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9 th Annual International Juried Exhibition
at the
Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina

November 7th - November 28th, 2014

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The International Guild of Realism had a wonderful week of art events celebrating the opening of our 9th Annual Exhibition at the beautiful Robert Lange Studios in historic Charleston, South Carolina. We enjoyed several events over a three day period with over 25 IGOR artists in attendance. The weather was sunny everyday and all events turned out as planned including our first ever sunset dinner cruise. The quality of the show was amazing and without a doubt, another astounding IGOR Annual Exhibition. The Robert Lange Studios is one of the highest rated galleries in the US and has been voted the best gallery in Charleston from 2010 to 2013. It's one of largest galleries in this historic city and has a beautiful museum style exhibition space. The paintings were hung beautifully and the lighting on every painting was perfect. Our host gallery was equally as thrilled with the quality of the show and they were grateful that so many IGOR artists attended the opening events.

Three days of Art Events for IGOR attendees in beautiful Charleston:

American Art Collector Magazine's "Meet and Greet" cocktail reception at The Vendue Hotel

On Wednesday evening, November 5th , we had a "Meet and Greet" cocktail reception at the rooftop bar of the grand
Hotel Vendue in downtown Charleston with amazing views of the downtown and Charleston harbor!


Seminars, Sunset Blues and Barbecue Dinner Cruise

Thursday, November 6, from 4:00 to 8:30 pm, we had our first ever "Seminars, Sunset Blues and Barbecue Dinner Cruise" in
beautiful Charleston Harbor. This amazing event featured seminars, a southern barbeque dinner, a wonderful blues band and
amazing night time views of Charleston Harbor. Our main seminar was given by Camille Engel. She gave an informative talk on
"The Importance of Artist Branding".


Gallery Art Walk and Historic Tour

Friday, November 7, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Gallery Art Walk and Historic Tour of downtown Charleston by art docent
of the Vendue Hotel, Alison Massari. Our guide gave us a grand tour of the best galleries in Charleston,
as well as of historical sites along the way.


Opening Party at the beautiful Robert Lange Studios

We ended our three days of art events with our opening reception at Robert Lange Studios on Friday evening,
November 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The opening party was very well attended with over 500 patrons of the arts and everyone
dressed beautifully for this gala evening. This special evening was a perfect way to end our third day of art events!


Final Jury Results

IGOR is pleased to announce 68 artists made it through two jury levels and showcased their paintings in our
9th Annual IGOR Exhibition in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.


Lee Alban
Harold Allanson
Peter Ambush
Nancy Andresen
George Ayers
Tony Baselici
Sarah Bent
Richard Berger
Linda Besse
R. Geoffrey Blackburn
David Michael Bowers
Hebe Brooks
Karen A. Budan
Marsha Chandler
Donald Clapper
Ed Copley
Diane Davich Craig
Mary Jane Q. Cross
Michael DeVore
Judith Dickinson
David J. Eichenberg
Camille Engel
Sheri Farabaugh
Loretta Fasan
Leslie Junkin Fornalik
Sue Gombus
George A. Gonzalez
Jorge Alberto Gonzalez
Peter Green
Jane Hartley
Paula Henchell
Grace Kim
Lorena Kloosterboer
Anne-Marie Kornachuk
Gary Davis Lang
Deanna Lee
Ning Lee
Erwin P. Lewandorwski
Patricia Guzman Lopez
Barbara J. Mason
Mike Mazer
Laurin McCracken
Terry Miller
Diane Morgan
Sandra Murphy
Ann Nichols
Vala Ola
Brian O'Neill
Jon Boe Paulsen
Colin Poole
Ed Roberts
Sandra Robinson
Scott Royston
Ken Scaglia
Megan Seiter
Beth Sistrunk
Craig Srebnik
Ardith Starostka
Josh Tiessen
Patricia Tribastone
Elizabeth Tyler
Jette van der Lende
Randy Van Dyck
James Van Fossan
Jenny Van Gimst
Ann Kraft Walker
Elizabeth K. Weiss
Johannes Wessmark


Congratulations to All of the Award Winners!

The judges were so impressed that it took hours to complete all of the awards. This year, IGOR gave out 14 awards.

Best of Show Award - "After the Bath" by David Michael Bowers

Best Figurative Award - "Devan in Scarf" by David Eichenberg

Robert Kirkpatrick Best Still Life Award - "Coffee with Orchids" by Hebe Brooks

Best Drawing Award - "Crevice Stream IV" by Erwin P. Lewandowski

Best Trompe l'Oeil Award - "Trilogy" by Jorge Alberto Gonzales

American Art Collector Magazine Editor's Choice Award - "Olives" by George Ayers

Best Landscape Award - "Twilight on the Colorado" by R. Geoffrey Blackburn

Best Wildlife Award - "Floating Between Two Worlds" by Camille Engel

Director's Choice Award - "A Few Too Many" by Michael Devore

Pioneer of Realism Award - "Blue Nude" by Tony Baselici

Best Floral Award - "Eloquence" by Richard Berger

Artist's Choice Award - "Here I am" by Peter Ambush

Creative Achievement Award - "Ahoy Sleeper" by Josh Tiessen

Bill and Susan Rowett Collector's Choice Award - "Never Fails" by Ann Kraft Walker

Best of Show winner, "After the Bath"      David Bowers with IGOR Charter Member, Don Clapper        David Bowers and Robert Lang


We thank all of our IGOR members who entered this amazing show and especially congratulations to the participating members!
Our host gallery has additional images of the opening night. You can view the show paintings by clicking on the below link.


IGOR 2014 Video

IGOR has once again produced a short slide show video which includes several images from all of the special events including images taken during the opening. Thank you to all of the members and their guests who attended the events in Charleston and hopefully this video will bring back quite a few happy memories. For those of you who weren't able to attend or to be juried into the event, we hope that you will enjoy the video of the 9th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition. Thanks for your team spirit and we are glad that you came!

This new IGOR video has numerous still images that were taken during the three days. We have tried to include many of the artists, paintings, award winners, and shots of our many events in Charleston. Please feel free to add the link or embed the source code into your websites and send it out to your collector base, artist friends, and Facebook.


Thank you, Kim!

We would also like to send out a special "Thank You" to our IGOR Event Coordinator, Kim Orlowski,
who did a fabulous job planning all of the events and working alongside IGOR Charter Members. Bravo Kim!

Let's not forget to say how good the food was in Charleston. Wow!!
Kim O. and Jean Raymond enjoying a late night steak at Hall's Chophouse on King Street.


Many Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsor:


Comments from Attending IGOR Members

"Before the glow wears off from our experience in Charleston, I'll try to capture the amazing event I was privileged to be a part of. Through the efforts of Donald Clapper, Kim Orlowski, and others in the IGOR membership, the 9th Annual IGOR Juried Exhibition was by all accounts a big success. The host gallery, Robert Lange Studios, has created an impressive gallery space and an active artistic presence in Charleston. The organization and operation of the gallery by Robert and his wife Megan brings excitement and elegance to Realism. This event was my first chance to attend an IGOR juried show. From the seminar talk by Camille Engel, to the gallery tour by Alison Massari (curator at the Vendue Hotel) to the opening of the show itself, I felt a real confirmation of my place in IGOR. I also couldn't help but be in awe of some the talents on display in the gallery. The whole event has renewed my dedication to crafting my voice in art and continuing to refine my skills. My wife Jan and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Charleston and foresee a return. We have many more restaurants to sample! Having followed the rise of Robert Lange's gallery prominence in the pages of American Art Collector and the RLS website, the chance to be a part of the IGOR show in his gallery was the highlight of my exhibit schedule this year. I'm trying to be cool, but I have to say I was humbled and honored and stoked! Thanks to all involved in this wonderful event!"

— Ken Scaglia, IGOR attending member

"Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity and experience. It was so great to meet all the artists that I have been admiring only by computer till now. And to see my work hanging on the wall of Robert Lange Studios was a true dream come true. (I probably never even dreamed that big.) To have him sell the Loveless painting and know he even knows my name was just amazing. I learned so much by seeing the incredible art, hearing Camille's workshop, hearing the perspective from the art collector Bill Rowett and talking with all the wonderful artists. Thank you just doesn't quite express my gratitude."

— Diane Davich-Craig, IGOR attending member

"I wanted to say a very big thank you for organizing what turned out to be a wonderful experience for me and my family. I can only imagine the amount of work that went into planning and executing this event. Thankfully, the 'weather Gods' cooperated with you and we had to keep reminding ourselves it was the month of November. Us Northerners are acclimated to cold weather for November, not t-shirt and flip-flop weather! We truly enjoyed the seminar and boat ride/dinner ( under a full moon, no less !). The history and gallery walk was so enjoyable. Learned lots and saw artists' work in other galleries that I have admired for years. The gallery space and the opening at Robert Lange Studios was so special ; I could not have imagined a better place for the show. I was so honored to be with other artists whose works left me antsy to come home and 'step up' my game. We had a truly enjoyable and memorable experience and for that, I say a huge 'thank you'!"

— Leslie Junkin Fornalik, IGOR attending member

"Being part of The International Guild of Realism, exhibiting and attending the last two exhibitions, has given me one of the biggest boosts in my art career. Last year at Tempe, AZ I met the editor of American Art Collector who later asked me to write an eight page article on my story and process for International Artist Magazine. This year at Charleston, SC I was thrilled to find out that one of my two large paintings juried into the exhibition, pre-sold to one of the gallery's most prominent collectors even before I arrived! I was honored to receive the Creative Achievement Award for my other painting. Taking the time and money to travel to the IGOR exhibitions has been well worth it, because it is so much more than just an exhibition opening. I have been able to meet gallery owners in the art districts from IGOR's guided gallery walks. Also, the information that I have received from the seminars and meeting the other IGOR artists has been invaluable. As a high realist artist it is so exciting to be around other artists of similar style and technical excellence who speak my language."

— Josh Tiessen, IGOR attending member

"The most important thing that struck me when I first attended an IGOR exhibition was the statement that this organization was formed to advance the careers of its members. I took that to heart and the organization has done just that for me. If one plans ahead you can set up appointments and arrange for portfolio reviews at various galleries. I have gotten into several galleries in major art centers by attending the annual exhibitions.

Charleston Events: I look forward to interacting with other artists (new and old friends) so the social events are really an important way to share ideas and reinforcement. Our members form closer relationships than the members of other organizations.

9th Annual Show: Every exhibition has been outstanding but this was one of my favorites, the gallery, the hosts, the Charleston area, the food, the history, and southern hospitality. Megan and Robert provided a beautiful setting and were excellent hosts."

— Lee Alban, IGOR attending member



Once again, a heartfelt congratulation goes out to all participating IGOR Artist Members for producing such top-quality realism artwork for the exhibition. We hope you enjoy the video and make sure to send out the video link to your collectors and artist friends... and don't forget to post everything on your Facebook page. If you did not get a chance to participate in our 9th Annual Exhibition, the above video will give you an idea of what the events were all about.

Be sure to enter next year's exhibition as it is our intention to continue to grow and elevate the International Guild of Realism as we move forward into the future. IGOR is now a major player in the resurgence of academic realism which is taking place in all of the major art markets, so keep on painting your masterpieces!

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