Thursday, February 27, 2014

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists' Faces of Winter 2014 Symposium

Earlier this month, I was privileged to join the CSOPA members and faculty at what can only be described as a world class event. CSOPA founder and President Jeanine Jackson and her staff put together an amazing event with 83 portraits exhibited, and a faculty/content that knocked my socks off.

Below the opening night - the theme was Valentine's Day so you'll see lots of red:) The opening reception was packed, despite near zero temps, icy streets and lots of snow. Jurors Robert Alexander Anderson and Lea Colie Wight judged an extraordinary show...artist Harry Burman took a prize for his excellent self portrait.

 Below, one of my entries, "Kirk Larsen: American Artist"; I am flanked by portraits of living greats Nelson Shanks and MaxGinsburg, both of whom were present this weekend.

 Below, Leo Mancin-Hresko - seriously he gave a lecture on the nature of white paints and it was spellbinding. Hard to understand if you're not an oil-painter, but it was riveting.
 Below, sculptor Oscar Garcia's amazing life sculpture of Joel Spector. The crowd was on its feet!

The event continued...demos and lectures by painters Max Ginsburg, Igor Babailov, Lea Colie Wight..Peter Trippi (Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine), Fred Ross (Art Renewal Center) John Howard Sanden, and the recipient of the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award, Nelson Shanks.

On the opening night, artists GraceDeVito, Joel Spector and Jesus Villarreal painted from the live model, beautiful demos, all!

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