Artist Glenn Beasley was awarded 1st place in the portrait/figure category of the annual ALA Art Show of 2015 held last Friday at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas. The winning piece was a 30 x 40 oil on canvas titled "Hide and Seek" which shows two young girls playing the timeless children's game huddled around an old oak tree. Beasley, who is know for his stunning portrait work also specializes in childhood scenes for many of his original compositions. The painting also won 1st place in the ALA Spring Show in 2014 and is one of his best loved works. It is currently on display at Cantrell Gallery for the remainder of the show scheduled to end October 31.
Sherwood artist Glenn Beasley doubled up on the awards last Friday evening at the annual ALA Art Show held at Cantrell Gallery in west Little Rock. Beasley was the recipient of 1st place in the portrait/figure category for his painting "Hide & Seek" and also received the award for Best in Show with the work "Good Harvest" an 18 x 24 oil on linen depiction of a kneeling lady with a large straw hat working her garden under a noon day sun. The painting previously has been juried into last years 56th Delta exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center and was featured in a article in the magazine "Eye on Fine Art" in March 2014. Both his works will be on display at Cantrell Gallery through the end of the exhibit on October 31.
My classical painting "First Light" began the 2nd leg of the highly successful and critically acclaimed "Masterworks Tour" sponsored by the International Guild of Realism. The exhibition consists of 70 artworks by 65 artists from around the globe selected by a jury-of-peers shaped by input from the project's tour director David Wagner. The Guild features works by some of the best artists practicing all forms and styles of realism today. The first stop of the tour was the R.W. Norton Museum and Gallery in Shreveport, LA which recently concluded on July 26. The tour continues with the next exhibit at the prestigious Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala Florida from Sept 5th through Nov 1. The Masterworks Tour was recently featured in the July edition of On View magazine. The third leg of the tour will travel to Albany Museum of Art in Albany Georgia from Feb 6th through June 11th. All exhibits are open to the public.
was thrilled to find out today that for the 2nd time in less than a year one of my new drawings "Emerging Young Artist" will be published in an upcoming new book by North Light Books titled "Strokes of Genius 8". The well know and critically acclaimed series Strokes of Genius has highlighted some of the finest drawings from artists the world over. This is my 2nd work to be published in a hard cover book as my drawing "Mrs Crye" was featured in last December's release of "Art Journey; Portraits and Figures". Publication dates and details will follow as I am updated from North Light Books.
I would like to invite everyone to the opening night event of the annual Arkansas League of Artists art show held this year at Cantrell Gallery. Two of my paintings, "Hide and Seek" and "Good Harvest" were juried into the show which is being judged by award winning artist Carole Katchen. The awards ceremony will be from 5:30 to 6:00 pm on Friday, September 11th followed by the opening night reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibit represents many of the finest artists in Arkansas and was open to both members and non-members of the ALA. The exhibition runs through October 31st and can be viewed Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm at Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road in west Little Rock. For more information go to http://www.alaartshow.com/
I would like to invite everyone to the 2014 ALAWinners' Show Opening Reception this Sunday, December 7th at 3:00 p.m., at the Patrick Hays Center, 401 West Pershing Blvd., North Little Rock (next to the NLR Community Center). Eight of my works including "Good Harvest" featured in the 56th annual Delta exhibit this summer and "First Light" which was a finalist in the ARC International Salon for 2014 will be on display. This show is a gathering of the monthly award winners of the Arkansas League of Artists. Admission is free and is open to the public.
Glenn Beasley's artwork titled 'Mrs. Crye' is among the exceptional drawings featured in North Lights new book "Art Journey: Portraits and Figures" just released and now in stock at North Light Books , Amazon.Com and other major booksellers across the country. This beautiful 224 page book features the best of contemporary drawings in graphite, charcoal and pastel from award winning artists from around the world.
In Art Journey Portraits and Figures you will find: •100 inspiring portrait and figure drawings by contemporary artists in charcoal, pencil, pastel, colored pencil, pen + ink and more •Commentary from each artist on why the subject is special •The techniques and processes each artist used to achieve his or her style •Why each piece is a significant work and what sets it apart from other paintings he or she has created •What inspires each artist to create, or how he or she expresses that creative spark
This book is edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf who has edited and written many fine art books for North Light Books, including Watercolor Secrets; the Splash: The Best of Watercolor series; the Strokes of Genius: Best of Drawing series, among others. She also has acquired numerous fine art book projects for North Light Books and has contributed to magazines
If the gentleman that inquired about the original work "WHATS UP" happens to read this please try again to contact me. There was some issue with the email address I was provided to contact you at as I attempted to respond to your inquiry and was unable to deliver the email yesterday Oct 7th. Thanks so much for your patience.
Hello everyone! Its been a long winter but spring is finally here and with it a blizzard of activity to get things up to date.
Since my last blog i have posted 4 new works- "Anticipation", "Bedtime Stories", "Old Mill in Winter" and "Enlightenment". Please check out these new works under my Original Works on the main page. In a later blog i will go into detail about each piece.
I received word Friday the 2nd that my painting "Good Harvest" has been accepted into the 56th annual Delta Exhibition competition for 2014. This event is held annually at the Arkansas Arts Center with top artists competing from Arkansas and all surrounding states. Needless to say it is a difficult event to even get accepted into and i am honored to be a part of this year's exhibit. Awards will be announced on June 27th and posted in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette as well as other publications.
I am currently awaiting the results of the prestigious Art Renewal Center's International Salon competition for 2014. I am a finalist in the portrait/figure division along with some of the top artists from around the globe. I was honored to be selected to be a finalist in this event as i am competing against some of the top artists devoted to realism in the world. More on that later.
Sunday Karen and I attended the annual Arkansas League of Artists Spring competition held in Little Rock at the Cox Creative Center. My painting "Hide & Seek" won First Place in the Portrait/Figure category. This work along with 51 other artworks including Karen's Spring Lily painting will be on display there through May 30th. The center is located at 120 River Market Avenue in downton Little Rock in the River Market district. The works can be seen M-F 9am to 5pm and Sunday 1-5pm located on the 3rd floor. Contact the center at 501 918 3093 for more info.
And finally, the best for last. Starting Wednesday May 7th, I will have a Solo Exhibit of 25 paintings and drawings at the St James Unitied Methodist Church in west Little Rock. This is a collection of some of my best works with many for sale. All are original oils on canvas as well as original charcoal and graphite drawings framed and ready for purchase. The show will run for 2 months through July 7th. St. James United Methodist Church is located at 321 Pleasant Valley Drive in west Little Rock just off I-430. Contact number is 501.217.6700 for more info on gallery times.
Thats all for now. Thanks so much for all the support and encouragement I have received from everyone. Take care and hope to see you at the show!
I have just released this new work titled "Good Harvest" which will soon be on display locally. This is an 18 x 24 oil on linen depicted a hard working lady harvesting her crop under a broiling noonday sun in the late 1930s. For me, the straw hat steals the scene and communicates that it was hot that day. This is the only figure I have painted where you do not see the face. Instead the dirt stains on her apron and the weathered look of her hands indicate this lady works hard at what she does. Not a farmer as a hobby but by necessity, the backbone of rural America in the recent past.