San Antonio, TX
April 13-May 3
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Twelve years ago, the owners of Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, TX, sought a new way to recognize, exhibit, encourage, and promote artistic excellence worldwide. “The owners wanted to bring artistic quality to the forefront and have it explode into one amazing, large show,” says gallery spokesperson Sean Knoll. The result of their desire became Salon International, an annual show featuring hundreds of talented painters from across the U.S. and abroad. “Over the years the show has evolved a lot in participation and prestige,” Knoll says, adding, “For many artists, it’s the show of the year.”
More than a thousand entries were submitted this year from 44 states and 10 countries. The jury ultimately whittled it down to present 374 paintings by 267 artists in the show. “There are a variety of styles on display, ranging from almost photographic realism to loose impressionism, while falling under the veil of traditional representational painting,” says the gallery’s Jason Smith. The selected works also feature an array of subject matter, including landscapes, figures, wildlife, still life, and more. An exciting change this year is the addition of acrylic paintings as well as oils—a decision that arose from the gallery owners’ desire to expand opportunities for artists.
The salon typically features just a handful of Greenhouse Gallery’s own artists, as they are often busy creating works for the gallery’s anniversary show in February. However, many artists on the gallery roster first came to the owners’ attention through the salon. In fact, Knoll says that “when the owners were going through the entries this year, they often saw works that made them stop and say, ‘Oh my, how did we not know this person?’” Other times, familiar artists simply “wow them” anew with a fresh work of art. Some of the artists and works that particularly stood out this year include a portrait by William Suys titled PERCEPTIONS, a still life by Elizabeth Robbins titled SILVER AND CANTALOUPE, a landscape by Jerolyn Dirks titled TURKEY TROT, and a portrait by Alan Dingman titled WOMAN IN BLACK. Other artists featured in the show include K. Henderson, David Harms, Linda Lucas Hardy, Stacy Barter, Jennifer Diehl, and Nathaniel Skousen—just to name a few.
Salon International opens to the public on April 13 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Nearly $40,000 in prizes are announced at the awards banquet on Friday, April 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. (reservations are required). This year’s awards judge is prominent painter Daniel E. Greene. The exhibit hangs in the gallery through May 3, and all works may be viewed and purchased online for the duration of the show. “One of the things we look forward to most about the show is seeing all the great art, artists, and collectors in one place,” Knoll says. “Seeing all that talent on the walls at one time creates excitement and camaraderie among artists, collectors, and the gallery that is truly special.” —Lindsay Mitchell
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