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Help us fund the debut of American Realist Painting in China. America’s top Realists to exhibit at Beijing’s World Art Museum.
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ACOPAL is a league of artists whose mission is to build a creative and philosophic exchange between realist painters in the United States and China.  This non-profit organization was created in 2010 with the purpose of creating dialogue and exhibition opportunities, and to enhance artistic education to meet the growing interest in traditional painting in both countries.

Since ACOPAL was founded, we have produced two important exhibits of American and Chinese realism, at the National Arts Club in May of 2011, and at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2011-2012.  Next, the organization is collaborating with our colleagues in China to produce a six-city national museum tour of American Realist Painting in China.  This will be the first tour of contemporary American realism in China, and marks an important moment in the resurgent field of realist painting. The China museum tour will open at the Beijing World Art Museum in September of 2012, and travel to ­the Dalien Modern Museum, Hebei Provincial Museum, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Hubei Provincial Museum, and the Shanghai Art Museum. The expected total museum attendance for this tour is over one million people, over a period of 15 months.

ACOPAL is very excited to be the American arm of this historic bi-national artistic collaboration, and looks toward an exciting future with planned exhibits of Chinese artists in American museum venues, and growth in cultural understanding and friendships.  To support this mission, ACOPAL is seeking funds for the expenses for consolidation and crating the American paintings from all over the US to travel to Beijing.  We are also raising funds to support 20 American painters’ airfare and hotel expenses to attend the opening at the Beijing World Art Museum. Artists will participate in panel discussions, demonstrations and lectures at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts, and tours of art and cultural institutions in Beijing.

Your support will help build this historic cultural bridge between two nations over one shared passion for art. 

Patricia Watwood,                                                                                        ACOPAL Vice President

THE 100 SELECTED PAINTINGS 

THE ARTISTS: Steven Assael • Warren Chang • Jacob Collins • Tony Curanaj • Gabriella Dellosso • Jon DeMartin • Teresa Elliott • Gary T. Erbe • Peter Fiore • Nanette Fluhr • Christopher Gallego • Max Ginsburg • David Gluck • Gary Godbee • Daniel E. Greene • Michael Grimaldi • Benat Iglesias • Michael Klein • Maria Kreyn • Joshua LaRock • Jeffrey T. Larson • David A. Leffel • Kate Lehman • Steven Levin • Robert Liberace • Jeremy Lipking • Paul W. McCormack • Sherrie McGraw • Edward Minoff • John Morra • Gregory Mortenson • Katie O’Hagan • Paul G. Oxborough • Graydon Parrish • Charles Pfhal • Tony Pro • Christopher Pugliese • Thomas Reis • Anthony J. Ryder • Cesar Santos • Travis Schlaht • Nelson Shanks • Ronald N. Sherr • Daniel Sprick • Sharon Sprung • Dan Thompson • Joseph Todorovitch • Thomas Valenti • Scott Waddell • Anthony Waichulis • Patricia Watwood • Will Wilson

ACOPAL's Inaugural Exhibit at the National Arts Club, NYC: This exhibit  was organized for the initial viewing and selection of the 100 paintings that would eventually move on to the World Art Museum in Beijing. This historical event was documented and featured in the 2011 summer issue of American Painting Video Magazine.

PLEDGE REWARDS: This is a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and acquire an original work of art from an American Master! Rewards will be updated on a regular basis. All original artwork and prints are displayed below. To find out more about an artist, simply click on the image to visit their personal website. For your pledge of $5 or more you will receive email updates from Kickstarter when new works or art and rewards are added.

Will Wilson - Signed Limited Edition Print, "Black Box" 9 x 8 inches
Will Wilson - Signed Limited Edition Print, "Black Box" 9 x 8 inches
Gary Godbee - Original Oil on Board, "Farm Road Near Rte 206 (Bernardsville)" 10 x 15 inches
Gary Godbee - Original Oil on Board, "Farm Road Near Rte 206 (Bernardsville)" 10 x 15 inches
Sharon Sprung - Original Oil on Panel, "Kentile" 9 x 18 inches
Sharon Sprung - Original Oil on Panel, "Kentile" 9 x 18 inches
Peter Fiore - Original Oil on Linen, "Rising Sun (study)" 12 x 12 inches
Peter Fiore - Original Oil on Linen, "Rising Sun (study)" 12 x 12 inches
David Gluck - Original Oil on Linen on Panel, "Untitled Landscape" 10 x 8 inches
David Gluck - Original Oil on Linen on Panel, "Untitled Landscape" 10 x 8 inches
Max Ginsburg - Original Oil on Panel, "Jordan, a study" 12 x 10 inches
Max Ginsburg - Original Oil on Panel, "Jordan, a study" 12 x 10 inches
Teresa Elliott - Original Oil on Linen, "Charolais" 8 x 10 inches
Teresa Elliott - Original Oil on Linen, "Charolais" 8 x 10 inches
Gregory Mortenson - Original Oil on Panel, "Stockholm", 11 x 8 inches
Gregory Mortenson - Original Oil on Panel, "Stockholm", 11 x 8 inches
Nanette Fluhr - Original Graphite on Paper, "Summer Breeze" 12 x 10 inches
Nanette Fluhr - Original Graphite on Paper, "Summer Breeze" 12 x 10 inches
Joseph Todorovitch - Original Oil on Linen, "Outdoor Sketch" 16 x 12 inches
Joseph Todorovitch - Original Oil on Linen, "Outdoor Sketch" 16 x 12 inches
Jon deMartion - Original Drawing, Graphite on Paper,, 9 x 7 inches
Jon deMartion - Original Drawing, Graphite on Paper,, 9 x 7 inches
Nicole Michelle Tully - Original Drawing, "BLB on Green" 25 x 19 inches
Nicole Michelle Tully - Original Drawing, "BLB on Green" 25 x 19 inches
Patricia Watwwod: Signed Limited Edition Print, "In the Garden", 13 x 10 inches
Patricia Watwwod: Signed Limited Edition Print, "In the Garden", 13 x 10 inches
Patricia Watwood - Original Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper, "The Sleepers" 16 x 22 inches
Patricia Watwood - Original Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper, "The Sleepers" 16 x 22 inches
Joshua LaRock - Original Graphite and White Chalk on Grey Paper - "Study for In the Park" 11 x 14 inches
Joshua LaRock - Original Graphite and White Chalk on Grey Paper - "Study for In the Park" 11 x 14 inches
Tony Curanaj - Original Oil on Canvas, "Squash" 19 x 11 inches, 2011
Tony Curanaj - Original Oil on Canvas, "Squash" 19 x 11 inches, 2011
Thomas Valenti - Original Watercolor  "The Watchman, Jefferson Memorial, Wash., DC" 10 x 14 inches
Thomas Valenti - Original Watercolor "The Watchman, Jefferson Memorial, Wash., DC" 10 x 14 inches
Paul W. McCormack - Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Iris Giclee Print, "Hope" 27 x 17 inches
Paul W. McCormack - Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Iris Giclee Print, "Hope" 27 x 17 inches
Steven Assael - Original Drawing, Graphite and Crayon on Paper 12 x 14 inches
Steven Assael - Original Drawing, Graphite and Crayon on Paper 12 x 14 inches

ADDITIONAL ARTWORK REWARDS FROM THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS TO BE POSTED SOON!  

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WORKSHOPS, INSTRUCTIONAL DVD'S & BOOKS

2 week summer workshop with Anthony Ryder in beautiful Santa Fe, NM.
2 week summer workshop with Anthony Ryder in beautiful Santa Fe, NM.
5 Day Workshop with Max Ginsburg: April 15 - 19, 2013
5 Day Workshop with Max Ginsburg: April 15 - 19, 2013
5 Day Workshop with Paul McCormack at the McCormack Studios
5 Day Workshop with Paul McCormack at the McCormack Studios

ACOPAL AT THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART - 01 - 28 - 2012

Left to right, Katie O'Hagan, Nanette Fluhr, Thomas Valenti, Peter Fiore, Paul McCormack, Patricia Watwood, Teresa Elliott, Susan Lyon, Scott Burdick, and Max Ginsburg.
Left to right, Katie O'Hagan, Nanette Fluhr, Thomas Valenti, Peter Fiore, Paul McCormack, Patricia Watwood, Teresa Elliott, Susan Lyon, Scott Burdick, and Max Ginsburg.

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    Full-color catalog from ACOPAL's 2011 exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art, signed by ACOPAL's President and Vice-President.

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    Signed Book: "Warren Chang - Narrative Paintings".
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    Signed Instructional DVD and Catalog: Figure Painting: Realistic Skin Tone with Patricia Watwood DVD and the 32-page color publication from her recent exhibition, Myths & Individuals. With 29 color illustrations, the book surveys the artist’s work from 2000-present. Essay by Peter Trippi. Format: 8 1/2 x 10 inches, soft cover.

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    Signed Book: Max Ginsburg Retrospective Book - For the first time, Max Ginsburg publishes a collection of his paintings from 1956 to 2011. Exquisitely presented with more than 170 color plates and over 30 black and white reproductions of his artwork, this book is a jewel on its own. A must for all Ginsburg fans, collectors and aficionados of fine art!

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    Patricia Watwood: "In the Garden"
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    Max Ginsburg: Signed DVD, "Max Ginsburg - The Legacy of an American Painter" (6 Hours on 2 DVD's) Includes: 3 hour Painting from Life Demonstration, Documentary, Butler Museum Retrospective walk through with Max, Interview with Fine Art Connoisseur Editor Peter Trippi, Ginsburg Painting Slideshow, Painting Demo of Fine Art Connoisseur Publisher Eric Rhoads. For more information and TRAILER see, www.ginsburgvideo.com

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    The Ani Art Academies Core Program: Language of Drawing 3 Disc DVD series

    The Package includes:
    Disc 1- Introduction, Materials, First Marks, Pressure Scales, Gradations, Gradation Patterns.
    Disc 2- Introduction, Form Box, The Sphere, The Cylinder, Creative Project Supplement.
    Disc 3- Introduction, Review, The Cone, The Cube, The Gauntlet, Natural Forms Supplement.
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    Paul W. McCormack: Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Iris Giclee Print. Numbers 125 & 126 of an edition of 250. “Hope” Image size: 27"x 17" Valued at $450.00 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Jon deMartin: Original Drawing, Graphite on Paper - 9" x 7", with frame 17" x 13". This is a page from Jon deMartin's personal sketchbook. Valued at $500 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Thomas Valenti: Original Watercolor -
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    Will Wilson: Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Framed Print. #150 of an edition of 250.
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    Complete series of six instructional DVDs by Daniel Greene. 1. Portrait Drawing 2. Color: The Daniel Greene Method 3. Pastel Portrait "Erika" 4. Oil Portrait "Bernard" 5. Pastel Portrait "Jim" 6. Oil Portrait "Erin". Over 11 hours of instructional video!

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    David Gluck - Original Oil on Linen on Panel, "Untitled Landscape" 10 x 8 inches. Valued at $1,000 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Nanette Fluhr: Original Graphite on Paper - "Summer Breeze" 12" x 10". This item is matted and framed. Valued at $1,200. (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    5 Day Workshop with Paul W. McCormack: Your choice of one of the following 5day workshops to be held in 2013: Portrait in Oil, Portrait in Watercolor, Portrait Drawing. Workshops are held at the McCormack Studios located in the Hudson Valley region of New York. View the website and the 2012 workshop syllabus for more information at www.mccormackstudios.com Valued at $750.

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    Gary Godbee: Original Oil on Board – “Farm Road near Rte 206 (Bernardsville)” 10" x 15" image size, 16” x 21” with included gold plein air frame. Valued at $1,200 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    5 Day Workshop with Max Ginsburg at the Art Students League of New York. “Painting from Life” – April 15 – 19, 2013. Valued at $800

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    Gregory Mortenson: Original Oil on Panel - "Stockholm" 11" x 8" Valued at $1,800. (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Peter Fiore: Original Oil on Linen mounted on Panel - "Rising Sun, (study)” 12"x12" Valued at $2,300 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Sharon Sprung: Original Oil on Panel - “Kentle” 9” x 18” Valued at $2,500 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Teresa Elliott: Original Oil on Linen - "Charolais" 8" x 10" Valued at $2,000. (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Joseph Todorovitch: Original Oil on Linen - "Outdoor Sketch" 16" x 12" VAlued at $2,200 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    2 week summer workshop with Anthony Ryder:
    The Ryder Studio, Classical Drawing and Painting Instruction in beautiful Santa Fe, NM. Your choice of one of the following 2 week summer workshops: 2013 Figure Drawing, 2013 Portrait Drawing, 2013 Portrait Painting. The Ryder Studio is dedicated to the study of a refined style painting and drawing based on the instruction of contemporary master painter and teacher, Ted Seth Jacobs. View the website and the 2012 workshop syllabus for more information at http://www.theryderstudio.com/programs/summer-workshops/
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    Steven Assael: Original Drawing, Graphite and Crayon on Paper - 12" x 14" Valued at $3,000 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Tony Curanaj: Original Oil on Canvas - "Squash" 19" x 11" Valued at $6,000. (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Max Ginsburg: Original Oil on Panel - "Jordan, a Study" 12" x 10" Valued at $7,000 (artwork images can be viewed on the left of the page)

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    Portrait study by Max Ginsburg: Have your portrait done by American Master, Max Ginsburg. A head study in oil, from life, on a panel 14" x 12". Sitter would pose for 2 three hour sessions in the artist's studio. Visit www.maxginsburg.com for examples of portrait studies. Valued at $8,000

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    Trip to attend the opening reception at the World Art Museum in Beijing. Includes airfare, 7 days accommodation, and inclusion in several scheduled artist events.

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