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Nanette FluhrNANETTE FLUHR won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Figurative/Portraiture in the American Women Artists 2021 Lifting the Sky National Exhibition. 06/2021Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's official commissioned portrait of Peter J. Caldwell, long serving Head of the Morristown-Beard School (Morristown N.J) was successfully and enthusiastically presented June 2. 06/2021Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's official commissioned double portrait of Westminster School, Simsbury CT,Head of School Bill Philip and his wife Jennifer Philip was successfully presented to the School and will hang in the grand dining hall. 05/2021Nicole TroupNICOLE TROUP won Best in Show for the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artist's Artistic Celebration of Motherhood show May 2021. 05/2021Nicole TroupNICOLE TROUP Nicole Troup was a finalist in the 2020 Portrait Society of America Members Competition for her painting "Golden Dreams" 02/2021
Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's commissioned portrait of Father Andre Coindre, a Diocesan priest and founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, was successfully presented on December 23rd. The portrait will hang in the Chapel of St.Bruno Church, Lyon France, where he served as Pastor. 12/2020Scott Wallace JohnstonSCOTT WALLACE JOHNSTON 's official portrait of the General Secretary Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Ken Hall, was recently completed and unveiled at Teamsters International Headquarters in Washington D.C. 12/2020Betsy AshtonBETSY ASHTON 's Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces, Untold Stories exhibition is now scheduled to open in the O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY on March 24, 2021, and to run through April 24, 2021. There will be space for safe social distancing. 10/2020Charles Young WallsCHARLES YOUNG WALLS 's painting "She Beguiles in Red" was selected as a finalist in the California Art Club's 109th Gold Medal Exhibition. 07/2020Nanette FluhrNANETTE FLUHR 's official portrait of the Honorable Charles Apotheker, Former Judge of the County Court and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court was unveiled on November 6, 2019. The portrait will hang in the Rockland County Courthouse. 11/2019
Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's official portrait of Venerable Brother Norbert McAuliffe S.C. was recently unveiled and will hang in the collection of the Mother House of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. 08/2019Sonia HaleSONIA HALE was commissioned to paint past President John Ettling's portrait for SUNY Plattsburgh (University). For this commission Sonia used a supplied photograph. The portrait was hung in the Feinberg Library on July 24, 2019. 08/2019Sonia HaleSONIA HALE unveiled her official portrait of Karen Van Winkle, president of the Harvard Club of Boston, on April 3, 2019 at the club's 111th Annual Dinner. This is the first painting of a woman, other than one of a former club member, to hang at the clubhouse. 06/2019Alice GoldsmithALICE GOLDSMITH completed & presented her portrait of Andrew Cornell, CEO of Cornell Cookson of Mountain Top, PA. Celebration event and unveiling will be held on June 14, 2019. 06/2019Nicole TroupNICOLE TROUP Summit Health commissioned Nicole Troup to paint their retiring CEO Norman Epstein which was unveiled at his retirement party. 06/2019
Nicole TroupNICOLE TROUP 's portrait of former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was unveiled at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. 06/2019Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's Official portrait of Former Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman was recently delivered to the Connecticut State Capital. The Portrait will hang in the Chambers Room at the Capital. 05/2019Betsy AshtonBETSY ASHTON 's “Portraits of Immigrants” exhibition of paintings and stories of immigrants and refugees is on display in Brooklyn, New York, through March 8, 2020, at the Green Door Gallery in Williamsburg. 05/2019Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS just won a "Citizen of The Year" Dolphin Award by the Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation for her portrait artwork in the community; the award recognized by the United States Congress and California State Senate at awards presentation. 05/2019Nanette FluhrNANETTE FLUHR ’s official portrait of the Honorable Margaret Garvey, was recently unveiled. Judge Garvey was the first female Rockland County Supreme Court Justice and is the first female Judge to have her portrait hang in the Rockland County Courthouse. 03/2019
Charles Young WallsCHARLES YOUNG WALLS 's painting, "The Links of her Rubicon," was accepted into the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition starting May 10 at Illume Gallery in St. George, Utah. 03/2019Elizabeth WhelanELIZABETH WHELAN 's portrait of whaling captain Joseph G. Belain, a historic figure of African American and Wampanoag descent, was acquired by the Martha's Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven, MA. 02/2019Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's official portrait of the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, The Honorable Robert J. Lynn, was recently unveiled and will hang in the New Hampshire Supreme Court Building in Concord, New Hampshire. 02/2019Betsy AshtonBETSY ASHTON 's first major solo exhibition, "Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces, Untold Stories" opened in Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue & 53rd St., New York City, to a standing room only crowd. It's 16 portraits of immigrants and refugees in paint and print. 01/2019John Seibels WalkerJOHN SEIBELS WALKER completed & presented his portrait of Harris Pastides & Patricia Moore-Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina and his wife. 01/2019
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Igor BabailovIGOR BABAILOV was commissioned to paint President Bush, President Putin, Rudolph Giuliani, the Pope and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Simmie KnoxSIMMIE 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 SandenJOHN HOWARD SANDEN unveiled his official White House portraits of President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at a White House ceremony June 2012.
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  Masters of Portrait ArtMastersofPortraitArt.com Features many of the greats of contemporary portraiture today — Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Simmie Knox, John Howard Sanden, Ronald Sherr, Burton Silverman and Richard Whitney.   A Stroke of Genius BookstoreA Stroke of Genius Fine Art Bookstore features over 1,000 art books with an emphasis on portraiture and figurative art. There are instructional books, videos and DVD's in all mediums as well as contemporary & historical portrait artists of interest to portrait painters.  
  Portrait Society of AmericaPortrait Society of America, Portrait Society of America, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to fine art portraiture and figurative works in America. With over 2,750 members worldwide.   The Portrait InstituteThe Portrait Institute was founded in 1974. Though no longer offering seminars, the Institute continues to distribute John Sanden videos, brush sets, books & specialty oil color sets that you can order online.  
  Portrait Society of AtlantaPortrait Society of Atlanta is the oldest all volunteer portrait groups in America. Membership is open to portrait artists in all parts of the country. Our main purpose is to educate the public to a greater awareness of the portrait as a valid and valuable art form. At the same time we enrich our members by offering a variety of services.   Maryland Society of Portrait ArtistsMaryland Society of Portrait Artists is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the development of portraiture. Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in the art of portraiture or active in creating portraits in painting, drawing and sculpture.  
  Portrait Society of CanadaPortrait Society of Canada's mandate is to educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciations of the Art of Portrait in Canada by providing art exhibitions, performances, Portrait Arts Festivals, workshops, lectures and seminars in public places and educational institutions in Canada.fake rolex   Royal Society of Portrait PaintersRoyal Society of Portrait Painter's aim is to promote the practice of and further excellence in painted portraiture and offer a personal portrait commissions service..  
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