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This exquisite composition entitled "Doge's Palace" by Antoine Bouvard details a golden view of Doge's Palace.  His virtuosity and lively brushwork are striking in this luminous oil on canvas

Bathed in Sunlight: The Venetian Paintings of Antoine Bouvard

Posted: March 27, 2017 08:29 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Bursting forth with inimitable warmth, brilliance and adoration of subject, the paintings of French artist Antoine Bouvard are amongst the most highly regarded of the Venetian genre. This paramount painter of Venice was born in the town of L’Isere in eastern France in 1870. Studying at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts, the young artist initially pursued a career as an architect, studying art and architecture under Simon-Claude Constant-Dufeux. He experienced much success as an architect, becoming the Director of Architectural Services for the Seine and leading the construction of the Bourse d...


2nd Annual "Waterscapes" International Juried Art Competition www.fusionartps.com

2nd Annual "Waterscapes" Juried Art Competition is Now Accepting Entries

Posted: February 17, 2017 15:56 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce it is now accepting submissions for its 2nd Annual “Waterscapes” international online juried art exhibition. For this competition artists, including photographers, are encouraged to share their artistic vision and interpretation of “Waterscapes”. The theme includes any art or photography which depicts any type of body of water including the ocean, lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, etc. The theme includes coastal living, any ocean activities, seaside vistas, beaches, and any related seashore or lakeside subjects. It can also include rain, puddles and frozen ...


Fusion Art's "Watercolor" Online Juried Art Exhibition www.fusionartps.com

Fusion Art's "Watercolor" Art Exhibition is Now Open

Posted: January 17, 2017 23:14 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

 Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of the “Watercolor” International Online Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is now available for viewing on the Fusion Art website. For this exhibition watercolor artists, worldwide, were encouraged to submit their best watercolor artwork. The competition was open to all artists working in water-based media on paper or synthetic paper surface. The work could range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and all artists, regardless of location or experience, were encouraged to submit. Eight winners, Elizabeth Burin, Megan Foldenauer, M...


Fusion Art's 2nd Annual "Landscapes" Art Exhibition www.fusionartps.com

Fusion Art's 2nd Annual "Landscapes" Art Exhibition is Now Open

Posted: January 10, 2017 22:46 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of the 2nd Annual “Landscapes” International Online Juried Art Exhibition for the month of January 2017. The exhibition is now available for viewing on the Fusion Art website. The “Landscapes” exhibition opened on January 1st and featured awards in two categories: Traditional Art and Digital Art & Photography. For this competition artists and photographers worldwide were encouraged to share their artistic vision and interpretation of natural scenery and the physical elements of landforms such as mountains, hills, valleys, deserts, farml...


2nd Annual Leaves & Petals Juried Art Competition www.fusionartps.com

2nd Annual "Leaves & Petals" Juried Art Competition is Now Accepting Entries

Posted: December 31, 2016 12:57 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce it is now accepting submissions for its 2nd Annual “Leaves & Petals” international online juried art exhibition. For this competition artists and photographers are encouraged to share their artistic vision and interpretation of flowers, leaves, herbs, plants, shrubs, bushes, hedges and other botanical or floral subjects. The artwork can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and all artists and photographers, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit. The exhibition will be hosted on Fusion Art’s website during the mon...


Fusion Art's 2nd Annual "Colorful Abstractions" International Art Exhibition is Now Open www.fusionartps.com

Fusion Art's 2nd Annual "Colorful Abstractions" International Art Exhibition is Now Open

Posted: October 06, 2016 21:38 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art's 2nd Annual "Colorful Abstractions" International Juried Art Exhibition is now opne and available for viewing on the Fusion Art website. The “Colorful Abstractions” exhibition opened on October 1st and featured awards in two categories: Traditional Art and Digital Art & Photography. For this competition artists and photographers worldwide were encouraged to share their best nonobjective or nonrepresentational art. Artists and photographers, regardless of location or experience, were encouraged to submit. The Best in Show winners are Manish Pandey for his acrylic on ca...


2nd Annual Artist's Choice International Juried Art Competition www.fusionartps.com

2nd Annual "Artist's Choice" Juried Art Competition is Now Accepting Entries

Posted: September 16, 2016 14:53 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce it is now accepting submissions for its 2nd Annual “Artist’s Choice” international online juried art exhibition. This open competition has no specific theme and artists and photographers, worldwide, are encouraged to submit their best works in any subject matter and any of the accepted mediums. The artwork can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and artists and photographers, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best representational and/or nonrepresentational art. The exhibition will be hosted on Fusion Art’...


"Waterscapes" Juried Art Exhibition is Now Open.  www.fusionartps.com

Fusion Art's "Waterscapes" International Online Juried Art Exhibition Now Open

Posted: September 02, 2016 16:01 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of its September 2016 International Online Juried Art Exhibition, “Waterscapes.” The exhibition is now available for viewing on the Fusion Art website. The “Waterscapes” exhibition opened on September 1st and featured awards in two categories: Traditional Art and Digital Art & Photography. For this competition artists and photographers worldwide were encouraged to share their artistic vision and interpretation of “Waterscapes.” The theme included any art or photography which depicted any type of body of water including the ocean, lakes,...


2nd Annual "Colorful Abstractions" Juried Art Competition www.fusionartps.com

2nd Annual "Colorful Abstractions" Juried Art Competition is Now Accepting Entries

Posted: August 20, 2016 13:31 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce it is now accepting submissions for its 2nd Annual “Colorful Abstractions” international online juried art exhibition. For this competition artists and photographers worldwide are encouraged to share their artistic interpretation of the "Colorful Abstractions" theme by submitting their best nonobjective or nonrepresentational art. Black and white are colors that qualify for the Colorful Abstractions theme. The competition is open to artists worldwide and all artists and photographers, regardless of location or experience level, are encouraged to partic...


"Art for Animals" Juried Art Exhibition for Charity www.fusionartps.com

Fusion Art Gallery to Host Charity Exhibition "Art for Animals"

Posted: August 20, 2016 13:27 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce that it will host an “Art for Animals” juried art exhibition to support local Coachella Valley animal welfare organizations. The gallery has partnered with SNIP, the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, The Living Desert, Animal Samaritans, and the Humane Society of the Desert to host a charity art exhibition during the month of December 2016. All five organizations are 501(3)(c) nonprofits that are committed to the humane treatment of all animals and the preservation of life through no-kill philosophies. A juried art competition will be held from July 20th th...


Fusion Art's "Waterscapes" is Now Accepting Entries www.fusionartps.com

Call for Artists: Fusion Art Now Accepting Submissions for its Waterscapes International Juried Art Competition

Posted: July 22, 2016 19:37 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is now accepting submissions for “Waterscapes,” its September 2016 international online juried art exhibition. For this competition artists and photographers worldwide are encouraged to share their artistic vision and interpretation of Waterscapes. The Waterscapes theme includes any art or photography which depicts any type of body of water including the ocean, lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, etc. The theme includes coastal living, any ocean activities, seaside vistas, beaches, and any related seashore or lakeside subjects. It can also include rain, puddles and frozen waterscap...


Fusion Art's "Red, White & Blue" International Juried Art Exhibition is now open, www.fusionartps,com

Fusion Art's "Red, White & Blue" International Online Juried Art Exhibition Now Open

Posted: July 02, 2016 14:14 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art's July 2016 International Online Juried Art Exhibition, “Red, White & Blue” is now open and live on the website. In honor of the United States' Independence Day holiday during the month of July, Fusion Art is celebrating the colors Red, White & Blue. Opening on July 1st, the “Red, White & Blue” exhibition features awards in two categories: Traditional Art and Digital Art & Photography.  The “Red, White & Blue” Best in Show winners are Nicole Duet for her oil painting, “Vickie,” and Violeta Brown for here digital painted photograph, “Lady in Red 2.” Bot...


One of only seven known to exist, this immense Farcot conical mystery clock was made for and purchased at the great London International Exhibition of 1862.

Made to Mesmerize: The Farcot Conical Mystery Clock

Posted: June 14, 2016 11:53 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The great International Exhibitions of the 19th and early 20th centuries were the means by which the world’s latest artistic, industrial and technological innovations could take center stage. Attracting millions of visitors over the duration, it was these world’s fairs that allowed artisans from every discipline to showcase their absolute best to a global audience that included royalty and the social elite. For a craftsman, their exhibit was a watershed moment with the power to make or break their career. The 1862 International Exhibition had been a long time coming. The exhibition marked...


"Light & Shadow" International Online Juried Art Exhibition is Open! www.fusionartps.com

Fusion Art's "Light & Shadow" International Online Juried Art Exhibition Now Open

Posted: June 03, 2016 14:48 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art's June 2016 International Online Juried Art Exhibition, “Light & Shadow" is now open. The “Light & Shadow” exhibition features awards in two categories: Traditional Art and Digital Art & Photography.  The Light & Shadow Best in Show winners are Catherine Palmer for her oil on canvas, “Grove and Masonic,” and Richard Greene for his photograph, “Sunset Blvd.”  Both Catherine and Richard are Fusion Art's Featured Artists for the month of June 2016 and, as the Best in Show winners, both artists are also invited to participate in Fusion Art's Annual Group Show in...


“Pets We Love 2” in support of the ASPCA

Posted: June 01, 2016 08:16 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

“Pets We Love 2” Art-Competition.net: Announces a call for entries for “Pets We Love 2” for a second year supporting the ASPCA. Up to 18 artists will be selected for a group exhibit, “Pets We Love 2” at Gallery 25N's online gallery. We are proud to present “Pets We Love 2” for a second year in support of the ASPCA and its mission to save lives. To learn more, visit: aspca.org. Theme: "Pets We Love” - Pets are an important part of life for many individuals and families, and are caring companions that we love, and can range from the exotic to the domestic. Their relationship to us is ...


"Leaves & Petals" Online Juried Art Exhibition is now open.  http://fusionartps.com/

Fusion Art's "Leaves & Petals" International Online Juried Art Exhibition Opens May 1, 2016

Posted: May 01, 2016 23:19 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of its May 2016 International Online Juried Art Exhibition, “Leaves & Petals.” Opening on May 1st, the “Leaves & Petals” exhibition features awards in two categories: Traditional Art and Digital Art & Photography.  The Best in Show winners include Elizabeth Burin for her watercolor, “Magnolia Spotlight,” and Margaret King for her digital art, “Red Lily.” Both Elizabeth and Margaret are Fusion Art's Featured Artists for the month of May 2016 and, as the Best in Show winners, both artists are also invited to participate in Fusion ...


Fusion Art Opens on May 4, 2016.  Opening Reception 6pm-9pm

Fusion Art Opens in Palm Springs on May 4, 2016

Posted: April 30, 2016 00:35 Last Updated: | Valerie Hoffman

Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of its gallery in Palm Springs, California on May 4, 2016.   Located at 2658 S. Cherokee Way, in the historic Backstreet Art District, Fusion Art joins an assortment of artist-owned galleries and working studios that feature diverse collections of original, contemporary art by locally, nationally & internationally recognized artists.   Founded by Chris and Valerie Hoffman, the gallery was envisioned and formed out of a passion for art and the artists who create it. Originally conceived as an online gallery that hosts international j...


Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt Hunting with Hounds by Louise Abbéma

Bernhardt and Abbéma: Leading Ladies of the Belle Époque

Posted: March 07, 2016 08:31 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

In honor of International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8, 2016, we look back to the extraordinary lives of two of the most unapologetically daring and creative women represented in our collection at M.S. Rau Antiques. The stories of the painter Louise Abbéma and actress Sarah Bernhardt were infinitely entwined during their lifetimes, and remain immortally so in our Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt painted by Abbéma’s hand. Both were noteworthy artists, and both were remarkable women ahead of their time. On this day that celebrates the achievements of women across the globe, it only seems app...


Call To Artists, "Land & Seascapes"

Posted: February 24, 2016 17:42 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

"Land & Seascapes" Art-Competition.net announces the art call "Land & Seascapes", Deadline: March 21, 2016 (Midnight EST). There will be 7 winners and 10 honorable mentions. This competition is open to all artists/photographers worldwide. The participants must be 18 years of age or older working in any still art medium: painting, drawing, collage, photography, digital art, fiber art, etc. "The cash prizes, art marketing prizes and the number of winners have all been increased." Awards: $8,025 in Cash and Art Marketing Prizes. Link To Art Call: "Land & Seascapes"


Bust of Christ by Edmonia Lewis, 1870

Exciting Edmonia Lewis Discovery

Posted: September 15, 2015 00:30 Last Updated: | M. Richardson

EXCITING EDMONIA LEWIS DISCOVERY An important discovery has been made of an1870 Bust of Christ by the Afro-Indian sculptor Edmonia Lewis (1842-1907). It was created for the Marquis of Bute, one of her earliest British patrons and is in the Bute family collection on the Isle of Bute off of Scotland.  An earlier piece by her commissioned by the Marquis, a Madonna and Child With Angels, is lost and thought to have been destroyed in a fire. A work by Lewis of this name was auctioned in London in the latter part of the 19th-century, but with no illustration and little other information...


Immense rarity and beauty define this awe-inspiring untreated 18.50-carat Kashmir sapphire.  This emerald-cut natural wonder is accompanied by 1.30 carats of diamonds and set in platinum and 22K yellow gold.

Opulence Defined: The Kashmir Sapphire

Posted: September 09, 2015 13:05 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Veiled by its legendary reputation and virtually unobtainable rarity, Kashmir sapphires are counted alongside the finest diamonds and Burma rubies in terms of scarcity. The mere mention of the term “Kashmir” is synonymous with the ultimate sapphire, possessing an incomparably deep, velvety blue color that seemingly glows from within. Discovered around 1880 in the city of Kashmir located in the northwest corner of India, the historic Kashmir minds are imbedded thousands of feet high in the Himalayas. The heyday of sapphire mining lasted between 1882 until 1887, and no significant depo...


Left: Fairy and Crane, Embroidery with silk from the Qing Dynasty.  Right: Covered ewer, Porcelain painted in enamels from the Qing Dynasty

The Significance of Cranes as Symbols in Chinese Art and Carpets

Posted: September 04, 2015 10:48 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Cranes in Chinese art -- Since ancient times, the Chinese have been exceptionally creative in using various living, non-living and imaginary objects to represent abstract ideas. They have a symbol for everything, including life, death and longevity. One glance at Chinese art and carpets can educate on the myriads of Chinese symbols. Among the most popular and widely used symbols are the ones for longevity. They include bamboo, cicada, peach, gourd, pine, deer and crane. Cranes, or herons as they are also referred to as, play an important role in Chinese mytholog...


Call for Abstract Art

Posted: July 20, 2015 09:15 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The ArtisTTable is seeking art for its 2015 juried online all media Abstract Exhibition. Artists 18 and over are invited to submit art of all media for consideration in the show, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, orginal prints and more. Cash prizes are awarded to the first 3 places choosen by our juror. Submit your art by 02 August 2015. All the details and registration can be found online: www.ArtisTTableOnline.com/abstract15prospectus


Protect Your Antique Rugs from Fading with These Tips

Protect Your Antique Carpets from the Effects of Sunlight

Posted: June 26, 2015 12:15 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

What You Should Know About Light and Antique Carpets It's a ritual at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. On the hour and half-hour, the Ardabil carpet is lit for a brief 10 minutes, so visitors to the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art can behold its splendor. The enclosed display case and lighting system in Room 42 were specially crafted to showcase the world-famous 16th century Safavid carpet and to preserve its exquisite colors. While few collectors display priceless artifacts on the floor, most do value their antique carpets and want to protect the rich colors and stru...


This remarkable Enigma K machine was used to transmit secret messages during World War II.  It is believed by some that the Allies' breaking of the Enigma code shortened the war by two years.

Cracking the Code: The Enigma Machine

Posted: June 15, 2015 15:59 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Allied forces led by the United States and the United Kingdom, declared victory over Germany and the Axis powers in what is known as the deadliest conflict in human history–World War II.  With an estimated 50 to 85 million lives lost over the course of the War, it is hard to believe that a small mechanical device had such a tremendous impact on world history. Known as the Enigma, this cryptography machine was devised by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius toward the end of World War I, and was initially used commercially until the German government and the Nazi regime realized the...


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