Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bridging the Gap Studio Incamminati attends Opening Reception for ACOPAL (American Chinese Organization for Painting Artists League)

On an early Wednesday afternoon Studio Incamminati students and instructors visited the opening in Grammercy Park , New York of the recently formed ACOPAL organization. This group began as the idea from Mr. He Yuehua and Mr. Peng (Stephen) Ling, two Chinese-American Immigrants who’s love for fine art and desire to “pool together their combined resources to promote and secure the significance of classical realism”1

The opening had such world renowned artists as but not limited to Nelson Shanks,
Max Ginsburg, Daniel E. Green, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Ronald N. Sherr, Anothony Waichulis, Anthony Ryder, Michael Kline, Patricia Watwood, Paul G. Oxborough, Robert Liberace, Daniel Sprick, Steven Assael and Burton Silverman. It was virtually a who’s who of contemporary traditional oil painters. Dan Thompson, an instructor at multiple locations including Studio Incamminati and a master painter under the Art Renewal Center was, also, in the show.

Outside of the Portrait Society of America, a show quite as strong as this with so many amazing painters has not been put together. In addition, there was a open competition for the first time. The grand prize went to Joshua LaRock "The Artists Wife", runner-up was Cesar Santos “Out of the Square” and then N.Michelle Tully for “Tondo”. You can also visit the website for the top 100 finalists. (http://acopal.org/index.php?option=com_datsogallery&func=viewcategory&catid=1&Itemid=55)

Currently there are 48 members of ACOPAL and I’m sure the numbers will continue to grow. With such great work coming out of both China and America the traditional oil painting movement is continuing to flourish and strengthen. It just goes to show you that can be a successful classically trained oil painter and still create work that is contemporary, exciting and cutting edge.

Please visit there website at
acopal.org (1:reference info.)

Article written by Jen Hagen
Jen is currently a Studio Incamminati Fellow Instructor who’s work can be viewed at www.wix.com/jenhagen/art and www.studioincamminati.org/inst_hagen.php

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