Greenwich Arts Council Presents ‘Face Time’


John Howard Sanden -Studio image

The Greenwich Arts Council presents “Face Time: Classic Portraiture in a Digital Age” – portrait exhibit and events at the Bendheim Gallery, from Jan. 13 to Feb. 7.

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.

There will be an opening on Sunday, Jan. 13, with an interactive “Meet the Masters” Gallery walk. Special guests include Silvermine Arts Center Instructor, Eddie Nino, from 2 to 2:30. An awards reception will follow with refreshments and a live jazz performance by Roni GZB, Jr. from 2:30 to 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 event is free and open to the public. (Snow date is Jan. 20)

There is a special Children’s Portrait Workshop for ages eight to 18 on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 3:30, with art educators Deborah Howland-Murray and ShawnaLee Kwashnak. This is a rare opportunity for youth to practice their observation skills while learning the valued art of portraiture from skilled professionals in the field. Pre-registration is necessary to secure limited space and please note the $5 workshop materials fee. (Snow date is Feb. 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.)

On Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m., Presidential Portraitist John Howard Sanden will premiere Unmasking One of the Great Capers in the History of Art Deception; “The Norman Rockwell Mystery.” This fully illustrated slideshow tells of a unique episode in the lively history of American illustration art. Free admission, however pre-registration is required.

Gallery schedule, snow dates, event pre-registrations, and additional Face Time information is available on csopa.org and greenwicharts.org

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