12th International ARC Salon Traveling Exhibition Opens at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) Exhibition

 

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On Friday, September 22, 2017, ARC (Art Renewal Center) held the opening reception and award ceremony for their 12th Annual International Salon Exhibition at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain.  It was held in conjunction with the presentation of the winners of the 8th Contest of Figurative Painting and Sculpture 2017 (Figurativas 2017) sponsored by the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes.  These are the largest and most prestigious representational art competitions in North America and Europe respectively, and in this combined show they have assembled the latest work of some of the best representational artists from all over the world.

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Photo courtesy of ARC

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Photo courtesy of ARC

In this annual showcase for top contemporary representational art, 85 works were on display in the ARC Salon and 91 works were on display in Figurativas 2017 show.  ARC reported that the entries to both competitions combined numbered over 5,500 works submitted by over 3,000 artists from over 90 countries.  When I think of the high quality of these artworks teamed with the sheer number of entries, it is an additional honor to have been included in this remarkable assemblage of work.

 

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As an exhibiting artist I was invited to attend the opening reception and awards ceremony.  I could not resist a trip to enchanting Barcelona to see my work in what would be my first European museum exhibition.  The reception was a well-attended and wonderfully successful event.  There were four speakers for the opening ceremony – Kara Lysandra Ross, ARC Chief Operating Officer and the ARC exhibition organizer; Tenaya Sims, Recipient of this year’s Best in Show; Susan Tintori, Director of the Florence Academy of Art; and José Manuel Infiesta, MEAM Museum Director and Founder.  Awards were presented by Kara Lysandra Ross, and all exhibiting artists in attendance were called to the front for recognition, applause, and a group photo.

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Accepting awards from Kara Lysandra Ross

 

Having previously seen the majority of these works on display in the classic brownstone beauty of the grand Salmagundi Club on the first leg of the ARC Salon Traveling Exhibition, seeing them in the different context of the MEAM was interesting.  The rustic walls of the centuries-old building provided a striking juxtaposition to the polished works and made for a perfect backdrop to the show.  The setting and layout gave the paintings a chance to interact with each other and their environment differently – just as the personalities of people combine with one another for different outcomes, so did those of the paintings.

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On Saturday, September 23, 2017, an additional event was held at the MEAM.  It included a screening of a short film with an overview of the judging process for Figurativas 2017;  a discussion with Tenaya Sims, Kara Lysandra Ross, José Manuel Infiesta, and Daniel Graves (Founder of the Florence Academy of Art) about representational art today;  and an Artist’s Roundtable led by Kara Lysandra Ross where all artists in attendance could participate in a discussion of the challenges, concerns, and hopes of today’s artists.

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I feel it is really quite a thrill and an honor to be exhibiting in this incredibly prestigious salon and venue, and I am not alone in this feeling.  The sentiment was common, it seemed, among all the other exhibiting artists with whom I spoke.  Spending time with the artists whom I know was a pleasure, as was having the opportunity to meet more artists from both the ARC Salon & the outstanding Figurativas show.  I also enjoyed meeting the founder of the MEAM, José Manuel Infiesta.  He was a joy to speak with as he is a warm and engaging personality who is clearly passionate about promoting art and artists.

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Painter, Nicole Moné with José Infiesta, MEAM Founder

 

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It is heartening that this resurgence in representational art is being fostered by those dedicated to reshaping the definition of modern art.  That “modern” can be representational and that artwork of classic beauty and skill is not only relevant, but steadily rising in the arena of contemporary interest.  Kudos to ARC and MEAM for joining forces with this amazing pairing of exhibits in their continuing efforts to support artists and advance representational art worldwide.

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The 12th International ARC Salon Live Exhibition will remain on view through November 27th, 2017 at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain and is the final leg of the traveling exhibition. For additional information about the show, please visit the ARC Salon website.
I have treasured this opportunity to show with world-class artists in outstanding venues and would recommend entering the ARC Salon to any representational artist.
Submissions are currently being accepted through November 15, 2017 for the 13th International ARC Salon – you may apply here: Art Renewal Center
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A Painting for Auction and Eternal Gratitude for Westchester SPCA

In my previous blog I talked about when I was asked by The Vendue (in partnership with Robert Lange Studios) in Charleston, South Carolina to create a painting for inclusion in their “Cats vs Dogs” exhibit benefitting the Charleston SPCA. The painting that resulted from that invitation was Bookmark.

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Bookmark – 24 x 20 inches – Oil on Linen on Board

I thought I would share here the study for Bookmark entitled The Calm Before the Storm in which my darling “Ernie” assumes one of her signature poses.

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The Calm Before the Storm – 10 x 16 inches – Oil on Board (Study for Bookmark)

Not long after I finished Bookmark for The Vendue, I heard about the annual gala for the Westchester SPCA “Top Hat and Cocktails” – A fundraiser to celebrate the accomplishments of the SPCA of Westchester and raise funds for the nearly 2,000 rescue animals cared for and adopted out each year.

In the summer of 2015, the good people of Westchester SPCA, a no-kill shelter in Briarcliff Manor, New York, had rescued a litter of kittens from the abandoned building in Ossining where they’d been born. They cared for them and gave them medical care including shots and spaying/neutering. The very day after a very small but lanky black kitten from that litter had been spayed, we visited the shelter; It was one of many visits we’d made in search of “the one.”  We waited outside the kitten bungalow for a long time as a family who arrived prior to us selected their newest family member from the kittens available for adoption that day.  When it was our turn, we were escorted in and given a brief overview of the remaining kittens. We’d called the day before to see if there would be any black kittens coming up for adoption and we were told there would be several. There was only one black kitten and we were told that she is still coming out of the anesthesia from being spayed the day before. “She hasn’t gotten up at all today. She is a bit antisocial.”  But she wasn’t antisocial at all. She had been waiting for “the ones.” She was very groggy but she struggled to her feet, came to the front of the cage and reached her paw out toward us – her eyelids still half closed – and with that, we were all in love. I whispered to her that she just hit the jackpot – but it was we who had hit the jackpot that day. She quickly became one of the great loves of my life and my daily studio sidekick. I can’t thank the good people of the Westchester SPCA enough for the kindness and love they show these small souls.

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Our Ernie about a week after we brought her home. The fur just beginning to grow back after her surgery.

Seeing as how the Westchester SPCA is how sweet Ernie came into our lives, I found it only fitting that The Calm Before the Storm be donated for auction to help them continue doing their amazing and kind work.

“Top Hat and Cocktails” will be held on October 27, 2017 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester – located at 3 Renaissance Square, White Plains, New York 10601. Tickets are $250 per person.

If you would like more information about the event or would like to purchase tickets to what promises to be an amazing evening benefitting a worthy cause (or just to make a donation in any denomination), please follow this link: Top Hat and Cocktails Fundraiser 

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The model posing with her painting in her favorite nest of beach towels.

Also: Bookmark is on view at The Vendue – “Charleston’s Art Hotel” in Charleston, South Carolina from Oct 19, 2017 – April 2018 – “Cats vs Dogs”- An exhibit benefitting the Charleston SPCA.

For additional information, please visit the event website: The Vendue – Cats vs Dogs.

There is an Exhibit Preview and Celebration Dinner on October 18, 2017 at 7:00pm – (limited availability – reservations a must)

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The Cats vs Dogs Exhibit Opening Reception on October 19, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm – open to the public.

Huge thanks to all the no-kill shelters and SPCA’s around the nation for their kindnesses and tireless efforts.

And – a big kiss from Ernie. XOXO

 

 

Sedona Art Prize Grand Prize Winner

Back in February, I learned of the Sedona Art Prize through Facebook. I decided to enter several of my paintings. It was overwhelming and humbling to learn that I won the Sedona Art Prize 2016/2017 for my painting, Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler)! This painting has been very good to me and I would like to think that Aaron knows about the painting’s success. 

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Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler)  24×36 inches – Oil on Linen

This year-long competition receives thousands of entries. Twelve finalists are selected by a separate judge each month. At the end of the competition year the 144 finalists from all twelve months are judged by a a panel of final awards judges. 

Judges’ Comment: Blowing Smoke is a masterful painting on many levels. Painted with oil on linen, it depicts the late, renowned portrait artist, Aaron Shikler, famous for painting the official White House portrait of President John F. Kennedy, among others. Blowing Smoke’s striking composition is immediately dramatic and purposeful, from the effect of its surprisingly wide gamut of cascading light-to-dark color values to its clever, supporting latticework of subtly-defined geometric lines surrounding the subject’s organic forms. As a portrait, this work far surpasses the usual rendering of a likeness–its technical proficiency and excellence is practically assumed as the oil painting medium transcends to reveal a living, breathing man and his personal story. References to Mr. Shikler’s distinctive occupation include jars of brushes and a fine art print receding into the background. His head and shoulders seem enveloped in a halo of cool morning sunlight, with the sensation that illumination of the mind flows from such beautifully crafted imagery–one can imagine he is carefully considering what he is about to say. With the lighting of his pipe, artist Nicole Moné captures that unmistakable yet fleeting moment of ignition, with smoke and fire naturally rising from the pipe, a palpable moment in time. We find ourselves transported and suddenly engaged in conversation with a fascinating and accomplished celebrity artist who is about to answer our next burning question!

Huge thanks to the people of the Sedona Art Prize (Now known as Gateway International Painting Competition) and to final awards judges, Michael W. Cothren, Vince Fazio, and Victoria Oldham for this tremendous honor and such a lovely review of the work. Congratulations to all the Award winners and finalists! There were amazing artists in this competition!

Second place went to the beautifully painted Edward Inman Sr. by Suzie Baker

Edward Inman Senior by Suzie Baker    20 x 16 inches – Oil

 

Third place went to the impressive watercolor Spaghetti Junction by Alan Wylie

Spaghetti Junction by Alan Wylie  – 24 x 24 inches – Watercolor

 

Honorable Mentions

Ocean Lights by Leslie Sealy   Acrylic on Cardboard

On the Hill, California by Mason Manning Kang  40 x 30 inches – Oil

Gold Coins by Christine Debrosky   18 x 24 inches   Pastel

You can read the judges’ comments about all the winning paintings here: Gateway International Art Competition/ Sedona Art Prize Grand Prize Winners

The new Gateway International Painting Competition for 2017/18 began this August. If you are an artist – enter the competition! This is a terrific opportunity for artists and being an online competition, there is no shipping of works, leaving them free for additional shows. The people of Gateway International Art Competition/ Sedona Art Prize are friendly, very helpful, and easy to communicate with when you have questions.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook to see the featured artist entries throughout the year.

Good luck!

 

 

 

End of Summer News from my Studio

Good morning! I hope that you have been enjoying a wonderful summer. Here in my studio, the last half of the summer has been quite eventful. With many deadlines approaching for various shows, there have been long hours punctuated by some good news.

Earlier in the summer I was invited to create a painting for the “Cats vs. Dogs” group exhibit at the Vendue in Charleston, SC (in partnership with Robert Lange Studios). A group of 40 artists were selected from hundreds of submissions to make works for the cat and dog themed exhibit. The exhibit is benefitting the Charleston SPCA. As an animal lover, I was thrilled to be invited to create a painting (not to mention the beautiful venue). I love all animals, but for the fun of the exhibit the artists had to choose if they would represent cats or dogs.

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Bookmark – 20 x 24 inches – Oil on Linen Mounted on Board

Bookmark was created for the show. The subjects of the image are my guy, David, and one of our two girls, Ernestine or “Ernie” – named for Ernest Hemingway (a favorite author of mine and a famed lover of cats). We adore her and she adores us – it’s a pretty good gig.

I never tire of seeing scenes such as this unfold in real time. I wanted to convey the ease, trust, and comedy in the daily routines of a family with cats. There is sweetness in her desire to join in every activity and, once experienced, one can’t help but have a deep love and affection for these glorious little creatures. And, there is great kindness in someone who doesn’t protest this type of hurdle but rather calmly finds a way to coexist with their smaller, furry family members. As anyone with cats will understand, sometimes you simply move part of the cat and continue reading.

In the painting I wanted to give a nod to the long connection between artists and cats. I chose to use Théophile Alexandre Steinlen’s iconic Le Chat Noir image and added Pablo Picasso’s Cat Devouring a Bird to the mug. (The steaming coffee so close to her back legs adds an exciting element of danger to a quiet morning of reading – and she sees something that has her transfixed. This might not end well…)

Cats vs. Dogs Exhibition runs from 10/19/2017 through April 2018

Reception: 10/19/2017 6 – 8 pm

Vendue Gallery

19 Vendue Range, Charleston, South Carolina 29401

United States

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Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 

Natural Selection was juried into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Eastern Regional Exhibition to be held at Anderson Fine Art Gallery in beautiful St. Simons Island, Georgia. OPA is a not for profit educational organization and the first national organization to be established for the sole purpose of representing traditional, representational oil painters.

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Natural Selection – 11 x 14 inches – Oil on Paper Mounted on Board

I am excited to be a part of this exhibition with so many accomplished and impressive artists.

The exhibition will run from November 17 through December 16, 2017.  The Anderson Gallery will be hosting the opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for artists, friends, press and the public.

Anderson Fine Art Gallery

3309 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia (United States)

Natural Selection was also selected as a Finalist in the June 2017 Bold Brush Painting Competition. Thank you to juror, David Kassan!

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I hope you enjoy the last days of summer and I wish you beautiful days filled with inspiration!

Single Fare 4

Single Fare 4 is an exhibit of small works made on used MetroCards
Opening Saturday Sept 16, 2017 from 5-10pm
On view Sunday Sept 17, 2017  from 12 – 6pm
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Highline Stages – 441 West 14th Street, NY, NY

I have previously participated in “Single Fare” exhibits of years past. The works are great fun to make and the exhibit is a great place to pick up some original, affordable little gems.

All works exhibited will be for sale for $100 with 30% of the proceeds going towards scholarships for the New York Academy of Art MFA program and to the Alumni Association.  This is an art exhibition arranged by the New York Academy of Art and Single Fare to benefit the New York Academy of Art and its educational mission.

If you have a chance, go to this exhibit. There will be thousands of tiny artworks for sale. Thinking ahead to the holidays – original art would be delightful gifts.

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Just a few of the Metro Card artworks I made that will be for sale at the Single Fare 4 exhibit

The Coronation of Ernestine

When I am stuck while working on a painting and I am unsure how to resolve a problem, I find that it helps to move on to something else and have a little fun.

I was in precisely such a predicament at the easel and that is how Ernie came to take her rightful place as Queen of the Studio.

I present to you The Coronation of Ernestine.

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The Coronation of Ernestine – 7″x5″ – Oil on linen mounted on board – 2017©Nicole Moné

As you might imagine, it was a grand affair! Queen Ernestine was served fish-flavored treats that smelled quite badly – just the way her highness likes ’em.

This proved to be just the thing to get “un-stuck” and was most enjoyable.

Happy summer!

12th International ARC Salon Live Exhibition

 

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Click on the image to visit the Facebook event page.

I am honored to have my painting Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) included in the 12th Annual Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon and to have my painting hanging alongside works by some of today’s best artists in this prestigious exhibition. If you have the chance to go, you will not want to miss this outstanding show.

The Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational foundation, is proud to present the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition which will consist of 82 Contemporary Realist works, selected from an original 3,100 entries from 63 countries. The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, the International ARC Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence. The ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave., New York, NY from May 12th – June 1st, 2017. The exhibition will then travel to the MEAM Museum, Barcelona, Spain where it will be on view from September 23 – November 27, 2017. Although many of the works in the exhibition are on loan from private collections from around the world, many of the works are also available for sale. For inquires and to learn more please visit https://www.arcsalon.org ; or write to kara.ross@artrenewal.org.

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My painting Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) – Recipient of the Collection Magazine Publication Award and Dual Category Award.

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