A listing of the finest Art Clubs, Groups, Organizations, and Societies (AC) in the United States. These ACs listed have made a difference in this country's appreciation of the visual arts and we applaud them. They are not easy to join and have a high level of artistic integrity and requirement for membership. Only the serious professional artists need apply. Nevertheless, we here at Red Easel promote the purpose of these ACs and pass the information on to you - the Professional Artist.
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(For more information please read the AC information below or go to their website)
Oil Painters of America
Dedicated to the Preservation of Representational Art
About: Oil Painters of America was founded in 1991 by Shirl Smithson primarily to focus attention on the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light. As a beginner or a master painter, the feeling of tremendous satisfaction that came from capturing that special moment, realistically and spiritually, was a bond that united us all.
Another strong motivation was the observation that traditional drawing and painting skills were not being taught in the colleges and universities. OPA, with Shirl leading the way, became the voice for renewed understanding and appreciation of representational art. Through newspaper articles, radio talk shows and numerous magazine features, OPA’s mission was presented with many examples of outstanding artwork.
Fortunately, the message was heard as evidenced by the increased attendance by collectors and the general public at the major art shows and galleries throughout the country. Large museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago have assembled exhibitions by traditional artists like Mary Cassat and Edgar Degas. They have opened their doors to sellout crowds.
Future of OPA
Oil Painters of America continues to grow and gain respect as an organization that values and supports its members. Our main focus is unchanged. We are here to provide the forum in which you can display your art in regional and national competitions. Through our newsletters we will inform you about current art events and future exhibitions throughout the country. OPA provides the network of fellow artists and experienced professionals that can assist you in your quest for painting excellence. In addition, we will continue to support the education process through scholarships, workshops and exhibitions of art from today’s masters. The support we receive throughout the country with inquiries such as yours greatly encourages us.
Christians in Portraiture
Portrait Artists Worldwide Sharing their Unique Bond as Christians
(1) To provide a point of contact for the many believing Christians involved in the profession and avocation of portrait painting.
(2) To share stories of our personal walks of faith as an encouragement to each other and to any who seek to follow Christ in their lives.
(3) To provide news of coming events of interest.
(4) To make available resources for growth in the Christian life.
About: To advance the cause of the fine arts in America, through the promotion of high standards of beauty, integrity and craftsmanship in painting, sculpture and the graphic arts.
To emphasize the importance of order and coherent communication as prime requisites of works of art through exhibitions and publications.
About: The Providence Art Club, founded in 1880, was created to stimulate the appreciation of art in the community. Located on Thomas Street, in the shadow of the First Baptist Church, the Art Club is a picturesque procession of historic buildings, home to studios, galleries, and a clubhouse. Through its public programs, its art instruction classes for members, and its active exhibition schedule, the Providence Art Club continues a tradition of supporting the visual arts in Providence and beyond.
About: The mission of the Arts Club of Washington is to generate public appreciation for and participation in the arts in the Nation’s capital, through ongoing educational programs that include seminars, literary events, art exhibitions, and musical and theatrical performances. The club also is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of historic preservation through study, restoration, and the preservation of the historic James Monroe House.
American Impressionist Society, Inc.
About: The mission of the American Impressionist Society is to promote the appreciation of Impressionism through exhibitions, workshops, and other media." Membership is open to all impressionist artists who would like to support Impressionism. AIS artists enjoy outdoor painting, figure, and still life painting in the studio. Emphasis is always on capturing light and color, using broken brush strokes and thick impasto spots of color to create a dazzling impression of the subject.
"The Nature of Nature" a complete oil demonstration of Bill Schultz's five steps to Impressionist painting and his first-ever filmed interview, is now available for $50.00 for AIS members and $60.00 for non-members. Write to: Bill & Nadya Schultz, 4280 6th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32968.
1919 - 2005
Bill Schultz was a Co-founder and Director of the American Impressionist Society, and an award-winning artist and teacher in oils and pastels. He was a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America. For many years, he was director and instructor for the William J. Schultz Art School in Lenox, Massachusetts as well. He is greatly missed by the artist community.
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters
About: To promote the art of its professional plein air painting members through exhibitions, workshops, art shows, newsletters and more.