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FACETIME at the Bendheim Gallery: 
Classic Techniques in a Digital Age 
Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures

January 13- February 7, 2019 

Opening Reception:
Sunday January 13, 2 - 4 pm
(snow date: January 20)
Meet the Masters gallery walk 2 - 2:30 pm
Live jazz by Roni GZB Jr 2:30 - 4 pm
Ongoing during the reception: Live portrait demonstration by Grace DeVito, with guest model, Marcia O'Kane, CEO and President of The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.
Despite ubiquitous digital photography and selfies, the demand for the work of classically trained portrait artists is increasing. This curated exhibition by The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and The Greenwich Arts Council demonstrates why portraiture remains a popular genre. With a large selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, this exhibition reveals the variety of styles, media, and approaches conveyed by the contemporary portrait artist.  
Please join us for the opening on Sunday January 13, with an interactive "Meet the Masters" Gallery walk. Special guests including Silvermine Arts Center Instructor, Eddie Nino, from 2-2:30. An elegant awards reception follows with refreshments and a live jazz performance by Roni GZB, Jr. from 2:30-4. During the reception, acclaimed portraitist Grace Mehan DeVito will present a live demonstration of painting from life, with guest model, Marcia O'Kane, CEO and President of The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. 

The opening reception is FREE and Open to the Public. 
(Snow date January 20). For additional information please visit csopa.org 


January 26, 2019, 2-3:30 
Children's Portrait Workshop for ages 8-18 
at The Greenwich Arts Council 299 Greenwich Avenue. 
Cost: $5 materials fee  |   Pre-registration are required to secure limited space. 
to register please visit csopa.org

The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and The Greenwich Arts Council present a unique opportunity for youth ages 8-18 to learn and experience the art of portraiture. Young people are invited to attend a free workshop to be held on Saturday, January 26th from 2-3:30 at the GAC. (Snow date February 2, 3:30-5.)

This workshop will be co-taught by portrait artists Deborah Howland-Murray and ShawnaLee Kwashnak Lessons cover proportions along with valuable insider tips for observing and sketching the portrait. Participants are asked to bring with them an 8 x 10 black and white photograph head shot of themselves. 

February 2, 2019, 2-3
Presidential Portraitist John Howard Sanden presents 
The Norman Rockwell Mystery Unmasking One of the
Great Capers in the History of Art Deception.
at The Greenwich Arts Council 299 Greenwich Avenue, 

Presidential Portraitist John Howard Sanden will deliver a special presentation at the Greenwich Arts Council. This fully illustrated slideshow tells of a unique episode in the lively history of American illustration art, a venture into deception that, for its sheer success, may be without parallel in all of art history. The story involves a masterpiece by America’s favorite artist, the beloved illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) and a painted replica of Rockwell’s great picture that, for a period of three years, completely fooled the museum experts, the publishers of scholarly journals, and the famous artist’s devoted public. 

The triumphant success of the hoax was almost total. Even the owners of the great painting, who had cherished it in their home for forty years, were unaware that, when they allowed the painting to be included in an important national exhibition, they were exhibiting a fraud. 
You will see John Sanden’s unique role in solving the mystery, watch as the great painting is finally found (after being hidden away for more than thirty years), and sold at Sotheby’s for fifteen million dollars.

Q&A follows with Mr. Sanden and special guest Don Trachte, son of the artist who painted the replica.

Free. Pre-Registration REQUIRED to secure limited space. 
To register, please visit csopa.org 

Children's Portrait Workshop photo 
by Deb Howland-Murray
Don Trachte
The Norman Rockwell Mystery
Presidential Portraitist, John Howard Sanden
by ShawnaLee Kwashnak
Flladi Kulla, SONIA
Luis de Mena, ARMANDINE

CSOPA Artists include:
Pamela Ackley, Alfonsina Betancourt, Shay Blum, Paige Bradley, Lisa Burns, Anastasiya Chybireva-Fender, Michel Delafontaine, Connie Freid, Letizia Gentile, Cynthia Gillette, Scott Glaser, Joan Elizabeth Goodman, Colleen Hains, Deborah Howland-Murray, Jeanine Jackson, Shiva Jlayer, Tricia Kaman, Flladi Kulla, ShawnaLee Kwashnak, Liz Jorg Masi, Barbara Mathis, Luis de Mena, Nicole Moné, Steven Parton, Alain Picard, Gail Postal, Jill Sarver, Peter Seltzer, Barbara Simonson, Nancy Stember, Joseph Sundwall, John Sweeney, Candace Taubner, Kathleen Ullman,Cindy Wagner, Robert Whelan, Richard White, Joyce Zeller
Faculty: Eddie Nino, Grace DeVito, Wende Caprorale, John Sanden

Michel Delafontaine, Palestine 1926
Queenan Gallery
Sackler Gallery
Watt Foyer
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