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Spring 2015
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Raffle at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum for Frank Mason painting

The St.Johnsbury Athenaeum will be hosting a raffle through December 15, 2013 of Frank Mason's painting "River Scene, Hyde Park, Vermont", donated by the Estate of Frank Mason to benefit the Atheneum



On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the St.Johnsbury Athenaeum proudly received Frank Mason's painting, "The Great Elm". This painting was inspired by Mason's many summers spent in Vermont and his love and admiration for the beautiful landscapes of the Northeast Kingdom.

The Great Elm is the second painting to join the Athenaeum's collection, following the 2005 acquisition of "St. Paul", the same year Mason accepted The Athenaeum Award. In celebration of this gift by the Frank Mason Estate, the Athenaeum will be hosting a raffle through December 15, 2013 of Frank Mason's painting "River Scene, Hyde Park, Vermont". 100 tickets will be offered at $120 each for this raffle. Proceeds from this drawing will benefit the Athenaeum's annual fundraising drive. If interested, send an email to Bob Joly ( to make arrangements to purchase a ticket.

For more information or to enter raffle, please visit:
St Johnsbury Athenaeum Raffle page for Frank Mason painting >

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Hermitage Museum acquires Frank Mason's "Little Italy"

The Frank Mason Estate has recently contributed “Little Italy”, a 6ft by 9ft oil painting on canvas, to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The Hermitage is one of the oldest and most recognized museums in the world.  Little Italy was considered one of the artist’s favorite murals, because it is a reflection of the neighborhood where he lived and worked for over 40 years.

“Little Italy” is a large mural painting from the 1970’s that embodies the spirit of Mare Chiaro Tavern, located in downtown New York’s historic Italian neighborhood. The patrons of this small restaurant and bar posed together for a few group sketch studies and then individually while Mason masterfully depicted each of their portraits.  After Mason completed this impressive 22 figure mural painting, he created a series of commemorative lithographs of the same subject matter. A large neighborhood celebration and press gathering marked the inaugural day of the paintings installation at Mare Chiaro where it stood on display for over 40 years.

The donation of “Little Italy” was prompted by Russian history Professor Arcadi Nebolsine who has served as a trusted liaison between the cultural worlds of New York City and St. Petersburg for many years. In May of 2003 Prof. Nebolsine arranged for Frank Mason’s nephew, Scott, to meet with Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, in St. Petersburg. This led to Dr. Piotrovsky’s agreement to serve as an advisor for ArtWatch International. Frank Mason was one of the founding members of this organization, which absorbed the first International Art Preservation Society he and Prof. Nebolsine established in the late 80’s. ArtWatch Internationals mission to this day is to serve as an international advocate for the conservation and stewardship of historically significant works of art and cultural monuments.

Upon Scott’s return from Russia, Mason was introduced through written correspondence to one of Russia’s principle advocates of art conservation, Dr. Anatoly Aloyshin.  Aloyshin was the director of the restoration department at the Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.  Aloyshin trained over 80% of the Hermitage’s current restorers who are first taught techniques of traditional painting at the Repin Institute before going on to an intensive restoration program and finally hand selected to serve as restorers for the Hermitage.  This drew Mason’s interest as he, too, taught traditional techniques and classical principles at the Art Students League of New York for over a half century.  Mason passed along principles related to the uniformity of light on form enveloped in atmosphere. This philosophy allowed his students to recognize the difference between a proper art restorations versus one that disturbs the original intention of the artist.

In September of 2004, Mason attended a lecture at Sotheby’s New York where he heard Dr. Piotrovsky give a lecture entitled, “The Fate of Universal Museums”.  At the end of the lecture Prof. Nebolsine asked Dr. Piotrovsky how the Hermitage intended to carry out its restoration practices as they launch into a new era of museum stewardship.  Dr. Piotrovsky replied, “that the Hermitage had no intentions of scrubbing its paintings”. From that day forward Mason held the Hermitage Museum in the highest regard and became an advocate of the museum’s conservative restoration practices. It is for this reason that the Frank Mason Estate has donated one of its most recognized and admired murals to a world class, encyclopedic museum of art whose expansion will soon include American 20th and 21st century artists. This contemporary wing of the museum will open it’s doors into the magnificent General Staff Building adjacent to the main museum in 2014.

The Frank Mason Estate would like to thank Prof. Arcadi Nebolsine for encouraging this acquisition, Generale Gianalfonso D’Avossa for facilitating the process, Dr. Victor Faybisovich for carrying out the execution of its delivery and Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky for granting “Little Italy” a deserved place in the Hermitage collection.  Finally, the Estate would like to donate this mural in the memory of Frank Mason and Dr. Anatoly Aloyshin whose lives, work and tested principles exemplify the great history and artistic achievements that our cultural institutions are built upon.

View Frank Mason's "Little Italy" now in the Hermitage Museum collection.

Website news

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Original Lithographs commerating "Little Italy" now available for purchase

Lithographs of “Little Italy” are available for sale through the Frank Mason Estate.  Click here if interested in viewing and purchasing one of these limited series lithographs or care to navigate Frank Mason’s online collection of paintings in the Paintings & Drawings section of the website. Also, if interested in learning more about Frank Mason and his prolific career as an artist please click here to find out how to order a DVD of the feature length documentary film, “A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason”.

View the lithographs of Little Italy for sale that commemorate this work

Lithograph 1 Lithograph 2

Movie news

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"A Light in the Dark: The Art & Life of Frank Mason"- is now available on DVD!
Maestro Films is pleased to announce the our feature length documentary,
"A Light in the Dark:The Art & Life of Frank Mason", is now available to order on DVD. Cllassical and contemporary art collide as this in-depth examination reveals New York painting master, Frank Mason, and takes us on a beautiful journey through the world of traditional art.
View the trailer



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Frank Mason Book - "Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Frank Mason's Life of Christ"
Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Frank Mason's Life of Christ presents a series of 68 paintings and 139 drawings that explore Mason’s vision of the life of Christ. Gloria In Excelsio Deo, Frank Mason's Life of Christ is now available in bookstores for $60.

Direct order for $60 by web or mail order. Visit the book section for the form to order now, get more information.

Learn more about Frank Mason's book | Available for purchase on

"I sat down with Gloria in Excelsis Deo at Christmas. What a splendid time to ruminate through that wonderful book. I am very grateful that you introduced me to Frank Mason's work. I wish I had
known it during my tour of duty with the Bible because it would have been a marvelous well spring of influence and inspiration. I admire his work very much.
-- Barry Moser
renowned artist, printmaker and illustrator of numerous works of literature such as King James Bible and Alice in Wonderland.

Gallery news

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New River Fine Art Gallery

Frank Mason's"Christ Healing the Sick" (2008) is one of the many works represented by New River Fine Art. For more information, go to or visit their galleries.

Fort Lauderdale Gallery
914 East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 524-2100
(800) 527-8835

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TomaykoARTS Gallery

Pittsburgh, PA- Paintings by Frank Mason are available to be seen by appointment only at
the TomaykoARTS Gallery.

contact TomaykoARTS:
phone: (412)-481-1566 (by appointment only)

Works include "Singing Sands, Bald Head Maine" (pictured)


Now on DVD !

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"Frank Mason remembers Frank Dumond" - buy the DVD!
Frank Mason shares stories and reminisces about his legendary Art Student’s League instructor Frank Vincent Dumond (1875-1955) in this May 2005 talk at New York’s Salmagundi Club. Spend an hour with Frank and learn about Dumond who’s combined careers make 100 years of teaching at the Art Student’s League.

Mason recounts stories of his former student days at the League and describes how he came to embrace Dumond's philosophies on painting. Remembering Dumond's personal history and his rich experiences with this legendary instructor, Mason crafts a string of stories that highlight Dumond's fascinating artistic legacy and informative lessons on life.

More info | watch video clip
$20 for DVD plus $3.99 S&H

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Art book featuring FRANK MASON

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Book -"Classical Life Drawing Studio, Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing"
by James Lancel McElhinney, Instructors of the Arts Students League of New York

Frank Mason has has four of his drawings featured here and two selected works by his students,
beautifully illustrated in this new 2010 drawing book.

From Art Student's League website :
"Classical Life Drawing Studio is beautifully edited by League Instructor James Lancel McElhinney, with a forward by Will Barnet. Sixteen contemporary League instructors (alphabetically from Camhy to Vavagiakis) explain what they value in their art and teaching. They offer their insights on drawings from the League’s permanent collection and share what they learned from their teachers.

“Drawing Studio” features 200 high-quality, full-color reproductions. There are more than 100 contemporary drawings and paintings from the League’s instructors and their students. The book’s “Gallery of Classical Drawing from the Collection of the Art Students League of New York” showcases 80 full-page reproductions, including many from the popular 2009 Drawing Lessons exhibition at the League."

New Book is now available for purchase.
Learn more about "Classical Life Drawing Studio" book at the ART STUDENT"S LEAGUE website


Photography album

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Pictures of Frank Mason
Some pictures of Frank, Anne, students, and friends through the years

See our photography album

Grand Prior portrait

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Grand Prior portrait from movie , resides in the 11th century Church
of San Giovanni di Malta.

Frank Mason’s portrait of "His Excellency Fra Roggero Caccia Dominioni, Grand Prior of Lombardy and Venice for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta" from the Frank Mason movie. The portrait was on display in the Art Student's League before it traveled overseas to Venice, Italy to reside in the 11th century Church of San Giovanni di Malta.

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Frank Herbert Mason (1921-2009)

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June 16, 2009

Frank Mason passed away on June 16th, 2009. He will be remembered in our hearts and prayers. The funeral service was held on Saturday June 27th at Grace Church in New York City. Hundreds of friends, former students and family members attended the service and the lovely reception afterwards at the Salmagundi Art Club where Frank was a member for many years. For those who were unable to attend the funeral service you can download the funeral program below including a poem Frank wrote at the age of 18, which The Reverend J. Donald Waring read during the service.

Read articles about Frank's passing
We will keep this news section updated with any further information, articles and links here

Biography & Resume
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Read Frank's Biography from his retrospective Mostly Mason .
Frank Mason's Resume to see the collections and many accomplishments over his long career.
Read articles and remembrances about Frank Mason's passing.

Interesting articles on Frank
"Frank Mason's Paintings: Arts & Letters" by David Michael Klienberg Levin -about 2007 show at Salmagundi Club
"FRANK MASON : Paint Beauty" by Jennifer Hebblethwaite -profile by American Society of Portrait artist magazine.
"First exhibit at Point Park gallery impressive" by Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -Article about year long 2010 paintings show by Frank Mason exhibited in the new gallery in Lawrence Hall at Point Park University.

Walter Scott Mason | 917-842-2762

Please contact Frank's nephew, Walter Scott Mason for any information & website questions or interest in purchasing Frank's works.
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