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Sept 2023 Presenter: Vic Shuler

We invite you to join us at our meeting on Monday September 18, 2023 for fun and fellowship.

This is our first monthly members meeting for the season. Hope to see you there - members and guests welcome!

Our presenter this month is Robert "Vic" Shuler

You may remember Vic as the winner of the Best in Show piece "Triumphant Rain" at last March's Juried Show.

oil painting of people in front of the Arc de Triomphe on a blue-gray rainy day
"Triumphant Rain" by Vic Shuler

Robert says "During art school, the mantra I remember hearing over and over was: “Art is right-making.” Those four simple words stuck with me and helped shape my work ethic and my passion for giving my very best. Over the course of my career, I have learned that visual artists are translators of the world around us. Our personal interpretation of this world, through the tools and skills we possess, is intimate. It involves love, passion, skill, intensity, reflection, and ultimately, our very heart and soul. I believe artists aren’t copiers of our world, rather, we represent our world with struggle and travail and offer our viewers an alternate reality. Whether abstract or representational, our responsibility is to create a reality that inspires, elevates the spirit and puts forth the idea that beauty is all around us, especially during the most tumultuous of times."

The Title of Robert's Presentation is: "What inspires the artist?"

Robert will be sharing a bit about his journey as an artist: what inspired him to begin, inspired him along the journey of his art education and continues to inspire him now.

During his presentation, he will be doing a live demo in which he will do a charcoal drawing of an Indian from a photograph by Edward Curtis (a photographer with artwork at the Library of Congress). He'll show us how to get started and develop it into a completed charcoal likeness.


Photo of Robert "Vic" Shuler

Robert V. "Vic" Shuler

Having enrolled in Ringling School of Art’s graphic design program right out of high school, Vic enthusiastically embraced every class and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Vic began his graphic design career in 1977 in Greenville, SC. While serving as senior art director at several advertising agencies and as senior art director at Michelin Tire Corporation, Vic garnered numerous awards for outstanding work. He continues to forward his graphic design career as a freelance graphic artist for several long-standing clients. Vic officially retired in 2022 and is now pursuing fine art as his full-time passion. Vic works in all mediums but prefers oil, acrylic and pastel. He finds landscape, portraiture, architecture and sculpture to be the most interesting and inspiring forms of subject matter to tackle.


Join Zoom Meeting 

The Zoom session will open at 5:30pm

The Presentation will begin at 6pm

(See Zoom link details at bottom of this post)


A reminder to our members:

Each month, we hold a new themed contest in the TAP Gallery. All CCAL members are invited to participate. Simply create your best piece according to the theme and bring it to hang on the start date listed below. (Be sure to bring your gallery wall label.) Only original works only are permitted in judged theme contests (no prints please). Exhibits typically change the same night as our monthly member meeting. Be sure to take home your artwork at the end of the exhibit!! A monthly Award Winner will be selected and awarded a ribbon for themed exhibits. Happy creating! In order to give our members more time to paint ahead for the TAP Gallery Exhibits, we will be trying to keep a yearly list of upcoming themes published in advance. View the full list of all Upcoming TAP Gallery Themes so you can plan and create ahead!

To participate in our other Public Galleries, submit a Request to be scheduled in our other Public Galleries


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