A portrait demonstration by Karl Soderlund will take place at the Rowayton Arts Center, Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m.

Learn Soderlund's steps to create a captivating portrait. He will paint a live portrait while discussing his methods, experience and use of colors. The demonstration will be followed by a Q&A session.

Soderlund is a sought-after artist for original works and commissioned paintings and also teaches at the Rowayton Arts Center.

His work hangs in more than 250 public and private collections, including Interpublic Companies, Merrill Lynch and Pepsi-Co.

His paintings have been shown in the finest galleries, as well as featured on television, in magazines and newspapers.

In 2002, Soderlund led the introduction of the Heisman Trophy Awards on national television by painting that year's winner.

Other examples of his portraits have been included in the Heisman Trophy portrait collection, corporate and private collections. Articles about his work have appeared in numerous publications, such as Art Business News and The New York Times.

RAC counts among its 450 members some of the most professional artists in the area, as well as talented amateurs and beginners. RAC exists to exhibit and sell the works of these creative people, conduct classes at all levels, and serve as a cultural center for the community. It is a nonprofit organization, supported by modest memberships dues, classes, commissions on sales of arts and crafts and fund-raising events.

Rowayton Art Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton. Call 203-866-2744 or visit rowaytonartscenter.org.

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