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September 2013

M Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Offers AIS National Juried Exhibition

M Gallery of Fine Art will be hosting this year’s American Impressionist Society (AIS) 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, on view from Sept. 28 through Oct. 30, 2013. An awards presentation will be held on Oct. 3, from 5-8pm, with a reception being held on Oct. 4, from 5-8pm.

Kenn Backhaus, AISM (American Impressionist Society Master) is the Judge of Awards and will be conducting a painting demonstration in the gallery Oct. 4.

Backhaus was born in Beaver Dam, WI, and spent much of his childhood on the family farm near Burnett, WI. His fondness for nature became the catalyst for his art. His parents encouraged his artistic education and following High School, he attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI. As a commercial designer and illustrator Backhaus received many awards at both local and national levels, which included acceptance in the 30th Annual Society of Illustrators Show in New York City. Although he took pride in his commercial successes, his heart always belonged to the fine art of outdoor painting.

With Backhaus’ developing interest in the historic traditions of plein air painting, he decided in 1984, to devote more time to his passion for painting and the love of the outdoors. His works have been juried into many shows across the country and his paintings have been honored with numerous Best of Show awards and distinctions. Backhaus regularly serves as an acceptance juror and awards judge for many shows around the country. He enjoys giving back and has served as an instructor for over ten years. Backhaus was part of a PBS series entitled, “Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape”. He is now one of the host artists of a new high definition 13-part series, Passport & Palette™ representing the next generation of art education on public television.

Backhaus is a member of the California Art Club, Northwest Rendezvous Group, a Master Signature Member of both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, a Signature member of the Plein-Air Painters of America. He also served as President of the Plein-Air Painters of America. Backhaus was one of the Master Artists at the first Plein Air Convention hosted by the Plein Air Magazine in Las Vegas, NV, in April of 2012. He was also invited as one of the Master Artists at the Weekend With the Masters Workshop and Conference in Sept. of 2012, held at the luxurious Rancho Bernardo Inn, near San Diego, CA.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/727-4500 or visit (www.mgalleryoffineart.com).

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