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World-Renowned Painter Helps
Local Red Cross Present Fundraising Event
 
The Event
The Painter - Nelson Shanks
About Studio Incamminati
Evening with Nelson Shanks Committee
Date: November 3, 2006
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

(Seated) Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks Committee Co-Chairs Kathleen Biggins (left) and Mickey Graham (right) with Leona Shanks (center).

(Standing L-R) Honorary Chair William Augustine, Maestro Nelson Shanks and Kevin Sullivan, CEO, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey.

Click here to see "Full Committee"

PRINCETON, NJ, November 3, 2006 – The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey is honored to work together with one of the world's preeminent portraitists, Nelson Shanks, to bring a distinctive fundraising event to Princeton. The local Red Cross Chapter is proud to present:

Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks
Both a Live and a Silent Auction of Fine Art
Featuring works of the accomplished artists of Studio Incamminati
Sunday, December 3, 2006
5:00-7:30 pm
Chauncey Conference Center
Rosedale and Carter Road, Princeton

“Our Chapter is fortunate to have such an esteemed artist share his experiences and talents to benefit the work of the Red Cross within our community,” said Kevin Sullivan, CEO, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey. “It should prove to be quite an interesting and exciting evening.”

Among Nelson Shanks’ notable commissions are President William Jefferson Clinton; Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Lord Spencer; His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Recent significant commissions include Luciano Pavarotti for the Metropolitan Opera, Mstislav Rostropovich for the Kennedy Center, and Denyce Graves for the National Portrait Gallery. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Kensington Palace in London, and Fortezza Firmafede in Sarzana, Italy.

In 2006, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell presented Nelson with the Governor’s Distinguished Arts Award, which recognizes a Pennsylvania artist of international fame or renown whose creations and contributions enrich the Commonwealth. Among those contributions noted were his lifelong commitment to teaching and his establishment of Studio Incamminati.

Proceeds from paintings purchased through the silent and live auction will benefit the local programs and services of American Red Cross of Central New Jersey and the artists of Studio Incamminati. For additional information about the event, visit www.njredcross.org. A limited number of tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available - contact Mindy Lazar at 609-951-2114.

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey is a non-governmental agency that serves the people of Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, and parts of Somerset counties. Led by volunteers, the Red Cross offers a broad array of vital services to our community in need. You can help too – Volunteer your time, make a monetary donation, donate blood, and/or take a CPR course. For more information on the programs and services of the Red Cross and to learn how you can get involved, contact your local chapter. In central New Jersey, call 609-951-8550 or visit www.njredcross.org.

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Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks

The Event

For the second time, the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey and Studio Incamminati have paired together for an Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks. The event provides a unique opportunity to meet world-renowned master painter.

Nelson Shanks

and the privilege of meeting, viewing and purchasing works
by the accomplished artists of

Studio Incamminati

Sunday, December 3, 2006
5:00-7:30 pm
Chauncey Conference Center
Rosedale and Carter Road
Princeton, New Jersey

Join Nelson as he shares his extraordinary experiences as an artist.

Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
Painting Gallery Open for Silent Auction Extraordinaire
Artist Demonstration
Live Auction of Fine Art

$100 per person
Limited to 200 guests
RSVP by November 21, 2006 to Mindy Lazar, 609-951-2115, lazarm@njredcross.org



 


The Painter – Nelson Shanks

Nelson Shanks, world-renowned painter, art historian, art teacher, connoisseur and collector, distilled the principles upon which Studio Incamminati stands from his lifelong experience and devotion to fine arts.

When Nelson set out to become a painter, he pieced together his own education and training from the limited options available for the study of realist painting. As an 18-year-old student at New York’s famed Art Students League, he earned his tuition by serving as a monitor in the classes of artists such as Robert Brackman, Ivan Olinsky and Edwin Dickinson. Established painters such as John Koch took him on as a private student and provided substantial material as well as spiritual support of his dreams and aspirations.

His own remarkable progress soon earned him grants, including the most prestigious grants made to realist artists: the Greenshields Foundation (twice) and the Stacey Foundation (three times), that enabled him to study in Florence with the legendary Pietro Annigoni and at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

His European education completed, teaching positions took Nelson to Memphis, Chicago and then to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he has maintained a studio for more than three decades. Nelson has taught on the faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League, National Academy of Design, The George Washington University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among others. He also established an apprentice program at his Bucks County home and studio, where artists received room, board and instruction at no cost.

His skill capturing the complex nature of his clients has contributed to his fame as well. Among his notable commissions are President William Jefferson Clinton; Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Lord Spencer; His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Recent significant commissions include Luciano Pavarotti for the Metropolitan Opera, Mstislav Rostropovich for the Kennedy Center, and Denyce Graves for the National Portrait Gallery. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Kensington Palace in London, and Fortezza Firmafede in Sarzana, Italy.

In 2006, Governor Edward G. Rendell presented Nelson with the Governor’s Distinguished Arts Award, which recognizes a Pennsylvania artist of international fame or renown whose creations and contributions enrich the Commonwealth. Among those contributions noted were his lifelong commitment to teaching and his establishment of Studio Incamminati.

Upcoming events in Nelson Shanks’ career include one-man shows in Russia and Italy.

www.nelsonshanks.com




About Studio Incamminati

Nelson and his wife Leona Shanks founded Studio Incamminati to provide a place where artists devoted to realism could study painting and acquire other skills necessary for successful artistic careers. Created in the tradition of the Italian academia and the French atelier, the school’s name “Incamminati” is derived from the 16th century Bolognese Academia degli Incamminati, and can be translated from Italian as “those who are progressing.” Over four centuries ago, the Acedemia degli Incamminati was formed because Mannerism had channeled Italian painting away from the classically inspired realism that had shaped it from the time of Giotto. Similarly, Studio Incamminati has been founded in the belief that the classic principles of realism provide a foundation for the future of art in our society.

On a daily basis, artists at Studio Incamminati practice the techniques of drawing and painting as the basis for developing the tools of creative expression and meaningful visual communication. Students travel from around the world to enroll each year for evening, weekend and summer classes. With tuition at a fraction of average art school tuition, the school only accepts about a dozen full-time students into its intensive full-time Professional Program each year. Masters in specialized subjects such as academic drawing, anatomy, art history and aesthetics augment the dynamic teaching program with frequent lectures, workshops and museum visits.

www.studioincamminati.org

Mission

Studio Incamminati is a unique center of art where the highly inspired come and develop. We exist to meet the expressed needs of those eager to learn the aesthetic and philosophical principles of realism and the techniques practiced by Nelson Shanks. We teach artists whose art and teaching will inspire. As Studio Incamminati and the Incamminati movement progress and as our students master the practices needed to develop careers and lives in the arts, Incamminati's influence will be felt worldwide.

“If our culture, present and future, is what a society leaves for posterity, then together we can touch immortality by creating that which makes us proud.”


Nelson Shanks
Founder & Artistic Director

 


 

Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks
Committee


Honorary Chair
William Augustine

Co-Chairs
Kathleen Biggins
Mickey Graham

Committee
Mary Jane Augustine
Patricia Q. Connolly
Linda Gecha
Robert and Nancy Humes
Nancy MacMillan
Wendy McNeil
Susan Michels
Nora Orphanides
Susan Paneyko
Anne Reeves
Maeryn Roebling
Leona Shanks
Kathleen Rovar
Grace White
Susan Wilson

and

Kevin Sullivan
Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross of Central New Jersey

 

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