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Our artists strive to achieve excellence in fine art. Below are recent accolades...congratulations and bravo.

Diana Coidan
1. "Circle of friends" juried into the WPSE Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition 2017
2. First Place - Professional - Pastels, Drawings, Print Making Category
NC State Fair 2017
3. Also juried into the Statewide Pastel Juried Exhibit in Charlotte, NC

Girl W/Bright Orange Skirt
Nicole White Kennedy
Nicole Kennedy juried into the American Impressionist Society
for the fourth consectutive year. Girl with the Bright Orange Skirt.

Nicole Kennedy featured in the July Issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine


Eileen Hendren
Eileen Hendren selected for the National Association of Women Artists
"Small Wonders" exhibition, a national juried show in New York City
please click on the image to see Eileen's work herre at Nicole's Studio
Cecilia Guitarte
Hang in there”. wins third prize award at FALC Fine Arts League of cary annual exhibition with my painting

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Nicole White Kennedy & Diane Pyun

Both artists had featured write ups in the April 2017 issue of Art Guide
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Diana Coidan

Diana Coidan, PSA (Pastel Society of America Signature Member): "Circle of Friends" was accepted into the North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, Cornwell Center, Charlotte May-June

" Moment of Reflection" Pastel Accepted into the 60th National Multi-media Juried Art Exhibition at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mt.

Diana Coidan has been Accepted into the juried membership of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), New York, NY

Patricia Pittman

"Iris" will be on exhibit in the prestigeous Invitational
"The Huntsville Museum of Art Spring Gala 2017

Diana Coidan

Two of Diana's works have been acepted into the Pastel Society of NC "Winter Exhibition" in Greensboro at Ambleside Gallery. They will be on display February 3 - March 4th

Beyond the Shadow

A Path Followed

Nicole Kennedy - AIS

Nicole has been honored Signature Member Status in the American Impressionist Society

Nicole Kennedy & Renee Crawford

Congratulations to Renee Crawford (for "Burnished") & Nicole White Kennedy (for "Central Park Classic") both accepted into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters International on line competition.

Jean Kolb Grunewald

'Out of Africa on Canvas'

Jean won 2 merit awards from 'Richeson75, Animals, Birds and Wildlife' and will be featured in their 2016 catalogue.

The paintings include "Zebras Ahead" 30 x 36 oil on wrapped linen canvas and "Elephants Under the Acacias" 20 x 30 oil on canvas - custom framed

*Portrait Society of America Finalist Award for Elephants Under the Acadias*

Nicole White Kennedy
Surfing Sisters 15 x 30 oil

Featuring in the Nov/Dec Issue of 'Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine'
(Page 9)

The American Impressionist Society 17th Annual Juried Exhibit: September 29 - October 30, 2016 Kirkland, Washington

Winner of Outstanding Figurative - 2016
in Women's Painters of the South East - Annual Juried exhibit.

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society
Award of Excellence winner 2016 On-Line International Exhibit.

This painting was also juried into
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit. 2015

Nicole White Kennedy
Central Park Classic 24 x 30 oil

Juried into Oil painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit 2016

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Association

Nicole White Kennedy's "Rush Hour" & Cecilia Guitarte's "Spiral Illusions" were both juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Association

Nicole White Kennedy
2016 – Art Guide Now – Feature page on Nicole, her art and gallery!
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Diana Coidan

Diana Coidan

Pastel artist and instructor Diana Coidan recently had two works accepted to Women Painters of the Southeast Regional Exhibit in 2016. In North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibition to be held at the Hickory Museum of Art - 2016

Click on the image to view her works at the gallery

Jean Grunewald

Jean Grunewald recently was awarded 9th place for her landscape "Distant Views" by the Portrait Society of America. As well as 2 paintngs accepted into the Women Painters of the Southeast, and a figurative into National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society International online exhibition.

Right: A sample of Jean's work featured in the gallery.
Click the image to see more of her paintings.

   Diane Pyun

Nicole Kennedy, Diane Pyun,
Jean Grunewald, Diana Coidan

(see above for more info on Grunewald, Coidan & Kennedy)

Gallery artists all juried into
Women Painters of the Southeast
Annual Juried Exhibit 2016

2015 artist accolades below
Nicole Kennedy

"Urban Landscapes" published feature in Art Guide Now

Read our article about the upcoming November "Urban Landscapes" show featured in October's Art Guide. The ArtGuide is distributed throughout the Southeast.

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Cecilia Guitarte

"Hanging in There" by Cecilia Guitarte juried into National Oil & Acrylic Painters 25th Best of Amercia Exhibit
October - November 2015, Bolivar, MO

Hanging in There 36x24 - oil on canvas
View Guitarte's works in the gallery
Nicole Kennedy

"Beached in Capri" by Nicole White Kennedy, along with paintings by Rick McClure and Dan Beck accepted into the American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibit - October 2015

Gallery artist, Rick McClure & Dan Beck are also juried into AIS - 2015
Rick McClure wons an horable mention
Nicole Kennedy

“In Protest” wins a Meritous Award in the Richeson International Miniature paintings conpetition 2015
Jean Grunewald

Featured in the upcoming AAEA American Academy of Equine Art Fall Show
and National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Online International 2015 Spring Exhibits.

"Barrel Blazer" 16x20 oil on canvas
View more of Jean Grunewald's works here

Diana Coidan

Coidan's work accepted into the Fine Arts League of cary and Raleigh Fine Arts juried exhibits 2015. You can also find Coidan's work in print in the June issue of "O. Henry" magazine, a arts a culture magazine devoted to Greensboro.
View Coidan's works in the gallery

Nicole Kennedy and Jean Grunewald

Juried into Women Painters of the Southeast Annual Juried Exhibit. Nicole Kennedy and Jean Grunewald : 2015 Member's Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountain Art Assoc. Blue Ridge, GA

Nicole Kennedy
Mr. Cool

Nicole Kennedy
Rush Hour

Jean Grunewald

Jean Grunewald

Juried into the Portrait Society of America's Member's Only Competition.
The top winning works will be featured in the International Artist Magazine and PSA's quarterly The Art of the Portrait Journal.
View Jean's works in the gallery


Diana Coidan

WINNER FIRST PLACE - NC State Fair 2014 - Professional Artists Category
Diana Coidan - "All My Ducks in A Row", pastel. This is one of many State Fair ribbons won by Diana!
View Coidan's works in the gallery

Nicole Kennedy

Highlighted in American Art Collector Magazines Sept 2014 issue:
Oil Painters of America eastern Regional Exhibit
Art Guide of The Carolinas Magazine

Featured editorial on "Art Students of Excellence Exhibit" in the September issue of Art Guide!

Rick McClure

Juried into the American Impressionist Society National Exhibit for 2014. Rick McClure is also a Signature Member of AIS and this year marks the 9th time he has been featured in their annual national exhibit.

View McClure's works in the gallery

Nicole White Kennedy
Rush Hour by Nicole White Kennedy Juried into Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit 2014

View Nicole's figurative works in the gallery

Cecilia Guitarte

Cecilia Guitarte makes the Cover of Art Guide the Carolinas, Nicole Kennedy's art is featured in the editorial (click below for larger view)
Diana Coidan

Diana has been accepted as a Signature Member for the
Pastel Society of America!

Diana Coidan

3rd Annual NC STATEWIDE Juried Pastel Exhibition "On Common Ground: 2014 Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea" The Cornwell Center, Charlotte NC   May 1 - 30th

35th Annual NATIONAL Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Arts Council of Wayne County April 4 - May 18

Sea-Aire on the Pamlico recieved an “Award of Excellence" at the Arts Council of Carteret County's "Art from the Heart" juried show held in Morehead City. 
Coidan’s pastel, “Sunset Sighting” was also accepted into the Pastel Society of NC Ambleside Winter Exhibition that will take place at the end of February.


Jean Grunewald
& Nicole White Kennedy
Are juried into Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibit- 2014

Jean is juried in with TWO paintings "Breakfast is Served and Misty Mornings" and Nicole's "Autumn Glow". Exhibit will be hosted at Magnolia Art Gallery in Greensoboro, Georgia March, 2014

painting fairfield CT brookside

Lori Putnam & Jean Grunewald
A fantastic write up in Art Guide of the Carolinas
"Art of the Landscape" featuring Lori Putnam & Jean Grunewald. 10/2013

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Rick McClure

Juried into American Impressionist Society 14th Annual National Exhibition.
M Gallery of Fine Art Charleston, South Carolina September 28th – November 2nd, 2013

Rural Interlude
14 x 18 oil on linen

Nicole White Kennedy
Juried into Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Division
McBride Gallery Annapolis, Maryland October 20th - November 17th, 2013

Rhapsody Respite (from the Carolina Ballet)
24 x 30 oil on linen - custom framed
Diana Coidan

Diana recently won the Strathmore Award in the 2013 NC Statewide pastel Exhibit at the Hickory Museum of Art. Diana had 2 pieces juried into this highly competitive annual exhibit

Below is one of Diana's sky paintings from her award winning series. This and many other of Diana's paintings will be featured in the upcoming exhibit 4 Women 4 Elements begining June 7th.

Diana Coidan
Evening Radiance
21 x 29 pastel - Custom Framed & Matted

Nicole White Kennedy

Nicole White Kennedy's "Seeking Sea Glass" WPSE 2013 Juried Members Exhibition at the Imagine Gallery in Franklin Tennessee. The same painting was also juried into Audubon Artists National Organization in 2012 at the Salmagundi Club NYC, winning the Alfred & Mary Crimi Award of Excellence
Nicole Kennedy

Nicole's Ballet Exhibit Makes the News in the Raleigh News & Observer: Midtowm News 11/6/12 , Raleigh First Friday Weekend News 11/7, Sunday Arts & Living. Click for article


Diana Coidan
Fall 2012 won the Commissioner's Choice Award at the 2012
North Carolina State Fair Juried Art Competition,
the highest award at the State Fair

Diana Coidan's "Ears Looking at You" will be placed in the permenant collection of the State of North Carolina's Chairman's Collection
Cecilia Guitarte
Cecila Guitarte

Cecilia's Charming Iced Tea Miniature Series
wins First Place at the Cary Gallery's annual juried Exhibit Spring 2012

"Iced Tea with Lemon"
Nicole Kennedy
Juried into two major national exhibits and wins national awards for 2 paintings

Ferry to the Grotto
wins Southwest Magazine Award of Excellence
American Impressionist Society's Annual National juried exhibit-2011
Judge: Scott Christensen
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