Marking a Milestone
American Art Collector|October - November 2020
International Guild of Realism’s 15th annual Juried Exhibition opens this October at Principle Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.

The International Guild of Realism champions realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, gallery shows, workshops, and education for its members. One of the mainstays has been its annual Juried Exhibition, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. The show will happen through October 31 at Principle Gallery’s Charleston, South Carolina, location and it will bring together paintings by more than 100 high-caliber artists.

“As an original charter member of the International Guild of Realism, I am thrilled to see the amazing growth within IGOR over the past 16 years. IGOR is definitely a major player in the resurgence of academic realism in fine art,” says founding charter member Don Clapper. “Our juried membership represents some of the very best realists in the world, and this year’s 15th annual show is one of our best shows to date in terms of quality and number of paintings, with 111 artworks from 107 IGOR artists. Our juried membership hails not only from North America but also from over 35 countries around the world.”

The pieces in the show will range from Trompe l’Oeil to figures and landscapes, with everything from traditional to contemporary techniques represented. Included in the show are paintings by artists such as Anna Wypych, Carmen Drake, Gulay Berryman, Kathleen S. Giles, Patricia McMahon Rice, and Ryan Jacque.

Aleta Rossi-Steward ’s juried painting The Ropewalk was done in 2017, but the idea came to her 10 years prior while visiting Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. “The 176-year-old whaling ship Charles W. Morgan was undergoing restoration. It was fascinating. Mystic Seaport is a ‘living museum,’ filled with a real working waterfront, docks, and shops that showcase what life was like in the whaling days of the northeast. It is one of the few places in the country where antique wooden ships can undergo proper restoration,” she says. While walking through a couple of the other buildings, she imagined a barn owl perched up and surveying the comings and goings, and the mice they hunt. She combined these ideas for this painting.

Mood Indigo, by Barbara Nuss, is similarly inspired by a view she saw of a harbor. “I was inspired by this silhouette against the sunset of this waterside restaurant all lit up where a friend had taken me to dinner in her boat,” says Nuss.

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