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Invitation: A Symposium on Contemporary Painting

Contributed by Sharon Butler / On Friday, September 15, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland is hosting a symposium in conjunction with  “American Genre: Contemporary Painting,” a sprawling exhibition...Show More Summary

Nova Scotia Plein Air Painting Retreat: Part 2

Back Bay, Chester9x12 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable [For Nova Scotia Plein Air Painting Retreat Part 1, click here.] Tuesday we headed in the other direction, to Terence Bay. Terence Bay is the site of another tragedy. In 1873, the SS Atlantic wrecked with a loss of 560 souls out of about 990 passengers. Show More Summary

Nova Scotia Plein Air Painting Retreat: Part 1

Peggy's Cove, Afternoon9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable Most landscape painters in the eastern US and Canada have heard of Peggy’s Cove. Much like Monhegan Island and Cape Ann, this little village is legendary among artists. Show More Summary

Up in Hudson with Suzanne Joelson

Contributed by Suzanne Joelson / In Hudson, New York, among the soap shops and home furnishings boutiques are a few galleries where painting thrives, notably John Davis, Jeff Bailey, September, and Galerie Gris. The oldest of the group, John Davis, has shown notable painters like Amenoff, Bradford, and Brickhouse and is first on my list. Show More Summary

Andrea Belag: Making changes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Andrea Belag is best known for making dark, stormy abstractions in which fat, translucent brushstrokes swoop and twist around large-scale canvases. In her solo at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, on view through October 15, the new paintings seem to have a sunnier disposition. Show More Summary

Nova Scotia Painting Retreat - Report Coming Soon

Yes, I'm still here. I'm posting this to let everyone know that I'll soon have a report on our Nova Scotia plein air painting retreat. We've had a grand time, painting at Peggy's Cove and other scenic spots. You can expect a full report later this weekend after our return. Show More Summary

Openings: Selected exhibitions, September 2017

After a lazy August, we’re ready to get back to the galleries and see some paintings, the kind that are so new and fresh we can still smell the wet paint. This week, plan to go to Chelsea on Thursday (after First Thursday in DUMBO) and Bushwick on Friday. Show More Summary

documenta 14: The emotional thump

Contributed by Loren Britton / Banu Cenneto?lu‘s work in documenta 14 BEINGSAFEISSCARY cleverly rearranges and edits the building text from the Kassel Fridericianum’s façade into a statement that clairvoyantly points to the propositions and challenges of documenta 14. Show More Summary

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Here are a few job listings from Academic Keys, a website that specializes in academic employment. The keyword on this search was “painting.” If your institution is looking for art faculty, please leave a info and a link in the Comments section. Show More Summary

EMAIL: Jenny Zoe Casey on the closing of MAPP

Dear Sharon, This summer, after 23 years, MAPP International Productions closed its doors. The same week it closed, the New York Times noted a trend in small and mid-sized gallery closures, and for me, this concordance raises a specter of diminishing opportunities. Show More Summary

Product Review: Gamvar Matte Varnish

Oil painting with regular (glossy) Gamvar Varnish. Note the glare. It's not too distracting, because this painting has mostly light or midtone values. Oil painting with Gamvar Matte Varnish. This is a dark painting, and if I'd used glossy varnish on it, it would have a very distracting glare. Show More Summary

Painter partners: Gary Stephan and Suzanne Joelson

Contributed by Sharon Butler / For nearly 40 years, painters Gary Stephan and Suzanne Joelson have spent summers in an old farmhouse located in a small town just south of the Catskills. They met in the late 1980s during one of Stephan’s openings at Mary Boone and have been together ever since. Show More Summary

A Walk in the Woods: Texture Too Beautiful to Paint

Lately, I've been walking in the woods. Does this sound strange for someone who lives on the "bold coast" of Maine? This picturesque place, with its high cliffs towering over crashing waves and offering vistas of faraway islands and the occasional whale, is dear to tourists, who often travel long distances from uninspiring places. Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting Workshop Wrap-Up: All Levels in Downeast Maine

Quoddy Head Fog 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson This past week, I concluded my series of all-level plein air painting workshops here in Downeast Maine. It's been a great summer with cool, dry weather and just enough fog and drizzle to spice things up now and then. Show More Summary

Art and film: Kogonada and Modernism in “Columbus”

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Columbus is a serenely penetrating postmodern film, acted with realistic understatement and set in the eponymous city in Indiana – coincidentally if perhaps ironically, Mike Pence’s home town. Directed...Show More Summary

MFA report: Hrag Vartanian finds “home” in RISD painting studios

MFA exhibitions invariably must encompass a vast range of disparate material, and it’s a stiff challenge for a guest curator to create a unified show that frames a cohesive experience for the viewer. This year, the RISD MFA PaintingShow More Summary

Etiquette for Plein Air Painting Groups

How many painters can you find? Overcrowding at National Parks? Aren't some of them, well, vast? Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about this topic. Zion National Park recently made it into the headlines as considering the idea of requiring reservations for entry into the park. Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting Products: PanelPak and PalettePak

Like most professional plein air painters, over the years I've gathered a variety of wet panel carriers for oil painting. I like each of them for different reasons. PanelPak is one I use most often these days because it fits in my backpack with all my painting gear. Show More Summary

Art and film: “Detroit” and Faulkner’s truth

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / William Faulkner famously said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” That is a key truth about one of his central concerns – race in America. Kathryn Bigelow, in her harrowingly compelling film Detroit, uses that truth as a kind of nightstick with which to beat the audience … read more... Show More Summary

Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy - Paintout Report

"Antediluvian" 9x12 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable - click for detailsPainted at Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, Maine Location Shot for "Antediluvian" Each year, Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy has its annual paintout. Show More Summary

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