New Show Opening

Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition

Show: Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition (OPA)

Exhibition Dates: October 20 to November 17, 2013

Preview Days: Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19

Meet the Artists Reception: Sunday, October 20, 1:00-4:00pm

Awards Presentation: 2:00pm, Sunday, October 20

Media: Higher Resolution reproduction art images are availble

Contact: Cynthia McBride or Judy Brick (410) 267-7077

See selection of Oil Painters of America Show Paintings.
See Event Details for participation and printable pages.

Calvin Liang, OPAM

"Sailing Along"
Oil 18 x 24

"Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition”

Annapolis, MD - McBride Gallery, 215 Main Street, presents “Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition.” The reception to meet the artists is Sunday, October 20, from 1 - 4 pm. Awards will be presented at 2:00pm. Preview Days to see the show are Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19. McBride Gallery will extend hours to 8:00pm on October 18 and 19. The exhibit run from October 20 to November 17th.

This is the first time Oil Painters of America is bringing their prestigious organization’s exhibit to Maryland. Cynthia McBride said, “I am honored that McBride Gallery was invited to host the Eastern Regional OPA show this year. OPA is known for the high quality paintings done by their members. I have long supported and featured the art of representational painters, which is also the mission of Oil Painters of America.”

Oil Painters of America (OPA) show comes to Annapolis

Brandi Neighbors

"Subtle Deception"
Oil 16" x 20"

Host Gallery for 2013 Exhibition: McBride Gallery

Established in 1980, McBride Gallery, 215 Main Street in Annapolis is hosting the 2013 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show. Situated overlooking Chesapeake Bay, the historic city of Annapolis has been rated one of the country’s Top Waterfront Towns by National Geographic Adventure magazine and one of the Top Ten most walkable cities. The gallery is located in a charming Georgian-style home with seven rooms and the original colonial fireplaces.

Joyce Pike, OPAM

Oil 24" x 30"

Mary Qian

Oil 24" x 18"

Awards and Awards Juror The focus in the jurying process is to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter. The awards for this show will be approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best in Show award. One hundred OPA members will be exhibiting new paintings and competing for the award. The Juror of Awards will be internationally renowned OPA Signature Member, Nancy Howe.

History of Oil Painters of America: Oil Painters of America (OPA) was founded in 1991 by Shirl Smithson primarily to focus attention on the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light. ... OPA is the first national organization to be established for the sole purpose of representing traditional, representational oil painters.  OPA membership currently stands at 3,400 artists. The principal reason behind the swelling of the ranks of this national organization is the strong commitment and support of artists and collectors in North America.

OPA hosts 4 major exhibitions each year, a National Juried Exhibition, a Juried Summer Salon show, an Eastern and a Western Regional Exhibition that showcase the paintings of artist members. All shows are juried and while many of the 3,400 members submit work for exhibitions, only a small percentage are selected for each show.

Gallery Hours: Mon.–Sat.10–5:30 , Sun.12 – 5:30, Thursday until 9:00 pm

Available to News Media:   Call or email for higher resolution art images for publication.

Contact:  Cynthia McBride or Judy Brick (410) 267-7077 or 301-261-2124


Weekend Events: Oil Painters of America (OPA): Eastern Regional Exhibition
All events are free and open to the public

Friday, October 18

8:30 - 9:00am Complimentary coffee at McBride Gallery
Meet at McBride Gallery

Parking is free on Main Street before 10:00am and after 7:30pm
The 'Legislators' Garage, at the corner of St. Johns St. and Calvert St. is free to the public on weekends and after 6:00pm weekdays.

9:00am -1:00pm and 2:30pm-5:00pm for plein air painting sessions in downtown Annapolis (Lunch break is 1:00pm - 2:30pm)
Bring your painting supplies and join other OPA members for a great day of painting in historic downtown Annapolis.
Local artists are welcome. All skill levels welcome.

5:00pm  Group critique by Michael J. Carter, OPAM at City Dock

10:00am - 8:00pm OPA Show Preview Day - McBride Gallery open extended hours to 8:00pm

Saturday, October 19

10:00am -11:15am Tour of the U.S. Naval Academy
1:00pm – 2:00pm  "Painting a Brighter Future for Women" Art Talk by Awards Juror, Nancy Howe, OPA
3:00pm – 5:00pm Portrait painting demonstration by OPA Master Signature artist, John Michael Carter
J. Michael Carter is one of America's best known impressionists, whose work is admired by collectors and respected by his peers.

10:00 am - 8:00pm OPA Show Preview Day - McBride Gallery open extended hours to 8:00pm

Sunday, October 20

1:00 - 4:00pm Reception to meet the Oil Painters of America artists
2:00pm Awards presentation by Awards Juror, Nancy Howe and OPA Executive Director, Kathryn Beligratis

Email: ~ Phone: 410-267-7077

Nancy Howe, OPA

Tender Refrain, Firstborn
Oil 26 x 18

Mary Erickson

Off the Beaten Path
Oil 16 x 12

John Michael Carter, OPAM

Oil 24 x 18

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See Event Details for participation & printable pages

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