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Mary Minifie
Tom Nash
Igor Babailov
Frank Reilly Critiques
Frank Covino
Fine Art Portraits
Juried  Exhibition
Valentine Desserts & Awards Reception
Friday, February 5, 7pm-9pm
Exhibit On View through March 4
Faces of Winter 2010 ~ A Portrait Festival
Presented by The Connectitcut Society of Portrait Artists at UConn, 1 University Place, Stamford, CT
Event Co-Chairs Michael Barrett and Nancy Stember
Master Class
Portrait Symposium
The Reilly Method and Beyond
Held Friday & Saturday February 5 & 6
For this historic 2-day symposium, CSOPA is proud to present modern master painters who have studied with direct disciples of the legendary teacher, Frank Reilly. It has been said that it is impossible to discern from a painter's style that he knows The Reilly Method based upon French Academic training. It is evident that his students know how to paint. Join us for these classic rules of the road to great art and liberate your technique.
"As an instructor, Frank Reilly taught 3 classes a day at the Art Students League, then drove to the Woodstock School of Art (a branch of the Art Students League, built by the CCC in the early 1930’s) to teach there. He presented 40 lectures a year, 26 of them at the Art Students League, the others at various art schools and institutes throughout the country. Subjects included color; painting the model; painting landscapes; anatomy; drawing and structure; perspective; drapery; composition; and abstraction in color and black and white. He also lectured on the history of art from the Masters to modern and illustration art. All lectures included examples and “drawings and paintings executed on the spot.” A former student noted, “Mr. Reilly could do a whole lecture on how to paint a bubble on a glass of beer.”  Reilly also taught at the Grand Central School of Art with his former teacher Frank Vincent DuMond, Illustration at the Pratt Institute, The Moore Institute in Pennsylvania, The American School of Art in New York, and founded the Frank Reilly School of Art."  (www.americanartarchives.com/reilly.htm)
Welcome to CSOPA's 5th biennial Faces of Winter Portrait Festival Festival featuring more than 70 original paintings and sculptures selected from hundreds of entries. This tradition began at the Garden Education Center in Greenwich, moved to The Greenwich Arts Council Bendheim Galleries and Meeting Room for our last three winter festivals, and this year makes its February debut at UConn in Stamford. Why a Valentine reception? Because we believe there is no greater way to honor someone you love than with a commissioned portrait. We encourage grand opening attendees to keep this festive theme and wear something red. Desserts, soft drinks, and live music. Free to public.

Judges for cash and ribbon awards: Frank Covino and Thomas Nash
Robert Anderson and President Bush
John Howard Sanden
Laurel Stern Boeck
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CSOPA's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Everett Raymond Kinstler by Michael Shane Neal at the conclusion of the Friday Symposium  (Symposium pre-registration required). Among Ray Kinstler's more than 1200 portraits are such well-known personalities as Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, James Cagney, Betty Ford, Gene Hackman, Katharine Hepburn, Lady Bird Johnson, Paul Newman, Peter O'Toole, Gregory Peck, and John Wayne.  Five US Presidents have posed for him... Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits. He is currently painting  Donald Trump, and the official portrait of former Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. http://www.everettraymondkinstler.com/
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Michael Shane Neal
Jack Faragasso
Thomas Nash
Symposium  Faculty
(Subject to change. Please check for updates on this site)
Robert Anderson
Igor Babilov
Laurel Stern Boeck
Mary Minifie
John Howard Sanden

Message from Igor Babilov:
"How exciting! And what a great topic for the festival! I will certainly look forward to participating and will be happy to contribute with my knowledge and experience. Particularly in the craft of drawing, which would be important to highlight in relation to Frank Reilly’s school. Frank Reilly, as the master of his generation and the teacher in the tradition of masters before him, gave a special emphasis in his works and lessons to anatomy and drawing from life.  His drawings were based on the methods, which were taught at the renowned French, Italian and Russian academic schools of art. During my own years at the Russian Academy, drawing was the main focus of studies as the foundation for strong painting. Winning first prizes in the national academic contests, my drawings are now archived at the Academy’s permanent museum collection and my academic knowledge is what I now teach in the workshops to my students and in the demos I give to the large audiences of spectators. The knowledge of anatomy and the skill of drawing from life are two vital components in painting a human figure, which are prerequisites to working expertly, fast, and with details. Just like the Masters, I believe in mastering the skill of drawing, which in the end is the true measurement of a good painter. Given the importance of drawing, my live drawing subjects include the people from all walks of life: from car mechanics to the Heads of countries, the most recent live portrait sitter was the Pope. I believe, it would be invaluable to the participants of the event to witness a live drawing demo in the academic tradition of the masters, upon which the Frank Reilly’s school was based. I would be happy to share this in a 1 to 2 hr master drawing demonstration." (www.Babailov.com)
Frank Covino
Reilly & Academic Tradition
may vary. See below left for current schedule.
Reilly Notebook
Modelling Techniques
Hue & Chroma
Anatomy for Painters
Live Demos
This page was last updated: February 27, 2010
* Open to all portrait artists
* Painting, drawing and sculpture
* Cash and ribbon awards
(Submission does not guarantee selection or award by juror)

Judges for Cash & Ribbon Awards: Frank Covino and Thomas Nash
Stay at the luxurious Marriott Courtyard for half price -  ($99 instead of $189/night)!!!! Located across the street from UConn Stamford.

They will only save 6 rooms for Thursday February 4th however for Friday and Saturday they will hold 15. Mention CSOPA prior to January 4 to get the discount.
The rate is only good if guests stay three nights and they can stay Sunday nite as well if they like. Special thanks to CSOPA Volunteer Jim Oher for making these terrific arrangements.

For this historic 2-day symposium, CSOPA is proud to present modern master painters who have studied with direct disciples of the legendary teacher, Frank Reilly. Presented by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists February 5 & 6 at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus at One University Place Stamford, CT.
Ten Master portrait artists, two event-filled days. Seating limited to insure a historic and intimate educational experience. The program below is an overview. Visit www.CSOPA.org for details and any program updates.

Master of Ceremonies: John Howard Sanden

9-9:30 Coffee/ Registration

9:30:-9:45 Welcome Instructions

9:45- 10:30  John Howard Sanden  The Influence of Great Teachers on American Art

10:30-11:30 Frank Covino The Ancient Genealogy of the Rub Out Technique and controlled Palette as taught by Frank Reilly

11:30- 11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Jack Faragasso Applying the Frank Reilly System to Paint the Figure

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:15 Jack Faragasso Slide demonstration Constructing the Head using the Reilly System

2:15 -3:15 Panel Discussion: Robert A Anderson and Faculty The Pros And Cons Of Learning A Particular Method. The Best Ways of Developing Proficiency In The Craft Of Painting

315-3:30 Break

3:30 -4:45 Award Everett Raymond Kinstler, Presented by Michael Shane Neal and Friends

5:00 - 7:00 Dinner (On your own)

7:00 - 9:00 Valentine Desert/Awards Reception Faces of Winter Main Gallery
(Judges for awards Frank Covino and Thomas Nash)

Saturday February 6, 2010

9:30-9:45 Coffee

9:45-11:15 Laurel Stern Boeck  The Wash In

11:15- 11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Thomas Nash Integrating Reilly Concepts into Ones’ Personal Approach to Painting

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-3:30  Igor Babailov Academic Drawing Demonstration from Life

3:30-3:45 Tea

3:45 -4:45 Break- out sessions. Critiques in Gallery Sanden and Anderson/ Portfolio Reviews Minifie Boeck

Friday & Saturday Member Rate  $175 for CSOPA members, UCONN faculty and students
Friday & Saturday Non Member Registration $200

One Day Friday or Saturday          $145/$125 Member CSOPA or UCONN


Registration OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Limited seating to guarantee an intimate experience. Do not miss out! Download form, print and register today:
Michael Shane Neal
The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
Receiving & Shipping--->
Artist Last Name/Portrait Title/ AWARDS
Aaron, Howard Munce
Aeschliman, The Reverend John Wilson
Arroyo, Artist and Daughter
Batch, My Dad
Bedrosian, Eclipse
Biggs, Erik                                
Birkenruth, Sisters
Boyd, Kenny
Champanier, Rose Nocturne
D'Amico, Image MERIT
De Mena, Maria
Delafontaine, Margot
DeVito, Ralphie
DeVito, Gaea
Duke, Katie and Her Daughters Kayla and Scarlett
Durkee, Anna
Fisher, Portrait of Wendell
Fluhr, Self Portrait MERIT
France-Vaz, Jane Silence
Gleason, Girl On the Beach
Goodman, Milton & Sophie
Gurpide,   Fenix
Hennes, Connor
Howland-Murray, Emelia
Jackson, CAPT John Hay McConnell USCGR
James, Avery
Kranyak, Road King
Leer, Jack MERIT
Lennox, Portrait of Abigail
Lieberman, Stymied
Lopez, The Actor
Luber, Portrait of Gloria
Luchak, Tasha
Martin, Betty
Masanz, Predicament
Masanz, The Secret of My Success
Masi, Hallie
McBryan, Krystina
McManus, The Scholar
Mills, Professor Nolan
Mills, Philosopher MERIT
Moné, Eli
Moriarty, Diane and Tiffany
Murzyn, Hayden's Hat
Nadel, Zoe
Osborne, Robert Johnson & the Blue Terraplane MERIT
Philibert, The Cellist
Picard, Beloved
Post, Lauren, My Student
Powell, JAH Solider
Price, Kiba
Proctor, Colette
Proctor, Bob Bigger than Life
Proctor, Reflective Bobby MERIT
Radvan, Jacki
Regan, Amanda
Reinhardt, Contemplating Innocence
Riccio, Benny
Rorick, Anne and Spunky
Schappler, Embedded
Schulz, Hol(e)y Red Shirt
Schur, Maria
Silverman, Kandace
Spaulding, Sandy MERIT
Spector, Portrait of Barry THIRD PLACE[invitation/catalog cover]
Taubner, Hanna Bishop
Uhrynowski, Kate
Villarreal, Self-Portrait SECOND PLACE
Wagner, The Distinguished Flyer
Wakeen, Alyse
West, Florence FIRST PLACE
Winner, Japanese Robe
Yanovskaya-Sink, Lady in Black Hat
Zeller, Sophia

First Place   
Florence by artist Linda West
Roxbury, CT



Second Place                                   
Self Portrait by artist Jesus Villareal
Stratford, CT                                                 

                                         Third Place
Portrait of Barry by artist Joel Spector
                                     New Milford, CT

                                                                                    The Jerry's Artarama Drawing Award
                                                                            Image by Artist Susan D'Amico
                                            Hartford, CT


Self Portrait by artist Nanette Fluhr
Dix Hills, NY

Jack by artist Rebecca Leer
Ridgewood, NJ

The Philosopher by artist Lauren Mills
Norwalk, CT

                                Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane by Artist Chris Osborne                              New Milford, CT


      Reflective Bobby by artist Alan Proctor                       Sandy by artist Kevin Spaulding
                        Old Lyme, CT    Bronx, New York

FW10 Valentine Reception
"Loved  having you all in our gallery! I noticed that several of our faculty  have invited their classes in to write papers of various sorts on their impressions of the portraits. So, your art has enriched our students in multiple ways. Thank you and perhaps you will come again in the  future."

Kerrie  Mills
Assistant  Director
Enrollment  Services
UConn, Stamford