David Wins Outstanding Composition and Technique Award of Excellence in National Juried Show at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
For his stunning portrait Pueblo Man with Eagle Feather, David won an award in the recent Oil Painters of America National Juried Show in the Master Signature Member division. David is a founding member of the OPA and has shown consistently with the group. William Whitaker was the esteemed juror of awards.
He painted this portrait from life, and was delighted when his model brought a prized possession, an eagle feather. David captured the depth of his model’s life in this moving portrait.
Use Drawing Studies to Paint the Figure in Historic Interior
November 2017 Workshop Celebrates the Club’s 100th Anniversary
After this 3-day workshop, you will not only feel emboldened to work anywhere you feel inspired—whether it is in a museum, a crowded bar or the halls of the Art Students League—you will also feel an expansion of your artistic boundaries.
In a 3-day workshop with renowned artist, Sherrie McGraw, students will work from drawings to develop their own painting compositions using costumed figures in an interior. Students will sketch in New York City’s oldest art institution, the Salmagundi Club, and then use these sketches to develop ideas for paintings.
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Sherrie Wins Silver Medal in 2017 National Juried Show at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
In the recent Oil Painters of America National show in Ohio, Sherrie’s powerful painting, “On the Night of the Night Fires” won the Silver Medal in the Master Signature Member division. William Whitaker was the esteemed juror of awards.
She painted this image from memories that lingered after a public ceremony that happens each year on Christmas Eve at the Taos Pueblo. The statue of the Virgin Mary is paraded around the Pueblo with a procession of people that varies from year to year. This particular time a Catholic priest led the group and was followed by Spanish dancers, called Matachines, in colorful costumes. Sherrie captured the fading bonfires as the procession returned to the church.
Leffel to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Plein Air Convention
Master painter David A Leffel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and present an onstage demonstration at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. Though primarily known for his portraiture, Leffel is a lifelong painter of plein air landscapes and has influenced the plein air movement.
The award will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 16-20, 2018. PACE is the largest gathering of landscape and plein air artists in the world. The award will be presented by PleinAir magazine Publisher B. Eric Rhoads.
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LIVE AUCTION PREVIEW
The August NIGHT 2017 party and auctions substantially support the Museum’s ability to preserve the historic Fechin property and to host quality exhibitions and innovative programming to visitors and community residents alike.
The Museum’s mission is to engage and inspire our national and international visitors, diverse local communities, and fellow institutions through historic preservation and interpretation on the Fechin House, studio and gardens; rich, relevant programs based on the collections and exhibitions; and a commitment to building cultural literacy and creative opportunity one visitor at a time.
We sincerely thank all of our audiences for your support. Because of you, our small museum does big things!
Taos Invitational, September 23, 2016
Sherrie McGraw and David A Leffel will be included in Total Arts upcoming show, the Taos Invitational. They will hang along side other esteemed Taos artists such as Bill Acheff, Kevin MacPherson and Laura Robb.
Total Arts Gallery
122 Kit Carson Rd
Taos, NM 87571
Artist Reception: Friday, September 23, 2016 (5pm-7pm)
September 23-October 16, 2016
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American Masters Show at the Salmagundi Club of New York Sept. 29 – October 21, 2016/ Opening Reception Friday Oct. 14
David A Leffel will have a painting in the American Masters Exhibition, the Salmagundi Club’s annual prestigious show of major artists from all around the country. Curated by the
DAVID LEFFEL—TOUR and DEMOSTRATION
July 17, 2016; 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art,
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Join us for a private tour of the retrospective exhibition, David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light, at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University with Curator and Director Michael Zakian and renouned artist David Leffel. A key figure in the current revival of representational art, Leffel was a pioneer who broke with mainstream modernism by reviving the realism of the 17th century masters. Following the tour (3:00 p.m.), Leffel will give a special one-hour demonstration.
Location: Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Seating is Limited: Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information: 310 506-7257 (Weisman Museum Office)
CONGRATULATIONS David A. Leffel!!
First Prize PRIX DE WEST 2016 PURCHASE AWARD
David A. Leffel received the highest honor from the Prix de West show for his piece “Jonathan Warm Day Coming”, oil on canvas, 23″ x 19.” Also SOLD OUT with his other two pieces in the show: “The Ribbon Scarf”, oil on canvas, 18″ x 15″ and “Chinese Lantern and Ancient Pottery”, oil on canvas, 8″ x 13 1/2″. (For more information about these paintings click here)
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosted Friday and Saturday more than 700 guests at the 44th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale during Opening Weekend.
Weekend art sales reached more than $2.6 million with a portion allocated toward funding the National Cowboy Museum’s programs, according to a news release. The exhibition features 306 sculptures and paintings by 99 contemporary Western artists and remains on exhibit through Aug. 7.
The top-honored Prix de West Purchase Award – given to the artist whose one work of art is selected by the Prix de West Committee and purchased for the museum’s permanent collection – was earned by David A. Leffel of El Prado, N.M., for his 23-by-19-inch oil on canvas painting, “Jonathan Warm Day Coming.” The Prix de West Purchase Award was sponsored by Roberta Miller.
After the announcement was made in the National Cowboy Museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center, Leffel said, “I can’t believe I’ve really won [the] Prix de West [Purchase Award], but out of all my paintings, I think this one is my very best and I’m so happy it will remain here.”
This is Leffel’s first Prix de West Purchase Award. His award-winning painting is a portrait of Jonathan Warm Day Coming, Leffel’s friend, an American Indian storyteller and artist who was born and raised on the Taos Pueblo, N.M. Over only four portrait sessions, Leffel painted his friend’s demeanor as dignified and proud.
“Jonathan is a warmhearted and generous human being, as soon as he’d put on the heirloom Indian blanket, he transformed into a regal and ceremonial subject of study,” Leffel said.
The artist added that the blanket worn by Warm Day Coming in the portrait goes back many generations and is rarely seen today.
Dear Friends and Students,
I am having a major retrospective at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum in Malibu, California in May 14th, 2016 through August 7th. Due to the extensive preparations for it, my teaching will be severely curtailed until after the show. Because of this, I am inviting those of you who would like to study with me to sign up for the workshop I will be teaching with Sherrie McGraw at the Artisan Materials Expo – Sept 29 through Oct 2, 2016.
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DAVID LEFFEL WINS OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA
GOLD MEDAL 2015
David’s painting, The Beauty of the Dance, was given the top award in the Oil Painters of America’s National Exhibition held at Cutter & Cutter Fine Art in St. Augustine, Florida. The OPA’s Gold Medal is the most prestigious award given to its top-ranking membership, the Master Signature members. David’s still life is the culmination of a long career of integrity mastering oil paint and discovering the depths of its expression, and this example is one of his finest.
DAVID LEFFEL RADIO INTERVIEW
On Abstract Realism, Paint Application and more by Artist Mentors Online
Join Blanche McAlister Harris, Barbara Coleman, and Linda Fisler as they welcome distinguished and legendary artist David A. Leffel to AMO Art Chat. David will discuss the evolution of Representational art during his lifetime up to and including Abstract Realism. We’ll also talk with David about paint application: how do we know when to quit and now overwork a painting. Is an abstract start important to the finish of the painting and how not to lose that quality. David will also share his philosphy of painting and the psychology of painting. Hear David’s secrets and prespective! Don’t miss this interview!