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"What an uplifting event it was for me to be among the greats.
The Second Annual Conference in Fine Art Portraiture and Sculpture brought together the portrait artists across Canadian Provinces, USA, Europe and Asia for four days 8 - 11 May 2003 at Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
The 2003 International Portrait Arts Festival was proudly sponsored by:
Steam Whistle Brewing - The Proud Sponsor of the Portrait Society of Canada, one of the oldest brewing factories in Toronto. The Steam Whistle organized very interesting Factory tour and informal party with lots of fun, freshly brewed beer and pizza for the Festival Participants, and gave the opportunity for the artists to meet each other in informal atmosphere. Steam Whistle supplied the beer gifts for all the Top Finalists of the Portrait Competition 2003 as well.
Novotel North York - the Society second year Proud Sponsor provided accommodation for the Festival artists and participants. We would like to thank Novotel North York and personally Mr. Ryan Duffy Director of sales for the generous support of the Society.
Festival Schedule included four Portrait Demonstrations in different media: oil, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, illustrated lectures for the portrait artists and sculptors, Artists Discussion, Critique Session, informal Party and Gala Awards Banquet.
May 8, first day of the Festival started as usual with the Art Show of Top Finalists Registrations and Opening Ceremony.
Dan Everett Thompson
The Professional Program started with the Charcoal Portrait Demonstration Effective Portrait Drawing in Charcoal, presented by outstanding American portrait artist and instructor Dan Everett Thompson, M.F.A., New York, USA.
May 9 morning program started with the illustrated lecture Catching the Essence, presented by Ruth Abernethy, B.F.A., the Member of Sculptor Society of Canada.
The next Illustrated Lecture was Light in Portraiture presented by David Bernstein, B.Math., professional photographer, Toronto, Canada.
The Afternoon program began with the oil Portrait Demonstration The Old Masters Heritage, presented by Yuqi Wang, Ph.D., China.
The evening was spend at Steam Whistle Brewing Factory, enjoying the Factory Tour, informal atmosphere, meetings and discussing the artists matters.
Saturday 10 May started with Watercolor Portrait Demonstration Myth and Wonders of Modern Watercolor Palette by Beth Koestal M.F.A., Waterloo, Belgium.
Afternoon Pastel Demonstration Finding the Essentials Fast by European leading artist Gwenneth Barth, C.F.C., Geneva, Switzerland, brought a lot of attention of the Participants. The 2003 survey marked this Demo as the "Most interesting Demo in the Festival Program".
The Awards Gala opens with a spectacular Exhibition of 2003 Top Finalists and Performing Artists of the Festival in elegant Tudor Ballroom at Four Seasons Hotel.
The Portrait Society of Canada would like to congratulate the Top Finalists and the Winners of 2003 Portrait Competition.
Sunday morning 11 May continued the Festival Schedule with the Critique Session conducted by Dan Everett Thompson, Yuqi Wand, Gwenneth Barth, Beth Koestal and "Round Table" Artist Discussion. The Closing Ceremony ended the 2003 International Portrait Arts Festival, the Second Annual Conference and Competition in Fine Art Portraiture.
The Portrait Society of Canada would like to thank all the Artists and Participants of 2003 International Portrait Arts Festival and looking forward to see you at our 2003 Portrait Society of Canada Annual Show 26 November-15 December 2003, and 2004 Portrait Arts Festival in June 2004.