Events ~ Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition

Oil Painters of America ~ Show Paintings

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

OPA and McBride Gallery Events Schedule
All events are free and open to the public

Friday, October 18, 2013

Preview Day to see exhibition 10:00am – 8:00pm

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Complimentary coffee and donuts
Location: McBride Gallery, 215 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Plein air painting in downtown Annapolis
Location:  Starting point - McBride Gallery   Informational meeting at 9:00 a.m.

Bring your painting supplies and join other OPA members for a great day of painting in historic downtown Annapolis!  Steeped in American history, Annapolis is home to many 18th century buildings and mansions including the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol still in legislative use. Annapolis’s waterfront is home to some of the finest sailboats and is considered by many to be America’s sailing capitol.  On summer weekends, visitors can watch as the best sailors go head-to-head in competition out on the great Chesapeake Bay.   

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Lunch at McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar*
Location:  8 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401
OPA members and guests who would like to meet up for lunch are welcome to do so.

2:30 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m. Plein air painting
Location:  Downtown Annapolis
5: 00 p.m. Group critique by John Michael Carter, OPAM
Location:  Susan Campbell Park, 1 Dock Street, City Dock, Annapolis, MD 21401
OPA Board member and Master Signature member John Michael Carter will provide a group
critique for all artists who wish to participate.  

6:00 p.m.  Dinner at 1747 Pub*, behind Reynolds Tavern
Location:   7 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
OPA Members and guests are welcome to join the group*

*Annapolis has many restaurants, dining pubs and coffee shops to serve you. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 19, 2013                                                                                                  

Preview Day to see exhibition 10:00am – 8:00pm

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tour of the U.S. Naval Academy
Location: Meet at 9:15am at McBride Gallery, 215 Main St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Cost:  $10 per person, photo ID required. 
Please email Kathryn Beligratis at to attend. 

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch* ~ on your own ~

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Painting a Brighter Future for Women, talk by Nancy Howe, OPA
Location:  McBride Gallery, 215 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401
While visiting Kenya with her family in August of 2006, artist Nancy Howe could not help but feel compassion for the native pastoral nomadic people of northern Kenya. Her visit to Kenya had a  profound impact on her life and marked the beginning of a mission to help impoverished women through her paintings.  Her trip inspired her to create “Painting a Brighter Future for Women,” a project to raise funding to support  women’s small business development in Kenya through donations and sales from her original artwork of these people.

Since then, the project has expanded to include other areas of the world, beginning with a cultural series of the people of Bhutan where donations will support a women’s solar engineer program and home construction in remote villages. A series of paintings of the Kuna indigenous people of Panama will benefit their marine resource environmental training.

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Painting demonstration by artist John Michael Carter, OPAM
Location: McBride Gallery 215 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Michael Carter is one of America's best known impressionists, whose work is admired by collectors and respected by his peers. He studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago earning a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

Since 1975, he has exhibited in 40 one-man shows, and numerous group exhibitions and national competitions. His portrait commissions includes state senators, governors, and Supreme Court justices, and many other civic, academic and corporate leaders. His paintings are in numerous corporate and private collections.

5:30 p.m.   Informal Dinner*
Sunday, October 20, 2013
McBride Gallery Sunday Hours: 1:00 – 6:00pm

7: 00 a.m.   Sunrise Paint-out
Location: Charles Carroll House back lawn sloping to Spa Creek with a close-up view of the drawbridge and boats of various types motoring and sailing along the creek
The Charles Carroll House is next to St. Mary's Church on Duke of Gloucester Street

Nearby parking in Hillman Garage on Duke of Gloucester Street
Begin the morning early, painting the beautiful sunrise!

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet the Artists ~ Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony ~
Location:  McBride Gallery, 215 Main St, Annapolis, MD (Awards presentation at 2:00 p.m.)

All events are free and open to the public

*Annapolis has many restaurants, dining pubs and coffee shops to serve you. Enjoy!

Please email Kathryn Beligratis at to indicate your attendance at the plein air painting events, the gallery talk and the portrait demonstration.

215 Main Street Annapolis MD 21401 • 410-267-7077

Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:30, Sunday 12:00 - 5:30, Thursday til 9:00pm