Someone pointed out to me a website on the net dedicated, among other things, to showcasing beautiful works of art by modern artists. No, really.
I find point number six in their mission statement to be particularly refreshing. It is their goal
To repudiate the idea that development in art requires destruction of boundaries and standards, pointless emphasis on 'newness,' or pursuit of the bizarre and ugly as ends in themselves, and to expose as artistic fraud those works conceived only to elicit outrage.
There are also articles on techniques and craft of painting, in an effort to keep the knowledge alive, and to stop the current trend of sweeping aside 2,500 years of technical knowledge and know how from disappearing in the blink of an eye.
They have contests among living artists and have posted the results of 2008-2009 Salon. I am rather fond of this drawing, a masterwork of light and shadow which took second place in its class.
Update: A few contest entries were of religious subjects. I particularly like narrative presentation of The Dicers the figure and lightplay of Gethsemane.