Thursday, April 22, 2010

New York Unveilings...

The verdict (and picture) is finally unveiling last week of Mr. Christopher Forbes (of Forbes Magazine) by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry in conjunction with The National Trust of Scotland's gala, A Celebration of National Treasures, honoring Mr. Forbes.

The portrait, 34" x 40", was unveiled in front of around 3oo at the ritzy Metropolitan Club, a night to remember beautifully organized by The Trust complete with Highland jinks and jigs of whiskey.

My second unveiling of the week was at The Players' Club of New York for its "Hall of Fame Collection" organized by club Art Committee Chair, Mr. Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A., pictured here giving the address at the evenings festivities including dinner and entertainment by some terrific theatre performers. Mr. Kinstler is the country's foremost portrait painter 'extraordinaire' with portraits of seven US presidents under his art belt. I am blessed to have studied with this great man for the last seven years. His art, friendship and art direction changed my life.

The Players was founded in 1888 by famed actor Edwin Booth as a gathering place for theatre and film greats. It became legendary. The portrait collection honors past and present members of The Players.

My newest portrait for the club's collection, which includes paintings by John Singer Sargent no less, was of actor-playwright Howard Lindsay (and president of The Players for many years). It is my fourth portrait for The Players, something I hold dear. There were 16 esteemed artists also unveiling into the collection that night including Michael Shane Neal, Dawn Whitelaw, Holly Metzger, Jason Bouldin, Wende Carporeale, and Loryn Brazier,


Marian Fortunati said...

Oh Johanna... what a thrill and what an honor... actually make those both plural!!

You are so amazing... Think of it... those paintings will be there long after all of us and people will look at you alongside Kinstler and Sargent and the others... WOW.. great company eh??!!!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thanks Marian. It was a wonderful trip all around.