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Artist Highlights LINDA TRACEY BRANDON is one of 6 artists in the upcoming “Women Painting Women 2018” Exhibition and Sale at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN, opening Sep 6. 06/2018NANETTE FLUHR 's portrait "Reisa" was selected as a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center's 2018 International Salon. It was also featured in Poets and Artist 10th Anniversary Issue. 06/2018JOHANNA SPINKS Johanna Spinks exhibits two life portraits painted of historical Malibu residents at The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, California, in the triennial show "On Location In Malibu- 2018" with The California Art Club. 05/2018JOHANNA SPINKS Johanna Spinks exhibits at The 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, with The California Art Club at The Natural HIstory Museum of Los Angeles County with a palette knife portrait painted from life. 05/2018SUSAN BOONE DURKEE Susan's Official portrait of the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate United States Supreme Court Justice, was presented to the United States District Court,Southern District of New York.The portrait will hang in the Court's Judicial Portrait Collection. 05/2018SUSAN BOONE DURKEE Susan Boone Durkee's commissioned portrait of Janet Hartwell Head of School, Greens Farms Academy, Greens Farms Connecticut was presented April 26th. The official unveiling at Greens Farms Academy will be in June 2018. 04/2018KATHERINE GALBRAITH Signature Member, Oil Painters of America Signature Member, American Women Artists 04/2018CAMILLE BARNES ​commissioned portrait of CMS James Mayes, for the Louisiana Department of the Military, will be unveiled May 6, 2018. The portrait will hang at ​the Jackson Barracks military base, in New Orleans. 03/2018ZIMOU TAN who recently became an ARC Associate Living Master, also won the International Artist Magazine Grand Prize in portraiture. 03/2018JOHANNA SPINKS Johanna Spinks' Solo Show "The Face of Malibu", a public portrait project featured in The Malibu Times, show sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission. 62 life portraits exhibited, including five town mayors and Califonia State Senator Henry Stern. 02/2018IRENE BAILEY ‘s 20th Portrait for the University of East Carolina of John Daniel Shearin III, was unveiled December 15, 2017. Shearin was the Dean of the College of Theatre and Dance. His portrait will hang in the McGinnis Theater on ECU’s campus. 02/2018JOHANNA SPINKS Johanna Spinks has a feature article in "Where Woman Create - Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women". 01/2018SUSAN BOONE DURKEE Susan Boone Durkee's commissioned oil portrait of distinguished Hotchkiss School faculty member, Walter Crain Jr. was unveiled January 15th It will hang in the main entrance foyer of the Hotchkiss School. 01/2018LINDA HARRIS REYNOLDS was most recently honored with a top ten placement in the Portrait Society of America’s highly competitive Member’s Only Competition with her painting "Nina in Summer", 27"x34", Oil on Belgian Linen 12/2017 12/2017ELIZABETH WHELAN painted the portraits of 22 Martha's Vineyard artists at work in their studios, and unveiled one painting every 15 minutes for 6 hours, at the art show and event 'Artists in Art' in West Tisbury, MA. 11/2017SUSAN BOONE DURKEE Susan's commissioned portrait of Dr. Sue Groesbeck, the former Head of Emma Willard School for Girls was delivered to Emma Willard and will hang in the Great Hall. This was Susan's second commissioned portrait from the prestigious Emma Willard School for Girls 11/2017DAVID GOATLEY 's commissioned portrait of His Highness the Maharaja of Jaipur was delivered to City Palace in Jaipur where it will hang in the Royal Museum. 11/2017SUSAN BOONE DURKEE Susan's third commission by The Hotchkiss School of distinguished faculty member Walter Crain, was delivered to the School and will be unveiled in a special ceremony at the school in January 2018 10/2017LINDA HARRIS REYNOLDS was showcased by WHYY TV Wilmington/Philadelphia in her studio painting, and discussing her career as an artist in their cultural arts segment “First”. 07/2017IGOR BABAILOV was awarded the chivalric Order of St. Anne for life-time achievements in his professional career as a portrait artist. 07/2017LINDA HARRIS REYNOLDS Featured in 2017 May/June edition of Fine Art Connnoisseur Magazine; "Todays Masters-More Than Faces"center spread, and the 2016 Nov/Dec edition of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, "Today's Masters- The Appeal of Youth"center spread. 06/2017RICHARD WHITNEY, PHD.H ’s portrait of NH Governor Craig Benson was recently unveiled at the State House in Concord, NH. The event was covered by newspapers as far away as the Washington Post and Miami Herald. 06/2017JOHANNA SPINKS Johanna Spinks' portrait of former British Prime Minister David Cameron exhibits at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles, with the California Art Club at its' 106th Gold Medal Show 05/2017BART LINDSTROM Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine article, "More Than Just Faces" by Andrew Webster http://fineartconnoisseur.com/2017/05/more-than-just-faces/ 05/2017CONNIE ERICKSON 's painting, "My Three Sons" won an Award of Excellence in the American Academy of Equine Artists spring online exhibit. 05/2017       . . . more artist highlights . . .

Permanent Features IGOR BABAILOV was commissioned to paint President Bush, President Putin, Rudolph Giuliani, the Pope and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. SIMMIE KNOX painted the official White House portraits of President Clinton & First Lady Hillary Clinton and was awarded the commission for Governor of Alabama. JOHN HOWARD SANDEN unveiled his official White House portraits of President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at a White House ceremony June 2012. JIAWEI SHEN painted The Honorable John Howard former Prime Minister of Australia for the Australian Parliament House, Canberra in 2009. RONALD N. SHERR painted the official portrait of George H. W. Bush for the National Portrait Gallery & a double of him & George W. Bush for the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.   See many official commissions in our OFFICIAL GALLERIES . . .


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