Visuals: New SMG Postcards

A while back we made a wildly successful gallery postcard that quickly disappeared!  In trying to create something visual that people could take with them to remember the gallery, we have a new gallery postcard with images of some of the all-time favorite paintings that have graced the walls of SMG!  

Swing by the gallery to snag one (and even one for a friend) before they vanish!  A little daily art inspiration to keep at your desk, in your studio, on your fridge, or even as a bookmark :)

Artist Demonstration: Leo Mancini-Hresko

This past July, we had the pleasure of hosting Leo Mancini-Hresko for a painting demonstration.  We didn't know before he arrived if he was planning to paint an interior or a figure and were delighted to learn he would be painting his beautiful wife Elpida!

Set-up was a breeze (even if the weather was warm) and as Leo started painting a crowd started to gather around, watching & asking questions.  

Leo & his beautiful wife (doubling as model!) Elpida

Leo is a great multi-tasker with his ability to talk & answer questions (and even sing a few lines from a song) while he is painting... charming the crowd!

We look forward to having Leo back to do a fall plein air landscape demonstration near the gallery and perhaps on the banks of the Charles!  Once he returns from a plein air painting competition in Vermont and then a painting trip with fellow artists to Russia this month... lucky, busy Leo!   You can keep up with him on his own blog:

Back to Back: A Call for Artists

Sloane Merrill Gallery and the Boston Figurative Art Center (BFAC) announce their first collaboration in the form of a themed group exhibition titled 'Back to Back' opening Friday, April 12th at 75 Charles Street, Boston.  

Below is the call to artists to submit for the juried portion of the exhibition. 

Please feel free to contact Sloane Merrill Gallery with any questions at 617.227.1775 or by email at

Artist Process: Scott Bartner -- Julia Finished!

Julia -- all finished!  

Her skin is flawless, her lips are full, her hair encompasses several shades, and her eyes are beautifully piercing.  And her buttons!  Scott painted the pearls with the perfect sheen and opalescence. 

'Julia' -- Finished Painting

Julia came together beautifully -- bravo to Scott!  For more information on Scott, take a browse through his website:

For any portrait commission inquiries, please contact the gallery directly:

Artist Process: Scott Bartner -- Part 2

Next step -- the first layers of color!  You can see the flesh tones bringing life to Julia's face, especially with the subtle rosiness to her cheeks.  Scott is a master of contrast and shadow, however slight, allowing her nose and chin to become much more dimensional.  Our favorite element of Scott's work is easily the draw of his eyes!  He creates figures with captivating eyes that bring the viewer right to the sitter or model.

Scott Bartner, 'Julia' -- First layer of colors.

Check back next week for Scott's progress on Julia!  For any portrait commission inquiries, please contact the gallery directly:

Artist Process: Scott Bartner -- Part 1

The artist's process: exciting, agonizing, exhausting, and fulfilling. 

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be showing you an exclusive look at how Netherlands-based portrait painter Scott Bartner constructs one of his astonishing pieces.  Meet Julia, she's currently an underpainting or grisaille.  

Scott Bartner, 'Julia' - Underpainting

We love seeing the inner workings of Scott's process and know you will as well! 

Next image soon enough...

Framed Friday: Carlo Russo

It's Friday again!  This week we are happy to feature a frame, and painting, by Carlo Russo.  Carlo is another one of our artists who makes his own frames.  Having been to his studio, and seen him working through this frame, we know how much he thinks about the color, profile, and finish on his frames.

Carlo Russo, 'Dreams of Ophelia', 22 x 29, Oil on Linen.

Carlo did an amazing job with the gold leaf detail.  The gold picks up on the browns and tans of the painting, playing off her skin tone perfectly.  The frame looks classic, even though it was only made a few months ago. 

If you haven't seen this painting or frame in person, be sure to stop by the gallery soon!  It's hanging in a prime spot behind the nook desk!

Our Newest Artist: Mary Sauer!

We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the gallery: Mary Sauer!  Mary graduated from BYU, has taken classes at the Art Student's League in New York and The Grand Central Academy of Art, and apprenticed with William Whitaker.  Mary had a big 2012 -- she won "Best of Show" at The Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition, was featured on the cover of the August Issue of American Art Collector Magazine, and was named one of Southwest Art Magazine's "21 Under 31" Artists.  Expect to see Mary's work in the gallery before Christmas!

Here's what Mary has to say about her work:

"I believe there is beauty in every form which can be translated to the canvas by showing it as it appears naturally.  This pushes me to achieve representational color harmony, proportion, and value relationships via a traditional approach to oil painting."