We are so very proud to announce that Kate Sammons will be featured among this year's picks for the California Art Club's 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.  Her work, 'Seashell' 10x8” Oil, will be featured along side a most  impressive salvo of talent at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.  This prestigious exhibition is curated by a panel of museum professionals and top artists to feature more than 130 California fine artists working in contemporary-traditional representation. 

Founded in 1909, the California Art Club is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization built on the foundation of promoting and supporting contemporary-traditional fine art. As one of the oldest, largest and most active art organizations in the country, the CAC is committed to keeping traditional art alive and believe that our unique outreach programs will continue to attract new generations of artists and patrons alike.

Join us at the grand opening and centennial celebration on April 3rd at the museum!

For more information visit The California Art Club’s website here: or Kate’s blog at:

March 16, 2011

We are proud to announce that Ani Artist Brian O'Neill has earned honors in the celebrated Blossoms, the Art of Flowers II Exhibition sponsored by The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation. His work, Casting Call (Pastel on Paper, 16×20 inches),  will be among approximately 75 of this year's finest floral works for an extended Museum tour to run through 2013.

Flowers were a favorite theme of artist Susan Kathleen Black (1948–2000). The mission of the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation is art education. The concept of an international, juried art competition and exhibition, the purpose of which is to recognize creative achievement in current art with a floral theme, was a natural outgrowth of this fortuitous combination. To encourage participation, the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation opened the competition to all artists, promoted it worldwide, and offered generous awards. To ensure quality selections, it assembled not one, but two juries of top-notch experts. To share the resulting exhibition with audiences nationwide, and to document Blossom ~ Art of Flowers, a museum tour was organized and this catalogue was published.

Flowers have been portrayed in art for centuries. Perhaps the best-known examples are the works by 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish still life painters. The theme of flowers has also served as inspiration for numerous early modern artists such as van Gogh and Picasso and for 20th-century American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Janet Fish. Blossom II is a juried exhibition containing approximately 75 works by a variety of contemporary artists who interpret the theme of flowers in numerous styles, techniques and mediums. The Naples Museum of Art is proud to host the opening of this unique traveling exhibition.

March 16, 2011

One year after the release of Anthony Waichulis' initial training video, First Steps, Ani Academies has taken Waichulis' DVD concept and rolled it into a far more ambitious endeavor: to offer the entire Ani Art Academies training program within a seven disc DVD series. Two companion books and custom learning materials are also being produced for this effort.

The first recently completed DVD in this series, The Language of Drawing Volume I, revisits much of the information presented in Waichulis' own First Steps video, but goes much further in depth with each exercise. Our newly developed, unique workscreen format provides a wealth of insight with each step of our training method. Every challenge presented is designed to offer a significant impact to your drawing and painting dynamic. With an unwavering emphasis on essential fundamentals, procedural efficiency, and material dynamics, each exercise will bring you one step closer to true creative freedom.

While this series is still in development, we are projecting that it will be made available to the public in late 2011/ early 2012. We will be sure to post updates and clips along the way and look forward to putting this valuable information in the hands of everyone that can benefit from it.

March 16, 2011

We are proud to announce that two of our artists, Erin Anderson and Timothy Jahn, have received 2011 Portrait Society of America’s Art of the Portrait Conference Scholarships.

The Art of the Portrait is an annual conference offering new programs each year, a rotating faculty and the popular Face-off group demonstration combine in a celebration of the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative works. Attendees enjoy workshops, demonstrations, special guest lectures, discounted art materials, a Gala Banquet, portfolio critiques, book signings, trips to local museums and an exhibit of finalist artworks from the International Portrait Competition.

March 16, 2011