Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eye Candy! Bennington Center for the Arts - Oil Painters of America!

Last weekend, the OPA held its 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - and Wow! what a world class show! Of the approximately 2500 entries, 200 paintings were selected, and every one of them was a delight. My first time in Vermont, it looked  actually as I pictured - beautiful weather and a marvelous setting.

 Charles Movalli's charming and very entertaining demo. This man is a seriously funny storyteller. One of the numerous quotes he shared. Artist 1 says: "Why in the world did you ever decide not to 'finish' this painting?' Artist 2: "Why in the world did you decide to even START that painting?"

Derek Penix's demonstration:

Some of the many raffle baskets, of which I won NONE.

Artist Lori Mcnee demonstrated with water-soluble oils - she also gave an excellent presentation on using social media.

Mary Qian's fresh and painterly demonstration below.

The Friday evening gala was held in the Carriage house on the grounds of the historic McCullough House estate...

Portraits Inc.'s Executive Partner Ruth Reeves and me below:

Photos below are of the McCullough mansion itself - beautiful museum!

 Kevin Beilfuss's entry - I am more than tickled to own a small study of Kevin's - same model!

 Below, artist Susan Blackman Abma and Kyle from New Wave Art Palettes.

...and Susan and I working on getting "The Pose" right for our pic in front of my entry, "Kirk Larsen: American Artist".

Landscape artist Roger Dale Brown gave a really informative demonstration: 

Aaron Thompson shows Gamblin's products to artists:

And check out this outrageously fun display from Michael Harding!

The show runs through July 27th...so if you are in the area, stop in!