Friday, August 3, 2018

International Guild Of Realism Acceptance for my Colored Pencil Work

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"Happy Tequila" 16" X 12" Colored Pencil Painting on Ampersand Pastelboard

Being MIA from the blog apologies and fantastic news!  While still working and teaching in colored pencil I've been a little preoccupied with all that summer brings into your life.  A too long break from this blog is one of them.  So sorry all if you've been waiting.  

And the big news is I finally got out of my comfort zone and actually applied to The International Guild Of Realism for membership.  This was a career goal for me and one I had been putting off for all the reasons we do such things.  Fear of not being good enough and procrastination come to mind as just a few reasons.  I know this may sound odd if you have been following me for a time.  After all, I  have my signature status in the CPSA, I've been showing around the US since 2008, teaching and demoing my techniques for 9 years.  Not to mention blogging about it for almost as long.  

While I am a member of several art associations and have held office in some of them, I like you have that little voice that whispers into my brain............ you know the one....... the one that says unkind, un-encouraging phrases.   

I find it best to apply to art shows, competitions and professional organizations with no expectations at all.  Put it out there in the universe or internet and promptly forget about it.  Well kind of, if it's a show I need to track where I have entered my work for commitment to show.  But other than that give it up.  After all there's not much use in worrying about it after I hit the enter button is there!  

Well to my absolute delight I was accepted!!!!!!  Woooohoooo!!! ;))
After paying my dues I am now listed on their member page and will be able to apply to their future show calls for entry. The next show for me to apply to will be in 2019, since they request you not apply during a current show process.   But they do have a show curated or juried this fall at: 
IGOR 13th Annual
Juried Exhibition at
Sugarman-Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe, NM 
Oct 5 - Oct 29, 2018

I do hope you will check them out and if the show is near you please check it out.  I am so honored to have been added to their membership roster.  In an effort to let more people know about this wonderful group, I have copied from their home page this about the organization: 

The International Guild of Realism's primary mission is to advance realism in fine art through museum exhibitions, art gallery shows, workshops and education programs conducted by our members, marketing support, and internet exposure.
For us, "realism" ranges from the classical based upon traditional, academic-style painting to the contemporary where cutting edge techniques and a wide variety of subject matter are used to comment on today's world. Our members represent a wonderful spectrum of styles including (but not limited to) Trompe l'Oeil, photorealism, surrealism, and super-realism.
The International Guild of Realism was founded by a group of leading professional realism artists from around the globe in 2002 with four goals:
  •  Recognize the best realists working today.
  •  Create gallery and museum exhibition opportunities.
  •  Provide advertising and marketing support for IGOR members.
  •  Offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art, created by our members.
We know that as greater numbers of art lovers have access to high-quality realism, the value of these paintings will increase — not just in monetary terms, but in appreciation, understanding, and international attention.
For art collectors, we have juried exhibitions in museums and galleries that span as many aspects of realism as possible, providing incredible panoramas of international work. For museums, we curate themed exhibitions that capture a snapshot of where realism is today. For fellow artists, we gather and share information about workshops conducted by members, and magazine features about realism techniques. It is our passion and our privilege to continuously grow and share this beautiful art form.

Not back to finishing a long project.......soon to be posted here on the blog.
Smiles and have a colorful day!    Gloria
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