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In an article written by Anthony Waichulis titled, “No Strings Attached,” the author discusses the use of the color string palette configuration, a premixed gradation or evolution along a particular axis of hue, value, or chroma.  Although Waichulis does not argue that any one particular device is superior, he does shed some light into his own perspective, including his choice to not employ the color string.  The artist further discusses the difference between an analog and digital dynamic in relation to application, and why he instead utilizes a limited range of foundation paints.To read the article in its entirety, please visit anthonywaichluis.com

February 3, 2016

Commentary by Prudence Williams:The St. Maarten Local Art Exhibition 2016, an impressive event showcasing the work of various Caribbean artists and including apprentices of the Ani Art Academies Anguilla, brought art lovers from a wide array of St. Maarten locations, including both the French and Dutch sides of the island. The artists of Ani Art Academies Anguilla were honored to join such an exclusive exhibition, which displays various types of work including paintings, drawings, and mixed media. Ani artists Romero Richardson and Prudence Williams were on hand to experience the break-taking array of fine work. Richardson commented, " I couldn't believe that the St.Maarten people were so fascinated with art,” while Williams added, " I am so satisfied to know that my birth island took so much interest in art."  Onlookers were sometimes moved to tears by the beauty of the display, with many simply not able to believe that the works were not photographs.Ani Art Academies Anguilla apprentices showcased in the event include Elizardo Mojica, Prudence Williams, Akeem Laing, Canita Ruan, Gineece Gumbs, Romero Richardson, and Shanicia Richardson. The St. Maarten Local Art Exhibition 2016 was truly a huge success, with many pieces of art going home with happy collectors that were thoroughly impressed by the painstaking detail and coordination that was put into the work.  Ani Art Academies were thrilled to take part in this unique event and are looking forward to their own upcoming Anguilla Local Exhibition!

January 29, 2016

Ani Art Academy America Instructor Kevin Moore and General Administrator Stephanie Gronchick attended the New Jersey Association of Veterans Service Officers Meeting in Toms River, New Jersey last week.  The two were invited as guest speakers and were ecstatic for the opportunity to share information about Ani Art Academy America with a plethora of Veterans Service Officers, Veteran’s Administration Representatives, and volunteers.  Those in attendance were excited to learn about the tuition-free art academy for physically disabled Veterans that is soon opening in Red Bank, New Jersey.  Ani Art Academies would like to thank John Dorrity, NJAVSO President, for extending a warm welcome to Kevin and Stephanie, and all of the meeting attendees for helping us to pass along information regarding this invaluable opportunity to the Veterans that it will benefit!Please follow Ani Art Academy America progress on their Facebook page!

January 26, 2016

The work of Ani Art Academies’ Artists Victoria Steel, Rodney O’Dell Davis, and Jason Brady will join the lineup of ARC Salon Exhibition winners on display at the Salmagundi Club.  The International ARC Salon Traveling Exhibition has made its way from the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain, and will now be open for your viewing pleasure at the New York City club, which has been a center for American art since 1871.  The show kicked off on January 18th and runs through February 4th, with an array of workshops and seminars being held throughout.  To view the schedule of events, please visit the Salmagundi Club.

January 20, 2016

In an article featured in The Giving Issue of  “Design Anguilla Magazine,” Ani Art Academies Founder and President, Tim Reynolds, is named one of the six people working to make Anguilla a better place. The article touches base on Reynolds’ vision for the non-profit Ani Art Academies, and how the school found its first international home on the island of Anguilla.  When asked about his dedication to the Ani project, Reynolds shared, “This is the project of my life, it will go on long after I do.”  To read the full article, please click here, then scroll to page 48. 

January 15, 2016

In an interesting article written by Anthony Waichulis, the artist discusses the idea that using a simplified abstraction to understand the mechanics of a phenomenon may be more beneficial in various circumstances.  While Mr. Waichulis was listening to a neuroscience lecture, the professor discussed two very different types of neuron models, one quite complex, and the other being a quite simplified version.  Waichulis realized that, “while the opportunity to incorporate many details into our models may exist, we may only need a simplified abstraction to comprehend the mechanics of a phenomenon.”  The article further discusses this concept in relation to the use of various color systems used by artists today.   To read the article in its entirety, please visit anthonywaichulis.com.

January 12, 2016

Ani Founder and President, Tim Reynolds, stopped by to meet the students of Ani Art Academy Thailand, the newest addition to the Ani global family.  Students were excited to introduce themselves and to show Mr. Reynolds around the campus, which has been open since October.  Tim was thrilled to see the progress that the students are making and enjoyed spending some time with Ani Thailand Dean, Rodney O'Dell’Davis.  Stay tuned to aniartacademies.org for more news from Ani Art Academy Thailand!  We can’t wait to enjoy the awesome work that they will soon be sharing with us!

January 8, 2016

A limited number of spots are still available for Anthony Waichulis’ Perception and the Practical Painter clinic.  The workshop, running April 2-3, will examine how a better understanding of visual perception can enhance your painting dynamic.  Please visit The Waichulis Studio Store for more information and to reserve your spot for this highly anticipated event.  

January 6, 2016

Ani Art Academy Waichulis would like to welcome our two newest students, Rachael and Andrea Bills!  The Bills’ sisters hail from Wisconsin, and are beyond excited to join the Ani family.  When asked their thoughts on beginning the curriculum, Rachael shared, “I'm very excited about the challenges ahead and growing as an artist through the Ani program. I've seen the achievements of students who have completed the program and I hope to greatly improve my artistic skills the same way."  Andrea added that, “I couldn't be more thrilled about all of the new and exciting things I'll learn at Ani, and experiencing the creative freedom that I will certainly achieve. The challenges will certainly be great, but so will the outcome."  We cannot wait for the ladies to get started, and we know they will enjoy great success!  Congratulations to Andrea and Rachel on the start of your new endeavor!

December 30, 2015

Leah Waichulis is joining in the fun at The 25th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, a can’t miss art event in Denver, Colorado.  Her piece, Midday, joins the lineup at this charming show, which runs now through January 16th, 2016 at Abend Gallery.  The show displays a diverse array of work from over 100 creators, and includes over 500 pieces of original art, all no larger than 150 sq. inches.  This exhibition is a Colorado tradition, and definitely worth a trip if you are in the Denver area!  For more information, please visit Abend Gallery

December 23, 2015

The third and final installment of the Visual Language Curriculum, encompassing grades 9-12, is now available for download at The Waichulis Studio Store!   The Visual Language program is a strategic sequencing of educational visual arts exercises designed to develop visual literacy and communication skills in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Echoing the same rational sequence of skill building exercises from the Ani Art Academies’ core curriculum, Visual Language I, II and III seek to develop visual literacy and communication skills that will prepare K-12 students to successfully interact and contribute to a global environment that is increasingly dependent on visual stimuli.  Please visit The Waichulis Studio Store for a free download of the entire program.

December 18, 2015

The fifth installment of the Ani Art Academy Waichulis Research and Presentation Meeting series was held yesterday. An attentive audience enjoyed presentations given by Alex Jove, Kevin Moore, and Lisandra Nighelli.  Ani apprentice Alex Jove shared knowledge about both the history of murals, and the process in which they are created.  Ani instructor Kevin Moore discussed a cost effective solution for artwork storage, and demonstrated how a flat file box can be created from foam core.  Finally, Ani apprentice Lisandra Nighelli offered a presentation regarding aerial perspective and the effects that the atmosphere has on objects in the distance, in relation to the understanding and application for artists.

We would like to thank all of last evening’s presenters and our audience for joining in the discussion. Please stay tuned for the next installment of the Research & Presentation Meeting Series.  

 

December 15, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the Ani Apprentices whom were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for their hard work over the past year.  In recognition of their personal commitment, dedication, and performance to the Ani curriculum, the following artists were chosen: Ani Art Academy Waichiulis, Stephen Sebald – Hardest Working Artist, Chelsea Herron – Most Improved, Ani Art Academy Anguilla, Taffari Crawford – Hardest Working Artist, Prudence Williams – Most Improved, and Ani Art Academy Dominicana, Hardest Working Artist – Domingo Antonio Rosario, Most Improved – Saul Martinez Rodriguez.  All of the above artists were awarded a monetary prize, along with a certificate that expresses the organization’s sincere appreciation of their dedication.  Once again, congratulations to all of these hardworking artists; we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the year ahead!

December 11, 2015

Original work from the artists of the Ani Art Academies has been added to the Waichulis Studio Store Online Gallery and is now available for purchase.  The gallery displays an array of drawings and paintings from the apprentices, instructors, and alumni of the Ani organization, with all of the proceeds from sales going directly to the artist.  Please visit the gallery to view the available art, along with artist information, high resolution images, and photographs of the front and back of the frames.  Purchases can be made directly through the Waichulis Studio Store site; questions and inquiries should be directed to waichulisstudiostore@gmail.com.

December 9, 2015

Unit London, a breakthrough independent contemporary art gallery, will host the grand opening of the Paintguide Exhibition.  The show, coined as the world’s first Instagram art show, will feature the work of 60 of the most exciting and prolific painters today, whom have all been featured on the popular Instagram account @Paintguide.  Anthony Waichulis joins the lineup with his oil painting, Love Story.  For more information on this unique event, which opens Thursday, November 26th, please visit Unit London. 

November 25, 2015

Roneidy Antonio Caraballo Bonilla (b. October 27, 1986) Ever since Roneidy was young, he was very interested in art. He has always been on the lookout for an opportunity to study art as there are not many here in the Dominican Republic. When he was 14 years old, he went to Santiago and studied art for six months. He then found the Ani Art Academies in his hometown of Rio San Juan. It is here that he is making great strides artistically.Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate Roneidy Caraballo Bonilla for being selected as the Ani Student of the Week!  Mr. Bonilla is incredibly dedicated, arriving early to the studio each day, and working diligently at home each night.  He strives to be the best artist possible, and has set a wonderful example that other students are working hard to follow!  Congrats to Roneidy on this well deserved recognition!Please visit Roneidy’s Image Gallery at aniartacadmies.org.

November 25, 2015