2012 Eastern Regional Exhibition

2012 Eastern Regional Exhibition in Bennington Vermont

OPA’s 2012 Eastern Regional Exhibition is being hosted by the Bennington Center for the Arts, located in Bennington Vermont, from September 29 through October 28, 2012. Less than an hour from the Albany International Airport, the quaint city of Bennington offers a diversity of sites such as the Park-McCullough House Victorian mansion, the Bennington Battle Monument commemorating the battle that lead to the turning point of the Revolutionary War, 5 covered bridges within the county and the beautiful Green and Taconic Mountains.

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.

The total awards will be approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

The awarding juror for this year’s 2012 Eastern Juried Exhibition will be internationally renowned Master Signature member, Kenn Backhaus.

Eligible states and provinces include: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Artists must be either 2012 OPA paid members or have submitted an application for membership for 2012 to be eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition.


The receival deadline for mail-in submissions is Thursday, June 14. Online submissions must be received by Friday, July 6, 2012.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please register for any of the events listed below by contacting Shirley at The Bennington Center for the Arts at 760-908-5937. Please Note: A credit card payment is required to reserve a boxed lunch or a ticket to the Tom Rush concert.

June 14, 2012
Deadline for receipt of mailed entries. Slides must arrive at: OPA
P.O. Box 2488
Crystal Lake, IL 60039-2488.

July 6, 2012
Deadline for on-line submissions. Artist Registration Closed

August 14, 2012
Accepted entries will be notified via e-mail and the acceptance list will be posted on the OPA website.

September 17-21, 2012
Out of Town Artists: artwork must arrive at Bennington Center for the Arts.

September 17-21, 2012
Local Artists: deliver artwork to Bennington Center for the Arts during normal gallery hours.

September 28-29, 2012
Preview artist images at Bennington Center for the Arts.

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Plein Air Painting at Southern Vermont College

Location: Meet at The Bennington Center for the Arts
Cost: Free (Boxed Lunch $10 per person)

A fantastic opportunity to paint some spectacular fall foliage found in Bennington, Vermont. We will head over to scenic Southern Vermont College, situated on a mountainside overlooking the Green Mountains. Be sure to pack a lunch or preorder a boxed lunch from Shirley at The Bennington Center for the Arts. Bring your own art supplies. Gamsol provided.

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.
Artists' Dinner at The Publyk House

Location: 728 Harwood Hills, Bennington, VT. 05201.
Cost: Separate checks will be issued

Join us for a casual dinner at one of Bennington’s popular local pubs. Check the restaurant’s website for menu selection and prices at www.thepublykhouse.com.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Painting Demonstration by Juror of Awards Kenn Backhaus OPAM

Location: The Bennington Center for the Arts
Cost: Free of Charge

An OPA Master Signature artist since 2009, Kenn Backhaus has been featured in numerous art publications and books and his works have been juried into many shows across the country including several OPA exhibitions. His paintings have been bestowed with many honors including the prestigious Best of Show, Collectors Choice and Artists Choice awards.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Michael Cassin, British Fellow

Location: The Bennington Center for the Arts
Cost: Free of Charge

Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts at The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, will present a free public lecture on three of the most preeminent artists from 19th Century America: Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington and John Singer Sargent.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

Location: The Bennington Center for the Arts
Cost: Free of Charge
Awards at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a very a special evening reception and awards ceremony honoring the work of artists comprising this year’s Eastern Regional exhibition. This will include the announcement of this year’s Eastern Regional award winners presented by Juror of Awards Kenn Backhaus OPAM.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.
An Evening with Tom Rush

Location: The Bennington Center for the Arts
Cost: $35 per person

Tom Rush has been touring steadily for decades, bringing that voice and those songs to devoted audiences across the country. He is acknowledged as helping to shape the folk revival in the '60s as well as the renaissance of the '80s and '90s. James Taylor told Rolling Stone Magazine, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Tom’s relaxed, expressive baritone, skilled guitar-playing, droll humor and infallible taste in writing and choosing material will make for a memorable evening you won’t want to miss. A block of tickets have been reserved for OPA members and their guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to register early!

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Artists Breakfast at The Bennington Center for the Arts

Location: Laumeister Family’s Residence
Cost: Compliments of the Laumeister Family

Join Bruce and Elizabeth Laumeister, founders of The Bennington Center for the Arts, for a delicious sourdough pancake breakfast in their private residence before heading to the Clark Institute.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Private Tour of the Clark Institute

Location: 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. 01267
Cost: $15 per person

In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection which includes works by Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Singer Sargent, Degas, Carot, and Cassatt. Opened to the public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. http://www.clarkart.edu/

September 29-October 28, 2012
Length of time show will be open for viewing. See below for gallery hours.

October 29-November 3, 2012
Local artists must remove paintings during this week or a storage fee will be charged. Thanks for your cooperation.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please register for any of the events listed above by contacting Shirley at The Bennington Center for the Arts at 760-908-5937. Please Note: A credit card payment is required to reserve a boxed lunch or a ticket to the Tom Rush concert.


Hotel space is challenging as it is Bennington College’s parent’s weekend. You will most likely have to find a room outside of town. That being said, here are a couple places you might want to consider. We will continue to search for other affordable lodging options. As we find them, we will post them on-line on the OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition page.

Budget Motor Lodgesapproximately 10 minute drive
Knotty Pine   www.knottypinemotel.com   802-442-5487
Harwood Hill   www.harwoodhillmotel.com   877-442-6200

Luxury Accommodationsapproximately 20 minute drive
Arlington Inn   www.arlington.com   802-375-6532

Luxury Accommodationsapproximately 30 minute drive
Hill Farm Inn   www.hillfarminn.com   800-882-2545

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