I'm pleased to have shipped off a large painting of my wife, Melissa, walking out into the Gulf of Mexico. Its destination is the new home, in Mexico, of beloved art dealers who became friends and have recently retired. The painting will live with people I admire, looking out through the living room to the lapping waves just outside the house. It's a good feeling.
The month of July, and for a few more days, I've been landscape painting in St. Petersburg. I graduated from the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in this beautiful city, and I have family and colleagues here . My wife and I met here tweny-five years ago. the northern light makes for a very different landscape than I've been painting in Mediterranean destinations, so I was looking forward to the change. Unfortunately, rain and wind were not in my favor. It's been a logistical puzzle to get time in plein air without storm gear. More often than I liked I painted by the window on the landing outside our apartment. But there have been some very good days. Here, I'm working on a composition of St. Isaac's Cathedral near the Neva river.
Thank you to OPA for awarding my oil painting, Harbor Conversations, the Silver Medal in the Signature Member Category. I am especially pleased to receive this honor simultaneously with our son, Artist Timur Akhriev, who won the award of Excellence for an Associate Member. Thanks also to Southwest Gallery, in Dallas Texas, who are hosting the exhibition.
To see all the winning paintings at the 2016 National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America, click HERE
I am looking forward to teaching a three-day course at Townsend Atelier, Chattanooga. The course will offer instruction and background on the Russian method of figure drawing. Evening one will be a lecture and demonstration session. The second evening students will draw from the nude model, and the final day the model will pose in the same position but clothed. This practice is to strengthen an understanding of how folds explain the pose. I look forward to spending time on this important subject. Contact Townsend Atelier for more information or to sign up for the course.
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Akhriev Hefferlin Art is very proud to supply curated exhibitions on a rotating basis to the Patten Group in Chattanooga. The new exhibition was hung yesterday by Timur Akhriev and Natasha Romanova, and additional object d'art supplied by Avery Patten. Renting art adds value to many kinds of businesses and helps them build equity while renting a larger body of work. Thanks to The Patten Group for being such a great partner.
After returning from Russia, I'm finishing the mosaics for my Spanish studio bathroom. The mosaics are made from some custom tiles I hand-fabricated, but mostly from broken porcelain and commercial tiles. There are some river stones from friends. The dancers in the shower are 3 meters tall.
Chattanooga, TN - To celebrate the popular MainX24 festival, Townsend Atelier will be holding its 2nd Annual Instructor Portfolio Show & Sale in its new home in the Arts Building.
Townsend Atelier instructors are cleaning out their art portfolios for MAINX24 at this special, annual exhibit and sale.Sketches, maquettes, paintings, drawings, studies and all sorts of great and affordable treasures by some of the regions finest visual artists. A great opportunity to add incredible artwork to your own collection or find a special gift for the holidays. Akhriev is happy to be participating, assisted by Natasha Romanova, as the artist is working abroad.
Participating artists: Daud Akhriev, Timur Akhriev, Mia Bergeron, Durinda Cheek, Angela Cunningham, Laura Bohon Hausler, Melissa Hefferlin, Jas Milam, Cindy Procious, Stan Townsend, Brett Weaver & Maria Willison. Artists, Mia Bergeron and Timur Akhriev will also be on hand throughout the day to do original portrait sketches.
2nd Annual Instructor Portfolio Show & Sale
WHEN: Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 am 9:00 pm
WHERE: Townsend Atelier | The Arts Building | 301 East 11th Street | Chattanooga, TN
Portrait Sketches Schedule:
Get an original portrait made by one of our city's best artists.
12 noon-4pm | artist Mia Bergeron, oil sketches
4-8 pm | artist, Timur Akhriev, charcoal sketches
Cost: Suggested donation. First come, first served.
About Townsend Atelier:
Since 2009, Townsend Atelier has been providing quality art materials and art instruction in a wide variety of media to those who wish to advance their talents and interest in visual art. Beginners and advanced students are welcome. In October of this year, Townsend Atelier moved to the freshly minted new Arts Building on 11th Street and has expanded classroom space as well as a retail store of materials.
Juror Mario Robinson selected two Akhriev pastels to be among the 100. "Chloe" won the Richeson Silver Medal Overall, and "Fisherman" placed second in Portraiture. Prizes include a large delivery of pastel materials, and a feature article in the April Pastel Journal, 2016. Thanks again from the artist.
Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga Tennessee, announces the opening of its new all-faith chapel created by artist Daud Akhriev with his son, artist Timur Akhriev. The architecture for the project is by Hefferlin Kronenberg Architects. The creative team won the project through a call for entries. The mural is made from Italian smalti, artisan glass and porcelain tiles which were carved in the sgraffito technique and painted using glazes and under glazes.
Father and son, Timur and Daud Akhriev, are teaching an intensive figurative workshop explaining the Russian, academic methods of painting and drawing from life. Timur Akhriev will present drawing from life in the mornings, and after lunch the work will continue in oil with Daud Akhriev. This workshop is presented by Townsend Atelier, in Chattanooga, TN. Space is limited for this class.
Daud Akhriev, Mary Lynn Portera and Melissa Hefferlin present collaborative work inspired by Venice, water and Mediterranean glass. Each artist worked together on several pieces, as well as presenting individually-created work which responds to the efforts of their partners.