Along with curating the VRFA ongoing gallery collection, Vanessa is an independent/freelance curator who is honored to have innovated many recent successful exhibitions. She offers her well trained aesthetic eye for quality art, experience, graphic design, web, catalog and editorial writing skills, creating themed and unique exhibitions at Galleries and Museums throughout the world.
Rothe specializes in Realist and Impressionist work, along with Historical masterworks and has recently been known to add drawings and sketches to the exhibits to help portray the raw talent of the artist. Rothe and VRFA Gallery share in the current creation of a new contemporary realist movement that can be a success with artists combining long learned traditional realism with abstraction and or Impressionism. VRFA is proud to have created 2 important annual and ongoing fine art projects "Americans in Paris, and Realism Without Borders" which travel the world with bi- continental exhibitions.
From innovation, to opening night of the exhibition, she is on task choosing the best quality works, creating top notch marketing, graphic design layouts, and excelling at friendly artist management, artist to artist. The gallery carries renown and award winning American Landscape and Figurative painters, as well as Imported French Impressionism from her connections in Paris. Rothe also has a very fine Historical Collection of Early California and Russian Impressionism at her disposal.
April, May 2023
•Curator and Innovator Americans in Paris, FINE ART and FASHION" APRIL 20223 at the Salmagundi Club in NEW YORK CITY.
Vanessa Rothe's Americans in Paris fine art project and painters group adopts one of the gallery's annual theme of FINE ART and FASHION as the AIP artists create all new works inspired by historical fashion icons, and contemporary fashion and design for SPRING of 2023. 40 leading artists in realism and impressionism, 75 new works on 5th avenue ( and 12th) in Manhattan, New York City. Online here April 16th, 2023
Experience the runway with both fine art and fashion with the annual exhibition live or online from anywhere in the world. Original Artwork of New York, Paris and the Eiffel tower, CoCo Chanel, Kimono robes, vintage fashion photos created into new paintings, bold modern figurative works and more. Bespoke leather shoes by Francis Waplinger and bespoke clothing by Oliver Rothe with "OD" design and Vanessa Rothe Designs. The show opens in SPRING 2023 at the Salmagundi club NYC on 5th avenue and online from anywhere in the world.
Over 40 Artists including : J.Louis, Michael Carson, Vincent Xeus, Quang Ho, Adrienne Stein, C.W Mundy, Derek Penix, Suchitra Bhosle, Casey Childs, Dan McCaw, Danny McCaw, David Kassan, Shana Levenson, Derek Harrison, James Kroner, Kyle.Ma, Kyle Stuckey, Vanessa Rothe, Jane Hunt, Jesse Powell, Nicolas Martin, Julie Snyder, and more.
Exhibition and Events included Special lectures and demos by three of the artists LIVE at the Salmagundi Club in NYC-
APRIL in NEW YORK, in the Parlor of the Salmagundi club, NYC 5th avenue. View and Shop the Collection Here
CURATING JUDGE May 2023
Rothe was honored to be a curating jurer for the American Womens Artists annual exhibition 2023 "Pushing Forward, Reaching Back" along with two other leading women art world Tricia Losher, and Michelle Marceau of Principle gallery.
2022 Exhibitions -
Curator and Innovator "LE VOYAGE" November December, 2022 at VRFA Gallery in Laguna Beach California
Our 2022 FALL/WINTER collection 2022 live at VRFA at 418 Ocean Ave in Laguna Beach and ONLINE from anywhere in the world and will celebrate the fine art of TRAVEL. Works of the French Riviera, Venice, the Italian Countryside, American Western landscapes, cityscapes of New York and Paris and many more. Our 30 artists were able to travel this past summer after Europe opened up and this early fall as well. Our exhibition will offer splendid on location small works created while traveling, sketchbook pages from travels, as well as larger in the studio works by some of the leading artists in America and beyond.
•Curator and Innovator "MIDSUMMER NIGHTS" June, July, August 2022 in Laguna Beach California
A collection of beautiful new works to celebrate sunny summer days, and warm midsummer nights at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art 418 Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach. Its High Season on the West Coast Riviera's artsy beach town! Plan a trip and join us at the Vanessa Rothe Fine Art gallery. Featured summer works include: AS lovely Nocturne by Adrienne Stein
Paris nocturne scenes by Jesse Powell, Paris cafe at dusk by Kyle Stuckey, Laguna Beach at night by Derek Harrison, Stunning Seascapes by John Cosby and Ray Roberts, New York Cityscapes by Derek Penix, and Impressionist European landscapes by artist curator Vanessa Rothe.
As seen in American Art Collector Magazine Editorial coverage JUNE 200 issue edition
Spring Collection 2022 March 15th to May 15th, 2022
•Curator and Innovator "SPRING COLLECTION "
Our stunning Spring collection 2022 with a focus on paintings of various BIRDS will open live at VRFA gallery in Laguna Beach March 15th and will be available online in our COLLECTION tab under "SPRING 2022". New work is being created now, such as:
•Birds by Noah Buchanan, Vanessa Rothe
•Derek Penix New City Scapes!
•4 European Landscapes by Marc Delassio and 2 by Tina O. Dalassio (New guest artists at VRFA)
•Big Sur and Carmel by Rodolfo Rivadelmar
•California Landscapes and Seascapes by Jesse Powell and Vanessa Rothe
•3 large Floral Still life by Kovalenko from Ukraine
• 2 New 16x20 boats and European scenes by Danil Volkov
- SPECIAL WORKSHOP and INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL - VRFA's Americans in Paris Art Project
* Creator, Innovator and Educational Lead of "The Americans in Paris" Exhibitions and Events - FULL 24 students
April, 2022 in Provence - Near St. Remy/Avignon, south of France - Hosted for us by Workshops in France.
Five well known American Realists/Impressionists meet in France to teach portrait, figure in the landscape, landscape with lectures by Rothe on the history of Impressionism, the history of Literature and Art in parallel, and more. 4 Artists teaching.
All of the artists traveled together to Paris in May 2017 where they painted together, learned about group figure composition, studied the masters in person at the top Museums, traced the footsteps of great American artists who painted in Paris and gleaned how literature can play a role in inspire great paintings. This rare voyage aimed to re create some of the late 1800s where artists such as the Impressionists often painted together and created exhibitions together, influencing one another.
Now in 2020 they offer you a chance to experience what they learned and apply it to your works or increase your art history knowlede, and purchase for you collection. Weather they were inspired by historical American Artists who spent time painting in Paris such as Chase or Sargent or by a French novel they read : Flaubert, Rousseau, Baudelaire, a museum they visited and its walls or history, French decadent Interiors, Parisian fashion, or by one particular painting they saw in person there its color harmony, application of paint, or genre.... this information and inspiration will be passed onto you.
Vanessa Rothe's art project AMERICANS IN PARIS will be hosted by WORKSHOPS in FRANCE company to present to you an exceptional 10 day Artist Retreat/Workshop in Provence, France with 5 of our AIP artists. MAY 5-16th, 2020 Near Avignon, South of France.
Stay at a castle in Provence between St. Remy de Provence and Avignon for 10 days learning from then painting alongside peers and teachers. 5 days of workshops and 5 days of painting together on the remaining days, out on location. 10 days total. Open to Collectors and Painters alike. Daily "Salon-Style" discussions and lectures on the history of art, French Impressionism, atmospheric perspective, the influence of Literature on Art thru the ages. With live demos on portrait painting, figure in the landscape, sill life and landscape. Each day we focus on a specific subject with a teacher and you will study with each of the 5 artists. Wine, food, travel and fine art ... this will be the trip of a lifetime.
•Curator and Innovator "AMERICANS IN PARIS : ART NOUVEAU " 2021
November 12- December 2021 Fine Art Exhibition + Demos + Art/History lectures
NEW YORK: NOV 12-17th in the Parlor of the Salmagundi club, NYC, Online and in CALIFORNIA, Laguna Beach, Dec 1-30,2021
Now in our fifth year of VRFA Galelry "Americans in Paris" exhibitions, and events. Work is being created now by invited artists for our Fall 2021 exciting exhibition! With a special French theme ART NOUVEAU. Works by 25 of the Americans in Paris International artists and invited friends. With a feeling of rebirth and return to nature this theme is so appropriate for our world at the moment. It will include all new rare works by our artists inspired by Alphone Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and more. Americans in Paris started with a show curated by Rothe in 2016 here at the club in NYC. Find out more on AIP and its history of events and exhibitions here.
Invited Artists include: Adrienne Stein, Quang Ho, Jeremy Lipking, C.W Mundy, Casey Baugh, Dan McCaw, Suchitra Bhosle, Casey Childs, Vincent Xeus, Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, Michelle Dunaway, Derek Penix, Pavel Sokov, Jane Hunt, Kyle Stuckey, Vanessa Rothe, Jesse Powell, Nicolas Martin, Karen Offutt, and many more.
Art Nouveau, ornamental style of art that flourished between about 1890 and 1910 throughout Europe and the United States. Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior design, jewelry and glass design, posters, and illustration. Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture, and applied art, especially the decorative arts. A style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the US from about 1890 until World War I and is known by its intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.
View The AIP ART NOUVEAU Collection
• Curator and Innovator June 12th July 31st, 2021 "L'EAU" Exhibition -2021 -
Celebrating Water as an element of inspiration- Exhibition at VRFA Gallery in Laguna Beach
Delve into a welcomed respite: A new summer exhibition celebrating water in all its forms, from glimmering ice, to flowing waterways, and vast seascapes of ocean--it’s guaranteed to make a splash! The new summer exhibition at VRFA Gallery celebrates Water (L'eau in French) in all its forms and interpretations through some of the finest, globally-renowned Realism and Impressionism.
Water, as an element, is a cleansing and compassionate panacea for the turbulent times in our human lives. If we can mimic water, and practice going with the flow rather than against it, we find ourselves renewed with a sense of gratitude, acceptance, and tranquility. As we emerge from this deeply challenging time, water is invaluable in its grace, granting us a calm repose. Perhaps a work by Sergey Kovalanko or John Cosby in your home or office, luminous blues resounding with the light, will bring an embodied sense of peace into your space.
• Curator and Innovator. March 10th - June 12th, 2021 "Realism Without Borders"©
Exhibition at VRFA Gallery Laguna Beach and online at vanessarothefineart.com
Now in its 9th year Realism Without Borders by Vanessa Rothe Fine Art Gallery presents its Spring Collection 2021. Exhibiting over 50 works by 25 top International artists from Germany to France, Norway to America, Russia to the Ukraine and featuring many new historical Russian and American works and new works coming right from St. Petersberg Repin Academy of art. The RWB group includes a few new faces this spring with master artist Dan McCaw and his 5 new works in the show boasting semi representational mixed with abstract works. In his work “ Textures“ 24x18” he pulls inspiration from Gustav Klimt and considers design and layout an integral part of his works. The show also includes 4 new fabulous European scene works by Kyle Stuckey, the newest artist to the RWB group with stunning realism and soft brushwork celebrating the architecture and lighting effects of atmosphere in Europe. This exciting fine art exhibition blurs physical country borders and boundaries as well as allows for creative freedom without boundaries within the works. EXHIBITIONS and EVENTS Curated by Vanessa Rothe Fine Art
• Curator and Innovator. "LIKE OR LOVE?" St. VALENTINES COLLECTION February 2021
February 1st thru 29th, 2021 Online and Live at the gallery
ONE OF A KIND GIFTS, THAT LAST A LIFETIME...
Need a gift for the one you like or love? Why purchase the same things as everyone else? Sure, diamonds last forever but everyone has them and its not unique. Why not opt for a ONE OF A KIND gift that lasts a lifetime or more, and also supports the arts while you are doing so.
One of our clients just commissioned a special work by our artist for his loved one this Valentines... We are offering a fine selection of lively pink florals that add color and joy to the home, especially at this time. We also offer small $250 pastels or gouache works of Monets garden, or small watercolors as a token of affection.
This Valentines 2021 VRFA offers you a fine curated selection of works that are sure to please your "Love" one, or the one you "Like". New works from Sergey Kovalenko (24x30" $2,500 shown here) along with many other fine Russian Impressionist pieces, and a lovely collection of florals, ballet, fashion, and more with artists including CW Mundy, Dennis Perrin, Ingrid Christensen, Vanessa Rothe, Nicolas Martin, John Cosby, Suchitra Bhosle, Derek Penix, Sam Robinson, Jim Wodark, Michelle Dunaway, Peggi Kroll-Roberts and more.
• Curator and Innovator " VRFA MODERN" January 2021 - An ew year, A New Look for VRFA
Exhibition January 10th, to February 10th, 2021
CLICK HERE to view the exhibition ONLINE
For the first time ever, VRFA presents a curated collection of modern works together with our traditional collection. Rich with color, emotion and texture and pair perfectly with our more classical art.
Did you know that representational artists often create abstract works? Yes, even realist artists that have studied the figure and traditional fine arts for over twenty years, like to explore their creativity and work in other genres. Many of the works included are created by our existing award winning renown realist artists, as well as a few fresh faces already working in the genre of Modern and Contemporary.
VRFA is proud to offer this exhibition as an outlet for this stream of creativity, exploring shape, values, line, color and often creating works that are from their expressions and emotions not only their refined skills. The works in this collection range from purely abstract works inspired by Diebenkorn and the mid-century bay area artists, flowing watercolors, and to stunning pieces that combine abstraction with the artists existing representational skills. In this selection of new and unique works presented, we you to open your mind to appreciate what our artists can create when focus is expression, color and emotion.
In the exhibition below you will find not only the works with their titles and pricing indicated to the right of each work, but also sample interiors with suggested groupings of the works shown together. In addition you will notice our MODERN collection goes very well shown alongside works from our TRADITIONAL collection. We feel strongly, that with thoughtful curation, the two genres may exist side by side in either modern or traditional collection. Keep in mind that most of these works can be recreated any size you need by our fine artists, easy commissions available thru the gallery. Please enjoy this unique fine art exhibition presented to you online at this time and anytime by appointment at the gallery in California. All works can be sold unframed, or framed.
2020 Curated Exhibitions
• Curator and Innovator for "FINE ART and FASHION" 3rd ANNUAL November 1-30, 2020
Opening October 24th, 2020 runs the month of NOVEMBER Online and live at VRFA 418 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach, California. Over 50 works by 30 leading Internationally acclaimed fine artists on the theme of FINE ART + FASHION.
Cant make it to the Runway for the Fall 2020 Collection? You can experience the runway virtually with the online and in person exhibition at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art Gallery ’s 3rd annual FINE ART and FASHION exhibition.
Works of Paris and the Eiffel tower by night, colorful kimono robes, ballet tutu's, French scarves, vintage fashion photos created into new fine art works, BOLD NYC cityscapes, Paris, Moscow and more. Experience the runway from your home or office in this exciting 3rd annual exhibition online from anywhere in the world or visit us live at 418 Ocean avenue Laguna Beach, California October 24th thru Novemeber 30th 2020. Artwork by ARTISTS: Pavel Sokov, Cornelia Hernes, CW Mundy, Derek Penix, Vincent Xeus, Casey Childs, Adrian Gottlieb, Matt Talbert, Kate Sammons, Michelle Dunaway, Karen Offut, David Gray, Suchitra Bhosle, Aaron Westerberg, Nicolas Martin, Olga Krimon, Vanessa Rothe, Sergey Kovalenko, Jesse Powell, Ingrid Christensen, Deborah Newman, Jim Wodark, Ray Roberts, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Sam Robinson, Craig Pursley, William Newkomm and more...
3rd annual - a little History - The first FAF show by VRFA Gallery was in Laguna Beach in 2004 at Tops-Satisfashion Boutique on PCH in a clothing store owned by the curators father Detlev Rothe, clothier to the stars who made clothes for the Rolling Stones and hollywood movies. Chevy Chase, Kenny Loggins, Barbar Streisand Lisa Bonnet and more. The 2nd FAF exhibition and sale took place in NYC in 2018 at the famed Salmagundi Club on 5th avenue with local NYC desingers involved and lectures and discussions given, and this years Fall 2020 Collection will be shown at 418 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach CA as well as online here and in our stylish digital shopping catalog.
The entire show will be dedicated to the curators father DETLEV PETER ROTHE, clothing designer to the stars, who has recently passed away and has been a major influence on the curators gallery and creative life. A few of his finest works will be showcased at the end of our digital catalog.
Quote Rothe Curator: " This is such a fun and freeing theme for our artists to paint for. It was interesting to see the works being created and how the theme lead them to feel they could be a little looser. In Many works, Its about the movement of the clothing and therefore the brushwork could follow that movement and be looser in some places. Other areas could be rendered tightly as clothing fabric patterns are so fun to try and re create. In art school there is often an ENTIRE class on drapery and painting clothing on the figure… why not have an exhibition that then focuses on that I thought… ”
• Curator and Innovator for "LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS" at the VRFA Gallery in Laguna Beach CA and online
JUNE 1-30TH, 2020 and ongoing on our site, under subjects: master copies.
Did you know? Learning from the Masters is an important step in an artists career, both early on in their studies and later as a master themselves to learn new techniques in painting. Master copies play an important role in artists lives and are seldom seen from the artists studio. They help to show the skill of the artist and are an important insight to what inspired the artist in their own work. With this exhibition we bring a collection of works to celebrate the importance of master copies in our artist's lives. Just as a businessman does an internship and lawyers study past cases, an artist learns by copying the masters. In art school figure painting 101 we work many many hours learning techniques such as grisaille, layering, edge work, and the final assignment is to copy a Master work of an older artist. They are done most often after a master who has passed, but sometimes even living masters are copied. The works are new painted works, and the artists are trying to emulate the master they admire and are copying. This is an important tool for all artists and helps us learn and take our work to the next level. Both early in their career, or later as mid career or masters themselves, completing a master copy from an artist you admire, helps one to learn new skills or new additions to our set of painters tools.Perhaps they did the copy to learn how the master achieved the lighting. Perhaps they are done to learn how to warm up the skin tones in their own work. Perhaps the artist admired the figures or general paint application style. After a master copy is completed and the work studied up close, strokes copied, techniques analyised, that new artist may add one or two of the elements that they learned into their own work, first han
This exhibition was written up in International Artist Magazine July 2020 issue, in an 8 page article desctibing the show and the importance of master copies. Quotes by the artists included. Featuring works by: Josh Clare, Michelle Dunaway,Adrian Gottlieb, Bryan Mark Taylor, Karen Offutt,Sam Robinson, and Vanessa Rothe.
• Curator and Innovator for "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" December Holiday Show
DECEMBER 2020 at VRFA Gallery
Just in time for the Holidays! "From Russia With Love" taking its title from the old BOND film, our winter exhibition celebrates Russian and Ukrainian art and its influence on our international artists as well. Over 60 paintings will be available imported from all over the world either from Russia and Ukraine themselves or from artists around the world who have been influenced by their rich style and art history.
Works from the St Petersberg REPIN academy as well as contemporary artists from Moscow, Crimea, and Ukraine combine with top American, German, Norwegian, French and Canadian artists. Historical works from Paris and Russian Soviet Impressionism will also be available.The exhibition and sale will be online and will be live in Laguna Beach open covid hours Friday and Saturday 10-4 and anytime day or night by appointment. We are proud to, for the last 10 years, be bringing you our stunning fine art exhibtiions online and accessible from all over the globe. This Collection 2020 exhibited over 80 works by 40 top International artists from Iceland to France, Norway to America, Russia to the Ukraine. This exciting fine art exhibition blurs physical country borders and boundaries as well as allows for creative freedom without boundaries within the works. Often combining Realism, Impressionism and abstraction, the works form a bold exhibition concept that is the talk of the art world. Works range from classical realism to a new contemporary realism that may for example combine a finely rendered figure with blurred edges or abstract backgrounds. From bold brushwork to finely fit details, from the Russian schools of realism in St. Petersberg to the Ukranian works with vibrant loose Impressionist brushwork. Catlog on our home page.
• Curator and Innovator for "LIKENESS" EXHIBITION at the VRFA Gallery in Laguna Beach CA
January 11th, 2020 to February 29th, 2020. A Fine Art Exhibition exploring portrait and figure painting today...
Realism, Impressionism, Abstraction.. what do we use to describe a work that is a combination of the three? How much does a portrait or figurative work need to look like the model or subject these days? Is capturing a “Likeness” as important in today's fine art works as it once was? Is figure and portrait painting anything like it was back in the 1800 and early 1900s? or has the art world finally adopted a liberal view on the importance of "likeness" in a figure painting. Today in the realist figurative world see a mixture of genres coming together in the same painting, or exhibiting side by side, and its not just in America. Russian artists, Icelandic artists, French artist and more have been influenced, be it by instagram shots of new works they can easily access now, or the rise in international art fairs and exhibitions that are traveling around the globe.
Today in the realist figurative world see a mixture of genres coming together in the same painting, or exhibiting side by side, and its not just in America. Russian artists, Icelandic artists, French artist and more have been influenced, be it by instagram shots of new works they can easily access now, or the rise in international art fairs and exhibitions that are traveling around the globe.
International Artists Include:
C.W Mundy, David Gray, Casey Childs, Vincent Xeus, David Shevlino, Nick Runge, Suchitra Bhosle (India), Karen Offut, Vadim Suvorov,( Ukraine) Thor Grimur Einarson, (Iceland), Nicolas Martin ( France), Aaron Westerberg, Olga Grigoreyva (Russia), Terry Miura, Sergey Kovalenko (Ukraine), Eric Bowman, Danil Volkov (Russia) Ray Roberts, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Leon Okun (Russia), Craig Pursely, Michelle Dunaway, Julie Snyder, Sam Robinson. Hope Railey, Vanessa Rothe, Elizabeth McGhee, Matt Talbert and William Neukomm from Laguna College of Art and Design. Corneila Hernes ( Norway ) and Stephan Bauman from Florence academy. The exhibit and sale Includes two historical works from St. Petersberg by Eric Rebane, and Boris Grachev plus two current students works from the Repin Figurative Academy.
The academically trained teachers, artists, and professionals now feel they are "allowed" to really blur edges, or drip some pigment and pull the brush through the edges of their finely rendered paintings. Graphic layout and composition comes into play a lot more in the works we are seeing and having figures that are not "finished" is often more the norm. "This has of course happened before, that figures in art have been known to be loose and lightly suggested, not realistically painted, and artists without academic training were often creating them. However… recently, our academically trained realist painters are pushing the envelope and adding blurred edges, visible brushwork and bold abstraction in their works, for a few years now. As mentioned in my articles published in 2018, Post war modern and bay area figurative was already experimenting with this, even the Impressionists and the post impressionists before them… the difference is now its done by some of the tightest trained academic realists, the academy trained artists...and the result is simply outstanding. They have created a hybrid style combining design, and abstraction and crisps classical realism. The works still present and hold a trained realist sublime quality as well as a purely creative side with abstract backgrounds and blurred edges that aid to the over “feeling” of the work. ” - Suggests Rothe the curator"In Russia and the Ukraine there are two types of art schools, ones that focus on Decorative arts, color, and design, and others that are more academic. Some teach kids to know color before all else, others more academically with casts, and values and the often don’t mix the two styles. its encouraging to see that both are being accepted here in America even in the same artwork. “
- notes Leoniya Okun, graduate from the Repin Academy of St. Petersburg.
In this exciting exhibition, we take it a step further as we study the abstracting of the human figure, to ask about the idea of ‘'Likeness'' and weather capturing a personality in a work of art is as important in todays works as it was in the past. Recall when portrait painting, before photos were all they had and likeness played a very important role, compared to todays more suggestive styles.
International Artists Include:
C.W Mundy, David Gray, Casey Childs, Vincent Xeus, David Shevlino, Nick Runge, Suchitra Bhosle (India), Olga Krimon,( Russia) Michelle Dunaway, Karen Offut, Vadim Suvorov,( Ukraine) Thor Grimur Einarson, (Iceland), Nicolas Martin ( France), Aaron Westerberg, Olga Grigoreyva (Russia), Terry Miura, Sergey Kovalenko (Ukraine), Eric Bowman, Danil Volkov (Russia) Ray Roberts, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Leon Okun (Russia), Craig Pursely, Julie Snyder, Sam Robinson. Hope Railey, Vanessa Rothe, Elizabeth McGhee, Matt Talbert and William Neukomm from Laguna College of Art and Design. Corneila Hernes ( Norway ) and Stephan Bauman from Florence academy. The exhibit and sale Includes two historical works from St. Petersberg by Eric Rebane, and Boris Grachev plus two current students works from the Repin Figurative Academy.
More information on our EVENTS page.
2019 Curated Exhibtions
• Curator and Innovator for "OUR WEST" NOVEMBER 2nd -30th 2019
Western Scenes & Landscapes - works created about the beatuy of the Western USA
NOVEMBER 2- 30th, 2019
at VRFA Gallery 418 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach CA
Western inspired paintings from some of the leading realist artists of today. Eric Bowman, Ray Roberts, Jim Wodark, David Gluck, and more. From the dramatic scenes of the grand canyon and utah, to the Cowboys that ride thru the Western landscape. Not your typical Western show, not only at least.
• Curator and Innovator for "THE HUNT" EXHIBITION at the Salmagundi Club, NEW YORK.
Runs SEPTEMBER 19th, 2019 and California October 1-30th, 2019
Opening Day- Thursday Sept 19th, 2019 from 1:00-6:00pm in the Patrons Gallery at the Salmagundi Club, #47 5th Avenue, New York City ( corner of 12th and 5th ). Exhibit in NYC Runs September 19th to the 23rd, 2019. The exhibition will be bi coastal and works unsold in NYC, will make their way back to VRFA Gallery at 418 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach CA and be on display and available from September 30th to October 30th, 2019
Invited Artists: Juliette Aristides, C.W Mundy, Karen Offutt, Julio Reyes, Candice Bohannon, David Gluck, Katherine Stone, Derek Penix, Olga Krimon, David Gray, Cornelia Hernes, Stephan Bauman, Vanessa Rothe, Mia Bergeron, John McLeod, Sam Robinson, Nicolas Martin, Richard Thomas Scott, Stephanie Thompson, Eric Bowman,Michelle Dunaway, and Joe Weatherly.
In “The Hunt” exhibition, Rothe has asked some of today's top realists to revisit the theme with their contemporary palettes and ideas. Weather inspired by these fantastical large scale historical works by Rubens, or by subjects they have encountered in their everyday lives, their works explore the many aspects of the hunt, the chase, even the beauty of the forest itself. David Gluck has recently created many fine art works of a pheasant hunter and will be adding a mid size work to the exhibition of this subject. Esteemed animal artist Joe Weatherly has created dynamic fight scenes between a Jaguar and a Crocodile as well as a stunning new work of a Snow Leopard, a hunter in itself. Michelle Dunaway was inspired by her friend who is a falconier and famed horse and rider sporting artist Sam Robinson includes stunning small and large scale works of the Fox Chase, and Fox Hounds worthy enough for the fireplace in a large lodge. C.W Mundy has created small gem portraits of hunters, fishermen and trappers such as our Russian Siberian Bear Hunter, with Russian hat. Other artists focus feathered bird still lives, or deer antlers painted in thick neutral textured paint.
• Curator and Innovator "Realism Without Borders SPRING COLLECTION 2019"
Saturday April 27th, 2019 with live demos from 9am-12noon at VRFA GAllery 418 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach California.
The current Realism Without Borders Spring Collection 2019 will exhibit over 50 works by 25 top International artists from Iceland to France, Norway to America, Russia to the Ukraine and featuring many new works by our French artist member Nicolas Martin. This exciting fine art exhibition blurs physical country borders and boundaries as well as allows for creative freedom without boundaries within the works. Often combining Realism, Impressionism and abstraction, the works form a bold exhibition concept that is the talk of the art world. Works range from classical realism to a new contemporary realism that may for example combine a finely rendered figure with blurred edges or abstract backgrounds. From bold brushwork to finely fit details, from the Russian schools of realism in St. Petersberg to the Ukranian works with vibrant loose Impressionist brushwork. This Spring VRFA is proud to offer a significant historical large 35” x30” William Wendt Early California Impressionist painting form a private collection. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 100 PAGE DIGITAL CATALOG
2018 Curated Exhibtions
• Curator and Innovator for "Over LAND and SEA" at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art in Laguna Beach California 2018
December 1st- 31st , 2018 at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art 418 Ocean ave, Laguna Beach CA 92651
Featuring over 50 new works by Russian, American, Ukrainian and French artists Vanessa Rothe has traveled over Land and Sea to bring you fine works of landscape and seascape for your colleciton.
CLICK HERE TO SHOP OUR BEAUTIFUL DIGITAL CATALOG OF THE EXHIBIT
• Curator and Innovator 2018 Fall Collection "FINE ART AND FASHION" in NEW YORK CITY and California
September 29th thru October 3rd, 2018 at the Salmagundi Club at #47 on 5th Avenue New York NY, Concurrent with the Art Renewal Center ( ARC SALON) Annual exhibition at the Club “Fashion has longtime been an influence on artists and their paintings, as have historical master works in turn influenced many fashion designers throughout the ages. From the gold embroidered folds on the dresses found in Waterhouse’s paintings, to the top hats the Dandy's wear in the Impressionist works by Caillebotte, couture in paintings not only shows us what the styles were in at the time, but reminds us that clothing itself can often be a "work of art" and a form of expression. Combining top contemporary realist paintings from around the globe with one of a kind creations by current fashion designers and a bespoke shoe maker, this exciting new exhibition aims to celebrate the long time inspiring relationship of fine art and fashion.” Explains the curator Vanessa Françoise Rothe.
Invited Exhibiting Artists Include: Jeremy Lipking, Joseph Todorovitch, Casey Childs, Casey Baugh, Mia Bergeron, Vincent Xeus, Michael Carson, David Gray, Stephan Bauman, Cornelia Hernes, Adam Vinson, Olga Krimon, Nicolas Martin, Megan Euell, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, and Vanessa Rothe CLICK HERE to VIEW and SHOP the BEAUTIFUL DIGITAL CATALOG
• Curator and Innovator "AMERICANS IN PARIS" Bi-Continental Exhibitions Los Angeles CA and Paris France MAY 2018
May 12th, 2018 at Arcadia Contemporary Gallery in Los Angeles, California 5-8pm
May 24th, 2018 at Galerie L'Oeil du Prince in Paris, France 5-8p
VRFA is proud to have been working on this fine art project for over 2 years. Writer-Artist Rothe lead a group of artists traveled to Paris to paint and there they were inspired by the masters, gave fine art lectures, discussed literature, architecture, fashion in May of 2017. They now exhibit their works together at these top galleries in LA and Paris. Works created by these 15-20 top American artists such as Jeremy Lipking, Michael Klein, Michelle Dunaway and Ryan Brown. Rothe has curated, along with Arcadia Contemporary and and Galerie L'Oeil du Prince in Paris 2 fine art exhibitions for May 2018 bringing you new works inspired by the allure of Paris.
Find out more about these exciting AMERICANS IN PARIS' EXHIBITIONS events with artists in attendance.
FInd out more about our AIP workshops in the south of France on our EVENTS page for May 2020 and beyond.
• Curator "ART with Provenance" April, May, June, July first thursdays in Laguna Beach CA
Venue at 540 Pacific Coast Hwy Laguna Beach Ca 92651
Rothe has been asked to curate a selection of California and Russian Impressionism for the ARTWALK events at Provenance Art Space for each first Thursday of the Month for luxury home buying clientelle. At the opening events we will be comparing and contrasting the works from around the globe. Artists include: Ray Roberts, Mark Fehlman, Debra Joy Groesser, Jesse Powell, Vanessa Rothe, John Burton, Jeff Sewell Craig Pursley, Daviil Volkov, Olga Krimon, J Louis, Sergey Kovalneko and more.
• Innovator and Curator "REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS SPRING 2018 COLLECTION"
April 2018 Salagundi Club New York Patrons Gallery April 19th 2018. Rothe is honored to be the co founder with Akhmed Salakhly Art Historian from Russia, of Realism Without Borders international group. For Spring 2018 she has curated a fine selection of artists working in a new hybrid style of Realism and Impressionism along with touches of Abstraction in their current works. A selection of fine art works from international aritsts from France, Germany, Canada, Russia, America and the Ukraine will be on view and for sale at the Salmagundi club in New York at 47 5th avenue NYC starting April 19th, 2018. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RWB SPRING 2018 DIGITAL CATALOG
• Innovator and Curator "REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS 2017" AT THE SALMAGUNDI CLUB NEW YORK, DEC 2017
International exhibition curated by Vanessa Rothe with works from 8 countries in Realism and Impressionism "REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS" Special weekend events December 8th and 9th, 2017. The RWB DIGITAL CATALOG click to view the Exhibition VRFA helps the famed Salmagundi Art Club celebrate its 100 year Golden Anniversary on 5th ave in New York with a top notch International fine art exhibition: "REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS" NEW YORK CITY!
On view December 5th - Dec 10th, 2017 in the Parlor of the famed Salmagundi Club New York at 47 Fifth avenue where icons such as Thomas Moran, Winston Churchill and Tiffany were members.This beautiful and rare exhibition will include works selected by top International artists from Sweden, America, Russia, France, Italy and Ukraine.
Public Reception on Friday December 8th from 5:00-8:00pm at the club on 5th Avenue. Fine Art Lectures and a live portrait Demo by Michelle Dunaway are scheduled for Saturday December 9th between 1:00-5:00pm at the club.
Featuring fine art work by Parisian Artist Nicolas Martin our newest member of RWB and VRFA. Including New work by prestigious artists such as: C.W Mundy, Nick Alm, Aaron Westerberg, Michelle Dunaway, Olga Krimon, Jeremy Mann, Mia Bergeron, John Burton, Ray Roberts, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Vanessa Rothe, Danil Volkov, Vadim Suvorov, Gregory Ananiev, and fine work coming up for resale from the Esteemed Marano Collection by Jeremy Lipking, Vincent Xeus, Jeremy Mann, Julio Reyes, Juliette Aristides Daniel Graves and more. The Exhibit will also include fine Historical Russian Impressionist Paintings and a beautiful Edgar Payne Historical California Impressionism..
• Curator and Co-Innovator "The PARIS SEMINAR 2016/2017"
Vanessa is proud to be Executive Director and Curator of the Exhibitions as well as lecturer at the 2017 Paris Seminar Project( currently known as Americans in Paris as of June 2017). Working with Education Director, who studied at the Florence Academy and teacher at the Golden Gate Atelier classical art studio Sean Forester, and an invited list of 12 American mid career artists working in Realism today.
Link to the Digital Catalog to view the works : sold and available
For APRIL 2016 at the Salmagundi Club New York, Rothe has curated an exhibition with 14 paintings by American realist artists that will be exhibited and sold in Spring 2016 at the Salmagundi Club New york, along with lectures on group composition and live demos. The 14 works will be available at the exhibit and will no doubt increase in value over the years as part of the "Paris Seminar Collection." Jeremy Lipking, Michelle Dunaway, Casey Childs, Ryan Brown, Nicolas Martin, Vanessa Rothe, Olga Krimon, Sean Forester, Iliya Mirochnik, Brendan Johnston, and Katie Whipple.
In Paris, with Foresters excellent lectures on group composition and humanities, Rothes French literature and art history, arranged curatorial tours of the Louvre and large scale works, the 14 artists will paint together in an antique atelier in Paris. This project aims to help top American figure artists take their work to the next level. To become a patron, of this voyage, or to preview the collection please e mail us.
• Curator and Innovator of "EQUESTRIAN" and the art of the horse
August 1st -30th, 2017
at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art 418 Ocean ave Laguna Beach CA
Exhibition to run August 1st to August 31st, 2017
CLICK HERE TO SHOP OUR FINE ART Equestrian CATALOG
Featuring Artist Sam Robinson, along with Ray Roberts, Peggi Kroll Roberts,
Eric Bowman, Mark Edward Adams, Olga Krimon, Mark Fehlman, Jim Wodark, Craig Pursley, Tom Balderas, Vanessa Rothe and a gem by Jeremy Lipking.
Don't miss this exciting NEW exhibition inspired by DEGAS! Not just another summer seascape show... we are always thinking "out of the box" and often "coloring out of the lines" here at VRFA Gallery to bringing our clients FRESH new works and exciting themes to add to their collections and this summer "We are off to the races" with this new exhibition coinciding with the open season at the Del Mar and Santa Anita horse racetracks here in California. Taking inspiration from the Impressionist DEGAS the exhibit and works will focus on movement and brushwork. They are a strong combination of exquisitely rendered realism with a loose impressionist brushwork, the combination VRFA Gallery has become known for. The works are simply divine that are coming in, as if you stepped into a fine art Museum in Europe. This luxury event brings a long time treasured sport of horse racing to light and celebrates also horse and hound and Western horse and rider. Featuring special guest equestrian artist Sam Robinson and his newest collection created for the gallery, along with VRFA artists listed above. Also featuring NEW sculpture artist Mark Edward Adams and his fine works of horses in bronze, clay and terracotta and great new sculptures by Mardie Rees. Beautiful additions to your mantle, garden or entrance table.
• Curator VRFA Gallery COASTAL SEASCAPES April 2017:
Coastal and Ocean scenes from around the world. Contemporary works by John Burton, Ray Roberts, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Jeremy Lipking, Jesse Powell, Jeff Sewell, Debra Huse, Jim Wodark, Sergey Kovolenko, Daniil Volkov, Denis Sarazhin, Valery Schmatko, Alexander Kremer, Vanessa Rothe and more.
• Curator and Innovator "IMPRESSION" exhibition at ABEND GALLERY DENVER CO March 11th, 2016
Curated by Vanessa Rothe & Akhemd Salakhly, David Ethridge &Conner Serr
View the exhibition here with the CATALOG http://abend.co/16-impression1
Opens Friday night March 11th, with Lectures on Russian and Soviet Art History by Rothe and Salakhly
Over 65 new works with lectures, discussions and live demos. Contemporary works from Russia & Ukraine alongside works by American Impressionists and realists, along with Historical California Impressionism and Historical Russian Impressionism. This exhibition will compare and contrast painting styles, paint application as well as subjects from two continents and two centuries.
Live Duo demo by Olga Krimon and Vanessa Rothe. Show runs thru March 25th
• Curator VRFA Gallery REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS" 2016 AT VRFA GALLERY
https://fineartconnoisseur.com/2016/10/realism-without-borders LINK TO PRESS
Opening November 5 with a captivating lecture and reception, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art will present “Realism without Borders” at Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California. Rothe, who is Fine Art Connoisseur’s West Coast editor, will open the events with a lecture that delves into the evolution of French, Russian, and American Impressionism. Co-Curator Akhmed Salakhly will follow Rothe, and both will be available for a Q&A session. November 5 will also witness a range of fine art workshops BY Vanessa Rothe Fine Art intended to give artists a chance to apply lessons and ideas learned from guest artists Scott Burdick and Jeremy Lipking. On Sunday, November 6, a four-artist demonstration will be hosted revolving around live discussions about realism and Impressionism.
• Curator LA ART SHOW 2015 20'x10' Booth #101 for the California Museum of Fine Art.
Exhibition included works by master artist Dali Higa and Dan McCaw, along with Danny and John McCaw as well as contemporary artists from Realism Without Borders group including works by Danil Volkov, Denis Sarazhin, Vanessa Rothe, Sergey Kovalenko, Olga Grigoreyva and more in this unique exhibition that saw over 5,000 attendees. www.laartshow.com
• Curator and Innovator "WINTER", "SPRING", "SUMMER, "FALL" - 4 part exhibition for one year
Rothe has created a series of 4 seasonal exhibitions that will run thru the year at the VRFA Gallery in Laguna Beach. Themed works for each season including watercolor, oils, pastels, and fine art drawings on display. Historical selections flank Contemporary works by Ray Roberts,Peggi Kroll Roberts, Jesse Powell, John Burton, Leon Okun, Sergey Kovolenko, Daniil Volkov, Denis Sarazhin, Valery Schmatko, Alexander Kremer, Vincent Xeus, Vanessa Rothe and more. 'WINTER' ran January thru March 14th 'SPRING' March 14th thru May 15th. and SUMMER will run July 1st thru Sept 3rd, 2015 in Laguna Beach. 'FALL' is set for September 12th thru November 1st 2015. CLICK here to see our SUMMER 2016 CATALOG
• Curator and Innovator "The Artists Sketchbook" Exhibition in Laguna Beach CA. 2014 Hisotrical wokrs by American Artists Marion Wachtel, Lawton Parker and George Turland on loan for sale from Steven Stern Fine Arts, join Hisotrical Russian Artists Erik Rebane, and Alexi Borodin, as well as contemporary artists Ken Auster, Ray Roberts. Peggi Kroll Roberts, Debra Huse, Vanessa Rothe and more from Realism Without Borders group in this unique exhibition. Collectors are invited to go thru live portofolio's of the artsits sketches, watercolors, pastels, gouache, ink, monotype as well as framed works on the walls. As seen in Fine Art Today. Digital Catalog http://issuu.com/realismwithoutborders.com/docs/artistssketcbook3
• Curator and Innovator "A California Tradition" VRFA Laguna Beach CA . 12 top California Plein Air artists, are exhibited side by side with historical CA artists. Works are compared along with 1970's Laguna Beach plein air artists Patrick Tobin, Bill Ogden, and Michael Logan and 1918 William Wendt Private Collection work is unveiled in the 3 generations look at Plein Air in Southern California. As seen in Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Today. Digital Catalog
• Co Curator and Innovator of the "Realism Without Borders hosted by the California Museum of Fine Art", September 2014. A strong collection and international exhibition from American, French, German, English, Russian, Ukranian and Chinese artists. Curated by Dali Higa, Vanessa Rothe, and Akhmed Salakhly. As Seen in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine October 2014. Digital Catalog http://issuu.com/realismwithoutborders.com/docs/calmuserwbcatalog
• Curator and Innovator of "Port and Starboard" 1, 2 and 3 in Gallery on Balboa Island June 2013, 2014 and again 2016 Summer. East meets west in this exhibition with over 30 works of plein air and studio from Russia Ukraine, and America. Plein Air and Studio works with common marine and boat subject. Rothe makes East ( port) meet west ( starboard) in this exhibition with over 30 works of plein air and studio from Russia Ukraine, and America. Plein Air and Studio works with common marine and boating subject. Rothe in 2016 pressented a lecture on Armin Hanson and William Ritschell Marine artists at the Yacht Club next to Balboa Island on Thursday June 15th. 2017 . As seen in Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Today. As seen in Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Today. VRFA Digital Catalog http://issuu.com/realismwithoutborders.com/docs/digcat.portstar5
• Co-Curator and Innovator for Realism Without Borders at Laguna College of Art and Design Gallery at One Laguna, 225 Forest Ave Laguna Beach, California. April May 2014. Imported Russian Historical academic works alongside contemporary Russian academic works form Realism Without Borders group. Co Curated with Akhmed Salakhly.
• Judge of awards, Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational -10 years, 2005 - 2015
For Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air magazine awards
• Curator and Innovator "Russian Impressionism Meets American Impressionism" at the Bowers Museum Santa Ana CA
A mix of Impressionist works from across the globe for the Tangata Exhibition space at the Bowers Spring of May 2013. Imported works co curated with Akhmed Salakhly. As seen on the cover of Fine Art Today June 2013.
• Curator and Innovator "A California Tradition" Held in Laguna Beach CA . 12 top California Plein Air artists, are exhibited side by side with historical CA artists. Works are compared along with 1970's Laguna Beach plein air artists Patrick Tobin, Bill Ogden, and Michael Logan and 1918 William Wendt Private Collection work is unveiled in the 3 generations look at Plein Air in Southern California. As seen in Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Today. View the Digital Catalog
• Judge, San Clemente Plein Air "Quick Draw " plein air painting event June 2014
Judge: 1st thru 4th place and 4 Honorable Mentions
• Co-Curator and Co-Founder "Realism Without Borders" International artist group 2012
Imported International fine art works co curated with Akhmed Salakhly.
Rothe, as seen in the December 2016 issue of MODERN LUXURY magazine Orange County. State of the Arts