2012 OPA Western Regional Exhibition

2012 OPA Western Regional Exhibition in Denver, Colorado

 OPA’s 2012 Western Regional Exhibition is being hosted by Gallery 1261, located in Denver, Colorado from October 4 through November 3, 2012. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver offers a plethora of interesting sites such as the U S Mint, State Capitol, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Molly Brown (survivor of the Titanic sinking) House. Gallery 1261 is situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle Arts District and is within walking distance to the Denver Art Museum.

Gallery 1261

 Denver is home to an active and competitive art scene, where creative spirits gather to celebrate their passionate enjoyment of fine art in galleries across the city. With breathtaking views of the mountains just outside the city and gorgeous sun-filled skies above, Denver is not only a happening art-loving community, but a respite for those in need of a strong dose of rest and beauty.

 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 Western Juried Exhibition will be Master Signature Member Jeff Legg.

Eligible states and provinces include: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Manitoba, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Yukon Territories, and all of Mexico.

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.

Gallery 1261
1261 Delaware St.
Denver, Colorado
October 4 - November 3, 2012

Deadline for mail-in submissions is Thursday, June 28, 2012. Online submission deadline is Friday, July 13, 2012. Canvas size not to exceed 1200 square inches.


June 28, 2012
Deadline for receipt of mailed entries. Slides must arrive at: OPA
P.O. Box 2488
Crystal Lake, IL 60039-2488.

July 13, 2012
Deadline for on-line submissions.

August 21, 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 Gallery 1261.

September 17-21, 2012
Local Artists: deliver artwork to Gallery 1261 during normal gallery hours.

October 4, 2012
Preview artist images at Gallery 1261.

Friday, October 5, 2012 — 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Studio Painting at the Art Students League of Denver

Location: 200 Grant Street, Denver, CO. (Please check-in in the lobby area)
Cost: Free of Charge Note! Please bring canvas, easel, and all your painting supplies.

Spend the afternoon painting alongside other OPA members at the prestigious Art Students League of Denver. Modeled on the famous Art Students League of New York, The Art Students League of Denver serves over 700 students a month and attracts over 90 noted artists to teach its diverse fine arts classes throughout the year. Paint from models or still life.

Friday, October 5, 2012 — 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

Location: Gallery 1261
Cost: Free of Charge
Awards at approximately 7:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Painting Demonstrations at Gallery 1261 Juror of Awards and Master Signature artist Jeff Legg

Location: Gallery 1261
Cost: Free of Charge

Jeff Legg was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1959. His mother and father supported his artistic desires and in 7th grade, by good fortune Jeff was introduced to a well known regional watercolorist and college art professor Darrell Dishman. This began a nearly four year mentorship under Mr. Dishman’s tutelage which proved to be an invaluable experience for Jeff as his growth as a budding artist was accelerated. Following high school he attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Not finding the classical instruction he desired, he applied to and was accepted as a student at Atelier Lack.

Putting his art career on hold, Jeff launched his own successful retail business in 1980. In 1990, he decided it was time to finally get back to his love of art and sold the family business to pursue painting full time.

Over the next several years Jeff began entering shows and received many awards and best of shows on both the regional and national levels. He was accepted as a member of the Oil Painters of America and quickly climbed to distinction to become an OPA Master Signature member. In 2012, he was honored to receive OPA’s highest national award, the Gold Medal in the Master Signature division.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Painting Demonstrations at Gallery 1261 Teresa Vito OPA

Location: Gallery 1261
Cost: Free of Charge

Teresa Vito has a BA in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Geneseo and has taught and studied at the Art Students League at Denver and the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. She studied at the Art Students League of Denver with Ramon Kelley, Quang Ho, Doug Dawson and Bruce Cody. She studied with Richard Schmid for five years at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts where she also studied with Nancy Guzik. She has expanded her knowledge by taking numerous workshops over the years with notable artists including Clyde Aspevig, Mike Lynch, Greg McHuron, and Laura Robb, Gregg Kreutz and Robert Johnson.

Vito has won numerous national awards including an Award of Excellence, Best Portrait and Best Still Life Awards from Oil Painters of America. She is known for her enthusiastic and knowledgeable teaching skills and has taught numerous workshops locally in Colorado and New Mexico and internationally in France, Greece and Italy.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Painting Demonstrations at Gallery 1261 Quang Ho OPAM

Location: Gallery 1261
Cost: Free of Charge

Quang Ho was born on April 30, 1963, in Hue, Vietnam. He immigrated to the United States in 1975 and is now a U.S. Citizen. His artistic interest began at the early age of three and continued through grade school, high school, and art school leading him to a very exciting and successful painting profession.

According to Ho, art is a "byproduct of one's search for truth or meaning". It is a combination of the ability to perform plus the passion, the creativity, the concept, and the love for the medium that one works in. The foundation to Quang's works is deeply rooted in sound abstract principle-he believes that there is no difference in the structure between representational and non-objective art. His greatest pursuit besides trying to achieve highly executed works is to be excited, surprised, and challenged by the paintings. "To paint the painting as if it's the last one that you get to paint" are words that he aspires to.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 — 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Tour of the Denver Art Museum

Location: Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building in the lobby area outside of the gift shop
Cost: $12 - Reservation required. E-mail kbeligratis@oilpaintersofamerica.com to reserve a ticket

Come take a visit of the Denver Art Museum where our private tour guide will discuss some of the museum’s most magnificent paintings including Claude Monet’s Waterlilies and Camille Pissarro’s Autumn

The Denver Art Museum is located in downtown Denver on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock. Enter the Cultural Complex Garage from 12th Avenue just west of Broadway or check the DAM website for up-to-date parking information. For information call 720-865-5000 or visit the Museum’s website at www.denverartmuseum.org.

October 5-November 3, 2012
Length of time show will be open for viewing. See below for gallery hours.

November 6-10, 2012
Local artists must remove paintings during this week or a storage fee will be charged. Thanks for your cooperation.


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