22nd Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

2013 National Exhibition in Fredericksburg, Texas

Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-second Annual National Exhibition
will be held at the InSight Gallery, in Fredericksburg, Texas
from May 18 - June 17, 2013.

Convention begins May 15, 2013


InSight Gallery

 InSight Gallery is situated in a 12,000 square foot, beautifully renovated 1907 building conveniently located in historic, downtown Fredericksburg. The Texas Hill Country town of Fredericksburg offers many interesting sites and tours, not to be missed while attending the OPA exhibition.

 An opening reception will be held for artists, collectors, the public and the press on Saturday, May 18 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the awards presentation taking place at 7:00 P.M. As has become our custom, many informative and educational seminars will be offered to OPA members and guests during the exhibition.

Our Goal

 Our goal is to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.

Awards and Details

 The total awards will be in excess of $75,000, including a $25,000 Best In Show.

 The awarding juror will be Master Signature member Sherrie McGraw.

 Artists who reside in the United States, Canada and Mexico and are 2013 OPA members or have submitted an application for membership or renewal for 2013 may apply for this exhibition. Artists whose residency is in question must provide OPA with documentation certifying legal residency. See Bylaws Article II K for definition of residency requirements.

 

InSight Gallery
214 West Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Convention: May 15-19, 2013
Exhibition: May 18 - June 17, 2013

 

Events


InSight Gallery is the proud host of the 2013 National Exhibition in Fredericksburg, Texas.

May 7 through May 10, 2013
Out of Town Artists: artwork must arrive at InSight Gallery.

May 7 through May 10, 2013
Local Artists: deliver artwork to InSight Gallery during normal gallery hours.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — 7:30 a.m. to Noon
Registration Open
Location: InSight Gallery

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SW Art Magazine's "Pampered" Paint Out
Location: Directions to this event will be provided at InSight Gallery

What could possibly be better than a great day of painting outdoors? How about one that includes an amazing continental breakfast, lunch and an end of day wine and cheese send off? Back by popular demand, the SW Art Magazine staff hosts this unforgettable day of painting and ultimate pampering!

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 7:30 a.m. to Noon
Registration Open
Location: Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Paint the Hill Country!
Location: Baron’s Creekside Inn, 316 Goehmann Lane (Continental Brkst from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

Join OPA's local plein air experts as they take you to some of the best spots in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! The day begins with a delicious continental breakfast provided by The Fredericksburg Good Art Company. Afterwards, stay and paint on their property or venture out to one of many scenic locations in and around Fredericksburg. Don't forget to bring your easel and painting supplies. (For those flying in, paint thinner will be provided for use in your container.)

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
OPA Business Meeting — Be in the Know!
Location: Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

Be sure to include this important meeting as part of your conference week agenda. Hear from your Board of Directors as they apprise members of the state of the organization and what future plans it has in store. This is the time to ask questions and share your ideas on how to make OPA stronger and better!

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Registration Open
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
OPA Welcome Reception and Exhibits Open — Connect and Grow!
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

OPA kicks off with an evening of great food, great drinks and great conversation. Reconnect with old friends and socialize with new ones as we come to celebrate the arts. Exhibits will also be open for members to take a look at the latest and best products on the market. You can also pick up your registration materials at this time.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
OPA Critiques — Inspire to Be Your Best!
Location: Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

OPA will again offer its members the opportunity to have their paintings critiqued. OPA Master and Signature painters will be available for either a one-on-one private consultation, or a group critique. Bring your portfolio, photographs are preferred. No slides, please. Computers will be available on a limited basis to review images on disc.

Friday, May 17, 2013 — 8: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration and Exhibits Open
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Friday, May 17, 2013 — 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Get Excited! Painting Demonstrations by these amazing award winning artists!
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

  • Kenn Backhaus OPAM
  • Scott Burdick
  • John Michael Carter OPAM
  • John Cosby
  • Elizabeth Robbins OPA

Friday, May 17, 2013 — 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

Friday, May 17, 2013 — 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
"Authenticity, Creativity and the Quest for a Singular Vision" with artist Joe Paquet
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

This talk deals with a topic all creative's face; A personal, unique vision and a path to help one achieve it. Factors such as Risk, Ego, Fear and External vs. Internal Motivation will be discussed as well as some positive options to help direct or redirect those who feel they have either strayed from their path or have never found it. Joe Paquet has been painting for 30 years and teaching for the last 17 years. He is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club of New York as well as the California Art Club.

Friday, May 17, 2013 — 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"After you Paint: How to Bring Art to the Rest of your Professional Life" with John Cosby
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

The business of art can seem very cryptic. Well-respected artist John Cosby will address this anecdotally and with more practical methods that cover the idea of solving business problems so they fit in an artist's lifestyle Cosby has owned three galleries, painted professionally for 30 years and curated museum shows around the country. While being an engaging speaker, it is his experience and delivery that makes this a talk you do not want to miss!

Friday, May 17, 2013 — 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

"Art Law: What Every Artist Needs to Know" with Art Law Attorney Bill Frazier
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Montana attorney Bill Frazier specializes in art related legal issues representing artists, galleries, collectors and museums. Author of over 350 articles for national art and legal publications, including a regular column in Art of the West Magazine, Mr. Frazier is uniquely positioned to provide attendees with a wealth of knowledge on a number of art related topics. This session will cover the basics of copyright law, trademarks, internet piracy, contract analysis and interpretation, and tips to help protect you from internet scams.

Friday, May 17, 2013 — 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
American Art Collector Magazine's Party under the Stars — Texas Style!
Location: Pat's Hall

This is one party you won't want to miss! For the 4th year running, the staff at American Art Collector Magazine is pulling out all the stops and hosting an evening of fun and camaraderie. Join us at the historic Pat's Hall, where live music sets the stage for dancing the night away. OPA convention attendees will enjoy a down home Texas barbeque from Cranky Frank's BBQ, and music from one of Austin's hottest country bands: The Lonesome Heroes Band.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Open
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast sponsored by Plein Air Magazine

Rise and shine! Enjoy a scrumptious continental breakfast compliments of Plein Air Magazine!

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Painting Demonstration by Sherrie McGraw OPAM
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Learn from the best as Sherrie McGraw OPAM, world renowned for her brilliant mastery of oils, demonstrates her extraordinary talent. McGraw studied and taught at the famous Art Students League of New York and has become one of America's foremost artists and teachers. Her work has received numerous awards and has shown in major art institutions and museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art, where she will have a solo show in 2013.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Break

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
"How to Build a Brand as a World Renowned Artist and Have All Your Dreams Come True" with art publisher and entrepreneur Eric Rhoads
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Art publisher and entrepreneur B. Eric Rhoads will teach you the tricks, techniques and tactics for brand building. He believes that being a great artist is not enough. Branding is not accidental and requires a specific process. Rhoads will walk you through the basics of brand building and show you the tools necessary to become better known than you ever thought possible. With a strong brand come strong sales, which will result in your living the life of your dreams.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"The Banishment of Beauty" with Scott Burdick
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Contemporary realist painter Scott Burdick takes on the challenging and ongoing debate between Modernism and traditional art as he methodically contrasts the great painters from the late 19th Century with examples of 20th century and contemporary Modernism. Join Scott Burdick for this fascinating and enlightening discussion.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
22nd Annual National Exhibition Opening Reception
Location: InSight Gallery — Free and open to the public

Collectors, artists and art lovers are cordially invited to attend the opening of this year's 22nd National Exhibition at InSight Gallery featuring over 200 of the top artists from the United States and Canada. Come enjoy complimentary wine and celebrate the beauty of representational work at its finest. The exhibition will be on display from May 18 to June 17, 2013.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
OPA Awards Presentation
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center — Public is Welcome to Attend

This year's exhibition culminates with the much anticipated awards ceremony. Juror of Awards and Master Signature artist Sherrie McGraw will announce this year's award winners.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 — 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registration Open
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Sunday, May 19, 2013 — 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
OPA Distinguished Artist: "Up Close and Personal" with Sherrie McGraw OPAM
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Join SW Art Magazine Editor in Chief Kristin Hoerth, for an informative and in-depth interview with Master Signature artist and this year's Distinguished Artist Sherrie McGraw. McGraw studied and taught at the Art Students League of New York and has become one of America's foremost artists and teachers. Her work has received numerous awards and has shown in major art institutions and museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art, where she will have a solo show in 2013.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 — 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
"Conceptual Thinking, Finding Your Own Place" Kenn Backhaus OPAM
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

This lecture and PowerPoint presentation will address the tools needed to overcome an artist's commonality in his or her painting efforts. For the most part, artists find themselves consumed with the single thought of just painting the scene, as they observe it. The powerful attraction of the visceral response that one experiences from standing in front of the subject is difficult to alter. Hence, the end result can become predictable and very similar to other painters' efforts. An artist needs to develop skill-sets to gain the ability to change and manipulate elements within his or her theme. This lecture and presentation will show, through description and visuals, how artists in the past and present have gone beyond literalism to find their own voice. Literalism can become a short and uneventful venture, whereas the exploration of conceptual thinking can put you on an endless journey that will last forever.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 — 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

Sunday, May 19, 2013 — 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
"The Business Side of Art" with Bill Bush CPA
Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum & Convention Center

Join William E. Bush, owner of Fredericksburg Artists' School and a Certified Public Accountant as he addresses "The Business Side of Art." With over 30 years of experience, Bill brings a wealth of knowledge and practical information to the art community. His presentation will include discussion on various subjects facing the artist today, such as: tax issues, insurance, agent relationship, gallery representation and other means of selling art.

May 18 through June 17, 2013
Length of time show will be open for viewing . See below for gallery hours.

June 18 through June 22, 2013
Local Artists: remove paintings during this period or a storage fee will be charged. Thank you for your cooperation.

Lodging

 In effort to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, OPA has identified some of the exceptional lodging in the Fredericksburg area. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for OPA, but we recommend reserving your place immediately, as rooms will fill up and these spots will not be held for long.

Inn on Barons Creek

 Find yourself relaxing in the heart of Texas Hill Country in a Fredericksburg, Texas hotel just steps away from live music, shopping, dining and the arts.

 Our ideal location allows you to experience wine tasting, dining, shopping and live music just footsteps away from Fredericksburg's lively Main Street. This Fredericksburg Texas hotel offers a total of 90 rooms, including 9 cozy creek side rooms separate from the main house with direct access to Barons Creek and a 2,000 square-foot Presidential Suite.

 Located on the property is The Spa at the Inn on Barons Creek where our guests will enjoy therapeutic massages, facials and much more.

Source: innonbaronscreek.com

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Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

 Located in historic Fredericksburg in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, offers a guest experience and ambiance that is second to none.

 Nestled on 5 beautiful acres along Barons Creek, Fredericksburg Inn & Suites provides a relaxing, scenic environment for visitors to the Texas Hill Country. Two resort style swimming pools, water falls, outdoor stone fireplace and picnic areas provide an atmosphere all can enjoy at our hotel in Fredericksburg Texas.

 All of this just one block from Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg - an easy walk to the art galleries, boutiques, museums and restaurants.

Source: fredericksburg-inn.com

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Travel

For your convenience, we've created a map of some of the featured locations in town.

OPA 2013 National Featured Art Galleries and Locations of Interest in Fredericksburg, TX.