If you watched the 2020 National Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, September 10, or took part in the  International Wet Paint Competition you know that our Convention is now under way. If you participated in the Wet Paint event you are already registered for the remainder of the 2020 OPA Convention. If you have not signed up yet, there is still time. Convention activities will resume with the virtual awards ceremony announcing the winners of the International Wet Paint Competition on Thursday, September 17. The following is a  condensed version of the presentations and activities planned for this year’s convention, with a number of world renowned artists and speakers offering their insights in the world of art, and related topics. 

On Thursday evening, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. Central Time, Juror of Awards John Pototschnik OPA will announce his decisions concerning the winners of OPA’s First International Wet Paint Competition. This event was open to all current OPA members, as well as non-OPA artists throughout the world, with awards being given in three separate divisions: OPA member plein air, OPA member studio, and non-OPA member open division. You may view the International Wet Paint Competition Awards Ceremony live on Facebook or if you are registered for the Convention you may view it on Zoom. 

Following the Awards Ceremony past OPA president, Kurt Anderson OPA will present a talk on the importance of representational oil painting in today’s current art scene. He will include insights into the significant role that OPA is playing in the pursuit of our mission of advancing “the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light” and “preserving and promoting excellence in representational art”. 


Convention activities begin again on Friday morning, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. with Signature member David Dibble’s address on how to “Change Your Studies, Change Your Art”. Da vid will explain how his attention to the elements of value, shape, color and composition work into his creation of paintings that embody clarity and conviction after first having been created as small plein air or studio studies. 

A short break, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will follow David’s presentation. 

Attorney John DiGiacomo, Esq. will begin his lecture on “Intellectual Property Protection for  Artists” at 11:30 a.m. With extensive experience in intellectual property, internet law, corporate law and international law, John will discuss how to ensure the safety of your intellectual property; the creations of your mind such as your artistic works and designs. His vast knowledge of this area of information is attested to by his having appeared in front of courts of appeals and arbitration organizations such as the World Intellectual Property organization and the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. 

Take a break for lunch from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

OPA member Rusty Jones opens the Friday afternoon session with a demonstration of his talent of painting Western American landscape, reminiscent of John Singer Sargent, Julian Onderdon, Portofino Salinas, and Edgar Payne. His use of colors and depth of perception draw the spectator into his paintings, making one feel as if they are not looking at a canvas but standing on the edge of a field, lake or whatever the landscape. 

A short break, from 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., will follow Rusty’s demonstration.

National Exhibition Juror of Awards, Rose Frantzen, will be interviewed by the editor of  American Art Collector and Western Art Collector Magazines, Joshua Rose, from 2:45  p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Well known throughout the world for her figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes, Rose is not afraid to incorporate diverse stylistic elements into her works that bring contemporary perspectives to her traditional alla prima approach. Find out more about her through Joshua’s personal interview 


OPA Signature Member Kelli Folsom opens Saturday morning with her still life demonstration “Taking Risks and Painting Bold”. Having received her B.F.A. from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, in Old Lyme, CT, Kelli has a background in life drawing, painting, and sculpture with in-depth study and classical techniques. She prides herself on painting directly from life in one or two sittings to pass on the perception and experience to the viewer. Kelli will impart information on how she creates her feelings of intimacy with subjects through her paintings. 

A short break, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:30, a.m. will follow Kelli’s presentation. 

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CMO of Boldbrush and FASO (Fine Art Studio Online), Dave  Geada, will present his lecture “Breaking Through the Artist’s Wall; How to Create and Sell  More Art While Spending Less Time Marketing”. Dave will help artists move to their next level of marketing and step around the stumbling blocks that might be inhibiting their art sales. He will present a better way to market art online, a topic that is of particular importance during these times of social distancing and limited physical exhibitions. Learn from  Dave how to spend less time and get better results. 

Take a break for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Susan Hotard OPA will round out the day of demonstrations with her presentation “How to  Create a Great Portrait” from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Well known for her beautiful, lifelike portraits Susan will demonstrate how she captures the tones and textures of her subjects’ faces and embraces the subtle expressions of children as well as adults. Susan has taught portrait, figurative, and still life workshops in Texas and Louisiana. 

A short break, from 2:15p.m. to 2:30 p.m., will follow Susan’s presentation. 

A group critique session will be the final presentation of the day from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some of OPA’s most well respected artists will offer their expertise on a handful of pre-selected paintings. This is a good way to hear input on a multitude of styles and subjects which might introduce you to an idea that you have not had before this time. 


Upcoming OPA Events

Eastern Regional Exhibition 2021 Eastern Regional Exhibition
The Eastern Regional Exhibition will be hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee, located in Bradenton, Florida, September 28 through October 22, 2021. Learn More!
OPA Fall 2021 Online Showcase OPA Fall 2021 Online Showcase
The Fall 2021 Online Showcase is from November 1 - December 15, 2021 and will be open to Signature and Associate members only. Learn More!
Western Regional Exhibition 2021 Western Regional Exhibition
The Western Regional Exhibition will be held October 15 through November 27, 2021 at the Mary R. Koch Arts Center (Mark Arts), located in Wichita, Kansas. More details to be announced as they become available. Learn More!
31st Annual National Juried Exhibition 31st Annual National Juried Exhibition and Convention
The Thirty-first National Exhibition and Convention will be located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Convention will be from May 31 through June 5, 2022. The Exhibition will be from June 3 to August 27, 2022.