"Connections" Premieres at The Gallery 13 in Asbury Park in Conjunction with Winsor & Newton and Liquitex's Artist Outreach Weekend

Exhibit to Showcase the Work of Twenty Artists from Across the Nation

ASBURY PARK, NJ (May 1, 2013) – Winsor & Newton and Liquitex, industry leaders and innovators in fine art supplies, today announced plans to host “Connections,” a painting exhibit, in conjunction with the Third Annual Artist Outreach Program to be held in Asbury Park, N.J.   Kicking off at 6:oo p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at The Gallery 13, “Connections” will premiere the work of twenty professional artists in the Artist Outreach Program (AOP) and is the first show to display the works of the group as a whole. “Connections” is the closing celebration for the AOP two-day event in Asbury Park.

“Typically focused on photography, The Gallery 13 is excited to present its first-ever painting exhibit with ‘Connections.’  Hailing from regions throughout North America and Canada and with extraordinary levels of talent, the AOP artists will provide guests with a one-of-a-kind group exhibit that is exemplary of the diverse styles and techniques found throughout the Third Annual AOP,” commented John Viggiano, The Gallery 13 owner.

Adding to the celebratory evening of fine art, participating artist Michele Théberge will be on-site at the Connections exhibit to launch and sign copies of her much anticipated Seven Essential Practices for the Professional Artist.  Published by Editions Fri, the book puts forth the habits, practices and mindsets crucial for the artist to create and share his or her work while maintaining both health and a lasting sense of well-being.  Practical advice about how to develop and sustain a creative practice, in addition to tips on setting specific goals and creating a critical, supportive community are discussed in the newly released artist pocket-companion.

Participating artists in “Connections” include:  Craig Antrim, Los Angeles; Christine Hanlon, Northern California; Anna Simson, Northern California; Michele Théberge, Northern California; Derek Leka, New England; Joe McCarthy, New England; Johannah Silva, Chicago; Larry Leach, Florida; Marla Morrison, North Texas; Peter Andrew, South Texas and Florida; Christine Ilewski, St. Louis, Missouri; Zack Bird, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Franҫoise Issaly, Montreal, Quebec; Linda Montgomery and Doug Purdon, Ontario, Canada; Tony Zatzick, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Jim Bergesen, New York and New Jersey; Christine Yoder, Jimmy Leslie and Amy Faris, New Jersey.

The Third Annual Artist Outreach Program in Asbury Park will kick-off on Friday, May 31 at the Winsor & Newton and Liquitex annual conference to be hosted at The Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park.  The two-day event will continue on Saturday, June 1 at the Day of Demos, a full day of complimentary product and technique demonstrations happening outside of the Shoppes at the Arcade on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park.  “Connections” will round out the art-fueled weekend.

The opening of “Connections” will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1; the exhibit will hang through Sunday, June 23.  Artist Michele Théberge will be on-site starting at 6:00 p.m. to introduce and sign copies of Seven Essential Practice for the Professional Artist.

To learn more about “Connections” or The Gallery 13, visit www.TheGallery13.com.  For more information about the Third Annual Artist Outreach Program in Asbury Park, visit www.CollectiveArtTank.com

About Liquitex

Liquitex created the first water-based acrylic paint in 1955.  Since then, the company has partnered with artists to ensure its products continue to evolve – resulting in a long history of acrylic innovation.  Today, Liquitex offers the largest array of vibrant acrylic paints, mediums and tools to enable acrylic artists to continually explore art and new, unprecedented boundaries. With its innovative drive, creative passion and intense desire to share the joys of artistic expression through unparalleled education and community outreach programs, Liquitex is and will continue to be a strong partner to help artists explore art in decades to come.  To learn more about Liquitex, visit www.Liquitex.com.   

About Winsor & Newton

Founded in 1832, Winsor & Newton is the world’s leading brand of art materials and has developed an unrivalled reputation for quality, reliability and product innovation.  Winsor & Newton has built its reputation on the quality and reliability of its products, combined with continual product development, improvement and innovation. However, while keeping true to the principles laid down by William Winsor and Henry Newton in the 1800’s, Winsor & Newton actively embrace new ideas and technologies while searching the world for the best raw materials available. To learn more about Winsor & Newton, visit www.WinsorNewton.com.

About the Artist Outreach Program

The Artist Outreach Program is a program whose goal is to educate people on the proper use of art materials.  It is comprised of working artists who are knowledgeable in both Winsor & Newton and Liquitex products.  Located throughout the United States and Canada, the artists provide two hour demonstrations at colleges and universities on four top art material ranges: Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colour, Artists’ Water Colour, Artists’ Acrylic Colour, and Liquitex Artist Acrylic Paint and Mediums.  All artists in the AOP are professional artists, most of whom hold an MFA in studio art.  Each artist has been selected based upon a unique combination of skills with the materials and the ability to communicate effectively.  The artists receive extensive training in the methods, mechanics and chemistry of the materials, as well as how to communicate essential principles in a dynamic and compelling way.  For more information, please visit www.Liquitex.com/ArtistOutreach/ or www.Winsornewton.com/Artist-Outreach-Program.

About Editions Fri

Created in 2009, Editions Fri is an independent Publisher located in Montréal, Canada, focusing on the promotion of artist books. The Gallery 13 was created with the intent to provide a venue for high quality emerging photographers and artists with unique perceptions. To learn more, please visit www.editionsfri.com.

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