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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition

I've been a little delayed getting our past events and such onto the blog lately, but I definitely didn't want to leave this one off!

One of our big events of the last few months would have to be the opening reception of the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, held over the weekend of October 15, 2010. Charles' still-life painting "Remnant of Empire" was chosen as one of only 98 finalists in this prestigious show. It was hosted this year by the Walls Gallery of Fine Art in Wilmington NC. Close enough to us for a road trip!

The opening weekend was scheduled chock-full of painting demonstrations and lectures by OPA Master Signature members and the exhibition itself was full of beautiful art. We met some new friends and re-met some old ones. (We also slipped out a few times to enjoy the beautiful weather!) Dinner Saturday night was on the pier at the Oceanic Restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Great food, new friends and a chilly ocean breeze wrapped up the weekend.

The Walls Gallery still has the complete exhibit available to view on their website, if you're interested.

Photos we took during the opening weekend and reception are also available to peruse in an album on Charles' Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Portrait Demo at Augusta's Westobou Festival

Last September, Charles and I traveled to Augusta GA, where Charles gave a 2-part portrait demonstration as the capstone event of Art Experience 2010, the visual art division of Augusta's Westobou Festival.

His demonstration and talk focused on the beginning steps of his portrait painting process. Photos from the demonstration and our few days in Augusta have been compiled in an album on Charles' Facebook page.

Loads of thanks go out to Lisa Marks, our lovely demonstration model; Rich Borgotti, our helper and right hand Wednesday night and all day Thursday; Art Experience 2010 organizer LouAnn Zimmerman; and everyone who attended the event at Gallery on the Row in downtown Augusta.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Works: "Imperia Prima"

Another of my favorites from amongst Charles' most recent pieces.
He has several paintings in the works along this same theme:  powerful women painted in a powerful way. I love looking at this piece and can't wait for the others to be revealed!
(24 x 18, oil on panel)

"Imperia Prima"   24 x 18   oil on panel