Monday, August 16, 2010

Artist Awards Business Men’s Art Institute

The BMAI is a non-profit corporation founded in 1930 and incorporated in 1943. Under the guidance of A. N. Slavick, a well known jeweler, the members purchased a beautiful turn of the century mansion in the mid forties. It was located near downtown Los Angeles. Money was raised in many ways including the sale of paintings, direct contributions and the purchase of 4% installment notes by the members.
This facility was to be the Institute's home for the next four decades. Over the years, it was a place where hundreds of men and women from all walks of life were able to meet and learn the fine art of painting regardless of ability. The organization's major focus has always been the amateur painter.
Professional instructors were and are retained to help and encourage the members in learning the basics of painting. Many of our members have gone on to become professionals in their own right. The Institute held regular art shows, painting demonstrations, and gallery tours. Field trips were held in the desert and at Laguna Beach on a regualr basis. Landscape painting outings were often held in the back lot of the old MGM Studio. All of these activities were open to any adult of good character who wanted to join with the organization.
That facility was sold in the late eighties when the area went into decline. After a long search, we purchased our current new home in the wonderful community of Montrose

Business Men’s Art Institute, Richard Burg , Artist of The Year, 3rd Pl., 1974-75

Business Men’s Art Institute, Dick Burg , Artist of The Year, 1st Pl., 1973-74

Business Men’s Art Institute, Dick Burg , Artist of The Year, 1st Pl., 1972-73

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