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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Advanced Memberships in AIS and CAC

Charles has recently been honored with an advanced membership level with two prestigious art organizations!

He is now a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society after meeting their requirements of being juried into two National Exhibitions and two Small Works Exhibitions. During that time he also won a Second Place award for his painting "Amethyst."

A much more formal jurying process with the California Art Club has resulted in Charles being named an Out of State Artist Member on their rolls. The jurying process is tough, involving the submission of multiple images, a bio, and a written statement, and the number of Out of State Artist Members in the organization is kept limited. Being named an Artist Member of the California Art Club now makes him eligible to submit to their Gold Medal Exhibition - the pinnacle of contemporary traditional fine art on the west coast.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Painting Demonstration at ArtFolio Expo

Every year Binders Art Supplies in Atlanta hosts the ArtFolio Expo, a gathering of art supply manufacturers and distributors who bring new products and specials to share with local attending artists and other creatives.

This year's event was Saturday, October 27th and Charles, in partnership with Jack Richeson & Co. Fine Art Materials, conducted a demonstration highlighting several of the Richeson products.

After a little more than an hour of painting and talk, attendees were then invited to have "hands-on" time with Richeson's oil paints, brushes, and samples of their new mounted linen panels.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

"She Beguiles in Red" an Art Muse Contest Finalist

More great news from Art Muse!
"She Beguiles in Red" was chosen as a finalist in the Master Class category of the September edition of the Art Muse Contest by that month's judge, the expressive figurative artist Chantel Barber.

"She does indeed! The intense red in this painting is beautifully balanced, and the brushwork superb." -- Chantel Barber

 Many thanks to Chantel for her kind words, and to the Art Muse organizers!

-- Art Muse Contest website

Saturday, October 13, 2018

New Still Life Painting at OPA Eastern Regional

"Season of the Waning Veil"  16x20, oil on linen

The temperature is dropping, the wind has changed, and dry leaves whisper ancient truths.

Charles' new still life painting that celebrates this time of year, "Season of the Waning Veil," will be on exhibit at McBride Gallery in Annapolis MD as part of the upcoming Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition.

The opening reception will be Sunday, October 28, just in time for Halloween, and the show will remain through November 25. The entire exhibition is currently available to view online on OPA's website.

-- view the exhibition on OPA's website


Oil Painters of America
2018 Eastern Regional Exhibition
Oct 28 - Nov 25, 2018
opening reception - Sunday Oct 28, 1-4 pm
McBride Gallery
Annapolis MD | 410-267-7077

Thursday, September 20, 2018

"The Silver Mask" Honored at NOAPS Best of America

"The Silver Mask" wins Best Technique and Handling!
The National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society's Best of America Exhibition opened on September 14th at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati. We were very honored to hear that "The Silver Mask" was awarded Best Technique and Handling!

Many thanks to awards judge Adam Clague for this honor and to Blue Ridge Oil Colors for sponsoring the award.

The exhibition will hang through October 13th and is also available to view on the NOAPS website and the gallery's website.

-- The exhibition on the NOAPS website
-- The exhibition on Eisele Gallery's website
-- Blue Ridge Oil Colors website


National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society
28th Best of America Exhibition
Sept 14 - Oct 13, 2018
Eisele Gallery of Fine Art
Cincinnati OH | 513-791-7717

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Serving as Juror and Judge for 2 Summer Exhibitions

Charles with SCAA president Sandra Miller (left)
and First Place recipient NancyJanette Long with her painting "French Blue."

This summer Charles was honored by two Atlanta-based arts organizations by being asked to serve as an exhibition juror and judge.

First, in June and July, was the Atlanta Artists Center's Limelight Exhibition, hosted by Binders Art Supply at their Limelight Gallery in Atlanta. Then, in July and August, was the South Cobb Arts Alliance's National Juried Exhibition, hosted by the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton, Georgia.

For both, Charles completed the jurying process online where he culled down the entries and curated the groups of finalists. Awards for both exhibitions were then decided in person at the venues prior to the opening receptions. Choosing the awards for both was a many-hours-long and grueling process and Charles would like to thank the representatives of these groups for their organizational assistance.

The awards presentations at the opening receptions were very informative. I always enjoy accompanying  Charles to these because he always gives a short class about each award-winning piece - why it stood out, how it was successful in its concept and execution, and which artistic principle it exemplifies. I have heard from so many artists and non-artists alike that they really enjoy the explanations and elaborations instead of just a dry listing of names and titles.

Presenting the awards at the AAC's Limelight Exhibition.
(photo courtesy of Binders Art Supply)

We extend our congratulations to all the finalists and award winners of both the AAC Limelight show and the SCAA National Juried Exhibition! The SCAA Exhibition's opening reception got a very nice write up on the local news site The Cobb County Courier and the show was also listed as Number 1 in the "Top 5 Things To Do in Cobb County" list by the Marietta Daily Journal!

-- The Atlanta Artists Center website
-- The Atlanta Artists Center on Facebook

-- The South Cobb Arts Alliance website
-- The South Cobb Arts Alliance on Facebook
-- news article about the SCAA National Juried Exhibition opening reception by the Cobb County Courier

Thursday, July 26, 2018

"Daphne" an Art Muse Contest Finalist

Wonderful news from Art Muse.
"Daphne" was chosen as a finalist in the Master Class category of the June edition of the Art Muse Contest by that month's judge, landscape and plein air artist David Boyd, Jr.

"Charles is a master of his craft. His ability to capture the warmth of his subjects is inspiring. The subtlety of this piece really drew me in. The soft blue/orange color scheme, the lost and found edges, and the pose make for a beautiful painting." -- David Boyd, Jr.

Many thanks to David for his kind words, and to the Art Muse organizers!

-- Art Muse Contest website

Monday, July 16, 2018

Third Place at Metro Montage XVIII

"She Beguiles in Red" was awarded 3rd place at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art's Metro Montage Exhibition!

It was a wonderful opening reception, packed with art lovers and new friends. Photos from the evening are available in an album on Charles' Facebook page.

The exhibition runs until September 9th just off the square in downtown Marietta, Georgia.

-- Marietta Cobb Museum of Art's website
-- album of photos from the opening reception

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.


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


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


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


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

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