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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are so very proud to announce that November saw the first Open House for the new Ani Art Academies Anguilla.  It was an amazing event filled with many aspiring artists ready to dive into the program’s many skill-building challenges.  We were overwhelmed by the warm hospitality and passionate enthusiasm shown to us by the beautiful people that populate one of the most attractive places in the world.  Here is an excerpt from a recent feature story covering the event in the Anguillan:

Publishing date: 18.11.2011 08:22

Now that the first of a number of planned Ani Art Academies around the world has been structurally completed in the Limestone Bay area in Anguilla, Government officials and members of the public, including school children, have had an opportunity to tour the facility. That chance was provided during an open day event held on Tuesday afternoon this week.

“This is the first of a number of schools to be built around the world,” Project Director, Ira Bloom, told reporters. “The purpose of the schools is to teach young aspiring artists how to draw and paint … to make a career for themselves. Tim Reynolds, who is the owner of Ani Villas, is funding the development and operation of the schools and they all are going to be free for students. So the school here is completely free for Anguillian students; the tuition, materials and everything else are paid for.”

Bloom continued: “The objective is that a good number of students will graduate from the programme here in Anguilla and will be able to produce work to be sold both locally and internationally. Together with the villas, the school will be helping to market the work of the students, with all the proceeds going to the students themselves. We hope to get support from the local tourism industry, the hotels, galleries and other villas to help showcase and market the work of the artists here. I can see us for one day a week, for a few hours, holding an open house at the school so that interested tourists can see what the students are learning. Other times we will also use the school as a gallery for shows.”

Mr. Bloom said that, currently, another school was under construction in the Dominican Republic and targeted for opening in June next year; and land was being finalized in Thailand and Sri Lanka for art academies there hopefully in 2013.  It is being arranged for the art academy to be opened in Anguilla around the first week of March coming. The full-time professor, Timothy Jahn, who is presently in Anguilla, is expected to return to the island in January to interview and select the first group of some ten students, others being added later on.

“I will be the only teacher here so that we will keep the teacher/student ratio at 1:25. We will never exceed that,” Professor Jahn said. “I will be here definitely for two years, but it could be more depending on how things work for the entire foundation. Anybody who takes my place will be a qualified and certified instructor, and eventually we want an Anguillian to run the school so that is our long-term goal.”  Mr. Bloom and Mr. Jahn took the opportunity to escort the visitors on a tour of the school, and Anthony Waichulis, creator of the teaching methodology, explained the approach to the three-year programme. The tutoring will first concentrate on developing basic art skills in black and white and later proceed to colour painting.

December 1, 2011

We are very proud to announce that The Ani Art Academies Waichulis’ Capturing Realism exhibit was a celebrated success!  We were thrilled to share this exhibit with the area that gave us our start.  However—it’s not too late to see the exhibit as it still runs till Dec. 10th.!!!  If you are in the area, stop in and see one of the strongest collections on Contemporary Realism in the country today.  You can still see an online preview of the exhibit here: http://www.aniwaichulis.com/capturing-realism-2011/

Below is an excerpt from a feature covering this very special exhibit by The Times Leader’s Features Writer, Mary Therese Biebel:

“The “Ani Art Academy Waichulis’ Capturing Realism 2011” exhibit includes Still Lifes, Portraits, Landscapes and Trompe L’oeil pieces from the students of Anthony Waichulis of Bear Creek, Joel Carson Jones of Plymouth and Timothy Jahn of New Jersey.  For Waichulis, 39, an exhibit at Misericordia is an every-other-year tradition. But this is the first time he’s showcased his work there since January, when his Bear Creek studio became known as the Ani Art Academy Waichulis.

He’s excited about the change, which he believes will lead to his methods of art instruction spreading around the globe.  In 2010, Waichulis said, patron of the arts Tim Reynolds, who is also co-founder of a Wall Street trading company, asked his help in establishing a series of art schools.  “He approached us because he learned of our studio and our success,” said Waichulis, whose works have been shown at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and have appeared in American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines.  Waichulis agreed to have his studio become the first Ani Art Academy, named for a derivation of a Nigerian word that means “path.” The second Ani Art Academy is on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, and a third is near completion in the Dominican Republic.   “I will not be teaching there,” Waichulis said. “But the artists that leave the flagship school here, those graduates will be offered teaching positions at those schools.”

Waichulis’ philosophy of artistic training involves an apprenticeship program with a small teacher-to-student ratio. It starts with “a very natural approach to the fundamentals of drawing and painting, a replication of the natural world that we can observe,” he said, and continues as students “augment their ideas with artistic license.” “I can’t imagine getting training like that anywhere else,” said Vinson, a former student. “We’d paint from 8 in the morning until 2 in the morning, constant work and study. (Waichulis) was always available. He was the perfect teacher in that he’d give you encouragement and instruction but also crack the whip.”

Waichulis said he will use the local talents of Mario Bellizia, Ken Marquis of Marquis Art and Frame, Keith Schutter of Cadworx and Co. and Dave Tredinnick of Tredinnick Construction for studio furniture, design and construction as well as teaching aid, production, materials and framing. “I am very proud to be able to work with each of these brilliant people,” he said.”

What and Where and When:

What: ‘Ani Art Academy Waichulis’ Capturing Realism 2011’ exhibit

Where: Pauly Friedman Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas Township

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

December 1, 2011

Artist Kate Sammons definitely had an incredibe presence at the much celebrated 2012 LA Art show under the banner of the esteemed  S.R. Brennen Galleries.   However, she was also able to add a valuable contribution to Fine Art Connoisseir's lively exploration of the impact of traditional methodology on contemporary artists with a lively panel discussion, REALISM TODAY: OLD METHODS, NEW VISIONS. For years, people have been saying that realist art is coming back.  Judging from its growing visibility and the mushrooming of ateliers nationwide, it's more accurate to say it's here. Together four knowledgeable insiders will look squarely at what's happening in this field and make intriguing predictions about what lies ahead.  Panelists include: Adrian Gottlieb, artist and atelier director; Michael Pearce, artist and chair of the art department at California Lutheran University; Kate Sammons, artist; Michael Zakian, art historian and director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University. The panel will be moderated by Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.**Taken from: http://www.losangelesfineartshow.com/pages/symposia_series.htmlLook for coverage of the symposia conversation in the next issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine!You can learn more about the annual LA Art Show here: http://www.laartshow.com/or to view more work by Kate Sammons:  http://www.katesammons.com/ksblog/

January 25, 2012

Opening Thursday, March 8th will be the four-artist exhibit, Traditional Impressions featuring artist Kate Sammons at the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.   Kate’s works will be featured with talented artists, Mary Quian, Robert Coombs, and Romel de la Torre.  The reception for the exhibit will be March 8th, from 7-9pm.  You can visit a preview of the exhibit by visiting: http://www.legacygallery.com/events/traditionalimpressions.html


The Legacy Gallery is proud to represent over one hundred nationally known artists. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Legacy Gallery offers the finest in representational and impressionistic art. For over 20 years, the Legacy Gallery has specialized in paintings and sculptures in a wide variety of subject matter, including western, figurative, wildlife, still-life, and landscape.

March 1, 2012

Ani Art Academy apprentice Brian O'Neill's one-man show, "The Bridge between Two Worlds"-A fine art benefit for AIDS Care will open with a reception at the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, Inc. on Friday April 6Th 5-9 pm, located at 277 North Goodman Street, Rochester NY 14607. The show is open to the public April 3rd through the 26Th, gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-4pm, Saturdays 11 am-2 pm. To preview this special collection of work or for further information please visit http://www.brianoneillstudio.com

The show’s theme will capture the journey O'Neill has taken since apprenticing at The Ani Art Academy by showcasing his latest representational work and serve as a fund raiser for AIDS Care, a Rochester, NY based treatment and prevention organization, with 100% and 10% of total show proceeds to benefit this vital organization. The show’s theme holds many meanings and explores the connected forms of Realism, Organic Abstractions and Contemporary Floral. These aesthetics hung side by side will display the unique tension and harmony of the approaches through color, texture, and other essential elements of structure.

O’Neill will conduct a free live pastel demo and artist talk on Saturday April 14Th, 2012 at the gallery @ The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, 277 North Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14607 585-473-4000, 11:30 am-1:00 pm. O'Neill will discuss inspiration, composition, materials and demonstrate how to use Pastel to achieve a highly rendered realistic image.

March 1, 2012

Classes have been in full force at the Ani Art Academies Anguilla since the official opening on Feb. 6th, 2012.  Locals of Anguilla and tourists on the island are taking a great amount of interest in the Academy since their doors have opened.  Ani Art Academies Anguilla is under the instruction of esteemed artists and instructor Timothy W. Jahn.  Mr. Jahn is very excited about the future of the academy.  “It’s very exciting to see the start of Ani Art Academies Anguilla.”  Timothy also explained a great amount of enthusiasm for the first class of apprentices, “(The apprentices) are off to a great start and there are already signs of their unique and creative voices appearing.”

For updates and current news about the Ani Art Academies Anguilla or other academies, apprentices, and current artwork, please visit www.aniartacademies.org.

March 2, 2012