San Antonio, TX, October 2-26
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Each fall the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition is a highlight of the show season. It allows a number of well-known artists to showcase their finest works in the area of traditional representational art. A project of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, it opens to the public in San Antonio, TX, at Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art on October 2. On Friday, October 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., there is a public champagne reception, and on Saturday, October 6, there is an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition is viewable online beginning September 27 at www.internationalmastersoffineart.com.
Greenhouse Gallery, founded by Mark Smith and Jim Janes in 1982, represents nationally and internationally recognized artists and underwrites the Masters exhibition. “Often, the works of master artists sell immediately upon completion and disappear into private collections,” says Smith. “This unique show allows others the opportunity to appreciate, enjoy, and study significant artwork. To be included requires artists to have continuously demonstrated exceptional skills over an extended period of time.”
Award-winning artists Kevin Courter and Nancy Howe have both frequently participated in the exhibition. This year, Courter’s work focuses on moody California landscapes. “This region has deep personal meaning for me,” he says. “There is something so beautiful and graceful about seeing the ethereal in the landscape. People often tell me they experience a sense of quietness and peacefulness in my work, and that’s important to me. I want my paintings to affect the heart and soul of the viewer.”
Gentleness and peace are also essential qualities to be found in Howe’s evocative portraits, as are harmony and balance. This year, she says, “the two paintings I am exhibiting are from my Painting a Brighter Future for Women project, which contributes donations from each sale to nonprofits effectively benefiting women around the globe.” Both paintings highlight her ability to sensitively portray culturally distinct subject matter.
The annual Masters exhibit, combined with preceding and succeeding exhibits, creates a permanent online archive of artistic historical significance. The archive, known as the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, promotes artistic excellence worldwide. This year’s exhibition features prominent artists from a range of countries, including Australia, China, Spain, and the United States. Participating masters include Joseph Zbukvic, Tong Luo, Josep Borrell, Giner Bueno, Eustaquio Segrelles, Marlin Adams, Michael Albrechtsen, William Berra, Vincent Figliola, West Fraser, William J. Kalwick Jr., Adair Payne, Thomas Reis, Sherry Salari Sander, Cesar Santos, Shirley Thomson-Smith, Michael Stack, Kathryn Stats, Andy Thomas, and Alexander Volkov. —Rosemary Carstens
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