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Friday, February 28, 2014

ACT 2014 Invitational

Magic Act by Robert Burridge,
Silver Signature, acrylic
"Learning through the arts not only results in the creation of beautiful works, but contributes to greater academic achievement, higher test scores, and the creative thought that leads nations. As well, art education helps develop a well rounded person with better communication skills."  

Over 100 pieces of artwork will be auctioned on Saturday, March 8, 2014, benefitting Artists Changing Tomorrow (ACT). The ACT International Invitational 2014 is an international project of the nonprofit Arts for Rural Texas based in Fayetteville, Texas. 

Artists from across the country and Canada have sent in original works for the auction.  Works will include traditional media such as oils, pastels, acrylic and watercolor paintings and photography.  ACT Exhibitions 2010 and 2012 included artwork from 200 artists from 3 continents, 4 nations, and 15 states across the United States. Many of these talented artists will return and new artists have joined ACT 2014 for ARTS. 
Late Autumn in North Carolina, Joe Mancuso,
Signature Oil

ACT is the inspiration of internationally known Texas artist, Karen Vernon.  Vernon, herself, has been painting since childhood and earned her degree in art education.  After teaching for several years, she began working at her career as a fine art painter.  “Our goal for ACT is to raise funds for cultural programs and to inspire other communities around the country and the world to create their own ACT programs, as well.”   Now, after four years of this program, we are seeing other organizations following our template and growing their arts programs in their own communities.   As an underwriter for the event, Ampersand is proud to have offered 11" x 14" panels for each artists' work.  
Twisted Stripes by Ali Cavanaugh,
Silver Signature, watercolor

The public is invited to attend and to bid on the pieces. The ACT exhibit and silent auction will be from 6 PM to 9 PM on Saturday, March 8 at St. John’s Hall in Fayetteville, Texas.  Phone 979-378-2113 for more details or email ARTS at Bids and proxy registration are available by calling ARTS at 979-378-2113 or web bids may be submitted via email until March 7th, 2014.  All bids open at $250 and may be raised in $25 increments.  You can preview the work and show here

Catalogs from the show are available for $25.  Contact:
Artists wishing to be considered for invitation for the ACT International Invitational 2016 should contact:

All things Ampersand,
Karyn Meyer-Berthel
Artist & Social Media Specialist
Ampersand Art Supply

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Wooden Chair, Early Spring"

Acrylic work on Claybord, 8" x 10" by Carolyn Hall Young.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Militarized Demilitarized"

Encaustic work on Hardbord, 32" x 32" by Alan Soffer.

Monday, February 24, 2014


"Nightlight", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Graphite on Claybord, 9"x 11', 2004 by Meghan Gerety,

Friday, February 21, 2014

Visual Arts Society of Texas

The Visual Arts Society of Texas, formerly known as the North Texas Area Art League, was organized in 1975. VAST seeks to further community appreciation for and participation in the visual arts, provide opportunities for developing artists’ skills and expression, and offer fellowship with people of similar interests.

This year, Ampersand supported the VAST 8th Annual 125 mile-radius exhibition by donating a range of our museum grade panels and some Scratcbord tools to a finalist artist, Robin Butt, for her work Emerald Falls, Grand Canyon.

VAST sponsors an annual event to offer artists—student and professional—within a 125-mile radius of Denton an opportunity to enter their work in a juried exhibition and to compete for awards. The exhibit provides an excellent opportunity for the north Texas community to appreciate the high quality and diverse nature of art produced by artists in our region. 

Even though the VAST exhibit is closing on February 21, 2014, you can download the show catalogue here to see all of the finalists and award winners.  If you're in the Denton area, consider entering the 125 mile radius exhibition for 2015.  

Along with VAST, Ampersand is pleased to further the arts, eduction and community by partnering with these other fine artist societies around the world this year:

Cardinia International Exhibition in Victoria, Australia

Thanks to all these wonderful organizations for putting more art out there and inviting us to be a part.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Flight School"

"Flight School", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Oil on Claybord work by Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg, 40" x 60", 2006.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


"Abundance", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Gorgeous work by Lyn Diefenbach, pastels on Pastelbord.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"The King"

"The King", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Scratchbord work by Sally Maxwell with Claybord inks, 2009.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Featured Video: Colored Pencil Blending

Featured Artist and CPSA member, Ranjini Venkatachari shares her step by step process for a detailed, softly blended colored pencil still life on Pastelbord™ in this video.  She takes each step and outlines her colors and choice materials so that you can re-create her work.

Ranjini's award winning work will be in the Richeson Still Life & Floral juried show opening in early March and into Explore This! 10 for CPSA this year.  You can read more of her updates about shows and see much more of her work on her blog: 

Do you video your work on Ampersand panels?  Send us a link to your YouTube channel!

All things Ampersand,
Karyn Meyer-Berthel
Artist & Social Media Specialist
Ampersand Art Supply

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


"Memento-Nikko", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Golden Open acrylics on Gessobord, 2008 by Phil Garrett.

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Field of Gold"

"Field of Gold", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Oil on Gessobord work by Cheri Christensen, 36" x 36".

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Gravity Fields"

"Gravity Fields", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Watercolor on Claybord by Suzan Woodruff.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

"Abstract 8102"

"Abstract 8102", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Colorful work by J.R. Griffin on Gessobord, 25" x 25".