Carmen Frank’s sculpture will be part of the permanent exhibit on the boardwalk in Arverne, Rockaway Beach. There are 16 artists participating in this project. The opening will be on June 3rd. Carmen became AAOA

Catherine Ferrell is part of the sculpture show featuring Catherine Ferrell, Amy Kann, Gwen Marcus, and Sandy Scott.Show runs from April 29 - May 27, 2017 at Cheryl Newby Gallery.11096 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585. TEL(843)979-0149 HOURS 10AM - 5PM, Tue - Sat and by appointment.

Maria Marino was awarded 2nd prize for paintings "Soleil" and "Apple Tree in Bloom" at the Salon du Pastel Internationale Exhibition Giverny 2017 at the Old Railway Station near the Epte River, Rue Blanche Hoschede, Giverny, France. The exhibition was May 27 - June 4. Art Pastel France juries the awards on the artist's ensemble of works in the exhibition. Maria's "The Breath of Spring" will be featured in the upcoming North Light publication "Pure Color 2: The Best of Pastel." Also her felt-tip ink pen sketches will be featured in an article in the September/October 2017 issue of Pastel Journal column, called "Start From Sketch". Maria's paintings are featured in a 2-page article in the French publication Pratique des Arts "Maria Marino Une explosionde couleur". By invitation, her paintings will be included in the PASIT Pastellisti Italiani First International Exhibition of Pastel Painting held at the Scuderie Estensi Piazza Garibaldi in Tivoli, Italy. The show runs from October 18-31, 2017. Plein air painting "The Brandywine" received the Terry Ludwig Award in the UART 10 Year Anniversary Online Pastel Exhibition. Maria also received the medal and designation of Master Circle Pastelist at the 2017 IAPS Convention.

Judy Takács won an Honorable Mention for her painting, Her Beloved Pride at the 81st National Midyear Exhibition. This National Exhibition opened July 9th and will run through August 20th at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Judy blogs about this painting and its inspiration which began 30 years ago when the subject of her BFA Thesis at the Cleveland Institute of Art was “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Her take on this juicy topic is that the sins are simply human traits we all possess and are a delicious jumping off point for interpretation through figurative art. Read her blog at search: Beloved Pride

Michael Bignell’s painting “Seeking Honey” has received First Place in the micro Landscape category of the American Artists Professional League’s 2017 on-line Theme Show, which features Landscapes, Seascapes and Streetscapes.

Nanci France-Vaz is being represented by Swains Gallery in Plalinfiied, NJ. On September 30-Oct 21, 2017 she ihas solo exhibit called Rhapsodies of Life. There will be past and recent paintings as a retrospective of her work the past 3 years to present. The paintings are a variety of Figurative, Portrait, Still Life and Street Scenes fusing the style of classical and contemporary realism. Mid October, she will be doing a demo on Saturday afternoon, date TBA. Swains Gallery, 703 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060, Contact: Ann Swain 908-756-1708 Please email her at to be put on my mailing list for a postcard! To see her work, please visit:

Tom Hedderich's watercolor "Old Plymouth" was accepted into "Splash 19", the upcoming volume in the popular watercolor series. "Savannah Gator" appeared in The Artist's Magazine "Over 60" Competition, and won awards at Allied Artists Annual Exhibition, The Salmagundi Club's Member's Exhibition, The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors and The Ridgewood Art Institute's Annual Exhibition. Tom also had watercolors accepted into the following exhibitions: North East Watercolor Society International and Member's Shows (Award), Hudson Valley Art Association and others.

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Tony Armendariz’s painting “Up and Down River Avenue” received the HK Holbein Watercolor Award at the Academic Artists Association’s 67th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism in Vernon, CT at the Arts Center East. To see his work, please visit




Lok Kerk Hwang from Malaysia! His latest painting “Morning Song No 8” won 2nd Place Award in Society of Watercolor Artists International Juried Exhibition 2017 (Texas) LOK KERK HWANG, born in 1973, is an Internationally known award-winning artist. He is the Signature Member of The Allied Artists of America, Inc., Missouri Watercolor Society & Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. He is the member of the Singapore Watercolour Society and Malaysian Watercolour Society. Lok actively participated in International Juried Exhibitions and Art Expo and won 20+ Awards in many prestigious worldwide competitions. Lok is an regular invitation artist to many established International Exhibitions. His painting was on the cover of leading European Watercolour Magazines “The Art of Watercolour” 16th Issue September 2014 with a 6-page article & 4-page Featured Article on 26 Issue, March 2017. He is included in Russian/English bilingual book “24 Master of Watercolor: From East to West" published in 2015. Award Winner Page:


Lee Alban was recognized by the Art Renewal Center as an Associate Living Master. He is continuing his work on the series, "Silk And Steel," which features women who work on steam engines. "Avery Restoration," 30x40 will be exhibited at the International Guild Of Realism Exhibition in Carmel, California and "American Made," 30x24, will be on display at the Allied Artists Of America 104th Exhibition in New York.


September McGee's "Red" was juried into the Pastel Society of North Carolina Online International Juried exhibition of Pastel Paintings. September 1 - September 30, 2017  "Red" also won the Presidents Award at the Northwest Pastel Society Member Show and the Oregon Society of Artists joint show! August 6 though August 31, 2017. "The Violinist #3”, pastel, 11" x 14", was juried into the Pastel Society of the West Coast Pastels USA 31st Annual Open Exhibition, CA to be held at Sense of Place Gallery, Fresno, CA September 19 - October 21, 2017. "The Conductor" pastel was just juried into the Connecticut Pastel Society 2017 Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition, to be held at the Arts Center, Vernon, CT October 4 - November 4,

Joy Beckner's life-sized bronze, standard smooth dachshund titled “Sweet Roll” has been selected for the permanent collection of Art on the Avenues, in Wenatchee, WA. “Sweet Dreams” earned Third Place, Sculpture in the MPSGS, The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, DC in their 84th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. “Miss Me” earned the Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for Realistic Sculpture in Bronze plus $350 at the 75th Anniversary Annual Exhibition of the Audubon Artists. On Line at “Sweet Roll” SS, earned the Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor plus $500 from the AAPL, The American Artists Professional League, 89th Grand National Exhibit. On Line at

Jason Chang , an Elected Master Pastelist of Pastel Society of America has been invited for teaching pastel workshops for 3 Pastel organizations in Taiwan for March/April 2017.  In last 10 years, Jason has often been invited for teaching workshops, lectures/demonstrations, jury of competition and exhibiting of his artwork. The countries included are France, China, Japan, Taiwan, and the States as well. He has recently been selected as the most "Outstanding Alumni of National Taiwan University of Arts" which is the equivalent of an Oscar Best Movie Director Ang Lee.


Contributions in support of the Gary Erbe Awards Fund, the Color Exhibition Catalogue, and/or general donations in support of Allied Artists of America programs may be sent to: Christina Debarry, 10 Harvale Drive, Florham Park, NJ 07932Please note on the memo line of the check the use to which your donation is directed. Thank you.


Richard Whitney                   Arthur Amster                     Roger Rossi                     Lee Hut                              Michael Graves                      
John Facidomo                     Jenny Lin                              Barbara Fracchi              Joan E. Lane                     Donald Axelrod                       William Aiken                        Weihong Liu                         Jason Chang                   Marcia Bailey                    Linda Gross Brown
Georgene E. McGonagle   Jane Klesh-Butkovsky       Eileen Barry                     Lucille Berrill Paulsen    Natalie Becker       
Claudia W. Seymour            Kim Shaklee                         Danni Dawson                Weiquing Yuan           
Mark Ruff                                Robert Barra


Lisa Botto Lee – G                        Tom Hedderich-W                        Carmen Frank –S                        Susan Hyman- S                     
Maurice Stern-S                            Scott Nickerson-O                       Pokey Park-S                               Raymond Sammak-O             
Don Taylor-W                                  Lok Kerk Hwang-W                      Nanci France-Vaz – O                Susan Weintraub - W


Brenda Tribush                     Thomas Valenti                       Charles Jay


Ronald Beuzenburg                              Jim Hardin                              David Beynon Pena                              Anne Robertson Massie
Al Wasserman                                        Donald Axleroad                   Dale Meyers