Bravo Star Portraits Series (and workshops in Toronto)

***Bravo! Series - Star Portraits***
Star Portraits is an all new original series by Bravo! Canada. The series was developed by PTC Productions and based on the hit BBC program. The show is hosted by Broadway star Louise Pitre.

The series begins on September 12th @ 8:00 pm on Bravo! Canada and runs every Saturday until December 12th.

In each 30 minute episode, 3 Canadian working artists are introduced to a Canadian personality. They must get work quickly in order to perform as much preliminary work as possible with the star. They have 2 weeks to complete their portrait. Louise visits each artists in their studio to see how the work is coming along. At the end of each episode, the star is presented with the 3 portraits one of which they may select for their personal collection. The remaining portraits are grouped and 6 selected for the permanent collection of the Canadian Portrait Society. The rest are auctioned off at Joyner Waddinton's Auction of Important Canadian Art. The proceeds go to a charity selected by the celebrity.

Academy of Realist Art instructor Juan Carlos Martinez has been selected as one of the artists. He will be completing the portrait of Alex Trebek on the episode aired on Saturday November 14th @ 8:00 pm.

***2009 Junction Arts Festival***

Date: September 12, 2009
Times: 11:00 to 6:00 Festival & 7:00 pm to Midnight Concerts

Date: September 13, 2009
Times: 11:00 to 6:00 Festival

Details can be found at the festival website: 2009 Festival Schedule

Attracting 200,000 visitors last year, the Junction Arts Festival 2009 (produced by the Junction Forum for Art and Culture) takes place along Dundas Street West between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue, and features five free days of artistry and innovation; Visual Art Exhibits (September 9 to 13), Live Music Concerts (September 11 and 12), and during the weekend - Street Performance Artists, Literary Artists, KidZone, Green Village and Artisan/Vendor Market (September 12 and 13).

We look forward to seeing you at the Junction Arts Festival.

Upcoming Workshops

The 2010 Workshop Schedule will shortly be posted on our blog.

Note: NEW Workshop - Animal Drawings/Portraits

ARA presents our newly developed workshop Animal Portraits. This workshop will be held September 14 - 18, 2009 at ARA Toronto studios. The instructor will be our very own Matt Sissel.

ARA Toronto
September 14-18 Animal Portraits
September 21-25 Mixed Chalk for Classical Results
September 28 - October 4 In the Studios of Bouguereau
October 12 - 23 The Portrait Head and Hands
November 9 - 20 Chiaroscuro, Masters of Tenebrism
November 23 - 27 In the Studios of Sargent
December 7 - 11 Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 19-23 Bargue Drawings
October 26 - 30 In the Studios of Sargent

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