2014 Spring Online Showcase Winners Spotlight

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The OPA Spring 2014 Online Showcase was held from March 1 to May 17, 2014, open to Associate members only and awarding $5,000 in cash awards. The Online Showcase runs three times each year and is completely digital competition held at ... Read More...

Only Human

Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer

Last night, as I began teaching another painting workshop, I wondered again what motivates people to put up hard earned cash and move their bodies across town (sometimes across the country) to take a painting workshop. For the most part, ... Read More...

Painting’s Curious Power to Connect

Keuka Lake in Upstate New York

  Painting is a curious thing, especially its power to connect. Why paint after all? Why spend time and energy making marks on canvas with brush and pigment? Why set up an easel outside to capture the scene. Can't a smart phone do a ... Read More...

Johanna Harmon Interview

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For Johanna Harmon, art is a beautifully timeless, skillful, poetic, abstract, and deeply felt visual concept. Using her remarkable skill, it’s her desire to fearlessly explore the mystery of her subjects, and to do that with sensitivity, ... Read More...

OPA 2013 Eastern Regional Exhibition Juror Comments

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In anticipation of OPA's upcoming 2014 Eastern Regional Exhibition, we're presenting juror comments from last year's exhibition. Nancy Howe OPAM, juror for the 2013 Eastern Regional Exhibition, was kind enough to offer detailed notes on ... Read More...

John Hulsey PBS Interview

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source:ninenet.org Thanks to John Hulsey for permission to use this content. Artist John Hulsey demonstrates the art of plein aire painting as he paints the bluffs along the Missouri River. Eighth generation Floridian and environmental ... Read More...

Cincinnati Paint Out

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The OPA Paint Out experience was absolutely WONDERFUL! I enjoyed hosting the event and would do it again in a heart beat. The best part of it all was meeting with the artists, listening to what they had to say, seeing what they painted and ... Read More...

2013 Fall Online Showcase Winners Spotlight

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Adam Clague Adam Clague Adam Clague studied at Pensacola Christian College, where he received instruction from master artist Brian Jekel and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. Adam now lives near Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys the ... Read More...

Tampa Paintout

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Artists came from a one hundred mile radius to attend the Santaella Studios for the ARTS first OPA Paint Out, hosted by, OPA Member Kerry Vosler. This historic neighborhood is over one hundred years old and is undergoing a time of ... Read More...

Packing Paintings for Galleries & Shows

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Packing Paintings for Galleries & Shows By Susan Blackwood Here is an excellent way to pack your paintings for shipping. It is reusable, relatively inexpensive and extremely sturdy. Your galleries will love it and so will OPA and ... Read More...