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News Item: American Artist Weekend with the Masters

American Artist Magazine
Expands Focus
to Include
NYC Metropolitan Area

During its several decades of existence and until last spring, American Artist Magazine [1] has brought readers instructional profiles of mostly commercial-grade artists with only occasional forays into coverage of realist artists shown in museums and upscale galleries.

When Michael Gormley [2] became editorial director in March 2010, the magazine began to train a spotlight on the New York City art world.  Known to this writer from his days as dean of the New York Academy of Art [3], Gormley has assigned writers to cover art-historical exhibitions like the Whitney’s show on Edward Hopper and New York-based painters such as Bo Bartlett and Steven Assael.  Now the new editor has remembered the East Coast with a spinoff of the annual American Artist’s Weekend with the Masters, always held in California.

With only a few general events so far, the four-day-long “weekend” primarily offers master classes at an assortment of venues with well-respected artist-teachers, including Assael, Alyssa Monks, Jacob Collins, and Odd Nerdrum.  Though pricey, the 3½-day workshops promise intensely focused instruction from masters of the crafts of painting, drawing and sculpture.

Those interested can register now to guarantee a space in these limited-size classes.  For other sessions, tickets will go on sale later.

American Artist
Weekend with the Masters Intensive