The 2010-2011 Art Renewal Center’s Salon results have been released and we are thrilled to see so many AAAW artists and alumni featured!  As always, we are honored to be included among such an incredible salvo of talent.  Be sure to visit the Art Renewal Center’s website to see all the amazing 2010-2011 award winners. :


“…Nothing says more about a culture then the art it idolizes. It represents what it values, what it thinks about, and essentially what it deems worth remembering. Art is the representation of a people, encapsulating its essence on every level. The artists participating in this competition are helping to bring the culture back to its most important root, its humanity.”Kara Ross, Director of Operations Art Renewal Center.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Salon winners!!!!!!

August 13, 2011

The Ani Art Academies Core Program: The Language of Drawing and The Language of Painting  is still on schedule for a 2012 release. We are very excited to be sharing this resource with so many enthusiastic artists!

In 1998 Anthony Waichulis began to train aspiring Representational Artists with a very specific goal in mind: achieve creative freedom through logic and discipline.  This endeavor would produce artists that are responsible for some of the most breathtaking drawings and paintings of today.  His system of training instilled principles applicable to all venues of the Realist endeavor including Still Life, Landscape, Portrait, the Figure, and Trompe L’oeil.  While each Artist-in-Training developed their own unique voice, they all began by learning a basic rudimentary language..

Today, The Ani Art Academy is proud to bring this program to you. Preserved in its entirety, Anthony Waichulis and his dedicated artists will take you through each  and every exercise of this training system.  With an unwavering emphasis on essential fundamentals, efficiency, and material dynamics, each exercise will bring you one step closer to true creative freedom.

The Ani Art Academies Core Program DVD series will be 6 DVDs in length, however due to the amount of information included it may spill over into a 7th.  The entire system is divided into two main sections, The Language of Drawing and The Language of Painting.   The system is designed to develop essential skill sets through a particular sequence of exercises.  Each DVD in the series is planned for release at the same price as our first DVD project: The Waichulis Studio Drawing Clinic: First Steps  ($29.95 per DVD.)   The course will also contain a companion workbook on CD.  With our companion text on disc, sections can be printed as needed, resulting in a complete record of your journey when finished.  An included Ani Art Academy binder contains all model sheets required for the specific program exercises.   Also available will be the Waichulis Form Box.  Designed by Anthony Waichulis specifically for this training system, the Form Box is a configurable learning device that allows the user to explore the basic fundamentals of form.  Plans will be included within the companion book so that artists may build their own Form Box if they wish.  The price for the entire system, including all DVDs, companion book on CD, Binder w/ Model Sheets, and Waichulis Form Box will be released in early 2012–but current plans have the entire system cheaper than one month of tuition most modern day ateliers!   In addition—all those that have purchased the Waichulis Studio’s First Steps DVD will also receive an additional discount on the purchase of the AAA Training system.

To sign up for the most up to date news regarding this DVD series release, please send an email to us at aaawaichulis@gmail.com or yychuls@gmail.com with the subject line “AAA DVD watchlist”.  Again, we greatly anticipate the opportunity to share this with all of you!

August 13, 2011

Once again Kate Sammons has garnered national attention with honors at this year’s Scottsdale Salon and a special feature in the August issue of Southwest Art Magazine.

 At the successful launch of Legacy Gallery's annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art this spring, the winner of the Still Life Merit Award sponsored by Fine Art Connoisseur was Kate Sammons.  Her exhibited work, The Blue Hour (2011, Oil on panel, 19 x 16 in.) was chosen among a salvo of impressive works.  We congratulate Ms. Sammons on her outstanding achievement!

  We were also thrilled to find Kate as one of this year’s Artists to Watch in the August issue of Southwest Art Magazine.  The feature also makes mention of her recent honors at The Scottsdale Salon:

  When Kate Sammons received the top award for a still-life painting at the recent Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, held at Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, she was surprised and overwhelmed. Her elegant tableau, THE BLUE HOUR, had captivated the judge and collectors alike. The painting was inspired by the simple desire to explore color harmonies and textures, Sammons says. “I also was struck by the reflection on the bottle of the church across the street [from my studio],” she adds.

To read more…


August 13, 2011

Artist Brian O'Neill's "September" 16x12 Pastel on Paper wins Second Place in the Still Life/Floral category of The Pastel Journal Magazine's Top 100 Competition. O'Neill's award winning piece was featured in the April 2011 issue of The Pastel Journal Magazine (page 63) along with an image of the piece and a full page interview of the artist by Michael Chelsey Johnson. Juror Claudia Seymour described the pastel painting in this way " The artist did a perfect job painting them in an unusual setting and arrangement that works for interest but also shows off why everyone loves these gorgeous flowers".

 For more information about the Pastel Journal Magazine and the competition please visit http://www.artistsnetwork.com/pastel-journal-competition

August 13, 2011

Construction on the Ani Art Academy Anguilla formally began in early April this year.  The facility, which will serve the local community, is being built to hold up to 25 students and includes a a large open main studio with an adjoining teachers studio/office, a flat file storage and computer room, a large materials storage, and an outdoor covered kitchen and dining area.  The design is classically Caribbean with hip roofs, pastel colors and wood shutters.  After a 2 week period of excavation to level the site and dig a water cistern, the floor slab, utility infrastructure and walls were in place in the month that followed.  Just this past week the final columns, beams and the flat roof section of the structure were poured.  Local builder Glenford Hughes and his team are hard at work 6 days a week and forecasting the 2 large pitched roofs to be in place by the middle of June.  Plastering and painting will follow and should be completed towards the end of July after which 2 months are forecast for finishing work including doors and windows, tiling, and cabinetry.  Final furnishing and outfitting of the facility should be completed within our target completion date of December 1. 
The school is scheduled to open in January 2012.  Stay tuned to www.aniartacademies.org for more information!

May 24, 2011

Taken from The Anguillian, Publishing date: 07.01.2011 09:25n:

The breath-taking Little Bay area, on the north coast of Anguilla, home to the luxury Ani Villas, is to have another project, starting at the end of this month, as 2011 unfolds.  It is an Art Academy, brainchild of Tim Reynolds of New Jersey and owner of the Ani Villas.  

The art school for Anguilla was announced at a cocktail reception on December 30, hosted by Mr. Reynolds and his wife, Caroline. It is to be the first of three Art Academies in the region, the other two being in the Dominican Republic and St. Marteen. He said that the aim of his Reynolds Foundation was to build Academies around the world. Villa developer, Ira Bloom, said in his introductory remarks that the two-story Art Academy would be located along the road to Ani Villas and that it should be in operation in January 2012, within one year of its construction. Enrollment of Anguillian students should commence in mid to late 2011. 

Speaking as he showed an artist impression of the Academy, Tim Reynolds said he was very excited to start the project. He was grateful that Anthony Waichulis, who developed an art methodology and curriculum and was a teacher, was on aboard with him in the project. He said he loved Anguilla and thought it would be a good idea to provide an Academy for the island. “The wonderful thing about Anguilla is that you have a number of very wealthy tourists coming here,” he observed. “They would be happy to spend 5,000 dollars on a painting to take home and someone attending the school can offer something like that in three or four weeks. You can’t ask more than being able to help people to find something that they are going to be passionate about and then seeing them get through the program.  The more I thought about it, the more I said I just have to do this.” 

Reynolds told listeners that up to 25 art apprentices would be enrolled in the Art Academy.  It is planned for some of the artwork to be exhibited within the Ani Villas and all the sales will go to the students. The teachers will be Anthony Waichulis and graduates from the Ani Art Academy Waichulis in Pennsylvania who will be accommodated in an apartment attached to the school. 

“I am very confident that this will work,” he went on. “The school will be 100 percent free for the students and all supplies are going to be paid for by the Foundation. We are not accepting any donations. We are going to help our students sell their art anywhere they want to…” 

Reynolds, who showed some of the art done by the Ani Art Academy Waichulis Apprentices in Pennsylvania, said the art program would take between two and three years to complete. He pointed out that it was hard work, time consuming, but very rewarding. 

The reception was attended by Ministers and officials of Government, members of the Opposition and other members of the community. To see the original article: http://www.anguillian.com/article/articleview/9172/1/140/

May 23, 2011

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: http://www.californiaartclub.org/exhibitions/annual-gold-medal-juried-exhibition/ or Kate’s blog at: http://www.katesammons.com/ksblog/.

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