 25, 2008

“In the Garden” - Exhibiting artists present their impressions of Spring: April 1-May 30, 2008

Opening Reception and Book Signing:
April 3, 2008 5:30-7:30pm FREE

May 2008
"The Photography of Lanny Milbrandt - 2007 Juried Photography Winner": April 29-May 30, 2008
Opening Reception:
May 1, 2008 5:30-7:30pm FREE

Continuing in May: “In the Garden” - Exhibiting artists present their impressions of Spring: April 1-May 30, 20

Saturday, February 23, 2008

4th Annual Plein Air-Easton Competition

The deadline to enter the 4th Annual Plein Air–Easton! Competition is March 3, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. Artist's Prospectus and submission instructions are available at Entries may be submitted online or mailed/delivered to the address shown below.

The entry jurist is Brian Stewart ( ). Stewart is a Signature Member of Plein-Air Painters of America, Classical Realism Society, Oil Painters of America, and California Art Club. The awards judge will be Lynn Gertenbach (, a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, and Plein Air Painters of America.

Accepted artists and alternates will be announced March 24, 2008 via posting at

Plein Air–Easton! has quickly become the East Coast’s premier plein air festival, attracting nationally known artists of high caliber and creating a stir among art collectors. The national Plein Air–Easton! Competition will showcase approximately 50 national artists vying for cash awards totaling more than $11,000. The First Place award will be $5,000, Second Place $2,000, Third Place $1,000, with the remainder being distributed among Awards of Merit and various named awards.

This year’s Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival will be held July 21-27, 2008. The event consists of a national competition complimented by a comprehensive arts festival that draws thousands of artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, and spectators from across the country. Attractions include gallery exhibits, collectors’ parties, world class speakers, art demonstrations, music, theater, and the popular, fast paced “Quick Draw” painting competition held for two hours in downtown Easton.

Paintings will be for sale during the entire festival weekend, including special events such as the Collectors’ Preview Party on Friday evening, the Quick Draw Exhibit & Sale on Saturday afternoon, the Sunday Brunch & Live Auction, and an ongoing exhibit throughout the weekend at the Academy Art Museum. Sales in past years have been brisk; last year 172 paintings sold, grossing more than $158,000. Competing artists create two paintings each for the competition, and may also bring replacement paintings to sell, making available hundreds of pieces of some of the best art in America today. Paintings by artists from the Delmarva region will also be available at the “Local Color” plein air exhibit, a juried and judged show featuring artists from the Delmarva Peninsula, presented Friday through Sunday at the Tidewater Inn.

Plein Air–Easton! is presented by Easton Main Street in partnership with the Avalon Foundation and hosted by the Academy Art Museum. Information, Artist’s Prospectus and digital uploading of juried submissions are available at Submissions will also be accepted on CD sent by postal mail or delivered to: Plein Air–Easton!, c/o The Avalon Foundation, 40 East Dover Street, Easton MD 21601. For more information, email or phone 410-822-7297.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valdosta Event

Title: Art After Dark

Date: Friday February 15, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every month on the third Friday.
Location: Downtown Valdosta
Notes: Art After Dark is a new downtown initiative designed to raise the profile of the visual arts. The second floor gallery at City Market will open a new exhibit artist on this day monthly.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gallery Space available

The gallery of the C. W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center of the Fort Valley State University is looking for new artists. The center serves as a showplace for exhibiting art work of area and local artists. The Pettigrew Center features a hanging gallery which will accommodate twenty-two paintings, photographs, drawings or other print media. Pieces may be framed but wire is required for hanging.

Also available is a glass display case which is used for exhibiting fine arts pieces, educational works, craft items and other collections. Exhibitors are scheduled for the calendar month on a first call, first come basis.

The exhibits are free and open to the public. They are viewed during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. until 5::00 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and during special events nights and weekends.

For more information on exhibiting and scheduling your art, please contact Marie Peterman at (478) 825-6478 during regular business hours.

Pastel Workshop

Greetings Artist Friends,

I will have the pleasure of hosting pastel artist Kippy Hammond ( ) at Historic Mill Studio in Greensboro, Ga. in April if there is enough interest. Below is information about Kippy and outline of one of her pastel exploration laboratories. Please pass this on to others you know who may be interested and art guild members and/or add to your calendar/newsletter of events. I will be coordinating with her this week if it looks like we have enough to reserve her. She will be in the States during April and has given me the first opportunity to host her. We will be negotiating registration fee, date, and number of days, once I hear from those interested. Once the date is set I will send registration, dates, registration and materials fees and will register in order of receipt of deposit. This workshop is suitable for debutante through advanced students in pastel. When you reply please let me know the following:

1. Your level of experience with pastels : advanced, intermediate, debutante

2. Are you interested in two, three or four days?

3. Are in interested in laboratory workshop, en plein air/composition workshop or both.

4. From where will you be traveling?__________________

Historic Mill Studio is in Greensboro, Ga. and is approximately 70 miles east of Atlanta, 70 miles west of Augusta, and 30 miles south of Athens. 40 miles north of Milledgeville, and 60 miles north east of Macon. Accommodations are available.


Kippy Hammond presently resides in France for the majority of the year, completing commissioned work from clientele in the U.S. and Europe , and painting the French countryside. Kippy will guide you through a pastel “laboratory” where you can experience a variety of surfaces and techniques. Expand your current boundaries by using under paintings, turpentine wash, and watercolor wash, combined with dry pastel. The purpose of this workshop is to experiment and experience a wide variety of papers and techniques-----you will take with you a fresh perspective and ideas to incorporate into your own work.

Kippy Hammond is a native Georgian pastel artist who has been recognized in numerous exhibitions and solo shows receiving state, regional, and international awards. She was the guest of honor for the first Salon International de Pastel Exposition a Vernon en Normandie in 2002 and represented France in the 2003 Europastel Exposition in Italy and Russia . She is a signature member of the Southeastern Pastel Society and a founding member of the Atlantic Coastline Artist Guild. Ms Hammond is represented by Monty Stabler Galleries in Birmingham , AL and Ann Jacob Gallery in Highlands NC.


2-Day workshop with Kippy Hammond at Historic Mill Studio in Greensboro, Ga.

This two day laboratory workshop is designed for the students to explore:

various types of pastels and supports available to the pastelists;
various approaches in expanding the boundaries of pastels, using under-paintings of turpentine wash, watercolor, and oil wash;
different "touches" used in application that can only be acquired by experimentation
The class has two segments:

Laboratory stations, featuring different supports and types of pastels, where all the students can experiment the different “touch and feel” of these materials and the effect of application.
Instructional segment incorporates demonstration, lecture, and individual assistance for each student
The instructional part of the workshop would be divided as follows:

First day 9-12 AM - Introduction, demonstration of underpainting with turpentine wash, preparation of hard boards to be used on2nd day.

First Day 2-5 PM - Students will start and complete painting on Ersta sanded paper with turpentine wash.

2nd Day 9-12 AM - Quick demo of watercolor underpainting on Wallis paper, students will start and complete painting on Wallis paper

2nd Day 2-5 PM - Students will start and complete still life on sanded boards prepared on first day.

If there is interest I will add an optional one or two days for composition and en plein aire workshop.

The size formats will be kept very small in order to push through the painting schedule so students can get a complete idea of how the different pastel projects build and layer.

It is emphasized that this workshop is for the student to experiment and explore. The students should not anticipate producing a painting to be complete, signed, and framed. (There are, however, usually some very fine paintings that come out of this, but I will reiterate that the time they spend with me is to gain some knowledge of the different approaches to working with pastel and to try and master these approaches after the workshop.)

All supplies will be furnished by Kippy and students will pay materials fee ( I will give you that information as soon as I know).

Nan T. McGarity

Historic Mill Studio

Greensboro, Ga.

770 957 5023

770 294 5833

Call for Entries - The Good Earth Competition

The Good Earth is an online painting competition open to all artists, 18 and older, sponsored by, a new online artist's magazine. Four generous cash prizes and ten honorable mentions, in a prize purse worth more than $5,000, will be awarded over three categories: Places and Scenes, Living Beings and Objects from Nature. All printing and drawing media used in all styles are welcome. Deadline is April 1, 2008; winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2008. For a complete prospectus, visit: 

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Moonshine Magazine

The latest issue of moonshine, a magazine of the southern arts is
available online (& free) at

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Live Model Portrait sessions

Join us at Gallery 51 in Forsyth GA for open model studio portrait sessions every Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. A live model will be available and instruction provided for beginners. The studio fee for each 2 hour session is 10.00. Artists may also choose to participate in group shows and have their art selected for ongoing exhibitions.

Gallery 51 is a 5000 sq. ft. art gallery facility featuring work by national and regional artists in a variety of media. Classes are available on a rotating basis in glass fusing, stained glass, drawing and painting, and wood turning.

Artists studio space will soon be available for rental

Please visit our web site at for more information regarding upcoming shows, featured artists, upcoming classes, and exhibition opportunities.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Traditional Artists Roster

Notice to all
Georgia Traditional Artists
& their supporters
Georgia Council for the Arts presents
Traditional Artists Roster

The Traditional Artists Roster is an adjudicated listing of qualified Georgia traditional artists. These traditions must be grounded in history and tied to a specific culture that is resident in Georgia, and is a traditional expression of a culture maintained and communicated between groups of people who share a common thread. Individual Georgia artists and/or artist groups in all traditional arts disciplines are eligible to apply. The Traditional Artists Rosters purpose is to increase visibility and booking opportunities for Georgia's traditional artists. GCA promotes and markets the Traditional Artists Roster publication and provides grant support to hire GCA-certified traditional artists.

Guidelines & Applications

Application Deadline
March 3, 2008

for more information contact:

Brandy Klopp
Traditional Arts Manager
Georgia Council for the Arts
260 14th Street
Suite 401
Atlanta GA 32318

Sketching Session

Sketching Session: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Monday, February 11, 2008 at the Nola Brantley Library in Warner Robins. A live model will be provided. This is open to all adults, so bring a friend. You can both take advantage of this FREE opportunity to brush up on your drawing skills. Working from a live model is the best possible drawing practice no matter what subject matter you normally paint. Bring your own easel and drawing materials. You may bring charcoal, pastels, or colored pencil. Please do not bring oils, acrylics or watercolors. Food and drink are not allowed in the library. Contact Dona Schaeffer at home 788-1529, or at work 923-0753.