Lauren Tilden Solo Exhibition at Union University in Jackson, TN

Portrait & figure painter Lauren Tilden opened her own solo exhibition in Jackson, Tennessee at Union University earlier this month. The exhibition showcased the New Jersey-based artist’s paintings which present quiet drama in outdoor environments. They are evocative with cool, dreamy color palettes, an attention to detail, and painterly brushwork. The show opened April 4 with a celebratory lecture & reception. It continues through the summer until August 18 at the Penick Academic Complex Art Gallery. Over the years, Lauren has developed a personal style that shows the influence of classic American artists Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. For her work, she has received several awards, honors, and grants.

For more information on Lauren’s show, please click here.




Jody Thompson’s SouthGate Studio will soon begin its Spring Session

Jody Thompson, a staple of the Nashville arts community and painter of delicate & memorable still lifes, is opening his studio in Franklin, Tennessee for the Spring session. SouthGate Studio, the teaching studio founded by Jody and his wife Pat Thompson at The Factory in Franklin, hosts workshops & classes for various genres and for individuals of various artistic abilities— from beginner to more advanced. Artists interested in oil painting, pastel painting, live portrait classes, or still lifes study can sign up for a multi-week course or an intensive workshop over several days. Jody is a distinguished instructor, having taught the art-loving residents of Middle Tennessee for nearly two decades.

For more information & to sign up for classes, please click here.




Casey Childs, Gregory Mortenson & Seth Haverkamp are Finalists at the International Portrait Competition

Three Haynes Galleries’ artists— Casey Childs, Gregory Mortensen, and Seth Haverkamp— are among the 23 finalists in this year’s International Portrait Competition. The competition, presented by the Portrait Society of America, receives entrants from all over the globe every year. Casey’s, Gregory’s, and Seth’s work will be on display along with the other finalists’ paintings during the annual Art of the Portrait Conference in Atlanta in April. A winner will be chosen then by a panel of judges and be awarded the Draper Grand Prize along with $10,000 and an opportunity to create a portrait for a prestigious collection.

To see all the finalists, please click here.




Exhibition of Morton Kaish’s Landscapes to open at Butler Institute of Art this Spring

Innovative painter Morton Kaish will soon have a solo exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio. Morton’s show, Spring Rising, will present more than 30 landscape paintings & prints in his distinctive dappled & detailed style. With work from as early as 1980 and as late as last year, the show will be an excellent introduction to & survey of Morton’s work. For years, Morton’s light and color-filled works, which combine both traditional and experimental painting techniques with contemporary insight, have been praised by collectors & critics. His paintings have been described as glowing with light and colored air.

For more information about Morton Kaish’s show, please click here.




Nancy Depew featured in an Artist Profile in Fine Art Connoisseur

Nancy Depew is the latest artist to be featured in an Artist Profile in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. In the article, Nancy reveals she avoids any strict methodology any time she picks up a brush. Instead she lets each painting develop organically, letting what she feels and imagines drive each decision. The results are undeniably masterful in their naturalism and magnetic in their quiet simplicity. She acknowledges she does not have a specific agenda for her paintings but she does hope to entice and “encourage the viewer to have his or her own experience.” In addition to covering her artistic method, the article also features several landscape, flower, and figure painting by the New Jersey-based artist.

To read the Fine Art Connoisseur article, please click here.




Challenges, Changes & New Directions for Haynes Galleries in Nashville & Maine in 2017

Every January brings new opportunities, blessings, and changes for everyone, and I want to share some of those changes that will be taking place in our Nashville and Maine galleries in the new year.

As with all changes, timing is everything. In Nashville, our lease is up on March the 1st and we have decided to move back to our private gallery that is located in a wonderful gated community just south of Nashville —the place where we started in 2009. Visiting the gallery will be just like visiting your neighbor — just give us a call and come on over. You’ll love our space—a three-story house filled with exquisite art.

Or if you prefer, let us come visit with you. We can discuss your art wants and needs and make

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Haynes Galleries Artists honored in the Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition

Five Haynes Galleries artists were recently honored with as winners & finalists at the Portrait Society of America’s yearly Members Only Competition. TJ Cunningham took home two accolades. His view of an old barn “Old & New” received first place in the Landscape category and “Wading,” a mix of landscape and figure paintings, took 5th place in the Outside the Box category. Terry Strickland’s “Origin Story” was also named a finalist in the Outside the Box category. Alia El-Bermani’s “Shelter II” and Ann Kraft Walker’s “Pieces of Autumn” were both named finalists in the Still Life category. Lauren Tilden’s portrait “Dinah” was also a finalist in the Non-Commissioned category.

To see the full list of winners, please click here.




“Winter Wonderland” featured in the December issue of Nashville Arts Magazine

The gallery’s seasonal show “Winter Wonderland,” which explores the beauty of snow scenes in a variety of styles and time periods, is featured in a multi-page spread in Nashville Arts December issue. The accompanying article is written by Margaret Walker. In it she discusses some of the standout pieces in the show including Marc Dalessio’s Snow Scene and Lynn Sanguedolce’s Winter Light. Of these two artists, Walker writes they “seem to capture the weather in action. Both artists have used a looser facture, characteristic of the impressionists who loved to paint en plein air, though imagining an artist actually painting in a snowstorm should give you a good laugh. The ability of Dalessio and Sanguedolce to convince us that they have done so speaks to their talents.”

To read the full Nashville Arts article, please click here.




Catherine Haverkamp’s Portrait is a Winner in the 2016 Tennessee Top Ten Competition

Catherine’s Haverkamp’s haunting portrait “Mighty Hayley” was chosen as one of the 2016 Tennessee Top Ten. Catherine’s portrait is a stunning example of her work as a whole: enigmatic, alluring, and an emphasis on the sitter’s personal & emotional state. From her home in rural eastern Tennessee, Catherine produces these portraits and still lifes. The Tennessee Top Ten Competition is an online competition sponsored by the Tennessee State Ambassador, Chantel Barber. It showcases ten original artworks by artists living and working in the state. This year’s competition was juried by Chattanooga-based painter Jim Aplin. Jim was particularly intrigued by Catherine’s “darkly abstract interior.”

To see more examples of Catherine’s work, please click here.




Kyle Stevens Commissioned to Create the Official Portrait of Retiring German Mayor

Kyle Stevens recently completed the official portrait of the mayor of the German city of Memmingen. Kyle was commissioned to create the portrait in honor of the mayor’s retirement. During a ceremony he unveiled the portrait of Dr. Ivo Holzinger in front of many of the city’s officials. Kyle recently relocated to the southern German city of Memmingen after living in New York for 25 years. A city councilor drew the city’s administrators’ attention to Kyle as a potential artist for the upcoming retirement shortly after Kyle arrived in Memmingen. For the mayor's portrait, he first made a drawing in order to become acquainted with Dr. Holzinger’s facial expressions and personality.

To see more of Kyle’s work, please click here.




Several Haynes Galleries Artists are among the Winners & Finalists of the Art Renewal Center’s 2016 Salon

The Art Renewal Center announced the finalists and winners of their yearly International Salon Competition. This year over three thousand works were submitted from across the globe. Several Haynes Galleries artists were among those honored. Zoey Frank’s high-concept monochrome-inspired figure painting “White Bed” won the Arcadia Contemporary Award. Gregory Mortensen’s portrait “Polka Dots" won an ARC Purchase Award and as such will become part of the ARC’s permanent collection. The staff of the ARC also chose some of their personal favorites, among which was Joseph McGurl’s stunning landscape “Transfiguration.” Other honored artists from Haynes Galleries include Casey Childs, Alicia Ponzio, and Roger Dale Brown.

To see the full list of ARC Salon winners and finalists, please click here.




Seth Haverkamp’s House and Home wins Purchase Award at
Art Renewal Center’s International Salon

Ahead of the 12th annual International Salon Competition at the Art Renewal Center Seth Haverkamp’s stunning portrait House and Home has been awarded the competition’s purchase prize. As part of the prize Seth’s painting will be exhibited at the ARC Salon exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City then travel to another showing at the Museu Europe d’Art Modern in Barcelona in 2017. The painting is also added to the ARC’s permanent collection. Seth says “The girl is my seven year old, Penelope. She always does interesting hand movements and gestures as she makes her way through daily life. I wanted to try to capture that, as well as capture a hint of her childish innocence that seven year olds posses

To see more of Seth’s work, please click here.




Lauren Tilden’s painting Stronghold wins first place in the PleinAir Salon Competition

Lauren Tilden’s recently received a big honor. Her painting Stronghold was awarded first place in the bimonthly PleinAir Salon Competition. Stronghold is a touching portrait of a mother and child set outdoors on a chilly day. It was chosen out of hundreds of entries in the juried competition. For winning the June/July competition, Lauren’s painting is entered into PleinAir Salon’s annual competition where first prize is $15,000 cash and the publication of the winning image on the cover of PleinAir magazine. Lauren's painting Stronghold is such a successful painting because it explores both the physical and spiritual connection between the mother and child.

To see more of Lauren’s work, please click here.




Lauren Tilden, Terry Strickland, Mario Robinson & Gregory Mortenson Memorialize the Emanuel Nine

Four Haynes Galleries artists have contributed paintings to a noble & touching project. Lauren Tilden, Terry Strickland, Mario Robinson, and Gregory Mortensen each painted a portrait for the Emanuel Nine Portrait Tribute. The project memorializes the nine victims of the Charleston church shooting of June 2015. The idea was conceived by Lauren Tilden. Each artist met with family and friends of a victim to learn about them. They then completed a portrait that was exhibited in Charleston show. The final pieces were then given to the family members of the victims with the hope that “through this gift, we hope to bring a small measure of comfort to our brothers and sisters who have lost so much.”

To learn more about the Emanuel Nine Portrait Tribute, please click here.




Underpaintings features Zoey Frank’s latest paintings from “Connections & Changes”

Zoey Frank’s newest work is not only currently on display in our show “Connections & Changes” in Thomaston but it is also now in Underpaintings, Matt Innis’s online periodical about great representational art no matter the time period. In his piece, Matt touches upon all the things that we at the gallery think make Zoey a fabulous artist now with an incredible future ahead of her— great technical ability with classical draftsmanship and painting, an openness to new ideas and various sources of inspirations, and a personal connection to her work. Her work exhibits the visual clues of an artist seeking how to best represent the contemporary world in a contemporary way.

To read the Underpaintings article, please click here.




The American branch of the Florence Academy of Art profiled in the Epoch Times

The American branch of the Florence Academy of Art opened just last year. But for its students it’s already merging old world with new world. With a variety of skilled and dedicated artist-teachers the school in Jersey City, New Jersey is thriving. The Epoch Times profiled the school and its two founders, Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide, in a wonderful article recently. It’s an inside look at the process of opening the satellite campus of the Florence Academy, bringing on more instructor’s like gallery artist Richard Greathouse, the many obstacles along the way and during the first year, and how the school has managed to grow in its new home.

To read The Epoch Times article, please click here.




“Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes” featured in
August issue of American Art Collector

The gallery’s latest show of Zoey Frank’s new work “Connections & Changes” is previewed in the latest issue of American Art Collector magazine. Calling her work fresh, lively, and intimate, the magazine praises Zoey’s ability to interpret social gatherings with a modern eye and intimate understanding. The show, which debuts at the Thomaston gallery later this month and will then travel to the Nashville gallery for a run int he fall, features the paintings Zoey has created over the past two years where she has delved deeper into narrative paintings and played with patterning and color. “Connections & Changes” is Zoey’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Her first was held two years ago and was a huge hit with guests.

To read the American Art Collector preview, please click here.




Alicia Ponzio’s Self Portrait Featured in August issue of
Western Art & Architecture Magazine

Alicia Ponzio’s stunning bronze portrait bust In Recent Days is featured in an article on self-portraiture in the newest issue of Western Art & Architecture magazine. The article discusses the history of self-portraiture through some of its most notable examples from the past, including Rembrandt and Picasso, and outstanding versions from several contemporary artists including Alicia. About In Recent Days, which won the 2014 Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, Alicia says “I wanted to portray myself, my age and my fatigue in a moment of hesitation” after she moved her studio from Florence to San Francisco.

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Erwin Lewandowski’s Colored Pencil Work Receives Honors

Erwin P. Lewandowski is a modern master of the colored pencil and landscapes. And now several of his drawings have received high honors. Erwin’s “Falling Water XVI” received the Award of Distinction at a recent Colored Pencil Society of America exhibition. “Cascading Water XVIII” received the 7th Place Award at a international artcompetition.net competition sponsored by Gallery 25 in New York. “Crevice Stream IV” was chosen for inclusion in the 24th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America Exhibition, which begins later this month. “Cascading Water XII” was elected for the 11th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition in Denver, a prestigious event where entries must pass through a double juried system. All of Erwin’s latest accomplishments can be found on his new, redesigned website: www.erwinplewandowski.com

To see Erwin ’s work available at Haynes Galleries, please click here.




Milixa Morón’s New Atelier Becomes the Latest ARC Approved Studio

Milixa Morón, one of our favorite gallery artists, is a co-founder of the latest studio to receive the official stamp of approval from the Art Renewal Center. Chiaroscuro Studio of Art, based in Miami, Florida, offers top level instruction in realistic painting and drawing. Their curriculum is based on the teaching methods used by the famous classical-realist 19th century academies. Milixa founded the school with fellow artist Carlos Martinez León. Their mission to bring the same high level of instruction they received in Florence to South Florida is what earned Chiaroscuro the distinction from the ARC. The studio, which is only in its first year, is already hosting their first exhibition, “Grounded,” where Milixa is showing her figurative painting Ipazia Studying Perfection.

To learn more about Chiaroscuro Studio of Art and Milixa’s work, please click here.




Suchitra Bhosle Featured in the June issue of Southwest Art Magazine

The artwork of Suchitra Bhosle is featured in the latest issue of Southwest Art Magazine. Suchitra, who seamlessly blends the careful surveying of realism and the gestured strokes of impressionism to create sparkling paintings, also opens up in a revealing interview in the spread. She discusses the family members that were instrumental is exposing her to art in general, and painting, specifically. Suchitra’s training with modern masters like Jamie Lipking and her own study of 19th century greats like John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn are also discussed in depth. The California-based artist reveals the inspiration behind her latest series Aum, works that express the idea that all human beings house the divine within themselves, a concept derived from Hindi scripture.

Click here to read the Southwest Art Magazine article.




Informed Collector Recommends Joseph McGurl

Get to know Joseph McGurl a little better thanks to Informed Collector, a site highlighting the contemporary artists active & serious collectors should know about. The site has recommended Joseph and his plein-air paintings. As a landscape painter, connecting with the landscape on a profound level is of the utmost importance for Joseph. Trained in the methods of the French Academy with an emphasis on drawing, Joseph combines his emotional connection to vistas with his drawing skills & a sight-size approach, resulting in a unique approach to the genre. The finished landscapes are acute studies of the land & sea with brushstrokes that vary with the emotion, at times thin & long, other times short & thick.

Click here to read the Informed Collector article.




Toledo Museum of Art Staff Tours Nashville Art & Haynes Galleries

The Toledo Museum of Art brought a bus load of folks to Nashville to tour the best art in Music City—from the Frist and Cheekwood to our growing collection of public art and our stunning private collections. They stopped by the Music Row Roundabout to see the famed Musica and Haynes Galleries, too! They were the folks that make The Toledo Museum of Art a great place to visit— management, executives, marketing, docents and facilities staff. It was a bus load of 32 of Toledo Museum’s finest—every one of them was an art lover. They were such fun and really enjoyed everything about Nashville’s art scene including “Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance” and our current vignette shows: "Luminous Light & Reflections" and “Traditional Favorites.” Our thanks to Paul Polycarpou & Nashville Arts Magazine and all the kind people in our city who opened their doors and shared some of Nashville’s finest art to this great group of folks! Let’s spread word that Nashville’s art is a part of what makes Nashville a great destination!






Kerry Dunn Discusses His Color Palette with Artist Daily

In an interview with the website and newsletter Artist Daily painter Kerry Dunn talks about the extensive and bright color palette he uses in his paintings. Dunn, who was trained by the renowned portraitist Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, uses 22 colors in his palette. Some on his colleagues at the Studio use as many as 30. The source of Kerry’s palette comes from his training with Shanks who had an expansive color theory. Their studies emphasized learning to paint by exaggerating each and every color they were seeing. But with so many colors a painting could become garish as it develops so Dunn mutes some of the colors along the way. Dunn’s goal is to set up “a range of color and value relationships. Some color palettes are saturated, others less so, but establishing that range is what every painter strives to do.”

To read the article in Artist Daily article, please click here.




Teresa Oaxaca Featured in the April Issue of American Art Collector

The paintings of the star of our April exhibition “Exuberance” are now featured in the new issue of American Art Collector. Four of Teresa Oaxaca’s paintings— one still life and three figure paintings— which will appear in her show opening April 8 grace the accompanying article which previews the show. Amongst the works featured is Venetian Carnival, a centerpiece of the show. This large scale painting is representative of Teresa’s work as a whole— colorful, bold, off kilter, narrative, and inspired by the past but engaged with the present. A graduate of the Florence Academy of Art, Teresa is well versed in the artistic styles of the past. Some of her favorites include the Baroque and Victorian eras. She incorporates and manipulates those styles to create her unique vision where old meets new.

The read the article in American Art Collector article, please click here.




Teresa Oaxaca to give Art Talk with Paul Polycarpou
of Nashville Arts Magazine
Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to Noon

On the morning of April 9, internationally-admired painter Teresa Oaxaca will give an Art Talk at the gallery about her bold and dramatic paintings in conjunction with the solo exhibition of her work, “Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance.” Paul Polycarpou, editor of Nashville Arts Magazine and good friend to the gallery, will lead the talk. The discussion begins at 10 am and continues until Noon and is free and open to the public.

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Haynes Galleries presents “Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance”
April 8 to May 28, 2016
Reception: Friday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 pm, April 8

NASHVILLE— A contemporary artist unlike any other is bringing her dramatic work to Haynes Galleries. Teresa Oaxaca’s colorful neo-Baroque figurative paintings will soon be on display in “Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance.” This solo show of Oaxaca’s work opens April 8 and continues until May 28 in Nashville. An opening reception will be held April 8 from 5 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.

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Teresa Oaxaca’s Work Featured on the Cover and in an Article inside the March Issue of Nashville Arts Magazine

As a preview to the upcoming show “Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance" at the gallery, Teresa Oaxaca’s work is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Nashville Arts Magazine. The issue, available now, also features an article entitled “Victoriana Revisited” on Teresa and her body of work by Elaine Slayton Akin. It explores Teresa’s several sources of interest from her collection of 19th century dolls, antique dress and costuming, to the visual arts of the Baroque and Victorian era. Characterizing Teresa’s paintings, the author writes, “ her oeuvre reveals a refreshingly modern mode of expression, not withstanding every effort on the artist’s part to simultaneously champion the spirit of her pioneering Baroque forebears.”

The read the article in Nashville Arts, please click here.




Gallery Artists Hosting Workshops & Expeditions Across the Country and Internationally for 2016

Many of the galleries’ most prolific and talented artists are sharing their artistic knowledge in 2016. Through various workshops and painting expeditions, aspiring artists or those looking to fine tune their skills can learn from the likes of TJ Cunningham, Roger Dale Brown, and Katherine Stone how to improve their painting, drawing, and sculpting. All genres— portrait, landscape, and still lifes— are all on the schedule so no matter what an artist’s interest, there’s a workshop for it. They are also taking place all across the country and internationally too for those looking for an adventure as well as an artistic learning experience.

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Hearts for Wishes, a Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee Event
Help Make a Dream Come True!
Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm

The gallery is very happy to once again partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLC and be a part of Hearts for Wishes, a Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee awareness event. The night begins in the gallery in suite 140 at 5:30 pm to sip great wine and taste delectable nibbles. While there enjoy several of the gallery’s exhibitions including “A Symphony of Color” and “Black & White is Beautiful.”

The night then moves upstairs to suite 700 and the offices of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLC for more wine tastings paired with yummy hors d’oeuvres and a short presentation on all the great work of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

Visit http://site.wish.org/goto/HFW16 for more information, to donate, and to RSVP for this special night. Garage parking is provided. A $50 Donation Suggested.




John Baeder Closing Reception & Book Signing Event
Saturday, January 30th from 1 to 3 pm

NASHVILLE— To celebrate the tremendous success of “John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015,” Haynes Galleries will hold a closing day book signing on Saturday, January 30 from 1 to 3 pm. The show has been described as the highlight of the art calendar in Nashville, with more than fifty years of artwork on display. Gallerist Gary R. Haynes describes the exhibition as representing “the total scope of John Baeder’s work,” encompassing all facets of his career— from his first painting to his most recent work, and everything in between, including his iconic diner scenes.

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Alicia Ponzio to give Art Talk with Paul Polycarpou
Saturday, January 9, 10am to Noon

NASHVILLE— On the morning of January 9, internationally-renowned sculptress Alicia Ponzio will give an Art Talk at the gallery about her emotive bronze sculptures. Paul Polycarpou, publisher of Nashville Arts Magazine and good friend to the gallery, will lead the talk. Alicia will give insight into her creative process, from an idea’s inception to its design on paper and in clay to its final form. During the talk Alicia and Paul will discuss her sources of inspiration and process in front of several of her most stunning pieces. They will also gladly take questions from guests. The discussion begins at 10 am and continues until Noon and is free and open to the public.

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Artist John Baeder & Publisher Paul Polycarpou Take a Five Decade Tour


Text: On the evening of December 3, 2015, Haynes Galleries hosted a special event featuring Photorealist John Baeder and Nashville Arts Magazine Publisher Paul Polycarpou leading an Art Conversation and Tour of "John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015," Haynes Galleries' exhibition of John's five decade career. John and Paul discussed the many stages of John’s artistic career and the various series he has produced during the last 50 years. The tour began with John’s earliest paintings and his black & white photographs from the 1960s and continued through the acclaimed diner paintings, the Aero series, his Roadside photographs and more. Both took questions from the audience during the tour and a wonderful evening concluded with a celebration of John’s newly published book on his career “John Baeder’s Road Well Taken." Enjoy this video and learn about Baeder’s role as an early pioneer of a new art movement and his diverse interests and directions as an artist!




John Baeder to Sign Copies of His New Book,
John Baeder’s Road Well Taken
Tuesday, December 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm


On the evening of December 8 John Baeder will sign copies of the recently published and popular book John Baeder’s Road Well Taken at the gallery from 6 to 7:30 pm. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the gallery during the book signing and throughout the run of “John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015,” the retrospective of John’s career currently on display at the gallery. John will say a few words about the book, the show, and his work before he begins the book signing. He will also take questions from guests. Light refreshments will be served. And for added entertainment, a few of John's musician friends will "Jam It Up" following the signing. They are an eclectic collection of Nashville's finest songwriters singing songs to celebrate the American roadside. They include Fred Koller, Ken Spooner, Wood Newton, Jim Moran, W.T. Davidson, Buddy Mondlock, Pat Flynn, and Pam Belford.

John Baeder’s Road Well Taken is making waves in its first few weeks in print. It was written by curator and critic Jay Williams and published by Vendome Press. More than a retrospective, the book combines John’s art, life story, his personal insights and collection within historical and cultural context. It chronicles John’s entire career, from the photographs and paintings he made while working as an advertising art director in the 1960s, to his diner paintings that brought him national acclaim, to his most recent still life photographs and every endeavor along the way. It features interviews with the artist and nearly 300 images of his collectable diner paintings, watercolors, vintage photos and memorabilia. The book has received considerable attention from critics and art lovers. The Associated Press recently featured it on a list of the best books to give as holiday presents. The Chicago Tribune gave the book a glowing review




John Baeder Art Conversation with Paul Polycarpou of
Nashville Arts Magazine
Thursday, December 3 from 6 to 7:30 pm


Our celebration of John Baeder’s monumental art career continues. The evening of December 3 John and Nashville Arts Magazine editor Paul Polycarpou will have an Art Conversation in the gallery surrounded by John’s artworks. From 6 to 7:30 pm Paul will lead a walking tour of the exhibition “John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015” with John to discuss the many stages of John’s artistic career and the various series he has produced during the last 50 years. The tour will begin with John’s earliest paintings and his black & white photographs from the 1960s and continue through the acclaimed diner paintings, the Aero series, his Roadside photographs and more. Both men will also happily take questions from guests during the tour. This is a rare opportunity to hear two leading voices in Nashville’s burgeoning and diverse art community discuss the work of one of its most celebrated artists.

“John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015,” the gallery’s latest exhibition examining more than five decades of John Baeder’s photorealist career, continues through the New Year until January 9. It encompasses the entire gallery on the Music Row Roundabout.


Burton Silverman, Donald Demers, William Matthews and Joseph McGurl featured in Salmagundi Club’s “American Masters” exhibition

Paintings by four artists from the gallery are featured in the Salmagundi Club’s “American Masters” exhibition. Burton Silverman, Donald Demers, William Matthews, and Joseph McGurl each have several painting on display during the annual show. Sales from the show go to the continued efforts to preserve the Salmagundi Club’s exhibition and work spaces in New York’s historic Greenwich Village. Through inclusion in the show, Donald’s, William’s, Joseph’s and Burton’s paintings, like Big Sky Twilight (detail at left) are amongst a select group of some of the nation’s best contemporary realism in one of the country’s most significant artistic venues.

To read more about the “American Masters” exhibition and see the works included, please click here.


Nashville is the Only U.S. City on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 List for 2016

Lonely Planet, the travel website, recently released their annual forecast for the coming year’s 10 best travel destinations and Nashville made the cut at number 9. It is the only U.S. city to make the list, a stunning feat and a testament to the city’s history, growth in recent years, and diverse cultural landscape. Nashville’s welcoming atmosphere makes the city a premier tourist destination not just for U.S. travelers but for international visitors, too. While country music is still the heart and soul of Music City, new sounds are in the air: world-class developments, unique restaurants, renewed interest is the city’s historical sites, and of course a dynamic and growing arts community

To read Lonely Planet’s full story about Nashville and see the rest of the list, please click here.


Interest in Visiting Nashville Grows Among International Travelers, According to TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel and travel-planning website, recently announced that Nashville leads the U.S. in cities gaining popularity among international travelers. The city has seen a 38% year-over-year increase in interest from travelers outside the U.S. in searches on TripAdvisor. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) estimates that up to 7% of overnight visitors are from outside the U.S. In addition to coming Nashville to visit the city’s most famous attractions like the Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame, visitors are traveling to Music City to attend large-scale events and see the city’s blossoming cultural scene.

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Richard Greathouse and the New York-Area Branch of the F.A.A. Profiled on Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center’s Website

The newly-opened U.S. branch of the distinguished Florence Academy of Art and gallery artist Richard Greathouse, one of its three lead instructors, were recently profiled in an in-depth article on the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center’s website. Each instructor— Greathouse, Amaya Gurpide, and Academic Director Jordan Sokol— shares their inspirations, aspirations, and the challenges they face in their own studios at the multi-discipline Jersey City, NJ school.

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Linda Tracey Brandon highlighted on website Artwork Archive as a Featured Artist


Gallery artist Linda Tracey Brandon was recently interviewed on Artwork Archive, the art management site for artists and collectors, as a Featured Artist. In the interview Linda discusses her often soft, whimsical, metaphorical paintings like A Read Aloud for the Pelican Squad, her sources of inspiration, and how she approaches a portrait versus a figure painting. Linda also discusses what drives her as an artist and how young, emerging artists should approach exhibitions, competitions, and rejection.

To read the full interview with Linda, please click here.


Amanda Hope Cook Featured on The Culture Trip


Nashville born artist Amanda Hope Cook is now featured on The Culture Trip, a website devoted to the best of art, food, culture and travel. In the Q & A, Amanda talks about her exposure to art at an early age from her artist father. She also discusses her paintings of vintage neon signs and her mission to bring awareness to the artistic background of these often overlooked visual objects, saying “signs are not just visual aids used to identify a business, but these signs were themselves created by artists, designers, welders, painters, and glass artists.” Amanda plans to continue painting neon signs for the foreseeable future and hopes to travel more extensively to study the signage of various regions.

To read the full interview with Amanda, please click here.


Sophie Ploeg’s Still Life Wins Second Place Prize from International Artist and is Featured in American Art Collector


British painter and fabric enthusiast Sophie Ploeg was recently recognized with two honors. Her still life Brabant Lace won second place in International Artist magazine’s bi-monthly painting competition. As part of her prize, Sophie’s work, including the lace still life, is featured in a two-page spread in the October/November issue of American Art Collector. In the accompanying article, Sophie discusses how her love of art history, particularly 17th century English and Dutch paintings, and historic fabrics inspire her contemporary paintings. Sophie, who has a PhD in art history, has earn several honors of her informed paintings including the prestigious BP Travel award in 2013.

To read more about Sophie’s paintings and the magazine article, please click here.


Janvier Rollande’s Drawing Wins the Grand Prize at the
2015 Representational Art Conference (TRAC2015)


Adieu, Maman, Janvier Rollande’s affecting and masterful drawing, has been awarded the grand prize from The Representational Art Conference 2015 Online Art Competition. Javier’s drawing (detail at left) was chosen as the winner by a panel of three judges from six outstanding finalists. As the grand prize winner, Adieu, Maman, will be on display at TRAC2015’s Invitational Show during their annual conference in Ventura, California from November 1-4. Janvier works solely in graphite from a series of photographs to create her extremely detailed and engaging portraits. She works on each labor intensive piece anywhere from several months up to a year.

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“Celebrating Art of Women by Women” featured in October issue of American Art Collector magazine


The gallery’s upcoming exhibition, which brings together the finest figurative work by many of contemporary Realism’s finest female artists, is featured in the new October issue of American Art Collector magazine. “Celebrating Art of Women by Women” was first presented at the gallery’s summer location in Maine but now travels to the Nashville gallery for a fall run. With captivating self- portraits and ethereal nudes to dreamy scenes with abstract qualities, the show has a variety of female forms painted by those who know them best. Paintings by Agniezska Pilat, Lynn Sanguedolce, Holly Bedrosian, and Danielle Richard, just 4 of the more than 40 works in the show, are featured in the spread.

To read the American Art Collector feature, please click here.


Victoria Novak’s Scelta graces the cover of American Art Collector


Italian-Russian artist Victoria Novak’s Scelta is on the cover of October’s American Art Collector. The painting is featured in the gallery’s upcoming “Celebrating Art of Women by Women” exhibition which is previewed in the magazine. Victoria’s allegorical painting Scelta (the Italian word for “choice” or “selection”) features two nude female figures elegantly contorted in space. One bounds forward towards an unseen object or person; the other looks away, her hand raised to her face. Both are surrounded by sumptuously painted drapery of white, pink, and yellow that could hold them back or comfort them during their decision. As an artist that immerses herself in an Old World environment, it’s no surprise that Victoria’s painting recalls the High Renaissance.

To read the American Art Collector feature, please click here.


Sophie Ploeg completes portrait of Wycliffe College headmistress commissioned by prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters


Portraitist and UK resident Sophie Ploeg recently completed the commissioned portrait of the retiring headmistress of Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire. Sophie was asked to complete the portrait by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, a prestigious British association. The completed portrait of Mrs. Margie Burnet Ward was presented to staff, governors, and parents during a lovely reception at Wycliffe College. Portraits, particularly of women, are a speciality of Sohpie’s. Her work always delivers a beautiful balance of craft, her artistic style, and an attention to the personality of the subject. Sophie’s work can next be seen during “Celebrating Art of Women by Women” at Haynes Galleries.

To see examples of Sophie's work, please click here.


Jesús Villarreal’s painting “Rachel” selected in Barcelona Competition


Jesús Villarreal’s painting Rachel has been selected to be a part of the exhibition of the Figurativas Competition 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. It is one of the most prestigious international art competitions in the contemporary art scene, and a measurement of great talent. Among the judges were Daniel Graves, Antonio Lopez Garcia and Odd Nerdrum. The Chairman of the Art Renewal Center Salon, Frederick C. Ross, says “Without fail, each year the quality, beauty and poetry of the works entered rise to ever-higher levels of achievement.” As a member of the new generation of Realists, Jesus is honored to be included among such masters of fine art.

To see examples of Jesús' work, please click here.


Amanda Hope Cook included in “10 Artists From the Southern States You Should Know”


Raised in Nashville, Amanda Hope Cook is gaining recognition for her photorealist oil paintings. The Culture Trip— a website inventory of “the best art, food, culture and travel for every country”— recently praised her as one of ten artists from the South to watch. Amanda’s work focuses on glowing neon signage around the south. She is compelled to paint these signs in an effort to preserve their history, and inspire her viewers to learn more about Southern culture. She began her artistic career at a young age, inspired by her father, artist Marion B. Cook. Although she now lives in Ohio, Amanda is a proud representative of the deep south.

To see examples of Amanda’s work, please click here.


Gary R. Haynes to judge PleinAir Salon Competition


Haynes Galleries owner and curator Gary R. Haynes will judge the December/January contest of the PleinAir Salon Competition. Presented by PleinAir Magazine, the annual competition consists for six bi-monthly contests. Each of the six contests is judged by a different fine art community member like a top museum or gallery professional or master artist. The winners from each month are entered into the final annual competition. Gary is honored to judge the competition later his month and is excited to see all the entries.

To learn more about the PleinAir Salon, please click here.


Sophie Ploeg’s painting “Pleating Time” exhibited with Anthony Van Dyck and other masters of portraiture


Sir Anthony Van Dyck's last Self-Portrait is one of the most remarkable ever to be painted in Britain. In celebration of the work’s recent acquisition it will be touring Great Britain for two years. On its stop in Manchester, Sophie Ploeg’s painting “Pleating Time” will be included in the show. Another Dutch born artist in Britain, Ploeg is honored to be included in the exhibit with Van Dyck, as well as William Hogarth, Angelica Kauffman, Wyndham Lewis, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and others. The exhibition is an exploration of identity through self-portraits spanning over 300 years up until the present day. Sophie’s love of art history and fabrics combine in her dramatic and beautiful self-portrait.

To see examples of Sophie’s work, please click here.


Richard Greathouse Joins Faculty of the Florence Academy of Art’s Recently Opened New York Branch


Gallery artist and Nashville native Richard Greathouse has joined the faculty of the newly opened branch of the Florence Academy of Art in Jersey City, New Jersey. A graduate of the FAA at its original Florence location, Richard is now the principal instructor for drawing and painting as well as director of the anatomy and ecorché sculpture program. The new branch of the academy will be an exact replica of the original academy in terms of teaching methodology and standards for graduation. The academy is housed in a 2 million square foot contemporary arts center just across the river from New York City.

To see examples of Richard’s work, please click here.


Local Artist & Admired Instructor Jody Thompson Joins Haynes Galleries


Revered local artist and longtime instructor Jody Thompson paints detailed, sensitive, and sometimes quirky still lifes of everyday objects. Based out of the studio he shares with his artist wife in Franklin, Tennessee. Jody has a keen talent for composing a visually engaging arrangement, no matter how simple or complex.

Jody has been an important figure in the Nashville-area arts community for almost 15 years. In the Fall of 2001, Jody and his wife Pat founded SouthGate Studio in Franklin, as a place to provide art instruction for students of any skill level, something they found was lacking in the area. From the studio, Jody teaches the fundamentals of drawing and painting, passing on the valuable lessons he learned from his instructors. Jody has also been a gallery owner in the area, creating a valuable, cultural space where art lovers could experience art and where artists could sell their work.

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Lea Colie Wight’s Principles for Painting Portraits in Color is Featured in March Issue of The Artist’s Magazine


The March issue of The Artist’s Magazine covers in-depth a portrait painting workshop by Philadelphia artist Lea Colie Wight. Lea’s three day workshop covered the basic principles of creating a portrait in color. Lea guided students through energetic gesture drawings then to simplified color studies. These methods are fundamental to Lea’s memorable work where she combines color, expert paint handling, and seemingly mundane scenes to create memorable character studies. The article also includes several photos including step-by-step images of the Studio Incamminati instructor’s live demonstrations.

To read Lea’s article, please click here.


Sophie Ploeg’s Work on Display in a Show in Bristol, England


British artist Sophie Ploeg’s work will be included in an upcoming exhibition in Bristol, in southwest England. The show, titled Faces and Places, is presented by Lime Tree Gallery and plans to show six of Sophie’s paintings which all have a dark, theatrical atmosphere. For these pieces Sophie says she played with strong light and lace to create dramatic effects. As a connoisseur of antique fabrics, Sophie often incorporates lace into her portraits and figurative work where she explores themes of femininity and childhood. Her knowledge of antique lace & art recently resulted in her book The Lace Trail, a comprehensive examination of portraiture, fashion, status, and history through lace.

To see examples of Sophie’s work, please click here.


TJ Cunningham is the Featured Artist at Lipscomb University’s 2015 The Art Event


Up-and-coming realist painter TJ Cunningham is the featured artist at The Art Event , an annual art auction hosted by Nashville’s Lipscomb University. The three day event, which this year will be held February 6-8, brings together more than 50 artists from around the country. As the featured artist, TJ will have nearly 40 pieces on display from his superb portraits to his inspiring landscapes. TJ’s work will be on display next during Haynes Galleries’ summer season in Thomaston, Maine in a group show in August-September.

To see examples of TJ’s work, please click here.


Krista Schoening’s Painting Named One of the
Most Memorable of 2014


2014 was a great year for contemporary art and it ended on a high note for painter Krista Schoening. Her large-scale flower painting Chrysanthemum was named one of the year’s 10 most memorable pieces by art critic John Seed. “It is thrilling to see work that is so skillfully and perfectly realized,” said Seed. The artist, who splits her time between New Mexico and France, says she was “thinking about Baroque/Early Modern flower paintings” when she designed the painting, adding “This painting was built from my observations of dozens of white Chrysanthemums.” The circular composition, its impressive size— 58 inches across— and the care with which it was painted certainly make Chrysanthemum one of the best piece of the year.

To see more of Krista’s work, please click here.


Ellen Cooper’s Portrait Commission Featured in
Sophisticated Living


Nashville’s newest magazine Sophisticated Living has a discerning eye for the finer things in life. The boutique publication, which has branches across the country, celebrates the fine homes, fashion, travel, and society events that make Nashville one of the country’s top cities. In their latest issue they feature Ellen Cooper’s most recent commissioned portrait. Ellen and her portraits perfectly encapsulate the subject every time. Ellen’s work has won numerous awards from various institutions including top prizes at the Portrait Society of America’s annual International Portrait Competition several times. We love finding the right portraitist for a collector and seeing the timeless finished product every time.

To see more of Ellen's portraits, please click here.

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Ann Kraft Walker’s painting is a Finalist in Bold Brush Competition


Realist artist Ann Kraft Walker’s painting In a Mirror Dimly was a Finalist in November’s Bold Brush Painting Competition. The painting-only competition is sponsored by Fine Art Studio Online and takes place monthly with a judge narrowing down all entries to 12 finalists. A jury then decides the winners based on their drawing, values, edges, composition, color, brushwork, and subject matter selection. Ann’s portrait is an excellent example of her skill, talent, and sensitivity to her subjects. After earning a BFA at the University of Texas, Austin, Ann pursued her love of painting in the classical tradition by studying under renowned artists such as Robert Liberace. Her work has won many accolades and is now included in many public and private collections.

To see more of Ann’s work, please click here.


Zoey Frank’s explorations featured in October’s American Art Collector


The October issue of the fine art magazine American Art Collector highlights the newest body of work from California-based artist Zoey Frank. The paintings, exhibited in “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries,” are the result of two years of painting and compositional experiments during Zoey’s time at the Laguna College of Art and Design where she recently earned an MFA. The article also delves into Zoey’s previous classical training at the Gage Academy of Art where she learned and mastered the skills of traditional academic painting, including drawing and preparing color studies. Her most recent work combines her more classical methods with her modernist explorations into a vibrant collection of figurative pieces, still lifes and landscapes that push the envelope of representational art.

To read the American Art Collector feature, please click here.


Watch Zoey Frank paint Girl in Striped Shirt in time-lapse video


Zoey Frank’s latest paintings explore the idea of making changes to the composition as she works. The pose of the model or the placement of a chair can change if Zoey feels the composition would be stronger another way. Sometimes Zoey paints over the older portions of the image, removing any evidence of her previous arrangement, but sometimes she does not choosing instead to leave them. They act as a record of her process and in Zoey’s eyes makes the painting more open and engaging. In this time-lapse video, watch as Zoey paints Girl in Striped Shirt and see how her composition changes. From the pose of the girl and the kind of chair she sits in to the appearance, then disappearance, of the male figure, the video is an fascinating look into Zoey’s process.


Nancy Depew reveals how she blends flora and fauna in her signature portraits in The Artist's Magazine


The September issue of The Artist’s Magazine features painter Nancy Depew and her highly-detailed figure paintings. In the article, called “Back to the (High Tech) Garden,” Nancy talks about how she reinvigorated her paintings of the female nude after taking an extended break from painting the figure. She had been focusing on her floral still lifes when a friend suggested she combine her pictures of brilliant, blooming flowers with the nude and instantly the spark was back. “An image materialized in my head before I even made it back to the studio,” says Nancy. They are almost like a dream. Included in the article are in-progress photos from the painting of Insight.

To read The Artist's Magazine feature, please click here.


Retrospective of Joyce Tenneson’s photographs presented in Sweden


“Light Warriors,” a retrospective of portrait photographer Joyce Tenneson’s work, will be presented at Sweden’s Fotografiska. The museum, a centre for contemporary photography in Stockholm, presents several exhibitions a year on some of the most influential photographers active today. Joyce’s retrospective will open September 18 and run until late November. Her work is characterized by Joyce’s search for true self and an exploration of human archetypes. Beautiful and enigmatic, her work is never ingratiating or banal and it transcends traditional notions of what portraiture can be. Joyce’s work can currently be seen in Nashville during “Journeys in American Realism.”

To read more about the show, Joyce’s projects, and her style please click here.


“Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine” featured in August issue of American Art Collector


In its August issue, American Art Collector previews “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine,” the latest exhibition of plein air master Roger Dale Brown’s land and seascapes of midcoast Maine. The piece, entitled “Sparkling Waters,” touches upon why Roger returns to Maine every year, considering he travels 6 months a year to places all over the world. “There’s so much history there. When you’re in places like that, it’s almost spiritual. Some people call them thin spots, because you’re a little bit closer to God,” says Roger. The preview also touches upon Roger’s brushstroke variety— why paintings feature thick, long strokes and thin, short strokes and everything in between.

To read the preview in American Art Collector, click here.


Grace DeVito, Justin Wood, & Justin Hess compete in the Grand Central Atelier’s Still Life Painting Competition


The Grand Central Atelier in New York has announced that Grace DeVito, Justin Wood, and Justin Hess along with seven other artists will compete in their prestigious Still Life Competitions. From July 27 to August 1, the artists will be given only 48 hours to stage and paint a still life from start to finish. While each artist can bring objects to include in their painting, they will be given certain other items that must be included in the final still life. All painting will take place in the Grand Central Atelier’s studios. The finished paintings will be judged and the winner will a $10,000 grand prize. Second and third place winners will receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. Grace, Justin, and Justin are each accomplished artists, having won numerous awards and honors throughout their careers.

To read more about the competition, click here.


Zoey Frank discusses her new direction & recent work in Artists on Art article


In the latest issue of the quarterly magazine Artists on Art, where artists share their ideas and techniques through in-depth articles, California-based artist Zoey Frank explains the new direction in which her work is headed. In “Palimpsests” Zoey shares that she now has a “no facade, no frills” approach when selecting a scene to paint. She searches out mundane environments so the emphasis is on the process of painting and observing changes as she works. This forces Zoey to make the painting itself compelling and not rely on the narrative or the subject to add interest. She’s also leaving earlier decisions visible and leaving work in various degrees of finish in the final painting. As Zoey puts it, “it lets the viewer see behind the curtain.” Her new paintings will soon be on view in “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discovereis,” opening September 4 in Thomaston, Maine and again in Nashville in October.

To read the Artists on Art article, please click here.


Sophie Ploeg wins BP Travel Award, publishes book, & exhibits at London’s National Portrait Gallery in “BP Portrait Award 2014” Show


UK-based Dutch artist Sophie Ploeg has received many honors during her career but recently she earned her largest and most impressive acclaim. A year ago Sophie won the 2013 BP Travel Award for her proposal to study the depiction of lace in 17th century English and Dutch portraiture which often features grand and dramatic lace collars, ruffs, and drapery. The grant that came with the award allowed Sophie to visit historic lace-making centers, antique lace collections, modern lace makers, and 17th century art collections in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK. With her research she wrote The Lace Trail, a comprehensive examination of portraiture, fashion, status, and history through lace. The book was published in June and includes reproductions of original portraits by Sophie inspired by the variety of lace garments she saw during her travels.

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Gregory Mortenson shares tricks of the trade in Artists on Art article


For New York-based artist Gregory Mortenson, painting figurative work is the most challenging and most rewarding. Some works require 40 to 80 hours with the subject, an expensive amount of time when a model needs to be hired. So Gregory has come up with creative alternatives to using a live model which he shares in “Painting from Life on a Budget” in the latest issue of Artist on Art. Most notably, Gregory uses a combination of live models and mannequins. He begins with a model by sketching loose but accurate drawings which give him enough information to ensure the anatomy and structure are correct. He’ll then dress the mannequin in the costume to paint details like folds and buttons. While each painting requires a slightly different approach, Gregory finds the mannequin an incredibly useful tool. The article includes some behind the scenes look at two favorite works: Pearl Earring and Underground Busk.

To read the Artists on Art article, please click here.


Alicia Ponzio’s The Letting Go Arrives in Nashville


In the most ambitious piece of her career, sculptress Alicia Ponzio has created a triumph in three dimensions. Arresting in subject, design, and execution, The Letting Go describes the final moment between two people who have shared an important relationship. They are connected— she turns to him, his hand reaches for her— but they are already parting. For Alicia, it’s an homage to a late sculptor who inspired the artist. “In my mind,” says Alicia, “it deals with loss and endings, but more with celebrating and cherishing seminal moments in our lives.”

The Letting Go recently arrived at the gallery in Nashville. It was cast, crated, and boxed in Pietrasanta, Italy. It arrived all in one magnificent piece. At over five feet tall and weighing more than 600 pounds, the sculpture’s delivery and installation was an impressive event. It took five men to lift the sculpture onto its base. Enjoy the video and see this moving and expertly crafted sculpture in person on the Music Row Roundabout.


Matthew Deric Gore featured in the March issue of Nashville Arts


Still life artist and native Nashvillian Matthew Deric Gore is featured in Nashville Arts Magazine’s March issue. The article coincides with two exhibitions of Matthew’s work— one at Nashville’s Centennial Arts Center and a vignette show at Haynes Galleries. The article, entitled “Vanitas,” details Matthew and his take vanitas still life painting. Traditionally meant as a reminder of the inevitability of death and brevity of life, vanitas paintings in Matthew’s talented hands infuse some humor into the subject with a variety of objects— candy, stuffed animals, and skeletons to name a few— thoughtfully arranged for maximum impact. “I need to get stuff done. I need to be reminded of that. And I can be reminded in a fun way,” says the artist. Dramatically lit and full of items that take on symbolism and personal meaning for each viewer, Matthew’s paintings bring the vanitas tradition into the 21st century.

To read the Nashville Arts Magazine feature, please click here.


Milixa Morón profiled in Nashville Arts Magazine February issue


Haynes Galleries’ artist and Venezuelan painter Milixa Morón is featured in the February issue of Nashville Arts Magazine. “Milixa Morón Takes a Long Look Back at the Masters” details how Milixa incorporates the techniques of different artists and styles into her own work. “I try to use the best of every period,” she says. Her figurative pieces are a nuanced mix of Renaissance glazing, intense light and shadow from the Baroque period, and 19th century realism. As for subject matter, Milixa paints both the ordinary and the iconic, but has a real fondness for the iconic with mythology, allegory, and symbolism from different cultures often incorporated into her scenes. The resulting pieces subtlety communicate larger themes and ideas to the viewer in a refreshing mix of past and present, realism and modernity. Milixa currently lives in Florence, Italy.

To read the Nashville Arts Magazine feature, please click here.


Master artist and instructor Michael Siegel to teach painting workshops in New York and Paris


Modern master Michael Siegel’s 2014 workshops will take him across land and sea. Michael will teach a Dutch master-inspired portrait painting workshop at New York’s historic Art Students League in April followed by a figure and still life workshop in Paris in June and July. Using the skills and techniques he’s acquired during a successful career as a contemporary chiaroscuro master, Michael will give invaluable insights into creating powerful and moving paintings.

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Alexandra Tyng is interviewed for The Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center’s artist series


Accomplished portrait and landscape artist Alexandra Tyng was recently interviewed by Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, as part of an artist interview series for the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center. In the interview, Alexandra recounts her evolution as an artist from her early childhood spent drawing and her training while earning a BFA from Harvard, to the impact her interest in psychology has on her portraiture and the appeal of realism in today’s art world. The Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center was founded in 1990 as an interdisciplinary educational resource for art and ideas and encourages artists from all disciplines who are selectively and imaginatively revisiting traditional and classical forms.

To listen to the entire interview, please click here.

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Ellen Cooper’s portrait of Natalie Haslam wows guests at a surprise event in honor of Mrs. Haslam’s birthday


Portrait artist of supreme distinction Ellen Cooper recently had her latest portrait revealed in a surprise ceremony this month in honor of Knoxville philanthropist Natalie Haslam. The portrait was quietly commissioned by Mrs. Haslam’s friends from the East Tennessee Historical Society as a birthday gift. Ellen was a natural choice for the task because of her sensitive approach and technical ability. Her portraits are known for capturing their sitter’s essence and personality. Because the portrait was going to be a surprise, Ellen worked from several photographs that had been provided by the Haslam family. Ellen’s finished portrait wowed guests at the ceremony in Knoxville with admirers commenting that it perfectly encapsulates Mrs. Haslam’s warm personality. The portrait will hang in the Museum of East Tennessee History outside the Natalie L. Haslam Signature Gallery.

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Gail Wegodsky wins an award for her watercolor at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 2013 Exhibition


Atlanta-based painter Gail Wegodsky has won the Cynthia Shipp Goodgal Memorial Award at the 2013 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s Open Exhibition for her watercolor Christopher. The exhibition, which is held at New York City’s National Arts Club, is open to women artists working in a variety of media. The CLWAC’s mission is to exhibit and promote professional women artists and, as such, have hosted the exhibition for over a hundred years. Gail’s watercolor Christopher was inspired by a story from the classic children’s book series Winnie the Pooh where Christopher Robin and Pooh paddle out into the forest in an upside down umbrella after a flood. Gail’s model for Christopher was her eight year-old neighbor, also named Christopher.

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Lea Colie Wight’s drawings will be included in pivotal exhibition of contemporary silverpoint works at The National Arts Club


An important exhibition of silverpoint works organized by The National Arts Club in New York will include the drawings of Lea Colie Wight. The show, opening December 4 and continuing until December 23, features the work of 41 contemporary artists who work in the historic and demanding medium. It is experiencing a rebirth with contemporary artists like Lea who create beautiful works that have a distinctive look. Lea is fresh off having a solo exhibition at The National Arts Club. A native of Philadelphia, Lea has enjoyed a successful artistic career for more than thirty years. After study at the prestigious Studio Incamminati under Nelson Shanks, she was invited to john the staff of Studio Incamminati and assist Shanks at the Art Students League in New York. Her work has won her much acclaim for her exceptional ability for revealing the unexpected beauty in mundane, everyday objects as well as ordinary people.

To see more of Lea’s work, please click here.


Zoey Frank’s painting Shim’s Kitchen is a winner in the Bold Brush Painting Only Competition


Realist artist Zoey Frank’s painting Shim’s Kitchen earned 3rd place in September’s Bold Brush Painting Competition. The painting-only competition is sponsored by Fine Art Studio Online and takes place monthly with a judge narrowing down all entries to 12 finalists. A jury then decides the winners. Paintings are judged based on their drawing, values, edges, composition, color, brushwork, and subject matter selection. Zoey’s painting Shim’s Kitchen is an excellent example of her skill and talent. She has completed four years of training at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, a classical atelier akin to Old Master studios. Working mainly from life, Zoey is captivated by the idiosyncrasies of the individual objects and people she paints. She was recently named one of the “21 Under 31” by Southwest Art Magazine, a piece highlighting young artists on the rise. She currently works from her studio in Boulder, Colorado.