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Washington, DC—On April 25 and 26, the National Gallery of Art celebrates Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age with "A Weekend in the Dutch Republic." The Family Weekend features two days of family-focused programs examining 17th-century Dutch painters and the places that inspired them. Visitors of all ages can create their own Dutch cityscape, admire a dollhouse that faithfully replicates a period Dutch canal house, listen to live Dutch music, and more.

All activities are free. No advance registration is required for these programs; participation in each activity is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Family Weekend, call (202) 789-3030 or visit

Schedule of Events

A Weekend in the Dutch Republic
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
West Building, Main Floor
Ages 3 and up

Saturday and Sunday, all day
West Building, East Garden Court
Two family activity booklets, designed for ages 3–6 and 7–12, will be available at the entrance to Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age. Exploring the exhibition with the help of these booklets, families can examine the unique Dutch landscape with its windmills and canals, and learn about the growth of Dutch cities. They can visit important sites such as the town hall of Amsterdam, the harbors of Hoorn and Dordrecht, a fish market in The Hague, the castle at Nijmegen, the church and central square of Haarlem, and homes in Delft.

Saturday and Sunday, all day
West Building, Rotunda
Using rubber stamps and colored pencils, visitors can create their own Dutch cityscape, decorating scenes with stamps inspired by the unique architecture of canal homes and drawing the sights and activities that bring the 17th-century neighborhoods to life.

Saturday and Sunday, all day
West Building, Founders' Room
Discover Dutch 17th-century homes and family life. A special dollhouse that faithfully replicates a period Dutch canal house will be on display. On loan from the collection of Cookie Ziemba, the house was created by Peter Mattinson and based on a house called Dit is Bethlehem in Gorinchem, Netherlands. Ms. Ziemba envisioned the house as an artist's residence—the imagined home of Pieter de Hooch, whose paintings are part of the Dutch Cityscapes exhibition—and decorated it accordingly. The rooms include a bedroom, parlor, kitchen, studio, and apprentice quarters typical of the era.

A computer station provides the opportunity to play with a virtual Dutch dollhouse by arranging furniture, objects, and people in various rooms. Visit the Dutch dollhouse online at

Saturday and Sunday
12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
West Building, East Garden Court
Enjoy Dutch music. Each performance lasts approximately forty minutes.

At 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
The National Gallery Chamber Players, under guest director Anne-Marieke Evers, present a musical journey through 17th-century Amsterdam. Families will learn the Dutch children's song "In Holland Staat een huis" (In Holland Stands a House) and experience daily life in the city through the eyes and ears of a child.

At 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
David and Ginger Hildebrand bring to life the sounds of Dutch streets and courts using harpsichord, lute, violin, recorder, hammered dulcimer, and voices. The program is based on secular song settings, folk music, and other period pieces.

Family Weekends

Providing visitors of all ages the opportunity to connect with the Gallery's world-class exhibitions, Family Weekends offer a variety of free activities for children and adults to enjoy together. Films, musical performances, hands-on art projects, family activity booklets, and more provide parents with ways to help their children interact with the art and the ideas behind it.

With an ongoing schedule of family-friendly activities and offerings—including family weekends, the Film Program for Children and Teens, family workshops, storytelling programs, teen studios, exhibition discovery guides, the Children's Shop, and casual dining in the Cascade Café—there are many ways for visitors of all ages to enjoy the Gallery's many offerings. For more information about family programming, visit

Family and Teen Programs are made possible in part by the generosity of the Prince Charitable Trusts. The family concerts are made possible in part by the generous support of a National Gallery of Art school docent.


General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering the East and West Buildings. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 x 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.

For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:

Press Office
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353 e-mail:

Deborah Ziska
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Archstone Santa Monica Communities to Support Local Artists

Best Artwork to Win Six Months Free Retail Space for Art Gallery at Santa Monica Apartments

SANTA MONICA – January 5, 2010 – Archstone’s Santa Monica, Santa Monica on Main and Citrus Suites communities are inviting up-and-coming artists in the community and surrounding schools to participate in the first-ever Art of Santa Monica Contest. The winner of the contest will receive six months of free rent in one of Archstone Santa Monica on Main’s open retail units for an art gallery to display their work as well as a $1,000 gift card.

Archstone is encouraging local artists to submit an image of an original work of art between January 15 and February 15 via email to A panel of art judges selected by Archstone will evaluate the artwork based on their visual interest (50%), content (25%) and craftsmanship (25%). 

“The art community in Santa Monica is vibrant, and Archstone is excited to play a role in its continued development,” said Dave Brackett, Archstone’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “It’s part of our commitment to being a positive force in the communities our apartments serve.”

The winner, ultimately selected by the panel of judges, will be announced in April 2010 at a public event to be hosted at the new art gallery space.

“I’m pleased to personally invite all artists or aspiring artists in the Santa Monica community to join us in celebrating local art,” said Melanie Flaherty, Archstone’s Director of Marketing for the West Region. “We look forward to giving one up-and-coming artist the opportunity to grow with their very own art gallery.”

 More information and official rules are available at

About Archstone Santa Monica, Archstone Santa Monica on Main and Archstone Citrus Suites
Archstone Santa Monica, Archstone Santa Monica on Main and Citrus Suites are luxury apartment communities in Santa Monica, conveniently located close to the world-famous Santa Monica beaches, the boutique shops on Main Street and the famous Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica apartments offer many luxurious features and amenities inside their communities, including rooftop swimming pools and sundecks, media lounges with Wi-Fi, subterranean parking garages, rooftop gardens and skylights.

About Archstone
Archstone is a recognized leader in apartment investment and operations. The company's portfolio is concentrated in many of the most desirable neighborhoods in and around Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Boston. Archstone strives to provide great apartments and great service to its customers—backed by service guarantees. As of September 30, 2009, the company owned or had an ownership position in 442 communities located in the United States and Europe, representing 83,085 units, including units under construction. Utilizing this tremendous amount of expertise and institutional knowledge, Archstone now also offers comprehensive advisory services to owners and lenders who want to maximize the value of their assets through Archstone Real Estate Advisory Services (

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the nation’s oldest public arts organizations, has a clear and compelling mission to acquire, exhibit, and preserve both modern and contemporary art. It focuses especially on contemporary art, with an active commitment to taking a global and multidisciplinary approach to the presentation, interpretation, and collection of the artistic expressions of our times. In an enriching, dynamic, and vibrant environment that embraces diverse cultures and traditions, the Gallery seeks to serve a broad and far-reaching audience.


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National Gallery of Art' s 2006—2007 Concert Season Marks the 65th Year of Free Performances



Washington, DC— Fifty-two concerts by acclaimed American and international musicians make up the 65th season of free concerts at the National Gallery of Art. The 2006–2007 concert program, presented under the direction of Stephen Ackert, head of the music department, includes 15 performances in celebration of exhibitions. The free concerts are held every Sunday through July 8, 2007, except December 24 (Christmas Eve), December 31 (New Year’s Eve), and May 27 (Memorial Day weekend).

In addition to the Sunday performances, the Gallery will present matinee concerts each Wednesday in May and June 2007, at 12:10 p.m., in the East Building Auditorium or the West Building Lecture Hall. The afternoon performances are a wonderful complement to the long-running Sunday evening concerts held in the West Garden Court in the West Building. Entrance to Sunday concerts in the West Building is at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; entrance to concerts in the East Building is at Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. There is no entry or re-entry to concerts after 6:30 p.m. at either location. 

Washington, DC— Fifty-two concerts by acclaimed American and international musicians make up the 65th season of free concerts at the National Gallery of Art. The 2006–2007 concert program, presented under the direction of Stephen Ackert, head of the music department, includes 15 performances in celebration of exhibitions. The free concerts are held every Sunday through July 8, 2007, except December 24 (Christmas Eve), December 31 (New Year’s Eve), and May 27 (Memorial Day weekend).

In addition to the Sunday performances, the Gallery will present matinee concerts each Wednesday in May and June 2007, at 12:10 p.m., in the East Building Auditorium or the West Building Lecture Hall. The afternoon performances are a wonderful complement to the long-running Sunday evening concerts held in the West Garden Court in the West Building. Entrance to Sunday concerts in the West Building is at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; entrance to concerts in the East Building is at Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. There is no entry or re-entry to concerts after 6:30 p.m. at either location.  Copntinue ... [ see this ]

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NEW YORK - Long considered the world’s premier fairs for outstanding contemporary decorative arts and design, the next edition of SOFA, the 12th annual international Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair in New York City will feature an unrivalled range of arts and design with consistently demonstrated asset class values in today’s international markets. Slated for April 16-19, 2009 with an Opening Night Preview Gala on Wednesday, April 15 at the historic Park Avenue Armory, SOFA NEW YORK regularly draws record numbers of collectors, curators, architects, interior designers and new enthusiasts.


“Proven values in arts and design distinguish SOFA NEW YORK throughout as our dealers showcase artists and designers who have achieved prominent placement in world renowned museums with a great deal at accessible price points,” says Mark Lyman, Founder/Director of the SOFA Fairs and Vice President, dmg Art and Antiques. “That museum representation further confirms the validity of the extraordinary artistry showcased at the fair in the global marketplace,” he says. Sixteen years ago, Lyman noticed that contemporary decorative artists and designers merited an international fair and since then he has developed three SOFA fairs, adding a new edition June 11 – 14, 2009 in Santa Fe, NM, Opening Night Preview, Wednesday, June 10 to benefit the New Mexico Museum of Art’s inaugural Design Collection. At SOFA CHICAGO last November, CBS MarketWatch cited the fair for sales exemplifying market stability.

Among the many artists coveted by collectors and curators is ceramicist Miyashita Zenji, renowned as a living legend in Japan and represented in museums far beyond Asia, showing at SOFA NY with New York dealer Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. She is presenting the first solo show of the artist outside Japan, as well as ceramics by other Japanese artists.

“With Miyashita’s works gracing the collections of over thirty museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as well as a loyal following of private collectors, his prices have remained strong and gone up 40 percent over the last decade,” says Mirviss. Miyashita’s sculptural work perfectly marries abstract landscape imagery with innovative form via colored clay applications in subtle hues on stoneware and is priced from $3,000-$15,000.

“The fact that his sculptures are in the Metropolitan Museum’s Asian art collection as well as their 20th century decorative arts holdings demonstrates his wide appeal across multiple specialties,” says Mirviss, who has sold to more than 40 museums as well as a number of corporate collections such as Goldman Sachs and Coca Cola. She says lately new buyers from France, Holland and Germany have been scooping up examples by Japan’s latest ceramicists, indicating the new international reach of such artists.

Silver and gold sculpture, vessels and jewelry are also highly sought by a growing band of collectors. “Because of the inherent value of silver, we’re seeing a consistently strong demand for silver art objects and it’s not letting up,” says Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon in London. “The sense of luxury coupled with intricate craftsmanship of hand forging attracts clients to precious metals,” she says. On their stand will be silversmith Junko Mori whose hand forged sculptural objects are inspired by actual plants and pine cones, and begin at $8,000. Plus, Mori is participating in the SOFA NY Salon Artists Conversations, which along with an acclaimed lecture series, is free to SOFA attendees. Interestingly, at Sassoon’s last SOFA NEW YORK show, Europeans like the Brits and Italians shopped his stand.

In addition, new dealer Alastair Crawford of Manhattan, who specializes in Georg Jensen silver, will be launching his own contemporary line of silver flatware with handles of jasper and lapis lazuli, along with silver and gold vessels as well as jewelry. “Many clients were asking for handmade silver examples and unique items and with this new dimension to my dealership, I can fulfill those requests,” says Crawford, who is completing commissions for silver scones for a Dallas client. “I’m seeing clients seeking the security of investing in tangible assets like silver and gold that historically weathers recessions,” he says. Other dealers seeing an uptick in gold artist jewelry include Aaron Faber Gallery, New York and Mobilia, Cambridge, MA.

Then Philadelphia dealer Bob Aibel, who heads up Moderne Gallery, says “Studio furniture by the masters George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick and Sam Maloof remains in keen demand.” He believes the strength of that market is because choice work by those designers fits in a wide range of stylistic interiors, including contemporary, Modernist and Asian. At the same time, their design sensibilities are in sync with today’s emphasis on simplicity and integrity of materials. Due to his large holdings of such prized design, Aibel has been interviewed in Wallpaper magazine and the German AD singled him out as “the world’s leading Nakashima dealer.” Architects and interior designers on his client list include Michael Smith, whose clients include President Barak Obama, and Thad Hayes and Alan Wanzenberg. On his stand will be two rare Nakashima consoles dating from the seventies as well as an early coffee table.

Florida-based private dealer Donna Schneier cites iconic examples by pioneers of the studio ceramics and glass movements such as Betty Woodman, Harvey Littleton and Toshiko Takaezu as “really recession proof…While those artists are frequently exhibited in fine art museums, they can be acquired for a fraction of the cost of contemporary art and more importantly, their names will live on for centuries,” says Schneier. She is witnessing another market shift. “Especially in the past year, I’m seeing younger collectors, many totally new to field, taking on classic work as objects of beauty and a proven asset class all rolled into one,” says Schneier, who has regularly achieved sales to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.

Glass by leading artists is another “blue chip investment category” according to Doug Heller, who heads up Heller Gallery in Tribeca. He is featuring work by four artists: Lino Tagliapietra, who taught secret Venetian glass blowing technique to Dale Chihuly as well as a host of other Americans; and Nicole Chesney, noted for her cast glass wall sculptures referencing color-field paintings, as well as Danes Steffen Dam and Tobias Møhl. Heller says of the latter, “Their sales in the past two months are both impressive and consistent.” An added bonus for collectors is a Tobias Møhl costs only $5,500 to $17,500. “Today, more clients want something of lasting beauty by an artist who is making a considerable impact in the larger art world,” says Heller who just confirmed two corporate commissions for Lino, a museum acquisition for Steffen Dam, and a private commission for Tobias Møhl. “The Møhl is an intended gift from collector and Longhouse founder Jack Lenor Larsen and speaks of the artist’s dazzling blown and etched glass skills,” adds Heller, who has sold to the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Art Museum, among many other world museums.

Like glass, wood artistry is now receiving enormous attention. At SOFA CHICAGO, the del Mano Gallery of Los Angeles achieved their most successful show in William Hunter’s entire career with sales to the Carnegie Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Mint Museum as well as to private collectors. “For SOFA NEW YORK, we aim to repeat this by bringing William Hunter to the fair, so new collectors can meet him and have a dialogue about his latest sculptural work in Latin American rosewood,” says Ray Leier, who founded del Mano over 30 years ago. Other artists of note include Michael Peterson who will be honored with a three-year museum touring show shortly. “Fifteen years ago, a Peterson cost $500 to $1,500,” says Leier. “Now they are priced from $6,000 to $20,000,” he says. “Wood is organic in nature and collectors today rightly fixate on this artistic trend that is never going away,” says Leier. With some artists’ prices beginning as low as $500, Leier expects to introduce new collectors to an entirely different artistic endeavor.

SOFA NEW YORK 2009 will open with a preview on Wednesday, April 15 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Armory, which will offer VIP card holders first viewing and selection of top quality pieces offered at the fair. VIP cards will be sent by participating galleries to their clients. Non-cardholders may purchase a ticket for $100 online soon or at the door beginning at 5:30 pm on April 15.

Downloadable high-resolution press images are available in the Press Room at

SOFA NEW YORK 2009 will be presented April 16 – 19th at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Ave. at 67th. Opening Night, Wednesday, April 15, 5:30 – 9 pm; non-VIP card holders may purchase tickets for $100.00 online or at the door. Exposition hours are Thursday & Friday, April 16-17: 11 am – 8 pm; Saturday, April 18: 11 am – 7 pm; Sunday, April 19: Noon – 6pm. Tickets are $25 for a single day of general admission and $40 for a four-day pass; both include catalog. For general information, visit ; call 800-563-SOFA (7632) or 773-506-8860; or email

Press Contact: Marilyn White, 973 783 3649

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Published March 24th, 2009

(ATLANTA, Ga.) – Mark Twain and Red Baron Antiques have something in common: reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated. In the case of Red Baron’s – the Atlanta-based auction house known for its thrice-annual themed extravaganzas – falsely reported rumors of its closing proved to be premature. A ‘Grand Finale’ sale was held late last year, after the firm’s owner was forced to take a break from the circus due to health concerns.

But that was then, and this is now. Robert Brown is back in the pink and so, evidently, is Red Baron’s. This coming weekend, the firm will hold a “Back By Popular Demand - This Is the Big One” auction (March 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days). Over 2,000 fresh-to-the-market lots in a broad array of categories will cross the block, to the delight of devotees thrilled at the return of the Red Baron.

Highlights of the sale promise to include the following:

• Remarkable architectural antiques and stately home furnishings from around the world.

• Original oil paintings dating as far back as the 15th century.

• Fine collectibles, palatial garden statuary, fountains, gates and more.

“My health has returned and there is a place in the market for a leader and a risk-taker, especially in this economy,” Mr. Brown remarked. “Someone has to say go forward and keep going, and that someone might as well be me. The sky isn’t falling. The antiques business and the auction business are both old and strong. You just can’t quit. The worst thing a person can do right now is retreat or give up.”


The event will be held at Red Baron’s 80,000-square-foot showroom facility, located at 6450 Roswell Road in Atlanta. A preview party will be held on Friday, Mar. 27, from 7-10 p.m. A sumptuous catered dinner – typical for a Red Baron’s auction – will be held on Saturday night, Marc. 28, after the day’s session concludes. Then they’ll get up and do it all over again the following morning, at 9 a.m.


Rare and vintage automobiles are a trademark at just about every Red Baron’s auction that’s ever been held, and this one will be no exception. A few anticipated top earners include a classic 1957 Chevy Bel-Air convertible, fully restored and ready for the road; a 1950 Packard 23rd Series convertible; a 2004 Rolls Royce Phantom; a 2000 Lamborghini MOMO Edition (#9 of 12 made); and other collectible cars.


An expected star of the fine art category is an original oil painting by Dutch-born American artist Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), titled Rockport Fish Boats. The work was pictured in the authoritative book on Mr. Thieme, by the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Mass., where the artist lived (he also maintained residences in Florida and California). Mr. Thieme was best known for his coastal landscapes.

Of historical significance is an extremely rare, signed Tiffany & Co. sterling silver presentation sword, with the blade inlaid in gold (circa 1890). The inscription reads, “In a contest for this sword readers of the Boston Daily Globe, for the most popular Comrade of the Respected Commander of GAR, ‘Grand Army of the Republic.” A bonus: the sword is studded with diamonds and precious stones.


Also featured will be spectacular windows by Tiffany Studios and the renowned John LaFarge; monumental bars by Brunswick and other American manufacturers, plus numerous pub bars for home entertainment; grand pianos by Bechstein and Collard & Collard; and more. A crowd of around 350-500 people is anticipated. There will be no Internet bidding, but phone and absentee bids will be accepted.

Red Baron Antiques is one of the oldest, largest and best-known antiques sources in the Southeastern United States. The firm is celebrating over 35 years of providing its customers with world-class service and one-of-a-kind inventory, displayed at its landmark gallery facility, which is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9-4. It is closed Sundays.

Red Baron also owns Southern Seasons Magazine, a high-society lifestyle publication dedicated to promoting arts, culture, entertainment, style and class in the Southeastern United States. Additional information may be found at

Red Baron Antiques is widely recognized as the premier auction house in the Southeast. The firm is always in the hunt for quality items for future sales. If you have an item, estate or collection to be considered, you may call them directly, at (404) 252-3770. The e-mail address is

To learn more about Red Baron Antiques and the March 28-29 sale, log on to

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Alfa Art Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition "GRANDmarks - NYC.




ONE of THE EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS -  Diana Vasileva Harizanova-Djibirova

Alfa Art Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition "GRANDmarks - NYC," a series of prints created by award winning author and photographer Andrew Darlow. This collection of Darlow's photographic work features New York City landmarks, including the Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and The Flatiron Building. Two distinct groups of prints will share the gallery's walls-framed color inkjet prints on paper, and black and white large-scale inkjet prints on canvas. Many of the images will be shown for the first time ever.

The exhibition will be on display through April 15, 2009 at Alfa Art Gallery, 108 Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. An artist's reception and book signing will be held on Friday, March 27, 2009 from 6:00pm-9:00pm, and is open to the public. At 7:30pm, Andrew Darlow will conduct a brief lecture about the series, as well as the printing process. Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm.

"New York City has held a special place in my heart and soul for as long as I can remember, says Darlow. The city's landmarks, from iconic restaurants to historic bridges and skyscrapers, have drawn me in with their magical beauty and presence. Through this body of work, I intend to share my love for the city, while giving viewers a look through my lens."

The printing processes Darlow chose for this show includes canvas, fiber gloss/fiber semi-gloss, and watercolor papers, all produced by Darlow on Epson and HP pigment ink printers. A series of workshops by Andrew Darlow as well as other photographers will be held throughout the exhibition period. For more information, visit

About Andrew Darlow: Andrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant. He has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops around the world at photo-related conferences, and for photography organizations, including the Advertising Photographers of America (APA), The Center for Fine Art Photography, the Arles Photo Festival and the International Center of Photography (ICP). His editorial and fine-art work have been featured in numerous magazines, including Photo District News, PDN Gear Guide, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, Rangefinder, and Studio Photography magazine. His work has been widely exhibited and his prints are held in many private collections.

Darlow is editor of The Imaging Buffet (, an online resource with news, reviews, and interviews covering the subjects of photography, printing, and new media. His new book, "301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers" (Course Technology, PTR) was recently chosen as the winner in the "Photography: Instructional/How-To" category of The National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. For more information, visit the book's companion site at .

Romantic Painter Steven Quartly Returns to Vinings Gallery for One-Man Show & Painting Performance.

Exclusive, two-day event will feature live painting performances Saturday, June 27, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.



SMYRNA, GEORGIA--Vinings Gallery is pleased to announce a special, two-day event with popular impressionist Steven Quartly on June 27 and 28, 2009. Returning to Atlanta for his second annual show, Quartly will take up brushes and wield his pallet knife to create his next original oil painting during the Vinings Gallery show. Collectors from around the South will want to make sure not to miss this opportunity to meet the charismatic, young Quartly and view the unique body of original works created just for this show.

Steven Quartly's still life paintings invite the viewer to step into the artist's romantic landscape where a quiet European lane might lead to an azure sea dotted with sail boats, or a brilliant sunset pops over a tropical Hawaiian beach; a handsome antique table is strewn with rose petals and two wine glasses hint of an afternoon's enjoyment. Inspired by travels and ongoing studies, Quartly's impressionistic work explores a passion for details and his desire to "bring emotion to the canvas."

Classically trained in oil painting, the California native is perhaps best known today for his technique and the use of a pallet knife. "It's fun," the artist explains. "I love to pull color over top of the texture underneath. It's almost like something is meant to be, but it's almost random at the same time." This refreshing philosophy combined with his background in classic art and Quartly's unique ability to translate emotion into his work gives way to a contemporary art form that spans the test of time and appeals to a wide range of art collectors.

This Vinings Gallery event kicks off a month-long exhibition and sale of Quartly's oil paintings that will run through July 24, 2009. The artist will also unveil an exclusive body of original works created especially for this Atlanta show. "Quartly's appearance in Atlanta last year was so incredibly received. He's got great energy and real passion for what he's paining and how collectors associate with that. He's one of America's most captivating young artists! Past collectors and those new to his work will delight in his new series of Tuscan-inspired, romantic landscapes painted just for this show," says Gary Handler, co-owner of Vinings Gallery.

Vinings Gallery is a true original offering an extraordinary mix of nationally recognized and emerging artists and a passion and enthusiasm for great art that is contagious. Walk through the gallery doors or visit online and discover why Vinings Gallery has struck a chord with collectors throughout Atlanta, the Southeast and across the country. Explore Vinings Gallery at

For more information about the Quartly show, please call the Gallery at 404-794-7762. The Gallery is located at 4686 South Atlanta Road, Suite F, in Smyrna, Georgia.

High Resolution images of Steven Quartly's artwork are available to accompany publication.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth McDonald
McDonald Media
Telephone: 404-822-3788

Jose Acosta Presents Cuban American Paintings and Sculptures also Music by La Orquesta de los Taino. Save the Date Saturday, May 16, 2009, from 5PM to 8PM


Jose Acosta Presents Cuban American Paintings and Sculptures
also Music by La Orquesta de los Taino.

Save the Date Saturday, May 16, 2009,
from 5PM to 8PM.

Jose Acosta will have a Solo Show of paintings and sculptures on view at G.A.S. (Gallery And Studio) at 196 Main Street Poughkeepsie NY 12601. There will be paintings and sculptures representing everything of beauty from Landscapes, Still Life and Imaginary Worlds full of Music and Dance. The Paintings are vibrant, colorful and full of energy.

source: FPR

La Orquesta de Los Taino will once again entertain us with their fabulous music and magnificent sound.

Cuban American and Italian food will be served buffet style come early to enjoy all the specialty dishes. Refreshments will also be served.

This is a Free event that Jose Acosta and his family, has created so the whole community can attend and enjoy beautiful Art, Spanish Music & Excellent Food.

Opening Event with Music on May 16, 2009, Exhibition of paintings and sculptures will be at G.A.S. till June 14, 2009 Gallery Hours 12-6PM, Fri - Sat - Sun.

For more information:
10 Degarmo Rd
Poughkeepsie NY 12603

History Was Made by Artist Robert Dionne

History was made by artist Robert Dionne when he painted an American Revolutionary mural in a residential dining room in West Chester, PA. The mural is a depiction of the historical American Revolutionary 1777 Battle of the Brandywine


History was made by artist Robert Dionne when he painted this historical American Revolutionary mural in a residential dining room in West Chester, PA.  Robert, a highly sought after decorative artist, muralist and fine artist has a deep appreciation for 18th Century American history.  The mural is a depiction of the historical American Revolutionary 1777 Battle of the Brandywine which took place in Chadds Ford, PA.  General George Washington commanded the American soldiers but was outmaneuvered and defeated by the Commander-and-Chief of the British Army, Sir William Howe, which eventually allowed the British army and the German Hessian army into Philadelphia. This was an exciting project for Robert, one that also inspired him to work on a series of oil paintings reflecting the American Revolutionary War.

“The area in which this battle took place ghostly whispers the roaring sounds of canon fire and musket volley,” Robert says. “The concept for the mural was about the preparations of an inexperienced army that had the willingness to die for independence.  After researching the battle, I thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with the details of the mural.  For example, I painted the soldiers in the foreground to show that they were in fact untrained men of widely varying ages.  In the background, I painted a caravan of wagons carrying supplies and food for the army. Some of the design elements such as the split rail fence and the three focal trees in the mural creates the illusion of depth and makes the wall space appear larger than it is.  The color palette is a monochromatic delft blue color over a warm-beige color tone which is complimentary to the other decorative items in the dining room.  This was a wonderful experience for me and I would welcome the opportunity to paint a mural like this again.”
Robert Dionne has been receiving commissions for paintings and murals and providing decorative painting in residential and commercial properties throughout the United States for over 15 years.  To see more of his work please visit his website at

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Orange County’s Performing Arts District has gained a compelling new dimension with the expansion of the Wyndham Orange County art gallery.


COSTA MESA, CA– Orange County’s Performing Arts District has gained a compelling new dimension with the expansion of the Wyndham Orange County art gallery to include a collection of photographs entitled Premiere Haute Couture: Reflections of Fashion by award-winning local photographer Barbara Higgins.

To encourage appreciation of the exhibition, the Wyndham Orange County has introduced a Fashion Package starting at $129 that features a deluxe lake-view room, $25 restaurant certificate for every night of stay, $25 travel reimbursement per reservation and certificates and discounts to nearby award-winning restaurants, world-class retail shops and performing arts venues valued at $250. Restaurant certificate excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity.

The package, available through Sept., can be booked by calling the hotel at (714) 751-5100 or online at

The Barbara Higgins photographs of more than two dozen silver gelatin images of manikins in storefront windows from around the world expanded the hotel’s Orange County art gallery to more than 60 pieces of art, according to Thomas Smalley, Wyndham Orange County general manager. “I am delighted to share the work of local artists with our guests and neighbors.”

The public is invited to attend an artist’s reception scheduled at this Orange County art gallery on May 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The hotel’s restaurant will offer its new Fashion Inspired Martinis & Haute Couture menu, which pays tribute to fashion moguls including Christian Dior and Chanel.

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The Wyndham Orange County and Higgins will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from all art sold the the Wyndham Orange County art gallery to Estancia High School in Costa Mesa and Festival of Children Foundation to benefit children’s art programs.

The Gallery Lounge is located in the main lobby of the Wyndham Orange County Hotel at 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. Complimentary validated parking is available for this Orange County art gallery.
For additional information about the exhibit, contact Barbara Higgins at (949) 702-1182 or visit .

Experience the Wild Side of Art

The Booth Museum opens “Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art” on April 11. The exhibition features over 70 works of art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s collection and can be seen until July 19.


Cartersville, Ga. – The Booth Western Art Museum opens “Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art” on April 11. The exhibition features over 70 works of art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and can be seen in Cartersville, Georgia until July 19, 2009.

“Wild at Heart” displays the history of wildlife art in North America, beginning with the early explorer-artists and continuing to the best contemporary painters and sculptors of today. Works are arranged by regions – North, South, East, and West.

In the East, the Hudson River Valley and Adirondack Mountains have inspired artists since the mid 1800s. The South offers a wide variety of inhabitants and landscapes from the beautiful Southwestern light that attracted the Taos Society of Artists to the coastal areas that attract artists of today. The West’s spectacular mountain ranges, national parks with unspoiled beauty and wildlife have attracted artists for generations. Canada became popular in the early 1900s with artists hoping to escape growing populations. Now Canada produces some of the most renowned wildlife artists working today.

Wildlife art depicts the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it, a theme that crosses cultures all over the world. The art form has it roots in prehistoric cave paintings, as those early artists showed their relations to animals. Modern artists continue this tradition and through their work inspire public appreciation of the relationship between humans and nature.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art developed “Wild at Heart” to emphasize its mission to explore and interpret humanity’s relationship with wildlife and nature as it has been expressed in art. By showing how humans have historically pictured their relationship with wildlife, visitors to the exhibition can reflect on their relationships with the life forms in their own backyards.

For more information on the “Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art,” call the Booth Museum at 770-387-1300 or visit

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Reba and Dave Williams' Collection of American Prints

—Unrivaled in Scope—

Is Acquired by National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC


Louis Lozowick, New York, 1925
Gift of The Print Research Foundation
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art has acquired the renowned collection of American prints belonging to Reba and Dave Williams and The Print Research Foundation in Stamford, Connecticut, which was established by the couple in 2003. With more than 5,200 works spanning a century from roughly 1875 to 1975 and representing 2,070 artists, the collection is unrivaled in its scope and is among the largest and finest private collections of American prints in the world.

The acquisition includes a gift of some 5,000 works, as well as the research library and related assets of The Print Research Foundation. In an independent transaction, the National Gallery of Art purchased 250 works from the Williams' personal collection.

"This is a transformational acquisition," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "Reba and Dave Williams' collection has extraordinary quality and breadth and gives the National Gallery of Art an entirely new standing in the field of American prints."

The Williams' collection fills innumerable gaps in the National Gallery's holdings, including what is considered to be the only extant impression of Winslow Homer's The Signal of Distress, (1891); Childe Hassam's greatest print, The Lion Gardiner House, Easthampton (1920); important linocuts by Hale Woodruff; Paul Cadmus' inimitable Shore Leave (1935); Charles W. White's moving We Have Been Believers (1949); Charles Burchfield's haunting Autumn Wind (1952); Lee Krasner's dynamic abstract lithographs; and Jim Dine's outstanding Five Paintbrushes (1973). Of the 2,070 artists represented in the Williams' collection, more than three-quarters of them are new to the National Gallery's holdings.

Ranging from the etching revival to Pop art, the collection tells an all-encompassing story and includes major and minor figures alike. For every illustrious print by Thomas Moran, George Bellows, John Marin, and William H. Johnson, there are remarkable examples by George Henry Smillie, William Zorach, Jolán Gross Bettelheim, and Blanche Grambs.

With exceptional strength in the first six decades of the 20th century, the collection includes prints by Ashcan School artists John Sloan and Peggy Bacon; American modernists and precisionists Louis Lozowick, Charles Sheeler, Howard Cook, and Stuart Davis; American scene printmakers Martin Lewis, Armin Landeck, and Reginald Marsh; and regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry, and Wanda Gág.

The collection is particularly strong in depression-era and Works Project Administration (WPA) prints, surpassing all others in private hands. It additionally encompasses prints from the 1960s and 1970s, including such significant prints as Ed Ruscha's Standard Station (1966), Andy Warhol's pink Marilyn (1967), and Jasper Johns' screenprint Target (1974).

The Williamses also focused on American prints made before the 20th century, and the collection features some 200 works from the 19th century, including Thomas Moran's outstanding Mountain of the Holy Cross (1888), in addition to exquisite etchings by Mary Nimmo Moran, George Loring Brown, Henry Farrer, Fitz Henry Lane, and others.

Reba and Dave Williams

Reba and Dave Williams started collecting prints by American artists in the mid-1970s. Reba Williams went on to study art history at Hunter College and The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY), from which she received her PhD in 1996. Her dissertation focused on the Weyhe Gallery and its role in American printmaking between the wars, 1919-1940. The Williamses have coauthored essays in exhibition publications, and Reba Williams has written extensively on a variety of scholarly topics, contributing regularly to the journal Print Quarterly.

The Print Research Foundation

The Print Research Foundation was created by Reba and Dave Williams to provide research facilities for the study of prints made by American artists during the last 150 years. Since 1987, the Williamses have organized and circulated 18 separate exhibitions from their collection that have traveled to more than 100 venues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. The exhibitions include American Screenprints, Graphic Excursions, Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930s-40s by African-American Artists, and New York, New York: Prints of the City: 1880s-1990. The Print Research Foundation has housed the print collection of Reba and Dave Williams, background files on more than 2,000 printmakers, and an extensive library.

Birth and Death Dates of Artists in Press Release

Peggy Bacon (1895-1987)
George Bellows (1882-1925)
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)
Jolán Gross Bettelheim (1900-1972)
George Loring Brown (1814-1889)
Charles Burchfield (1893-1967)
Paul Cadmus (1904-1999)
Howard Cook (1901-1980)
John Steuart Curry (1897-1946)
Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Jim Dine (born 1935)
Henry Farrer (1843-1903)
Wanda Gág (1893-1946)
Blanche Grambs (born 1916)
Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Jasper Johns (born 1930)
William H. Johnson (1901-1970)
Lee Krasner (1908-1984)
Armin Landeck (1905-1984)
Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865)
Martin Lewis (1881-1962)
Louis Lozowick (1892-1973)
John Marin (1870-1953)
Reginald Marsh (1898-1954)
Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899)
Thomas Moran (1837-1926)
Ed Ruscha (born 1937)
Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)
John Sloan (1871-1951)
George Henry Smillie (1840-1921)
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Charles W. White (1918-1979)
Grant Wood (1892-1942)
Hale Woodruff (1900-1980)
William Zorach (1887-1966)


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Corin Hewitt's residency inside his Seed Stage installation at the Whitney ended yesterday. Hewitt's project involved "cooking, sculpting, heating and cooling, casting, canning, eating, and photographing both organic and inorganic materials," as the press release elegantly put it.

Standing on the first floor of the museum, the space smelled even more delicious than normal. (The Whitney's restaurant, Sarabeth's, is right underneath the floor there.)  An artist and food in a gallery space immediately recalls Tiravanija and Sarabia, but there's nothing relational or service-oriented here.

Housed inside four white walls with openings at each corner (only two of which allowed you fully to see Hewitt at work), the work suggested a two-way Étant donnés. The viewer's ability to see the art production was continually frustrated by the limited viewing spaces and lines of sight.  How long was it acceptable to block the viewing area and stare at the artist?  Sustained voyeurism became slightly uncomfortable, though I may just be more uptight than most.

The Whitney should do more of these brief projects: visitors seemed to be enjoying it and the web site for the show is pure class, containing quite a few of Hewitt's still-life photographs along with other documentation.  Taxter & Spengemann wins again.

Steven Seagal Announces New Russian Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas

Steven Seagal Partners with Dallas-based Luxor Style Galleries to bring exclusive Russian art to the United States with living Russian Masters and will feature American living Contemporary Artists.


Dallas, TX, March 09, 2009 --( An accomplished actor, musician, martial artist, and philanthropist - there are the many facets to Steven Seagal. For over 25 years, Steven has brought an unparalleled passion for the arts that few can match. His deep spiritual roots are an integral part of his movies, his music, his martial arts expertise and his genuine love and care for others. From humble beginnings in Detroit, Michigan to finding his cultural center in Japan, to an acting career launched in 1988, to a flourishing music career and his involvement with Save A Million Lives, an AIDS project in Africa, Steven has a multi-faceted career surrounding the arts.

Steven now shares his passion for Russian Art with a new collection unveiling in Dallas, Texas with his new Luxor Style Galleries. “We couldn’t more pleased than to have a passionate and talented artist like Steven as a business partner on a project of this caliber,” stated Kathy Metcalf, Gallery Director for the Dragon Street based gallery. “His passion for Russian Art and his passion for human beings makes him the perfect partner for this very exclusive project,” she continued. “Now collectors will be able to find exclusive Russian paintings right here in Dallas, and people from around the world will be traveling here to see these prized pieces.” From Art in London Magazine: "Young Russian artists are in strong demand, although serious collectors are choosy and have little taste for chocolate box paintings which are shipped in bulk.....favoured is for work produced by Academy trained painters from St. Petersburg,.... such as those offered by Dallas based Luxor Style Galleries......
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The gallery hosts its Grand Opening on Friday, March 13th, 2009 beginning at five in the evening at it’s new location at 1430 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas, anchoring The Trinity Lofts, a Jim Lake development. The gallery is multi-leveled and features different collections on different floors. The evening’s festivities include champagne and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a personal appearance by one of the world’s most talented icon and fresco painters, Victor Kazanin.

“When I do a painting, I feel as if God is in me” Victor Kazanin is a Russian born iconographer and fine artist of exceptional skills. Since his early childhood years, he has been drawn to the images of ancient Christian art which he saw in the museums and churches. “I found refugee in the church,” stated Victor Kazanin. “God helped me escape all the circumstances. There were opportunities and I saw my future with them. Today, things are much different in Mother Russia. After years of suppression and down times provided by forces of the communism, the religion is enjoying a resurgence.”

Victor Kazanin’s formal training includes the following: The School of Applied Arts of Moscow University, the Studios of the Moscow Iconographers (1982-1991 ), as well as private coaching from Adolph Ovchinikov (world-famous iconographer and leading restorer of the icon treasures in the Russian Stat Museum).In the studio of Moscow Iconographers, he started studying Byzantine style, and spent over 7 years sharpening his skills.

Victor came to Washington, D.C. in 1992 as a part of the team of iconographers to work at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. Victor always seeks to create a beauty in the world of the icons. His icons are painted in the highly artistic way, yet with the traditional Byzantine style. Archbishop Theodosuis awarded Victor the grammota in 1995. In Washington, D.C. he also worked with Fr. Feodor Koufus on the iconography of St. John Baptist Orthodox Cathedral.

Kazanin is always able to find harmony between exciting surroundings and his work. He has been creating icons and frescos for many years. He is masterful in his art and technique, and seeks perfection at every stage. “ I paint from my heart,” he said to a Los Angeles Time reporter. His art is intended to encourage prayer and meditation, and to provide a “ window to eternity. There is an uplifting spirit. It is the meeting place between heaven and earth.” Before painting an icon, Victor prepares himself. He reads a tremendous amount of the history and theology, listens to classical music, prays and fasts, and avoids any world excitements during his work process. Victor Kazanin works 3-4 times faster than any other iconographer. “ It is difficult to explain the energy it where it comes from but I don’t seem to have direct control. It feels to me like a gift,” he said. Also featured is the timeless Natalia Vertrova, who will make a one evening appearance.

The evening is highlighted as a charity event benefitting Dallas’ DIFFA. Valet Provided.


Marcus McAllister

Mumford Fine Art is pleased to present DREAM PASSAGES: A Break in Time from Another Place, the first solo show in the UK of Paris-based artist Marcus McAllister. The paintings take the viewer on a journey of the night – dream characters, figures and places are presented in paintings on canvas and sketchbook pages.

The rabbit is the prevailing figure in the exhibition – appropriately timed with the show taking place around and throughout Easter. Rabbits are universally used as a symbol of fertility or rebirth, and have long been associated with spring and Easter (also the Easter Bunny). McAllister draws a mythological association between the rabbit and moon – as specifically witnessed in paintings in which the rabbit is drawn in the moon or sky –which stems from Chinese and Japanese traditions including rabbits being one of the twelve celestial animals in the Chinese Zodiac for the Chinese calendar. Several pieces recall children’s literature with Alice’s Rabbit (I & II). Human beings and other animal characters are also depicted.

Up to thirty works will be on display in Mumford Fine Art’s Rooftop Gallery, and present an accessible exhibition with prices ranging from £200-£1400. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

About the artist
The artist, known for having a sketchbook continuously draped around his arm - that is, if the book is not being actively jotted in and painted on– originally hails from Arkansas, in the Deep South of the USA – as does Mumford Fine Art’s Gallery Director, Susan Johnson Mumford. The two met in July 2005, when both had been living in Europe for a number of years; Johnson Mumford had an exhibition of British artists in Little Rock, Arkansas, and McAllister had several exhibitions in the South at the time.

Following a four-year stint in New York City in the mid-1990s, McAllister has resided in Paris, France, for more than a decade. He regularly exhibits in both France and America, and holds a weekly tea in his Paris studio. Indeed, American artists have long had a love affair with Paris, most famously in the late 19th Century when artists such as James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer, were resident.

The artist will be available to interview in person Tuesday 31 March – Friday 3 April. To arrange an interview either during those dates or in advance, please contact Susan Johnson Mumford at or on 020 7748 2340..


Springtime Ushers in Dozens of Exciting Adult and Family Programs at Museum

Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art this spring will be presented with a wide variety of programs, including performances, films, family activities, lectures, workshops and special courses. Throughout the season, the adult and children’s programs will highlight such special exhibitions as the much-anticipated Cézanne and Beyond (February 26 - May 17, 2009), debut a new series of “Art Conversations,” and continue to expand its film program, which now includes the monthly Film at Perelman series.


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Members of the press who would like additional information and assistance or would like to schedule interviews should call the media relations department at (215) 684-7864.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The striking neoclassical building stands on a nine-acre site above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and houses more than 200 galleries. The Museum offers a wide variety of enriching activities, including programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Public Relations Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

Effe Leven Gallery (Chicago, IL) Provides Private Art Viewing for U.S. & International Travelers.


Effe Leven Gallery, Inc. (Chicago, IL, USA) announced today that the gallery has implemented a new upscale art viewing service designed specifically to cater to U.S. & international travelers visiting Chicago.

Mar 13, 2009Effe Leven Gallery (Chicago, IL) Provides Upscale Private Art Viewing for U.S. & International Travelers.


Effe Leven Gallery, Inc. (Chicago, IL, USA) announced today that the gallery has implemented a new upscale art viewing service designed specifically to cater to U.S. & international travelers visiting Chicago.

The new service will include free transportation to the art gallery, a quiet champagne brunch, an opportunity to meet some of the artists, and transportation back to the downtown hotel district.

Effe Leven Gallery is located in the prestigious River North Arts District and exhibits a wide range of fine art works ranging from paintings, sculptures, and photography.

The gallery desires to build strong long-term working relationships with national and international visitors to the gallery by working with travel agencies and corporate travel planners to have them include a visit to Effe Leven Gallery and the River North Arts District of Chicago when booking or planning travel for their clients.

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Max Stern Estate Recovers Looted Art in Europe and America

Painting formerly in the collection of German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer unveiled


More than 70 years after Düsseldorf art dealer, Max Stern, was forced to liquidate his art collection as a result of Nazi persecution, two more of his paintings were finally recovered by his heirs. The Max Stern Estate benefits three major universities (Concordia, McGill University/Montreal, and Hebrew University/Jerusalem) who are committed to recovering Stern’s approximately 400 lost artworks. An event marking their return took place on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at the Berlin offices of the University of Toronto.

One of the paintings, which was publicly presented for the first time in almost forty years, is the Dutch Old Master work Flight into Egypt by the Circle of Jan Wellens de Cock (1480-1527). It was lost by Max Stern after he had been banned from his profession in 1935. What happened to the painting soon after is not known, but it subsequently became part of the collection of German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

The return of this artwork was facilitated by the New York State Banking Department’s Holocaust Claims Processing Office and Christie’s auction house. “We are delighted to have helped resolve this matter. This is a good example of how cooperation amongst all parties can lead to fair and just solutions to Nazi-looted art cases,” said Monica Dugot, Christie’s Senior Vice President and International Director of Restitution.

The Estate was able to determine the provenance of the de Cock thanks to recent research undertaken at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) at The Hague. As a further result of this effort, Stern’s ownership of more than forty additional Old Master paintings was also established.

“These RKD discoveries are extremely important. They include information on paintings by artists such as Brueghel, Van Dyck, Ruisdael and Teniers,” said Clarence Epstein, Concordia’s Director of Special Projects and Cultural Affairs and the head of the Max Stern Art Restitution Project. “What is most disconcerting is how many of the paintings from the entire Stern collection remain in circulation in German museums, corporate offices and private collections.”

The second work returned to the Stern Estate is Girl from the Sabine Mountains by famed German court painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805 –1873). Stern’s ownership of this work was confirmed following a long and precedent-setting, international legal battle that will have an impact on many other art restitution claims. The family of the German-American defendant, Baroness Maria-Louise Bissonnette, had been in possession of the painting since her step-father purchased it at Max Stern’s so-called “Jew sale” at the Lempertz auction house in Cologne in 1937.

In a ruling last month, Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals wrote “this case has its roots in one of history’s bleakest periods: the Holocaust… A de facto confiscation of a work of art that arose out of a notorious exercise of man’s inhumanity to man now ends with the righting of that wrong… The mills of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. We need go no further.” The case was handled on behalf of the Stern Estate by attorney Thomas Kline from Andrews Kurth LLP.

The Estate is working closely with a number of partners in its search for Stern’s lost artworks including the Art Loss Register in London and the Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste in Magdeburg.


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