2015 National Exhibition in Bennington, Vermont

24th Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-fourth Annual National Exhibition will be held at the Brilliance in Color Gallery, part of Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Galleries, in St Augustine, Florida from April 29 - May 25, 2015.

Cutter & Cutter Fine Art at its Brilliance in Color Gallery

Cutter & Cutter Fine Art proudly represents a distinctive group of emerging and established artists from all over the world, dealing with artists and their representatives directly. Cutter & Cutter has multiple locations in downtown St. Augustine, including three top-notch art galleries, a full service frame shop, a secure, climate-controlled warehouse (with in-house shipping department) and an office staffed by art professionals. Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Galleries offer originals, sculpture and limited edition fine art from various genres. With over well over 100 years of combined experience in the world of fine art, Cutter & Cutter has specialized in representing the finest contemporary artists as well as past masters.


Deadline for Online Entries: January 29, 2015

Painting Size: 1200 sq. in.
Master Sig. Painting Size: no limit
Judge: To be announced.

Wednesday April 29, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

OPA's City by the Sea Plein Air Competition Begins!
Location: Get your canvas stamped at Cutter & Cutter's Brilliance in Color Gallery - maps will be available

So Much to Paint...So Little Time! It's just a matter of choosing. Whether it's St. Augustine's historic city center known for its stunning Spanish colonial-era influences or taking in the beauty of Matanzas Bay which stretches across the heart of the city, you will find plenty of options to paint and then some. Plein Air Event Instructions can be found here. Juror of Awards Marc Hanson OPA.

Wednesday April 29, 2015 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

OPA Welcome Reception
Casa Monica Hotel - Poolside

Take Five! It's time for you to relax and recharge at OPA's early evening poolside reception. Come enjoy some light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments while mixing with fellow artists and guests.

Thursday April 30, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Southwest Art Magazine's Pampered Paint Out
Location: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park - meet at the Pavilion

Long-time sponsor Southwest Art Magazine pulled out all the stops and treated attendees to a fantastic day of painting & pampering at the beautiful Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. The park is famous for its unique shoreline of coquina rock formations that line the Atlantic beach. The gardens make remarkable use of native and exotic species, from azaleas and camellias to the exquisite bird of paradise, sheltered within a picturesque oak hammock.

Thursday April 30, 2015 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

OPA "Iconic St. Augustine" Sneak Peek Mixer
St. Augustine Art Association

Be one of the first to view the OPA exhibitors and the new Iconic St. Augustine Exhibit at the beautiful St. Augustine Art Association. Stroll through the exhibit while you visit with collectors, artists and vendors. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be available to enjoy. The first 100 artists who walk in the door will receive a free giveaway. (One per artist, please!)

Friday May 1, 2015 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Blick Art Materials "History of Oil Color" Breakfast presentation with resident artist Joe Gyurcsak
Casa Monica Hotel

Start out the day with a hearty breakfast, compliments of sponsor Blick Art Materials and listen to resident artist Joe Gyurcsak as he covers the history of oil color seen through the eyes of chemists, scientists, conservators and manufacturers. Learn about the chemistry and coatings technology behind artists' oil colors and how to evaluate oil color and its properties so that you can make wise decisions in regards to archival art.

Friday May 1, 2015 10: 00 a.m. - Noon

"Art in Motion" - Painting Demonstrations by four artists at the top of their game
Casa Monica Hotel

Watch and learn from four remarkable artists who have found great success in today's art market. Attendees are encouraged to move around and visit each artist as their painting progresses from start to finish.
  • Marc Hanson OPA
  • Albin Veselka OPA
  • Dominic Avant
  • Morgan Samuel Price

Friday May 1, 2015 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

Friday May 1, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Basic Techniques for Repairing Damaged Frames" presentation by Barbara Carter
Location: Casa Monica Hotel

In this workshop Barbara will give a brief introduction to the art of water gilding and the application of metal leaf with an emphasis on what artists can do to repair frames that have been damaged by galleries or shipping. She will demonstrate some basic techniques for repairing damaged areas and ideas for finishes and coatings to make repairs blend in and match the frame's original appearance. Barbara's high-end frames have earned her a strong following among well-known artists across the U.S. Just recently, Barbara sold out her business and now spends much of her time restoring her collection of antique frames and gilding frames for her husband, artist John Michael Carter OPAM.

Friday May 1, 2015 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Distinguished Artist William Whitaker OPAM and Kimberly Moore, Southwest Art Magazine
Location: Casa Monica Hotel

Being warm, funny and witty combined with exceptional artistic talent make Master Signature artist William Whitaker the ideal choice for this year's Distinguished Artist. The only son of an artist father, William Whitaker grew up in the special world of the working artist. He had access to the finest art materials and was painting in watercolor and oil by the age of six. Having been told all his life that the kind of painting he enjoys is dead, he takes quiet comfort in lovingly attempting to capture something the camera cannot see. Interviewing him will be Southwest Art Magazine Regional Sales Manager Kimberly Moore.

Friday May 1, 2015 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Oil Painters of America's 24th Annual National Exhibition Opening Reception
Location: Brilliance in Color Gallery Free and open to the public

Join your peers at this year's 24th Annual National Exhibition as we celebrate yet another exceptional year of representational art! Without question, OPA artists continue to raise the bar and this upcoming exhibition will be a stellar example of just how strong and relevant representational art is today.

Friday May 1, 2015 8:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Oil Painters of America's Awards & Recognition Ceremony
Location: Casa Monica Hotel -Free and open to the public

OPA's Awards & Recognition Ceremony is a time to honor the achievements of our members, and to announce the award winners including the recipient of the coveted Gold Medal. Juror of Awards Huihan Liu OPAM, will announce the award winners.

Saturday May 2, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Painting Demonstration by Huihan Liu OPAM
Location: Casa Monica Hotel - Doors will open at 8:15 a.m.

Huihan Liu needs no introductions having earned an international reputation for his remarkable impressionistic realism. He is celebrated in the United States and around the world. Born in Guangzhou, China in 1952, Huihan completed his formal art training at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art with a BFA in 1975. He taught at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art from 1979 - 1987. Huihan was a candidate and was accepted by the Graduate School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1985. He then went to the US to further his study where he graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with an MFA in 1993. Since moving to the United States, his paintings have won many awards including the "Gold Medal for Best Painting" in California Art Club's 92nd Exhibition and the Members' Choice Award for The Master Signature Division at the 19th Annual Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. His painting "Spring of Miao Village" was selected by the Organization committee for the Olympic Fine Arts 2012 (London), which was exhibited in London during the 30th National Museum in China.

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

Saturday May 2, 2015 1:00 pm. - 2:30 p.m.

"Nature of Oil Painting - Environmental Health and Safe Studio Practices" with Scott Gellatly
Location: Casa Monica Hotel

For 600 years, oil painting has been the preeminent medium of visual expression. There is nothing more natural or enduring than oil painting. No other painting media holds the same raw power of communication, pigment load and artistic possibility. Painters today are interested in knowing where their materials are from and in making the right choices for their work, their own well-being and the environment.

The landscape of oil painting changed significantly during the 20th century. Painters' color palettes were expanded with the development of modern organic pigments, and the oil painting process has become safer, primarily through our work to develop contemporary mediums, solvents and varnishes. Still, artists today are moving toward water-based painting media because of assumed attitudes and misconceptions in regards to personal and environmental safety.

This presentation explores the nature of oil painting - from the field to the palette - in order to create permanent paintings while at the same time protecting ourselves and the environment.

Saturday May 2, 2015 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Painting Demonstration by 2014 National Exhibition Gold Medal Winner Louis Escobedo
Location: Casa Monica Hotel

Louis Escobedo was the 2014 Gold Medal recipient at Oil Painters of America's 23rd National Exhibition held in Bennington, Vermont. Born in Sweetwater, Texas, Louis graduated with a BFA in Advertising Art from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. He eventually moved from illustration to fine art. Louis' many talents include experimenting with composition, design and seeing today's life and objects from a philosophical point of view filled with humor and beauty. Whether it is people walking down the street, a kitchen sink, or the window of a retail store, his work has imagination, color and insight of all that he sees and feels. Louis is always striving to master his use of color, tone and texture.

Saturday May 2, 2015 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

"City by the Sea" Artists' Reception
Location: Gallery Del Mar

View and purchase the many plein air masterpieces created here in St. Augustine. Juror of Awards Marc Hanson OPA will present the awards at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday May 2, 2015 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

American Art Collector's "Seaside Celebration"
Location: Northeast Florida Marlin Association

Non-registered guest price: $50 per person
American Art Collector Magazine will once again host the ever popular closing party at the Northeast Florida Marlin Association's clubhouse. Spend the evening overlooking the peaceful harbor of Camachee Cove with luxury yachts and sailboat masts framing a view of the Intracoastal Waterway. This night is all about the gorgeous views where attendees can enjoy the brightly colored sunset to the west and often a romantic Saint Augustine moonrise to the east. Join us and enjoy the ambiance, entertainment, food and libations at this very special waterfront location.

Sunday May 3, 2015 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

OPA Annual Business Meeting
Location: Casa Monica Hotel

The Annual Business Meeting is open to all attendees at the Annual Conference. At this meeting, the Board of Directors review the year's major accomplishments in meeting our goals, the association's financial condition, and new program initiatives for the coming year.

Sunday May 3, 2015 9:30 a.m. - Noon

Painting Demonstration by Maritime Master Don Demers
Location: Casa Monica Hotel

Mr. Demers was born in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting focused on maritime subjects while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor. After finishing an exemplary high school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. Don's maritime experience came about as a crewmember aboard traditional sailing vessels. He continues to be an avid sailor. His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations can be found on many book covers and in national publications such as Reader's Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic.

Sunday May 3, 2015 Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

Sunday May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Master Signature Artist Zhiwei Tu: "An Iconic Figure of our Age"
Location: Casa Monica Hotel

This is a rare opportunity to meet Chinese born artist Zhiwei Tu OPAM, arguably one of the foremost living oil painters of our time. Indeed, last year the Chinese Government honored him by unveiling a museum bearing his name, housing an exquisite collection of his mural-sized masterpieces. Conference attendees will take a visual tour of this stunning museum and get the inside story behind this crowning achievement.

Sunday May 3, 2015 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Art Critiques
Take advantage of a great opportunity to get an objective opinion of strengths and weaknesses of your painting style. Attendees will share recent photos of their work with one of our Signature or Master Signature artists. Bring photos or your laptop! We will have limited internet access.
Important! Registration Packet Pick-Up Hours and Location:
Day Time Location
Tuesday, April 28 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Brilliance in Color Gallery
Wednesday, April 29 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brilliance in Color Gallery
Wednesday, April 29 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Casa Monica Hotel - Poolside
Thursday, April 30 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Casa Monica Hotel
Thursday, April 30 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. St. Augustine Art Association
Friday, May 1 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Casa Monica Hotel
Friday, May 1 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Brilliance in Color Gallery
Friday, May 1 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Casa Monica Hotel
Saturday, May 2 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Casa Monica Hotel
Saturday, May 2 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Northeast Florida Marlin Association
Sunday, May 3 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Casa Monica Hotel
*Plein Air Event Instructions can be found here.


OPA has chosen the Casa Monica Hotel as the official exhibition hotel headquarters.

In effort to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, OPA has reserved rooms at the Casa Monica Hotel, which is one of the oldest hotels in America, set in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida.

OPA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Casa Monica Hotel. Please make your reservations early as space is limited.

The cut-off date to receive this special rate is: Friday, March 27, 2015.

Casa Monica Hotel

Located on a plaza that once featured three grand hotels built in the late 19th century and nestled in the quaint downtown area, Casa Monica, Autograph Collection® is a majestic St. Augustine historic district hotel that opened in 1888.

Restored in 1999, the historic St. Augustine hotel blends a legendary past with contemporary pleasures. Guests find themselves welcomed by friendly staff and the warm, inspiring ambiance of the lobby furnishings and decor. Graceful Moorish columns frame the original artwork creating an intimate space for reading, resting, socializing and listening to the piano.

History and romance come alive at our hotel in historic St. Augustine providing a unique experience for those choosing the road less traveled. Guests who expect an exuberant experience, more than a warm welcome and a fond farewell, and all the special touches that create memories, return to Casa Monica time and time again. Experience first-class accommodations, fine cuisine, intuitive service and enchanting atmosphere.

Source: mariott.com

Casa Monica Hotel

  • Phone: 1-800-648-1888
  • General Standard Room: $199 + tax (Reservation Dept. Hours 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
  • Please identify yourself as an "Oil Painters of America" conference participant

Click here to visit hotel website

For your convenience, we've created a map of some of the other hotels in the St. Augustine, Florida area.


The two closest international airports servicing the St. Augustine area are:

Airline Reservation Information:

Reservations booked online via www.united.com will receive an additional 3% discount* without a service fee. Enter both your Z-code (ZTUS) and Agreement code (947459) in the Offer Code Box - no spaces please. *Additional 3% discount applies to published fares only and excludes travel to/from Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

Rental Car Reservation Information:

Rental Car Information: OPA has arranged discounted car rental rates when you rent directly from Hertz Rental Car.
To reserve special meeting rates, please include your CV#04ZU0001 when making your reservation.

Note: At the time of reservation, meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and the best rate will apply.

Take Note of these important addresses!

  • Cutter & Cutter Fine Art's
    Brilliance In Color Gallery
    25 King St, St Augustine, FL 32084
    (800) 268-2240
  • Casa Monica Hotel
    95 Cordova St,
    St Augustine, FL 32084
    (904) 827-1888
  • American Art Collector Magazine's
    "Seaside Celebration"
    Northeast Florida Marlin Assn.
    3030 Harbor Drive
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
    6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard
    Palm Coast, FL. 32137

For detailed directions on traveling to St. Augustine, Florida by either driving or flying, visit the St. Augustine Visitors Bureau travel page.

Questions? Please Call OPA at 815-356-5987 or email at: mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com