Thursday, May 24, 2012

Art & the Animal in Milwaukee!

The 51st Art and the Animal exhibit continues its tour with the next stop at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

51st Art and the Animal
Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

May 26 to September 3, 2012

"Fishfeathers," watercolor on Arches Paper © Ronnie Williford, 2010

Free with Museum admission
This summer, Museum visitors will have an opportunity to view some of the best animal art in the world in a special free exhibition. Art and the Animal is an annual juried touring exhibition showcasing more than 60 pieces by The Society of Animal Artists, an international arts organization. This exhibit has been featured at more than 50 venues including museums and zoos, and art, cultural and science centers throughout North America.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Meltzoff - retrospective exhibit

A retrospective exhibit of Stanely Meltzoff’s largest body of original work will be opening on June 6 at the Museum of the American Illustration in New York. Meltzoff passed away in 2006 and was a member of the Society of Animal Artists and served on the SAA’s Executive Board.   

42 X 48, oil on  canvas


The Museum of American Illustration
New York, New York
June 6 - July 28  

A comprehensive one-man show featuring the work of premier sporting artist Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006) will open on June 6th at the Museum of American Illustration in New York.    With some 90 paintings scheduled for exhibition, this show will be the largest Meltzoff retrospective ever mounted and focus on his breathtaking renderings of the world’s apex game fish.     While many of his images have been widely reproduced over the year, these are the original pictures from the artist’s estate.  Most have never before been on public display.  

Fans of fine sporting art will have no trouble recalling Stanley Meltzoff.  Born in Brooklyn in 1917, his career included four years as a Stars and Stripes newspaper correspondent during WWII, postwar teaching at the prestigious Pratt Institute of  Art in New York, and many decades as a highly successful commercial artist and  illustrator.    An early and enthusiastic SCUBA diver, Meltzoff’s career took an  abrupt turn after securing a commission from Sports Illustrated in 1960 to do a series of game fish paintings unlike anything ever done before.   His dramatic and incredibly detailed pictures of striped bass, bluefish, sailfish, and other species
proved to be breathtaking and set a high bar for other artists.  Widely published and repeatedly honored throughout his career, Meltzoff’s death in 2006 stilled a brush that will never be equaled.

24 X 28, oil on gesso panel

The Museum of American Illustration is located at 128th East 63rd Street in Manhattan.  It is also home to the Society of Illustrators, a venerable 111-year old
institution whose membership has included virtually every major illustrator of the
past century.   Stanley Meltzoff joined such luminaries as Frederick Remington,
Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth when he was elected to its Hall of Fame in 1999.

An opening reception for STANLEY MELTZOFF – OCEANS AND OTHER WORLDS will be held the evening of Friday, June 8th with a media breakfast to take place earlier that day.   A private reception benefitting The Billfish Foundation is planned for June 7th.   For information on attending any or all of these special events, please
contact   The exhibition will remain to the public  until July 28th.

21 X 24, oil on mounted canvas

Additional articles in Wildlife Art Journal
'Stanley Meltzoff: Picture Maker' Celebrates Career Of America's Foremost Marine Painter
Stanley Meltzoff In His Own Words: Wisdom From The Late Master of Fish Painting

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Siegrist's - Coast-to-coast museum exhibition!

Small paintings exhibited on a large scale, Society of Animal Artists Signature members Wes and Rachelle Siegrist's coast to coast museum exhibitions!

A Traveling Exhibition of


David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director

To open May 15 at the Nevada State Museum

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are an American husband and wife team who mesmerize viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs.  Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification!  A hallmark of their work is their ability to convey the feeling of a larger canvass or the essence of the natural world in miniature. 

Classic examples of their miniatures are currently on a three-year, coast-to-coast museum exhibition tour produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., with its next stop coming up at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.  EXQUISITEMINIATURES will be the main attraction at the Nevada State Museum throughout the Summer tourist season of 2012.

Wes andRachelle Siegrist are members of the The Society of Animal Artists, in addition to members of the Miniature Artists of America, the Miniature Art  Society of Florida, the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., the Cider Painters of America, and the Hilliard Society of England.  They are the authors of the world’s first standard definition of miniature art adopted by the Association of  Miniaturist Artists.  Small wonder, therefore, that the Siegrists have been referred to as “World Ambassadors for Miniature Art.” 

EXQUISITE MINIATURES consists of fifty signature paintings including landscapes, portraits, still lifes, wildlife, and other subjects by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist.  The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title about Wes and  Rachelle Siegrist and their art, with an introduction by David  J. Wagner.

EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES ANDRACHELLE SIEGRIST premiered at the prestigious R.W. Norton Art Gallery, in Shreveport, LA in 2010.  The Norton Art Gallery is home to one of the great museum miniature collections in the United States. 

May 15 - October  15, 2012
Carson City, NV
January 10 - March 10, 2013
Bradenton, FL

April 7 - June 2, 2013
Port Arthur, TX

(Exact dates subject to change. Be sure to check with venues for days/hours of admission
and guest appearances by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist.)

For further information, contact:

David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director
(414) 221-6878;;

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