21st Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

2012 National Exhibition in Evergreen Colorado

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

 Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-first Annual National Exhibition will be held at the Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, in Evergreen, Colorado, June 22 - July 21, 2012.

 Located about one-half hour west of Denver, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery is near the Elk Meadow, an area of natural beauty which will afford artists innumerable opportunities for painting mountain meadows, wildflower glens, wildlife and other picturesque views while enjoying the aroma of acres of Ponderosa Pines.  Other area activities include hiking, boating, biking and fishing.

 An opening reception will be held for artists, collectors, the public and the press on Friday, June 22 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  As in the past, many informative and educational seminars will be offered to OPA members and guests.

 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 in excess of $75,000, including a $25,000 Best In Show.


Daniel Greene OPAM
Daniel Greene OPAM
The awarding juror will be internationally renowned Master Signature member Quang Ho OPAM. We are also proud to present Daniel Greene OPAM as our distinguished artists for the 2012 OPA National Exhibition.

 Artists who reside in the United States, Canada and Mexico and are 2012 OPA members or have submitted an application for membership or renewal for 2012 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.

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery
3042 Evergreen Parkway
Evergreen, CO 80439
June 22 - July 21, 2012

Deadline for mail-in submissions is February 10, 2012. Online submission deadline is February 24, 2012. Canvas size not to exceed 1200 square inches.


February 10, 2012
Deadline for mailed submissions. Slides must arrive at:

P.O. Box 2488
Crystal Lake, IL 60039- 2488.

February 24, 2012
Deadline for on-line submissions. Click here to register online.

March 21, 2012
Notification via e-mail and posted on the OPA website.

May 25, 2012
Out of Town Artists: artwork must arrive at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery.

May 25, 2012
Local Artists: deliver artwork to Evergreen Fine Art Gallery during normal gallery hours.

"Pampered" Paint Out

Southwest Art Magazine presents the “Pampered” Paintout in beautiful Evergreen, Co.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 — 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Southwest Art Magazine and OPA’s “Pampered” Paint Out

Location: Private cabin on 26 acres in Evergreen, Colorado
Cost: Free of Charge

Gather at a mountain cabin for a day of painting, pampering and fun with your fellow artists. Imagine standing among towering trees, massive rocks and amazing views in Evergreen, Colorado. Paint in solitude while being together in spirit with your colleagues!

This event is sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine and will be held from sunrise to sundown at SW Art Magazine’s sales rep Kimberly Moore’s property in Evergreen, Colorado. Coffee, juice and pastries will be served in the morning, followed by lunch in the afternoon and a wine reception to end this amazing day! Please be sure to bring everything you need to paint!

Click here for directions or visit the Evergreen Fine Art Gallery.

June 21 and 22, 2012
Preview artist images at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

June 21: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
June 22: 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.

Plein Air Magazine

Continental Breakfast

Plein Air Magazine sponsored Thursday's Painters continental breakfast!

Thursday, June 21, 2012 — 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m
Plein Air Magazine Informal Continental Breakfast

Location: Evergreen Fine Art Gallery
Cost: Free of Charge

Plein Air Magazine is sponsoring a complimentary informal continental breakfast for participants of Thursday's plein air paintout.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 — 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Calling All OPA Plein Air Artists!

Location: Meet at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery at 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Free of Charge

Don’t miss painting some of the most spectacular scenery you will find anywhere in the United States! Join fellow OPA members David Mayer and David Santillanes as they take you to some of the premier painting spots in and around Evergreen. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to bring everything you need to paint! Gamsol provided.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 — 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Informal Welcome Reception and Registration

Location: Evergreen Elk’s Lodge
Cost: Free of Charge

OPA members and guests are invited to stop by the Welcome Reception at the Elks Lodge from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to meet other attendees, reacquaint you with old friends and pick up your registration materials.

Konrad Hack Self Portrait

Konrad Hack OPA

Vietnam veteran and military artist.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 — 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
“Preserving Military History - An Artist’s Perspective” with Konrad Hack OPA

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Free of Charge

Back by popular demand! One of the most moving and meaningful presentations that you do not want to miss. OPA Signature artist Konrad Hack will discuss his unique experience as a military artist serving in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in the late 60’s. Today, Konrad is still very active in the military and will take you through his adventures with the Air Force Art Program over the past thirty-three years.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 — 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Pint n’ Paint

Location: Comfort Suites at Evergreen Parkway
Cost: Cash bar

Bring your paints and join the group for a very fun and informal painting session at the Comfort Suites at Evergreen Parkway. Everyone is welcome no matter if you are just a beginner or a professional. Be sure to bring everything you need to paint. Gamsol provided.

Friday, June 22, 2012 — 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration, Hospitality, and Exhibit Room

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Free of Charge

Pick up your registration packets here, or register for any ticketed events taking place over the weekend.  Take some time to meet the vendors who will show you the latest products they have to offer.  Please note tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and on space availability.

Friday, June 22, 2012 — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Painting Demonstration with Quang Ho OPAM

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Member: $60 / Non-Member: $65

Quang Ho OPAM was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1975.  Quang attended the Colorado Institute of Art on a National Scholastics Art Awards Scholarship where he graduated with the Best Portfolio Award from his graduating class.  After graduating from art school, he launched a very successful career as a freelance illustrator from 1985 through 1991. His clients included Adolph Coors Company, Upjohn, Safeway, the Colorado Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony.  An art dealer, Mikkel Saks, discovered his painting talent and promoted him in his gallery, which led to his meteoric rise. Today, working mostly in oils and occasionally watercolor and pastels, Ho’s subject matter ranges from still life, landscapes, interiors, and figurative. “Subject matter is not really important to me. I can find visual excitement all around me as well as on the canvas - from a knot on a tree to the graceful limp of a flower wilting to a juxtaposition of a few simple shapes and colors...inspirations are inexhaustible.”

Friday, June 22, 2012 — 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break: Vendor and Hospitality Room Open

Friday, June 22, 2012 — 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
“OPA’s Distinguished Artist Series” with Master Signature Member Daniel E. Greene interviewed by Allan Duerr, co-publisher Art of the West Magazine

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Member: $35 / Non-Member $40

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the life and work of one of our nation’s most celebrated artists.  A revered award-winning artist, Daniel E. Greene OPAM is renowned for his portraits where his subjects include such prominent leaders as Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, astronaut Walter Schirra, author Ayn Rand, William Randolph Hearst, Dave Thomas of Wendy’s, commentator Rush Limbaugh, composer Alan Menken and Bryant Gumbel of CBS.  In 1995, the American Society of Portrait Artists presented the John Singer Sargent Award to Mr. Greene for lifelong dedication to the achievement of excellence in portraiture.  In 2001, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Portrait Society and in 2003 was the annual honoree of the Salmagundi Club and was presented their Gold Medal.

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery at night

On Friday, June 22

The public is invited to attend the opening reception at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery on Friday evening, June 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, with awards presentation to follow, from 8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday, June 22, 2012 — 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony

Location: Evergreen Fine Art Gallery and Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Free of charge (Registration Appreciated)

Gallery reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Awards presentation begins at 8:15 p.m. at the Evergreen Elks Lodge.  Dessert and coffee served immediately following.

This year’s host, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, is excited to welcome OPA members to this year’s opening reception.  This is a wonderful time for members to gather and celebrate representational art at its finest.  After the reception, guests will head to the Evergreen Elks Lodge for the announcement of this year’s award winners.

June 22, 2012
Opening Reception: for collectors, press, exhibiting artists and the public. 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

June 22 through July 21, 2012
Length of time show will be open for viewing. Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, from 10AM to 5PM as well as by appointment. Click here for gallery hours and contact information.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 — 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Registration, Hospitality, and Exhibit Room Open

Saturday, June 23, 2012 — 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Painting Demonstration with Daniel E. Greene OPAM

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Member $60 / Non-Member: $65

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to watch highly acclaimed Master Signature member Daniel E. Greene demonstrate his remarkable painting skills.  Mr. Greene is a former instructor of painting at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York.  He has taught over 10,000 students, and his books and videos have reached in excess of 100,000 artists worldwide Four highly successful exhibitions of Mr. Greene’s subway series appear at galleries in New York City and were featured on ABC-TV, Fox News, PBS, CNN, NBC, NHK TV Japan, The New York Times and in over 50 international magazines and newspapers.  A compilation of his subway paintings represented New York City on the cover of the official guide to the Republican National Convention.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 — Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

Saturday, June 23, 2012 — 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
“Shining Lights in a Dark Economy” with Lori Woodward

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Member: $35 / Non-Member: $40

Join us as Lori Woodward shares real-life examples of artists who are designing new paths to making a living since the economic downturn. Lori’s ongoing research with artists, collectors and gallery owners reveals proven ways that artists can increase sales and income when collectors seem hard to find.  Since 1996, Woodward has authored more than 60 articles for American Artist, Watercolor, Workshop, and International Artist Magazines.

She has contributed regularly as an author of step-by-step instructional articles, featuring her own paintings, for Watercolor Magazine since 2007. Several of those articles have been featured in recent Highlights publications by American Artist Magazine.  In 2001, she authored the chapter on artists’ websites for Calvin J. Goodman’s Art Marketing Handbook for the 21st Century.

In addition to writing marketing blogs on her own website, Woodward was the first regular contributor to Clint Watson’s Fine Art Views Art Marketing Newsletter, which currently has over 20,000 subscribers.  Woodward has been a member of the Putney Painters since 2004, a small invitational group of painters who are mentored by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 — 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
“Creating Better Digital Images of your Paintings: How to Ensure your Masterpiece is Best Represented Online and in Print.” with Susan Abma and Jerry Goroski

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge
Cost: Member: $35 / Non-Member: $40

This session will give artists some do’s and don’ts when photographing or scanning images, as well as Photoshop tips that will help you avoid disappointments.  Since 1979, Susan Abma has been involved in the publishing industry, writing/editing and publishing a number of community newspapers and trade, entertainment, and agricultural magazines. After leaving the publishing industry to paint full time, she found there were few magazine options for Canadian artists and in 2007 started Canadian Brushstroke MagazineJerry Goroski received his B.A. from Montana State University with a Major in Fine Arts, and Minors in Art History and Art Education.  From 1979-1987, he worked as the Museum Administrator and Curator for the Charles M. Russell Museum.

Currently he is the prepress manager for Advanced Litho Printing in Great Falls, Montana, who’s impressive list of clients include The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction at Reno, NV; Trailside Galleries at Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ; Settlers West Galleries at Tucson, AZ; and Big Horn Galleries at Cody, WY, among others.  In addition, his in-depth knowledge of art has made him highly sought after for art research and fine art appraisals.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 — 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
American Art Collector Magazine and OPA’s Evening Soiree - Location Change

Location:  Keys on the Green
Cost: Member: $10 / Non-Member: $35

American Art Collector Magazine Logo

Come celebrate another successful show with the staff of American Art Collector Magazine who, for the 3rd year in a row, has sponsored this fun after dinner soiree for OPA members.  This year’s event will be held at Keys on the Green restaurant, a popular mountain retreat surrounded by towering pines, the rushing waters of Bear Creek, and occasional visits from stately herds of elk. The views are spectacular and the food is excellent.   Please register early, space is limited. 

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, 2012 — 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
“Plein Air” Tent Sale

Location:  Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

A great opportunity to take home some beautiful artwork painted right here in the Evergreen area by some of today’s best artists!

Plein Air “Tent Sale” Information and Rules

Sunday, June 24, 2012 — 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
OPA Annual Business Meeting

Location: Evergreen Elks Lodge

Members only, please.  Coffee and juice will be available.

OPA Members — this is your chance to meet with your Board of Directors.  Find out what’s in store for the organization.  The Board is always interested in hearing your comments and suggestions!

Sunday, June 24, 2012 — 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
“The Current Market for Representational Painting” with Joshua Rose, Editor of American Art Collector

Location: Evergreen Elks Club
Cost: Member: $35 / Non-Member: $40

Joshua Rose is the Editor of American Art Collector, Western Art Collector and the newly launched American Fine Art Magazine. His talk will focus on new and upcoming art markets across the country, the state of the art market today, what’s happening in galleries coast to coast, the current art market’s fascination with art fairs and auctions, and new galleries and artists emerging in the representational art world.

Joshua Rose has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in the Art and Poetry of William Blake from the University College of North Wales in Bangor, UK.  Prior to working with American Art Collector, he taught Literature, Art History and Humanities at the Art Institute of Phoenix and spent the last fifteen years writing for local and national art publications such as Art News and Art Forum.  He has spoken at the Boston International Fine Art Show on collecting realist paintings for the past five years and has spoken at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Booth Western Art Museum on the topic of current trends in art.

Ed Kucera
Kucera is a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, and has received an Award of Excellence in 2006 and 2007 at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. And Award of Excellence for best Signature Member at the 2008 Western Regional Juried Exhibition.

Sunday, June 24, 2012 — 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Painting Demonstrations with Johanna Harmon OPA and Ed Kucera OPAM

Location: Evergreen Fine Art Gallery
Cost: No Charge, Open to the Public

OPA Signature member Johanna Harmon studied fine art painting at Scottsdale Artists’ School, the Fechin Art Institute, and the Art Students League of Denver.  Over the years she has received awards and recognition from the Portrait Society of America, Art Renewal Center, The Artist’s Magazine, and numerous awards from Oil Painters of America, including Best of Show from the 2007 National Juried Exhibition.  Ed Kucera was recently made a Master Signature member of OPA.  He graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art (now the Art Institute of Colorado) where he distinguished himself by winning awards in Illustration Contests and earning a Merit Scholarship.  In June 1991, he graduated with honors, including best Portfolio. His work now adorns the walls of museums and may be found worldwide.

Sunday, June 24, 2012 — 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Art Critiques

Location: Evergreen Fine Art Gallery
Cost: Member: No Charge / Non-Member: $15

The art critique session is a great opportunity to receive constructive feedback from some of OPA’s most experienced artists in a helpful, supportive environment. We’ve lined up some of our most seasoned Signature and Master Signature members to help you improve your painting.  Opt for a one-on-one consultation or a group critique.  Each individual session lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.  Group session is full hour and a half.

July 23 through July 28, 2012
Local artists must remove paintings during this week or a storage fee will be charged. Thanks for your cooperation.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Suites at Evergreen Parkway at a rate of $119 Single/Double, plus tax.  Be sure to book your rooms as soon as possible as the hotel is sold out over that weekend and reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Please identify yourself as an “OPA” conference participant when making your reservations. Headquarters Hotel:

Comfort Suites at Evergreen Parkway
29300 U.S. Highway 40
Evergreen, CO 80439
Phone: 303-526-2000