International Guild of Realism
International Guild of Realism 10th Annual Juried Exhibition

At the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA  |  August 18th - September 18th, 2015

"Rendezvous in Alexandria" ~ Opening Weekend of Events: August 26th - 28th, 2015

The International Guild of Realism had a wonderful week of art events celebrating the opening of our 10th Annual Exhibition at the beautiful Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. We enjoyed several events over a three day period with over 25 IGOR artists in attendance. The weather was sunny everyday and all events turned out as planned including our first ever trip ever to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The quality of the IGOR show was amazing and without a doubt, another astounding IGOR Annual Exhibition. The Principle Gallery is one of the best realism galleries in the US and they did an outstanding job promoting this amazing exhibition. The paintings were hung beautifully and the lighting on every painting was perfect. Sales were very strong and we had over 17 sales through the artist's reception! Our host gallery was equally as thrilled with the quality of the show and they were grateful that so many IGOR artists attended the opening events.

Wednesday evening, August 26th, we had an amazing dinner at the highly rated Il Porto Restaurant. We also had several talks from Donald Clapper, founding IGOR Charter Member, Kim Orlowski, IGOR event coordinator and Michele Ward, owner of the Principle Gallery. Clint Mansell, Principle Gallery Director, gave us an informative talk on the value of social media in promoting fine art.

On Thursday, August 27th, we enjoyed a guided tour at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Our tour in this amazing museum started in the American art section with a focus of the Hudson River School artists and the great still life painters including Harnett, Peto and Haberle. Later in the day, we had a incredible tour by Eric Denker of the NGA. He is the senior art lecturer of the National Gallery of Art. Mr. Denker is a true expert on Dutch painting and his tour was not only informative but also humorous at times.

Friday, August 28th, included a gallery walk and historic tour of down town Alexandria. We began at the famous Torpedo Factory Art Center by the Potomac River viewing numerous art galleries and studios hosted by Rose O'Donnell. At 2 pm, Carolyn Cooper, professional history guide, gave us a grand tour of the most important historical sites in Alexandria including the Gadsby Tavern, a favorite of George Washington. We ended our three days of art events with our opening reception at the Principle Gallery. The opening party was very well attended with over 500 patrons of the arts. Many sales took place during the reception which is always nice. Go IGOR artists!

Video & Press

IGOR has once again produced a short slide show video which includes several images from all of the special events including images taken during the opening. Thank you to all of the members and their guests who attended the events in Alexandria and hopefully this video will bring back quite a few happy memories. For those of you who weren't able to attend or to be juried into the event, we hope that you will enjoy the video of the 9th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition. Thanks for your team spirit and we are glad that you came!

This new IGOR video has numerous still images that were taken during the three days. We have tried to include many of the artists, paintings, award winners, and shots of our many events in Alexandria. Please feel free to add the link or embed the source code into your websites and send it out to your collector base, artist friends, and Facebook.

See the Video

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About the Gallery

With locations in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and historic Charleston, SC., Principle Gallery has been dedicated to exhibiting the best of American & European Contemporary Realism since opening in 1994. Focusing on paintings in oil and bronze sculpture, the gallery represents emerging, mid-career and established artists with a distinct personal approach to their work. Principle Gallery gains great exposure for its artists through solo exhibitions, selective group shows and national art fairs. For more information please visit:


Selected Artists

Alex Zonis
Ann Morton
Anna Rose Bain
Anne-Marie Kornachuk
Anne Peyton
Ardith Starostka
Arlene Steinberg
Arleta Pech
Barbara Clements
Barbara Rudolph
Barney Levitt
Beth Sistrunk
Brian Darcy
Brian LaSaga
Camille Engel
Cat Corcilius
Cathy Strapp
Cecelia Cox
Cecilia Thorell
Claudia Seymour
Clinton Hobart
Craig Srebnik
Daniel Mark Cassity
David Bowers
Deanna Grimes
Deborah LaFogg-Docherty
Deborah Maklowski
Debra Keirce
Diane Davich Craig
Donald Clapper
Ed Copley
Elayne Kuehler
Elizabeth Floyd
Elizabeth Weiss
Gary Davis Lang
Gary Oro
Gayle Madeira
George Ayers
George Gonzalez
Gerald Schwartz
Grace Kim
Guenevere Schwien
Jan Stommes
Jane Hartley
Janice Anthony
Joe F. Howard
Jorge Alberto
Josh Tiessen
Julie Bender
K. Henderson
Karen Yee
Ken Scaglia
Kevin Lee Aita
Lee Alban
Leslie Junkin Fornalik
Linda Besse
Loren DiBenedetto
Lorena Kloosterboer
Marsha Chandler
Mary Jane Q. Cross
Max Bounan
Michael DeVore
Nadia Lazizi
Ning Lee
Pamela Carroll
Peter Ambush
Randy Van Dyck
Rebecca Latham
Richard Ginnett
Rob MacIntosh
Sandra Robinson
Scott Royston
Sharon Guyton Lalik
Sivananda Nyayapathi
Stuart Dunkel
Tatiana McWethy
Teresa Fischer
Terry Miller
Trish Coonrod
Vala Ola
Victoria McCall


Congratulations to the Award Winners!

Best of Show - "The Swan" by Jorge Alberto
Best Figurative - "Manal" by Pamela Carroll
Robert Kirkpatrick Best Still Life - "Adagio for Three Strings" by Alex Zonis
Best Drawing - "Salsa" by Arlene Steinberg
Best Trompe l'Oeil - "The Swan" by Jorge Alberto
American Art Collector Magazine Editor's Choice - "Out of the Blue" by Claudia Seymour
Best Landscape - "Prescott" by Rob MacIntosh
Best Wildlife - "Barrel and Sparrow" by Brian LaSaga
Director's Choice - "The Weathered Vase" by Michael DeVore
Pioneer of Realism - "Victorian Fantasy" by Ed Copley
Best Floral - "Baby Mellon and Magnolia" by Grace Kim
Artist's Choice - "Old Trunk" by Tatiana McWethy
Creative Achievement - "Time Lapse" by Beth Sistrunk
Bill and Susan Rowett Collector's Choice - "Still Life with Blue Plate and Blue Egg" by Trish Coonrad



Many Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsor!


We would also like to send out a special "Thank You" to our IGOR Event Coordinator, Kim Orlowski, who did a fabulous job planning all of the events and working alongside IGOR Charter Members. Bravo Kim!


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