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Focus on Figures Exhibit

Online entry deadline – Monday, March 6, Midnight

Exhibit dates - April 15 - May 6, 2023

Online Submissions: The entry form, digital images and payment of entry fee must be submitted to We suggest you go to in advance to set up an account, if you don't already have one, and familiarize yourself with the entry process.

    • Artists can submit up to 5 pieces
    • Membership is not required for entry
    • Cost: $20 per entry
  • Eligibility: 

    • All forms of artwork are allowed
    • All artwork must be originally drawn and is the artist’s original work from conception through execution. The artwork must not be a copy or likeness of another’s work, or derived from a published painting, drawing, photograph, digital image, or print.
    • No size restrictions, within reason. For very oversize or very heavy pieces please contact us before submitting.
    • Submission of artwork done during the course of an in person or online workshop or class is not permitted.
    • Work must not have been previously exhibited in a North River Arts exhibition, including satellite galleries. 
    • Work does not need to be for sale.
    • All 2D work must be framed or gallery wrapped and wired for hanging. No saw tooth hangers.
    • Sculptors must provide their own pedestals.
    • Work deemed unsuitable will not be accepted or hung. 
  • Best in Show - $250 cash award plus ribbon
    Ribbons for Second, Third and Honorable Mentions
  • Important Dates and Information:

    • March 6, midnight - Deadline for Entries
    • March 15 - Acceptance notification
    • April 1 and April 3 – Delivery to Show
    • April 15 – 7pm to 10pm Opening and Awards announced. Exhibition posted online on
    • April 15 to May 6 – Exhibition dates
    • May 6 and May 8 – Artwork pick up from Awards Show
    • May 6 - Portrait Demonstration by Judge Antonio Lones, pickup begins afterwards 

    Sales: Members charged a 30% commission and Non-Members charged 40%. Payment to the artist will be within 30 days of exhibi/on closing. 

    Hand Delivery & Shipping InformationInformation will be provided to artists upon acceptance into the Awards Show. 

    Judge of Selection and Awards:

    Antonio Lones -

    Antonio Lones was born and raised in El Salvador, at which point he developed a passion for art at a young age. His aptitude for drawing was evident from his early school years; however, it wasn't until 2011 that he discovered formal instruction in paining and drawing. In 2013, Antonio had to abandon his studies in architecture in order to pursue the 'American Dream' by relocating to the USA. Driven by realistic aesthetic and classical techniques, self-taught Lones continued to create artwork. Subsequently, he came across an art school located in Boston and in 2018 he joined ARA Boston on a one-year full tuition scholarship, which allowed him to cultivate his ability to create portraits and render classical painting. He is determined to further his personal and artistic development, experimenting with painting as a form to externalize his ideas, wherein the primary topic involves commonplace items. Transforming everyday objects into an account that calls for the unity of compositional ornament, color theory and design. His aspiration is to replicate in his artworks the illustrative depiction of his perspective, a tale of his homeland’s culture, or to affix the beauty of the ordinary; an appreciation that is so often overlooked. 

    Focus on Figures Events:

    Two-Day Workshop with Antonio Lones
    Saturday, April 22- Sunday, April 23 9:00-4:00 daily

    Painting the Figure with the “Zorn Palette”

    Enhance your skills in this two-day workshop led by the award-winning artist, Antonio Lones. Working with the figure from life can be a difficult task, especially when including a wide range of skin tones. During this informative journey, you will gain insight into efficient strategies to achieve accurate skin tones with a limited palette. On the first day, Antonio will provide a lecture and demonstration, while the second day allows you to put your new knowledge into practice while focusing on a live model.

    Cost: $330
    Registration: Limited to 15


    Drop-In Open Figure Drawing Session
    Managed by Karl Nestelberger
    Saturday, April 29 from 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: $10

    Registration: Not required but reservations are suggested as our limit is 20 people 


    Alla Prima Portrait Demonstration by Antonio Lones
    Saturday May 6 from 10-12.

    Pick up from exhibition follows immediately afterwards

    Free and no registration required! Join Antonio to learn how to master the difficulty of completing a portrait from life in a single sitting. This is a challenging technique, and he will share the methods that he utilizes in order to produce an accurate and finished piece in a short timeframe. 


    Drawing the Figure for Grades 8-12
    Saturday April 15 from 2-4pm

    NRAS is excited to offer a clothed figure drawing opportunity for students, grades 8-12, who may be interested in drawing the figure or require figure drawing for college applications. The open studio will be guided by Mike DiRado and students will have the opportunity to draw the figure in various poses over the course of 2 hours.


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