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2024 Focus on Figures 

Exhibit Dates - April 6 - May 2, 2024 

Gallery Hours:
Mondays - Thursdays 9am-1pm
Sundays 11am-2pm

View Show Online

Focus on Figures is our annual celebration of the art of the figure. This is an open show invite to all artists to submit work in any medium to be exhibited in our historic GAR Hall. A series of events including a two-day workshop, a drop-in figure session and a portrait demonstration have been scheduled during the run of this exhibit. 


    • Best in Show $250 plus ribbon
    • Second Place Ribbon and a $100 Gift Card to NRAS, applicable to any North River Arts Class or Workshop 
    • Third Place Ribbon
    • Honorable Mentions (5) Ribbon

Important Dates

    • March 5 @ Midnight - Deadline for Entries
    • March 12 - Acceptance Notifications 
    • March 27, 6-8pm OR March 30, 11am-2pm - Drop Off Artwork 
    • April 6, 6-8pm - Opening and Awards Ceremony, awards at 7:30PM. 
    • April 6 - May 2 - Exhibition Dates, Exhibition posted online to
    • April 6 and 7, 9am-4pm/Daily - Workshop with Diane Rappisi
    • May 4, 11am-2pm, OR May 6, 6-8pm - Pick Up Artwork

Sales: Members charged a 40% commission and non-members charged 50%. Payment to artists will be within 30 days of exhibition closing. All artwork must remain hung until close of show.

Hand Delivery and Shipping: Information will be provided to artists upon acceptance into the Awards Show.

Judge of Selection and Awards: Diane Rappisi 

Diane Rappisi is a contemporary realist painter whose work fuses the light and chroma of the Cape Cod colorists with the form and structure of the traditional Italian and French academies. She works in oil, pastel, charcoal, and graphite. 

Diane is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Masters Circle and served on its Board of Directors from 2016-2021.  She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Maryland Pastel Society, and also holds memberships in the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Oil Painters of America, and the Pastel Society of Colorado.  Her work resides in numerous private and public collections across the US, in New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands, and selected pieces have been published for the National Park Service in Glen Echo, MD.

Focus on Figures Education

Painting the Figure 
Two-Day Workshop with Diane Rappisi 

April 6 and April 7
9am-4pm/Daily (1 hour for lunch)

Join Diane Rappisi for a fresh perspective on the ever-challenging, always beautiful, human figure. Working from the live (nude) model, participants will manage the critical components of composition, gesture, shape, structure and color. Participants begin monochromatically in either charcoal or oil grisaille, and proceed to full color work in pastel or oil. All levels are welcome.


Figures, Forms, and Faces: A Photography Workshop
1-Day Workshop with Don Claude Eshun 

April 13, 9am-4pm (One hour for lunch at Noon), $180M/$220NM

In collaboration with the Focus on Figures exhibition (April 6 - May 2), this workshop will center around the art of making images, learn how to effectively compose an image within a frame, and discover the significance of listening to your inner intuition. Join us for an engaging and interactive experience that will enhance your understanding and skills in visual storytelling. Let’s delve into the world of picture-making and community building.

The first half Don Claude will have students take turns posing for one another or setting up their object of choice. With the second half, students focus on post-processing with what we made as a group vs individually. File management to creatively adjusting your image leading to a physical object. If there’s time left we will have a discussion on the experience. Don Claude will also provide a professional printer for students to take home a physical copy of their work. 


Drop-in Figure Drawing Session
Monitored by Lauren Bass

April 20, 12-3pm 

All artists are invited to attend an open studio session working from a nude model. There will be no instruction. All materials and experience levels are welcome. Artists need to be at least 18. 

Session and Model Fee: $20 preregister online or drop-in cash only


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