Face Conference in Miami

Coral Gables, Florida (Miami) November 8 - 11

Sherrie and David recently participated in the first annual FACE conference held in Coral Gables, Florida (Miami) November 8 - 11. It was held in the historic Biltmore Hotel that had recently undergone extensive renovation to its palatial interior. The Figurative Art Convention & Expo, the brainchild of Eric Rhoads, the founder of Fine Art Connoisseur, was a huge success according to heartfelt testimonies by many of its participants. Sherrie painted fellow artist John Buxton in an 18th century outfit and stressed composition as it relates to the idea, or concept in a painting. David had a full day starting with painting a female portrait where he examined edges. He also participated in a panel discussion with Jacob Collins and Juliette Aristides on what makes a work of art ‘great.’ And finally, there was a private screening of his new documentary, “David A Leffel: An American Master,” directed by George Gallo followed by an insightful interview by Peter Trippi, the Editor-In-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur. As it was also David’s birthday, Eric presented him with a vegan cake and had a harpist come and play happy birthday as the crowd sang along and applauded. It was David’s best birthday yet!

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Use Drawing Studies to Paint the Figure in Historic Interior

November 2017 Workshop Celebrates the Club’s 100th Anniversary

After this 3-day workshop, you will not only feel emboldened to work anywhere you feel inspired—whether it is in a museum, a crowded bar or the halls of the Art Students League—you will also feel an expansion of your artistic boundaries.
Sherrie McGraw

In a 3-day workshop with renowned artist, Sherrie McGraw, students will work from drawings to develop their own painting compositions using costumed figures in an interior. Students will sketch in New York City’s oldest art institution, the Salmagundi Club, and then use these sketches to develop ideas for paintings.

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David Wins Outstanding Composition and Technique Award of Excellence in National Juried Show at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

For his stunning portrait Pueblo Man with Eagle Feather, David won an award in the recent Oil Painters of America National Juried Show in the Master Signature Member division. David is a founding member of the OPA and has shown consistently with the group. William Whitaker was the esteemed juror of awards.

He painted this portrait from life, and was delighted when his model brought a prized possession, an eagle feather. David captured the depth of his model’s life in this moving portrait.

Sherrie Wins Silver Medal in 2017 National Juried Show at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

In the recent Oil Painters of America National show in Ohio, Sherrie’s powerful painting, “On the Night of the Night Fires” won the Silver Medal in the Master Signature Member division. William Whitaker was the esteemed juror of awards.

She painted this image from memories that lingered after a public ceremony that happens each year on Christmas Eve at the Taos Pueblo. The statue of the Virgin Mary is paraded around the Pueblo with a procession of people that varies from year to year. This particular time a Catholic priest led the group and was followed by Spanish dancers, called Matachines, in colorful costumes. Sherrie captured the fading bonfires as the procession returned to the church.

Leffel to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Plein Air Convention

Master painter David A Leffel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and present an onstage demonstration at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. Though primarily known for his portraiture, Leffel is a lifelong painter of plein air landscapes and has influenced the plein air movement.

The award will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 16-20, 2018. PACE is the largest gathering of landscape and plein air artists in the world. The award will be presented by PleinAir magazine Publisher B. Eric Rhoads.

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Live Auction Preview

The August NIGHT 2017 party and auctions substantially support the Museum's ability to preserve the historic Fechin property and to host quality exhibitions and innovative programming to visitors and community residents alike.

The Museum's mission is to engage and inspire our national and international visitors, diverse local communities, and fellow institutions through historic preservation and interpretation on the Fechin House, studio and gardens; rich, relevant programs based on the collections and exhibitions; and a commitment to building cultural literacy and creative opportunity one visitor at a time.

We sincerely thank all of our audiences for your support. Because of you, our small museum does big things!

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David Wins Gold Medal
at OPA’s May 2015 National Exhibition

David's painting, The Beauty of the Dance, was given top award in the Oil Painters of America's National exhibition held at Ciutter & Cutter Fine Art in St. Augustine, Florida. The OPA's Gold Medal is the most prestigious award given to its top-ranking membership, the Master Signature members. David's still life is the culmination of a long career of integrity mastering oil paint and discovering the depths of its expressions, and this example is one of his finest.

Sherrie Awarded Silver Medal
at OPA’s 25th Annual National Exhibition

At Oil Painters of America 25th Annual National Exhibition in Dallas,Texas, Sherrie received high honors in the Master Signature Member Division, when Kevin McPherson awarded her the Silver Medal for Aspen Leaves.

Southwest Gallery
4500 Sigma Rd.
Dallas, TX  75244
May 13-June 15, 2016

Sherrie Receives Medal of Honor
from the Butler Institute

On May 3, 2015, at the annual Board of Trustees dinner, Sherrie McGraw was awarded the Butler’s most prestigious honor – the Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in American Art. Sherrie becomes only the second woman to have ever received this award, and joins an impressive group of former recipients, including Leo Castelli, legendary New York art dealer for five of the most influential decades of contemporary art; Louise Nevelson, modern sculptor, who also studied at the Art Students League of New York; and Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who left a rich legacy that culminated in the King Tut exhibit in 1978.

Tables were decorated appropriately as bouquets of flowers filled the air with the sweet perfume of early spring. The museum’s main hall echoed lively conversations between the Board of Trustees and its most imporant donors, as well as the Director’s table where the President of the Board, Lou Zona and his wife, David A Leffel, Sherrie, Jacqueline Kamin, Melissa Leffel and Stacy Kamin and others joined Lou to honor Sherrie.

According to Lou Zona, the director of the Butler, Sherrie’s solo retrospective in 2014 turned out to be one of the most popular exhibits they’ve ever hosted, with the public coming back numerous times to explore the wealth of artistry in both paint and line.

Jacqueline Kamin Receives Top Prize in Salmagundi Club Members’ Exhibition (2016 & 2017)

Jacqueline Kamin was awarded first prize in the Eighth Annual Sylvia Maria Glesmann Members’ Exhibition for her painting, “Peonies in Cut Crystal Vase." Held at the prestigious Salmagundi Club of New York, Jackie competed with some of the top still life artists in the New York area. We are also pleased to share that Stacy Kamin, one of our top proteges, placed third. We are proud of them both, and especially proud of Jackie for garnering the top award in this competitive show. Bravi!