Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate all of the skilled artists that participated in the 12th Art Renewal Center Salon. We are so proud of the numerous Ani artists that were finalists in the competition, and we would like to acknowledge those that have been recognized for the following accomplishments: Andrea Bills – Waiting for Alice, Purchase Award and Honorable Mention Drawing Category Victoria Steel – The Threads of Discord, Purchase Award Barbara Fox – Carra, Purchase Award Jason Brady – Slave to Myself, Chairman’s Choice Award Taffari Crawford – Under Heaven, ARC Staff Award Kevin Moore – The Transcendence, ARC Staff Award Helen Crispino – The Magnificent Majestics, Honorable Mention Animals Category
Ani Art Academy Anguilla apprentices Elizardo Mojica and Gineece Gumbs were featured in an article published in “The Anguillan” newspaper last week. The story showcased both artist’s final drawing projects, Ms. Gumbs’ Mr. Hall and Mr. Mojica’s First Jump, and gave congratulations on their completion of the Language of Drawing program. Thank you to “The Anguillan” for sharing these wonderful artworks and accomplishments with the people of Anguilla! We are so excited for Elizardo and Gineece and look forward to their painting creations. To read the entire story, please visit "The Anguillan."
Ani Art Academies would like to extend congratulations to Ani Waichulis Artist Stephen Sebald, the latest apprentice to complete the charcoal drawing portion of the curriculum. Mr. Sebald will now move on to the Language of Painting where he will work to develop fundamental oil painting skills. Once again, congrats to Stephen, and well wishes to him as he picks up the brushes!
Imaginative realism fans attending Illuxcon IX were thrilled to attend the latest workshop from Anthony Waichulis, Painting for Biology. The workshop, held at Goggleworks in Reading, Pennsylvania, drew a diverse crowd that thoroughly enjoyed the cursory walkthrough of the many exciting and insightful contributions from modern vision science, empirical aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, cognitive psychology and evolutionary psychology that can augment or replace many of the long-standing heuristics that continue to guide contemporary compositional efforts. For more information on upcoming workshops hosted by Anthony Waichulis, please visit The Waichulis Studio Store.
Ani Art Academy Waichulis Artists Victoria Steel and Dan Christian are excited to announce their upcoming workshop, Drawing the Portrait: First Steps, to be held on November 19-20th from 10am-4pm at the Ani Waichulis studio. Limited seats are available for this two day intensive that is designed to present any artist, beginner to advanced, with a step-by-step approach to portrait drawing. The workshop will integrate basic drawing exercises from The Waichulis Curriculum Language of Drawing Program to develop the necessary skills needed to successfully navigate basic portraiture. Each day will begin with a lecture and end with a live portrait model session. For more information, or to register, please visit victoria-steel.com.
Opening tomorrow at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma is Cauldron, a collection of drawings, paintings, bronzes, wood carvings, metal work, and taxidermy, and featuring artists from the Ani Art Academies. The exhibition highlights strength and beauty through the process of transformation and creation and is a must see event if you are in the Tulsa area! Cauldron’s opening reception will be held tomorrow, Saturday October 22nd, from 10am – 5pm. Please visit Lovetts Gallery for more information.
The Ani Art Academy America studio was thrilled to host an event organized by Wounded Warrior Project and WWP staff member Ian Lennon. The workshop invited area Wounded Warriors to visit the studio to learn more about the Ani Art Academy America opportunity, to meet the staff, and to jump in front of an easel to try their hands at some of the exercises. It was truly awesome to share Ani's mission with the Warriors and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to introduce some area Veterans that had never met before. We could not be happier to have shared our day with such a great organization, and we look forward to seeing them at the studio in the future!
Congratulations to Ani Dominicana apprentice, Catherine Acosta, for completing the drawing gauntlet. Her charcoal and pastel, Nothing Lasts Forever, was inspired by the sculpture, Neapolitan Fisherboy, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Catherine is the latest Ani Artist to complete the drawing portion of the curriculum and to move onto the Language of Painting program. Good luck to Ms. Acosta as she picks up the brushes!
Mr. Phakapong Thawipat, the Governor of Phangnga province, and the team of Koh Yao Noi local governors visited Ani Art Academy Thailand with Mr. Krisana Lalai, a Thai journalist and human rights worker in respect with equality of people with disabilities and unprivileged people, and his production team. Krisana is also the leader of the Friendly Design Ambassador Project in Thailand, an initiative set up to publicize the details and awareness of "Friendly Design". Friendly Design, also known as Universal or Inclusive Design, is the idea of constructing inherently accessible buildings and environments for everyone, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. The visitors were impressed with the architectural design of the Ani Art Academy Thailand building, as well as the art curriculum that is provided to the students. The apprentices enjoyed sharing conversation about their passion and inspiration to be artists.
After years of hard work on a massive undertaking, Ani Art Academy Waichulis apprentice, Alex Jove, along with his father Gonz Jove, has helped to complete the largest painted mural of its kind in Missouri. The mural, located at the Better Family Life complex in St. Louis, is a visual comprehensive guide to the past, present, and future of African history. Measuring 90 feet long and 5 feet high, the mural will be officially unveiled in a ceremony in October. Congratulations to Alex on this impressive achievement!
Congratulations to Ani Art Academy Anguilla apprentice Elizardo Mojica on the completion of his drawing gauntlet! Elizardo is the latest artist to complete the charcoal portion of the curriculum and to move on to oil painting! We wish him luck on this new endeavor and cannot wait to accompany him through new accomplishments and challenges as he picks up the brushes! Please view Elizardo’s Artist gallery here.
Still Life: An Invitational Group Show will open next Friday, October 7th, at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. Among an array of acclaimed creators, this exhibition will feature work from Ani Art Academies’ Anthony Waichulis and Ani Waichulis graduate Jason Brady, and will showcase some of the country’s best still life paintings. This highly anticipated exhibition runs through November 12th. More information can be found at John Pence Gallery, and a preview of the show can be read in this month’s issue of American Art Collector Magazine.
Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate Welinton Medina Lopez on the completion of his drawing gauntlet, Shadow of a Memory. Mr. Lopez is the latest Ani Dominicana apprentice to fulfill the requirements of the Language of Drawing curriculum and to move on to the painting portion of the program. Hats off to Welinton on a job well done!
Ani Art Academies are thrilled to be participating in yet another unique exhibition put together by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ani Artists were asked to create work for The Cauldron that focused on the concept that the exhibition is the creative extract from a varied group of artists with different mediums, different backgrounds, and different genres, coming together through some alchemy, to emerge as one "beautiful brew." The metaphor of the cauldron is about brewing and mixing ideas and discoveries. The different parts retain their unique characteristics, but in coming together, create something new. The Cauldron opens on October 22nd, and we are eagerly anticipating to see what our artists come up with! Please visit Lovetts Gallery for more information.
Ani Art Academy Apprentices were excited to be able to join in the fun at the inaugural exhibition at Haven SBX in the South Bronx, New York. The work of Ani Artists Chelsea Herron, Romaro Richardson, Alex Jove, and Reidy Garcia, joined that of a group of creators for this unique exhibition. Friends: Passed and Present, running now through September 30th, features a diverse array of “friends,” and showcases various mediums including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, glass, poetry, found objects, and more. For more information, please visit Haven SBX.
Ani Art Academies would like to extend congratulations to the following Ani Apprentices, Alumni, Instructors, and Long Distance Learners whom have been named as finalists in the 2015/2016 ARC Salon: Ani Apprentices: Andrea Bills, Victoria Steel, Dan Christian, Roneidy Caraballo Bonilla, and Taffari Crawford,Ani Instructors: Timothy Jahn, Kevin A. Moore, and Deborah Lloyd,Ani Graduate: Sharon Lloyd Hourigan,and Ani Long Distance Learners: Barbara Fox and Bailey Piechota (both of whom study with Ani Waichulis Senior Apprentice Victoria Steel).The winners will be announced in late October or early November. Once again, congratulations to all of the artists listed above, they all have created some awesome work! Please visit the ARC to view the entire list of finalists for this year's Salon.