Friday, November 30, 2012

Salmagundi Member's Exhibition Tonight

The Salmagundi Club in downtown Manhattan will hold the awards reception to its 129th annual member's exhibition tonight, from 6 to 8 PM. Emilie Lee and Devin Cecil-Wishing, GCA alum and instructors, both participated in the exhibition and won awards for their works.

Emilie Lee's painting of Wendy
Currently hanging in the Salmagundi Club

This is the last day of the show, so make it down tonight before it's over!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Feast and Festivities

Our annual Thanksgiving potluck and limbo competition went splendidly this year - we had four packed tables of food and drink, with Cuban fare, appetizers, pies, beer, wine and much much more.

Chowing down
The limbo competition was tighter than ever before, with the pole reaching previously unknown depths.

Mason making a move
Zoe in the throes of defeat
Connor trying to find a steadfast approach
Liz disconnecting her spine

Liz unequivocally won this year's limbo round, with Connor and Zoe coming in a respective second and third place.

Finally, we decided to round out the festivities with a little bit of group portrait sketching:

Until next year!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Opening Today! Jacob Collins: New Works

Jacob Collins, Banjo, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 26 x 50 in.

Jacob Collins' show opens today in New York at Christie's! The exhibition will include a diverse selection of works, comprised of landscapes, still lifes and figural compositions. Drawing inspiration from classical masters, Collins emphasizes close attention to detail, skillful craftsmanship, and dramatic use of light to produce compositions with a modern sensibility.

November 26 - December 19
Monday - Friday, 12 - 5pm
Christie's Private Sales Gallery
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, NY


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Next Salon: December 7th at 5:30pm Sculpture Demo by Chad Fisher

Anthony Baus, GCA Sculpture Studio, Charcoal & Graphite on paper

Join us on Friday, December 7th from 5:30-7:30pm in our Sculpture Studio. Chad Fisher will give a live sculpture demonstration creating a finished 1/2 life-size torso in clay. During the 2 hour demonstration Chad will discuss movement, design, the larger masses, blocking out, rhythms and anatomy.

Variations of Gaddi by Chad Fisher, bronze, private collection

Chad Fisher is a figurative sculptor working primarily in bronze and marble. Born in New Jersey, he began studying at the age of 17 at the Arts Students League in New York. He went on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy, Schuylkill Academy, Janus Collaborative, Barnstone Studios and apprenticed for five years to the renowned American Sculptor, Gary Weisman. Chad's work has been recognized by several international organizations, including the National Sculpture Society, the Grand Central Academy Sculpture Competition, and the Art Renewal Center. His recent bronzes can be seen at Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simons Island, GA and Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY.

A 10 class session taught by Chad will be offered on Saturdays at GCA from 10:30am-1:30pm beginning January 5, 2013. For more information on the Composition and Dynamic Symmetry sculpture class, click here.

The GCA Salon is an informal gathering to "aut delectare aut prodesse est" (either to please or to educate). The Salon is open to the public and free to attend. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring a bottle of wine and/or something sweet or savory to share. RSVP here (also not required, but helpful!)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Portraits

A batch of new portraits from today's Monday afternoon sketch session.

Katie Engberg

Liz Beard
Rick Piloco
Charlie Mostow

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jacob Collins: New Works - Exhibition at Christie's

Jacob Collins upcoming show at Christie's Private Sales Gallery will consist of over thirty new works, including figurative, landscape and still life drawings and paintings.

Jacob Collins
Banjo, 2012
Oil on canvas
26 X 50 inches
The show will run from November 26th until December 19th; the gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 12 to 5 PM. The address is 1230 Avenue of the Americas (Rockefeller Center), 20th floor.

The entire student body of GCA has been visiting Jacob's studio these past few weeks in order to get a glimpse of the work before the show. It was great to get a chance to look through the studies and assorted finished works around his studio

 Jacob mid-progress on a new figurative painting

If you are within the NYC area, you will definitely want to make it out to the show!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Converge Exhibition - Thursday, November 15th

"Converge: Where Classical & Contemporary Art Collide" will take place at 25CPW, an event space at 25 Central Park West off of 62nd St. The opening reception is November 15th, from 6 to 9 PM, and it will run until the 27th. The show features over thirty contemporary artists, including Gregory Mortenson, Michael Klein, and Amaya Gurpide, whom have all studied at Water Street Atelier/GCA/. The show will also feature many other artists related to the contemporary academic/atelier community.

Michael Klein
Gregory Mortenson

Monday, November 5, 2012

Core Classes Reopen - Post Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath in New York City resulted in the shuttering of the building and school all of last week. Teachers and students were stranded in their apartments, but by Wednesday, a few students who still had access to the studio came in to work on their own projects. The studio had an intimate atmosphere with only eight students in the entire cast hall and still life room. Fortunately, the subway is back in working order, power is mostly restored, and core classes are now back in session today, with regular attendance. We look forward to getting back into the normal routine at GCA this week.

Two day drawing during the storm - by Liz Beard

Quick sketch by Connor de Jong of Liz Beard and Sarah Bird working in the still life room.