2017 Eastern Regional Exhibition

"Sunrise on St. Simons" by Bert Cash, Cropped from original.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in Saint Simons Island, GA, from Nov. 17 - Dec. 16, 2017

OPA is pleased to announce that the Eastern Regional Exhibition will be hosted by Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in St. Simons Island, Georgia, from November 17 through December 16, 2017. Anderson Fine Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for artists, friends, press and the public with the awards presentation at 7:30 p.m. Associate and Signature member entries canvas size may not exceed 480 square inches. OPA is pleased to have Signature artist Howard Friedland serve as this year's Juror of Awards

One of four islands that comprise the Golden Isles of Georgia, St. Simons Island is a lovely vacation spot and inviting location to paint, boasting beautiful beaches, Southern Oaks, draped with Spanish moss, antebellum plantations, Fort Frederica National Monument and the St. Simons Island Lighthouse.

Schedule of Events

Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Anderson Fine Art Gallery is the proud host of the 2017 Eastern Exhibition Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Or by Appointment

Wednesday, November 15

1:00 p.m. Plein Air Competition Officially Begins

St. Simons Island and the surrounding Golden Isles are the perfect location for artists. There will be a two-day competition that begins on Wednesday afternoon and ends on Friday afternoon. Remember to bring your plein air equipment and cameras.

All paintings must be framed and wired for hanging to be in the competition & sale. Eligible attendees* are guaranteed one painting in the exhibition; however, two or more paintings will be considered based on the number of registered attendees, so please come prepared!

*Please Note: The plein air competition & sale is open to OPA members only. Non OPA artists may apply for membership onsite in order to participate.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration Packet Pick-Up Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ OPA Tent

Pre-registered attendees may pick up their registration materials and have their canvas stamped at this time. Artists who have not pre-registered may also register at this time. Don't forget!

  • An OPA or Anderson Gallery representative must officially stamp canvas prior to painting
  • Maximum canvas size not to exceed 320 square inches.
  • Paintings must be framed and wired for hanging in order to be in the competition & sale.
  • Only OPA artists who have paid the registration fee are eligible to participate in the plein air
    competition & sale.
  • Non-OPA members may register to attend all events, but will not be eligible to participate in the competition & sale
  • Painting locations will be available when you pick up your registration packet.

Thursday, November 16

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration Packet Pick-Up
Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ OPA Tent

Artists unable to arrive on Wednesday can pick up their registration packets and have their canvas stamped anytime on Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. Artists' Dinner at Georgia Sea Grill
Location: 407 Mallery Street, St. Simons Island
Cost: $$$ - Attire: Island Casual

Reservations have been made at one of the finest seafood restaurants on St. Simons Island. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual checks will be issued. Space is limited to the first 25 individuals so be sure to e-mail Mary Anderson at the gallery asap to reserve your spot at mand@mindspring.com. Or, call the gallery at 912-634-8414.


Friday, November 17

8:00 a.m. to Noon Registration Packet Pick-Up
Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ OPA Tent

It is not too late to compete in the plein air competition as long as the painting is wired, framed and turned in no later than 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Painting Demonstration with Marc Hanson OPAM
Location: On location - TBD

Marc began college as a biology major, but soon applied to and was accepted into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, majoring in illustration. After Art Center and a brief stint as a staff illustrator in Sacramento, California, Marc moved to Minnesota where he lived for 33 years while raising a family and pursuing his art.

Marc teaches landscape painting workshops in many locations nationally. "I love working with other painters in t heir pursuit to better their craft. My goal is not to have them assimilate my style and technique, but to teach them how to more closely examine the subject and apply the principles that representational painters
must follow to become effective visual communicators."

11:30 a.m. Lunch Break!
Location: TBD
Cost: $ Attire: Casual - come as you are!

After watching Marc Hanson, grab a quick bite to eat with fellow artists and friends - this is a casual lunch so come as you are! We will determine the place as soon as we have an idea of how many artists to expect.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Artists' Painting Competition Deadline
Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ OPA Tent

Framed and wired paintings must be turned in to Anderson Fine Art Gallery between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be eligible for the competition.

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Please join us for an evening of fun and celebration as we take in the beautiful paintings that comprise this year's Eastern Regional Exhibition. As always, we expect this exhibition to be of the highest caliber. Awards will be announced at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 18

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Painting Demonstration with Howard Friedland OPA
Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery at Artists Annex Gallery

OPA Signature artist Howard Friedland currently resides in Bozeman, Montana with his wife artist Susan Blackwood OPA. He studied fine art and commercial art at New York's High School of Music and Art and went to college at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in the department of Art and Architecture in New York's Greenwich Village. Howard has studied painting with Ned Jacob, Michael J. Lynch, Mark Daley, Laura Robb, William Schultz, Robert Kuester, Charles Reed, Carolyn Anderson, Mitch Billis, Scott Christensen and most recently with Matt Smith.

He has been featured in many art publications including American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. He has painted, taught and exhibited extensively in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, Florida, Mexico, France, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and China. His work has won numerous awards including the prestigious Gold Medal Award at OPA's National Exhibition in 2008.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break - on your own!

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Painting Demonstration with Katie Dobson Cundiff OPA
Location: TBD

Katie Cundiff OPA acquired an early appreciation for the fine arts, drawing, and painting, under the tutelage of artist parents. Early works resulted in scholarships from National Scholastics Magazine and the Croatian Fraternal Union, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts and Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design. A love of the out of doors combined with painting has produced numerous awards and recognition in plein air events. Her work also includes still life, figurative, and wildlife, and has been featured on apparel and print for Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, The Billfish Foundation, Safari Clubs International, and Gulf Coast Conservation Association.

In addition, Cundiff has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine, American Artists Magazine, Southwest Art, and at the Museum of Florida Art and Culture in Sebring, Florida. Juried exhibits and awards include those from Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, Cumberland Society of Oil Painters, and American Impressionists.

5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Plein Air Competition Award Reception
Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery

6:30 p.m. - Artists' Dinner at Sea Palms Resort
Location: Sea Palms Resort, 5445 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA
Cost: $40 (includes tax and gratuity)

Time to sit back and relax with fellow artists and friends and enjoy a wonderful dinner at the lovely Sea Palms Resort. Guests will have the option to select from one of three entrees: southern grilled pork loin with whipped sweet potatoes, cheese/herbs stuffed chicken breast with roasted potatoes, or chef's fish in a beurre blanc, and basmati rice. All entrees include salad, freshly baked bread, iced tea/coffee and chocolate cake for dessert. (Cash bar for alcoholic beverages and soda)

Sunday, November 19

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thanks for Coming Breakfast!

Owner Mary Anderson wants to thank all the artists and guests for making this event so special! Coffee, juice, muffins and fruit will be served.

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Painting Demonstration with John Michael Carter OPAM
Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery at Artists Annex Gallery

John Michael Carter OPAM first began his studies in drawing at the age of 15 with his father E.L.Carter, a commercial artist. He attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and then moved to Los Angeles where he attended the prestigious Art Center College of Design. There he received a background in the major classical schools of painting and graduated with a B.F.A, Degree. In addition to Carter's love of figurative painting, he enjoys the street scenes and landscapes he discovers in his travels here and abroad.

He has been a frequent guest instructor at art workshops across the country, including the Scottsdale Artist School since 1990, the Dallas Arts League and the Cincinnati Art Club. His thorough classical training and experience in drawing and painting gives him the technical expertise to provide artists with superb instruction. He is a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America and was OPA's National Exhibition Gold Medal recipient in 2004. He currently serves as OPA's president.


Oil Painters of America has reserved a small block of rooms at the Sea Palms Resort on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please call 800-841-6268 and reference the Oil Painters of America.

    Rates are as follows:
  • Double/double Deluxe: $155.00
  • Executive Studio - King: $175.00
  • One Bedroom Suite -
    Double/Double $205.00

All guest rooms are subject to 7% sales and 5% occupancy tax and a $5.00 transportation tax and $5.00 resort fee. Parking and internet are free. 2 outdoor swimming pools and access to fitness centers. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.


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