Friday, August 26, 2011

Honoring Our Founding Leadership

In Memoriam
Gordon Wetmore
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Founder and Board Chairman, Gordon Wetmore.  Gordon leaves behind the legacy of passion, for his own art, for helping others develop their talent and for his family.  He was a true leader and influenced the resurgence of representation art in America.  Gordon had a way of making you feel as though he had known you for years. He was the face of the Portrait Society and had a Southern Charm that welcomed members into our Portrait Family. His had an extraordinary gift of being able to easily relate and communicate with people. He will be remembered as a great man, a wonderful artist and a visionary.  You can visit our website to read more about Gordon's life and legacy, or visit our Facebook page to share your pictures, thoughts and comments.

Be a Part of Gordon's Legacy
Gordon Wetmore Legacy Scholarship Fund
A legacy is not simply something that is left behind, but rather is something that continues moving forward, building and growing beyond us as individuals.  This legacy scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to recently graduated art students who studied either at a traditional university program, academy or atelier.  The Wetmore family in conjunction with the Portrait Society of America established this scholarship in honor of our Founding Chairman, Gordon Wetmore, a man whose passion for his own art and for helping others develop their talent lives on through the organization he helped found.

The scholarship provides for continuing education by fully funding attendance at the annual The Art of the Portrait Conference for the recipient.  Scholarships will fund  travel, tuition, room and board.

Your donations will assist in creating and maintaining this scholarship fund.  Gordon Wetmore devoted countless hours to building what has grown to be the largest community of figurative artists in the world. Our programs and services are a direct outgrowth of his gift for teaching, mentoring and extending a helping hand to others. Help continue Gordon's legacy by donating to the Gordon Wetmore Legacy Scholarship Fund.

In Memoriam
Calvin Goodman
Calvin J. Goodman, influential mentor to artists and advisor to arts organizations, died in Los Angeles on August 17th, 2011 of natural causes. Known for his insight into the thoughts that motivate an artist, Goodman had an uncanny ability to help creative spirits discover and connect with the audience their work would speak to. Calvin served on the Portrait Society's Advisory Board since its founding in 1998.  He was a regular presenter at our conferences and the author of The Art Marketing Handbook, an invaluable resource for professional artists.

Monday, August 1, 2011

15% Discount Deadline!

This is a friendly reminder that today is the last day to take advantage of the 15% discount for The Art of the Portrait 2012. Already we have plans to add new programs, exciting Sunday afternoon events and a schedule of educational opportunities that you won’t want to miss. Join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, the weekend of May 24-27, 2012. When you register for the conference by August 1, 2011 you will: 

1. Save Money - Early Bird Discount - 15% off your conference tuition

To show our appreciation for your commitment to attending The Art of the Portrait® conference, the Portrait Society is offering a special discount to pre-registered attendees. Register by August 1st and receive 15% off your conference tuition. You can save up to $68.25! This is a limited time offer. The deadline to receive the 15% discount is August 1st. Take advantage of this incredible deal today!

2. Receive First Selection of Breakout Classes

On Friday afternoon of the conference participants have the opportunity to attend smaller sessions on a variety of topics. These sessions on are on first reserved basis. Your registration ensures that you will receive an exclusive look at the program and the opportunity to be among the first to select your classes.

3. Exclusive E-subscription to the Conference Insider

The Art of the Portrait’s Conference Insider is offered exclusively to pre-registered conference attendees. Last year, Conference attendees received helpful insight and key information from Judith Carducci, Anthony Ryder, Thomas Nash, Richard Christian Nelson, Bart Lindstrom, Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Lea Wight, Alexey Steele and Nancy Guzik prior to the conference.

Register online today or visit the Portrait Society Conference page for more info.