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Sunday, June 17, 2018

"She Beguiles in Red" Accepted into Metro Montage

"She Beguiles in Red"  30 x 20  oil

We're very pleased to announce that "She Beguiles in Red" has been selected to hang in Metro Montage XVIII, an all-media exhibition showcasing art and artists from across the Atlanta metro and north Georgia areas.

Come join us at the opening reception on Saturday evening, July 7, at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art near the square in downtown Marietta GA.

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Metro Montage XVIII
July 7 - Sept 9, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, July 7, 6-8 pm
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
Marietta GA | 770-528-1444


Monday, June 11, 2018

"A Fascination with Plumage" at OPA Salon Exhibition

"A Fascination with Plumage"  24 x 18  oil

This summer, there's two Oil Painters of America exhibitions going on, and Charles has had a painting accepted into both! Along with his large figure painting hanging at the OPA National, we're very pleased to announce that he will be part of the Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Exhibition as well!

"A Fascination with Plumage" will hang with the other 208 finalist paintings at the newly renovated Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan from June 22 through September 1, 2018.

The entire exhibition is currently available to view online on both the art center's website and OPA's website:
- the exhibition on the Crooked Tree Arts Center's website
- the exhibition on Oil Painters of America's website

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Oil Painters of America
2018 Juried Salon Exhibition
June 22 - Sept 1, 2018
opening reception - Friday June 22, 5-7 pm
Crooked Tree Arts Center
Traverse City MI |  231-941-9488

Thursday, May 3, 2018

"At the Threshold" included in OPA National Exhibition

"At the Threshold"  36 x 30  oil

We're very honored that Charles has once again had a painting chosen as a finalist in the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils!

"At the Threshold" will hang with the 215 other finalist paintings at the Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from June 1 - Sept 3, 2018.

The entire exhibition is currently available to view online on OPA's website.
the exhibition on Oil Painters of America's website

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Oil Painters of America
2018 National Juried Exhibition
June 1 - Sept 3, 2018
opening reception - Friday June 1
Steamboat Art Museum
Steamboat Springs CO |  970-870-1755

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Jug with Broken Handle" an Art Muse Contest Finalist



More great news from Art Muse! "Jug with Broken Handle" was chosen as a finalist in the Master Class category of the February edition of the Art Muse Contest by that month's judge Mary Pettis.

"This contemplative piece is masterfully serene. Out of the luminous shadow, lovely objects emerge in a wholeness that erases their separate nature. This is a visual concept that will never grow old; there is an inner significance beyond the surface appearance of things. This painting is not about the artist. It is about Beauty." -- Mary Pettis

Thank you Mary, and many thanks again to the Art Muse organizers!

-- Art Muse Contest's website

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Twist" a Finalist in AIS Small Works Showcase


"Twist"   12 x 9   oil
This weekend will mark the opening of the American Impressionist Society's Second Annual Small Works Showcase. We are very pleased that "Twist" was chosen to hang in this exhibition amongst the 200+ other selected works measuring 12x16 or smaller.

This year's Showcase is hosted by Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati OH. All of the included paintings are now available to view on the AIS website.

-- American Impressionist Society website
-- view the AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase
-- Greenwich House Gallery website

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American Impressionist Society
2nd Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase
March 23 - April 21, 2018
Greenwich House Gallery
2124 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH 45208
513-871-8787


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Two Paintings Named as Finalists in ARC Salon




Two of Charles' paintings have been named as finalists in this year's ARC Salon, a sensational online exhibition of representational work put on by the Art Renewal Center.

"She Beguiles in Red" is included in the Figurative category and "At the Edge of the Storm" was chosen as finalist in two categories: Figurative and Imaginative Realism.

Created by the Art Renewal Center, the ARC Salon has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious exhibitions of representational art. This year's Salon includes 1050 works chosen from the more than 3750 entries submitted from 69 countries.

ARC Chairman Fred Ross, in his message on the Salon website, says:

"Every year I continue to be amazed at the quality and originality of the newest crop of ARC Salon winners and finalists which just keeps getting better at an accelerating pace... Nothing demonstrates better ... the basic tenets of the ARC Philosophy, perhaps the most important being, that Realism in the fine arts is a universal visual language. Let us all hope that the fast growing 21st century Realist Art Movement will play its part in establishing a more peaceful, yet beautiful and exciting, future."

-- see the entire exhibition on the ARC Salon website
-- Art Renewal Center's website

Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Secrets Held Close" an Art Muse Contest Finalist


Great news from Art Muse! "Secrets Held Close" was chosen as a finalist in the Master Class category of the December edition of the Art Muse Contest by that month's judge Romona Youngquist.

"I love the design, color, and hint of mystery. Beautiful painting." -- Romona Youngquist

Thank you Romona, and many thanks again to the Art Muse organizers!

-- Art Muse Contest's website

Monday, January 1, 2018

Event Horizon Invitational Opens at IX Gallery


Charles was invited to participate in IX Gallery's first large group exhibition of 2018 -  Event Horizon.

This online exhibition brings together 68 pieces from 20 artists and explores the very wide range of themes and imagery that can be defined as "imaginative realism" within today's fine art milieu.

Charles has 5 paintings included, three of which are brand new. Enjoy the sneak peeks above, then click over to IX Gallery to view the show. Please contact IX Gallery for purchasing information.

- Event Horizon Exhibition at IX Gallery

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Portrait of Local Georgia Educator Florine Dial Johnston

"Florine Dial Johnston"   24x18   oil on linen

Earlier this year Charles was chosen to paint a posthumous portrait of Florine Dial Johnston (1890-1979), a life-long teacher and educator from Woodstock, Georgia. Two of her sons commissioned the painting, intending it for display at the local elementary school which is her namesake.

Charles with Florine's sons Richard and William Johnston

On December 1st, the family presented the framed portrait to the staff and students of the Florine Dial Johnston Elementary School. Florine's son Richard Johnston noted that the painting was very well received and he expects that it will hang at the school for many years to come.

Principal Amy Graham (holding the painting), Johnston family members,
school counselor Michelle Giles, and students of the Florine Dial Johnston Elementary School

Posthumous portraits are always a challenge. Charles relied on multiple family photographs, as well as stories and reminiscences from family members to create the vignette-style likeness. He feels extremely honored that the Johnston family chose him to play this small part in continuing Florine's legacy as an educator and benefactor.

The Florine Dial Johnston Elementary School in Woodstock, Georgia